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  • Lawmakers seek NNSA administrator with commitment to reform

    Members of the NM Congressional Delegation, Tom Udall, Martin Heinrich, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham, are asking President Obama to nominate a candidate to lead the Nuclear National Security Administration (NNSA) who will work with Congress to reform the agency and maintain the highest scientific and technical capabilities at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.

    In a letter to President Obama, the federal lawmakers who represent the two labs say, “The NNSA has recently suffered from a series of ongoing management, security and budgetary problems and effective new leadership is needed now to restore the confidence of the public and of their representatives in Congress.”

    “We believe there is an opportunity now to make substantial improvement in NNSA’s management and oversight responsibilities and we urge you to nominate someone with the leadership ability to help guide the transformation."  

    In their request, they emphasize the need to maintain adequate budgets for LANL and SNL in light of current federal budget constraints to support and grow the missions of the labs, maintain a strong employee workforce and complete environmental cleanup.

  • White Rock bank robbery suspect still at large

     

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Los Alamos Police Department are continuing their investigation of the Los Alamos National Bank robbery in White Rock Tuesday.

    As of Friday, the suspect is still at large, said FBI public affairs spokesman Frank Fisher.

    Witnesses say the suspect entered the LANB branch just before 1:30 p.m. and demanded money from a teller.

    The teller gave an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who put the money in a plastic grocery bag and left the bank.

    The suspect was described as a Hispanic or Native American female in her late 20s or early 30s, approximately 5-feet-4 and weighing about 150 pounds. She may have a scar or tattoo below her left eye.

    The suspect wore a black jacket over a black or gray hoodie. She also had on winter gloves.

    Fisher is asking the public to call the FBI if it has any information. The number is 889-1300.

  • Update 02-08-13

    Movie premiere

    The premiere of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

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    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance includes 16 acts, ranging from dance and song to a variety of skits and comedy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, available at the door.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. today. 

  • Recycling gains some momentum

    Los Alamos County’s stepped up recycling efforts have netted a mixed bag of results thus far. Residential recycling efforts have yielded far better results as opposed to those aimed at businesses.

    Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki writes that “2012 was an exciting year for waste and recycling in Los Alamos County.” Los Alamos County saw an eight percent decline in residential waste in 2012 and a residential recycling increase of nine percent over 2011.

    The county’s attempt to increase business recycling has been less successful.

    To incentivize recycling for businesses, churches, schools or apartment complexes, the county council approved sharply reduced rates in August.

    The new rates eliminate an $18.20 assessment for each recycling dumpster pickup, which means businesses can set up a recycling dumpster for just $19.05 a month. The monthly recycling roll cart fee was reduced from $20 to $5 per month. The new program also waives the initial set up fee.

    The new rates reduce the cost for a collecting a cardboard or mixed recycling dumpster once a week from $1,100 to $229 per year. Some businesses may also be able to eliminate one trash dumpster pickup per week, a savings of approximately $940 per year.

    The results of the incentive program have been disappointing.

  • LAMC gains accreditation

    Los Alamos Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in hospitals.
    The accreditation award recognizes LAMC’s dedication tow continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.
    Los Alamos Medical Center underwent an unannounced on-site survey in October 2012. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated LAMC for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.
    “In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Los Alamos Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” said Mark Pelletier, R.N., M.S., executive director, Hospital Programs, Accreditation and Certification Services, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend LAMC for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

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  • Former LANL Emergency Division Leader faces assault, battery charges

    Anthony Stanford, formerly the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Operations division leader, was charged with two counts each of assault and battery Monday.

    Stanford, 56, of Santa Fe, was charged after he allegedly sexually harassed a female co-worker for several months at the lab.

    Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said, “Mr. Stanford is not currently an employee of the laboratory.  As general policy, because of employee privacy, the laboratory does not discuss personnel matters.”

    Attorney Kate Ferlic, who is representing the woman along with attorney John Day of Santa Fe, said, “To demonstrate the severity of the harassment: it’s a rare thing when the police file criminal charges against the perpetrator.”

    Stanford’s attorney Laurie Gallegos said her client retired from the lab last month.

    Gallegos said in a written statement, “We understand that information regarding allegations made by an employee of the laboratory, who did not work directly for Mr. Stanford, have been released to the news media.

  • Update 02-07-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Have a news tip?

    Send press releases, photos and videos to laeditor@lamonitor.com or contact the newsroom at 662-4185.

    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance includes 16 acts, ranging from dance and song to a variety of skits and comedy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, available at the door.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. today. 

  • Public calls for 'Los Alamos Municipal Building'

    A committee appointed to hear public opinion about naming the new municipal building for late State Representative Jeannette Wallace voted unanimously against the proposal Monday.

    Forty nine residents either commented or supported comments on the county’s Open Forum. County officials also received more than 70 emails, letters and phone calls and approximately 20 citizens attended two public meetings on the question.

    “Los Alamos Municipal Building” received overwhelming support.

    Los Alamos resident John Bartlit offered a slight variation on that theme.

    “I do not support naming the new public building in town for any person. The opportunity should be used instead to honor and publicize the values of democracy that have served our nation so long and well, namely the unique role that active citizenship has in good governance,” Bartlit said.

    “I propose the name it the Los Alamos County Community Town Hall, the Los Alamos Town Hall or Town Hall on Central to commemorate a value that began our nation. Municipal building and town hall are historical synonyms.”

    At the second public meeting, Bartlit said that several residents had expressed support for that idea. Councilor Fran Berting said she had also heard support for the town hall name.