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  • DOE highlights from Obama's new budget


    2013 Budget Highlights for DOE regarding nuclear programs

    • The Administration proposes $7.6 billion for Weapons Activities, an in crease of $363 million or 5 percent above the 2012 enacted level, to maintain a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent as described in the Ad- ministration’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) of 2010. This Budget meets the goals of the NPR by continuing nuclear weapon life extension programs—such as upgrades to the W76 and B61 nuclear weapons—by improving and replacing aging facilities —such as increasing investments in funding for the Uranium Processing Facility— and by sustaining the existing stockpile through underlying science, surveillance, and other sup- port programs.

    • The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Defense are reducing and stretching out the schedule of several weapons life extension programs and are re- structuring plans for maintaining plutonium capabilities. As a result, the 2013 Budget provides $372 million less for Weapons Activities than the Administration projected in last year’s request and reported to the Congress in the “Section 1251 Report” on nuclear weapons plans.

  • Update 04-05-13


    The Los Alamos Women’s Golf Association will hold its annual fundraiser from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ridge Park Clubhouse, 505 Oppenheimer.

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    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget hearings beginning at 7 p.m. April 15 in council chambers.

    County web page

    As part of the upcoming move to the new Municipal Building, the County’s Information Management staff will be bringing down the server that hosts the County’s losalamosnm.us webpage. The server will be down at 5 p.m. on Friday and the webpage will be temporarily unavailable for a few hours while the server is physically moved to its new location in the new building.

  • A night of culture

    Chamisa and Piñon Elementary schools worked with the LAPS Foundation to host a multicultural event on Thursday night. The community turned out to support the event which featured art, dance food and more

  • County modifies bus routes

    Public Works Director Philo Shelton rolled out a modified Atomic City Transit schedule at Wednesday’s Transportation Board meeting. The revised routes and schedules allow for greater utilization of grant money, while officials hope to provide better service for riders.

    Budget reductions prompted an evaluation of the system and revealed several avenues for improvement. Once council approves a new budget in April, transit staff plans to move quickly to implement the changes, which should go into effect by the end of May.

    “One of the things we looked at was grant eligibility for various routes, and we found that for route 2, which is partnered with the NCRTD (North Central Regional Transit District), we were not able to be fully reimbursed for that grant given the hours of operation and how it connected,” Shelton said.

    The new schedule combines routes 2 and 5, eliminating the Pajarito Acres segment of route 5. The Pajarito route averages only six people per day. Eliminating that and combining the two routes increases frequency to every 30 minutes throughout the day and every 15 minutes during peak periods. Riders in Pajarito Acres may utilize Dial-a-Ride service or catch the route 2 bus at the White Rock Visitor Center.

  • First phase of Aspen school construction begins in May

    A $1.3 million utilities project marks the first phase of a $12.4 million renovation of Aspen Elementary School.

    The Los Alamos Board of Education recently approved the opening stage designed to get the construction started. The project will include permanent installation of water lines as well as sewer, gas and electric lines. The new utilities will first be used for the incoming portable classrooms, which will be located on the school’s soccer field.

    The project is set to begin this May, according to school officials.

    Probably the most complex part of the construction will be the installation of the water lines. According to Los Alamos Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson and other county officials who had input on the project, the lines are mainly needed to bring Aspen up to current fire code.

    One line will come in from the south, the other the north. The southern one is designed to feed the school’s new fire suppression system as well as a new fire hydrant that will be located in back of the gym. Officials said that line will not come through neighbor’s property, as it will come through a wooded area before hitting school property.

  • Today in History April 5
  • NM warns treasure hunters: Finders are not keepers

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A collection of gold and jewels that a retired Santa Fe art dealer says he stashed in the mountains north of Santa Fe has generated so much interest from amateur treasure hunters that some have put their lives in jeopardy or been cited for illegally digging on public lands.

    But authorities are warning people about more than being careful and following the law. They also note finders may not be keepers.

    "If this treasure is buried, you would need to dig for it. And you can't dig anywhere in a national forest without a permit," said Bruce Hill, spokesman for the Santa Fe National Forest. "Even if it is not buried and it is just placed somewhere it becomes public domain."

    Ditto for state lands, according to Department of Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams.

    Forrest Fenn was asked if he had considered land rights before hiding the chest. He said in an email that much has been written about land laws.

    "I'm staying out of those discussions, except to say it may be fun to redefine some of the terms," Fenn said in the email.

  • Clarification 04-04-13

    Jess Cullinan is a member of the Art in Public Places board. She was referred to as Jessie in a caption on page 3 of Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor due to a source error.

    Bernadette Lauritzen wrote the story about the Buffalo Thunder DWI walk on page 5 Wednesday.

  • Airport open house scheduled for Friday

    The Los Alamos County Airport is hosting an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday and featuring tours of the Cessna Caravan, a nine-seat turboprop aircraft —one of New Mexico Airlines’ fleet that will be providing commercial air service between Los Alamos and Albuquerque beginning Monday.
    “Once people see the plane and gain an understanding of how reliable it is, they will not be able to resist choosing a $49, 20-minute flight to the Sunport over a two-hour drive and parking fees,” says Airport Manager Peter Soderquist.
    The Open House starts at 9 a.m. with brief remarks from Soderquist and New Mexico Airlines’ Chief Pilot Dave Jones. At 9:15 a.m. and then again, at 9:45 a.m., Jones will take two groups of passengers on 15-minute complimentary flights over the Rio Grande and northern Los Alamos (pending favorable weather).
    Flights are available to media and elected officials. Any unassigned seats will be available to the public on a first come, first served basis. Send your reservation request, including name as well as best daytime and nighttime contact information—by 5 p.m., Thursday to kelly.stewart@lacnm.us. All requesters will receive a communication Thursday evening regarding their reservation status.

  • Managers wary of Rio Grande low flow

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Officials with the Middle Rio Grande Irrigation District say the river is running considerably lower than normal for this time of year.
    The district is warning farmers in central New Mexico that diversions have already started along the river but there’s barely enough water to meet current irrigation demands. The district is responsible for delivering water to about 70,000 acres of cropland in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. The district is updating flows at the diversion points along the river on its website so farmers will know where and how much water is being channeled through the system.