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  • El Rigoberto’s to expand in White Rock at the end of August

    Restaurant entrepreneurs Fernando Loya and Andres Gomez have a few simple rules when it comes to building successful restaurants: don’t overthink it, and go where you’re wanted.

    Loya said that’s what made their El Rigoberto’s Taco Shop in Los Alamos such a huge success. And it’s that success is what led them to start another El Rigoberto’s Taco Shop in White Rock, which they said should be open by the end of August.

    The new restaurant will be at 25 Bonnie View Drive.

    “People that lived in White Rock always kept telling us to open one in White Rock. We’re going there because the people asked us to,” Loya said.

    And don’t worry, El Rigoberto’s Los Alamos is staying right where it is, inside the Central Park Square Shopping Center.

    Talk about going where you are wanted… that shop only came to be five years ago when their original Rigoberto’s, which was once located on Riverside Drive in Española, fell into disrepair.

    “The building was falling apart and the landlord didn’t want to fix anything,” Loya said.

    However, they did note that they were getting a lot of customers from Los Alamos coming to their Española store.

  • Meet County Shelter Manager Paul Sena

    The first thing you notice about Paul Sena, the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter’s manager, is that he’s genuinely happy with his job. No matter what time of day it is or what task he’s involved in, he always seems to have a smile for the customers who approach the counter at the shelter.

    Sena said there’s one reason for that, and that is, he truly loves what he does.

    “This is my dream,” Sena said.  “I’m doing what I love to do. Thanks to God, I’m still able to do that and support my family. I never had any intention of leaving the county, so when this opened up, it was right in my field. It kept me where I’m happy, it kept me in a good job, it allows me to get back into what I love to do, which is work with animals.”

    Sena described himself as the type of kid that was the one that took the time to  nurse the family dog back to health and gladly spent hours on his grandfather’s farm caring for the livestock and poultry.

    Sena started his professional life as a veterinary technician before he even graduated high school, working for Dr. Kathleen Ramsay at the Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic in Espanola.

    He did that for a number of years, where he quickly earned a reputation for being one of the best vet techs in the valley.

  • BPU to consider more solar

    The Board of Public Utilities will consider Thursday whether to approve a 1.32-megawatt solar Power Purchase Agreement on the East Jemez Road landfill.

    The public is invited to attend the regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers.

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities staff will present the agreement at the meeting. If approved, the agreement will be forwarded to the Los Alamos County Council for consideration.  

    The proposed 1.32-MW photovoltaic solar array would be installed adjacent to the existing 1MW array on the closed landfill owned by the Department of Energy and leased to Los Alamos County.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Los Alamos Solar II, LLC would deliver photovoltaic generated electricity to the DPU at a price of $0.0585 per kilowatt hour (kWh) for a 25-year term.

    It is estimated that the new PV system would generate on average 2,250 MWh per year which is about 2% of the county’s annual load, according to the DPU. 

    With a BPU-approved goal to be a carbon neutral electric provider by 2040, this project would bring the DPU one step closer, the DPU said Friday.

  • Farmington aims to keep open San Juan Plant

    FARMINGTON — Farmington city officials on Friday signed an agreement with a company that proposes outfitting the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station with carbon-capture technology in an effort to extend the power plant’s life beyond its planned closure in 2022.

    Under the agreement, the city would keep its 5% share in the plant and Enchant Energy Corp. would acquire a 95% ownership interest from other utilities that will be divesting in the plant.

    Public Service Co. of New Mexico plans to shut down the facility as it moves toward a 2040 emissions-free goal and the state begins implementing a new energy law aimed at transitioning to more renewable resources. The utility’s decommissioning application is pending before state regulators along with proposals for replacing the lost capacity once the plant closes.

    Environmentalists oppose keeping the plant open, saying there are now less expensive and cleaner options.
    Camilla Feibelman with the Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club said it’s unlikely that anyone would want to purchase the electricity generated by the coal-fired plant.

    But the pending closure has left elected leaders in northwestern New Mexico looking for ways to ease the socio-economic challenges that will come with the plant’s decommissioning.

  • Police Beat 8-18-19

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 7
    10 a.m. — Los Alamos police bomb squad was called out on an incident. Case is inactive.

    10:49 p.m. — Los Alamos police cited/summoned a suspect for simple battery.

    Aug. 9
    2:12 p.m. — Los Alamos police responded to a burglary in Los Alamos. Case is still active.

    Aug. 10
    9:12 p.m. — Los Alamos police went out on an animal call. Case is active.

    Aug. 11
    11:26 a.m. — Los Alamos police investigated an incident where a motor vehicle was stolen from a residence. Case is active.
    12:25 a.m. — Los Alamos police responded to a domestic disturbance. Case is inactive.

  • LAPS students head back to class

    BY DAVID VASQUEZ
    lasports@lamonitor.com

    The first day of school is always exciting for Barranca Mesa Elementary School principal Gina Terrazas, but Thursday was extra special for Terrazas as she welcomed her students to a brand-new school building.

    “It’s always exciting, not only to see the students’ reactions coming back to school, but also seeing parents and how happy they are, how excited the are, taking pictures of their children coming back to school. It’s nice,” said Terrazas, who is in her fifth year as principal at the school.

    Parents, students and the community got their first glimpse of Barranca Mesa’s new building at a meet-and-greet Wednesday and the classrooms were ready for the students for Thursday’s first day.

    “We are still in the process of moving some stuff out of the hallways, but that’s moving along pretty quickly so we should be ready to roll and have everything cleaned out and ready for students on Monday,” Terrazas said. “Right now, they’re all in their classrooms. All the classrooms are ready and the students are really excited about that, so we’re excited for them. It’s been nice and we are really pleased and happy with our new building.”

  • New Mexico oil production improvements cause economic boom

    SANTA FE (AP) — An economic boom in southeast New Mexico has been attributed to skyrocketing oil production.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that New Mexico's revenue exceeded projected levels allowing lawmakers to authorize a $663-million spending increase for the budget year that started in July.

    Officials say the 11% increase is expected to be used toward teacher salary increases, education spending, highway repairs and construction.

    Officials say improvements to drilling techniques made New Mexico the nation's third-highest oil producing state and contributed to mass production in the Permian Basin about 290 miles (467 kilometers) from Albuquerque.

    Officials say revenue levels came two years after a steep decline forced lawmakers to cut spending.
    Economists are expected to release official revenue estimates later this month.

     

  • Haaland to speak about the Green New Deal at Nature Center

    Hear Congresswoman Deb Haaland discuss why she thinks the Green New Deal is a needed bold solution to protect the future of our communities, country and planet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

    This event will be held outside of the center and guests are encouraged to arrive early to get seats. The talk is free to attend and no advance registration is required. The Los Alamos Nature Center is located at 2600 Canyon Road and is operated by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center

    Haaland is the Representative for New Mexico’s 1st congressional district. She was elected as one of the first Native American women to serve in congress. She will serve in leadership roles as the 116th Congress Freshman Class Representative to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, House Democratic Region VI Whip (Texas, New Mexico and Arizona) and Deputy Whip for the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

    For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.

  • Virgin Galactic reveals outpost for space tourism

    BY SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
    The Associated Press

    UPHAM — Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.

    The once-empty hangar that anchors the taxpayer-financed launch and landing facility has been transformed into a custom-tailored headquarters where Virgin Galactic will run its commercial flight operations.

    Two levels within the spaceport include mission control, a preparation area for pilots and a lounge for paying customers and their friends and families, with each element of the fit and finish paying homage to either the desert landscape that surrounds the futuristic outpost or the promise of traveling to the edge of space.

    From hotel rooms to aircraft cabins, the Virgin brand touts its designs for their focus on the customer experience. Spaceport is no different.

    Earthen tones help ground visitors on the first floor. The social hub includes an interactive digital walkway and a coffee bar made of Italian marble. On the upper deck, shades of white and gray speak to Virgin Galactic’s more lofty mission.

  • Scientists: July set new global heat record

    BY FRANK JORDANS
    The Associated Press

    BERLIN — July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change.
    The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that July was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 20th century average of 60.4 F for the month.

    Because July is generally the warmest month on the calendar, meteorologists say this means it also set a new all-time monthly record for the past 140 years.

    Last month’s temperatures narrowly topped the previous July record, set in 2016, by 0.05 F.

    The results had been expected after several European countries including France, Belgium and Germany reported that July smashed previous national temperature records. The Swedish hamlet of Markusvinsa recorded a sizzling 94.6 F, the highest temperature measured north of the Arctic Circle.

    According to NOAA’s records, 9 of the 10 hottest Julys on record have occurred since 2005 and last month was the 43rd consecutive July above the 20th century average.