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Today's News

  • Heinrich grills NNSA deputy nominee over pit program

    Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) grilled the nominee for principal deputy national security administrator last week about the plutonium pit program during senate Armed Services committee nomination hearing.

    Heinrich asked Nominee William Bookless during the Nov. 29 hearing about why the NNSA felt it needed redundancy in Department of Energy’s plutonium pit manufacturing program but not in other parts of the mission that contribute to the maintenance of the nation’s nuclear stockpile.

    The NNSA recently announced its plan to split the manufacturing work between the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.

    Heinrich has spoken out against splitting the program, saying the manufacturing of all 80 pits per year should be done at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The sites are on track to manufacture 80 plutonium pits starting in 2030. LANL is expected to ramp up to 30 pits per year by 2030.

    Heinrich asked Bookless about why they aren’t duplicating the highly-enriched uranium facilities at Y-12 in Tennessee the Pantex facility in Texas where high explosives are manufactured, or the tritium facility at Savannah River Site.

    Bookless replied that for the most part, they don’t have a reason to.

  • Teens hit by state health services cuts

    Two years after the state cut its health clinic services, Los Alamos County officials, parent and students say the county is beginning to feel the impact at Los Alamos High School.

    School officials told Los Alamos County Council Tuesday that 44 percent of students did not use a condom the last time they had sex.

    The numbers came from a study that was part of Los Alamos High School’s 2017 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, where 349 students participated.

    The survey also showed only 35 percent of students used effective birth control.

    The information surfaced during a broader discussion about the state of ready access to mental and physical health services for youth in the community.

    “Doubling of the unprotected sex rate. Would that have something to do with not having a public health office across the street?” Councilor Antonio Maggiore asked the Healthy Schools Program Director Kristine Coblentz.

    Coblentz said it was a possibility.

    “That absolutely could be a contributor, because we know that students were accessing condoms at that location,” Coblentz said.

  • Extras needed for movie filming in Los Alamos

    A crew shooting a movie in Los Alamos is looking for locals to play “extras” in a movie that will begin filming Monday.

    The MGM Television series “Our Lady, LTD” will be working and filming through Tuesday. Work began Friday. 

    Gold signs with black letters “LOCS” will be posted along NM 502, Trinity Drive and Central Avenue to direct film crew in vehicles of all sizes to the Los Alamos County Airport, Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) and staging locations at Los Alamos Main Gate Park and the TRK building at 195 East Road, according to county officials.

    Friday and Sunday are prep days at all locations.

    Filming will occur on Monday and Tuesday.

    All locations will be vacated and restored on Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.

    On Monday morning, filming will begin at the north parking lot of LANB. No public parking will be available in the north lot of LANB during this time. Film trucks will be parked in the alleyway north of the LANB parking lot. 

    Filming will move to the Los Alamos Airport property Monday afternoon, and will continue at the airport on Tuesday morning. Film trucks, generators, lights and other production equipment will be located near both film locations. Access to all business and residential driveways will remain clear. 

  • TV series to film in Los Alamos next week

    Film crews have started working in Los Alamos today on “Our Lady LTD,” at Main Gate Park, the airport, Los Alamos National Bank and DP Road, according to local officials.

    The MGM Television series “Our Lady, LTD” will film through Tuesday, according to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce.

    “Our Lady, LTD (Our Lady of Perpetual Grace)” is a 10-episode modern noir drama, produced by MGM Television, about a young grifter who attempts to prey upon a pastor who turns out to be far more dangerous than he suspects. The series stars Ben Kingsley as Pastor Byron Brown and Jimmi Simpson as the disgraced firefighter turned grifter.

    Gold signs with black letters “LOCS” will be posted along NM 502, Trinity Drive and Central Avenue to direct film crew in vehicles of all sizes to the Los Alamos Main Gate Park, Los Alamos County Airport, DP Road and Los Alamos National Bank (LANB).

    Today and Sunday are prep days at all locations.

    Crews are expected to film Monday and Tuesday.

    All locations will be vacated and restored on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, according to the Chamber of Commerce.

    On Monday morning, filming will begin at the north parking lot of LANB. No public parking will be available in the north lot of LANB during this time. Film trucks will be parked in the alleyway north of the LANB parking lot.

  • On the Docket 12-7-18

    Oct. 29
    Eric Rosas pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to use seatbelts. Sentencing deferred until Dec. 29. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Heather Apodaca pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Muncipal Court of failing to yield or stop sign. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Dwight Ray was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court for casual sales of motor vehicles. Defendant was fined $50.

    Michael McConnell  was found guilty by the Los Alamos Muncipal Court of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Defendant was fined $750 and must also pay $300 in court costs. Defendant was confined to jail. Defendant must also perform community service, receive a substance abuse assessment and undergo treatment for substance abuse and attend DWI school.

    Oct. 30
    Lorinda Kasandra Nelson was found guilty by the Los Alamos Muncipal Court for failing to put on headlights. Defendant received a deferred sentence. Defendant must pay $65 in court costs. Sentence deferred until Nov. 30.

    Carolina Soaterna was found guilty inLos Alamos Municipal Court for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

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  • Fuller Lodge Open House set for Saturday

    Los Alamos Arts Council will host an Open House from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday during WinterFest.

    The festivities will include hosting the HillStrummers Ukulele Group, the ever-famous Chamisa “Sing-Sations,” Shashi Charles, Bill Waganaar on guitar, joined by Joy Charles playing cello, and the wonderful singalong, presented by Juanita Madland and her students.

    Los Alamos Family Council will have the Cookie Walk in the Curtis Room, and the Boy Scouts will be selling Holiday Wreaths in the Fuller Lodge Lobby.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    For more information, visit losalamosartscouncil.org or call 663-0477.

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  • Trump signs funding stopgap, setting holiday fight on wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a stopgap spending bill to fund key government departments for two-weeks, setting up a pre-Christmas showdown over border wall funding.

    Trump's signature on the measure keeps the government open through Dec. 21. Both houses of Congress passed the measure by voice vote on Thursday.

    Trump says wants the next funding package to include at least $5 billion for his proposed wall, something House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi rejected Thursday.

    The stopgap bill avoided a partisan funding fight this week when Washington paused for ceremonies honoring former President George H.W. Bush, who died Nov. 30.

    Trump is set to meet Tuesday at the White House with Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer.
     

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  • Schools, lab on two hour delay

    The Los Alamos Public Schools  are on a two-hour delay, because of the inclement weather this morning. The delay is for school bus safety.

    For more information, parents and caregivers are encouraged to reference their school's inclement weather notification system.

    UNM-Los Alamos campus opens at 10 a.m.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have been instructed to report to work at 10-10:30 a.m. today.