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Today's News

  • LACDC makes three appointments

    The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation (LACDC) today announced the appointment of Stephanie Garcia Richard, Emma Canlas and Tom Netuschil to the LACDC board of directors.
    The board also unanimously approved the reappointment of Jim Hall, Denise Lane and Johnnie Martinez.
    The LACDC board of directors is comprised of 15 individuals from the Los Alamos community and functions to direct the company in its initiative to promote sustainable economic progress in Los Alamos and the region.
    The new appointees are expected to bring insight to the board based on their unique professional backgrounds and community involvement.
    Stephanie Garcia Richard is a lifelong educator who has worked both locally and abroad. She currently serves as the State Representative from New Mexico House District 43.
    Emma Canlas is the Chief Financial Officer at the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    Tom Netuschil is the owner of the Netuschil Development Corporation and the former developer of Central Park Square, the retail and office complex located in downtown Los Alamos.
     

  • Non-profits to receive donations from LANS

    Nonprofit organizations will receive more than $180,000 from Los Alamos National Security (LANS), LLC during a recognition event beginning at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge in downtown Los Alamos.
    LANS contributions are determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and retirees through a web-based organization called VolunteerMatch and through the Los Alamos Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP).
    Deputy Laboratory Director Beth Sellers is scheduled to be the keynote speaker and present awards.
    “The genuine care and commitment Laboratory employees and retirees have for their communities are clearly demonstrated by the number of hours volunteered to these nonprofit organizations,” said Kurt Steinhaus, director of the Community Programs Office, which manages the lab’s volunteer program. Since the Laboratory joined VolunteerMatch and RSVP in 2007, nearly 3,000 Los Alamos employees and retirees reported more than 1.2 million volunteer
    hours. 

  • Update 06-11-13

    NCRTD

    The Los Alamos County meeting for the NCRTD will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. The transit district is looking for feedback and service enhancement suggestions from its riders.

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    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold their regularly monthy meeting at 5:30 p.m. June 19 in the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    APP board

    The Los Alamos County Art in Public Places Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library

    Environmental

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 20 in the Community Training Room.

    DPU charter

    The DPU Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 17 at Fuller Lodge. 

  • WR residents optimistic about well-drilling hiatus

    No one knows the ultimate outcome of a decision to put test well drilling in White Rock on hold indefinitely, but the hiatus has given some concerned residents a reason to hope.
    “I am certainly glad that the council seems to be open-minded and trying to reach what I consider to be a more satisfactory closure than what we had,” said Milt Gillespie, whose home is within the radius that will be affected by the drilling. “I look forward to whatever discussions go forward and I certainly expect to let my opinions be made known.”
    Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers and Utilities Board Vice Chair Tim Neal jointly announced the decision last Friday. A statement issued by the county reads:
    “This hiatus will allow councilors time to better understand issues surrounding the San Juan/Chama water rights, determine appropriate policy steps, and provide direction to the Board of Public Utilities.”
    Drilling at least one test well is the first step in a project to utilize the county’s 1,200 acre-feet San Juan-Chama water allotment and secure the county’s water rights. An independent legal review several years ago recommended that the county take steps to secure the water rights in order to avoid possibly losing them in the future.

  • County to begin fish removal

    The county’s contractor, RMCI, will begin moving on to Ashley Pond this week after placing construction site and security fencing around the pond last week.
    The project superintendent will be moving onto the site with a construction trailer this week. Residents will notice that the water level in Ashley Pond continues to drop, as the contractor works to lower and empty the pond for the renovation work to get underway. A tentative date for initial excavation is June 18.
    The county previously announced that the local Duck Buddies had rounded up the ducks and geese for safe housing during the project; however, some ducks are proving to be elusive to catch and still reside at the pond. Efforts to catch the ducks will continue.
    The geese and two ducks captured last week are residing at the county’s Pajarito Cliffs Site, and will be cared for by Duck Buddies this summer. Irrigation heads on the pond’s perimeter have been removed and all salvageable plants have been transplanted to sites around town.

  • Firefighters continue battle against Thompson Ridge Fire

    It was a weekend of ups and downs for the Central West Zone Incident Management Team in charge of battling the Thompson Ridge Fire. As of Tuesday morning, the wildfire has charred nearly 22,000 acres.

    It all started Saturday afternoon, when a new plume of smoke started up in the central area of the fire, visible from the La Cueva Volunteer Fire Station. By Sunday, that new flare-up managed to start a spot fire in the southern section of the fire beyond the containment line. Though it was a good distance away from N.M.4, fire crews shut the road down anyway since the roadway became the staging area to fight the fire.

    By 8 a.m. Monday, N.M. 4 was reopened to regular traffic.
    According to Fire Information Officer Peter D’Aquanni, that new plume was the original source of a spot fire.

    “It had a mind of its own at that point,” D’Aquanni said. “We dropped some (incendiary devices) ahead of it to try and slow it down, but it was so hot, it just burned right over them.”

    The spot fire was near South Mountain, which is southeast of Redondo Peak.

    Firefighters battled the blaze all night, and it forced firefighters to redraw their containment line for the Thompson Ridge Fire, making N.M. 4 the new line.

  • IG faults payments

    Former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson collected nearly half a million dollars in questionable payments from four federally funded nuclear labs after she left office, the Energy Department’s inspector general says in a new report.

    Wilson failed to provide documentation for the work she did to earn $20,000 a month from the Los Alamos and Sandia national labs in New Mexico from January 2009 to March 2011, the report said. Officials at the Nevada Test Site and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee acknowledged there “were no deliverables” associated with $30,000 the two labs paid Wilson. Sandia had Wilson lobby for more defense dollars, an apparent violation of her contract, the report said.

    In total, nearly $450,000 in questionable payments were identified, the bulk from Los Alamos and Sandia.
    In a statement, LANL defended Wilson and her work.

    “LANS, LLC has reimbursed the government approximately $195,000 in potentially unallowable costs related to the consulting arrangement with Heather Wilson,” the statement said.

  • Police Beat 06-11-13

    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.
    June 1

    Jesus Antonio Velasco, 41,, of Los Alamos, was arrested for driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    Julian S. Garcia, 27,, of Santa Fe, was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 1200 block of Trinity Drive.

    June 2

    Scott McCrory, 18,, of Los Alamos, was cited for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at Guaje Pine.

    Steven F. Williams, 18,, of Los Alamos, was cited for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at Guaje Pine.

    June 3

    Marion L. Loope, 30, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a district court warrant in the 1600 block of Central Avenue.

    Martin Dominguez, 37,, of Los Alamos, was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at the intersection of Oppenheimer Drive and Trinity Drive.

    June 4

    Jason B. Willis, 33, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a district court warrant in the 2500 block of Trinity Drive.

  • Be There 06-11-13

    Today
    Summer Family Evenings at PEEC, 6:30 p.m. The Los Alamos Geological Society comes to PEEC to share tons of local rocks, and the geological benefits of living in New Mexico. Free for PEEC members, $5 per family for non-members. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Artwork by Richard Swenson. An ongoing exhibit during regular business hours at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, the second floor lobby. For more information call Peggy Pendergast at 412-7223.
    Wednesday
    Elements: Earth. 2-3:30 p.m. Melissa Mackey leads this combination of nature, science, crafts and books at PEEC for kids aged 8-12. Today’s session will feature creating a mini-adobe house and learn history and science of adobe on the Pajarito Plateau. $8 per child, $6.50 PEEC members. Register in advance. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Free performance by “Dances of India” 6 p.m. at the White Rock Town hall. Part of the Los Alamos Library family fun nights and features Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Bollywood and folk dances.

  • Bradbury hosts Discover Los Alamos night

    Those new to Los Alamos are welcome to a special event … Discover Los Alamos, Friday night at the Bradbury Science Museum.
    The multi-agency collaboration was designed to provide an opportunity for new community members to have a taste of what Los Alamos has to offer in the way of low and no cost activities.
    “Since I didn’t bring a family with me I was keen to meet people and make friends,” Marcus Weigand said. “This event would help me to find clubs and societies where I could get to know new people. In addition, it might allow me to start a new hobby that I hadn’t pursued in the past.”
    Weingand is a post-doctorate in masters of public administration and computerized maintenance management system.
    The Bradbury staff, along with Los Alamos National Laboratory members and Assets In Action have rallied community programs to provide handouts and answer questions about things to keep those new to Los Alamos on the hill and heartily occupied with activities.
    The event will be an open house style that takes place from 5 to
    8 p.m. that residents can visit before heading over to Ashley Pond before the summer concert.