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  • Forum focuses on business issues

    A business forum hosted by Ken Nebel of the Village Arts gallery revealed some pretty harsh truths about being a small business owner in Los Alamos.

    According to Nebel, the forum was for the public. Nebel said he put the forum together because he and other small business owners were always getting asked about how they’re doing financially and how others could start a business, too. 

    “We have so many of our customers ask us ‘how we’re doing’ and how to get started in a business,” he said. So, he got some of his fellow entrepreneurs in the same room with the public, where the business owners answered questions and even learned a few things as well.

  • Livermore announces Voluntary Separation plan to employees

    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will offer a voluntary separation program for up to 600 employees, Director Parney Albright announced today.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has approved the Self-Select Voluntary Separation Program (SSVSP), which will be available to all career employees and will offer one week of “consideration pay,” or base salary per year of continuous service, up to 26 weeks.

    The SSVSP is being offered as a means to address budget challenges in fiscal year 2014.

    “Although there remain a number of unknowns about how the president’s budget request for FY14 would flow down to our Laboratory, it is clear the budget proposal will face an uphill battle in Congress this summer, with continuing debates about reducing federal spending, a possible FY14 sequester and the debt ceiling,” Albright explained.

    “It is our hope that implementing the SSVSP now, rather than waiting for additional details on the FY14 budget, will put the Laboratory in a better posture to address whatever budget realities we’ll face in FY14 and beyond.”

  • LAFD issues Stage 1 fire restrictions

     

    Los Alamos County announced Thursday morning it is under Stage I fire restrictions, effectively immediately.

    "When we implement Stage 1 restrictions, what we're looking to do is try and get ahead of the fire season a little bit,” Los Alamos Fire Department’s deputy chief Justin Grider said.

    “"Even though we got cloudy skies right now and relative humidity...next week it's expected to dry out and be a little bit more windier and a lot warmer, and we'll be back to very high to extreme fire conditions next week and into the weeks after."

    According to a release from the county, the following acts are prohibited until further notice:

    Building, maintaining, attending or using an open fire, campfire, charcoal or wood stove on all Los Alamos County lands. (See Exemption 1)

    Smoking is prohibited except within an enclosed vehicle or building, a developed recreation site, or while stopped in an area at least 3-feet in diameter that is barren or cleared of all flammable materials.

    Stage I Exemptions:

  • Today in History May 9
  • Governor ratchets up pressure for more cleanup funding--Video Extra

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants that transuranic waste off the hill.

    And on Wednesday, she ratcheted up pressure on the federal government, joining the New Mexico Congressional delegation in asking for another $40 million so LANL can complete its 3706 TRU Waste Campaign on time.

    Early last year, the Department of Energy and the New Mexico Environment Department negotiated a framework agreement that would complete the job of shipping 3,706 cubic meters of transuranic waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad. 

  • Jodi Arias says she prefers death penalty--Video Extra

    PHOENIX (AP) — Jodi Arias spent 18 days on the stand sharing intimate, emotional and oftentimes X-rated details of her life before a rapt television and online audience. She had hoped it all might convince a jury that she killed her one-time boyfriend in self-defense.

    But the eight men and four women on the panel didn't buy it, convicting Arias of first-degree murder after only about 15 hours of deliberations. Jurors will return to court Thursday to begin the next phase of the trial that could set the stage for Arias receiving a death sentence — a penalty she, herself, said she now desires in a stunning interview following her conviction.

    Arias talked to Fox affiliate KSAZ in the courthouse minutes after she was convicted. With tears in her eyes, she said she was overwhelmed and surprised because she didn't believe she committed first-degree murder.

    "It was unexpected for me, yes, because there was no premeditation on my part," she said.

    Arias also told the station she would "prefer to die sooner than later" and that "death is the ultimate freedom."

  • Help from the Elks

    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083, with the assistance of the New Mexico State Elks Cerebral Palsy Committee, were proud to present a check to Lee Ocana from El Rito, for $9,200. The money will go directly to purchase needed medical equipment to help Lee with his physical therapy and to allow him movement around his home. Standing from left to right, Los Alamos Elks Lodge Secretary Eppie Trujillo, Lee’s parents Maybel and Lizandro Ocana, Cerebral Palsy Chairman Trish Sandoval, and Exalted Ruler Mark Sandoval. Seated are Lee Ocana and his physical therapist Jean Porteus.

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 05-08-13

    The information on these cases was derived from the dockets of the Los Alamos Municipal and Magistrate Courts.
    May 1

    Jason A. Larranaga was found guilty by Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 11 to 15 miles an hour over the limit. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Steven M. Harbert was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    May 2

    Shamarie L. Reid was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to yield or stop at a sign. Reid was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.
    May 3

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court found Rosemary Renfeldt guilty of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Joseph Sullivan was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Charlotte Sandoval pleaded no contest in Los Alamos Municipal Court to three counts of failure to appear/failure to pay. She was fined $150 and ordered to pay $199 in court costs.
    May 6

  • Beausoleil heading LA Site Office

    The Los Alamos Site Office announced that Geoff Beausoleil has been assigned as the acting Field Office Manager for 60 days while a permanent manager is being identified. Beausoleil is currently the Sandia Field Office Manager and was previously the Deputy Manager at the Pantex Site Office.
    Beausoleil has more than 30 years of experience in the nuclear industry with DOE and Newport News Shipbuilding.
    Prior to his Pantex assignment, Beausoleil served as the assistant manager, Office of Operational Support at the DOE Idaho Operations Office (DOE-ID), and as the DOE-ID integrated safety management champion. In that position, Beausoleil was responsible for all of the Idaho National Laboratory site environment, quality, safety, health, worker protection, safeguards/security, emergency management and information technology programs.
    
Other positions held by Beausoleil at DOE-ID included director of the Quality and Safety Division and the facility director for the Radioactive Waste Management Complex and the Waste Reduction Operations Complex, where he was responsible for all transuranic, low-level, hazardous, and mixed-waste operations.  

  • Rangers, LAPD aid Bandelier visitor

    A visitor reported to a park volunteer that another visitor had collapsed along Bandelier’s Main Loop Trail Tuesday morning.
    Park rangers and the Los Alamos Fire Department responded, and found him conscious and alert. They transported him to the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    At that time, the cause of his collapse had not been determined. The man and his wife were visiting from Florida.
    It has been a busy couple of weeks for rescue workers at the monument.
    Crews were involved in two rescues in the last two weeks — one of a couple on Saturday and the other of a group last Friday.