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  • LANL rolls out strategy for environmental sustainability

    The Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Laboratory have rolled out a long-term strategy for environmental stewardship and sustainability that provides a blueprint for safeguarding the environment while accomplishing the laboratory’s national security missions.

    “This plan represents a significant amount of effort on the part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office to set the standard for Environmental Stewardship in New Mexico,” said Juan Griego, acting manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Field Office. “It is intended to ensure that all actions undertaken by our office to support the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s mission have first taken environmental protection and stewardship into full consideration.”

    The Long-Term Strategy for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability document presents the long-term environmental goals for the laboratory and gives managers a range of decision support tools to help them conduct their work in a way that protects the environment.

  • Today in History, March 1st
  • LAPS vehicle involved in accident Thursday

    A Los Alamos Public Schools SUV was involved in a car accident in Española following a Los Alamos High School girls basketball game.
    According to one driver returning to Los Alamos Thursday night, the SUV was involved in a rear-end accident at the corner of Fairview Lane and Paseo de Oñate in Española. The vehicle is used as transportation for Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball players.
    LAHS athletic director Vicki Nelms said late Thursday night that no Los Alamos student-athletes were in the SUV at the time of the accident and that there were no initial reports of injuries.
    Los Alamos’ girls basketball team was playing Española Valley in a District 2-4A tournament game Thursday night at Española Valley High School.
     

  • LA falls in semifinals to Española Valley

    ESPAÑOLA - The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got off to a hot start in the first quarter of its semifinal game Thursday night.
    Los Alamos scored 15 points in the opening period against the Española Valley Sundevils. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they wouldn’t match their early offensive numbers again until the fourth quarter.
    The Sundevils pressed the Hilltoppers into submission Thursday, winning 51-34 at Edward Medina Gymnasium. The loss knocked the Hilltoppers out of the District 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos (16-12) couldn’t find its rhythm offensively after Española Valley employed trapping full-court pressure in the second quarter and forced 7 second quarter turnovers.
    Read more about the game in Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
     

  • Recordings heard in fatal 'good Samaritan' Pojoaque case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man accused of killing a preschool teacher who was trying to stop him from beating his girlfriend later told his girlfriend that he made the "ultimate sacrifice" for her, according to jail phone recordings played for jurors Thursday.

    Prosecutors allege Adrian Gonzales, 31, assaulted his girlfriend, killed the teacher and stabbed another man during a December 2011 dispute at a mobile home park in Pojoaque, about 15 miles north of Santa Fe.

    The phone conversations played for jurors were recorded at the Santa Fe County jail shortly after Gonzales' arrest in the stabbing death of 21-year-old Victoriano "Mo" Moises Byrne-Gonzales, who taught at the Playschool of the Arts in Santa Fe.

    Gonzales, of Dixon, has pleaded not guilty.

    In one of the recordings, Gonzales tells his then-girlfriend that he is facing life in prison and that Byrne-Gonzales and the other man, Santiago Cordova, were attacking him after his fight with her. The girlfriend is heard crying, and repeatedly apologizes for the altercation.

  • Business as usual at the lab

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan reiterated it will be business as usual as automatic budget cuts to planned spending increases are expected to take effect.

    McMillan has said previously that the actions the lab took in 2012 to control spending has given it some flexibility to deal with budget uncertainties in 2013.

    Here is the text of McMillan’s memo that was sent to employees Thursday.

    “We are now hours away from March 1, the day federal budget cuts are scheduled to take effect in an action called “sequestration,” and I wanted to keep you posted on where things stand here at Los Alamos.

    “We will be in business as usual here tomorrow and next week. I will be at work and you should plan to be as well. What remains uncertain is the final budget reduction numbers to each NNSA site. Once those numbers are shared with us, we will know which one or combination of options will make the most sense for the laboratory.

    “I remain convinced that a reduction of the permanent workforce here is not viable. However, further reductions in purchasing and subcontracts, use of carryover funds, and — as a last resort — short-term furloughs remain on the table.

  • Remembering the Raid on Waco, 20 Years Later

    20 years later, three ATF agents reflect upon the day "that changed law enforcement;" the tragic raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas. Four agents died along with 6 Davidians and a deadly 51-day standoff ensued.

  • Official: 'Strange Spike' in Baby Dolphin Deaths
  • DWI bill passes State House

    The House has unanimously approved a proposal Wednesday toughening penalties against drunken driving in New Mexico.

    The legislation will establish new standards for drunken drivers to meet before they can get their licenses fully restored and stop using an ignition interlock, which are intended to prevent vehicles from operating if the driver has been drinking.

    Drivers must blow into the devices before starting their vehicles and then randomly after that.

    Another provision allows judges to require drunken drivers sentenced to house arrest to use a breath alcohol analyzing device in their home to determine whether they remain sober.

    The measure also will add mandatory prison time to the basic sentence of drunken driving offenders with previous felonies.

    The legislation cleared the House on Wednesday and goes to the Senate for consideration.

    The vote was 63-0 and the bill was sponsored by Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson (D-Bernalillo), Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe) and Tim Lewis (R-Sandoval) and the House Judiciary Committee to consolidate their three separate bills into one comprehensive package.

  • Real estate firms merge

    Zia Realty Group Broker/Owner James Chrobocinski, center, poses with his new associates, brokers Pearl White and David Horpedahl. Zia Realty Group acquired the real estate sales branch of Real Estate Associates PVW, LLC in January. White retained  ownership of Real Estate Associates PVW, LLC as a Property Management brokerage. Horpedahl's agency, Los Alamos Properties, will be acquired by Chrobocinski this Friday, at which point Zia Realty Group will grow to 19 Realtors. “When a business closes, everyone thinks the worse,” Horpedahl said. “We’re not closing, we’re merging to give better services, which is hopefully a win-win-win for the community as well as for us.”