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NRC to Discuss Apparent Violations at Harris Nuclear Plant

on August 16, 2012 - 12:25pm

NRC News:

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a regulatory and pre-decisional enforcement conference with officials of Duke Energy to discuss apparent violations of NRC requirements involving the ventilation systems for facilities at the Harris nuclear power plant that would be staffed during emergencies.

The Harris plant, which is operated by Duke Energy, is located near New Hill, N.C., about 20 miles southwest of Raleigh.

NRC and company officials will discuss the safety significance of two inspection findings related to the ventilation systems for the plant’s

Family YMCA & Fusion Volleyball Offer Skills Development

on August 16, 2012 - 11:14am


The Family YMCA and Fusion Volleyball have teamed up to offer a Volleyball skills development program for girls ages 12-15.

Practice starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19 and will be twice a week at the Y through October.

Stop by the Y to observe practice and meet the coaches at 1 p.m. this Sunday at no charge.

Program will be $45 for Y members and $60 for program only members.

Diggers Volleyball for ages 8-11 is open for registration at $32 for Y members and $48 for program members.

Practice/Games will be Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock

NMDOT Installing New Stop Signs in Espanola

on August 16, 2012 - 10:54am

NMDOT News :

The New Mexico Department of Transportation will have additional stop signs installed at two “T” intersections on N.M. 369 in the City of Espanola by Aug. 24.

The additional stop signs will help to improve traffic safety at the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Upper San Pedro Road, and the intersection of Middle San Pedro Road and Lower San Pedro Road. 

Currently, there is only one stop sign at each “T” intersection.

The installation of the new stop signs means that traffic coming from all directions must now stop.

A portable electronic message board will be

FTC Takes Action on Misleading Sports Equipment

on August 16, 2012 - 10:29am

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., joined Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Rockefeller today to commend the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for taking action against a company for making marketing claims about its product’s ability to reduce the risk of concussions that were not supported by sound scientific evidence.


"I applaud the FTC for taking action to stop Brain-Pad from making marketing claims about whether their mouth guards can reduce the risk of concussions," Rockefeller said.

Cruise the Caldera Aug. 25

on August 16, 2012 - 9:32am

VCNP News:

Cruise the Caldera

Explore more than 60 miles of roads on the Valles Caldera National Preserve by Mountain Bike Saturday, Aug. 25.

This event will happen only once this season, and it is open for all ages and abilities.

Participants can ride from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at one of two entrances; Banco Bonito Staging area, mile marker 30 off N.M. 4 or the Valle Grande Staging Area mile marker 39.2 off N.M. 4.

New this year, the Preserve has combined this event with the Twilight Mountain Bike Ride, which starts only at the Valle Grande entrance, to allow cyclists the choice of

Shelling Out Evidence: NIST Ballistic Standard Helps Tie Guns to Criminals

on August 16, 2012 - 8:29am

This cartridge case shows the three distinct marks, or "signatures," impressed on its surface when it was fired by a gun: the firing pin impression, the breech face impression and the ejector mark. NIST's standard casing ensures that forensic labs can accurately match signatures on shells found at crime scenes with images in a national database. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

Thanks to a new reference standard developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement agencies will have an easier time linking the nearly 200,000 cartridge cases recovered annually at

'Tri Tri Tri Again' Reflects Artistic Side of Number Three

on August 16, 2012 - 8:07am

Fuller Lodge Art Center. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

By Kirsten Laskey

Fuller Lodge Art Center is celebrating the number three. For those mathematically challenged, not to worry – this is no number-crunching exhibit.

Rather, the newest gallery show features a host of diverse and beautiful interpretations of the theme – “Tri Tri Tri Again.”

As it turns out, three is not just a number.

"Hoo Doos" by Carol Kaleko. Photo by Kirsten Laskey

“Symbolism in art is as varied as the cultures and backgrounds of the artists, and we have a very diverse population represented in the ‘Tri Tri Tri Again’


Los Alamos Police Target Impaired Drivers

on August 16, 2012 - 7:41am

LAPD News:

During August and September, the Los Alamos Police Department will conduct DWI checkpoints.

Officers will be targeting impaired drivers on the roadways and at checkpoints throughout the County of Los Alamos.


Blues Rocker Carolyn Wonderland Plays Rover Park Friday

on August 15, 2012 - 10:58pm

Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland performs this Friday, Aug. 17 at Rover Park in White Rock. Courtesy photo

By Russ Gordon

Summer Concert Series is thrilled to present Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland this Friday, Aug. 17 at Rover Park in White Rock.

The show starts at 7 p.m. and is free. The Series is paid for by donations from Los Alamos County and many Los Alamos businesses, professionals and friends.

You can see who these sponsors are and read about our acts at

If you have any comments on the Series or if you’d like to make a request for the


CodeRed Mobile Alert App Now Available

on August 15, 2012 - 5:26pm


An upgraded version of the CodeRED Mobile Alert app is now available as a free download for both iPhone and Android smartphones.

With this upgrade, CodeRED Mobile Alert subscribers may now view weather alerts for the entire country, with previous access limited to a 500-mile radius.

CodeRED is the notification system used by Los Alamos County to alert residents to local emergencies.

To sign up, visit and click on CodeRed in the right sidebar.

The mobile app is a free download on iTunes and Google Play.

Countywide Power Outage Hit Today

on August 15, 2012 - 3:45pm

Update to 4:30 p.m. power outage caused by lightning to local substation: DPU customers still without power should call 311 or 662-8333 ASAP.

A major electrical power failure hit the entire County of Los Alamos at 1:50 p.m. today.

Word from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is that a high voltage transmission service within Los Alamos National Laboratory was lost. LANL is investigating the cause.

Column: Money IQ for the College Bound Student and His or Her Parents

on August 15, 2012 - 12:30pm
Money IQ
By Karen Easton

How quickly the time has passed and now you are sending your child off to college.

You might be asking yourself, “What does my student know about money management and how can I prepare them for it?”

This week’s Money IQ introduces you and your college bound student to Student checking accounts and the tools available to help manage them.

Most financial institutions have accounts for students. The question is, “How do you determine which one is right for you and your student?”

Start by looking for Student accounts that have low or no minimum balance

Column: Sign Code Revisions Move Forward

on August 15, 2012 - 12:18pm

Good or bad use of signs?  Courtesy Photo

Column by Greg Kendall

The Community and Economic Development Department (CEDD) is once again tackling a major revision to Los Alamos County's sign code.

CEDD believes that this time will be the charm for getting the sign code revised and approved by the County Council. CEDD has an aggressive schedule to move the sign code to Council approval before the end of the year.

Draft revisions as a result of more public input and a public hearing by the Planning and Zoning Commision are planned.

On Monday, CEDD held a "stakeholders" public meeting at


Boomerang Thrift Boutique Celebrates First Decade

on August 15, 2012 - 10:48am

Boomerang Thrift Boutique, 814 South Riverside Dr. in Espanola carries gently used clothing for every member of the family including Fido. Shoes and cowboy boots, furniture, art, antiques, collectibles, books, cd's and dvd's, home decor items, kitchen items, toys and more are available in the store. Photo by Mandy Marksteiner

By Mandy Marksteiner

When you pull into the driveway, you’ll notice adobe walls have been cheerfully painted with flamingoes and flowering vines.

The flower garden has been cared for and decorated with colorful pinwheels.


Meet Ruby K’s New Operations Manager: Melissa Schmidt

on August 15, 2012 - 9:48am

Ruby Alexander, center, of Ruby K's at 20th Street and Central Avenue with her new operations manager Melissa Schmidt, left, and architect Steve Shaw. Photo by TK Thompson/

By Mandy Marksteiner

Melissa Schmidt, newly hired operations manager at Ruby K’s Bagel Cafe, plans to use her communication skills to lead the staff through changes at the restaurant.

“This is a big time at Ruby K’s,” said Schmidt, who was also a shift supervisor at Starbucks, where she has worked for the past six years. “Ruby (Alexander) has a lot of great ideas.


Aquatomics Place 11 in Long Course Championship

on August 15, 2012 - 9:44am


The Four Corners Aquatic Team and New Mexico Swimming hosted the New Mexico Long Course State Championships Swim Meet July 19-22, at the Farmington Aquatic Center in Farmington.

A total of 446 swimmers from 22 teams attended.

The Los Alamos Aquatomics had 23 swimmers attend the championship meet; several of whom scored points for the team by finishing in the top eight in their events:         

  • Jillian Bennett scored 2 points
  • Kaitlin Bennett scored 4 points
  • Max Corliss scored 5 points
  • Alana Goodwin scored 5 points
  • Nick Greenfield scored 5 points
  • Ian Jaegers scored 11 points

Steve Wells to Speak Thursday at The Hive on Financial Challenges of Entrepreneurship

on August 15, 2012 - 9:34am

LAEN News:

The community is invited to join the Los Alamos Entrepreneurs Network at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a conversation with Steve Wells, President of Los Alamos National Bank.

Steve W. Wells
President and Chief Administrative Officer
Los Alamos National Bank

LAEN is privileged to host Wells on the evening of Aug.16 at The Hive,134 N.M. 4 in White Rock ... please note that seating is limited so plan to arrive early.

Wells has served as president of Los Alamos National Bank since 1994.

He began his banking career 34 years ago and has been with LANB since 1985 and serves on the bank's


Thursday's CIP Evaluation & Oversight Meeting Canceled

on August 15, 2012 - 9:02am


The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will not meet Thursday, Aug. 16.

Instead, the committee will take a private tour on Friday afternoon of the new Municipal Complex under construction on Central Avenue.

The committee plans to meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23 with County Administrator Harry Burgess in a special committee meeting in Council Chambers.

This will be the only agenda item for the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.



Wilson Campaign Names "Women for Heather" Los Alamos County Chair

on August 15, 2012 - 8:52am
  • Los Alamos woman to lead coalition operations in county

ALBUQUERQUE — Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, announced today that Los Alamos resident Francine J. Mendoza will lead Women for Heather in Los Alamos County.

Mendoza joins the statewide grassroots team and will lead the county's efforts to elect the first female senator from New Mexico.

“This year we have a special opportunity to elect Heather Wilson as New Mexico’s first woman U.S. Senator,” Mendoza said. “Heather is the only pro-life candidate running for the U.S.


Chili Roasting Season Has Arrived

on August 15, 2012 - 8:36am


Chili roasting time is here and Matt Romero, owner of Romero Farms in Dixon is prepared. He has been a regular at the Farmer's Market for years and will be there on Thursday morning in the parking lot near Mesa Public Library. Photo by Clay Dillingham.

Church Fire Deemed Accidental

on August 14, 2012 - 2:50pm

Courtesy photo


The New Mexico Fire Marshal's Office has determined that the cause of the fire at the New Beginnings Church July 4 was electrical and accidental.  


Bingaman Discusses Manhattan Project National Historical Park at Los Alamos Historical Museum Event

on August 14, 2012 - 11:26am

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman spoke today at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum of the importance of establishing a Manhattan Project National Historical Park with sites in Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Tenn. and Hanford, Wash. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

By Carol A. Clark

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., was honored Monday afternoon at a gathering at the Los Alamos Historical Museum for his support of Los Alamos during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate.

Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Bingaman with a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the

Food on the Hill: Grilled Salmon

on August 14, 2012 - 10:22am

"Food on the Hill" by Sue York

This week's recipe...

Photo by Sue York/

Grilled salmon

Fish seasoning:

  • Equal parts of -- No Salt Cajun Seasoning
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • -- 1/2 part of Mesquite seasoning
  • Salmon Filets with skin on
  • Spray butter
  • Seasoning (above)

Photo by Sue York/


** If you need to freeze the uncooked fish filets, put them in a plastic zip bag and put in a little water and a tablespoon or two of lemon juice. Zip the bag with all of the air out and do not freeze for more than one month.
Photo by Sue York/
Check fish

Police Halt Jail Fight This Morning

on August 14, 2012 - 9:30am

Photo by Greg Kendall/

LAPD News:

A fight between inmates broke out this morning at the Los Alamos County Detention Center.

Police officers stepped in and stopped the fight quickly.

Los Alamos Fire Department EMTs were called to the scene and are transporting this 24-year-old inmate to the Los Alamos Medical Center as a precaution.

Medic 3 considers this a non-emergency transport.

The cause of the fight is not readily known.