People & Community

Small Red Car Crashes Into Light Pole Near Library

Los Alamos police and firefighters arrive on the scene of a one car crash this afternoon in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library next to the skate park. A small red car crashed into a light pole in the middle of the parking lot damaging the front portion of the vehicle. Details are not yet available on injuries, if any, sustained in the mishap or its cause. Courtesy photo


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Be A Part Of Small Business Saturday 2020 In Los Alamos

Pet Pangaea Owner Cyndi Wells in her store during last year’s Small Business Saturday brought the event to Los Alamos 10 years ago. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

CHAMBER News:

Save the Date
More than ever the Chamber and MainStreet will promote small businesses for Small Business Saturday and how shoppers can safely make purchases at local business.

This year Small Business Saturday is Nov. 28 and there is a lot planned. Organizers are trying to spread the shopping period out and capture early shoppers. Participants do not have to be a Chamber Member and can do as much or as little of Small


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N3B: LANL Individual Permit Status Meeting Oct. 28

N3B News:

The Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and its cleanup contractor Newport News Nuclear BWXT Los Alamos (N3B) will host the required semi-annual meeting for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Individual Permit.

This meeting is 5:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, and will be conducted virtually.

The Individual Permit authorizes the discharge of storm water from LANL sites where historical industrial activities occurred.

Discussion topics for the meeting include:

  • Draft Permit Update
  • 2020 Storm Water Season
  • Overview of Maintenance

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Los Alamos County Enters Level 1 Fire Restrictions

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos Fire Department’s Fire Marshal Wendy Servey announced today that she is enacting Level 1 Fire Restrictions for Los Alamos County, effective Friday, Oct. 23.

Servey said the decision was made in partnership with LAFD’s Wildland Division today after reviewing the potential threat of wildfire, especially in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic emergency.

“We’ve had a very dry summer and never received the expected moisture we typically see from the monsoons,” Servey said, “Even though it may be unusual to have fire restrictions in place in the Fall, it’s a necessary


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New Mexico Game And Fish On Mountain Lion Activity Near North Mesa Stables … Residents Urged To Avoid Area Trails

The mountain lion—also known as the cougar, puma, panther or catamount—is a large cat species native to the Americas. They are stealthy predators, hunting at night and often lying in wait for prey or silently stalking it before pouncing from behind and delivering a lethal bite to the spinal cord. Source: nwf.org. Courtesy/National Wildlife Federation

 

COUNTY News:
Los Alamos County officials are aware of reports of recent mountain lion activity near the North Mesa Stables.
Because this is a wildlife issue, New Mexico Game and Fish is on site today. They are evaluating the situation and will

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DOE Approves $1.35 Billion Cost Share Award For CFPP

Deputy DPU Manager Steve Cummins

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Electricity provided to Los Alamos County could be generated through cutting-edge technology.

The probability of this happening significantly increased recently after the Department of Energy approved a $1.35 billion cost share award to the Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP).

The CFPP project involves a 720-megawatt NuScale power plant that would be at the Idaho National Laboratory site. The power plant would utilize 12 small modular nuclear reactors.

The Utah Associated Municipal Power


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Dr. Brenda Pereda Opens Los Alamos Women’s Health

Dr. Brenda Pereda

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Dr. Brenda Pereda opened her new practice, Los Alamos Women’s Health, last week offering a full scope of OB/GYN services at Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC).

She specializes in reproductive health and wellness using culturally-appropriate and trauma-informed care for women of all ages.

“I love it here and look forward to learning more about the community,” Dr. Pereda said.

LAMC CEO John Whiteside spoke about how fortunate LAMC is to have Dr. Pereda opening her practice inside the medical center.

“We are excited


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Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Identifies Potential Safety Hazards In Transuranic Waste Processing At LANL

A crew prepares a waste shipment at LANL for transport to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. Courtesy/DOE

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

bjgordon@ladailypost.com

In a letter dated Sept. 24 to Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB) Acting Chairman Thomas A. Summers updated the Secretary on potential safety hazards in transuranic waste storage, handling and processing across Los Alamos National Laboratory facilities.

The Board has found that safety bases for both National Nuclear Security Administration and Environmental Management


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Cone Zone: Week Of Oct. 26, 2020

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:

Barranca Mesa 3 Subdivision Improvements Project

TLC Plumbing and Utility crews will continue placing concrete on Camino Encantado. Residents are asked to use caution in the work zone.

Mirador Subdivision in White Rock

Contractor will be placing curb and gutter and asphalt. Residents are asked to use caution in the work zone.

Pedestrian and ADA Accessibility Along Trinity Drive from Oppenheimer to 39th Street

GM crews will be working in the area of 36th Street and 37th


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Cheryl Vigil Is New Branch Manager Of Enterprise Bank & Trust In White Rock

New Branch Manager Cheryl Vigil of Enterprise Bank in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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By CAROL A. CLARK

Los Alamos Daily Post
caclark@ladailypost.com

Cheryl Vigil is the new branch manager of Enterprise Bank & Trust in White Rock.

Vigil was born and raised in New Mexico and is an enrolled tribal member from Nambe Pueblo.

“I have also raised my beautiful and wonderful daughter here on the Nambe Pueblo,” Vigil said.

Vigil has been employed with Enterprise Bank & Trust for nearly a year. She was first hired as an assistant manager at the


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Emerge Launches ‘Women Like Me’ Ahead Of Election Day

EMERGE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Emerge, the premier organization that recruits and trains Democratic women who want to run for office, launched on Wednesday “Women Like Me” – a campaign to draw attention to the diverse women that are running for local, state, and federal offices this election cycle.

There are more than 640 Emerge alumnae on the ballot Nov. 3.

“All across the country and at all levels of government, women are taking their activism and community involvement to a new level by running for office,” Emerge President A’shanti F. Gholar said. “‘Women Like Me’ celebrates the Black, Indigenous,


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Scenes From Visit This Week To Abiquiu Dam

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. The dam is on the Rio Chama, about 60 miles northwest of Santa Fe in Rio Arriba County. Built and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Abiquiu Dam is an earth embankment structure 354 feet high and 1,800 feet long, containing 11.8 million cubic yards of fill. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen

View during a visit this week to Abiquiu Dam. Photo by Dave Lannen


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Delicious Freshness On Tap At Farmers Market Today

Jose Gonzales with his fresh produce and decorations. Courtesy/LAFM

Los Alamos Farmers Market News:

Taste the difference 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Farmers Market at Ashley Pond Park.

There are only two more outdoor markets left in the 2020 season.

Fresh items at this week at market include:

Breakfast burritos, scones, cookies, pound cake, breads, croissants, muffin, quiche, pumpkin bread, gluten free baked goods, honey, honey sticks, allergy pops, jujubes, apples, pumpkins, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, onions, beets, radish, salad mix, arugula, spicy mix, pork, lamb,


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Center Lane Drop On Trinity At 15th Thursday And Friday

COUNTY News:

Parker Construction, under contract with Natural Grocers and in cooperation with the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities, will drop the center, left turn lane on Trinity Drive at 15th Street.

Work to cap a water line will continue after unforeseen circumstances Tuesday delayed this effort.

The lane will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. today, Oct. 22 and is anticipated to conclude by 6 p.m. Friday, Oct 23. No interruption of utility services is planned.

Crews indicated that work on the south side of Trinity at 15th would finish up later Wednesday and both eastbound lanes on Trinity


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Los Alamos National Laboratory Brings Next-Generation HPC In Fight To Stop Spread Of COVID-19

Chicoma high-performance computing platform to support the nation’s response to COVID-19. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory has completed the installation of a next-generation high-performance computing platform, with aim to enhance its ongoing R&D efforts in support of the nation’s response to COVID-19.

Named Chicoma, the new platform is poised to demonstrate Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s new HPE Cray EX supercomputer architecture for solving complex scientific problems.

“As extensive social and economic impacts from COVID-19 continue to grip


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Centerra-Los Alamos Supports Community Through Annual Donation To United Way Of Northern New Mexico

Centerra-Los Alamos continues its longtime annual support of United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) with a $10,000 contribution during a check presentation Tuesday in front of the Los Alamos Daily Post Newspaper in downtown Los Alamos. Centerra officials presenting the check to UWNNM Executive Director Cindy Padilla, from left, Environment, Safety, Health and Quality Assurance Director Rick Gandenberger, Business Management Director Graig Newell and General Manager Lennie Upshaw. This generous donation from Centerra helps support UWNNM in its mission to improve the lives of children


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New Home Lowered Into Place On Arizona Avenue

Ryan Conner was fascinated by the huge crane and all the large trucks that it took to deliver a new home Tuesday on Arizona Avenue. He is with his Mom Christy and Grandma Laurel and staying a safe distance from the action. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

One half of the new home is in place waiting for the second half. The homes were constructed in Albuquerque by Clayton Mfg. and transported to Los Alamos by JR Therouxs Mobile Home Service from Tijeras. The crane was provided by Crane Services of Albuquerque. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

The second half of the home is on its way to be installed


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Annual Calvary Los Alamos Pumpkin Patch Canceled

Scene from a previous Calvary Los Alamos Pumpkin Patch. Courtesy photo

Scene from a previous Calvary Los Alamos Pumpkin Patch. Courtesy photo

Calvary News:

Calvary Los Alamos has hosted a Pumpkin Patch each October for more than 10 years but do to the second wave of COVID-19 have decided that it is not feasible to host it this year.

Calvary had thought of doing a “drive-thru” event but felt that even had too high of a risk. 

The congregation is very saddened by this turn of events and hopes that all of the precious families that have come yearly will understand this decision.

There was much hope and planning


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New Mexico Supreme Court Approves Pretrial Detention Rule Changes To Enhance Public Safety

SUPREME COURT News: 

SANTA FE – The state Supreme Court has approved changes in New Mexico’s pretrial justice system to enhance public safety.

The Court issued orders last week to revise procedural rules governing when a person charged with a felony can be held in jail before trial. The rule amendments take effect for cases pending or filed on or after Nov. 23.

“As confirmed by independent evaluations, New Mexicans are safer today because of pretrial justice reforms implemented by the state Supreme Court in the past four years. Newly approved rule changes strengthen the reforms and further protect


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