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Los Alamos’s Rusty Gray Elected To National Academy Of Engineering

on February 17, 2017 - 9:30am

Rusty Gray was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

George “Rusty” Gray III, of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Science in Radiation and Dynamic Extremes group, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was cited for his contributions to the understanding of the dynamic and shock-loading deformation and damage response of materials. 

“Rusty’s investigations of the structure and property behavior of materials subjected to dynamic and shock-loading conditions have provided significant understanding of material strength

Los Alamos Police Blotter: Feb. 1 To Feb. 14, 2017

on February 17, 2017 - 8:48am
LAPD News:
 
The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department. Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.
 
VALENTINE OROZCO-ALMANZA
 
Feb. 1 at 1:34 p.m. / Police arrested Valentine Orozco-Almanza, 30, of Espanola on San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.
 
 
 
 
 
BYRON HENDERSON
 
Feb. 3 at 12:28 p.m. / Police arrested Byron Henderson, 49, of Los Alamos at Diamond Drive and Range Road and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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City RockFest Tour Features Seventh Day Slumber

on February 17, 2017 - 8:40am
Courtesy image
 
MUSIC News:
 
City RockFest Tour is bringing Seventh Day Slumber back to Northern New Mexico next week, Thursday Feb. 23 at Pojoaque Middle School. 
 
With them are Project 86 and Disciple headlining the show, with Random Hero and Scarlet White opening. Don't miss these five bands, 3.5 hours of great music, for a single ticket of only $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. VIP Tickets are still available for early entry at 5:30 p.m. and an opportunity to meet the bands. 
 
Check out this show at https://www.facebook.com/events/1774658079451130/ or tour page on,

House Judiciary Passes Bill To Protect CYFD Workers

on February 17, 2017 - 7:25am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Feb. 14, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill sponsored by Reps. Monica Youngblood (R-Bernalillo) and Sharon Clahchischilliage (R-San Juan) to shield child protective service employees from harm.
 
Their legislation, House Bill 44, would increase protections for employees of the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) by making it a crime to commit assault or battery on a CYFD employee while they are performing their job duties.
 
“CYFD workers are often asked to intervene in volatile situations, and they deserve this extra measure of

Los Alamos Historical Society's Annual Overnight Guided Tour To Trinity Site March 31-April 1

on February 17, 2017 - 6:58am
 
LAHS News:
 
Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site March 31 and April 1 for the spring opening.
 
The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range. Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.
 
Bonuses include a visit to the

Boy Scouts Great Southwest Council Elects President

on February 17, 2017 - 6:51am
Ross Crown
 
SCOUTING News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Ross Crown, a partner at the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, is the new president of the Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
 
Crown, who received his law degree from the University of Michigan, will serve a two-year term as leader of the third largest council in the continental United States. It is the only council to encompass portions of four states.
 
The Great Southwest Council serves nearly 7,300 youth and more than 4,500 adult members in northern New Mexico, southwest Colorado and a substantial

Coro de Cámara: ‘Do You Hear The People Sing?’

on February 17, 2017 - 6:50am
Coro de Cámara. Courtesy photo

MUSIC News:

“Do you Hear the People Sing?” Coro de Cámara, Northern New Mexico’s premiere chamber chorus, will perform an exciting program featuring some of the best of musical theater and Broadway. As the concert title promises, several selections from the world’s most popular musical, Les Misérables, are a highlight of the program, along with other favorites, such as “My New Philosophy” from You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin, and “For Good” from Wicked.  

The chorus also offers a stirring tribute to Stephen Sondheim, who for

FBI: Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty To Aiding And Abetting Armed Bank Robbery

on February 17, 2017 - 6:48am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Christopher Gallegos, 33, of Albuquerque has pled guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting the armed robbery of an Albuquerque-area bank.
 
Gallegos was arrested in March 2016, on a criminal complaint charging him and four co-defendants, Greg Miera, 51, Martin Huerta, 43, Christian Herrera, 20, and Isaiah Gallegos, 20, all of Albuquerque, with bank robbery.
 
According to the complaint, a source identified the co-defendants as the individuals involved in robbing the US Bank branch March 30, 2016 at 5620 Wyoming Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.

Tibbar Plasma Technologies Of Los Alamos Selected To Attend ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

on February 17, 2017 - 6:40am
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
 

An experimental plasma-based HVDC electrical transformer in development at Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc., in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

 

 

BUSINESS News:
 
Tibbar Plasma Technologies, Inc. of Los Alamos is one of a select group of energy innovators selected to attend the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy’s (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit (http://www.arpae-summit.com/).
 
The summit is Feb.

Notice Of Possible Quorum: APP Board

on February 17, 2017 - 6:29am

COUNTY News:

A notice of a possible quorum of members of the Art in Public Places Board at the White Rock Municipal Complex Ribbon Cutting Ceremony has been published and is available online here.

The event is 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 at the White Rock Municipal Complex at 139 Longview Dr.

Members of the Arts in Public Places may attend this ribbon cutting ceremony and a quorum may be present but no action will be taken by this board.

The public is invited to attend.

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It's Not Dust, It's Not Smoke, It's Allergy Season!

on February 17, 2017 - 5:59am

Juniper tree pollen explosions Feb. 10 near Nogal, NM. Photo by Hollis Fuchs

Photo by Hollis Fuchs

Photo by Hollis Fuchs

Sipapu Ski Resort Hosts Popular Family Event

on February 16, 2017 - 10:12pm
Courtesy/Sipapu Ski Resort
 
SKI News:
 
VADITO   Sipapu Ski Resort hosts its annual President’s Day weekend celebration, February Fun Fest! 
 
It’s Sipapu’s most popular free family event, Feb. 18-20, which includes a giant snow castle, costume contest and parade, mountain-wide treasure hunt, games, prizes and more!
 
“February Fun Fest and our trademark snow castle is just another way that Sipapu shows its commitment to families. It’s a free event that our founding family, the Bolanders, started years ago.

Daffodil Sales Benefit LAVNS Hospice

on February 16, 2017 - 8:49pm

Award-winning Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, owner of Pig + Fig Bakery and Café, 35 Rover Blvd. Suite G, in White Rock, accepts a display vase of daffodils from Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service Social Worker Collette Fordham, in support of the March 9-10 fundraiser for hospice. The community is invited to place orders for daffodils by calling 505.662.2525 or visit www.lavns.com.

LA Hockey Mid-Winter ... Probably Last Day For Ice

on February 16, 2017 - 8:35pm

Los Alamos Hilltoppers Developmental Team at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink tonight where the bad ice is split from the good ice by orange cones. A covered rink would keep the kids on the ice a bit longer. Photo by Bill Crooks

Scene from tonight's Hilltoppers Developmental Team at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Photo by Bill Crooks

Scene from tonight's Hilltoppers Developmental Team at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Photo by Bill Crooks

Scene from tonight's Hilltoppers Developmental Team at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Photo by Bill Crooks
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SGR Pulls HB 50 Back To House Judiciary Committe

on February 16, 2017 - 8:17pm

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Today, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) pulled HB 50 back into the House Judiciary Committee to allow for more input and consideration on the bill:

“I want to thank everyone who has reached out to talk about HB50. The goal of this important piece of legislation has always been to find a balance between increasing public safety while protecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners.

“In conversations with voters and my fellow Representatives, it is clear that we still have some more work to do to ensure we aren’t treading on

Pig +Fig Cafe Becomes White Rock Institution

on February 16, 2017 - 3:52pm
Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton puts the finishing touches on one of the courses at a recent Wine Dinner at Pig + Fig Cafe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

When award-winning chef Laura Crucet Hamilton opened Pig + Fig Café a year ago this month, fine dining returned to White Rock.

In one short year, Hamilton and her staff have made Pig + Fig a home away from home for many White Rock residents, but unless you’re a gourmet cook, the food is probably a lot better than you could whip up for breakfast or lunch.

“We are so grateful for how loyal

This Week At The Reel Deal

on February 16, 2017 - 3:51pm

House Committee Shuts Window On Solar

on February 16, 2017 - 3:50pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE House Republicans voted Thursday against House Bill 193 in the House Business and Industry Committee along a partisan 5-5 vote.
 
HB 193 would have made permanent and expanded New Mexico’s investment in solar energy, creating jobs and diversifying the state’s economy at a time when its over reliance on oil and gas has left us in a deep financial crisis.

Council Okays Special Election For Recreation Bond

on February 16, 2017 - 3:46pm

County Councilor James Chrobocinski makes a motion to approve the special election for the $20 million recreation bond, which passed unanimously. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos County Council unanimously passed the resolution to hold a special election for a $20 million recreation bond during its regular meeting Tuesday night. The special election will be held May 23.

If voters approve the bond, Council anticipates utilizing up to $13.5 million of Capital Improvement Project funds in order to supplement the bond proceeds

WIPP Releases Preliminary Shipping Estimates

on February 16, 2017 - 3:33pm
WIPP News:
 
The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed estimates for the resumption of shipments of transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) over the next 12 months. 
 
Shipments are expected to be made during that time from Idaho, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, the Savannah River Site, and Waste Control Specialists.
 
Shipments of TRU waste from generator sites across the U.S. are expected to commence in April.

Public Official 'Cooling Off' Bill Continues To Advance

on February 16, 2017 - 3:32pm

STATE News:
 
SANTA FE The House Judiciary Committee approved House Bill 73 Tuesday, a bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Dines (R-Bernalillo) to enhance “cooling off” standards for New Mexico public officials.
 
The bill is cosponsored by Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Doña Ana) and Rep. Nathan Small (D-Doña Ana).
 
Dines’ legislation would restrict certain former state officials from becoming compensated lobbyists for at least two years after leaving their public positions.
 
The restriction would apply to statewide elected officials, legislators, cabinet secretaries and Public Regulation

Carlsbad Bank Robbers Still Sought Three Years Later

on February 16, 2017 - 3:30pm
 
FBI News:
 
The FBI and Carlsbad Police Department are still looking for an unidentified man and woman who robbed a Carlsbad bank three years ago.
 
Feb. 7, 2014, at approximately 2:40 p.m., two suspects robbed the Western Commerce Bank at 3310 National Parks Highway in Carlsbad.
 
The FBI is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of these suspects.
 
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300.

Regional Coalition Of LANL Communities Heads To Washington, D.C. Next Week

on February 16, 2017 - 10:16am

RCLC News:

SANTA FE — The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities (RCLC) is traveling next week to Washington, D.C. The RCLA will attend the Energy Communities Alliance (ECA) meeting and other meetings with Congressional offices and Department of Energy (DOE) government officials Feb. 20-24 to discuss matters relating to LANL’s upcoming management and operations contract, workforce priorities, mission diversification and legacy waste cleanup.

Members of the RCLC Board of Directors attending  the D.C.

Council Approves Brush & Bulk Collection Changes

on February 16, 2017 - 9:47am

From left, Environmental Sustainability Board Chair John Bliss, Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule and Public Works Director Philo Shelton answer Council questions about the board's recommendation for the brush and bulk collection program during Tuesday's meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

During its meeting Tuesday night, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved changing the way brush and bulk items are collected in this community.

Council approved the Environmental Sustainability Board's (ESB)

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