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Udall, Heinrich: New Leadership Needed at N.M. VA Medical Center

on July 23, 2014 - 6:49am

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 21, as the acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary visits New Mexico, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged the VA to move quickly to hire a qualified permanent director for New Mexico's VA hospital to help it immediately begin the work to regain the trust of veterans and address serious problems with scheduling, emergency response, care for rural veterans and other challenges.

Numerous vacancies at the VA, including the New Mexico VA Medical Center (VAMC) director, have made it extremely difficult to make

WIPP to Reduce Transportation Contract Drivers

on July 23, 2014 - 6:44am

WIPP News:

Visionary Solutions, a carrier contracted to transport waste to WIPP, will reduce its driver teams as a result of the February events that suspended waste disposal operations at the facility.

In anticipation of the decline in shipments, the Carlsbad Field Office asked Visionary Solutions to propose cost estimates that reflect the reduced need for transportation services. Visionary Solutions has now reduced its qualified two-person driving teams from 11 to three. The number of dedicated tractors or trucks also will be reduced to three.

WIPP will maintain its transportation

Los Alamos Pedestrian Hit By Truck Has Died

on July 22, 2014 - 1:59pm

Emily Mares-Lang

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Emily Mares-Lang, 71, of Los Alamos died Monday evening after being struck by a truck July 16 near the Los Alamos Post Office.

She had remained in critical condition at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center since being hit while walking in the crosswalk on Main Street.

"The world will miss a beautiful person ... that's for sure," Ed Lang said today, adding that arrangements are pending.

He said that he and Mares-Lang would have been married 24 years in September.

Mares-Lang was employed the last eight years at Los Alamos

Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee Meets at UNM-LA July 23

on July 22, 2014 - 7:00am

STATE News:

The New Mexico Legislature’s Radioactive and Hazardous Materials Committee meets 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 23 at the UNM-LA Student Center Lecture Hall (Room 230), 4000 University Dr.

Committee members will discuss Los Alamos National Laboratory's Waste Drum Characterization Process and LANL's Legacy Waste Cleanup Status.

They also will speak with Ryan C. Flynn, N.M. Secretary of Environment and receive the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant Report from Joe Franco, manager of the DOE Carlsbad Field Office. Chromium Contamination Mitigation also is on the agenda.

Committee Chair Sen.

Municipal Court Closing From Noon July 22-25

on July 21, 2014 - 9:03pm

COURT News:

Los Alamos County Municipal Court will close at noon Tuesday, July 22 and remain closed through Friday, July 25 for Court Staff Professional Development.

The Court will reopen Monday, July 28.

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Bear Returns To Ridge Park Condominiums

on July 21, 2014 - 7:57pm

The bear spotted over the weekend by several residents living in the Ridge Park Condominiums on Oppenheimer near Trinity Drive paid a return visit to the area today. Residents want their neighbors and visitors to be aware that the bear is prowling around the grounds. Photo by T. Steck

Photo by T. Steck

Photo by T. Steck

Los Alamos Police Chief Releases Department's 1st & 2nd Quarter Crime Statistics

on July 21, 2014 - 7:00pm

Chief Dino Sgambellone

LAPD News:

Today, Chief of Police Dino Sgambellone released crime statistics for the first and second quarter of 2014, which were compiled by the Records Division of the Los Alamos Police Department.

Offenses reported as crime statistics are determined by the FBI Uniform Crime Report Program and are classified as crimes against persons (violent crime) and crimes against property (property crime).

Both of these categories are referred to as Part I Offenses or Crimes. Violent crime is comprised of murder (homicide), rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

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