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  • Flash flood watch until Friday morning

     

    . FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH LATE TONIGHT...

    THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR

    * A PORTION OF NORTH AND CENTRAL NEW MEXICO... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING AREAS... CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... EAST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS... ESTANCIA VALLEY... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS... NORTHEAST HIGHLANDS... NORTHWEST HIGHLANDS... SANDIA/MANZANO MOUNTAINS... SANTA FE METRO AREA... SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS ABOVE 9500 FEET... SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS... WEST CENTRAL HIGHLANDS... WEST CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND WEST SLOPES SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS.

  • LANL laser heading to Mars in 2020 mission

    NASA announced today that laser technology originally developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected for its new Mars mission in 2020.

    “We are extremely excited to be going to Mars again,” said Los Alamos National Laboratory planetary scientist Roger Wiens, Principal Investigator of the newly selected SuperCam team and current principal investigator of the Curiosity Rover’s ChemCam Team. “More importantly for the mission, I know SuperCam is the very best remote sensor that NASA can have aboard.”

  • Update 07-31-14

    Fundraiser

    Youth Fundraiser. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Rover Park in White Rock. Water slide and bounce house, $3 for five minutes. Donations are appreciated.

    Downtown Dogs

    Downtown Dogs. A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. today for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    Auditions

    Auditions for Agatha Christie’s play “And Then There Were None.” 2-4 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Little Theater.

    First Friday Forts

    First Friday Forts at PEEC. 3:30-5 p.m. Come build a fort or cook up something good in the mud kitchen. No formal program — just a time for kids to get together and have fun. Parents must stay and supervise their children. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Concert series

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series. Shinyribs. 7-10 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond. 

  • Charter Article V draws debate

    On Tuesday, a group calling themselves Citizens to Preserve Sound Utilities (CPSU) made a last-ditch effort to derail sending proposed amendments to Charter Article V to the voters in November.
    The Los Alamos County council approved the Charter Review Committee’s (CRC) recommendation for changes to Article V —which deals with public utilities — in December 2013. Tuesday’s agenda item was to approve the final ordinance, which reflected five years of work by two CRC committees.
    Efforts to kill the ordinance caused some distress among supporters, particularly due to what former CRC member Chris Chandler called “a light bench.” Council requires four votes to pass anything.
    Only Vice Chair Kristin Henderson, who served as chair, and councilors Steve Girrens and Pete Sheehey were present. Councilor Rick Reiss joined by phone for the entire meeting, and councilor Frances Berting —who was delayed by travel — called in as the Article V discussion began. Chair Geoff Rodgers and Councilor David Izraelevitz were not in attendance.
    Rodgers had directed Henderson to allot CPSU 10 minutes of public comment, provided one member spoke for the entire group. Robert Gibson served as spokesperson.

  • Historical Society's take on first episode of Manhattan

    There was an amazing turnout for the Los Alamos Historical Society’s viewing of the premiere of WGN’s new series, Manhattan, a fictionalized look at life in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. There was a great discussion following the show, and the Society has collected some of the common questions that we heard that night and on social media. Every week the Society will be updating a bulletin board in the Museum to continue exploring questions and reactions as the 13-episode series continues.

    Join the Los Alamos Historical Society Sundays at Time Out Pizzeria in Los Alamos from 8–9:30 pm for a viewing and discussion of Manhattan.

    Why does Los Alamos look like a desert?

                The show was filmed (in part) at the Bruns Army Hospital near the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, so our trees and mountains are missing.

     There aren’t scorpions in Los Alamos, are there?

  • Montoya hired as school district's new financial officer

     

    Lisa Montoya has been hired by Los Alamos Public Schools to be the new chief financial officer for the district.

    Montoya replaces John Wolfe, who took a job with the state.

    Montoya brings 17 years of experience in business and has a Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University. 

    She comes to Los Alamos Public Schools from Pojoaque Valley Schools where she served as Comptroller and Chief Procurement Officer. 

    Montoya returns to Los Alamos Public Schools where she worked from 2002 until 2009, first as an elementary school secretary at Pinon and then Aspen Elementary. 

    She then served for two years as the comptroller for the district.

    Superintendent Eugene Schmidt stated “ Ms. Montoya brings a wealth of experience in the financial management of schools.  She will begin her duties within the next week.  The patrons of our district can look forward to a level of fiscal management that Los Alamos Public Schools is so well known.”

  • Nickerson hired as Moscow, Idaho fire chief

     

    Following an extensive selection process, Mayor Bill Lambert, in collaboration with the Moscow, Idaho, Volunteer Fire Department, has identified Brian Nickerson of Los Alamos as Moscow's new Fire Chief, according to a press release from the City of Moscow.

    Nickerson takes over from Chief Ed Button, who retired earlier this summer, after 7 years leading the volunteer department. Division Chief Joe Williams has been acting Fire Chief since Button's retirement.

    Nickerson has over 25 years' experience in the fire service, including 5 years as Chief of the Wright City, Missouri Fire District. He has served as Division Chief, Life Safety/Fire Marshal for the Los Alamos Fire Department since 2011.

    Nickerson was selected from a field of over forty candidates for Moscow Fire Chief. "Chief Nickerson impressed our interview committee and Volunteer Fire Department as a dynamic and capable leader who has the ability to continue the tradition of excellence and service of our Fire Department", said Lambert. "I am pleased to present his name to the City Council for confirmation as Moscow's next Fire Chief."

    Nickerson cited his desire to join Moscow's Fire Department because of the volunteers' commitment to community service.

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