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  • County, petitioners at odds

    County officials and reformers will face off this weekend on the fate of two petitions facilitating citizen participation in the local government. One calls for an annual election related to county expenditures and the other proposes reforms to the petition and ballot process.

    Los Alamos County Council meets in special session Saturday morning at 10 a.m. to discuss the two amendments to the County Charter. They may then decide whether or not to put them to a vote.

  • 01-22-10 Update

    Correction

      The cover of Thursday’s Kaleidoscope stated that the Choral Society’s concert is to be held at 3 p.m. Saturday. Instead, the concert is scheduled to be held at 3 p.m. Sunday.

    Converstaion with the artists

  • Massive winter storm takes aim at the region

    The National Weather Service issued the following storm warning Thursday morning:

    WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM MST SATURDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 PM MST SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

  • Number of newly laid-off workers continues to climb

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid-off workers seeking jobless benefits rose last week, as the economy recovers at a slow and uneven pace.

    Layoffs have slowed and the economy began to grow in last year's third quarter, but companies are reluctant to hire new workers. The unemployment rate is 10 percent and many economists expect it to increase in the coming months.

  • Leading economic indicators advance 1.1 percent in December

    NEW YORK (AP) — A forecast of future economic activity jumped 1.1 percent in December, a private research group said Thursday, suggesting that economic growth could pick up this spring.

    The increase in the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators was larger than the 0.7 percent rise that economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected.

    The gauge had risen a revised 1 percent in November — it was initially reported as a 0.7 percent increase— and has been up for nine consecutive months.

  • NEWS ALERT - LANL team plucks dirty bomb material from New Jersey warehouse.
  • Breaking News: Schools close at 12:30 p.m. today!

    All Los Alamos public Schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. today due to the winter storm.

    Absolutely all activities, practices and meetings are canceled.

    The LAPS Youth At Risk Summit has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

    On Friday, all LAPS schools will be on a two hour delay with a possible closing.

    Check back for updates.

     

  • Bulletin of Atomic Scientists makes adjustment

    It was only a 60-second adjustment, but it was the first upward tick of the famous Doomsday Clock since 1991. Since then, the minute hand had moved 12 minutes closer to midnight, reaching five minutes away in 2007.

    Expressing careful optimism last week the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the symbolic minute hand one minute back to six minutes to midnight.

    The gesture was based on a more “hopeful state of world affairs” in relation to threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change.

  • Panthers pull together

    The pride of the Piñon Panthers and the best of the Best Western Hilltop House staff will join together Friday to raise funds for disaster relief efforts in Haiti.

    Local business owner Kim Selvage created the Piñon Panthers Sixth Grade Leadership team and was recently contacted by a member after the earthquake in Haiti. The student had discussed the situation with friends and wanted to do something to make a difference for the people of Haiti.

  • Team bags another 3,000 curies

    A half dozen technical experts from Los Alamos hauled in a couple more highly radioactive sources recently, a reminder that the work of keeping the raw ingredients for dirty bombs out of the hands of bad actors is a daily activity.

    The nuclear materials this time happened to be two unusually large medical research devices recovered from a warehouse located in Rahway, New Jersey, 25 miles from New York City.