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  • Hollywood comes to Los Alamos High School

    The movie “Let Me In,” a contemporary vampire tale set in 1983, is filming at Los Alamos High School. The film is based on the highly acclaimed Swedish film, “Lat den Ratte Komma In,” also known as “Let the Right One In.”  

    Written for the screen and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), “Let Me In” stars Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers, The Visitor, Burn After Reading) along with up and coming child actors Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (The Eye, (500) Days of Summer”).

  • 12-20-09 Update

    View the holiday farolitos

      The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Thursday and Friday and will be restored on Saturday.

  • Agency cites county for PCB contamination

    This shoe is usually on another foot.

    The New Mexico Environment Department, with major responsibiliies for environmental oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory, occasionally issues notices or penalizes the nuclear weapons facility for violations of state surface water standards.

    This week, NMED cited Los Alamos County for allowing a discharge of the contaminant PCB into Los Alamos Canyon from the County Annex Building.

  • Area watersheds exceed state standards for PCBs and other metals

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Environment Department says watersheds in northern New Mexico's Pajarito (Pah-hah-REE'-toh) Plateau exceeded state standards for polychlorinated byphenyls, aluminum and other metals.

    The study primarily focused on storm water samples collected between 2004 and 2008 and represents the largest single surface water quality assessment conducted by the state agency.

    The Pajarito Plateau, on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains, includes watersheds that drain through the Los Alamos area to the Rio Grande.

  • Preserve celebrates New Year's Eve

    Valles Caldera National Preserve wants to create a new tradition for bringing in the New Year.

    The preserve’s  Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration runs from 6 p.m to 1 a.m.. 

    Fees include moonlit passes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

    There will be complimentary hot beverages, a variety of refreshments, and more.   There will be campfires blazing at the Valle Grande staging area, Missing cabin and History Grove. 

  • Hot spots found in Pajarito watersheds

    For the third time in two weeks, officials of New Mexico Environment Department have raised an issue about water quality in Los Alamos.

    The latest report came in the form of a comprehensive assessment of surface water quality on the Pajarito Plateau, a collection of more than 29,000 data points from 78 stations, covering the period from 2004-2009.

  • Gas leak to force closure on portion of Central Avenue Saturday

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Utilities have reported a gas leak in the vicinity of Central Avenue and 20th Street requires immediate repair and will shut down a portion of Central Avenue Saturday between 7a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Natural gas service will be unvailable to utilities customers in that area while the repair work is underway. As more is discovered, utility officials warn that the worksite may expand or change.

  • LANS earns $72.1 million for FY2009

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, earned $72.1 million in fees for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2009, according to a brief summary released Tuesday.

    The lab earned 90 percent of the $80.2 million overall available fee.

    Of the “at risk” portion of the incentive fee for its contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration, LANS, the partnership that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, earned $43.3 million, or 84 percent of the at-risk portion of the fee.

  • State steps up efforts to feed needy students

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Human Services Department will begin automatically signing up students for free and reduced lunches each month.

    Human Services Department Secretary-designate Kathryn Falls said Wednesday children enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs qualify for the National School Lunch Program.

    Falls says checking for new children participating in those federal programs each month will allow more students to get free and reduced lunches.

  • New jobless claims rise last week, fragile economic recovery stutters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose last week as the recovery of the nation's battered labor market proceeds in fits and starts.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of new jobless claims rose to 480,000 last week, up 7,000 from the previous week. That was a worse performance than the decline to 465,000 that economists had expected.