Local News

  • LANL: DOE head engages scientists at lab

    Energy Secretary Steven Chu began a two-day visit to New Mexico with a pit stop Thursday evening at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The Nobel Prize-winning physicist was welcomed into the lab’s Metropolis computer center by Director Michael Anastasio and other top officials and dignitaries.

    There he was immediately absorbed in new findings from several research projects on climate impacts, hydrogen storage, nanotechnology and HIV/AIDS research.

  • Wallace: Federal money needs to be used wisely

    A substantial amount of stimulus money is coming to New Mexico. But because it’s only expected to happen once, Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, does not want to see it used for anything that requires ongoing funding.

    “We will have stimulus coming in, but that’s a one year shot… Don’t spend that money for recurring items,” Wallace said during a Chamber Business Breakfast talk Thursday morning at UNM-LA.

    She presented a recap of this year’s 60-day legislative session, which ended March 21.

  • Pro-Mike Katko petition started

    In an effort to keep Mountain Elementary School Principal Mike Katko in his job, parents are setting up a mechanism for community members, both adults and children, to sign a petition.

    They are setting up a petition booth beginning today from 4-6 p.m. at Film Festival, 3801 Arkansas Avenue.

    The booth will take signatures from 4-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday.

  • Council given big kiosk presentation

    Visitors to the Atomic City will find navigating their way through the downtown area much easier this summer, if all goes according to plan.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple addressed the council, giving a PowerPoint presentation and a life-size cardboard example of what the kiosks would look like.

  • PRC: Quick indictments rendered in Block case

    Las Vegas Optic Managing Editor David Giuliani expressed surprise during an interview this morning at how quickly the grand jury indicted PRC Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. Wednesday.

    Giuliani and others testified before the District Court grand jury in Santa Fe March 25 regarding reports that Block Jr.  lied to newspaper reporters about his educational background, past arrests and other information.

  • X plus Y equals...?

    POJOAQUE — The 2009 Risk Symposium sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and several partners wraps up today at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque.

    The conference, which has become an annual affair, began Tuesday and brought together about 150 people from the risk community, including a substantial contingent from the Department of Homeland Security.

    Theoreticians and computer modelers in academia and national laboratories batted ideas back and forth with subject experts, decision makers and managers in government and private industry.

  • Education: LAPS tabs 4 candidates for superintendent post

    Four candidates made the short list out of 33 who applied to become the new Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent.

    The finalists include John A Davis, Ed.D., of Cumberland Center, Maine, Walter G. Gibson of Los Lunas, N.M., Stephen R. Rowley, Ph.D., of Los Gatos, Calif., and Eugene J. Schmidt, Ph.D., of Bridgeport, Wash.

    The Board of Education made the announcement Tuesday saying the finalists represent many years of experience in the classroom and in the administration of schools and school districts across the United States.

  • Report calls for complex shake-up

    A new report released this morning by a network of nuclear watchdogs proposes to reduce radically the nuclear weapons stockpile and shrink the weapons facilities from eight to three locations.

    Left standing in the 10-15 year plan would be the two New Mexico laboratories and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.

  • County: Councilors reaffirm their agreement with schools

    County officials and Los Alamos School Board members have come to consensus regarding property on Trinity Drive.

    As a result, both entities have been working together to form an agreement to move construction forward in that area.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors passed a motion authorizing the council chair to sign a document representing the principles affirming a partnership between the Los Alamos Public School District and Los Alamos County.

  • Caldera discloses business options

    In a presentation last week, the Valles Caldera Trust offered a preliminary look at a self-sufficiency plan for the 89,000-acre national preserve under its charge.

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve was founded in 2000, when the federal government bought the old Baca Ranch for $101 million.