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  • Report criticizes DOE nuclear safety

    In a lengthy report released Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office questioned the effectiveness of the Department of Energy’s nuclear safety program for 205 high-hazard facilities, including the 19 facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Council niggles over new animal shelter details

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, Capital Projects Manager and Facilities Director Anne Laurent was in council chambers to make a presentation and request approval of the Animal Shelter Project Schematic Design.

    What might have been a vote on the motion turned instead into a long discussion about LEED certification requirements, color schemes and back and forth about whether to install a coyote fence.

  • Scientists summarize lab’s environment

    SANTA FE – A six-man team of environmental scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory went through a series of 10-minute reports on major areas of study in the lab’s most recent environmental survey.

    Lorrie Bonds Lopez, spokesperson for the program, introduced the speakers with the warning that it was a lot of information to squeeze into an hour.

    “They said it couldn’t be done,” she said, suggesting that each of the overviews might also be given in three-hour versions.

  • Eco Station ribbon cutting draws a crowd

    Los Alamos County came one step closer to its goal of becoming green Wednesday.

    County and state officials gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new Eco Station, located at 3701 East Jemez Road.

    The Eco Station is being billed as New Mexico’s first solar powered, green built solid waste transfer station and recycling center.

    Regina Wheeler, who heads up the county’s new Environmental Sustainability Initiative said turnout was good, with about 100 people attending the ceremony.

  • Armed robber hits local dry cleaners

    A clerk was robbed at knife point while on duty Saturday afternoon inside Mountainair Cleaners  at 147 Central Park Square.

    "It’s very upsetting,” said Dina Quintana who co-owns the business with her husband Richard Beaudoin. “In my opinion, he had a plan and he was able to penetrate protective measures that had already been in place.”

    The young man was not injured and was able to call to report the robbery.

  • How bond to affect taxpayers

    During his year-long campaign for a county council seat, Mike Wismer found that funding for Los Alamos Public Schools was one of the primary issues raised by residents.

    “It’s very important to property owners,” said Wismer, who was elected Nov. 4 to one of three vacant seats. “They want to know how much it will cost them and what they can expect in terms of facilities upgrades should the bond pass in January.”

  • Student reaches for the sky

    Airports are always great places to be. The sprawling buildings of tramways, moving sidewalks and gift shops are the start of a great adventure. They’re the kick off to a journey, whether it is a vacation or business trip. The anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead clings inside an airport’s walls.

    For Matthew Simmonds of Los Alamos, an airport represents the beginning of a different type of an adventure; it’s the start of his career.

  • LANL Roadrunner remains on top

    It was a cliffhanger, but the Roadrunner beat Wile E. Coyote again, even disguised as a Jaguar.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roadrunner won another victory by a nose in the latest Top500 supercomputer rankings.

    LANL’s IBM-built supercomputer, which was the first in the world to break the petaflop barrier, held on to its title as fastest in the land, beating Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray XT5, known as “Jaguar,” by .046 petaflops

    A petaflop is one quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

  • Global nuclear partnership hearing Thursday

    Los Alamos residents are invited to participate in a public hearing Thursday related to an environmental impact statement on the Department of Energy’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership plans.

    The Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement will be discussed 7-9 p.m. at the Hilltop House Best Western, 400 Trinity Dr.

    The only hearing in the northern part of the state, it follows similar meetings in Hobbs, Carlsbad and Roswell.

  • State of the art: Santa Fe Film Festival screens year’s choicest pics

    The Santa Fe Film Festival unfolds its treats for northern New Mexico next month, Dec. 3-7 at the still-formative age of nine. Like a healthy child of that age, the festival, is not only still sweet, but already has “a sense of accomplishment,” “definite interests” and “a lively curiosity.”


    John Bowman, executive director, and Stephen Rubin, program director, of the festival paid a visit to Los Alamos recently, according to a deeply established rhythm of inclusion for the surrounding areas.