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  • LAPS set to battle dropout, drug issues

    Grappling with a dropout rate at 19 percent and more substance abuse expulsions between August and October 2009 than the entire 2008-09 school year, school officials are asking parents for help. Volunteers are needed to participate in the newly formed Youth “At Risk” Summit Committee.

  • News Alert: Atomic City Transit suspends regular service for Friday

    The following cryptic message is posted on the county's website:

    Due to operational circumstances we are unable to provide Atomic City Transit fixed-route service on Friday, January 8th, 2010. Dial-a-ride services will be available. Please call 661-RIDE(7433).

    County officials are preparing a statement that should be made available shortly... Check back for more details on this developing story.

     

  • Schools hope to get financial assistance

    It’s common knowledge that Los Alamos County is considered the wealthiest county in the state. Because of that, it’s widely assumed Los Alamos Public Schools is amply funded as well.

    But that’s not the case, according to local school officials who explained during a recent interview why the district is struggling and why it is critical that the community approve the upcoming referendum election.

  • Diamond Drive project begins final lap

    It’s going to take nearly two more years. It won’t be easy. But when it’s over, it will be over for a long time.

    “There will be congestion; it will be inconvenient,” said Kyle Zimmerman, Los Alamos County department of public works director. “We will try to minimize it, but there will be delays and disruption.”

    He was talking about Phase 4 of the Diamond Drive project that began at the San Ildefonso roundabout and will extend to the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge, skipping north and south across the mesa tops.

  • County slams the brakes on bus service Friday

    Some Atomic City Transit riders were caught by surprise and without public transportation this morning. ACT stopped service of all its buses with the exception of Dial-a-ride, following the investigation of the Nov. 18 traffic accident that killed Logan Collins, 12, near Los Alamos Middle School.

  • Council chooses Wismer as chair

    There was uncertainty but no surprise as Los Alamos County Council appointed a new chair Tuesday night. Mike Wismer, a political independent, was the unanimous choice to become the next chairman, moving up after serving as vice chair last year.

    He succeeds former chair Mike Wheeler who attended the meeting in a wheelchair after a ski hill accident over the holidays.

    Moments later, Sharon Stover was nominated and unanimously elected vice chair.

    Selecting a new chair and vice chair on the council occurs at the beginning of every year.

  • Lucky lab engineers to share $200K lottery winnings

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A dozen Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have claimed a $200,000 prize that one of them announced to the others in a three-page PowerPoint presentation.

    Shean Monahan, who bought the ticket, says the announcement caused whoops and hollers, but one winner thought it was a joke.

    The 11 engineers and their administrative assistant had chipped in so Monahan could buy 10 tickets for the Jan. 2 drawing.

    Monahan discovered the $200,000 prize Monday night, but decided it was too late to call the others.

  • December retail sales offer glimmer of hope for nation's merchants

    NEW YORK (AP) — Last-minute holiday shoppers brought relief to the nation's retailers, handing them modest sales gains for the holiday season and prompting several to raise their fourth-quarter profit outlooks.

    The improved profit picture comes because retailers never had to resort to drastic price-cutting after keeping inventories lean.

    Still, retailers are facing tough months ahead as consumer spending is expected to remain weak amid high unemployment and tight credit.

  • Group of LANL employees has lucky numbers

    Twelve friends who work together at Los Alamos National Laboratory won a $200,000 Powerball jackpot this week.

    Shean Monahan, the spokesperson for the group said Wednesday that he found out about it the night before when he stopped by the convenience store where they bought the tickets. When the attendant put the tickets in a machine, it said “Claim at Lottery.”

    The attendant didn’t know what that meant, except that it was too high for him to pay out, Monahan said.

  • Light slingers

    Among the astonishing concepts coming into view at this year’s American Astronomical Society was a homegrown explanation for how pulsars sling light through the universe.

    John Singleton and Andrea Schmidt of Los Alamos National Laboratory have taken their observational analysis of a poorly understood cosmic phenomenon to the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., as part of what is expected to be the largest gathering of astronomers in history.