Local News

  • Biographer recounts life, times of first lab director

    J. Robert Oppenheimer, the first director of the Los Alamos laboratory, did not quite come to life Monday night, but his shadow cast by a master storyteller had a haunting and unusual presence.

    The prize-winning co-author of an acclaimed biography of J. Robert Oppenheimer performed a powerful feat of ventriloquism, placing his subject squarely in his own time while speaking directly to our own.

  • Burglars lounge around homes

    A handyman’s Alcalde nephew, a carpet cleaner wanted in Oklahoma and a 15-year-old “mobbin’” ringleader from Walnut Street are each implicated in local burglaries.

    The 15-year old claims responsibility for at least 20 burglaries around the Walnut Street area, driving Zone 17 into the highest residential burglary sector in the county between January and June, according to police reports.

  • LANL: Domenici hailed by lab

    It was a mutual admiration society Monday as Sen. Pete Domenici and senior officials, past and present, of Los Alamos National Laboratory exchanged memories and appreciation.

    Domenici, who is retiring at the end of this year, met with senior managers, took a tour of the laboratory’s Roadrunner supercomputer and held a meeting with Laboratory Fellows before speaking at an all-employee meeting in the classified space of the National Security Science Building, the laboratory reported this morning.

  • Legislators check their (economic) engine

    ESPAñOLA, n.m. – The co-chairman of a state legislative committee said he was interested in how the committee could help continue the “vibrant existence” and “vital economic force” of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Line fluctuations are to blame in recent outages

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities announced that the third of three momentary blackouts occurred across Los Alamos County was due to fluctuations on the RL 115kV transmission line which brings power to the county.

    Electric Distribution Project Engineer Steve Marez said that all fluctuations and momentary outages influence the performance of the town site electric distribution system. Marez said older direct-bury conductors (circuit 16) on North Mesa failed on Sunday and Thursday, simultaneous with two of the transmission fluctuations from the RL line.

  • Celebration draws all ages out

    Los Alamos County’s annual Festival, Fair and Rodeo weekend winds down today with final rodeo activities at 1 p.m. at Brewer Arena.

    Since early Friday evening, community members and visitors have been treated to music, a parade, crafts, games, food, rodeo events and a variety of vendor information and activities.

    Chamisa Elementary School student Megan Armstrong, 11, was born in Los Alamos and attended Saturday’s parade.

  • At four, NMDT is growing up fast

    New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) School and Performance Company, directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, will begin its fifth year of professional-level dance instruction Aug. 18.

    Registration day for the 2008-2009 year will be held 10 a.m.-2 p. m. Saturday at the NMDT studio located at 149 Central Park Square (between Curves for Women and Hair Experts).

    NMDT was founded by Baker-Dillingham in August 2004 at the White Rock Complex.

    From those initial 17 students four years ago, participation rates at NMDT have increased by leaps and bounds.

  • Anti-bullying program targets local schools

    The Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico will be implementing an Anti-Bully Program at Los Alamos Middle School and will continue to reach the elementary schools in Española this school year.

  • Legislators ponder lab's economic future

    ESPAÑOLA – The co-chairman of a state legislative committee said he was interested in how the committee could help continue the “vibrant existence” and “vital economic force” of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Sen. Phil Griego, D-Los Alamos, Mora, San Miguel, Santa Fe and Taos, is co-chair of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Legislative Oversight Committee. Last year, he found himself and others on the committee taken by surprise by the news that LANL’s funding appeared to be facing deep cuts in Congress.

  • Perlman-Markham

    Robin Lou Perlman-Markham, age 48, passed away on August 4th, 2008, at her home in Los Alamos.

    She was born in Colorado and lived in Los Alamos most of her life. She was a valued employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for over 17 years. Most of her time was spent in the Radiation Instrumentation Calibration Facility. Robin loved to travel cherished her pets, and looked forward to spending time with her grandchildren. She had many friends that loved her. Her contagious laugh and smile will be missed.