Local News

  • Concerns over lab’s plutonium project in memo

    A memo from a frustrated official in Washington earlier this year raised questions about management of a $13 million plutonium project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    A program manager from the Department of Energy Office of Radioisotope Power Systems urged Los Alamos Site Office Manager Don Winchell at the beginning of the year to correct “the laboratory’s chronic poor performance on this program.”

  • School board weighs final budget

    The Los Alamos School Board met briefly Tuesday at noon to discuss a remaining gap in the budget before its next meeting Thursday, when they plan to vote on finalizing the school budget for the coming year.

    A drop in enrollment and a $30 reduction per student in the state equalization formula has created a $2.5 million shortfall in revenue for the 2009-10 school year.

  • Budget hearings over for another year

    Los Alamos County is done with its budget hearings for another year. The hearings related to the proposed biennial budget for FY 2010 concluded Tuesday night in council chambers.

    The Tuesday meeting had been tentatively scheduled in case talks did not wrap up on April 23.  During last night’s meeting, budgets for the Public Works Department, as well as the Administrative Services budget, were discussed.

    In addition, financial policies and a request for funding from UNM-LA were also discussed.

  • Former LANL deputy director named to advisory council

    President Obama’s list of 20 members for the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) included William Press, a former senior manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory,

    Press, who maintains a residence in Los Alamos, is currently Professor of Computer Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

    From 1998 to 2004 he was Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology at LANL, where he had direct responsibility for the laboratory’s technical programs.

  • SOC employee lends a helping hand

    Rural living is a way of life for some, even in this age of technology.

    Getting in touch with nature and living off of the land is appealing to some, but for the Tarahumara Indians of northwest Mexico, remote living is a way of life.

    The Spanish, upon their arrival in Mexico in the 1500s, first discovered the Tarahumara throughout Chihuahua. Being a shy, private people, the Tarahumara retreated to the Sierra Tarahumara, where they lived in nearly inaccessible canyons.

  • Much ado about new flu

    A flurry of activity erupted Monday in response to reports of an emerging flu epidemic traced to southeastern Mexico late last week.

    By this morning, the disease had reached the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Travel advisories, but not bans, are in effect for Mexico, according to the Associated Press.

    Mexico has reported more than 150 fatalities blamed on influenza A (H1N1), a respiratory ailment found in pigs, which does not normally infect humans.

  • New Superintendent coming to Bandelier May 10

    Jason Lott has been named superintendent of Bandelier National Monument.

    Lott, 39, is currently the superintendent at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he has worked for three years.

    Intermountain Regional Director Mike Snyder said in a news release that Lott is set to begin his new assignment here on May 10.

  • A new superintendent is chosen

    Dr. Eugene Schmidt received the call Thursday evening from School Board President Joan Ahlers informing him that he’d been chosen as the new superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools.

    When asked if he accepted, Schmidt said, “Wendy and I are anxious to accept and very excited to come to Los Alamos.”

    Schmidt is currently the superintendent of the Bridgeport School District in Washington.

    He also asked if he could wear his Los Alamos T-shirt to school in the morning that his students had given him after he applied for the job here.

  • School Board schedules two special meetings this week

    Los Alamos School Board will hold a special meeting at noon Tuesday in the district boardroom to discuss the district’s leased facilities.

    The board also has scheduled a special meeting for noon Thursday in the boardroom to discuss approval of the 20009-2010 budget.

    Both meetings are open to the public.


  • TVC announces start-up slate

    The horses are in the paddock, getting ready for race day.

    Two start-up companies with Los Alamos connections will be at the gate when Technology Ventures Corporation’s 16th annual investor forum gets underway May 6-7 in Albuquerque.

    Surya Suncare and Vital Alert Technologies are among 15 companies selected to present business plans to the national and international investment community this year.