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  • The heat beneath our feet

    While the public is still smarting from memories of $4-a-gallon gas, the Department of Energy is offering grants to develop renewable energy resources to reduce carbon emissions and free the country from its dependence on foreign oil.

    Could there be a better time to revisit Los Alamos National Laboratory’s one-of-a-kind, hot dry rock geothermal experiment? Could LANL’s Fenton Hill project be one of the answers demanded by uncertain times?

  • Having fun with science

    Researchers, educators, innovators, businesses and artisans from Los Alamos and the surrounding areas shared their hands-on activities and ideas with the crowd at the Next Big Idea Festival near Ashley Pond on Saturday.

    Children and adults alike gathered around tents that featured a myriad of scientific experiments. While some were reminiscent of school science experiments, others were more complicated.

    The experiments ranged from lava lamps made from vegetable oil, water and food coloring to a hydrogen-powered rocket and a variety of others.

  • Radio antenna location request goes before PZ Wednesday

    Los Alamos community radio station KRSN AM 1490 passed the first step towards receiving site approval for its new antenna from the Parks and Recreation Board last month.

    Station owners David and Gillian Sutton are now set to present their case to the Planning and Zoning Commission at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday in Council Chambers at the Community Building at 20th Street and Central Avenue.

    The Suttons are seeking P and Z approval to locate their antenna in the northeast corner of Loma Linda Park.  

  • P&Z says no to KRSN antenna site

    In a split decision Wednesday evening, the Planning and Zoning Commission denied a special use permit that would have allowed KRSN AM 1490 to place a 1,000 watt radio antenna in Loma Linda Park.

    The 170-foot tall antenna would have enhanced the station’s ability to broadcast in Los Alamos at night.

    Commissioner Fran Berting recused herself from the vote, leaving seven commissioners to hear the issue.

    Well into the four hour meeting in council chambers, Chair Patrick Sullivan suddenly received an emergency phone call and quickly exited the room.

  • Trinity work to last three weeks

    Orange cones dotted the street Thursday, turning Trinity Drive into more of an obstacle course, than a road.

    The road was narrowed down to one lane to allow Department of Transportation crews to work on milling and resurfacing the road. The work is expected to last three weeks, with the drivable path of NM502 changing on a regular basis.

  • Pueblo youth study Valles watershed

    Some 65 students from Northern New Mexico Pueblos came out to get some hands-on experience and wrap their minds around the teeming environment of Vales Caldera National Preserve.

  • Beware of fly-by-night contractors

    Just as the dregs of society did following the Cerro Grande Fire, fly-by-night contractors are descending upon Los Alamos to cash in on all the hail damage repair work created by the massive July 6 hailstorm.

  • County website will be down

    The County's Information Technology staff will perform maintenance and install upgrades to the County’s website on Saturday morning.

    The website may be down for approximately 4 hours. Connections may be intermittent throughout this time period. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • Discussion highlights work session

    Very little action was taken at Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

    The gathering, held in the White Rock Town Hall, was a work session and so only two motions were passed for the business portion of the agenda.

    The evening began with a proclamation, declaring Saturday, July 18, 2009, as “The Next Big Idea” Day in Los Alamos County.

    Kevin Holsapple, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as staff member Jeremy Varela, were present and accepted the proclamation.

  • Smart Grid bid brightens state’s future

    Los Alamos, arguably home of more gray matter per household than any other county in the country, is playing a central role in a state initiative to catch a wave on a promising green business opportunity.

    The Smart Grid is a set of ideas about achieving energy efficiencies while enabling effective energy generation and storage from renewable sources. It’s one of the economic dividends awaiting smart people who can start assembling a more intelligent electrical grid.