Local News

  • Smith takes over at NNSA in Los Alamos

    Kevin Smith takes the reins Monday as Los Alamos Site Manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    Smith most recently served as the Acting Site Office Manager at NNSA Kansas City Site Office and Deputy Manager at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Site Office.

    In Los Alamos, Smith is responsible for the management and operations contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and all federal activities at the laboratory.

  • Cable break kills power to Chamisa Elementary

    Chamisa Elementary School students got an unexpected day off from school Monday.  

    A failed cable in the electric line at the school caused a power outage Sunday night and the time needed to make repairs to the cable resulted in school being canceled.

  • Whooping cough, West Nile make an arrival

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico has reported 57 cases of whooping cough so far this year, 13 more than last year at this time.

    The state’s health department also reported two cases of West Nile.

    The total cases of whooping cough, also known as pertussis, include confirmed and probable cases. No deaths from whooping cough have been reported in the last couple of years.

    But Joan Baumbach, who is medical epidemiologist with the New Mexico Department of Health, said people should be aware.

  • LAFD deemed among best in the world

    CHICAGO – The Los Alamos Fire Department was one of only five in the world when it received international accreditation 15 years ago. That accreditation stands for five years and the Commission on Fire Accreditation International Inc. (CFAI) bestowed a new accreditation on LAFD, its third, at a ceremony in downtown Chicago Thursday evening.

    Officials from Los Alamos attended the gala event including former County Administrator Max Baker. Baker serves on the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. (CPSE) board of directors of which the CFAI is one of its programs.

  • Chamisa Elementary Cancels Classes for Monday Due To Power Outage

    Chamisa staff are being asked to report at the regularly scheduled time. Check back here for any updates as they become available.

  • Bingaman gets piece of LA, LANL history

    Politicians often receive a lot of souvenirs when they visit a town – a plaque or a group photo – but U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman was a given a gift that stands out from all the other memorabilia during his visit to Los Alamos Wednesday afternoon.

    Los Alamos County Councilor Mike Wismer presented the New Mexico senator with a lock that is an artifact of the Zia Company, which ran Los Alamos living areas and the laboratory after World War II.

  • WSI seeks lab security contract

    One of the world’s biggest security firms has entered into the race for the highly sought after contract at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Wackenhut Services Inc. confirmed it has responded to the lab’s request for proposals.

    “We submitted a proposal and would be honored to be selected,” said Susan Pitcher, WSI spokeswoman.

    She declined to provide details until a contract has been awarded.

  • Economy slows to 1.6 percent as trade gap widens

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The economy grew at a much slower pace this spring than previously estimated, mostly due to the largest surge in imports in 26 years and a slower buildup in inventories.

    The Commerce Department says the nation's gross domestic product — the broadest measure of the economy's output — grew at a 1.6 percent annual rate in the April-to-June period. That's down from an initial estimate of 2.4 percent last month and much slower than the first quarter's 3.7 percent pace. Many economists had expected a sharper drop.

  • Recession may have pushed US birth rate down

    The U.S. birth rate has dropped for the second year in a row, and experts think the wrenching recession led many people to put off having children. The 2009 birth rate also set a record: lowest in a century.

    Births fell 2.7 percent last year even as the population grew, numbers released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics show.

    "It's a good-sized decline for one year. Every month is showing a decline from the year before," said Stephanie Ventura, the demographer who oversaw the report.

  • Med center issues scam warning

    A potential phone scam artist is making the rounds in Los Alamos.

    In the scam, the caller identifies himself as representing Los Alamos Medical Center and “demands immediate payment of a supposed debt,” according to a statement from the center. Then the caller asks for a credit card number.

    Whatever you do, don’t pay the bill and don’t provide your credit card number, medical center officials said.


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