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  • LANL Roadrunner remains on top

    It was a cliffhanger, but the Roadrunner beat Wile E. Coyote again, even disguised as a Jaguar.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roadrunner won another victory by a nose in the latest Top500 supercomputer rankings.

    LANL’s IBM-built supercomputer, which was the first in the world to break the petaflop barrier, held on to its title as fastest in the land, beating Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray XT5, known as “Jaguar,” by .046 petaflops

    A petaflop is one quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

  • Global nuclear partnership hearing Thursday

    Los Alamos residents are invited to participate in a public hearing Thursday related to an environmental impact statement on the Department of Energy’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership plans.

    The Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement will be discussed 7-9 p.m. at the Hilltop House Best Western, 400 Trinity Dr.

    The only hearing in the northern part of the state, it follows similar meetings in Hobbs, Carlsbad and Roswell.

  • State of the art: Santa Fe Film Festival screens year’s choicest pics

    The Santa Fe Film Festival unfolds its treats for northern New Mexico next month, Dec. 3-7 at the still-formative age of nine. Like a healthy child of that age, the festival, is not only still sweet, but already has “a sense of accomplishment,” “definite interests” and “a lively curiosity.”


    John Bowman, executive director, and Stephen Rubin, program director, of the festival paid a visit to Los Alamos recently, according to a deeply established rhythm of inclusion for the surrounding areas.


  • A real tool: Local inventor receives Motor Magazine award


  • School bond election ballots go out Jan. 6

    Based on recommendations from the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan developed by the Facilities Planning Committee, a bond election is planned for January to address the pressing facility renewal needs of Los Alamos Public Schools.


    The majority of the facilities are at least 45-years-old, with the age of the high school nearing 60. Outdated and ill-equipped, many of the buildings do not provide a learning environment that meets the needs of today’s students, explained School Board President Steve Girrens.


  • Eco Station ribbon cutting to be held Wednesday

    Los Alamos County is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Eco Station that replaces the solid waste facility at the old County Landfill.


    The ceremony is 11 a.m. Wednesday and will be held adjacent to the landfill at 3701 East Jemez Road. The public is invited to attend.


  • Wallace discusses LANL's growing mission

    Finding solutions to the nation's energy dilemmas, including the means to store energy, is at the fore front of research underway at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL): Research critical to both the nation and the world.


    The increasing role LANL scientists are playing in this field now, and will play well into the future, was a topic discussed by Terry Wallace, principal associate director for Science, Technology, & Engineering, during an interview Thursday.


  • Arts in Public Places Board spruces up the town

    The Arts in Public Places Board has been hard at work making plans to spread art throughout Los Alamos County.


    At their meeting on Wednesday night, the Board discussed various projects that are in the works and presented updates on these projects.


    The Arts in Public Places Board is working on a plan that would spruce up the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex once its construction is completed.


  • Chromium plume updated

    Los Alamos National Laboratory reported “the highest observed” levels of the contaminant chromium VI in the regional aquifer under Mortandad Canyon.


    In an interview this morning Danny Katzman of the lab’s environmental stewardship project said this morning, “We could be looking at a plume that’s stationary.”


  • Council meeting back on regular schedule

    This week’s county council meeting goes back to the regularly scheduled meeting day of Tuesday. The meeting on Nov. 3 was held on a Monday because Election Day fell on Nov. 4. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Community Building and will be televised on PAC-8.