Local News

  • Goblins get ready

    Residents in White Rock are getting ready for Halloween by decorating their residences

  • NNSA dismantles B53 nuke bomb

    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced Tuesday that the last B53 nuclear bomb, which was designed by the Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratory, has been dismantled.

    The announcement was made during a ceremony at NNSA’s Pantex Plant outside Amarillo, Texas. Officials from the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration and Pantex joined elected officials to commemorate the dismantlement of the final B53 nuclear bomb.

    The dismantlement of the 1960s-era weapon system is consistent with President Obama’s goal of reducing the number of nuclear weapons.

  • Rodgers appointed to NCRTD board

    On Jan. 1, Councilor Geoff Rodgers officially joins the North Central Regional Transit District’s 11-member board.

    The Los Alamos County Council voted unanimously during its Tuesday meeting to appoint Rodgers to the position. As a bit of comic relief, Rodgers exaggerated his   hesitation before adding his vote to the motion.

    The NCRTD’s mission is to provide safe, secure and effective public transportation within North Central New Mexico, provide mobility options and spur economic development throughout the region.  

    Rodgers, 49, served as transportation director for the Los Alamos Public Schools for 12 years.

  • White Rock Visitor Center site costs spike

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.

    The Los Alamos County Council narrowly approved an additional $1,127,697 for the construction of the White Rock Visitors Center project and awarded the contract to Gerald Martin. Total project budget is now expected to be $3,324, 897.

    Acting Assistant County Administrator Ann Laurent faced stiff questioning about the sharp increase in costs, and Councilors Vincent Chiravalle, Geoff Rodgers and Vice Chair Ronald Selvage voted against the motion.

  • Livermore gets new lab director

       Penrose “Parney” C. Albright has been named the director of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Norman J. Pattiz, chairman of Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), which manages the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy, made the announcement October 27.
    The appointment takes effect December 1. Albright also will serve as president of LLNS.

  • Rina weakens after Cancun area resorts empty

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Rina weakened to a tropical storm Thursday after many tourists had already abandoned Cancun and other Caribbean resorts ahead of what once threatened to be a Category 3 storm.

    Rina was forecast to be near or over Mexico's most popular tourist destinations of Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya later Thursday or early Friday before curving back out to sea. Additional weakening is forecast in the next 48 hours.

    In Playa del Carmen, the closest spot where Rina will sweep through, people were walking on the street while the sky was still clear on Thursday.

  • Jackson doctor's defense case drawing to a close

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The defense of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death will shift Thursday away from personality to the science that his attorneys hope will prevent the physician from being convicted.

    The final witnesses testifying for Dr. Conrad Murray will be fellow doctors, one an expert in addiction and the other in the powerful anesthetic that the Houston-based cardiologist was giving Jackson as a sleep aid.

  • Update 10-26-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close from today until Thursday for new computer system training.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Kiwanis meeting

  • Leisure pool vote off to choppy start

    The County Clerk’s Office issued 13,053 ballots to registered voters last week. As of this morning, 2,825 residents have voted in the special general obligation bond election to decide whether Los Alamos County should fund construction of a leisure pool addition on the eastern side of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    “We’ve gotten 832 ballots back as undeliverable,” Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said. “Twenty ballots that have been mailed back or dropped off at our office are unsigned and two voters died before returning their ballots so they have been classified ineligible.”

  • Local resident played key role in heat pipe technology

    (Second of a two-part series)
    Project Manager Steve Huebner delights in demonstrating the new solar thermal domestic hot water heat pipe design for the Justice Center and the Animal Shelter. When he started explaining the design to Capital Projects Division Manager Daniel Erickson, he was astounded when Erickson said, “My dad made the first working heat pipe. He used to work on them in our garage.”

    In 1963, Physicist George Grover came up with the idea for a modern heat pipe, inspired by earlier inventions such as the Perkins Tube used in locomotive boilers and ovens. Grover was a physicist, not an experimentalist, and did not know how to implement his idea. He confided the idea to T. P. Cotter, one of his team members, and swore him to secrecy.