Local News

  • CIP Committee preps process recommendations

    The Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation & Oversight Committee has spent several sessions reviewing the CIP process to determine how it can be improved. The county council will discuss some of those recommendations at its work session Tuesday.

    The committee is responsible for reviewing all new CIP applications and making recommendations to the county administrator and council and for reviewing the progress of individual projects at each CIP development phase.

    The committee is composed of 10 members appointed by the County Administrator. Five members are county staff and the other five are citizens. The committee agreed that the balance of five staff members and five citizens functioned well, and had never been gridlocked.

  • Panetta: DOD cuts could up jobless rate by 1 point

     Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Congress on Thursday that if lawmakers fail to agree on debt-ceiling talks and trigger $1 trillion in Pentagon budget cuts, they could add 1 percentage point to the nation's jobless rate.

    Pentagon press secretary George Little said Thursday that Panetta has relayed those numbers to lawmakers in person and in calls this week, urging Congress to avoid the deadlock that would require the sweeping cuts.

  • Texas execution halted amid Supreme Court review

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A black man convicted of a double murder in Texas 16 years ago was at least temporarily spared from lethal injection when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review his lawyers' claims that race played an improper role in his sentencing.

    The court on Thursday halted the execution for Duane Buck, 48, two hours into a six-hour window when he could have been taken to the death chamber. Texas officials, however, did not move forward with the punishment while legal issues were pending.

  • Defying orders, hero Marine saved other troops--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defying orders and tempting fate, Marine corporal Dakota Meyer charged five times in a Humvee into heavy gunfire in the darkness of an Afghanistan valley to rescue comrades under attack from Taliban insurgents.

    On Thursday, Meyer was presented with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, by President Barack Obama.

    Meyer's heroics during the six-hour ambush and firefight saved the lives of 36 people, both Americans and Afghans. He killed at least eight Taliban insurgents. Firing from a gun turret on top of the Humvee driven by a fellow Marine, he provided cover for his team, allowing many to escape likely death.

  • Update 09-15-11

    County council

    The County Council will hold a special session at 6 p.m.
    Sept. 19 at the council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m.
    Sept. 20 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Dance canceled

      The Big M.A.C. Dance scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Friday at Pueblo Gym has been canceled.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m.
    Sept. 21 at the DPU Conference Room.

  • The next Big Idea set for Saturday

    Los Alamos MainStreet will host the festival of discovery, invention and innovation, while highlighting the work of educators.
    One local innovator, Dave Schwellenbach, originally from South Dakota, began tinkering at the age of four and by 10, was hooked.
    “I guess curiosity when I was young is what got me started in science. Today I work with electron accelerators and work in an exciting collaboration studying uses of cosmic ray muons for imaging,” Schwellenbach said.
    His curiosity will have Schwellenbach demonstrating some of the basic concepts of physics including Newton’s laws, force and pressure, cryogenics and how to store energy with a vacuum.

  • LDRD Day highlights technology

    The cutting-edge research featured at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s (LANL) third annual LDRD Day (Laboratory Directed Research and Development) had scientists animated, investors speculating and at least one science fiction writer’s imagination running wild. As one of the 251 attendees put it, it was like a Science Day for adults.

    The event – Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino – highlighted over 40 of LDRD’s 250 projects. The projects were summarized in poster form, with scientists on hand to elaborate on their work. Each poster addressed four questions: What is the challenge? What is our innovation? What have we learned so far? Why is this important to our nation?

  • LA sounds off on redistricting

    Some citizens of Los Alamos County made it perfectly clear Wednesday at the Roundhouse during the House Voter and Election committee meeting.

    They do not want the county sliced and diced in redistricting.

    They came out to voice their opposition to House Rep. Brian Egolf’s (D-Santa Fe) House Bill 21, which would split Los Alamos into three districts.

    “It’s unanimous that the people of Los Alamos do not want to be split up,” said Rep Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, and Sandoval). “Los Alamos is a policy and principle district and we are a community of interest. This bill breeds of pure partisanship.”

  • Medicare Advantage premiums dip, enrollment rising

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Turning a usually routine announcement into a pointed rebuttal of its GOP critics, the Obama administration said Thursday that premiums for popular Medicare Advantage insurance plans will drop for 2012, while enrollment is expected to rise.

    That's welcome news for President Barack Obama and Democrats, who are struggling with older voters ahead of what's expected to be a hard-fought election next year.

  • LANL cancels monthly public sale

     Because of weather conditions and forecast showers and thunderstorms today, LANL's onsite monthly public sale of surplus items is cancelled. It's usually the third Thursday of every month. Weather conditions make it unsafe to conduct the sale today. Weather permitting, the next public sale is scheduled for Oct. 21.