Today's News

  • Proposal would expand local Historic District

    The first topic under discussion at the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board meeting Wednesday evening was a proposed expansion of the National Historic Landmark District (NHLD).

    The expansion would include 18 Manhattan Project-era buildings “behind the fence” at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

    Ellen McGehee, who manages LANL’s Historic Buildings Program, and Judy Machen, who is assisting her on the project, presented the report.

  • On board for space flight

    Gazing at the Earth from space is a lifelong dream on the verge of coming true for Los Alamos astrophysicist Stephen Becker.

    “It will be the highlight of my life,” said 60-year-old Becker, who holds a ticket on a commercial spaceflight with Virgin Galactic, expected to launch next year.

    “The flight will last about two-and-a-half hours,” he said. “We’ll travel 100 kilometers, 61 miles, to the edge of space and the weightlessness at the top of the flight will last about five minutes.”

    Becker is a private pilot. He explained that the X-15 rocket planes manufactured in the 1960s flew to 61 miles, whereas commercial airlines typically reach just six or seven miles.

  • Locals vie for House seat

    Sandoval County Commissioners nominated Los Alamos Democrat Stephanie Richard on Thursday to fill the House District 43 seat left vacant following the death of Jeannette Wallace from illness in April.
    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is interviewing each of the nominees from the three counties that comprise District 43.

    Martinez interviewed Richard in her fourth floor office at the Round House at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

  • Developing the economy is more than recruiting

    We whine about being a federal colony, but, by God, protect those federal laboratories.
    Such ideas are what masquerades for deep thinking about the New Mexico economy.
    Recent presentations from Gov. Susana Martinez and Jon Barela, secretary of the Economic Development Department, have considered economic development.
    From both, the only specific was recruiting companies to the state.
    Recruiting is good and necessary, but for that to be the only topic massively misses the point.
    Recruiting companies, which is what “economic development” is about, is just part of developing the economy.
    Further, recruiting companies only matters at the margin for New Mexico’s 870,000 (or so) employees.

  • Time for realistic Middle East policy

    Last week I participated in a joint meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to receive Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  
    This should have been a positive meeting with America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.  
    Instead, the tension in the room was palpable, because everyone there was conscious of President Obama’s speech on Israel last week.
    I was shocked to hear the President make the unprecedented suggestion that Israel should revert to its 1967 borders.  

  • Customers get to fill a frame and see their work displayed this month

    Village Arts surprised artists and those who want to try their hand at it recently by giving out nearly 50 unique, random frames to customers.
    Individuals who received the frames were asked to fill the frames with artwork of their choice and to bring them back to Village Arts for a month-long showing.  
    Village Arts staff chose and built uniquely sized and styled wooden frames, hoping to inspire individuals to create a piece of work to compliment the frame.
    The staff wasn’t disappointed.
    “Normally customers come to us to find a frame that enhances their work” said Village Arts co-owner Ken Nebel. “This time, we turned the tables on them, and the results are fantastic.”

  • Brugger to speak at Lunch with a Leader

    Lunch with a Leader, presented by the League of Women Voters, will feature Steve Brugger, Acting Director of the Los Alamos County Community Development Department June 9.  
    The lunch will be at Central Avenue Grill at 11:45 a.m. It’s the last Lunch with a Leader until September.
    Brugger has an undergraduate degree in economics and a masters degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His background in planning, real estate economics and land development in the private and public sectors makes him uniquely qualified for his current position.

  • Be There 06-02-11

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents, “Almost Famous,” at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Tron, Legacy,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

  • Sardinas, Big Motor bring blues style to LA Concert Series

    Eric Sardinas and his band, Big Motor, return to Los Alamos Friday for a gig at Ashley Pond as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    Sardinas is known for his hard-and-fast blues and rock. He appeared in 2010 at the Holiday Inn Express.
    For those that like the blues and blues musicians such as Stevie Ray Vaughn, Johnny Winter, JB Hutto or Hound Dog Taylor, this show will be right up their alley.

  • Basketball: O’Neal tweets of his upcoming retirement

    BOSTON (AP) — He was a prolific producer of rebounds and record albums. And nicknames, too, as if at 7-foot-1 and 350 pounds he was too big for the simple “Shaq” that made him an instantly recognizable, one-name star in all of his endeavors.
    Shaquille O’Neal had more than 28,000 points and almost 4 million Twitter followers. He appeared in six NBA finals, three times as the MVP.
    A 15-time All-Star, four-time champion and the 2000 NBA Most Valuable Player, the 39-year-old O’Neal announced his retirement on Twitter on Wednesday after spending most of his 19th season on the Boston Celtics bench, in street clothes because of leg injuries.