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Today's News

  • Coming together as one

    Eleven years ago, Gene and Phyllis Unterschuetz were in a transition in their lives. They sold their house in a Chicago suburb and bought an RV to go on a trip throughout the U.S. When they revved up the engine, it ignited the beginning of an amazing journey.

    The Unterschuetzes decided this trip would last between six month and a year, after which, they would buy a new house and get new jobs.

    During this tour, the Unterschuetzes, who are Baha’is, visited Baha’i communities and conducted what is called travel teaching or talks about faith.

  • Progress often taken by small steps

    This may seem like an odd place to write about sports, but we have done so before and this subject is worth hammering home.

    Whether or not you are a big basketball fan, March is certainly a time when that sport hits its high note in the college ranks.

    If you have any feeling for the game, you have been watching the teams slug it out in some great exhibitions of talent and hard work.

    But if you are like many viewers, you may have missed the best basketball being played – the women’s bracket.

  • Honda hopes for historic hybrid

    Remember gasoline prices last Fourth of July?

    Those were the days household budgets collided with gasoline prices that were over $4 per gallon.

    Even us geologists – who are sometimes quietly glad to see high energy and metals prices because our jobs depend on them – whimpered loudly when we pulled into the pumps. I can quite clearly recollect the first time I put more than $125 of gas into my beloved 1987 pickup. Ouch!

  • A golden age is within our reach

    Recent progress in technology has put an ideal future well within the reach of mankind.

    That is, if we can find the will and intelligence to properly accelerate and deploy these newly developed capabilities.

    The technologies involved include (but are not limited to) Nanotech, Biotech, Infotech, and one you will be hearing more about, Cogtech. We now have an unprecedented command of nature and natural resources.

    What then prevents us from moving into the utopia this should imply?

  • Concern over bicycle traffic safety grows

    Bicycle safety concerns highlighted a Tuesday meeting between Police Chief Wayne Torpy, County Council Vice Chair Michael Wismer and longtime bicyclist Steven Booth.

    In his 25-year career, Booth has never relied on a car to get to work, instead walking, riding bicycles and using public transportation. This includes large cities such as Washington, D.C., Guatemala City and San Jose, Costa Rica – but said he will no longer ride his bicycle to work in Los Alamos.

  • Utilities works to ensure better power flow

    Keeping the lights on for Los Alamos County residents is the top priority for the Department of Public Utilities. But it hasn’t always been easy.

    Currently, Electrical Engineering Manager Rafael De La Torre and his staff are replacing the system’s fuses. This process will cut down on the number of outages that DPU customers experience.

  • Leaders commit to nuclear reductions

    The presidents of the United States and Russia came out of their first face-to-face meeting at the London G20 summit with a major agreement, instructing negotiators to get to work immediately on a treaty that would continue to reduce nuclear weapons.

    The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START-1, expires at the end of the year, and many in the arms control community have expressed concerns that there are few signs of the diplomatic machinery that will be required to renew or extend its safeguards.

  • Let’s use our heads about Trinity

    Dear Editor,

    Route 502 is a state highway, upgraded to feed the lab, not the town! Two lanes each way divide at the Y into lanes dumping into LA or exiting from LA at 50mph. During rush-hour almost all of these bumper-to-bumper cars are going to or from the lab - somewhere besides the LA townsite.

    So, the main (90-plus percent?) users of 502 during these periods are not local residents.

  • Where do cancer patients go after treatment?

    This sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Standing on a golden beach, the sun beating down, crowds cheering, as you waddle your way under a flexing pole.

    I bet you’re thinking that’s the celebration of finishing cancer treatment. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

    Limbo is not so much what you do, as where you go.

    For months you’ve been coddled and cooed over by doctors and nurses, attentively listening to your every ache and pain, on standby 24 hours a day in case of that dreaded 101.5-degree fever.

  • Please, no roundabouts

    Dear Editor,

    Is the county’s current scheme for Trinity Drive a solution without a problem?  What is the “problem?”

    Is it lack of “prettiness” in the commercial area from Oppenheimer eastward? Is it excessive speed? Is it an unsafe intersection? Is it poor business access along Trinity? Is it improved ease of shopping for off-the-hill commuters? Or is it a failure to meet the definition of a “complete street?”