Today's News

  • Memories from Nagasaki

    NAGASAKI  1945 — Decision time had come. Do we invade the main islands of Japan or do we drop atomic bombs? There were strong feelings on both sides.
    But most of our political and military leaders came down on the side of the bomb. America was heavily committed to the Manhattan Project.
    It had cost $2 billion and had been run on a breakneck, two year schedule to be ready prior to the Japanese invasion.
    We’d done it. The bombs were ready. As Robert Oppenheimer, the project’s scientific director, put it “The decision (to use the bombs) was implicit in the project.”

  • Clubbing kids is fun

    Parents — do you want your child to learn more than what is usually taught in school?  
    Well then, my advice is that you should club your kid. Yeah, at least once a week — a good clubbing makes all the difference in the world.   
    Over the past few years, I’ve clubbed dozens of students every week.  Usually, I employ geometric logic or a good algebraic conundrum to get their attention.  
    Of course, I’m talking about the Math Club.  You don’t have to be a geek to have fun with math, and students find that they can answer some very tricky questions with ease.  
    Like, how many seconds are in a year?  Well, there’s January 2nd.  February 2nd.  March 2nd.

  • Church listings 08-05-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.


  • Bible Answers: Being faithful while listening to Lady Gaga

    “If I want to be faithful to the Bible and to my faith, but I like to listen to Lady Gaga, can I do both?”— Katie

    Before you can answer this, you have to engage in some serious thought and honest appraisal of what matters in your life.
    You have to become a critical thinker. Ask yourself why you like to listen to her: is it the sound of her voice, the lyrics of her songs?
    Perhaps you are entertained by her outlandish costumes and “out there” behavior.
    Well, taste is what it is, but you should consider that your peers and media marketers largely shape pop culture entertainment preferences.

  • State Briefs 08-05-11

    Albuquerque will cooperate with Justice Department

    ALBUQUERQUE — The city of Albuquerque says it will cooperate with any U.S. Justice Department investigation into a recent escalation in police shootings.
    The mayor’s office Friday released a letter that Rob Berry, the city’s chief administrative officer, wrote to the department saying the city “will collaborate and cooperate fully with any review that may be ongoing.”
    Since January 2010, 19 people have been shot by police, 13 fatally.
    The DOJ told the Associated Press on Tuesday it is reviewing allegations against the department to determine if it should launch a full investigation.

  • Correction 08-05-11

    In a Thursday, Aug. 4 caption regarding the Board of Public Utilities, it was incorrectly stated that the Charter Review Committee would be voting on proposed changes to the charter concerning the Department of Public Utilities on Aug. 15. The vote will take place on Sept. 12.

  • NNSA conducts aerial survey

     The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration is conducting a detailed flyover of Los Alamos National Laboratory this week to measure background radiation.
    The information will be compared to results from a similar aerial survey conducted in 1994. Data will also be used for environmental assessments and activities.

  • McMillan addresses community leaders' event

    Los Alamos Site Office Manager Kevin Smith probably summed it best when it comes to LANL Director Charlie McMillan.

    “It was a good first month challenge for a new lab director,” Smith said.

    McMillan, attending his first regional community leaders’ breakfast as director, assumed the post at the beginning of June. But on June 26, the Las Conchas Fire erupted, threatening the lab and the townsite.

    McMillan put himself up front and center during the crisis, attending daily news conferences at Ashley Pond. And most of what the lab went through during the fire already has been well documented.

  • Update 08-05-11


    Bicycle Commuting Workshop geared to riders ages 16 and up, 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Justice Center parking lot. Visit www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/calendar.php#bike

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. Sunday on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.


    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn’t happen.

    After more than an hour of discussion, the board voted to interview the top three candidates face to face at a meeting in two weeks. The search committee had interviewed the top five candidates on the telephone for 30 minutes and then made the recommendation of Mortillaro, who had the highest score, based on a matrix.