Today's News

  • Campbell ‘contributed to the community in a big way’

    Those who knew Larry Campbell talk of his generous spirit and his contributions to the community. “I don’t think he knew anyone but friends,” said Nancy Cerutti, senior planner for Los Alamos County Community Development Department.

    Laurence (Larry) Campbell died Thursday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

    He was 74.

    “He was a dear man who contributed to the community in a big way,” said Nancy Bartlit, a Los Alamos Historical Society board member.

    Campbell retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 2001 after 35 years of service. He served as president of both the Historical Society and the Rotary Club and on the board of the New Mexico Historical Society.

  • Critics line up against CMRR project

    It’s a familiar scene in New Mexico: Peace activists, environmentalists and scientists lining up to oppose expansions of the military and nuclear facilities that are a major economic engine for the state.

    They were back in force last week, this time to oppose the “bomb factory,” ‘’cash cow” and “jobs program for scientists” — their names for a $5.8 billion nuclear lab being designed to replace the 60-year-old lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory where scientists make and store the “pits,” or cores, of the nation’s nuclear bombs. It’s a project that has been on the drawing board for nearly a decade, and one that won’t be finished for at least another decade.

  • Retirement signals end of an era

    Friday afternoon Hedy Dunn’s title changed from Director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum to Director Emeritus. About 120 people turned out to honor Dunn’s contributions at a retirement party May 22.

    “It just won’t be the same without her. Hedy has been a significant part of the society almost since its founding in the late ‘60s. Her legacy to this town is indescribable,” said Nancy Bartlit, who serves on the Los Alamos Historical Society board. “She has been incredibly reliable and dedicated. I’ve always said we’ll need to hire three people to take her place. I’m glad we’ve got Heather to step in.”

  • Meet the new lab director

    Twenty years ago, Charlie McMillan never envisioned being a laboratory director.
    McMillan remembers telling his family when they were in California how much fun it was just being a scientist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

    “I took the kids to the lab site and we were going home at the end of the day,” McMillan said. “My son said to me, you have the perfect job. Why would you give it up?

    “When I started my career, I was a physicist and it was a blast,” McMillan said. “I never thought about management and I definitely did not have a grand plan to be a lab director.”

    Funny how things change.

  • Running: Weeks, Romero tie at Pace Race

    Bob Weeks shared the top prediction of the week with Ted Romero at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    Last week’s Pace Race was run in Bayo Canyon. The next Pace Race is scheduled for Tuesday in the Quemazon area.
    The race was the annual Lollipop Figure 8 run. All finishers of the race were given a lollipop at the finish line.
    Weeks, who was the top predictor a week earlier, and Romero finished just three seconds off their times last Tuesday. Jennifer Reglien was nine seconds off and Dan Kelly had an error of 15 seconds.
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Charlotte Ulrich, who finished in 10:40. David Romero and Alexander Romero tied for the top finish on the long course, both posting a 22:32.

  • Sports update 06-05-11

    Golf tourney is June 17

    The Los Alamos Gridiron Booster Club will hold a golf tournament fundraiser June 17.
    The fundraiser will be at Los Alamos Golf Course. Shotgun start time is 8 a.m. Price for entry is $100 per person.
    Entry fee includes range balls, cart, greens fees and lunch. Entry deadline is June 14.
    For information visit www.topperfootball.com.

    Youth hoops camps set

    The Jr. Topper basketball program will host a pair of camps next week.
    The fundamentals camps start Monday. For players in grades K-2, the camp will run from 12:30-2 p.m. for boys and 5-6:30 p.m. for girls. Boys in grades 3-5 will have camp from 2-4 p.m. and girls in those grades will have camp from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

  • Outdoors: Archers take aim at 3D shoot Saturday

    There was a multitude of game animals near the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Saturday, everything from porcupines to mountain lions, although none of them were cause for concern.
    The LASC and the Los Alamos Youth Shooting Sports Program held an exhibition 3D archery shoot Saturday in Rendija Canyon. About 30 game animals made out of foam were placed in various spots around a trail near the LASC clubhouse for archers to take aim at.
    Jeff Fredenburg, the section chair for archery at LASC, helped organize the event as a fundraiser for the youth shooting program, which he also oversees.
    In all, more than 30 archers from around the area took part in the exhibition.

  • Politicians eye higher office

    For more than eight years, the executive has been running for something else.
    Those were the approximate words of Republican state Senator Clint Harden as he fretted over the entry of Lt. Gov. John Sanchez into the GOP race for the U.S. Senate.
    Harden thinks Sanchez should resign because of his important role in the redistricting process. The lieutenant governor presides over the senate and breaks tie votes.
    Harden says Sanchez will be distracted from his duties. If Sanchez were to resign, the state would be without a lieutenant governor. The duty of presiding over the senate would be assumed by the president pro tempore, who is Sen. Tim Jennings, a Democrat.

  • Media impact on children and teens

    This may not surprise most people: children and teenagers in the U.S. spend more time engaged with various forms of media than any other single activity except sleeping.
    A recent study of 2,000 youth aged eight to 18, found that they spend on average seven hours with media each day. The “media” referred to includes TV, movies, video and computer games, the Internet, music lyrics and videos, magazines, books, advertisements and, yes, even the newspaper you hold in your hand.

  • Youth Activity Center schedule 06-05-11

    This week at the Youth Activity Center:

     Monday — Lanyard instruction

    Tuesday —  Paper, Paints and Pastels

    Wednesday — Movies and munchies

    Thursday — Ping pong tournament

    Friday — Checkers and chess challenge

    For more information, call 662-9412 or 672-1565.