Today's News

  • NNSA honors LA in 2014 Sustainability Awards

    The National Nuclear Security Administration this week awarded 15 Sustainability Awards for innovation and excellence to its national laboratories and sites, and Los Alamos National Laboratory is among the winners, with honorees in both the Best in Class and Environmental Stewardship categories.
    “Los Alamos has worked hard to increase efficiency and protect natural resources across our site,” said Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan. “Innovative approaches to sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction are just two areas where we seek to be the best possible stewards of the environment and we share with the communities of northern New Mexico. It is through the cumulative effect of these efforts over time that we can accomplish our mission in a sustainable manner.”
    The awards recognize exemplary individual and team performance in advancing sustainability objectives through innovative and effective programs and projects that increase energy, water and fleet efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases, pollution and waste.

  • No injuries in rollover

    Shortly after a one-vehicle accident westbound on N.M. 4, the car was righted so it could be towed. The driver walked away with no injuries. The unidentified driver got a hug from a well-wisher at the scene.

  • Organizers look to create LACF

    Los Alamos is home to many local nonprofits and foundations, each contributing to the community fabric that is Los Alamos. There’s also a group of individuals who are looking to improve on the work they do by uniting them under one foundation. They want to call it the “Los Alamos Community Foundation.”
    The foundation’s steering committee includes community leaders from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, foundations and nonprofits that are based in Los Alamos, and county government. Members include Paul Andrus, Don Cobb, Bill Enloe, Tony Fox, Joanna Gillespie, Nancy Guthrie, Katy Korkos, Ken Milder, Kristy Ortega, Morrie Pongratz, Carole Rutten and David Woodruff.
    The steering committee’s chair is County Councilor David Izraelevitz.
    Though its official founding is perhaps three years, perhaps 10 years off, the LACF’s steering committee is getting the word out now about what they are doing, and why. Last month, Izraelevitz did a presentation before the University of New Mexico- Los Alamos Advisory Board to tell them what it’s all about, and why they’re doing it.

  • NDAA bill includes Valles transition, Manhattan Project park in LA

    Several conservation and energy bills sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are included in the National Defense Authorization Act, which was finalized Tuesday night. The bill is expected to be voted on by the House and Senate before the end of the year.
    The bill includes provisions to designate the Columbine-Hondo as wilderness, transition the Valles Caldera National Preserve to new management to increase public access, and establish the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Additionally, a measure to extend a pilot program that has helped the Bureau of Land Management streamline the oil and gas drilling permit process while strengthening a review system that helps meet environmental and safety standards was also included in the bill language.
    “This is an exciting step — we’re extremely close to the finish line and being able to protect these beautiful New Mexico landscapes for generations to come,” Udall said. “These bills are vital for our economy. Designating the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness, increasing access to Valles Caldera, and dedicating a Manhattan Project historical park will help expand tourism and create jobs, while renewing the BLM permitting program is critical to energy development in northwestern and southeastern New Mexico. ”

  • Breakfast with Santa

    The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The breakfast is free, although attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party. Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used to make up food baskets, which will also be distributed to those in need. Visit with Santa and enjoy a good breakfast and a morning of good cheer in the true Christmas spirit.

  • Be There 12-03-14

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Sierra Club Open Meeting. 7 p.m. at UNM-LA, building 200, room 230 lecture hall. Craig Martin Presents: The Los Alamos Open Space System. The culmination of 15 years work, the Los Alamos Open Space Management Plan suggests pulling together a variety of county-owned land under various zoning designations to clearly define the Los Alamos Open Space System. The public is welcome to hear the plan and contribute ideas.

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    Capturing the Plants and Pods of Autumn with Lisa Coddington. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The session will teach participants drawing techniques with graphite and pencil; on Dec. 11 those who continue will learn to paint their drawing with watercolors. Can be taken as one session (drawing only) or both (drawing and painting). Suggested for beginner and intermediate levels. Advance registration required. $50/$40 PEEC members for one session, or $90/$72 for both. For more information and to register, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Review: ‘Bagdad Café’ popular the world over

    Moviegoers in France, Germany and even Seattle love “Bagdad Cafe” (1987, Rated PG). This incredible and incredibly strange film has won awards across the globe for its casting, acting, screenplay and was chosen Best Foreign Film several times over. What will Los Alamos think? That’s always an interesting question to ask.
    “Bagdad Cafe,” showing Thursday at Mesa Public Library, begins with a German couple on a desolate road. They are well-dressed — over-dressed for their surrounding. They appear to be married and not happy about it. The road, the car, the rusty lean-to that serves as a urinal, everything is tilted, disoriented, uncomfortable to watch. The couple’s arguments are in German, so English-speaking viewers are even further ungrounded and upended.
    And yet, sense prevails. Quite logically, the woman opens the car door, grabs her bag and walks. And once she leaves the car, the movie changes. The asphalt lies horizontal and beneath the sky. Her feet, even in her ridiculous pumps, are firmly planted.
    The unusual prudence of this opening sequence prevails throughout “Bagdad Cafe,” as the German woman, Jasmin Münchgstettner (Marianne Sägebrecht), creates a new life for herself on the side of the road.

  • Holiday cheer at Fuller Lodge

    The community is welcome to ring in the holidays with an open house at Fuller Lodge. Festivities are from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council along with the Fuller Lodge Art Center and the Historical Society will kick off the annual holiday event at the lodge, Los Alamos’ best known historic building and its cultural and artistic center.
    Fuller Lodge is decorated for the holidays and there are plenty of festive events planned.
    This year, the festivities begin with the Chamisa SingSations at 10 a.m., then at 10:45 a.m. a Curious Chris will entertain children with the “Science of the Season.”
    Juanita Madland and friends will host a sing-a-long beginning at 11:45 a.m. At 1 p.m., there will be more holiday music with a saxophone quintet and a woodwind quintet, as well as punch and cookies served by the arts council. The Los Alamos Family Council will host a Holiday Cookie Walk at 10 a.m., which will continue all day. The public may make a donation and select a dozen holiday cookies.
    There will be several other nonprofit organizations taking part in the festivities.
    The Animal Shelter will sell calendars and Boy Scout Troop 71 will have holiday wreaths for sale.

  • Learning to negotiate with suppliers is a business art

    Many businesses rely on suppliers or vendors for inventory, raw materials or services, and that makes contract negotiation skills essential to securing the best prices, terms and product quality. Becoming a skillful negotiator requires a business owner to know what his business needs and can do without and what materials costs are common in his industry. It also requires flexibility and a willingness to compromise — qualities that can lead to a sustainable business-to-business relationship.
    Price isn’t everything: Sometimes getting the best price for a product requires a business to buy in volume or agree to inconvenient delivery schedules. Sometimes it means getting a product of lower quality. Not all businesses can afford this. A lean manufacturer who wants raw materials right when they’re needed on the assembly line might be willing to pay more for this guarantee; for this business, punctual delivery isn’t negotiable. The same is true for a restaurateur who needs regular stocks of perishable goods in time to prepare fresh meals. But a business with lots of warehouse space might get a deep discount by buying in large volumes at irregular intervals.

  • Water experts clash on what’s possible, probable on Gila River

    In the water wars, the latest battleground is the Gila River. Recently, the Interstate Stream Commission voted to take the first step in acquiring more water through a federal settlement. The controversial decision followed a 10-year public discussion in which the stakeholders grew too polarized to agree on any of a dozen options.
    For the record, I can see both sides of this intensely divisive question. Because precedent and money are on the line, not to mention the credibility of the ISC, it’s worth a harder look.
    Ostensibly, it’s water users vs. environmentalists, but it’s also about how diverse residents in the state’s four southwestern counties of Luna, Grant, Hidalgo and Catron see their future. And it’s something of a clash of water titans.
    Through a 2004 settlement, the four counties have the opportunity to obtain an additional 14,000 acre-feet of water a year, a 47 percent increase. It’s enough to supply 24,000 to 40,000 homes annually, provide irrigation water for farmers and keep water in the river for endangered species, according to State Engineer Scott Verhines.
    What community in New Mexico wouldn’t jump at the chance?
    The federal settlement act provides $66 million for water projects or up to $128 million for storage. Cost estimates, however, are upwards of $575 million.