Today's News

  • 02-25-10 Update

    LAMC launches CEO search

      National Division President Don Bivacca of Los Alamos Medical Center’s parent company LifePoint has announced CE0 Sandy Podley has left LAMC. She has accepted a position as CEO of Havasu Regional Medical Center in Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

      A search is underway to find a new CEO for LAMC, Bivacca said in a news release. Ruth McDaniel will serve as interim CEO until a permanent CEO is named.

      Podley served as LAMC CEO from November 2006 through Jan. 11.

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  • Evaluating disposal of surplus plutonium

    WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has signed an interagency agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to evaluate the use of mixed oxide (MOX) fuel made from U.S. surplus weapons-grade plutonium in TVA’s Sequoyah and Browns Ferry nuclear power reactors.  

  • Udall introduces ROADS SAFE act

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Tom Udall, D–N.M., and Bob Corker, R–T.N., today introduced legislation designed to reduce the number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities on America’s roads by funding the development of new technologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol.

  • New manager pilots airport

    The newly hired manager of Los Alamos County Airport felt an instant bond with the area the first time he piloted his red 1966 Piper Comanche 5-seater plane onto the local runway.  

    “I love the altitude, the vistas and the environment, and the grass roots general aviation of the job, which is what I love, is what really drew me here. I’m very, very pleased to have been selected,” Peter Soderquist said, adding that his beloved 44-year-old airplane is aging well.

  • Gymnastics: Tumblers heading to state meet

    A dozen level 4-6 gymnastics from Los Alamos will head to the state compulsory meet starting Friday.

    The Atomic City Tumblers will send their 12 qualifying gymnasts to the compulsory state championships being held in Belen. The meet will continue through the weekend.

    Among the team’s qualifiers are, at level 4, Katrina Vinyard, Dominique Lucero, Ramya Stevens and Sally Grindstaff.

  • Invite a featured artist for sculpture series

    I am pleased to see that the Historic Sculptures Master Plan Committee (HSMPC) has mapped out a 10-year plan for life-sized statues of historic figures to be placed around town (Monitor, Feb.17). The unified theme would be a positive result.

  • Wrestling: Cull-Host defends her title at women’s state tournament

    Jodi Cull-Host defended her state title at the New Mexico Women’s Scholastic Wrestling Championship Sunday.

    Cull-Host, a sophomore at Los Alamos High School, won the 103-pound bracket at the 11th annual tournament, which is traditionally held the day after the conclusion of the state high school wrestling championship tournament.

    In all, 29 wrestlers from 12 New Mexico high schools took part in the tournament.

  • Democrats to host County Convention tonight

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos County will host a combined Precinct Ward and County Convention at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Golf Course.

    State Central Committee members and Delegates elected at the County Convention will attend the State Primary Convention at Buffalo Thunder March 13.

    Los Alamos County has 23 delegates allocated for Congressional District 3.


  • Roundabouts aid in evacuation

    Los Alamos is an island in the sky, comparable to other island communities. One other is St. Simons Island, Georgia, a coastal barrier island with a similar population size. Los Alamos was evacuated in 2000 due to the Cerro Grande fire; St Simons was evacuated in 1999 due to Hurricane Floyd. Or rather, evacuation was attempted. As Los Alamos has N.M. 502, St. Simons has a causeway.

  • Say enough’s enough to polarization

    In recent appearances, President Barack Obama has suggested that it’s time for Washington to confront the intense polarization and incivility that mark our politics these days.