Today's News

  • A Dog Gone Miracle

    Los Alamos resident Beau Ballard and his fiancé, Magen Coleman, met adoptable Siberian Husky Jake, on several occasions at a dog park in Albuquerque. They decided to take the canine home to see if he would be a good fit. He was with them for just a couple of days when he slipped out of his collar during an evening walk at Ashley Pond and ran into Los Alamos Canyon.  

    The couple called me for help. Jake originally came to the Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico when he was part of a 24 dog (animal hoarding case) seizure near Dallas in 2009. Although only six to eight months old, Jake had not been socialized around people and was very shy and distrusted humans.

  • MDA-T cleanup costs could top $1 billion

    The complexity of cleaning up a 2.2-acre parcel of land located inside Technical Area-21 (TA-21), known as Material Disposal Area (MDA) T at Los Alamos National Laboratory could push costs as high as $1 billion, according to the Department of Energy; although no final estimate can be determined until a survey of the remediation efforts required is completed.

    MDA-T is near the eastern end of DP Road. Environmental remediation activities at TA-21, including MDA-B, located across from businesses along DP Road on the southern side, have been underway since 2009.

    Nearly 18 million gallons of treated and untreated plutonium wastewater and solvents, or untreated tritium wastewater and solvents, were discharged into the beds on that site until 1967.

  • AARP driver safety program offered

     The White Rock Senior Center is offering an AARP driver safety program next month. Classes will be for anyone 55 years or older, as verified by their driver’s license, from 1-5 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 25 at the WRSC. Those who attend may qualify for a discount on automobile insurance.
    As an appreciation to retired teachers, the class is free to National Retired Teachers Association members, for these two sessions only. Members should bring their NRTA membership card or number.
    The fee for each class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, with the check made out to AARP. This is a four-hour course and payment is by check, if not an NRTA member.
    Janet Basinger will teach the July class and Dick Foster will teach the August class.

  • Preparing for a high-tech career

    Accelerate New Mexico will help students prepare for high-tech employment
    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has joined forces with six Northern New Mexico colleges to offer Accelerate New Mexico. The program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, provides curriculum and coaching designed to quickly prepare people of various ages and all educational backgrounds for employment in technical fields.

  • United Church fills with the sound of love

    The United Church was filled with the sound of love on May 22. The Los Alamos Choral Society presented its audience with choral arrangements of love songs ranging from old folk songs spirituals, to the heartbeat of Broadway.
    Directed by Dr. Mary Badarak and accompanied by Cindy Little, the concert was a mix of literature sung with a rich tone quality and diction. There were several new, young faces in the choir and some of those young people were featured as soloists. The Choral Society is a non-auditioned choir that welcomes all who love to sing and thus includes singers of all ages and musical backgrounds.

  • TechSource Inc. named N.M.’s 2011 Flying 40 recipient

    At an event at the University of New Mexico recently, Technology Ventures Corporation honored TechSource for its outstanding service and growth in 2011.
    Each year, the Flying 40 Awards seeks to honor the 40 fastest-growing and highest revenue generating technology-based companies in New Mexico. TechSource, headquartered in Los Alamos, was recognized as a leading high-technology company in New Mexico.

  • Learning to teach like a champ

    Suzanne Lynne, left, and Ronda Harmon, right, won a grant last school year to provide the program, “Teach Like a Champion.” They are seen here facilitating a conversation about teaching techniques among many Los Alamos Public Schools teachers in the library at Mountain Elementary School.

  • Young Eagles help youth take to the skies

    Young people ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies July 9 as the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 691 hosts a Young Eagles Flight Rally at Los Alamos County Airport.
    The rally is part of the EAA Young Eagles Program created to interest young people in aviation.
    Since the program was launched in 1992, volunteer EAA pilots have flown more than 1.4 million young people in more than 90 countries.
    “Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said James Shinas, spokesman for the event. “We hope to build relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.”

  • Thank you 06-26-11

    The best little town ever

    When sons and daughters are serving overseas in combat zones, the days can be difficult and time seems to go on forever, from one letter or phone call to the next. Folks often ask, “how do you get through it?” We get through it with the help of all the kind and wonderful people of Los Alamos.
    The outpouring of kind thoughts, caring words and the amazing generosity of all of you, with donations every week so that we can send packages to the troops at FOB Finley Shields in Afghanistan, has been overwhelmingly joyful.
    Here are a few replies from the troops serving there:

  • People in the News 06-26-11

    Megan Goldstein of Los Alamos participated in Gonzaga University’s graduation exercises during a Commencement Ceremony held May 8 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena. Goldstein graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in science and mathematics.