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Today's News

  • Community leaders share a big day at the lab

    Wednesday was a red-letter day for Los Alamos National Laboratory, a favorable occasion for community leaders to visit for a briefing and a rare tour behind the security perimeter.

    “Good news,” Deputy Laboratory Director Jan Van Prooyen called it as he began a status report on the laboratory.

    Across the Atlantic Wednesday morning, after a meeting in Dresden, Germany, the lab’s Roadrunner computer was named top of the heap, “king of the (computer) world” – the pacesetter for the new petaflop generation of supercomputing.

  • David Iglesias pushes prosecutions

    SANTA FE – The Bush administration leaves office in January and former U.S. Attorney David Iglesias is urging prosecutors to continue investigating senior officials for possible links to the firing of eight U.S. attorneys in 2007.

    “The Constitution demands that after these guys are out of office they continue to be investigated,” Iglesias said during a June 9 talk at the Lensic about his new book “In Justice: Inside the Scandal that Rocked the Bush Administration.”

  • Masters of Disasters

    Imagine speeding across two countries in an ambulance with only a faint sense of direction, unable to speak the local language, fearless of what may be lurking around the corner, courageously riding on a promise that you made to help save the people of a remote Guatemalan village.

    Everything seems to be going all right, until you’re assaulted and almost hijacked – only the people clinging to your bumper screaming, kicking and desperately trying to board your vehicle aren’t roadside bandits or thugs.

  • What is an art quilt?

    If you’ve always wondered what exactly is meant by an art quilt, the “Seams Unusual” show, opening Friday at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, should go a long way to clearing up the mystery.

    Seventeen New Mexico artists from all over the state have chosen this emerging medium to portray their artistic vision.

  • Mixer of musical styles

    Patrick Sweany will be playing at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot as part of the Gordons’ Productions and Los Alamos County’s Summer Concert Series.

    I caught Sweany on the phone just as he was cruising down I-80 in the middle of Nebraska. Since his gig in Omaha, he’d been pulled over a couple of times by the cops. He figured they saw a long haired guy driving a beat up van and wanted to check things out. The cops didn’t find any drugs. No sex either. Just three guys listening to rock and roll.

  • BANDELIER TAB - Pinon-Juniper Project

    If visitors encounter an ugly spot north of Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument, rest assured, it’s for the best.

    Spots on the northern part of the canyon with branches downed and trees and other vegetation slashed are part of the Pinon-Juniper Restoration Project at Bandelier.

  • Adrian Jordan Romero

    ROMERO – Adrian Jordan Romero, age 16, died Saturday, June 14, 2008, after battling cancer for three years. He was a student at Los Alamos High School.

    Adrian is best known for his sharp wit and sense of humor. He always had a pun or wisecrack ready. He made people laugh, and he loved life. He was always cheerful and never had an unkind thing to say. One of his teachers said, “That boy doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.”

  • Guest Opinion: Bikers beneficial to forests

    June 1 was my first trip into the forest this year, and like most years, I spent it with a dozen other motorcyclists, clearing trails. The plan was to work in the North Jemez and see how many trails we could clear in a day. How far we would get was determined by how many trees the snow and wind felled during the winter.

  • 'It’s going to look beautiful'

    By July 16, everything but the name will have changed.

    Duane W. Smith auditorium is getting a facelift, and that’s an understatement.

    “It’s going to look beautiful,” said Ross Mason, LAHS Theatre Manager. “We’re working on an unbelievable amount of stuff right now.”

    The Los Alamos High School auditorium is undergoing extensive renovations, funded primarily by leftover bond referendum dollars.

    The facility, built in 1948, retains most of the original equipment from the Manhattan Project era.

  • WR plans gets green light

    Cheers broke out from the audience Tuesday as county council members unanimously accepted the White Rock Downtown Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy.

    The plan calls for gateway arches and signage to welcome visitors to town and a mixed-use town center with lush landscaping and pedestrian-friendly features. The plan also includes a new visitor’s center and library and a transportation hub with space for recreational vehicle parking.