Today's News

  • Wharram got much done at LAPS

    At a regular school board meeting in February, the members of the old school board, which included Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Kevin Honnell and Nan Holmes, as well as current members Matt Williams and Jim Hall said goodbye to an old friend.
    Those former members took part in one last official act, congratulating one of their unsung heroes off to other challenges.
    David Wharram, the construction manager the board hired several years ago through Gerald Martin Ltd. to oversee over $40 million in construction on three schools, was officially dismissed from his role as construction manager.
    Even though it was his job, board members at the meeting said they admired how Wharram through his years of school rebuilds unflinchingly delivered the good, the bad, and the ugly with his often lengthy updates of each construction project.
    Whether it was about unexpected financial windfalls, missed deadlines, or accidents, Wharram was known for treating each report with a “just the facts” type of attitude which allowed the board to make the informed decisions it had to make to keep things on track without being distracted by a lot of drama.
    Board members said Wharram’s no-nonsense style was also crucial to the school board since the projects were primarily funded by taxpayer money, as well as approved by taxpayers through ballot.

  • Tourism secretary visits LA Chamber

    As preparations for the creation of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park ramp up, county officials and business owners alike are looking for ways Los Alamos can maximize tourism opportunities.
    New Mexico Tourism Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham spoke to one of the avenues — the New Mexico True campaign — at the Los Alamos Chamber breakfast Thursday.
    “New Mexico True has not only developed a strong, magnetic brand for the state, but given opportunity for communities to leverage the power of the brand,” Latham said.
    The New Mexico True campaign has shifted the advertising focus from images highlighting the beauty of the state, with an emphasis on sightseeing, to images that show people out in those environments, placing the emphasis on “sight-doing,” or “adventure steeped in culture.”
    “New Mexico True is defined as the unique experiences you can have in New Mexico that you can have nowhere else in the world,” Latham said. “We define it as “adventure that feeds the soul.”
    Latham sees “unlimited potential” for working with Los Alamos under the New Mexico True umbrella.

  • Getting Wild

    Kids in grades K-6 spent some time with the Los Alamos police and fire departments at Saturday’s Wild Day event, which was sponsored by Los Alamos Youth Leadership. The event was held at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Computer challenge returns Monday

    More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers are expected for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s for the 25th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.
    “One of the goals of the year-long competition is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model and solve real-world problems,” said David Kratzer of LANL’s High Performance Computer Systems group, LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge. “Participating students improve their understanding of technology by developing skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications and teamwork, and have fun doing it.”
    The challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills, such as research, writing, teamwork, time management, oral presentations and computer programming.
    Any New Mexico middle-school or high-school student is eligible to enter.
    While at LANL, students will present their projects and take part in tours, talks, and demonstrations with scientists.
    Student projects will be recognized during an awards ceremony Tuesday from 9 a.m.-noon at the Church of Christ Auditorium, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos. More than $20,000 in scholarships will be awarded to student participants, along with many plaques and cash awards.

  • Cold Seat

    Los Alamos and White Rock received a blanket of mid-April snow early Saturday morning. Rain showers are possible for Sunday.

  • Business opportunity available for youth

    Los Alamos youth have a new opportunity in their future, one very similar to the ABC television show “Shark Tank.”
    Area youth will be given a chance to pitch their business ideas to a group of potential funders, with the benefit of a little support along the way.
    Isaac Schilling of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Feynman Center for Innovation will host a series of opportunities beginning next week for teenagers interested in entrepreneurship.
    “Teen Startup Challenge is a series of events that will teach teens how to quickly and effectively share their ideas with the goal of being granted funding to start a business or to expand a current venture,” said Schilling.
    The first event will be held at Time Out Pizza in Los Alamos from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday with free pizza and drinks provided to interested teens.
    The events will expose teens to exciting career opportunities in business and the possibility of transforming their own great ideas into viable businesses.
    “Any teenager with a business idea should definitely attend our events,” said Schilling. “Even if you do not have a business idea, we will help you come up with one.”

  • Update 4-19-15

    Earth Day

    There will be an Earth Day Festival April 25 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Games, activities and entertainment are planned for the event. The festival will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There is no charge for admission.

    Run For Her Life

    The Run For Her Life is scheduled for today. The race is a charity event sponsored by Hadassah. It is a 5K and 10K run that will start at East Park. Proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research. For more information, call 672-1639.

    LTAB meeting

    The next Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board meeting is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday. It will be at the municipal building.


    The Ethos Percussion Group will perform today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance is hosted by the Los Alamos Concert Association. Event time is 4 p.m. Tickets are $35.

    APP Board

    The Arts In Public Places Board will meet at the municipal building Thursday. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Caballo Blanco

    “Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco,” a documentary about ultrarunner Micah True, will have its premier screening at the Reel Deal Theater Tuesday. The screening is set for 7 p.m.

  • North Korea talk in ABQ Sunday

    The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Stephan Haggard titled “North Korea: Witness to Transformation” at 3 p.m. today at UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd NE.
    Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies, director of the Korea-Pacific Program and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the School of International Relations & Pacific Studies at the University of California-San Diego.
    Haggard will outline a path-breaking new approach to North Korea, based on a large-scale and refugee survey in China and South Korea. The survey has found that a great many transformations are underway. North Koreans hold their government in low regard and are far more skeptical of official explanations of their misery than is generally supposed.
    An overwhelming majority of refugees surveyed support unification with the South and report that their peers remaining in North Korea hold similar views.
    The lecture is open to the general public and includes a Q&A session after the lecture.
    Price for admission is $15 for AIA members and $20 for non-members.
    High school, college and university students (under 26) with student ID receive free admission.

  • Ringo Starr, Green Day inducted into Hall

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Ringo Starr was always behind the other Beatles.
    Bobbing his head as he sat at his drum kit, Starr kept the steady backbeat for Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, a once-in-a-century group that conquered the music world. Starr got fourth-billing, the adored and yet overlooked sideman to his more celebrated bandmates.
    John, Paul, George ... and Ringo.
    Once he stepped from their shadows, Starr proved he could hold his own.
    Forever a Beatle, Starr entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist on Saturday, inducted along with an eclectic class of musicians.
    Starr, who was previously enshrined with the Beatles in 1988, was honored along with pop punks Green Day, soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers, underground-rock icon Lou Reed, bluesy guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The “5’’ Royales.
    When the Beatles split at the height of their fame, Starr decided to take a shot at being a frontman and surprisingly flourished with a string of radio hits, including “It Don’t Come Easy,” ‘’Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen,” singles that earned him new-found respect and popularity.

  • New report critical of LANS, LAFO in accident

    Phase II of the report detailing the accident at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant was harshly critical of the procedure at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The accident that caused the shutdown of WIPP in February 2014 was a preventable one. Moreover, the follow-up report, released Thursday, placed much of the blame on LANL and its parent company.
    Thursday’s report was released by the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management.
    In the new report, the Accident Investigation Board was tasked by DOE to determine the cause of the TRU waste container failure.
    The board stated in the report that “if LANL had adequately developed and implemented repackaging and treatment procedures that incorporated suitable hazard controls and included a rigorous review and approval process, the release would have been preventable.”
    The March Phase I report, detailing the accident, concluded that an incompatible mix of materials in the now-infamous Drum 68660, which was shipped to the WIPP site near Carlsbad from Los Alamos, was the culprit of the leak.
    Since the accident over a year ago, normal operations at the WIPP site have been stopped. No plans have been announced as to when the facility might be operating again.