Today's News

  • Today in history Nov. 10
  • News for Retirees Nov. 8-14

    Nov. 8-14, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Green Chile Chicken
    1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Salisbury Steak
    1:30 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    BESC         Closed Veterans Day
    8:30 a.m.        Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training

  • Shelter Report 11-8-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Lucy — A 5-year-old calico who just loves cuddling! This sweet girl also enjoys being brushed, and her short-haired coat will certainly need lots of that. She is still young enough to be friendly and playful, and if she loses a few pounds, she’ll be even more fun and interactive! Lucy is reported to do well with adults, but she can be a bit shy around children.
    Nero—A 5-year-old orange tabby who was surrendered with his sister Lucy. His two loves are catnip toys and sitting on laps! He is reported to do well with both adults and children.

  • Pet Talk: What to do if you find a stray dog

    Pets are considered a part of the family for many pet owners. The unique personalities and characteristics our pets possess are irreplaceable, and it can be heart-breaking to lose their company. Stray dogs are a growing problem in the United States, and a majority of these strays are forced to wander the dangerous streets or begin a new life in an animal shelter. Learning how to properly bring a stray dog to safety is vital for your safety, as well as the stray’s safety.
    When trying to care for a stray, safety is always first. It is easy to become swept up in emotions when you see a stray dog hurt or in a dangerous situation—like running in traffic.  Even if you have good intentions, it is important to consider all options before taking action to keep the situation from becoming even more hazardous.

  • Advancing the ideas of regulatory engineering

    In the dark before dawn on Oct. 27, a longtime  friend of mine and I headed out from Los Alamos to catch a flight to Southern  California.
    My colleague is a three-term regent at California Lutheran University. In this capacity, he has brought a passel of insights, gathered in his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory, to be considered more widely at this 56-year-old private university in Thousand  Oaks, north of Los Angeles. The school aims to gain learning by doing, or applying facts to find answers.
    Our visit had a single purpose. We sought to advance the ideas of regulatory engineering that spring up as we look around and see the technical progress in fields on every hand. Over the last four years, a dozen of my columns here have explored the stream of smart tools and capabilities that work better, faster and cheaper in many fields.
    The peculiar question I ask is: Why not apply the same tools to make regulation also work better, faster and cheaper?  Up-to-date techniques that are little used in regulating include research and development (R&D), systems analysis,  actuarial science, data mining, drones, on-board diagnostics and the “Internet of Things.” These tools create still more prospects for regulatory engineering, a name coined in my columns.

  • Keystone XL decision is about Obama’s position on the world stage

    Executive Director, Energy Makes America Great

  • Confusion over military exercises causes Pojoaque schools lockdown

    JACONITA (AP) — Miscommunication involving military exercises by the Air National Guard at Kirtland Air Force Base caused a lockdown at Pojoaque Valley schools.
    The Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office says it received two anonymous 911 calls Wednesday that there was going to be a shooting at the high school, causing all Pojoaque schools to be placed on lockdown.
    On Thursday, sheriff’s officials said two school employees who are members of the Air National Guard received automated text messages regarding an active shooter exercise.
    The text was sent to all base members and was misunderstood as a real threat.
    Kirtland Air Force Base said in a statement Thursday saying they regret the disruption to schools and any undue alarm.

  • LA scientist part of NASA’s group in meteorite hunt

    Nina Lanza of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Space and Remote Sensing group was selected as one of eight members for the 2015-16 field campaign of the Antarctica Search for Meteorites program, which is supported by NASA.
    “These meteorites can help us understand the formation and evolution of our solar system,” Lanza said. “They come from planets, their moons and asteroids. Few of these solar system bodies will be visited by NASA in our lifetimes and this is a superb opportunity to collect material from across the solar system without having to leave the Earth.”
    The ANSMET program’s mission is to find and collect meteorites in Antarctica.
    Although meteorites land randomly all across Earth, Antarctica is the premier location for finding them because they are spotted more easily against the backdrop of the Antarctic ice.
    This year marks the 40th anniversary of the ANSMET meteorite program.

  • Access to reservoir restricted through June

    Pedestrian and motor vehicle access to the Los Alamos Reservoir will be restricted Monday through June. Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities awarded a contract to CBKN Dirtworks Inc. to restore the reservoir after several flood events filled it with sediment and compromised the access road.
    Department officials warn that construction crews with heavy equipment will be utilizing the single dirt road leading to the Los Alamos Canyon Dam and Reservoir, rendering the road and the surrounding area unsafe for hikers and/or cyclists.
    Restoration work includes draining and dredging debris and sediment from the reservoir, reconstructing the access road and installing a pedestrian bridge over the dam’s spillway.  
    Project funding was authorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through a disaster declaration for the September 2013 flood event. The department’s intent is to have the reservoir operational for summer.   
    For additional information, call the Department of Public Utilities at 662-8333.

  • Police Beat 11-8-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons or issued a citation.

    Oct. 29
    7:58 p.m. — Matthew Springer, 45, of Albuquerque was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant.

    Oct. 30
    12:11 p.m. — A 25-year-old McIntosh woman told police she was the victim of menacing behavior.
    9:30 p.m. — Ashley Fragua, 22, was arrested for marijuana possession (less than 1 ounce) at the Mesa Public Library.

    Oct. 31
    7:48 a.m. — A 75-year-old Los Alamos man told police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at Piedra Loop.
    8:28 a.m. — A 66-year-old Los Alamos woman told police she was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at La Senda Road.
    8:30 a.m. — A 69-year-old Los Alamos man told police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1,000) at La Senda Road.