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Today's News

  • Bond forum turns into rally

    Though there were only 13 people in the audience, mostly public officials or former educators who showed up at a forum designed to educate the public about a key educational issue Los Alamos residents will soon be voting on. 

    Los Alamos Public Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt was among those most enthused. 

    “This was a pep rally,” Schmidt said. “The nice part about that is it reaffirms my belief that people are excited about education. These people are all ‘yes’ votes, yet they still showed up to say ‘we want to vote yes.’ ”

  • LANL pulls Chinese components from computers

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory has replaced numerous Chinese components in all of its computer systems over security concerns, according to the Reuters News Agency. 

    The parts in question are network switches manufactured by H3C Technologies. Network switches are used to manage data traffic.

    Reuters learned of LANL’s concerns through a Nov. 5 letter written by the acting chief information officer at LANL to the Department of Energy’s national nuclear security administration’s manager for safeguards and security. 

    NNSA did not respond to a request for comment.

    The letter detailed how an unidentified network engineer at LANL alerted authorities that the devices were being installed on the networks, and that there may be some already installed on the networks. 

  • Protecting kids in schools

     During a newsroom discussion about guns about a decade ago, a woman piped up: “I don’t understand what the big deal is. I’m from Santa Rosa. We grew up with guns.”

    In New Mexico and other rural states, we begin the discussion from different sides of the fence. In the country, a gun is a tool used to hunt and protect livestock against varmints. In the city, the varmints are two-legged.

    Since the nightmarish shootings in Connecticut, the arguments and analyses fly back and forth like an old western shoot-out, which leads me to a few observations.

    First, gun ownership is a personal decision. I lived for eight years in a tough neighborhood where people kept telling me I should have a gun. 

  • Two speakers

     

        At the turn of the New Year, the Speakers of two Houses of Representatives were much in the news.

        In New Mexico the death of Ben Luján, longtime Democratic Speaker of the state House of Representatives occasioned glowing tributes to a man characterized as “a political giant” and “a statesman.”

        Back in the nation’s capital, the weakened U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s inability to manage his fellow House Republicans, never mind the Congress itself, left not a few onlookers wondering how much longer his speakership could endure.

        House Speakers are traditionally elected by the majority party in that legislative chamber. In New Mexico there have been exceptions to that custom.  

  • 01-08-13 Be There

     

    Today

    The Los Alamos Volunteer Examiner Group will give exams for amateur radio licenses at 6:30 p.m. in the Club Meeting Room at 4017 Arkansas (the Old Fire Barn).  If you are testing for a new license you will need a picture ID or two other forms of ID with your name and address on them (utility bill, credit card bill or other) and a test fee of $15, either in cash or check made out to “ARRL VEC.” You will need to fill in your Social Security number on the form 605 License Application. For those seeking a license upgrade, you will need the picture ID or two other forms of ID plus your original license and a copy of the license or a valid CSCE (Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam) and a copy of the CSCE, plus the exam fee of $15. For more information, call Bill Boedeker at 662-4220 or email boedeker@cybermesa.com.

    Wednesday

  • Residents recognized

     

    Welcome back to school! I understand the homeschoolers had it a little more rough, as it is easier to start. In either case, I hope your teachers were glad to see you.

    As we start off on a new calendar year, I hope you’ll spend some time celebrating the little things that make life so great.

    We are fresh off the Community Asset Awards, where community members and employees were recognized for making our community a little bit better. 

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  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday:

    1. NOMINEE FOR DEFENSE A POSSIBLE TRAILBLAZER

    If confirmed, Chuck Hagel would the first enlisted soldier and first Vietnam vet to head the Pentagon.

    2. CARNAGE IN COLO. MOVIE HOUSE RECALLED DURING HEARING

    "After I saw what I saw in the theater — horrific — I didn't want anyone else to die," says one officer who ferried the wounded to a hospital.

    3. CHURCH SEES RISK IN VENEZUELA

    Uncertainty over Chavez's health makes for a potentially dangerous and violent situation, Catholic leaders warn.

    4. A RAY OF HOPE IN HEALTH CARE

    Americans kept their medical spending in check for three years in a row.