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Today's News

  • First freeze of the season Friday morning

    While residents on the East Coast prepare to deal with “Frankenstorm,” Los Alamos residents can expect chilly temps to remain in place at least through Saturday.

    Los Alamos Airport logged its first official freeze of the season Friday morning as the mercury dipped to 32 degrees at 3:55 a.m. The thermometer registered 30 degrees by 5:35 a.m. and climbed back up to 31 by 6:15.

    Depending on the forecast model, temps Friday night are expected to be near or below freezing again, with a high temperature Saturday reaching the mid-50s. Sunday’s high should be right around 60 degrees, with temps moderating into next week with highs expected in the mid-60s.

    Meanwhile, nearly all of New Mexico continues to grapple with some level of drought and federal forecasting models show those conditions are likely to persist through January.

    State and federal officials reported during a drought monitoring meeting Thursday that there has been only one day of rain so far this month in the eastern half of New Mexico.

    Those totals ranged from a half-inch to just over an inch of rain, not enough to catch up after back-to-back dry years.

    Tucumcari, Portales and other areas have deficits of several inches, while the state overall has seen only 63 percent of its normal precipitation through September.

  • LAPS seeks district-wide accreditation

    By next Wednesday afternoon, the Los Alamos Public School District should exactly know where it stands with “AdvancED,” an organization that accredits schools.

    According to Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean, AdvancED officials won’t just be involved in accrediting Los Alamos High School, but the entire school district.

    “For decades, only high schools have been accredited,” Dean said. “However, over the last couple of years, there’s been the possibility of having an entire district accredited and the agency that does the accrediting is called AdvancED.”

    Dean added that there’s a possibility that LAPS could possibly be the first or the second public school district in New Mexico to achieve district-wide accreditation. District-wide accreditation is becoming more important to school districts as today’s students face stiffer academic competition not only nationally, but globally as well.

    “District-wide accreditation would assure that the things that we do, such as professional development, instructional strategies and our curriculum are coordinated throughout the whole district,” Dean said. “It would also help us be recognized as a high quality district, because we are willing to apply for this higher level of scrutiny.”

  • LDRD speakers stress research, security

    Los Alamos National Laboratory conducted its fourth annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) day at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Tuesday and two speakers took center stage.

    They included University of California Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Steven Beckwith, who spoke about “Research in the interest of national security” and Terry Wallace, LANL’s Principal Associate Director, Global Security, who presented a discussion on “Storms on the Horizon: Science, Technology and the National Security Challenge.”

    Beckwith talked about an approach put forth by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson in “Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty.”

    “The innovation that occurs in a society is at its best and most profound when it is occurring over all of society,” Beckwith said. “Everyone is contributing and putting their best ideas forward from the bottom up rather than the top down.”

    Beckwith noted that the United States does that extremely well. “We stimulate competition, provide opportunities to people and we protect their rewards.”

  • Edward Jones ribbon cutting

    Edward Jones Financial Advisor John Williams, left, held a ribbon cutting ceremony at his new office (555 Oppenheimer Dr.) Thursday. Office Manager Samantha Forrest is next to Williams, with Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos and Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple helping out.

  • State Briefs 10-26-12

    Workplace deaths way up

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Environmental Department says workplace deaths in New Mexico rose substantially in 2011.
    The department says it logged a total of 51 deaths last year from 38 in 2010. The biggest increase was tallied among transportation workers, where 21 people were killed last year. That compares to just 12 transportation workers killed on the job in 2010.
    A statement from deputy environmental department secretary Butch Tongate called the statistics a sobering reminder that workplace safety can’t be taken for granted.

  • Correction 10-26-12

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, not David Izraelevitz, voted against a motion Tuesday night that would draft a CRC ordinance that combined all the changes and three separate ordinances

  • Clarification 10-26-12

    The New Mexico Consortium is a non-profit corporation made up of the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Technical Institute. The Consortium partners with LANL to support scientific education and research.” The consortium was featured in a story on page 1 Sunday of the Los Alamos Monitor.

     

  • Experienced campaigner struggles for traction

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Heather Wilson is an experienced campaign scrapper who weathered five tough House races to keep a 10-year Republican hold on the swing district that represents most of the state’s largest city.
    But as she battles her successor for a prized election to New Mexico’s open U.S. Senate seat, she has had a hard time attracting the crossover voters she’ll need to help the GOP regain the coveted post.
    Wilson is running against Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who replaced her four years ago when she gave up her 1st Congressional District seat to seek the Republican nomination to succeed her mentor, senior Republican Sen. Pete Domenici. But she lost a tight primary to fellow Rep. Steve Pearce, who in turn lost the race to Democrat Tom Udall.
    That gave Democrats both of New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seats for the first time in more than 30 years, But the GOP going into this campaign had high hopes of retaking the seat of retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman as part of its national effort to gain control of the chamber.

  • Los Alamos High School goes green

    Workers try to beat the weather, making LAHS a little greener, in the process. Temperatures began to drop Friday.

  • Labyrinth dedication Saturday

    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church on North Road in Los Alamos announces the dedication of their labyrinth.
    They invite everyone to join them from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem to help in consecrating this new sacred space for use by all members of the Los Alamos Community.  
    They hope the meditation path will be used as a spiritual resource for the entire community and widely used by many people, no matter what their faith or spiritual foundations.
    Learn about labyrinths and how they can be a part of everyone’s spiritual life.  
    Labyrinths are meditative walking paths, which pre-date the Christian era. They were widely used in Northern Europe during medieval times, possibly as local sites for pilgrimages, since pilgrimages to Jerusalem were costly and dangerous.
    There are several labyrinths in Santa Fe and many throughout the country. The website, veriditas.org/tells about labyrinths and the movement to include them in sacred spaces around the planet.
    For more information, call Bob Thomsen, 662-4409; Kate Thomas, 412-9255 or the Bethlehem Church Office, 662-5151.