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Today's News

  • New Documents Detail History of Boy Scout Abuse

    The Boy Scouts of America have released nearly a decade of confidential files never before made public. The Scouts kept track of suspected pedophiles they banned from their ranks, but kept the list secret until now.

  • Oh deer!
  • Police: 3 Arrested for Denver Bar Killings, Fire
  • Update 10-18-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. today  at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Space travelers could assist in healing nuclear scar

    Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have devised a method to use cosmic rays to gather detailed information from inside the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, which were heavily damaged in March 2011 by a tsunami that followed a great earthquake.

    In a paper in Physical Review Letters, researchers compared two methods for using cosmic-ray radiography to gather images of nuclear material within the core of a reactor similar to Fukushima Daiichi Reactor No. 1. The team found that Los Alamos’ scattering method for cosmic ray radiography was far superior to the traditional transmission method for capturing high-resolution image data of potentially damaged nuclear material.

    “Within weeks of the disastrous 2011 tsunami, Los Alamos’ Muon Radiography Team began investigating use of Los Alamos’ muon scattering method to determine whether it could be used to image the location of nuclear materials within the damaged reactors,” said Konstantin Borozdin of Los Alamos’ Subatomic Physics Group and lead author of the paper.

  • Atomic City Transit, NCRTD win grants

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division and the North Central Regional Transit Department have both been awarded Federal Transit Administration grants to move forward with the purchase of Computer Aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Location software.

    AVL is a GPS system that tracks the location of every bus. Information such as transfers and bus location is transmitted to the CAD software at the dispatch center. The CAD system tracks all routes and alerts drivers of transfers and other important information via the computer terminal on the bus.

    The transportation division received $50,000 from an FY2013 Rural Transit Program capital projects grant that will be applied to the purchase of the system. The Rural Transit grant is the largest transportation grant the county receives on an annual basis. This year’s grant will be added to $190,000 rolled over from FY 2012 for a total of $240,000.

    The county is partnering with NCRTD to purchase the system, which should significantly reduce the cost of the system for both NCRTD and the county. NCRTD has received $242,000 from the FTA for the FY2012 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Grants.

  • Hall a no-show at league forum

    SANTA FE — The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe hosted a forum Wednesday night for three State House races including District 43, which encompasses Los Alamos.

    It was likely to be the last time that Jim Hall-R and Stephanie Garcia Richard–D would debate the issues before the Nov. 6 election.

    Hall, however, was not in attendance Wednesday night. He said he notified the league Monday that he would be unable to make it.

    “According to an email he sent to the league, he said something unexpected had come up,” said Garcia Richard, after giving a three-minute presentation to the voters in the audience at the Unitarian Universalist Church. “I had committed to this and that is why I am here. I am really disappointed we can not discuss the issues.”

    When reached this morning, Hall said, “A personal matter came up and I told them Monday I could not attend. I felt really bad about it.

    “I enjoy these forums and I enjoy discussing the issues. I met with the league and filled out their form and dropped off a resumé for the voters at the forum.”

    Santa Fe league president Judy Williams said unopposed candidates could not participate in the forum but were allowed to make a three-minute presentation.

  • Scholastic Book Fair

    Chamisa Elementary kicks off their book fair Friday. It will continue through Oct. 30 and is open to the community. The funds will benefit several learning programs at Chamisa. Items at the book fair include those for children, teens and adults and range from pencils, posters and books to items for the computer. Fair hours are 7:30-8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3-6 p.m

  • UNM-LA tables tax hike

    A sluggish economy, the uncertainty of the budget situation at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a similar proposal from the Los Alamos Public Schools all played a part in the University of New Mexico’s Board of Regents decision to squelch a proposal to the taxpayers of Los Alamos.

    This coming January, UNM-LA was planning to send out a ballot to Los Alamos residents proposing to raise the tax rate by two mils in an effort to bolster UNM-Los Alamos’ core academic programs.

    The UNM-LA Advisory Board earlier cited declining financial support from the state as the main impetus behind the need for a tax hike. If the proposal was approved by voters, then UNM-LA could have received approximately $1.4 million in additional annual revenue. Two mil points would equate to $66.67 for every $200,000 in property value.

    But, according to UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page, the board has decided to hold off on the proposal.

    “The regents thought it best to wait until later in the year to see how things pan out with the economy, the general election in November and this fiscal cliff we’re supposed to go off at the first of the year,” Page said.

  • On CRC, just say no

    There have been several letters to the editor regarding the four ballot questions designed to amend sections of the Charter that concern Initiative, Referendum, and Recall.  I urge voters to vote No on all four ballot questions for several reasons.
    The first is that council is required by law to present only legal questions to the voters.  These four questions are not legal questions because each one was derived from a number of ordinances that were voted on as a group, not individually.  This is in direct violation of the following sections of the Charter:
    203.2.1 which describes the introduction of an ordinance, introduced in  writing, and limited to a single subject;
    203.2.2 which describes how the notice of the proposed adoption of an ordinance should be published and the contents of the publication;
    203.2.3 which states that council may adopt the ordinance with or without amendment or reject it and the process the council must follow if the ordinance is amended; and
    203.2.4 which states that unless otherwise provided in this Charter, every adopted ordinance shall become effective thirty (30) days after the publication of the notice of its adoption or at any later date specified in the ordinance.