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Today's News

  • Our daily bread in 2050

    These are the good times.
    I was driving through the country last Saturday, looking at deer happily chowing down in wheat fields.
    Everyplace is a drive-through if you’re a herbivore at this time of year.
    It’s a simple historical fact that wheat farming has been central to American agriculture since the country was young.
    And today wheat grown in the U.S. supplies American consumers and millions of other people around the world with large quantities of economical nutrition.
    Even a geologist like myself knows that much about the king of grains.
    But I was recently startled to learn that the temperatures experienced by American wheat farms back in 1839 were 6.6 degrees warmer than they are today.

  • Child Health Watch: Communicating is key to infant development

    The 100 billion brain cells we are born with have a lot to get right in the first few months of life.
    Imagine each individual in a population 15 times that of the planet earth all migrating to a specific location to make proper connections and communicate with others in a way that makes sense for the population as a whole.
    About once a day a baby is born in Los Alamos and although his brain has these amazing 100 billion neurons formed and in place, the way they connect and develop is influenced by their experience with adults and their environment.
    Most babies learn language from hearing it, so talking to your newborn is the key. Even before birth, a baby hears and knows the rhythms and tones of his mother’s voice.

  • Emergency motion filed in NM emissions case

    ALBUQUERQUE — Supporters of New Mexico’s greenhouse gas emissions rules have filed an emergency motion with the state Supreme Court.
    Friday’s motion asks the justices to overturn a Court of Appeals ruling that sent the pollution reduction regulations back to regulators for reconsideration.
    New Energy Economy, the group that initially petitioned the state for the regulations, is accusing the Environmental Improvement Board and Public Service Company of New Mexico of collusion.
    The group contends the parties settled a private negotiation agreeing that the board would hear petitions filed by PNM and others to repeal the regulations.

  • Update 07-24-11

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the council chambers.  The CRC subcommittee will meet at 4:15 p.m. in the training room of the Community Building.

    Bulk item pickup
    Items will be picked up July 25-Aug. 5 in White Rock. Items must be curbside by 8 a.m. each day.

    LTAB meeting
    The Lodgers Tax Association Board meets from from 1–3 p.m. July 26 in the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

    Work session
    The Los Alamos County Council is holding a work session on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock

     

  • Wild West attitude still prevalent in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE — The arrest of Albuquerque’s chief criminal judge on charges he raped a prostitute is just the latest example of a seemingly wild West-no-rules-attitude permeating numerous levels of authority in New Mexico.
    Just this year, the mayor, police chief and a trustee of the small border town of Columbus were accused of helping smuggle hundreds of guns into the Mexico. A judge in Las Cruces was charged in a bribery scandal with alleged ties to former Gov. Bill Richardson.

  • 133 acres burned on DOE, lab property

    Officials at Los Alamos National Laboratory were insistent throughout that the Los Conchas Fire only came onto LANL and Department of Energy property twice.

    The first came when the fire jumped over NM 4 onto TA-49, causing a one-acre fire that was quickly extinguished June 27, the second day of the fire.

    The second came on July 2 when a squirrel touched contacts in an electrical substation’s transformer at TA-53, the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) Facility substation and that fire was put out within a short period.

    On Friday, the Las Conchas Burned Area Emergency Response team released the acreage burned by jurisdiction. The chart said that 133 acres burned on DOE and LANL property.

    So what’s the story?

  • Protecting dam is high priority

    Infrastructure and property in Los Alamos County escaped the Las Conchas fire relatively unscathed.

    However, 2,100 acres of the Los Alamos Canyon watershed burned, and the aftermath has the potential to destroy a project 10 years in the making.

    High to moderate intensity burns, which completely consume a forest, burned roughly 60 percent of the canyon watershed.

    With no pine needles, leaves, brush or duff layer (layer of plant debris on the ground) to slow rainfall and allow it time to soak into the ground, runoff is intensified. High intensity burns–which occur in highly flammable pine forests–magnify the problem.

  • LAFD snuffs two house fires

    The Los Alamos Fire Department battled two home fires just seven hours apart Friday. They saved the homes and also rescued seven dogs and several cats from inside the burning residences. No one was injured in either blaze, according to firefighters at both scenes.

    Police arrested Eric Richardson, 25, and charged him with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after several bongs and a stash of marijuana were discovered on the basement floor of the first residence that caught fire at 950 Rim Road, said Capt. Randy Foster during an interview late Friday.

    “We’re investigating whether these items contributed to the fire,” he said.

  • LA wins District 1 title

    The Los Alamos Majors All-Stars earned the District 1 title  by beating Pojoaque’s All-Stars 4-3. The team, which consists of Will Carter, Hunter Eaton, Travis Gonzales, Austin Gutierrez, Seth Hailey, Brian Johnson, Erik Leith, Kirk Peterson, George Steinkamp, Jack Stewart, Nick Quartieri and coached by Lance Eaton,  Jay Johnson, Mike Steinkamp, Pete Peterson and Shawn Hailey, opened state tournament play Saturday at Clovis.

  • Sports Update 07-24-11

    Long course meet will be at aquatic center
    The Larry R. Walkup Center will host the 2011 Long Course state swimming championship Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
    Approximately 400 swimmers are expected to take part in the event, including several swimmers from Los Alamos.
    Preliminary events will start at 9 a.m. all days with finals set for 5 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday.
    The event is free and the public is invited to attend.