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Today's News

  • Be There 10-20-11

    Today
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Spooky Buddies,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Los Alamos High School Olions will present, “The Insanity of Mary Girard,” by Lanie Robertson at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 21 and 23 at Duane Smith Auditorium. There will also be a 3 p.m. show on Oct. 22. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased in advance at CB Fox, The Hill Diner or Otowi Station Bookstore. Tickets are also available at the door. The play contains sensitive subject matter and is not suitable for children.

  • Update 10-20-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    CIP meeting

     The Capital Improvement Project Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. today at the council chambers.

    Benefit dinner

    Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) is hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

  • Spinoff receives NIH grant for device

    A spinoff of Los Alamos National Laboratory, Mesa Tech, has been awarded a $300,000 Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The grant will allow Mesa Tech to develop an inexpensive, instrument-free, nucleic-acid testing device able to diagnose various respiratory diseases in record time.
    The managers of Mesa Tech, who are currently developing a prototype, plan to initially target the global diseases surveillance market. They also envision applications in point-of-care diagnostics, particularly in poor areas of the world, said former LANL scientist Hong Cai, who co-founded Mesa Tech and is the principal investigator for the effort benefitting from the grant.

  • Board votes to ratify leases

    The Los Alamos Public Education Board met in a special session Wednesday afternoon to discuss disposal of assets, approve an easement and finalize two lease agreements.

    The meeting moved swiftly, with board members Melanie McKinley, Kevin Honnell, Dawn Venhaus and David Foster unanimously approving the disposal of assets. Judith Bjarke McKenzie was not present.

    The items slated for disposal included old computers that need to be recycled because they have outlived their usefulness and some older fleet vehicles that are going to be put up for auction.

    They also approved an easement at the high school, requested by Los Alamos County and approved a lease agreement with PM Tech, to rent suite T at 2075 Trinity Drive.

  • Speculation About Plane’s Passengers

    The 1988 Gulfstream IV plane, with its blue bottom and white top and “United States of America” painted above the passenger windows, sat idle at the Los Alamos County Airport for most of Wednesday morning.

    Who was on that plane, though, remains a mystery.

    NNSA spokesperson Toni Chiri said that on occasion “we have distinguished visitors who want to learn more about the lab. But they also want to remain anonymous.”

  • CDD ramps up code revisions

    With new development such as the municipal building and Trinity Site either underway or continuing to look promising, Community Development Services has prioritized reviewing the downtown code.

    Acting Community Development Director Steve Brugger asked Council for some guidance before staff begins the process.

    The Downtown Master Plan was approved in 2002 and the Standards Code implementing it was enacted in 2004.

  • Leisure pool prediction is deemed unrealistic

    I have noticed an absence of factual presentations regarding the upcoming $3 million bond election for a new leisure swimming pool, so I read the county’s feasibility study.
    The total cost of the pool will be $6.1 million, or slightly more than $2,000 per square foot of pool area.
    Although limited by land area, the designers conceived an attractive facility to compensate for the cold tomb-like qualities of the existing Olympic-size pool. However, some practical questions remain.
    The bond is $3 million, but I conclude the continuing subsidy for operating costs will make the cost of the bond look small.

  • We've lost a leprechaun

    New Mexico lost one of its most pleasant citizens recently with the death of former state Rep. Tom Foy. If ever a person could be said to always have a smile on his face, it was Tommy, or Tommie, depending on how his friends wanted to spell it.
    To my knowledge, he always spelled his name Tom but seemed to have no objection to the diminutive form. He was diminutive.
    Many thought of him as a leprechaun. But Tom didn’t need to prove he was a tough guy.
    He played football in high school and then survived the horrors of the Bataan Death March and Japanese hell ships and prison camps. Tom didn’t seem to mind talking about his war experiences and the pleasant look on his face didn’t seem to change even then.

  • St. Pius takes over top 4A girls spot

    Here are this week’s Class 4A boys and girls soccer coaches’ polls. Weekly soccer polls are conducted by NMSoccer.com. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Girls

        Team     Total pts.    Previous

    1. St. PIus X (11)    123    2
    2. Los Alamos (2)    108    1
    3. Academy            101    4
    4. Farmington           84    3
    5. Piedra Vista          68    6

  • Little movement in 4A polls this week

    Here are this week’s Class 4A football and volleyball coaches’ polls. Polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Football

        Team     Total pts.    Previous
    1. Goddard (16)    169    1
    2. Aztec (1)          144    2
    3. Valencia           132    3
    4. Los Lunas         111    4
    5. Artesia             107    5