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Today's News

  • Wonderland comes to Rover Park

     The Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series presents Texas blues-rocker Carolyn Wonderland at 7 p.m. Friday at Rover Park in White Rock. The show is free. Donations from Los Alamos County and many Los Alamos businesses, professionals and friends pay for the series.
    Wonderland is a blues and blues/rock artist with diverse influences from elements of country, swing, zydeco, surf, churchy gospel-soul, jazz, Latin and soul.
    “Carolyn is a great guitarist and singer. She’s played the world’s best venues, including public television’s ‘Austin City Limits,’ the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, all the Texas and New Mexico clubs as well as the European clubs,” LASCS Promoter Russ Gordon said.
    Wonderland is married to A. Whitney Brown, a comedian and writer for shows like “Saturday Night Live,” Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and the liberal radio network’s “Air America Radio.” Brown is quoted as saying he’s “a vegetarian not because he loves animals. I’m a vegetarian because I hate plants.”
    An LA Times article said about a recent concert, “Carolyn Wonderland is the real deal. She’s an amazing guitarist. She whistled a solo. She even played trumpet, and damn can she sing.”

  • Filippenko to deliver lecture

    Award-winning University of California-Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Filippenko will deliver the 42nd Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.
     The lecture, “Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe,” is free and open to the public.
     Filippenko has made a career of studying supernovae and using these cosmic beacons to probe the vastness of space. Filippenko was a member of two independent teams that in 1998 reported, based on observations of supernovae that the universe was expanding at a runaway pace. The leaders of those teams received the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery.
     Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his research, Filippenko’s skills in teaching and conveying scientific concepts to non-scientists has been recognized with the Carl Sagan Prize, the Richtmyer Memorial Award and a Professor of the Year Award from the Carnegie Foundation.
     Filippenko will discuss how observations of supernovae have led scientists to conclude the universe contains a repulsive force, dubbed “dark energy,” that forces space to expand at an ever-increasing rate, pulling galaxies and other matter along with it. Einstein had once postulated such a mechanism but later rejected it and called it his “biggest blunder.”

  • Rainwater harvesting workshop offered at PEEC

    The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is sponsoring a talk on rainwater harvesting at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 2-4 p.m. Sunday.
    The talk is free and open to the public, with advance registration requested at PajaritoEEC.org. Walk-ins are also welcome. The DPU will provide a free water conservation kit for each participant.
    Is your garden thirsty for days, and then overwhelmed by a short cloudburst? Rainwater harvesting can help you store water on those overwhelming days to use on the following dry days, without costing a lot in water bills.  
    Integrated rainwater harvesting systems are designed to combine active systems, like tanks and barrels, with passive systems, such as rain gardens and bioswales. During this workshop, Jeffrey Adams will explore the principles and key components of integrated rainwater harvesting systems and introduce the basics of site assessment, designing, implementing and maintaining multi-functional rainwater harvesting systems. Participants will learn how to create spaces for water running off roofs, driveways and other impervious surfaces to slow down, spread out and soak into planted areas. This is a cost-effective way to decrease water demand in your garden and landscaped areas, and also helps protect water quality.

  • New Mexico Powerball ticket worth $1 million

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — State lottery officials say one ticket sold in New Mexico for Wednesday night’s huge Powerball jackpot is worth $1 million.
    The big prize ticket was sold in Michigan and is worth $337 million.
    But lottery officials say $1 million isn’t bad for a $2 ticket either.
    The New Mexico winner should sign the ticket’s back immediately and then head to Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque to claim the prize.
    Officials won’t say where the ticket was sold until the winner comes forward.
    Wednesday’s winning numbers were 6, 27, 46, 51 and 56 and a red Powerball of 21.

  • Mayor to raise admission fees to Albuquerque’s zoo

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Albuquerque’s mayor says the cost of admission to the city’s Biological Park will be going up to raise money for repairs and maintenance.
    Mayor Richard Berry says adult tickets to the park containing the city’s zoo, aquarium and botanical gardens will go from $7 to $10 next month.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that raising the ticket costs will generate $1.3 million in extra revenue a year. The park currently has an $18 million backlog in repairs and maintenance.
    The price hike is the first in 10 years for the BioPark. Children and seniors will see smaller price increases and prices for students on field trips would not go up.

  • Freshman orientation

    Freshmen were at Los Alamos High School Tuesday for orientation. LAHS ambassadors took students on tours highlighting access points for the new students

  • Lightning causes brief power outage at LANL, townsite

        Lightning causes brief power outage

    Wednesday’s thunderstorm caused the power to go out for about 10 minutes in the Los Alamos town site and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Lightning struck a transmission pole on LANL property and that affected the town site and LANL facilities.

    LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said power was out at TA-3 and that email and Internet service was interrupted.

    The lab statement read, “Power was knocked out for 9 minutes yesterday throughout TA-3, LANSCE, and the entire townsite.  The problem occurred due to a lightning strike on a

    substation that initiated a protective relay, cutting power.

    “E-mail and Internet service was out for a few hours, and the Lab's computing resources went offline.  Everything was restored to normal operations by the end of the work day.  As a normal response, the lab is investigating to assure that all electrical safety systems worked properly.

    The power outage also knocked out the county 311 customer service center, but DPU posted information on its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

     

    DPU releases report

    The Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities (DPU) released their Performance Report

  • Update 08-16-12

    No CIP Thursday

    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will not meet today. They plan to meet with County Administrator Harry Burgess in a special committee meeting at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 23 in Council Chambers. This will be the only agenda item for the meeting. The public is welcome to attend.

    Triathlon time

    The Los Alamos County Triathlon will take place at 7 a.m. Saturday, beginning at the Aquatic Center.

    Groundbreaking

    The public is invited to join the county council for the groundbreaking event for the new Golf Course Community Building at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 24, at the building site. Refreshments will be served.

    Regional coalition

    The Regional Coalition Business meeting will be at 9 a.m. Friday at the Rio Arriba County Chambers in Española.

    Board meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the Community Building Training Room.

  • Retiring officer plans to stay close to home

    Cpl. Doug Ehler, a police officer with the Los Alamos Police Department, has one thing he’s wanted to do when he retires this December. “I just want to spend some quality time with my family,” he said.

    Beyond that, Ehler, who has been with LAPD for 21 years, isn’t sure what he wants to do for a second career. All he knows is that he still loves his hometown of Los Alamos.

    “I’m definitely going to stay here for awhile, it’s my community,” he said.

    LAPD Chief Wayne Torpy described Ehler as the kind of officer that was a rare combination of personal insight and professionalism when it came to doing his duty as an officer with the Los Alamos Police Department.“I think Doug’s strongest contribution has been his relationships within the LAPD and with the community at large,” Torpy said. “He’s very patient and thoughtful.”

    Like every officer who’s been with the LAPD for a long time, Ehler has escorted U.S. presidents, had many confrontations with the local wildlife and rushed to the scene of some major car wrecks on Los Alamos’ curvy mountain roads. However, the Cerro Grande Fire is where Ehler hangs his hat.

  • Another day dawns in LA

    A new day begins in Los Alamos this morning with a brilliant sunrise to the east.