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Today's News

  • LA county officials honor Hall

    Tuesday’s news that the governor appointed Los Alamos County Council Vice Chair James Hall to fill a Dist. 43 house vacancy drew applause from fellow councilors, senior staff and community members Tuesday night.

  • County council backs biofuel research project

    The Los Alamos County Council approved a $1.5 million grant to help establish a new research facility that will bring in a world-class scientist to propel the development of bio-fuels from algae. 

    Despite serious concerns, the excitement was palpable as county council reviewed two related agenda items Tuesday night: An ordinance adopting an Economic Development Project for Public Support of New Mexico Consortium (NMC) and consideration of a Project Participation Agreement with NMC. After some intense debate, both were passed unanimously.

  • Lab says it's ready in case of fires

    As Northern New Mexico communities experience the impacts from Arizona and New Mexico fires blowing smoke into the region, they can take some comfort in actions taken at Los Alamos to prevent and fight fires.

    For the past three years, the Los Alamos Site Office and Los Alamos National Security have worked closely to establish a wildland fire management program to improve readiness and reduce risk exposure at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • R/C racing: Off and on

    The Northern New Mexico R/C Car Club held a race at Overlook Park May 28. Both the club’s on-road and off-road tracks were used for the event.

    The NNMRCCC will hold another race Saturday at Overlook Park. On-road and novice off-road heats start at 10 a.m. Admission is free and anyone interested is welcomed to attend.

  • Sports Update 06-08-11

    Cross country teams will meet tonight at LAMS

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams will hold a meeting tonight at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Anyone interested in participating in cross country during the fall 2011 season is strongly encouraged to attend. Information on the season will be discussed, followed by an informal group run.
    The meeting is set for 5:15 p.m. in Portable 1.
    Those interested who cannot attend the meeting are asked to call Rob and Kathy Hipwood at 662-9164 or e-mail rkhipwood@yahoo.com.

  • Basketball: Ailing Nowitzki lifts Mavs to win

    DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have pulled off another stunning comeback, tying the NBA finals at two games each.
    And this time, Nowitzki did it while battling the flu.
    Nowitzki shook off three poor quarters to score 10 of his 21 points in the final period as the Mavericks outscored the Miami Heat 21-9 over the final 10:12 for an 86-83 victory in a memorable Game 4 on Tuesday night.
    The Mavs avoided going down 3-1, a deficit no team has ever overcome in the finals, and guaranteed the series will return to Miami for a Game 6 on Sunday night.
    Game 5 is Thursday in Dallas.
    “We just played with incredible heart and passion,” Dallas center Tyson Chandler said.

  • State Notes 06-08-11

    Durham resigns at NMSU, accepts job in Alaska

  • Topes Notes: Albuquerque takes over first place in division

    The Albuquerque Isotopes took over first place in the PCL American South standings with a 6-3 win over the Round Rock Express Tuesday night.
    Albuquerque (33-25) leapfrogged over Round Rock (33-26) with the win, taking a half-game edge in the division standings. Albuquerque never trailed in the game, scoring single tallies in the top of the first and second innings.
    On a scorching hot night in Round Rock — game-time temperature was 99 degrees — the Isotopes’ bats remained red hot a night after one of team’s biggest offensive performances of the season.

  • Death by mushrooms

    It’s a classic plot device of murder mysteries: an evil killer slips poisonous mushrooms into the frying pan of an unsuspecting victim who dies an agonizing death.
    But in real life, poisonous fungi typically sicken and occasionally kill people for quite different reasons.
    Recently I learned a lot about what can go wrong in the world of mushrooms from Dr. Denis Benjamin, a medical doctor who is also a fungi and poison expert.
    As the weather improves over so much of the nation, this seems like a good time to review how you can avoid having yourself or members of your family join the ranks of those who eat the wrong mushrooms.

  • What’s government really supposed to do?

    Some things are outside the proper scope of government. That much is clear to me.
    But like what? Specific examples are easy. At the federal level, there are ethanol subsidies, nearly everything that happens in the bedroom and specification of the graphics for street signs in neighborhoods. For the latter, see my post at www.capitolreportnm.com.
    At the state level, I’ve been making suggestions for a couple of years in the largely unsuccessful hope of inspiring what is now the Martinez administration. One is closing, for cost reasons, the El Camino Real International Heritage Center, located four miles off Interstate 25 in the middle of nowhere.