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Today's News

  • LAPS sees uptick in enrollment

    For the past few years, schools in the Los Alamos School District have seen a mixed bag of decreases and increases in student enrollment.

    During Thursday night’s Board of Education meeting at Mountain Elementary, Assistant Superintendent Paula Dean discussed the enrollment trends from 2006-2011. For the past few years, the school district has focused on building enrollment in grades K-6. In an effort to help this process, out-of-district students have been accepted into those grades and so far, the method seems to be working, however, it also is creating a backlog of students hoping to get into the middle and high schools.

  • LA county medical director found dead

    New Mexico State Police located the body of a woman in her mid to late 40s early Thursday afternoon near Ghost Ranch.

    Dr. Laura Kay, a resident of Rio Rancho, was Los Alamos County’s full-time medical director and provided programmatic oversight and training of the various components of the EMS system.

    Kay was the subject of a missing person alert that was issued at 11 p.m. Wednesday after she failed to return home from work, said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik.

    LAFD Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson said this morning that Kay was invaluable in helping set up the emergency medical dispatch portion of the Police/Fire Consolidated Dispatch Center.

  • Smart Grid project on track despite Japan disaster

    Despite the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that has gripped its nation the past two weeks, Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) remains on track with the Smart Grid project.

    NEDO and Japanese government officials traveled to Los Alamos last week to discuss the project.

    “Like everyone else, we were all stunned and saddened by the terrible tragedy in Japan. We fully expected that our planned meeting would be postponed; yet our Japanese partners came to New Mexico to work out the details of this project.  I can only express my admiration and respect for their dedication and strength. It is humbling,” Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Manager John Arrowsmith said.  

  • Report: Nuclear defects not being disclosed

    WASHINGTON — Companies that operate U.S. nuclear power plants are not telling the government about some equipment defects that could create safety risks, according to a report released Thursday.
    An audit by the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also raised questions about the agency’s oversight, saying reporting guidelines for the nuclear industry are “contradictory and unclear.”
    Reflecting that confusion, the report said the NRC has not levied any civil penalties or significant enforcement actions against nuclear plant operators for lapses in reporting equipment defects in at least eight years.

  • Ministry hopes to hula in Hawaii

    Every ministry has its own way of spreading its message, whether it’s through preaching on Sunday morning, or by hosting community events that the public is invited to attend. One group, however, is taking a different approach to ministering. They do hula dancing.
    The Hula Mai Ka Lani group is a non-denominational christian ministry out of Santa Fe that has been together for about 10 years and is led by their Kumu, or leader, Kalani Hawn. Though the group is based in Santa Fe, families from Rio Rancho, Pojoaque and Los Alamos are members. Michael, Michele, Morgan, Patrick and Dylan Irish are a Los Alamos family that is part of the ministry.

  • Jewish Center to host annual community Passover Seder

    The Los Alamos Jewish Center will have its  annual community Passover Seder at 5:30 p.m. April 19 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The event is open to anyone interested in attending.
    The Seder is a ceremonial dinner filled with rituals designed to celebrate the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt. The Seder, which is Hebrew for “order,” ushers in the week of Pesach in which Jews refrain from eating Chametz.  
    The celebration of Passover commemorates the delivery of the Jews from years of slavery, ultimately culminating in the birth of the Torah, the Five Books of Moses, at Mount Sinai.

  • 03-25-11 Religon listings

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, Pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

  • Arizona dumps Duke in West Region semis

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Derrick Williams carried Arizona in the first half, keeping the Wildcats in the game against Duke. His teammates returned the favor in the final 20 minutes with an offensive barrage that stunned the defending national champions.
    Williams scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the first half of Arizona's 93-77 victory Thursday night, helping the Wildcats reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.
    "As a team, we came together and willed ourselves to win," said Lamont Jones, who added 16 points. "Derrick is a great player, but we all contribute."

  • Regulators to assess safety at Ariz. nuclear plant

    PHOENIX (AP) — Utility regulators in Arizona set a Tuesday hearing with the operators of the nation's largest nuclear power plant to assess safety procedures there in the wake of Japan's nuclear accident.

    The hearing before the Arizona Corporation Commission will focus on the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Wintersburg, located about 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix.

    The triple-reactor plant supplies electricity to about 4 million customers in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.

    The nuclear crisis in Japan also has prompted the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to launch a review of U.S. nuclear plants.

  • Japanese nuke plant reactor breach 'grave and serious'--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — A possible breach at Japan's troubled nuclear plant escalated the crisis anew Friday, two full weeks after an earthquake and tsunami first compromised the facility. The development suggested radioactive contamination may be worse than first thought, with tainted groundwater the most likely consequence.

    Japanese leaders defended their decision not to evacuate people from a wider area around the plant, insisting they are safe if they stay indoors. But officials also said residents may want to voluntarily move to areas with better facilities, since supplies in the tsunami-devastated region are running short.