Today's News

  • Update 07-19-12

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court will be closed Wednesday-Friday for staff to attend training.  Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr, Ste C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.  The court will re-open at 8 a.m., July 23.

    P & Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 25 in council chambers.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 at White Rock Fire Station 3.

    Mud volleyball

  • Peace exhibit opens at Bradbury

    Artist and peace activist Shannyn Sollitt doesn’t just want you to see her artwork, she wants you to feel it.
    Currently hanging in the Bradbury Science Museum’s public forum space is a symbol Sollitt created incorporating cultural and religious icons from around the world.

    “I hope that people standing in front of the icon will get peace from looking at it; will receive the positive energy that went into it and the energy from the various spiritual paths represented in it,” said Sollitt, a resident of Santa Fe. “I hope they walk out of the Bradbury Science Museum with a new sense of inspiration and hope.”

  • Interns get hands-on experience

    Four New Mexico State University students have been getting some on the ground training through an internship program launched by the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) this year.

    “We thought we had a unique opportunity to expose students to four utilities - work some actual construction projects, see the contract administration and the customer service that’s involved in an engineering job,” said Deputy Utilities Manager James Alarid. “And we had some tasks that we needed some help with, so it filled a gap for us.”

  • Teachers Want Reform

    Teachers, parents and administrators say they’d welcome a reform of New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system.

    But they say the current rule has been rushed and doesn’t account for challenges outside the classroom.

    The state chapter of the American Federation of Teachers led a protest Wednesday before education officials met in a public hearing. The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce is among supporters of the new rule.

    Efforts to replace the current evaluation system with one based on student test score gains failed in the Legislature.
    Education Secretary Hanna Skandera then moved to overhaul the system through administrative rule.

  • D.C. tackles lab oversight -- at a later time

    The Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations had scheduled a hearing for Friday in Washington. The title of the hearing is “DOE’s Nuclear Weapons Complex: Challenges to Safety, Security, and Taxpayer Stewardship.”

    But according to a Thursday afternoon posting of the Energy and Commerce Committee website, the hearing has been postponed indefinitely.

    Among those expected to testify are NNSA administrator Thom D’Agostino and Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman. Others expected to testify include Glenn Podonsky, DOE’s Chief Health, Safety and Security Officer, Gregory Friedman, DOE’s Inspector General and Gene Aloise of the Government Accountability Office.

  • Eyes on the Pies

    Trinity on the Hill members serve pies at their Pie in the Sky fundraiser last week. The House of Hope fundraiser auctioned off pies and served dinner to the community with a goal to build a home in Juaréz in October. Those wishing to make donations can contact the church for details.

  • Local Girl Scout honored

    2012 marks a significant milestone for New Mexico, for Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and for Girl Scout councils across the country — they all celebrate their 100th anniversaries.
    The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and the New Mexico State Parks co-hosted a Centennial Celebration on Saturday at Hyde Memorial Park in Santa Fe with more than 100 Girl Scouts, troops, families and members of the public joining in the celebration. Gov. Susana Martinez was the honored guest speaker.
    The festivities began at 10:30 a.m. with the opening ceremony with Martinez.  Following the ceremony, there was cake and activities provided by state parks, the Girl Scouts and community partners.  

  • It’s boot scootin' boogie time

    The Texas country-dance band the Derailers will play Friday at Entrada Business Park as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.
    Not only will it be Holiday Inn Express and LA Food Co-op Night, but also KTAOS FM 101.9 will be there and Deborah and Russ Gordon will celebrate her 38th wedding anniversary.
    “I’m gonna help her celebrate since I was there in Petaluma, Calif., 38 years ago,” Gordon said. I remember that day very well and I also remember Aug. 21, 2009.”
    On Aug. 21, 2009 the Derailers last played Los Alamos. According to Gordon, they put on a great concert, but at 9:15 p.m. the band said they would play their last song.

  • Be There 07-19-12

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have their monthly meeting 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. They will discuss upcoming events, a visit from Congressman Martin Heinrich, democratic candidate for U.S. senator.
     It’s time to think about Fuller Lodge’s new show, “Tri, Tri and Tri Again.” The show will explore threes; triplets, tripods, whatever three an artist can conjure. Entries are due by July 20. Download an application at library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-354/CFA_TriTriTri-web-form.pdf.

    Cult Classic Horror Movie Series presents “Videodrome” at 9:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.


  • Small business, deadbeat dads

    Government leaders keep telling us the engine of economic growth is small business.  They can’t wait to do more to encourage small business. Then they force small businesses to jump through hoops with complicated rules and paperwork.
    Here is what one small business owner told me:
    A few years ago, she learned she had to comply with a program called the New Hires Directory. She is required to file a report, within 20 days of hiring a new employee, giving the employee’s name, address and Social Security number.
    Immigration, you might be thinking. Nope, child support.