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Today's News

  • Cole to serve as interim pastor in WR

    Los Alamos is a remarkable place for a pastorate, in the opinion of Rev. Dr. Harry A. Cole, the incoming interim pastor of White Rock United Presbyterian Church.
    Cole comes to the pulpit most recently from Westminster Church in Roswell and previously from the First Presbyterian Church and the First Christian Church in El Paso, Texas.
    While in El Paso, he was also the executive director of INSIGHTS, the city science museum, an experience that piqued his interest in a pastorate in Los Alamos.

  • Is Sustainability Science Really a Science?

    The idea that one can create a field of science out of thin air, just because of societal and policy need, is a bold concept.  But for the emerging field of sustainability science, sorting among theoretical and applied scientific disciplines, making sense of potentially divergent theory, practice and policy, the gamble has paid off.
    In the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe Institute, and Indiana University analyzed the field’s temporal evolution, geographic distribution, disciplinary composition, and collaboration structure.

  • Gov. announces approval of fed disaster declaration

    Governor Susana Martinez announced Wednesday that the Obama Administration has approved the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration due to recent flooding in Cibola and Sandoval Counties, as well as Acoma and Santa Clara Pueblos. 
    This will make federal funds available to help local and tribal governments recover from the flooding sustained from Aug. 19-24.

  • N.M. agency assesses millions in penalties

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — It’s been nearly a year and environmentalists are still uneasy about where Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stands on protecting air, water and other natural resources.

    Their perception of the administration being cozy with industry persists, but officials with the New Mexico Environment Department have grown tired of critics assuming they’re taking it easy on polluters.

    They are pointing to nearly $7 million in penalties assessed since the beginning of the year against businesses that have failed to live up to their permits with the state. The department’s bureaus have already collected more than $3.2 million in the form of settlements and fines, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

  • Update 11-25-11

    TAC meeting

    The Technical Advisory Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    Marketing study

    Hotel/Conference Center marketing study meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in council chambers.

    CIP committee

  • Statues in downtown LA could help Creative District

    Editor’s note: This is the second of a series.

    The Los Alamos Main Street Steering Committee has been grappling with questions on how to establish a Creative District that focuses on the downtown becoming a livelier, more vital place.
    Nancy Bartlit, a member of the Los Alamos Historical Society, explained how installing historical statues would be one way to connect the dots between the Bradbury Science Museum and the Historical Museum through the core of the Creative District.
    The statues would create a visual pathway that leads from one building to the next and reflect the building’s history.
    For example, the Romero Cabin will have a statue of Homesteaders.

  • DPU forming Conservation Advisory Group

    The Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is forming a Conservation Advisory Group to generate ideas for updating its conservation and energy plan.

    “We’re trying to get citizen input on what types of goals they would like to see and on how to implement those goals,” said Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez. The plan will help determine DPU’s conservation goals for the next five years, as well as what type of budget and other resources should be allocated to conservation.

  • Countdown to Mars Launch--video extra

    Roger Wiens and his family traveled to Florida this week.

    But this was no ordinary Thanksgiving holiday.

    Wiens is in Cape Canaveral, Fla., to witness the launch of The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket.
    Aboard the rocket is NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) Curiosity rover.  And an integral part of the rover is ChemCam.

    That is where Wiens comes in. Wiens, who works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is the principal investigator of the ChemCam.

    “This was the best time frame to launch,” Wiens said, “because of the proximity of Mars to Earth.”

    It will take Curiosity close to eight and one-half months to get to Mars.

  • Charges dropped against Vigils

    State District Judge Michael Vigil has ruled that prosecutors lacked evidence to pursue abuse charges against Katrina Vigil and her parents in the September 2010 death of Grey Vigil.

    Judge Vigil said Wednesday in a Santa Fe courtroom that there is no probable cause to charge Katrina Vigil, 25, with abuse or neglect in the death of her newborn son who lived just 11 days after being born in her parents’ Los Alamos home.

  • Romero wins big at Turkey Trot

    Alexander Romero was the big winner at Sunday’s Turkey Trot.
    The annual Turkey Trot attracted approximately 160 runners. The event, run on North Mesa, is a benefit for the local CROP organization.
    Romero easily took top honors at the race, finishing the 2.57-mile course in 14 minutes, 38 seconds. He was more than a minute better than runner-up John Rees.

    Here are the top 25 finishers in the 2011 Turkey Trot:

    1. Alexander Romero, 14:38; 2. John Rees, 15:47; 3. Conner Bailey, 16:44; 4. Dan Rees, 17:01; 5. Ted Romero, 17:05; 6. David Coblentz, 17:06; 7. Tom Stockton, 17:50; 8. Nate Phillips, 18:04; 9. Greyson Venhaus, 18:23; 10. Will Dearholt, 18:32;