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Today's News

  • Update 06-27-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    P & Z

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

    Movie series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present the documentary “Born to be Wild” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Pool closure

  • Groundbreaking for new fire center

    Marking the one-year anniversary of the Las Conchas Fire — the state’s second largest fire —was the groundbreaking of a new, permanent Interagency Fire Center Tuesday.

    The effort — stemming from coordination among several agencies during last year’s fire — is part of a partnership between the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bandelier National Monument, and Santa Fe National Forest.

    The 6,400 sq. ft. building will be located at Technical Area 49, and will accommodate up to three helicopters and other equipment used for firefighting activities.

    The project is expected to be complete by next spring.

  • LAGRI resolution fails

    At Tuesday night’s county council meeting, members of the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI) made an effort to prevent sections of charter amendments concerning initiative, referendum and charter amendments from going to a vote in November.

    LAGRI has contended that the ballot questions, which each include several related ordinances, are logrolling. It is also circulating petitions to have six of those ordinances removed from the ballot.

    Council Chair Sharon Stover asked Charles Rennick, legal counsel for the CRC, to address the issue of logrolling and how the petitions could affect the November ballot.

  • LAPS Foundation awards scholarships

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of scholarship winner announcements.

    Ten  students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.  

  • Be There 06-27-12

    Today
    Mesa Family Game Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library. Play their games or bring your own. All ages welcome!

    The Los Alamos Historical Society’s Atomic Film Festival begins today in Fuller Lodge. The first feature film is Emmy Award-winning “Day One,” starring Brian Dennehy as Gen. Leslie Groves and David Straithairn as J. Robert Oppenheimer. Admission is free. Snacks and drinks will be available for a price. Chairs will be provided, but attendees are encouraged to bring pillows, blankets and other items to relax. For more information and time, email judith@losalamoshistory.org.

  • Sign up to visit Washington, D.C.

    It’s time to sign up for the 30th annual eighth grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. The trip is private, not school sponsored. Sign up online at worldstrides.org using ID Number 77813 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

  • How to catch a 'Phish'

    Their names may sound funny but their financial consequences are not: “Phishing,” “smishing,” “vishing” and “pharming” are just a few of the ways criminals gain access to personal information via your computer or smartphone. If you’re not careful, identity thieves can use harvested information to open fraudulent bank or credit card accounts, take out loans, rent apartments or even charge medical procedures to your insurance plan.
    Unfortunately, every time the authorities plug one hole, crafty criminals figure out new ways to trick unsuspecting victims. Here are some identity theft scams to watch out for:

  • Income: Lagging peer states

    Staying the slow-growth course was the New Mexico population and income story for 2011. A guess is that slowness will be the 2012 story, too, what with loss of 1,500 jobs in May after nine months of ever so slight year-over-year gains.
    The New Mexico economic pattern is performance better than some states but worse than what might be called our peers — Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma. Real gross domestic product is an example. Real GDP, says the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, is income plus production costs.
    During 2011, New Mexico GDP grew 0.2 percent, as best as I can see from the computer map. That’s 41st nationally, but one-fifth the performance of the next lowest peer state, Oklahoma.

  • Results from this year's Run the Caldera event

    Matthew Brake picked up a decisive victory in the men's marathon at this year's Run the Caldera event.

    Brake finished the 26.2-mile course in 3 hours, 27 minutes, 45 seconds, nearly 20 minutes ahead of the next-closest competitor in the men's category. In fact, the second finisher in the marathon was women's champion Erica Baron, who completed the course in 3:36:25.

    Baron also scored a big victory, topping runner-up Jean Herbert by more than 22 minutes.

    The races were held June 9-10 at Valles Caldera, starting at the Banco Bonito Staging Area. Nearly 500 total runners participated.

  • TV show 'Longmire' to shoot in LA today, Thursday

    This week, Los Alamos residents will see those familiar yellow and black signs guiding film talent and production crews through town to base camps and film sites within the county.  

    These signs will post the letters “LM”—for Longmire, The hour-long drama series from Warner Horizon Television which began filming in March of this year in Santa Fe, Las Vegas and the surrounding areas.   Filming began today through Thursday at private homes in Los Alamos and at the Ski Hill.