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Today's News

  • Unsure future for city in shadow of nuclear plant--see video

    SOMA, Japan (AP) — Hidekatsu Sato stands in the doorway of his gutted house and looks out impassively at the sea as it laps up against the harbor wall just a few meters away. Born and raised here, he went to Tokyo to work as a plumber, then returned a few years ago to live out his retirement years.

    "I came back here to die, and that's still my plan," the grizzled 73-year old said. "I'm not leaving."

    With radiation leaking from a nuclear power plant near his city, he may not have that choice.

  • Announcements 03-23-11

    March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain Elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts.
    To learn more about making donations call 661-4846. Donations are accepted at school locations through Friday. The Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN, AM 1490 and the Betty Ehart Senior Center continue the March on Hunger through the end of the month.

    A day in the life

  • Allen proves that good leadership skills are an asset

    The success of a program is often based on the person at the helm. If this is true, the Barranca K-Kids program couldn’t ask for more.
    The Asset Award-winning Sharon Allen, of Barranca Elementary, not only fits the bill of the woman at the helm, but also wears it well.
    K-Kids is the elementary version of Kiwanis, known as Key Club at the high school level and Builder’s Club at the middle school level. The goal of the elementary program is community service.
    Local Kiwanian, Morrie Pongratz, believes that the faculty position for the success of K-Kids is important and that Allen holds the keys to the castle.

  • Authors Speak features state historian

    The story of the Casad family began as a classic westering tale with families moving from New Jersey to Ohio to Illinois to Kansas. There, an act of violence propelled the family on a flight from justice that took it to New York to Panama to California to New Mexico.
    Along the way, fortunes were made and lost and made again. In southern New Mexico, the Casads became large landowners, agricultural innovators and leading families.
    Rick Hendricks, Ph.D. is the current State Historian of New Mexico and will talk about his upcoming book on the Casad family of the Mesilla Valley. He will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

  • Be There 03-23-11

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC will have a brisket dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Posse Shack on North Mesa. The price will be $10 and the menu includes brisket, corn, potato salad, roll, cookies and a drink.

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will begin its 2011 Guitar Concert Series, Guitars at the Lodge, at Fuller Lodge at 7 p.m. Beverage and cookies available at 7 p.m., music begins at 7:15 p.m.  Admission is $15 at the door for non-members, $10 for members.

  • Update 03-23-11

    Public input
    The Municipal Building/Archives/Records Center public meeting will be at 5:30 tonight in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.

    School board meeting
    The Los Alamos Board of Education meeting has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at Suite V of 2075 Trinity Drive.

    CIP business
    There will be a special Capital Improvement Projects Business Meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Community Building Council Chambers.

    Star party
    Pajarito Environmental Education Center will host a Star Party at 7 p.m. March 26 with Dr. James Maxwell. Learn about the universe with a short illustrated talk.

  • Discovery may lead to hydrogen-fueled vehicles

    Researchers have revealed a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane. The breakthrough makes hydrogen a more attractive fuel for vehicles and other transportation modes.
    In an article appearing in the March 18 edition of Science magazine, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and University of Alabama researchers working within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Chemical Hydrogen Storage Center of Excellence describe a significant advance in hydrogen storage science.

  • Farewell Freddie Rascon

    Laughter mixed with tears filled two events honoring retiring pastor and police Sgt. Federico (Freddie) Rascon and his family this week.

    “Freddie has been with the police department for 20 years, he is a sergeant but is qualified and capable of holding any position in the department – it has just been a lack of vacancies that limited him from rising higher in the ranks,” said Chief Wayne Torpy during a police farewell event Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    On behalf of Los Alamos County, Council Chair Sharon Stover presented Rascon with a Nambe gift engraved with words of appreciation. She spoke of her memories of Rascon driving her and then council chair Lawry Mann around the county to survey the devastation following the Cerro Grande Fire.

  • Commuter flight idea takes wing

    Commercial airlines that attempted to serve Los Alamos have encountered some turbulence in the past.

    However, Los Alamos County Council directed staff to investigate the potential for getting service off the ground once again during its regular meeting Tuesday.  

    The potential will be explored for teaming up with Taos, Ruidoso and Las Cruces in a deal that would result in New Mexico Airlines providing local flights for each of the towns.

  • Football: Kickoffs to start on the 35

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The NFL will move kickoffs up 5 yards to the 35-yard line, keep touchbacks coming out to the 20 and allow the number of players in a blocking wedge to remain at two.
    Kick coverage players now will be limited to lining up 5 yards or fewer from the spot of the kickoff.
    Team owners also voted Tuesday to make all scoring plays reviewable by the replay official and referee. But they tabled a proposal to ban players launching themselves to make a tackle, and will reconsider it in May.