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Today's News

  • Today in History for June 9th
  • Flashlight Bombs Puzzle Phoenix Authorities

    Three flashlight bombs have exploded in the Phoenix area within the last month, causing minor injuries and raising fears. Police have no suspects and and have put up billboards to warn residents about discarded flashlights.

  • Police Arrest Man for Driving a Wheelchair Drunk

    Police in Utica, Mich. roll up on a man operating a stolen motorized wheelchair while drunk. But 55-year-old Raymond Kulma has a history with police; this is his seventh drunk driving arrest.

  • Students take flight Saturday

    Members of a local Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association are part of an international effort to make dreams of flight come true for young people.
    EAA Chapter 691 is participating in International Young Eagles Day Saturday as part of EAA’s ongoing program to introduce young people to aviation. Registration and flights will commence at the Los Alamos county airport terminal building between 8 a.m. and noon.
    Since the program was launched in 1992, more 1.6 million young people have taken a free airplane flight.  International Young Eagles Day has annually been celebrated on the second Saturday of June since 1994. During last year’s International Young Eagles Day, more than 6,000 children took flight throughout the world.

  • Grads venture to Europe

     A group of 11 Los Alamos students—all graduates—will be going on an educational tour of Europe from June 11-22.
    The group will be led by Lynn Ovaska, a local psychology teacher, and Simon Jordon, a tour director with EF Tours.
    The itinerary includes three countries where students from two other U.S. schools will join them on their 12-day adventure.
    During their trip to London, Paris, Florence, and Rome, they will visit a number of historical sites.
    They will see many of Europe’s most famous landmarks, such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, the Eiffel Tower and the Sistine Chapel. Local guides will give them behind-the-scenes looks at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Louvre and the Roman Coliseum.

  • Update 06-08-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers. The council will convene at 5 p.m. in closed session prior to the meeting.

    ChamberFest

     ChamberFest is an annual event that showcases chamber members and this year’s event will be Saturday. Located in the downtown area, businesses display their products and services to the public. There is also a Car Show and Kids Activity Area with a sand pile.

    P & Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday in council chambers.

    LA County fire, smoking restrictions

  • T-Board debates alternative fuels

    A discussion on alternative fuels focused on compressed natural gas (CNG) at yesterday’s transportation board meeting.
    Chair Eugene Dougherty led the discussion with a study published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory titled “Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Municipal Fleets.”

    The study factors in elements such as the size of the fleet, costs of financing, costs of constructing fueling stations, cost of fuel and maintenance, project life, salvage value and available tax credits to help municipalities decide if switching to NCG vehicles would be cost effective.

  • Child rape case heads to court

    The case of alleged child rapist Stephen Geisik is advancing to District Court.

    The Los Alamos man’s preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday was waived and Judge Pat Casados requested that case be bound over to the higher court. Geisik, 21, is charged with five counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor under age 13 —a first-degree felony; and two counts of contributing the delinquency of a minor — a fourth-degree felony.

    The case will likely be transferred next Wednesday once the district attorney files the appropriate paperwork.

  • Crews mop-up Colorado Peak--updated with more info and photos

    When fighting wildfires, there is always a sense of urgency.

    But with the Colorado Peak Fire that started Wednesday about five miles south of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and eight miles west of White Rock, the pressure was even greater.

    Incident Commander Chris Stevens said there was about a 48-hour window to get a handle on this fire because high winds were expected to hit the area today and Saturday.

    Stevens, who lives in California, also knows that citizens in Northern New Mexico and especially Los Alamos are on high alert after last year’s Las Conchas Fire and the Cerro Grande Fire back in 2000.

  • McMillan: CMRR vital

    Second of a series

    Former White House aide Jon Wolfsthal this week suggested that the architects of the plan to put the plans for a new Chemistry Metallurgy Research facility on ice were none other than LANL director Charlie McMillan and his Livermore and Sandia counterparts.

    “This was the lab directors coming to NNSA and saying, ‘We think we can save you money’ -- perhaps an unprecedented step – and saying, ‘We think we can do plutonium work without building the CMRR in New Mexico,’” Wolfsthal said at an Arms Control Association panel discussion in Washington.