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Today's News

  • High winds, temperatures propel wildfires

    ALBUQUERQUE — Firefighters are confronting strong winds and steamy weekend temperatures in their battle to keep more homes, dry forests and stretches of high desert from the flames of several wildfires throughout the Southwest.
    With summer rains still weeks away, forecasters said crews would likely have little relief from the hot, windy weather that dogging them this past week. More high-wind warnings and fire weather watches were on tap for many areas through the weekend.
    Along the New Mexico-Colorado border, the wind got stronger as Friday progressed, testing fire lines that had been cleared through the rugged wooded area by bulldozers.
    Flags at the incident command post were whipping.

  • LANL names fund recipients

    Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has selected Manhattan Isotopes Technology, LLC and Vista Therapeutics, Inc. as recipients of $100,000 awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC Venture Acceleration Fund.
    The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) invests in innovative Northern New Mexico companies seeking to commercialize technology and take it to market faster.
    VAF investments help the companies and their technologies reach the next level of success through business development activities such as proof-of-concept, prototyping, securing initial customers, or additional funding. Projects with an association with LANL technology or expertise receive preference for funding.

  • Co-op hosts Student Sustainability Challenge

    Organic food and environmentally friendly products were only part of the reason the Student Sustainability Challenge visited the Los Alamos Cooperative Market on Wednesday. The co-op’s business model provides insight into an array of sustainable practices.

    Event coordinator Angelica Gurule, of the Environmental-Risk Reduction Office, introduced General Manager Steve Watts by saying, “You vote with your cash. Every time you make a purchase you vote for what you want that store to supply.”

  • Rail Runner weekend service to be eliminated

    ALBUQUERQUE — Regional transit officials have voted to end weekend service on New Mexico’s commuter train.
    The Rio Metro Regional Transit District Board announced the decision Friday.
    The board had been considering two weekday schedule options for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, but members instead voted 6-5 to eliminate weekend service to balance the fiscal year 2012 budget.
    The budget is $1.2 million less than the previous year because certain federal air quality dollars will no longer be available.
    Board chairman Steve Shaw says the board thinks it’s important to support the initial mission of the commuter train without affecting people who use it to get to and from work.

    The Associated Press

  • Update 06-19-11

    Film Series
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Yogi Bear,” at 7 p.m. June 27 in the White Rock Town Hall.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 20 has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 27. The meeting will be at the Community Building.

    Tour de Los Alamos
    Tour de Los Alamos, beginning in downtown Los Alamos Sunday. For more information, visit www.tourdelosalamos.org.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

    Girls circle canceled

  • LA county to receive $82K in PILT funding

    New Mexico counties will share nearly $33 million in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT), but Los Alamos County will not be receiving much of the pie.

    Los Alamos County, which has 36,526 acres, will receive a payment of $82,450, the third lowest total in the state.

    Los Alamos has received anywhere between $78K and $82K the past five years.
    “It is a small part of the budget,” said Randy Autio, the acting county administrator. “It is the normal distribution and it is what we normally get.”

    The biggest payout will go to Eddy County, which will receive just over $3.1 million and the lowest payout will go to Quay County, which will be $4,328. Eddy County has an acreage of 1,578,129 and Quay has a total of 1,809.

  • Reactions are swift to CMRR proposed cut

    The fight is on in Washington after the House Appropriations Committee recommended a $100 million cut to the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility at Los Alamos, and the committee also recommended a $175 million cut to the lab’s cleanup efforts.

    In all, the committee cut close to $500 million from the administration’s $7.6 billion weapons program request.

  • LANL’s Student Sustainability Challenge enters fourth year

    A discounted lunch was part of the draw for 40 or so Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) student interns who attended a Student Sustainability Challenge event at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market Wednesday.

    But a growing interest in sustainability has fueled the 4-year-old program, which aligns with LANL’s efforts at improving sustainability and implementing the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan (SSPP).

  • LATA tops technology list

    Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) has earned the top spot among New Mexico high-tech companies in terms of highest revenue growth earnings.

    LATA has led the Flying 40’s top 10 companies by revenue since 2006 when its growth totaled $148.8 million. The technical and project management services company’s revenues totaled $270.3 million in 2010.

  • NNMCAB meeting to focus on LANL groundwater

    The Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board is hosting a free public forum regarding surface and groundwater quality at LANL. The forum will be held Wednesday at the Santa Fe Community College from 4:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
    The forum will provide overview presentations from LANL and DOE pertaining to current ground and surface water quality at LANL. The Board’s objective for the forum is to inform the public and Board members. Based on the knowledge gained, the Board will make formal recommendations to the DOE.