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Today's News

  • Raw: Dust Storm Shuts Down Interstate in Okla.

    A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.

  • Power restored in North Mesa

     Power has been restored in the North Mesa neighborhood of Los Alamos, according to the Department of Utilities.

    Earlier, there were reports of outages on North Mesa and the Alamo areas.

    The initial report came in around 1:45 p.m. that power was out on North Mesa in the San Ildefonso and Alamo areas as crews backfed power to the area. At 3:30 p.m., a report from DPU said that power was restored in those areas. But 15 minutes later, it was reported power was still out in San Ildefonso area of North Mesa.

    DPU said an underground fault caused portion of North Mesa to lose power.

        

  • Backups expected for evening commute

    The eastbound curb lane of Trinity Drive in the vicinity of the Mountain Village apartments (east of 35th Street) is closed to allow Century Link to perform emergency line repairs. This closure will impact the evening traffic commute and motorists are urged to either use the Truck Route or be prepared for delays on Trinity Drive.
     
    Due to the nature of the emergency, crews may also need to work on Diamond Drive north of the Diamond/Trinity intersection during the evening commute. Motorists are advised to expect congestion on both Diamond and Trinity.

           

  • New Documents Detail History of Boy Scout Abuse

    The Boy Scouts of America have released nearly a decade of confidential files never before made public. The Scouts kept track of suspected pedophiles they banned from their ranks, but kept the list secret until now.

  • Oh deer!
  • Police: 3 Arrested for Denver Bar Killings, Fire
  • Update 10-18-12

    Council forum

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor will host a county council candidate forum at 6 p.m. today  at UNM-LA Building 5 Lecture Hall. The forum will focus on business and economic development issues facing LA. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Trail dedication

    Residents are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the new Satch Cowan Trail at 11 a.m. Monday at the trailhead near the existing Quemazon Trail in Western Area. 

    CRC committee

    Members of Charter Review Committee will be available at the Farmer’s Market to answer questions.  Join them between
    9:30-11:30 a.m. Committee members plan to meet with voters at the Farmer’s Market every Thursday between now and the day of the election.

    LDRD Day

    LANL will host its annual Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Day at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Space travelers could assist in healing nuclear scar

    Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory have devised a method to use cosmic rays to gather detailed information from inside the damaged cores of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, which were heavily damaged in March 2011 by a tsunami that followed a great earthquake.

    In a paper in Physical Review Letters, researchers compared two methods for using cosmic-ray radiography to gather images of nuclear material within the core of a reactor similar to Fukushima Daiichi Reactor No. 1. The team found that Los Alamos’ scattering method for cosmic ray radiography was far superior to the traditional transmission method for capturing high-resolution image data of potentially damaged nuclear material.

    “Within weeks of the disastrous 2011 tsunami, Los Alamos’ Muon Radiography Team began investigating use of Los Alamos’ muon scattering method to determine whether it could be used to image the location of nuclear materials within the damaged reactors,” said Konstantin Borozdin of Los Alamos’ Subatomic Physics Group and lead author of the paper.

  • Atomic City Transit, NCRTD win grants

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division and the North Central Regional Transit Department have both been awarded Federal Transit Administration grants to move forward with the purchase of Computer Aided Dispatch and Automatic Vehicle Location software.

    AVL is a GPS system that tracks the location of every bus. Information such as transfers and bus location is transmitted to the CAD software at the dispatch center. The CAD system tracks all routes and alerts drivers of transfers and other important information via the computer terminal on the bus.

    The transportation division received $50,000 from an FY2013 Rural Transit Program capital projects grant that will be applied to the purchase of the system. The Rural Transit grant is the largest transportation grant the county receives on an annual basis. This year’s grant will be added to $190,000 rolled over from FY 2012 for a total of $240,000.

    The county is partnering with NCRTD to purchase the system, which should significantly reduce the cost of the system for both NCRTD and the county. NCRTD has received $242,000 from the FTA for the FY2012 Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative Grants.

  • Hall a no-show at league forum

    SANTA FE — The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe hosted a forum Wednesday night for three State House races including District 43, which encompasses Los Alamos.

    It was likely to be the last time that Jim Hall-R and Stephanie Garcia Richard–D would debate the issues before the Nov. 6 election.

    Hall, however, was not in attendance Wednesday night. He said he notified the league Monday that he would be unable to make it.

    “According to an email he sent to the league, he said something unexpected had come up,” said Garcia Richard, after giving a three-minute presentation to the voters in the audience at the Unitarian Universalist Church. “I had committed to this and that is why I am here. I am really disappointed we can not discuss the issues.”

    When reached this morning, Hall said, “A personal matter came up and I told them Monday I could not attend. I felt really bad about it.

    “I enjoy these forums and I enjoy discussing the issues. I met with the league and filled out their form and dropped off a resumé for the voters at the forum.”

    Santa Fe league president Judy Williams said unopposed candidates could not participate in the forum but were allowed to make a three-minute presentation.