Today's News

  • Kendrick attends White House Science Fair

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten Society for Science & the Public science fair alumni attended the second White House Science Fair recently, where President Obama honored winners of the nation’s top science competitions and viewed their award-winning projects.
    All 10 students earned recognition by at least one of SSP’s prestigious science education programs: the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, or the Broadcom MASTERS.

  • Roundhouse Roundup: Legislature down to final days

    All representatives are busy with committees and in floor sessions — focusing  on bills, memorials, and resolutions — getting them through committees, debated, voted on, and, if passed,  sent on to the Senate.  This week also saw the Supreme Court’s remand of Judge Hall’s redistricting ruling back to the judge for recommended changes.  
    The biggest event in the House was the passage of the budget bill (HB2) out of the House Appropriations and Finance Committee (HAFC) on Monday and unanimous passage of HB2 by the House on Tuesday.  
    Fiscal year 2013 (FY13 is July 1, 2012 thru June 30, 2013) revenue is estimated to be $5.69 billion, a 2.4 percent increase over FY12 revenue.

  • LISC seeks feedback from LANL employees

    In the past three weeks, LANL employees have submitted more than 200 cost-saving ideas to the Laboratory Integrated Stewardship Council (LISC) through a direct email address and a blog on the lab’s internal website.
    Submitted ideas went through a screening and scoring process aimed at finding everything from “low-hanging fruit” (easy to implement, high potential savings) to longer term, more complicated projects. And some of those ideas were submitted anonymously.
    Other criteria included the ability to measure the savings, the impact of implementation, and whether the idea presents any compliance issues with safety, environmental, labor, or other regulations.

  • LANL gets $239 million for cleanup

    While most of the attention fell on the deferment of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility, President Obama’s FY13 budget called for an increase in appropriation when it comes to cleanup.
    The request is up $51 million from $188 million to $239 million, and will allow LANL to pursue cleanup in accordance with the consent order with the state.
    The increase includes an extra $36 million to expedite the removal of above ground TRU waste and an extra $13 million to meet milestones on soil and water remediation.
    The budget allocation also took two construction projects at LANL.

  • Update 02-15-12

    Film night

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series will present “The Smurfs” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Library. Admission is free.

    Little League

    Los Alamos Little League will host a planning meeting at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 at Mesa Public Library. The meeting is for anyone interested in coaching or volunteering during the 2012 season.

    Alternative voting

    Kathy Campbell and Terry Goldman will give a talk on “How are we represented? Alternative Voting Methods” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library.

    Soil sampling

  • YMCA fundraiser nets $53K

    The Red and Black Ball, the preeminent fundraising gala for the Los Alamos Y and its annual “Strong Kids” campaign, attracted more than 150 attendees from around the Northern New Mexico region Saturday night.

    The event netted $53,400 for the community organization, which came in shy of the $60,000 goal Y officials were shooting for in donations.

    This marked the 12th year for the function which touted a Motown theme that featured both live and silent auctions as part of the evening’s festivities.

    In 2011, the Y served 3,067 youth through more than 79 programs and in membership. The Y also awarded in excess of $75,000 in scholarships in child care, youth programs, and youth and family memberships.

  • Wilson: Congressional delegation failed to stick up for Los Alamos

    Heather Wilson, Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, said she is very concerned about Los Alamos.
    After President Obama released the FY13 budget, it was revealed the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement project would be deferred for at least five years.

    “A little over a year ago, President Obama made a commitment to modernize our nuclear weapons complex in order to maintain a safe, reliable nuclear deterrent at lower levels of forces,” Wilson said. “That commitment included replacing a 60-year-old facility at Los Alamos for handling plutonium. In his new budget, however, President Obama has broken that commitment. And as a result, an estimated 1,000 jobs will be killed for 10 years in Los Alamos.”

  • Local leaders react to CMRR decision

    “Funding for national security and science at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), including the CMRR Project” is one of the top four priorities for the county council’s 2012 Federal Agenda.

    Council will have to work even harder to achieve that goal, now that President Obama’s 2013 budget proposal recommends putting CMRR funding on hold for five years.

    “We’re very disappointed. I’m really trying to understand what went wrong with this. The administration was in support of this at one time,” Council Chair Sharon Stover said.

    Neither county officials nor the business community were surprised by the decision.

  • Duplex Demolished

    This duplex at 4333 Fairway Dr. caught fire in 2007 and was abandoned. Fed up with the eye sore, neighbors took action and circulated a petition, signed by 37 Fairway Drive residents, which was taken to the Los Alamos County Council in July 2010. Council decided that the owner, W. Clarence Courtright, needed to take action and either repair the dwelling, or sell it. Despite a for sale sign in the front yard, the duplex was razed.

  • Council debates pay philosophy

    Looking at ways to maintain competitiveness in the marketplace, the pay adjustment structure and how to deal with employees at the top of their pay range were issues the Los Alamos County Council had to confront at Tuesday’s work session.

    The hot topic was where county salaries should fall in comparison to state, regional and national markets.

    The county has been committed to offering competitive compensation in order to attract and retain higher performing employees and deliver higher than average services to the citizens of Los Alamos. This relates to the strategic goal of achieving operational excellence, which calls for investing in staff and their development to create a high performing organization.