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Today's News

  • Bicycle, vehicle collisions on the rise

    Recently, Los Alamos bicycling enthusiast Khal Spencer, LAPD Captain Randy Foster, police chief Wayne Torpy, Traffic Division Manager Nancy Talley, and Traffic Engineer Kyle Zimmerman met to discuss bicycle safety in the county.

    There has been a spike in bicycle and vehicle collisions this year with three since April, Foster said. And there have been a number of near misses, Spencer added.

    The group was trying to find ways to reduce such collisions.

    Foster said the most dangerous area seems to be Diamond Drive between Sandia and the bridge. There are numerous entrances into parking lots that are not at intersections and those create the potential for bike/car collisions, Foster said.

  • School board mulls new Bus Loop plan

    The Los Alamos Public School Board of Directors considered a new bus loop proposal Thursday evening after several other proposals had been rejected throughout the last year – but the proposal, which will be voted on at the July school board meeting, may come too late as there’s little time to undertake the project before the start on the new school year Aug. 13.

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt said it’s the third such attempt to reach a happy medium.

    In May, the board rejected what was thought to be a final plan stating there were too many uncertainties with the proposal. The board also rejected a bus loop proposal last year.

  • Update 07-01-12

    Parents wanted

    Los Alamos Public Schools is looking for parents to try out potential new versions of their websites. Parents new to the community and parents of current elementary, middle and high schoolers are needed.  Email Colin MacArthur at c.macarthur@laschools.net or call 629-0776 to schedule a time to help.

    Library meetings

    The Los Alamos County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Mesa Public Library.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 10 in council chambers.

    Photo exhibit

  • U.S. releases updated plutonium inventory report

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today announced the public release of a report that details the current plutonium inventory of the U.S.

    Titled the United States Plutonium Balance, 1944-2009, the document serves as an update to Plutonium: the First 50 Years, which was first released by the Department of Energy (DOE) in 1996.

    The report provides the U.S. inventory of plutonium owned by DOE and includes material in the possession of the Department of Defense (DoD). It can be found online at nnsa.energy.gov/plutoniuminventory.

    As an update to the report released in 1996, the current document provides data on the plutonium inventory through 2009.

  • Cadets make the grade

    The Los Alamos Fire Training Academy graduated its 24th cadet class Friday morning during a ceremony at White Rock Baptist Church. Graduates inlcude David Apodaca, Daniel Martinez, Kenneth Martinez, Samuel Meyersick, Ernesto Polson and Nathaniel Sisneros.
    Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess told those who attended the ceremony that the graduates’ willingness to get out there and protect the community is indicative of the kind of people the men are.  Ciseneros was honored as the class speaker. “We’re prepared for a new chapter in our careers,” he told his classmates.

  • Commercial air travel potential

    Airport manager Peter Soderquist has researched a plan for bringing commercial air travel to Los Alamos. He is proposing a pilot project in which Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the county subsidize the service, with LANL paying 50 percent of the $150,000 cost and the county covering the rest.

    One-way flights would cost $55, about $30 less than the shuttle. With the subsidy, the air service could be profitable with just four or five people on each of the six to nine flights a day.

    County Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher estimates that if just 4,000 of those passengers spent two nights in Los Alamos, the service would bring in $1.28 million in new meal and lodging revenue per year.

  • VIDEO: Robot Rodeo 2012 at LANL

    Bomb Squads from across the U.S. wrangled their bomb squad robots at the sixth annual Robot Rodeo beginning Tuesday, June 19 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Eight teams participated in the three-day competition that featured 12 events. The Laboratory — along with Sandia National Laboratories, the Region II International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators, REMOTEC, U.S. Technical Working Group and QinetiQ — sponsor the Robot Rodeo. This year's winner, the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Office.

  • For parts of the nation, a fireworks-free Fourth

    DENVER (AP) — Drought and wildfire fears are snuffing out some Fourth of July festivities this year.

    From Utah to Indiana, state and local governments are calling off annual fireworks displays out of fear that a stray rocket could ignite tinder-dry brush and trigger a wildfire. They're also warning residents not to use fireworks, sparklers or Roman candles in backyards.

    For the second consecutive year, there will be no public fireworks display for residents of Los Alamos County and surrounding areas. The fireworks show has been put on hold indefinitely.

  • Lunch Talk

    Assets Coordinator, Bernadette Lauritzen met with the Betty Ehart Senior Center Director, Pauline Powell Schneider and some volunteers from the Cookies and Conversation program recently. The team discussed the benefits of the program, ways it could be improved and strategies for next year. Those wishing to volunteer to have lunch with middle and high school students can call 661-4846 for more details. Seniors are members of the RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program).

  • Eastern US storms leave 13 dead, cut power to millions--Video Extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered Saturday in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern U.S. with high winds and downed trees, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a triple-digit heat wave.