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Today's News

  • Researchers unravel mystery of quantum-dot blinking

    Research by Los Alamos scientists published in the journal Nature documents significant progress in understanding the phenomenon of quantum-dot blinking. Their findings should enhance the ability of biologists to track single particles, enable technologists to create novel light-emitting diodes and single-photon sources, and boost efforts of energy researchers to develop new types of highly efficient solar cells.

  • Stronger factories, lower prices lift the economy

    WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing is recovering from a slump, and inflation may be peaking.
    Data issued Wednesday point to an economy growing slowly but steadily. Still, surging oil prices and a possible European recession threaten to drain the economy’s momentum.
    “The continued resilience of manufacturing is encouraging, since this should be the sector most exposed to the global economic slowdown,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist with Capital Economics.
    Industrial production rose in October at the fastest pace in three months. Output at the nation’s factories, utilities and mines rose 0.7 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday.

  • Legislative report faults state school funding system

    SANTA FE— New Mexico needs to revamp how it distributes more than $2 billion a year in taxpayer money to public schools because the current system is too complicated, difficult to administer and shortchanges needy students, according to a report released Wednesday.
    Two legislative committees issued the report critical of the state’s school funding formula, which was established in the 1970s and is supposed to treat districts equitably. Nearly half of the state’s annual budget goes to pay for operations of New Mexico’s more than 170 school districts and charter schools.

  • Update 11-16-11

    Public Forum

    The Environmental Services division will host a public forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UNM LA Bldg 5, Room 505, to begin discussions about a “pay as you throw” (PAYT) change in rate structure for trash pick up.

    Reception

    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome the new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with the new Fire Chief, Troy Hughes, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

    Court Closed

  • The Hive soon to be buzzing

    David Jones is steward of The Hive – White Rock’s newest business at which inventors, crafters, sales reps, lab researchers and local clubs find useful services. The Hive, at 134 N.M. 4 between Metzgers and Del Norte Credit Union, combines co-work space, meeting rooms, community project space and equipped user facilities with Wi-Fi available by day, week or month.   The Hive opens for business Monday with hours of operation of noon to 7 p.m.

  • Report says LA, WR the smartest places in NM

    This should not come as a big surprise but Los Alamos is No. 1 in New Mexico, according to On Numbers’ rankings of the smartest places with populations between 10,000 and 49,999.

    And White Rock is No. 1 for communities with less than 10,000 residents.

    The home to Los Alamos National Laboratory came in at No. 48 among 3,012 communities in the category. Almost 38 percent of its residents have earned a graduate and/or professional degree.

    Nationally, Stanford, Calif., is No. 1. Stanford -- the community, not the university -- is a census designated place with 13,700 residents. CDPs are unincorporated communities that have the characteristics of cities, as determined by the U.S. Census Bureau.

  • Lights come out on Central

    Workers put in some long hours Monday night in front of the Community Bank building on Central as construction on utilities for the new municipal building continues.

  • Nuke Safety Board to convene in Santa Fe

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board will be in Santa Fe Thursday to conduct a public meeting and discuss seismic safety of the Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The sessions will be from 1-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Santa Fe Convention Center, 201 Marcy Street.

    The DNFSB is an independent agency in the executive branch of the U.S. government that oversees health and safety issues at defense nuclear facilities at LANL.

    During the first session, the board will receive testimony on National Nuclear Security Administration actions to address Plutonium Facility seismic issues that lead to severe accident scenarios.

  • Residential permit process draws scrutiny

    The Los Alamos County Council praised the Community Development Department’s (CDD) progress on the permit process and urged them to move forward with implementation.

    Council asked Acting Community Development Director Steve Brugger to begin work on streamlining residential permits in May, after hearing the progress made on expediting commercial permits.

    Professional Facilitator Tim Karpoff was hired to moderate separate focus group sessions with county permitting staff, residential builders and designers. To assure that participants would speak candidly about perceived problems, no county staff participated in or observed the private sector sessions.

  • Joe Frazier remembered in S.C.

    BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Long before he became Smokin’ Joe, the future heavyweight champion was known in his South Carolina hometown as “Billy Boy” — a stocky farmer’s son who honed his devastating left hook on a punching bag made from a flour sack stuffed with corn cobs and rags.
    Joe Frazier would make Philadelphia his adopted home, but his roots ran deep in South Carolina where he was born in 1944. More than 250 people gathered Wednesday for a memorial service near his hometown of Beaufort.
    “He was Joe Frazier to the world, but he was our Uncle Billy,” said Dannette Frazier, one of about a dozen of Frazier’s nieces and nephews who still live near the 10-acre farm where the boxer was raised.