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Today's News

  • Scholarships available

    Students who will be enrolled in medical school for the fall 2011 semester are invited to apply for scholarship funds.
    Students are eligible to apply if they are residents of Los Alamos County or have spent the majority of their lives as residents of Los Alamos County.
    Applicants are required to write a letter about their medical school background, fill out a scholarship application form and send an official copy of their undergraduate and medical school transcripts
    Completed applications must be received by Dr. Frederica Smith’s office by Aug. 15, 2011. Contact Dr. Frederica E. Smith, Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or call 662-9400 for forms and information.

  • Hike the Avenue of the Giants

    Join PEEC and Dorothy Hoard on Saturday for a guided tour of Canyon de Valle in Los Alamos.
    This free hike will begin at 9 a.m. and will last for about five hours, though participants may hike only as far as they wish and return any time. 
    For four years, a dedicated team of dendrophiles (tree-lovers) has been scouring Los Alamos for the biggest tree of each species that appears in the county.
    Depending on their preferred habitat, the biggest trees range in elevation from a hackberry along the Rio Grande in White Rock Canyon, to an aspen near the ridgeline of the mountains above town.

  • Be There 06-15-11

    Today
    The June Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Call 412-9371 for more information.

    Thursday
    Girls Circle, for young women ages 14-18, will meet from noon-2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, through July 7 at the Teen Center. Girls will use discussion and arts to voice ideas, concerns and interests. Refreshments will be served. Register online at lafsn.org.

    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

  • Kiwanis scholarship winner

    Madison Ahlers, daughter of Joan and Gary Ahlers, was recently awarded a Kiwanis scholarship. She will attend the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and study government and biology. She would someday like to be a helicopter pilot. Pictured left to right, Kiwanis President Fran Berting, Madison Ahlers and Joan Ahlers.

     

  • Wildfires grow around state

    LUNA — Authorities expected a massive wildfire in eastern Arizona to become the state’s largest by Wednesday, as investigators focused on two people whose campfire may have started the blaze and firefighters fought to keep the flames from devouring a small New Mexico mountain town.
    Fires also grew elsewhere in New Mexico, including one near the Colorado border that forced the closure of a busy interstate highway.
    Kelly Wood, a spokesman for the multi-agency effort battling the Arizona blaze, said late Tuesday that two people of interest were being questioned about an abandoned campfire but he didn’t immediately have details. He said the U.S. Forest Service would release more information Wednesday.

  • Walp wants authorities to reopen probe

    Convinced there was more to uncover during an investigation from 2002 at Los Alamos National Laboratory, former Office of Security Inquiries (OSI) Leader Glenn A. Walp said he intends to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation for help.

    Because of information that surfaced in 2010, Walp said he will be in New Mexico the first week in July and plans to meet with agents and ask the bureau to reopen its case into wrongdoing that he began to uncover after the lab hired him in January 2002.

  • Process begins to fill vacancy

    Councilor James Hall’s resignation became official at 12 a.m. this morning.

    In a letter to Council Chair Sharon Stover, Hall wrote, “As a recently appointed state representative, I will not have the time to fill both roles adequately. I’ve enjoyed my service on the council and immensely admire my fellow councilors, the county staff and all the citizens who volunteer their time and energy. In my experience, they’re all committed to better government and building a better community.”

    The council held a special meeting after Tuesday night’s work session in White Rock to decide on the procedure for filling the vacant seat. Hall recused himself at that point and left the meeting.

  • Taxpayers to foot hefty lab pension tabs

    A Manhattan Project-era business model is responsible for a $1.7 billion dollar tab that taxpayers will have to pick up next year to cover ballooning pension liabilities for the national labs.

    As more scientists and engineers become eligible for retirement, future liabilities represent potentially billions of dollars more, according to a report released the last day of May by the Government Accountability Office. The findings reveal that the Department of Energy has been lax in examining other post-retirement costs, such as health care, which factor into the overall reimbursements DOE makes to contractors like Bechtel, Babcock and Wilcox, URS, and Lockheed Martin, which manage operations at national labs like Los Alamos and Sandia here in New Mexico.

  • Topes Notes 06-15-11

    Isotopes swept by RedHawks
    The Albuquerque Isotopes were swept in a doubleheader Tuesday at Oklahoma City, snapping the team’s four-game win streak.
    The Isotopes (37-28), however, still maintained a hold of first place in the PCL American Southern division despite losing both ends of Tuesday’s road twinbill. They will wrap up their series at Oklahoma City Thursday and then return home for eight games starting Friday night.
    Albuquerque managed just 11 hits and three runs in the two games.
    Oklahoma City’s Wesley Wright, making an emergency start in the opening game, held Albuquerque to just one hit in four innings of work. Three RedHawk pitchers combined for a 2-0 shutout win.

  • Football: League, players and lawyers meet again

    NEW YORK (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners are meeting with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith and a group of players for a second straight day in Maryland.
    A person with knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the negotiations have continued Wednesday and they include lawyers for both sides.
    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the meeting are not being made public.