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Today's News

  • Be There 10-24-12

    Today
    Republican candidate Jefferson Byrd will visit Los Alamos for a town hall meeting at 5 p.m. at the GOP headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite D1. The public is welcome to attend.

    GeekOut Family Night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. upstairs, at Mesa Public Library. Bring your own games, or play theirs.

    Los Alamos High School will host a Financial Aid Information Night at 6 p.m. in the Speech Theater. All interested students and parents are encouraged to attend. New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation Representative Ruben Reyes will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, scholarships, grants, work-study programs and loan programs. For more information about Financial Aid Information Night, contact Connie Goettee at 663-2595 or c.goettee@laschools.net.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host an open discussion at 6:30 p.m. in meeting room 1 of the Mesa Public Library. Questions can be sent to losalamoscommunityofatheists.com.

    Thursday
    The last outdoor Farmers Market of the season will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

  • Middle school book fair goes online

    Community members are invited to visit the Scholastic Book Fair online at the Los Almaos Middle School web site. The online store will offer books for all age levels and will be available on the web site from Oct. 28-Nov. 17. All books will be delivered free to the library and held until parents or students pick them up.
    The Middle School Scholastic Book Fair will be in the library portable and will not be as large as normal, due to size constraints. The book fair will be from 7:45 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5-9.

  • Fly into BESC for breakfast

    The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos will hold its annual fall pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center—and this year, the breakfast will feature a Halloween twist.
    The serving line, staffed by Kiwanis members and volunteers from Kiwanis-affiliated youth organizations, will provide pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, coffee, juice and milk. Seconds will be available until the food runs out.
    During the breakfast, from 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m., costumed witches will “fly” through the dining room, distributing wrapped candies to children.
    Kiwanis are selling tickets and tickets will also be available at the door. The cost is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $4 for children.
    Kiwanis uses the proceeds from the fall breakfast to support a long list of service projects. Among them are: college scholarships; the Senior Appreciation Night Breakfast; the Fourth of July Fireworks at Overlook Park; Breakfast with Santa; Los Alamos Science Fair prizes distributed by Kiwanis; and Kiwanis children’s organizations including Key Club, Builders Club, K-Kids at Barranca and K-Kids at Aspen.

  • Satch Cowan Trail dedication

    The Satch Cowan trail and dedication took place Monday with a host of people taking part.

  • Diamond Drive crash

    A 17-year-old girl suffered back injuries on Diamond Drive Tuesday when the white Subaru she was driving rear ended a green Mazda, which in turn hit the back of a Honda van. None of the other people involved in the accident were injured. According to Los Alamos Police Department Cpl. Jeremy Brondin, the chain reaction collision occurred when the Honda slowed to make a right turn into the Pueblo Complex.

  • Update 10-24-12

    Trick or Treat

    Trick or Treat on MainStreet will be from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday in downtown Los Alamos.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series presents Margaret Wood, companion of Georgia O’Keeffe at 7 p.m. Thursday.

    Meet and greet

    Republican Jefferson Byrd, running against incumbent Ben Ray Luján, will be in  Los Alamos at 5 p.m. today at the local GOP headquarters, 1362 Trinity Dr., Suite D1.

    Brisket night

    The LAHS NJROTC will host a Barbecue Brisket Night from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. The cost is $10 per plate and includes brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert.

    Meet the councilors

    Several of the Los Alamos County Councilors will be at the Health Fair Saturday to visit with residents about current projects, issues and other topics. Look for them at the library’s booth.

  • Cadets receive promotions, awards

    Cadets from the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol recently were awarded for their accomplishments during two separate award ceremonies at the Los Alamos Airport, where the LACAP’s headquarters is located.

    Cadet Senior Master Sgt. Chase Britton, 19, was awarded a silk scarf from 2nd Lt. Jane Lingenfelter and Col. Mark Smith. Lingenfelter made the scarf and the LACAP’s tradition is to present the scarf to cadets that make their first powered solo flight.

    Also receiving awards were Justin Dunn, who received his wings for his first glider solo flight and Colin Hehlen, who was promoted to cadet airman first class.

    According to Britton, he achieved that goal July 12 in Chandler, Okla. at the National Flight academy.

    Britton joined the Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol in 2005 when he was primarily interested in just building model planes.

    “But I became hooked when I went on my first flight,” he said.

    From there, it didn’t take him long to find the motivation to rise through the ranks and achieve the goals he set for himself within the organization.

    “When you’re up there in the air, everything seems so small and you get to a lot of locations very fast,” Britton said of flying. “It’s an amazing experience.”

  • LA Community Garden grows more funding

    During a small “barn-raising” at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market Tuesday, State Farm representatives presented Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board members with a check for $96,250 from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.

    The money will support the Los Alamos Youth Food Project’s educational and outreach community garden at the Los Alamos Middle School.

    “This grant was a competitive process across the nation and this is one of 68 community organizations to receive a service-learning, youth-led grant across the United States and Canada. It speaks well of our youth leadership,” said State Farm Agent Lou Santoro at the award ceremony. “I want to thank all of the young people that participate and make this work possible. You are making lasting change and we applaud you for that. Thank you.”

    The ceremony included the construction and decoration of a small hoop house at the co-op, which is a partnering satellite location for community garden project. The hoop house will be used for winter planting and spring seedling starters.

    The JJAB has contracted with The Family YMCA to deliver the grant’s education and food-assistance objectives throughout the next year.

  • Uncertainty goes on at Los Alamos lab

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan kept coming back to one word when describing the year that was to a group of community leaders at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino Tuesday.

    Uncertainty.

    McMillan said the lab finished 2012 with $383 million less in funding than 2011. The 2011 reductions include $183 million for operations and maintenance and $200 million for construction.

    In addition, McMillan said the lab finished 2012 with 1,295 fewer employees than in the previous year.

    “We are now at our lowest numbers since 2001,” McMillan said in reference to headcount at the lab.

    Of the 1,295 employees that left the lab, 557 departed under the voluntary separation program in the spring. McMillan said other the other numbers could be attributed to contactor cuts, normal attrition and slightly fewer students.

    In total, there are 10,400 employees at the lab with 7,000 of them classified as regular LANS employees.

    McMillan said procurements are down by close to $200 million from FY 11. In September of last year, the lab racked up $894 million in procurements compared to $696 million this year.

    “2012 was very challenging for us financially,” McMillan said.

    But he said the efforts to control costs have been successful.

  • In the voting booth with PRC

    New Mexico is trying to fix utility and insurance regulation yet again. New Mexico’s  Public Regulation Commission (PRC), created in 1996 to replace the previous, dysfunctional State Corporations Commission and the appointed Public Utilities Commission, has suffered its own dysfunction. So now we are voting on three proposed constitutional amendments (Amendments 2, 3 and 4), intended to fix the PRC.
    To be informed on these proposals, you must do more than simply read the ballot.
    The ballot contains only a sentence briefly describing each amendment, taken from the title of the legislation. That leaves a lot to your imagination. If you want to know what you are voting on, here’s some homework.  
    The Legislative Council Service (www.nmlegis.gov/lcs) has prepared a detailed online publication describing the PRC, explaining the amendments, offering arguments for and against, and copying the full text of all the amendments (if you can’t find the publication, use your search engine).
    I recommend it. The League of Women Voters has briefer arguments in its voter guide.  
    Amendment 2  proposes to require qualifications for future PRC commissioners. The presumption is that commissioners who regulate something as complex as utilities ought to have prior knowledge or experience.