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Today's News

  • Update 05-18-11

    Venue change
    The Los Alamos Republican Party meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hilltop House hotel has been moved to the Los Alamos VFW.

    Dems to meet
    Democratic Party meeting
    The Democratic Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. The speaker for the May meeting will be Ray Powell, state land commissioner.

    Meeting canceled
    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee Meeting that had been scheduled for Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Council Chambers has been canceled.

    JJAB meeting

  • NNSA unveils strategic plan

    The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today released its new 2011 Strategic Plan, which details how NNSA will invest in the future, build the nuclear security enterprise required to implement President Barack Obama’s nuclear security agenda and enhance global security, and continue to improve the way it does business.  
    As we work to build “OneNNSA,” a single integrated enterprise that is organized to successfully complete the NNSA mission, the 2011 Strategic Plan will serve as an outline of NNSA’s goals for the next decade and a guide for its planning, programming, and budgeting processes.
    In a message included in the Strategic Plan, Administrator Thomas D’Agostino writes:

  • Another truck uncovered at TA-21

    Workers cleaning up Material Disposal Area B at Technical Area 21 off DP Road have finished 80 percent of their excavation.
    And surprise, surprise, guess what excavators have unearthed in the past month?
    Another truck.
    “This one was really mangled,” said Patricia Jones, who works in the environmental programs division for the Recovery Act projects at LANL. “Nobody took a photo of it.”
    There were photos taken of another truck unearthed a couple of months ago that were published in the Los Alamos Monitor.
    For years rumors have been circulating about a truck, which hauled the original device to the Trinity Bomb site in 1945 and was later buried in a landfill at what is now known as TA-21 just off DP Road.

  • Bell schedule changes are coming for LAHS

    With the coming school year, Los Alamos High School students have more to look forward to than new teachers. A new bell schedule will also be part of their day when school begins in August.
    The instructional day will begin at 7:50 a.m., instead of the current time of 8:10 a.m. This means that high school students will get a 20-minute jump on their school day. Though this might not appeal to some students who would prefer a later start time, there is a perk to starting the day earlier: regularly scheduled classes for students will end at 2:35 p.m., instead of the current end-time of 3:10 p.m.

  • Dedication set for Thursday

    Los Alamos County will host a dedication ceremony for two life-size bronze statues honoring Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie R. Groves at 4:45 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    Oppenheimer was scientific director of the Manhattan Project and Groves was commanding general of the Manhattan Project. The statues are the culmination of many years of research, planning and design work by members of the County’s Fuller Lodge/Historic District Advisory Board.

    The statues are the first of many planned for installation under the County’s adopted Historic Sculptures Master Plan. The statues honor those who have had a significant impact and contribution to Los Alamos throughout its history.

  • Council makes pick for house seat

    In one of its weightiest decisions since the new council was seated last January, Los Alamos County councilors selected Vice-Chair Jim Hall as the nominee to serve out the remaining 19 months in the late Jeannette Wallace’s house term.

    The 5-0 vote came late in the council’s special session Tuesday evening after public comment and a council question and answer period with the seven candidates vying for the nomination. Jose Varela Lopez, who was nominated by Santa Fe County last week, attended the meeting to, as he put it, “get better acquainted and give councilors the opportunity to get to know him.”

  • Track and field: Results from the Class 4A state championship meet

    Here are the results from the Class 4A track and field meet. Athletes are from Los Alamos unless otherwise indicated.

    Girls

  • Afghan rally over NATO raid turns violent; 12 die

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Anger over a nighttime NATO raid flared into violence in northern Afghanistan on Wednesday as an estimated 1,500 people clashed with police and tried to storm a German military base in a protest that left 12 dead.

    The riot suggests more trouble ahead for NATO as upcoming troop drawdowns are likely to make the alliance increasingly reliant on quick-strike raids on insurgent hideouts. Such raids often produce results — most famously in the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan — but deeply offend Afghans when they go wrong.

  • NM eases through financial crisis

    State government has gotten through its financial crisis reasonably intact. Revenue is showing some growth. There may be a little money left after the 2013 session of the Legislature. Huge challenges loom.
    This was the overall message from David Abbey, director of the Legislative Finance Committee, to the conference of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute. Abbey spoke in Santa Fe May 12 to about 75 of the state’s tax and policy professionals

  • Be prepared if 'The Big One' hits

    As events in Japan this past March showed us, Big Ones really do happen. Richter 9 is about as large as they come, an event so enormous it takes away the breath of even a geologist like myself.
    It’s no comfort to think that quakes of that same general size are likely along the western boundaries of the Lower 48 and also in the region where Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee come together. In short, major quakes here in the U.S. simply must be expected.  
    And there are other “big ones,” too. As we’ve seen this spring, tornadoes and flooding are most unfortunately a natural part of our world. And electrical outages sometimes shape the man-made landscape in which we live.