Today's News

  • Be There 03-01-12

    The Master Gardening meeting for March will be Thursday at the White Rock Town Hall. Kimberly Tanner will share her experience and expertise with successful seed starting in small spaces with little fuss.

     The Los Alamos High School Family Career and Community Leaders of America Chapter will collect books for the children that are under the care of the New Mexico CYFD. All books are welcome as there are a variety of children from one-18 years of age in foster care. Books should be in fair condition and will be collected until March 2. Please drop off donations at the LAHS FACS classroom.

  • Hoop-shooting robot

    In six weeks, a team of 14 Los Alamos High School students and 10 adult mentors built a robot that can shoot hoops. The team began work Jan. 7 and wrapped up on Feb. 21. The group is competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. This year’s competition is Rebound Rumble. The object is to manipulate the robot to score as many baskets as possible during a 2 minute and 15 second match. The competition also includes a balancing component in which the robots are required to balance on a bridge. The group is heading to Salt Lake City March 15 to compete in the regional round of the competition.

  • Gov. Martinez signs vets’ bill

    SANTA FE (AP) — More National Guard and Reserve personnel can qualify for state benefits for veterans under legislation signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    Under the new law, National Guard and Reserve members who complete six years of service will be considered veterans and eligible for state benefits, such as a property tax break. Military personnel currently must serve on active duty on a federal mission for at least 90 consecutive days to be considered veterans and eligible for certain state benefits.
    An estimated 4,000 National Guard personnel should qualify for benefits because of the change of law, according to state officials.

  • Bandelier’s Alcove House slated to reopen today

    Alcove House, an Ancestral Pueblo site at Bandelier National Monument, reopens to visitors today.
    Situated along Frijoles Creek, a mile hike up canyon from the Visitor Center parking area, Alcove House has been closed to the public since last summer. The Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flash flooding severely affected the trail.
    The trail is now clear of debris; however, hikers must cross Frijoles creek a minimum of three times without the aid of bridges.

  • NCRTD seeks voice on Rail Runner issues

    The North Central Regional Transit District could have a place at the table in decisions regarding the Rail Runner Train, but that seat may be limited to discussions only.
    The District’s Board of Directors approved a resolution asking the Rio Metro Board to include the District on its board because of its annual contribution to the Rail Runner. The District has budgeted nearly $1.8 million to the train this fiscal year.
    NCRTD Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said previously that the Rio Metro Board  had made decisions about drawing back service, and the District felt left out from those discussions.

  • Update 03-01-12

    Co-op milestone

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market celebrates its first year Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with children’s activities, product samples, music, raffle and more.

    The Giver

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series

  • Plans for hospice come together

    Los Alamos is one step closer to having northern New Mexico’s first residential hospice.

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, which provides at-home health care, purchased land off Canyon Road last week for the proposed hospice center.

    Service Executive Director Sarah Rochester said the project called “The Sanctuary” will provide a small, state of the art hospice house for individuals with terminal illnesses that can no longer remain at home and those who need additional end of life care.  

    “We believe that this is a community that needs a specific place for end of life care,” she said.
    The closest residential hospice center is in Albuquerque, Rochester said.

  • Council Takes Aim at Bow Hunters

    The Los Alamos County Council approved an amendment to the county’s weapons ordinance at Tuesday’s session.

    The amendment, which passed 6-1, prohibits firing bows and arrows or crossbows within 150 yards of any inhabited structure or any place where livestock is kept unless the projectile is confined within private property.  

    Los Alamos County Police (LAPD) Chief Wayne Torpy explained the reason for the amendment.

  • NNSA boss talks CMRR

    In testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development today, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino outlined President Obama’s FY 2013 budget request, which gives NNSA the resources it needs to achieve the President’s nuclear security objectives, shape the future of nuclear security, and work to improve the way it does business.
    D’Agostino also outlined the reasoning behind deferring the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility for at least five years.

  • Lab unveils details on voluntary separation package


    Details emerged from director Charlie McMillan’s meeting this afternoon with lab employees concerning the  volunteer separation program.

    Lab director Charlie McMillan discussed specifics of the  program during an all-hands meeting Thursday.

    The NNSA announced late Wednesday that it approved a plan that would cut 400 to 800 jobs from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Eligible employees from the regular workforce of about 7,600 may begin applying for voluntary separation on March 5. According to a person who attended the meeting, employees can declare whether they are taking the package between March 5-14.