Today's News

  • Board probes safety of Sandia's nuclear reactor

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal oversight board on Tuesday questioned the safety of a nuclear reactor at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, saying a recent review showed safety systems might be inadequate to protect workers and the community from releases of radioactivity.

    The Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board said it found weaknesses in those systems as well as sporadic instances of uncontrolled rod motion in the reactor.

    The conditions raise concerns about a potential meltdown, according to Dave McCoy, executive director of the watchdog group Citizen Action New Mexico.

    "When you're talking about uncontrolled rod motion, that's time you start thinking about meltdowns," McCoy said.

  • VIDEO: Romney Sweeps to Double GOP Primary Victory

    Mitt Romney scored a hard-won, home state triumph in Michigan and powered to victory in Arizona Tuesday night, gaining a two-state primary sweep over Rick Santorum and precious momentum in the Republican presidential race.

  • VIDEO: Deer Runs Over 11-year-old Georgia Girl

    Surveillance video from a convenience store in Dacula, Georgia captured a harrowing experience for an 11-year-old girl, when a deer came crashing through the doors and into her.

  • VIDEO: Death Toll Rises to 3 in Ohio School Shooting

    The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off.

  • Y offers free My CD workshop

    Are you an adult with an on-going health condition? The Family YMCA is offering a FREE MyCD (Manage Your Chronic Disease) Workshop. People with diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, or other chronic health condition can learn how a MyCD Workshop can help take charge of their lives.
    Attendees will get the support they need, find practical ways to deal with pain and fatigue, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, understand new treatment choices, learn better ways to talk with their doctors and family about their health, set their own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve their health — and lives.

  • Adults provide a different asset lesson

    This week we take a break from our regular asset-building moment to talk about asset building in adults.
    That’s right, you can build assets at any age.
    One of the reasons I wanted the assets work to fall under the Chamber of Commerce, was to have the ability to work with businesses.
    Businesses can build relationships with their customers and clients, resulting in lifelong bonds.
    Last week, two businesses soared into the asset-building realm by offering their hospitality under odd circumstances, while maintaining confidentiality.
    Illinois resident, Timothy Harris, conspired with local do-gooder, Deb Snow to pull off a surprise proposal to his girlfriend, Chamisa fifth grade teacher, Valerie Adams.

  • Be There 02-28-12

    Go for the (Leprechaun) Gold at Piñon Elementary St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run will be at 9 a.m. March 17. The event will include kid-friendly 5k and one-mile runs. Early registration ends today. The cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults. All participants get a T-shirt and finishing prize. Los Alamos National Bank and High Mesa Dental Arts sponsor the event.

    Wild Wednesday Workshops at Pajarito Environmental Education Center presents, “Tree Time” with tree games and activities for kids in first-sixth grade. Class meets from 1-3 p.m. at 3540 Orange St. and is $20 or $18 for members. Register in advance at PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Correction 02-28-12

    Norm Wilson also was elected a delegate for the Republican State convention. His name was inadvertently omitted from a story in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Light-emitting nanocrystal diodes go ultraviolet

    A multinational team of scientists has developed a process for creating glass-based, inorganic light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that produce light in the ultraviolet range.
    The work, reported this week in the online Nature Communications, is a step toward biomedical devices with active components made from nanostructured systems.
    LEDs based on solution-processed inorganic nanocrystal have promise for use in environmental and biomedical diagnostics, because they are cheap to produce, robust, and chemically stable. But development has been hampered by the difficulty of achieving ultraviolet emission.

  • Update 02-28-12

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight in council chambers.

    Little League

        White Rock Little League will hold registration at Time Out Pizza from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Interested participants can find registration information and paperwork online at eteamz.com/WRLL2.

    Film series

    The March Foreign Film Series kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. The free event features an Oscar nominated film by acclaimed director Deepa Mehta, rated PG 13, examines the plight of a group of widows forced into poverty at a temple in the holy city of Varanasi.

    Fun Run deadline