Today's News

  • VIDEO: Dog Found Alive 4 Days After Montana Avalanche

    A dog that was feared dead after he was swept away in a weekend avalanche that killed his owner showed up four days later at the Montana motel where his owners had stayed the night before going backcountry skiing.

  • NM, lab reach deal on cleanup of radioactive waste

    POJOAQUE, N.M. (AP) — Bowing to pressure from the state, Los Alamos National Laboratory officials said Thursday they would speed up removal of the thousands of drums of radioactive waste that has been sitting on lab property for decades.

    But they won't be able to meet some other deadlines in an agreement that calls for the bulk of the lab's legacy waste and contaminated sites to be remediated by 2015.

  • Governor proposes tax cuts as part of budget

     Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing tax cuts for businesses and veterans as part of her budget recommendations to the Legislature.

    The governor announced her proposals Thursday at a news conference.

    Martinez is recommending a $5.6 billion budget that will increase spending by 3.6 percent in the fiscal year starting July 1.

    The Legislative Finance Committee has proposed a 4.6 percent budget increase.

    The governor proposed at least $55 million in tax cuts, including reducing or eliminating the gross receipt tax on about 40,000 small businesses and changes to lessen the pyramiding of the gross receipts tax on some business transactions.

  • Seen @ The Scene: New LAHS Digs

    Students at Los Alamos High School met up with friends and got the opportunity to tour the newly constructed building on Wednesday during an open house. They were also able to pick up their schedules for the new year and look for their classes.A representative from Jostens was there to meet with parents and a representative from Summit Foods also was present. Students returned to class, following winter break today.


  • Legislative budget proposes $250M increase

    SANTA FE (AP) — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008.
    The recommendations by the Legislative Finance Committee will serve as a foundation for budget decisions when the Legislature convenes later this month.
    The committee proposed spending nearly $5.7 billion on public education and general government operations in the budget year starting in July. That’s an increase of 4.6 percent from current spending.

  • Update 01-05-12

    Hecker talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in Council Chambers.


    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, at Mesa Public Library.


  • LANL chief McMillan hit the ground running

    Los Alamos lab director Charles McMillan had been on the job for about a month when June 26 rolled around.

    He had just taken over for Mike Anastasio, who retired.

    McMillan will never forget where he was on June 26 when the Las Conchas Fire started. He will never forget because it also was his anniversary.

    “I remember exactly what I was doing; June 26th is also our wedding anniversary,” McMillan said this week. “I was rehearsing the Telemann f minor sonata for recorder at my house with Rokkopelli, the baroque chamber music group I perform with, and looking forward to celebrating with Janet.

  • Lab managers receive bonus

    In an annual performance evaluation report Los Alamos National Security, LLC, received 89 percent of the available performance-based fee from the National Nuclear Security Administration for managing and operating LANL in fiscal year 2011.

    The total of that fee was $83.7 million, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    NNSA also awarded LANS an additional contract year, extending the current agreement through 2017.

    “The award is a tribute to our employees’ dedication to delivering on our commitments,” said lab director Charlie McMillan. “2011 was an outstanding year for science and mission execution at the laboratory.”

  • Old Treasures Translate to Cash

    It may be time to unearth that coin collection or rummage those treasures in the attic. Over the past few months a number of gold and silver buyers have set up temporary operations in Los Alamos as the price of gold and similar commodities has spiked.

    The American Coin Buyers Guild (ACBG) is currently at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel through Saturday, and representatives are looking to purchase coins, precious metals and collectables.

    “Not everyone’s going to have the lottery ticket. But people can bring in something they thought had absolutely no value, and walk away with some real money,” Field Manager Dereck Outten said.

  • State's severe drought lingers

    Despite December’s generous snowfall, Los Alamos County remains in severe drought. Meteorologist Amanda Martin discussed moisture conditions in Los Alamos during an interview this morning.

    “Los Alamos County experienced 31.4 inches of snowfall from Dec. 1 through Dec. 21,” said Martin, who works at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque. “Los Alamos also received 13.66 inches of rainfall in 2011, which is 75 percent of the normal rainfall of 18.28 inches.”

    Fire officials said Tuesday that they are preparing for what could be another rough year because much of New Mexico is experiencing drought conditions.