Today's News

  • NNSA meeting scheduled for Thursday

    The U.S. Department of Energy intends to modify the scope of the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SPD SEIS) and to conduct additional public scoping in Northern New Mexico. A scoping meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Cities of Gold Casino in Pojoaque.
     DOE intends to further revise the scope of the SPD SEIS, originally scoped in 2007 and amended in 2010, to add additional alternatives for the disassembly of plutonium pits and the conversion of plutonium metal originating from pits to feed material for the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF), which DOE is constructing on at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina.

  • Dems slate delegate election for Feb. 23

    The Los Alamos County Democratic Party delegate elections will be at the Los Alamos Best Western Hilltop House at 7 p.m., Feb. 23.
    Delegates elected at the ward and precinct level are certified at the County Convention, and will attend the State Pre-Primary Convention March 10 in Albuquerque.
    Counties across the state are holding ward and precinct elections and a County Convention to choose delegates. Delegates will choose ballot positions for constitutional and federal offices.

  • Green potentials

    The Hive, 134 N.M. 4 in White Rock hosted “Green Potentials for Northern New Mexico 2012” talks last week by Dr. Richard Sayre (pictured) on algal research, Jessica Moseley and others from Weston Solutions and Myron Koop from the New Mexico chapter of the Energy, Technology & Environmental Business Association.

  • Sandia Labs engineers create 'self-guided' bullet

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Sandia National Laboratories engineers have invented a bullet that directs itself to a target like a tiny guided missile and can hit a target more than a mile away, the New Mexico-based lab announced Tuesday,
    According to Sandia Labs engineers, the bullet twists and turns to guide itself toward a laser-directed point. It can make up to thirty corrections per second while in the air, officials said.
    Sandia technical staff member Jim Jones said he thinks the .50-caliber bullets would work well with military machine guns, so soldiers could hit their mark faster and with precision.

  • Dems question use of video

    SANTA FE (AP) — Legislative Democrats are questioning the use of videotaping committee hearings and floor debates.
    Senate Democrat Tim Jennings of Roswell alleges the cameras operated by Governor’s Office staffers are intended to catch them for political purposes.
    A spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez tells the Albuquerque Journal there is no preference given to either House or Senate committees — or any committee in particular.
    Some legislators question whether that is actually the case. They noted that committee meetings that feature high-profile agenda items are generally the ones that are filmed.

  • Update 02-01-12

    Historic board

    The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    T-Board meeting

    The Transportation Board’s regularly scheduled meeting has been moved to 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the public works conference room, 2101 Trinity Drive.

    Special session

    A special session with council and the Los Alamos Board of Education is scheduled for
    6:30 p.m. today at council chambers.

    Ashley Pond

    A public meeting will be held regarding Ashley Pond will be at 6:30 p.m Thursday, Feb. 9. in the Community Building Council Chambers


  • IBEX probe glimpses Interstellar Neighborhood

    Space scientists, including researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory, have described the first detailed analyses of captured interstellar neutral atoms—raw material for the formation of new stars, planets and even human beings.

    The information was presented in Washington, D.C., at a press conference sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    Researchers presented data from the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), which directly sampled material carried from outside our solar system across the galaxy by solar and stellar winds. Full details of the research comprise a six-paper special section in the February edition of Astrophysical Journal Supplements.

  • CMRR funding in limbo

    What’s next for the future of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Nuclear Facility in the next fiscal year is just about anybody’s guess.

    Last week, an article in the Nuclear Weapons and Materials Monitor, said Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) officials are bracing for a “massive cut” to the proposed CMRR facility.

    “We’re not expecting funding for CMRR (in FY2013),” a LANL manager told the trade publication.  “Right now, we’re planning to go without.”

    In FY 12, the project did receive $200 million in funding but the final Congressional report said that no construction activities were funded.

  • First Born Graduate

     The First Born Program of Los Alamos and Los Alamos Medical Center recently honored the first family to complete its full three-year home visiting course, Itzia Rodriguez, her mother, Crystal, and their extended family. Free to all first-time families, First Born staff offers parents researched suggestions for best parenting from prenatal to three years old, and connect families with community services as needed. The First Born Program is Los Alamos County’s only early childhood program. It is supported by Los Alamos Medical Center and the LAMC Auxillary, and funded by the LANL Foundation; N.M. Children, Youth and Families Division; and community donors. For more information, contact Patricia Worth R.N., Program Manager, 661-9230.

  • Happy birthday, councilor

    It was a team effort to light 50 candles on a cake to celebrate Councilor Geoff Rodgers birthday at council Tuesday night. “Ten years ago I was here on this dais for my 40th birthday. I make a promise to the community I will not be here for my 60th birthday,” Rodgers said.