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Today's News

  • International Science Winners

    Los Alamos High School Seniors, Alex Kendrick and Ryan Erickson, capped off their high school careers by earning awards in the category of Engineering at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. Kendrick won first award and $3,000 and Erickson placed third earning $1,000. Also, Kendrick won a $500 cash award from the Society of Exploration of Geophysicists. Erickson won $2,000 in common stock from United Technologies Corporation. The three LAHS students (Kendrick, Erickson and Julia Murphy) competed against 1,200 students from across the globe and vied for over $2.5 million in prizes and awards.

     

  • Review: Almost Famous over the top

    Lots of people want to be famous. Most of us aren’t even close. But some of us are almost.
    What we want is right there, so close we can taste and smell and feel it in our nerves, but it’s not ours yet.
    Mesa Public Library’s Music Film Series concludes this week with “Almost Famous” (2000), director Cameron Crowe’s award-winning take on what it might be like for a high-school kid to go on a rock’n’roll tour with a band on the brink of over-the-top, glittering, screaming success.

  • LA honor graduate to perform recital

    Aubrie Powell will perform her Senior Music Recital Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.
    Aubrie Melissa Powell is a 2011 honor graduate of Los Alamos High School, born and raised in Los Alamos.
     Powell will attend Ohio Wesleyan University on a scholarship for study for a Bachelor of Music degree. Shee plans to major in Music Theory and Composition with a dual degree in Mathematics
    Powell was awarded several local scholarships including a Hastings Smith Memorial Vocal Scholarship by the Sangre de Cristo Chorale Society, a Deborah Beene Memorial Scholarship by the Rotary Club, and scholarships from Los Alamos Little Theater, the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Alamos Light Opera.

  • Be There 06-01-11

    Today
    The Sierra Club will have a public meeting at
    7 p.m. in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms, Mesa Public Library. Water Monitoring Program Manager Danny Katzman will speak on, “LANL’s Stormwater Management Projects and Protection of the Rio Grande.”

    Thursday
    Los Alamos Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month. Those interested in the Lions Club should call Dennis Wulff at 672-9563 or email drwulff47@aol.com.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents, “Almost Famous,” at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library.

  • Hearings to begin on pollution controls

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state was scheduled for hearings Wednesday on a plan to reduce the rate hikes New Mexico electric customers will face for federally mandated pollution controls at a coal-fired plant near Farmington.
    The state Environmental Improvement Board has proposed a $77 million plan for improvements to meet new Environmental Protection Agency directives, which it estimates will cost the Public Service Company of New Mexico customers about $11 a year, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
    That compares to an EPA plan that officials estimate would cost ratepayers about $85 a year.

  • WHO: Cell phones may cause cancer

    In a report issued today, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), said it now lists mobile phone use in the same category as lead, gasoline engine exhaust and chloroform. Officially, cell phone radiation is listed as a “carcinogenic hazard.”
    Until today, the WHO’s IARC had said that there were no adverse health effects from the use of cell phones. The wireless industry, including the CTIA lobbying group, and the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Food and Drug Administration have also long maintained that cell phones are safe.

  • Los Alamos Monitor prize winner

    George Mattys of Los Alamos (center) is presented with a $100 gift card by Los Alamos Monitor publisher Keven Tood (right) and circulation administrator Mike Lippiatt. Mattys won the April drawing as part of the Los Alamos Monitor’s Customer Appreciation promotion.

  • State Briefs 06-01-11

    New Rail Runner stop could open in Santa Fe

    SANTA FE — Santa Fe could have a new Rail Runner stop this summer.
    The city’s finance committee Tuesday agreed to let the station at Zia and St. Francis open if the owners of the land where the station has been developed pay for a temporary parking lot, sidewalks and transit drop off area.
    Marc Bertram, a partner in Zia Station LLC, said that shouldn’t be a problem. He said opening the station with temporary facilities will help them see how much ridership there is. That will help them figure out their long-term development plan.
    The station is the only one on the commuter train line not constructed on public land and the city had balked at using tax dollars to open it.

  • Update 06-01-11

    Movie night
    “Almost Famous” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Library. The movie is free.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the County Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., June 7 in the council chambers.

    Advisory Board
    The Los Alamos Historical District Advisory Board will meet at Fuller Lodge at 5 tonight.

  • Living in lightning strike territory

    New Mexico is prone to violent thunderstorms and lightning strikes. The National Weather Service (NWS) is advising residents that a recent change in the weather may spur a rash of thunderstorms and lightning strikes.

    The NWS and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM) are telling New Mexicans that awareness of the danger posed in lightning strikes “just might save your life.”
    New Mexico averages 17 thunderstorm events per year and a statewide 1.1 percent chance of a fatality from those thunderstorms. New Mexico has at times been ranked number two in the nation for lightning strike deaths.