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Today's News

  • Electrical problem shuts down work at TA-21

    It’s been awfully quiet at TA-21 this week.
    And it’s not because of the latest discovery last Friday when a 1940s-era truck was unearthed by an excavator working at the site.
    Fred DeSousa of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Communications Department on Thursday morning confirmed there was a problem with the transformer on site.
    “We didn’t have any electricity and we use that to run the air filtration system,” DeSousa said. “We can’t do any work inside the enclosures unless we have an air filtration system.”
    DeSousa said the problem occurred Saturday afternoon when the winds were high.

  • Budget hearings begin Saturday

    Being isolated and insulated can be a good thing when it comes to the county budget. The Los Alamos County Council is gearing up to open hearings on the next fiscal year without having to make drastic cuts that face many municipalities around the country.

    Councilors will see a few variances, which include slightly lower revenues and slightly higher expenditures proposed in the general fund as well as higher expenditures proposed in the capital improvement fund to accommodate several new capital improvement projects.

  • Homeland Security head visits LA

    The Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Michael Duvall spent about 90 minutes in Los Alamos Friday determining the needs of the local emergency management office.

    “I’ve been with the department since October of 2002 and this is the first time we’ve had a cabinet secretary ask us what we need,” said Coordinator Philmont Taylor of the Los Alamos County Emergency Management Department. “On his initiative, Secretary Duvall wants to go out and personally meet all of the emergency management coordinators around the state and sit down and chat with them to get a better understanding of what’s going on in their communities.”

  • CIP committee to meet April 21

    The County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will have a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. April 21 in council chambers.
    They will discuss improvements to the CIP process, updates from county staff on the CIP Phase 2 projects and budget discussed with council in budget hearings, and future plans for conducting public outreach on CIP meetings. All committee business meetings are open to the public.
    For a copy of the agenda, or, to read more information about current CIP projects and the Committee, visit www.losalamosnm.us.

     

  • State News at a Glance 04-14-11

    Silver City fire
    contained

    SILVER CITY – Crews have fully contained a 250-acre grass fire near Hobbs and contained a small wildfire that briefly threatened about 40 homes near Silver City.
    Some homes north of Silver City near the Little Walnut Campground were voluntarily evacuated Wednesday afternoon because of the so-called Gomez fire.
    The fire burned grass, pinon juniper and oak brush. U.S. Forest Service officials say a previous thinning project helped slow the blaze’s progression and it was eventually contained at about 10 acres.
    The cause of the fire remains unclear. The Silver City Sun-News reported that residents were allowed back in their homes by 8 p.m.

  • A Big Haul

    A large backhoe gets loaded up onto a rig recently along DP Road.

  • Celebrity News 04-14-11

    Tyler Perry gives family new home

    NEWNAN, Georgia — Movie mogul Tyler Perry delivered on a Christmas promise when he handed the keys of a new four-bedroom house to an 88-year-old woman who lost her rural Georgia home to a fire.
    Rosa Lee Ransby and her seven grand- and great-grandchildren lost their home a week before Christmas.
    Perry saw the story on a local television newscast and decided to rebuild the house. He also fully furnished it.
    More than 20 family members attended ceremony in rural Coweta County on Friday.
    Country star Strait buys resort stake

    BOERNE, Texas — Country superstar George Strait is taking a swing at another of his passions: golf.

  • Best Sellers 04-14-11

    The Los Alamos Monitor has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.

    1.  “The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls,” Valorie Schaefer

    2.  “The Manhattan Project,”
    Dan Elish
     3.  “American Prometheus ...,”Kali Bird and Martin Sherwin
    4.  “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” Rebecca Skloot
     5.  “Los Alamos: 1944-1947,”
    Toni Michnovicz Gibson and Jon Michnovicz
    6.  “109 East Palace,” Jennet Conant
    7.   “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand,” Helen Simonson

  • Top 10 Movies 04-14-11

    1.  “Hop,” weekend gross, $21.2 million
    2.  “Hanna,” $12.3 million
    3.  “Arthur,” weekend gross,
    $12.2 million
     4.  “Soul Surfer,” $10.6 million
    5. “Insidious,” weekend gross, $9.3  million
    6.  “Your Highness,” weekend gross,
    $9.6  million
    7.   “Source Code,” weekend gross,
    $8.6 million

    8.  “Limitless,” weekend gross,
    $5.4 million

    9.  “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” weekend gross $4.7 million

    10.  “The Lincoln Lawyer,” weekend gross, $4.2 million

  • Learn how to make lotion, balm and bars

    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center at the Second Bloom Goat Farm in White Rock from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, for a chance to learn how to make lavender lotion, balms and bars.  
    Debby Wood, owner of the Second Bloom Farm, will use local beeswax and lavender, as well as local lavender essential oils and her goats’ milk, to demonstrate how she makes lavender lotion balms and bars.
    Each participant will take home their own balm and bar after the class. The session will also feature a tour of the farm, where participants will get to meet this year’s crop of  kid goats.