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Today's News

  • Bandelier’s Alcove House slated to reopen today

    Alcove House, an Ancestral Pueblo site at Bandelier National Monument, reopens to visitors today.
    Situated along Frijoles Creek, a mile hike up canyon from the Visitor Center parking area, Alcove House has been closed to the public since last summer. The Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flash flooding severely affected the trail.
    The trail is now clear of debris; however, hikers must cross Frijoles creek a minimum of three times without the aid of bridges.

  • NCRTD seeks voice on Rail Runner issues

    The North Central Regional Transit District could have a place at the table in decisions regarding the Rail Runner Train, but that seat may be limited to discussions only.
    The District’s Board of Directors approved a resolution asking the Rio Metro Board to include the District on its board because of its annual contribution to the Rail Runner. The District has budgeted nearly $1.8 million to the train this fiscal year.
    NCRTD Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said previously that the Rio Metro Board  had made decisions about drawing back service, and the District felt left out from those discussions.

  • Update 03-01-12

    Co-op milestone

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market celebrates its first year Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. with children’s activities, product samples, music, raffle and more.

    The Giver

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “The Giver,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 9 and 16; 2:30 p.m. March 3, 10 and 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children and seniors and are available at CB Fox or at the door.

    Film series

  • Plans for hospice come together

    Los Alamos is one step closer to having northern New Mexico’s first residential hospice.

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service, which provides at-home health care, purchased land off Canyon Road last week for the proposed hospice center.

    Service Executive Director Sarah Rochester said the project called “The Sanctuary” will provide a small, state of the art hospice house for individuals with terminal illnesses that can no longer remain at home and those who need additional end of life care.  

    “We believe that this is a community that needs a specific place for end of life care,” she said.
    The closest residential hospice center is in Albuquerque, Rochester said.

  • Council Takes Aim at Bow Hunters

    The Los Alamos County Council approved an amendment to the county’s weapons ordinance at Tuesday’s session.

    The amendment, which passed 6-1, prohibits firing bows and arrows or crossbows within 150 yards of any inhabited structure or any place where livestock is kept unless the projectile is confined within private property.  

    Los Alamos County Police (LAPD) Chief Wayne Torpy explained the reason for the amendment.

  • NNSA boss talks CMRR

    In testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development today, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino outlined President Obama’s FY 2013 budget request, which gives NNSA the resources it needs to achieve the President’s nuclear security objectives, shape the future of nuclear security, and work to improve the way it does business.
    D’Agostino also outlined the reasoning behind deferring the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility for at least five years.

  • Lab unveils details on voluntary separation package

     

    Details emerged from director Charlie McMillan’s meeting this afternoon with lab employees concerning the  volunteer separation program.

    Lab director Charlie McMillan discussed specifics of the  program during an all-hands meeting Thursday.

    The NNSA announced late Wednesday that it approved a plan that would cut 400 to 800 jobs from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Eligible employees from the regular workforce of about 7,600 may begin applying for voluntary separation on March 5. According to a person who attended the meeting, employees can declare whether they are taking the package between March 5-14.

  • Conservative Activist Andrew Breitbart Dies

    Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart has died at the age of 43. Breitbart's website bigjournalism.com announced Thursday he died of natural causes in Los Angeles.

  • Cuts and opportunity for state

    The recent announcement of job cuts at the Los Alamos labs generated some interesting reactions from New Mexico’s political leaders. By and large, Democrats – even those representing the Los Alamos area – were supportive or understanding, while Gov. Martinez ripped the Obama Administration, calling the cuts a “by-product of the dysfunction in Washington, D.C., and the inability to appropriately prioritize national defense and national security in federal spending decisions.”
    I chalk up these reactions to politics. Democrats don’t want to be seen as bashing the Obama Administration while Gov. Martinez will take any chance she can to do so. But, neither side is really telling the full story.

  • Analyzing parenthood

    I was sweeping my house today.  Since it is not the most mind-bending of tasks I got to thinking.  I started thinking about me as a parent and how I got to be here. OK.  I know HOW I got to be a parent, but the kind of parent that I am.  
     Then I started wondering what makes any of us the kind of parents that we are.  When I am out with my friends who are also parents we talk about parenty stuff.   It seems that long runs lend themselves to certain parenting confessions.
     Like, yeah, I let my kid sleep in my bed.  I gave my kids cereal for dinner last night.  My kids know SpongeBob’s middle name.  Then I think about how my parents parented.  I did not watch TV while eating --  ever.