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Today's News

  • County Briefs 04-13-12

    Power outage affects 75 in LA

    An underground line fault Thursday morning resulted in a power outage for 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on Canyon Street, Quartz and Rim Road. The outage began at 5:45 a.m.
    Electric linemen isolated the fault and safely restored power at 6:30 a.m. to 21 homes and 9:10 a.m. to the remaining 54 homes.
    The fault occurred in an area that DPU has scheduled for electric line replacement this summer.

    County moves to fill ‘acting’ positions

    County Administrator Harry Burgess is making progress toward filling eight key management positions.

  • Update 04-13-12

    Wildfire awareness

    Residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers and adjacent Training Room inside the Community Building.

    Eco Station meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m.. Thursday at the Eco Station administration building.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in council chambers.

    Fundraiser

  • Consortium announces agreement with LANL

    The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will become the new fiscal agent for the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy (MSA).  
    The MSA is a teacher professional development program, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to help improve math and science education in New Mexico K-12 schools.
    The partnership with MSA has the potential to expand the impact of NMC research programs into NM elementary and secondary schools, and to strengthen the relationship between MSA and the New Mexico Universities.
    MSA, founded by LANL in 2000, has operated under a partnership agreement with the LANL Foundation prior to the new agreement with the NMC, which took effect on March 14, 2012.

  • Abiquiu project receives award

    AECOM Technology Corporation, the engineering firm that did the design/build for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) low-flow hydroelectric turbine generator at Abiquiu Dam, recently received an Engineering Excellence Award for Energy from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Mexico for the project.

    The EEA awards pay tribute to New Mexico’s most distinguished engineering projects. Entries are judged on:
    Original or innovative application of new or existing techniques
    Future value to the engineering profession and perception by the public
    Social, economic, and sustainable design considerations
    Complexity
    Exceeding client/owner needs

  • PRC hopefuls speak up on issues

    State Public Regulation Commission District 3 constituents piled into the Santa Fe Women’s Club auditorium Thursday to pose questions to candidates running for election.

    All four Democratic Commission hopefuls attended the question and answer forum. Those include outgoing Santa Fe County Commissioner Virginia Vigil, Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza, Ben Maki, a former aide to United States Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and small business owner Brad Gallegos. The primary is scheduled for June 5.

  • Cyber exercise puts labs to test

    Intense pressure creates diamonds from coal, they say, and for Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory cyber security programs, it’s an apt comparison.

    Fending off thousands of computer attacks from around the world, controlling vast libraries of sensitive information, yet keeping the scientific flow of knowledge moving, cyber teams such as those at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and elsewhere in the government complex feel the squeeze.

  • History of women in NM politics

    In our continuing coverage of New Mexico’s centennial year, we focus today on women in New Mexico politics.
    For the first 10 years of statehood, New Mexico had no women in politics. During that period we were the only state west of the Mississippi not to allow women to vote except for education officials. But with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, that changed and women began making up for lost time.
    In 1922, two women were elected to statewide office and one to the state House of Representatives. In addition, Adelina “Ninai” Otero Warren won the Republican nomination to Congress but was defeated in the general election.

  • Dizzy on the Syzgy

    If you’re a triskaidekaphobic or paraskevidekatriaphobic, there is little chance you are reading this. You’re more likely hiding under your bed, covering in fear because today is Friday the 13th. Yeah, well, everyone needs a hobby. Having an irrational fear of numbers or dates is as good as anything, I guess.
    I have to admit that I suffer from coulrophobia, a fear of clowns. Well, that’s not exactly true. Actually, I’m afraid of a clown chasing me with a chainsaw while I’m wearing oversized swimming flippers.
    But Friday the 13th holds a special meaning this month (other than the ultimate fear of being chased by 13 clowns all armed with chainsaws). April 13th is Scrabble Day!

  • Fishing Report 04-13-12

    Catches of the Week

     

    Bluewater Lake: April 5, Annette Gonzales of Grants caught a 41.5-inch, 18.5-pound tiger musky. She was using Zeke’s dough bait.

    Navajo Lake: April 6, Travis Elledge of Farmington caught a 33 inch, 9 pound brown trout. He was using a crank bait.

    Heron Lake: April 8, Edna Harper of Coyote caught a 38-inch, 17-pound, 11-ounce lake trout. She was using a jig. April 9, Norma Wolfley of El Vado caught and released a 35.5-inch, 16-pound, 4-ounce lake trout. She was using a white tube jig in 40 feet of water.

     

  • Sports Update 04-13-12

    LA’s rugby teams host Eldorado tonight at Sullivan Field

    The Los Alamos boys and girls rugby clubs will host matches tonight at Sullivan Field.
    Both teams will play Eldorado. The Los Alamos girls match will play at 6:15 p.m. and the boys match will start at 7 p.m.
    Admission to both matches is free.
    Also, the boys rugby team will have a car wash at Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    The car wash will be from 8 a.m.-noon.

    Waffle breakfast is Saturday

    The Hilltopper baseball program will hold a waffle breakfast fundraiser Saturday at the Masonic Lodge on 15th Street.
    Breakfast will be from 7:30-10 a.m. Price is $6 per person. The menu includes waffles, eggs, sausage, bacon and beverage.