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Today's News

  • County launches online forum

    Los Alamos County has launched a new online public comment forum called “Open Forum.” Open Forum will be moderated by Peak Democracy and is another tool as the County continues its efforts to expand ways that citizens can voice their opinions about a variety of topics.
    County councilors and county staff will review comments and incorporate them into the decision-making process
    “We have heard feedback from our residents that more and more of them are interested in the convenience of online public comment forums as an option to attending public meetings,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said. “Open Forum is being established in response to those suggestions, and has the added benefit over sending the county email comments about a project or issue because you will have the ability to see what others are saying about the topic or issue. That is a new feature we have not previously offered in our public participation process. Making it easier for citizens to participate in the county decision-making process from the privacy and convenience of their own home is important to ensuring that the county’s decisions reflect public opinion.”

  • Luján announces $2.6 million grant

    Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has announced that Science Education Solutions of Los Alamos will receive a $2.6 million award from the National Science Foundation.  
    The organization, which is active in a wide range of programs to help learners of all ages discover and understand the world through science, will use the funding to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education with high school students.
    “Educating students in the STEM fields is vital to a stronger economy that depends on innovation and big ideas,” Luján said.
    “Our young people need to have the skills and training to compete in a global economy, and this grant will help Science Education Solutions invest in proven methods of enhancing STEM education for our students. Already Science Education Solutions has increased students’ interest in STEM in New Mexico, and these funds will help it expand its important mission.”
    The grant, which is estimated to last for five years and provide funding of $2,697,291, will fund a project titled, “Creating a Community of Practice Around a Proven Teen Science Café Model.”

  • Update 09-28-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Court closed

    The Los Alamos Municipal Court Clerk’s Office will be closed Sept. 26-28 for staff to attend training. Payments due during this period may be mailed to Los Alamos Municipal Court, 2500 Trinity Dr., Ste. C, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or some payments may be paid online at citepayusa.com.

    Bus stop change

    Effective Saturday, the free Atomic City Transit shuttle service to Bandelier National Monument pick up/drop off location is moving from the corner of N.M. 4/Rover Blvd. to the new White Rock Visitor Center Complex, located at 115 N.M. 4.

    Quilt market

    The Los Alamos Quilt Market will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. There will also be a silent auction and winners will be announced at 3 p.m. Free admission. For more information, visit losalamos.com/lap/.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • Curiosity finds signs of water

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NASA rover Curiosity has beamed back pictures of bedrock that suggest a fast-moving stream, possibly waist-deep, once flowed on Mars — a find that the mission’s chief scientist called exciting.

    There have been previous signs that water existed on the red planet long ago, but the images released Thursday showing pebbles rounded off, likely by water, offered the most convincing evidence so far of an ancient streambed.

    There was “a vigorous flow on the surface of Mars,” said chief scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology. “We’re really excited about this.”

    Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory developed some of the payload on the Curiosity Rover.

    The discovery did not come as a complete surprise. NASA decided to plunk Curiosity down inside Gale Crater near the Martian equator because photos from space suggested the spot possessed a watery past. The six-wheeled rover safely landed Aug. 5 after a nail-biting plunge through the Martian atmosphere.

    Present day Mars is a frozen desert with no hint of water on its radiation-scarred surface, but geological studies of rocks by previous missions suggest the planet was warmer and wetter once upon a time.

  • Fall events set for Saturday

    Bandelier National Monument and Pajarito Mountain Ski Area are both hosting events Saturday.

    After a year’s hiatus due to the Las Conchas fire, Bandelier National Monument’s Fall Fiesta is back with both new and familiar activities for the whole family. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture.”

    “We’re looking at really tying together the Native cultural aspects with the Spanish cultural aspects of the region and to do concerted outreach and to make this sort of the destination event for that outreach,” Public Information Officer Rod Torrez said. “We will also include the natural history of the park as part of it as well. I think hopefully we’ll have something that covers a wide range of Bandelier’s history.”

    The event will include Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park. Artist demonstrations will include tinwork and pottery. Gary Roybal demonstrates moccasin making while his son, also Gary, exhibits his turkey calls. Turkeys played a big part in Bandelier’s history.

    Friends of Bandelier and representatives from Valles Caldera National Monument will focus on the park’s natural history, and a group with rescued raptors will be on hand.

  • Major Piece of Middle School Completed

    Mornings for students, parents and middle school officials just got a little less hectic this week, as the “bus loop” at the Los Alamos Middle School became open for business.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said he was there the day the loop opened, because he didn’t want to miss it.

    “It was a very special moment for us, I’m very proud of what we accomplished,”
    Schmidt said, adding that it was one of many planned improvements to the infrastructure of the Los Alamos School District.

    “What we’re trying to do whenever possible is separate parent drop-offs, student/pedestrian walks and bus drop-offs,” Schmidt said.

    Not only will it increase safety, Schmidt said, but having a dedicated pick-up and drop-off area for buses will cut down on the confusion at peak parking times. “It avoids a lot of confusion in terms of right-of-way, when you have cars coming in, buses coming in, staff and kids walking through, it does a nice job of organizing the traffic flow pattern,” Schmidt said.

    Now that the bus loop is open, parents and pedestrians will have their own entrance to the school while the 13 buses used to transport students from Los Alamos and White Rock will have their own drop-off site from Hawk Drive.

  • CMRR meetings grind to a halt

    The folks in charge of building the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility are acting like the project will be deferred for five years.

    That may be the case or maybe not.

    The House and Senate Armed Service Committees put funding in for the project for the FY13 budget, but a continuing resolution passed by Congress last week earmarked no funding for the CMRR-NF.

    In fact, Steve Fong of the Los Alamos Site Office who helped run the project said $120 million of the $200 million in funding earmarked for the project has returned to Washington.

    Fong made the statement at a semi-annual public meeting that was required by a settlement agreement brokered by the New Mexico Environment Department between a coalition of six activist groups and the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Fong then announced this would be the final meeting.

    That did not sit to well with some of the activists.

    “We don’t believe these meetings should end,” said Joni Arends from Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety in Santa Fe. “We need to get everybody to the table and have a discussion about this.”

  • Sports Update 09-28-12

    Beginning fencing starts Tuesday

    A beginning fencing class will start Tuesday at the YMCA.
    The class, for those with no previous fencing experience 10 years and older, will start at 6:30 p.m. Basic equipment, blade skills and footwork will be covered.
    More information is available by calling the YMCA at 662-3100 or Tom Hill at 672-1058.

  • Kelly wins Pace Race

    Nearly 20 runners just beat out the Tuesday night rainstorm at the Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.
    Just as the final racer finished the 3-mile race, which started on San Ildefonso Road near Big Rock Loop, rains hit North Mesa.
    The best predictor in Tuesday’s race was made by Marin Kelly. Kelly finished with an adjusted prediction error of nine seconds on the 1-mile course, well ahead of David Kratzer’s next-best prediction error of 23 seconds.
    Kelly was also the fastest finisher on the 1-mile course with her time of 8:32. Bob Weeks finished in 12:58.
    On the 3-mile course, Roxana Candia had the fastest finish (23:18). Zach Medin finished in 24:17.
    The next Pace Race is the final regularly scheduled race of the season. It will be at Canyon Rim Trail Tuesday night.
    More information can be found at the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-1639.

  • LA club teams start fall Duke City play

    Several club soccer teams from the area returned to Duke City Soccer League action two weeks ago.
    In week two action this past weekend, the girls U14 Kixx 99 picked up a season-opening win, taking a 3-0 decision over Albuquerque United.
    Other local girls club teams didn’t fare quite as well in week two, however. The U13 Kixx team picked up a tie, while the U12 Hotshots fell to Farmington’s Prostar Red 3-1 and the U11 Hotshots fell 3-1 to the Rio Monsters.
    The U13 club scored its goal on a chip shot over the goalkeeper by Hanna Little. A strong defensive front led by Valerie Li, Elsa Gram, Jordan Bailey, Sarah Russell and goalkeeper Robyn Hollis, along with improving midfield play by Hanna Littleton, Jenny Paige, Emalie Harris,  Ashley Attencio  and Jessica Cooke helped secure the tie.  
    In week two boys games, the U13 Lasers 2000 picked up a big 5-1 victory over the Rio Raptors.
    Arthur Steinkamp scored 3 goals for the Lasers, while Andres Runde and Dean Chandler also picked up goals. Kauru Shimada had a big game in the midfield and the defense was anchored by Devin Cantua with strong play by Cameron Art, Ben Rees and Cid Rice.