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Today's News

  • George Cowan, Manhattan Project scientist, dies from fall at 92

    George Cowan, a Manhattan Project scientist, the founding partner of Los Alamos National Bank and the founding president of Santa Fe Institute, died at his Los Alamos home Friday at the age of 92.

    According to the Associated Press, friends confirmed his death, saying it was the result of a fall at his home. He was planning to travel and continue working with the nonprofit science institute that he helped found in 1984.

  • Getting a 'F' in economics

    The end of the school year is just over a month away and most students are already busy making plans for the summer.  A visit to the grandparents in Montana.  Some time on the California beach with friends.  Whitewater rafting down the Colorado River.  Perhaps a trip out to Europe to see if the Tower of Pisa is still standing?
    But for graduating seniors, the horizon beckons a new sunrise, a new horizon, a new challenge.
    College,right?
    Well, not exactly.  After the acceptance letters and college selections, the real challenge is that crinkly green stuff that colleges demand in return for an education.  What’s that called again?

  • Monthly District 43 update

    This is the second monthly column discussing a few of the concerns and issues that have come to me in New Mexico House District 43 in the past 30 days.  It is a short column intended to recognize both the diversity and community in this beautiful part of Northern New Mexico. If anyone in District 43 has state government issues (1) that are referenced in the column or (2) are not being addressed, I welcome questions or comments.

  • Where are my worms?

    Despite a wintry blast last week, spring seems to have finally sprung. These baby birds were being kept warm by their mother on Friday morning.

  • Briefs 04-20-12

    LAPS to hold strategic plan update Saturday

    Students, school staff, parents and community are invited to attend a “Strategic Plan” Update from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Speech Theater of Los Alamos High School.
    A briefing will be made on the progress made of the work completed over the past seven months.
    Updates will be provided in five areas including:
    • Student Achievement
    • Effective Teachers
    • Aligned Resources and Support Systems
    • Community Partnerships
    • System for Continuous Improvement.

  • NM hopes to shed negative image with new ads

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico this year is celebrating 100 years of statehood, but many people still confuse the Land of Enchantment with its south of the border neighbor. And some who do know the state think it’s nothing but a boring desert wasteland they would only visit on the way to Arizona or Colorado.
    Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson hopes to finally change some of those perceptions with a new $2 million statewide branding campaign that puts a heavy focus on the state’s unique culture and outdoor adventures. It also gives the state a new logo, “New Mexico True.”

  • Update 04-20-12

    Earth Day

    The Earth Day Festival will feature displays by earth-friendly organizations; entertainment by Clan Tynker, the Hillstompers, and Wise Fool; “Walk like a Wolf” and puppet-making for kids; bird walks; food and more. Saturday, at PEEC.

    Open house

    Project Y is hosting an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. at UNM-LA, Building 2, Tuesday. Come see FIRST team 4153’s robot in action. Everyone is welcome.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. The group will hold committee meetings April 24.

    Chamisa carnival

  • Cleaning up the county CodeRED system

    As part of a test of Los Alamos County’s emergency all-call notification system late last month nearly 12,000 calls were made, but County Emergency Management Specialist Phil Taylor said some of those numbers aren’t in use anymore or go to fax machines and other devices.

    “We don’t need to have that thing in our database,” he said.

    County residents’ home phone numbers have either been entered automatically in the Florida-based CodeRED system through commercially available data sources or residents have signed up themselves, and some of those numbers have been in the system since after the Cerro Grande fire in 2000.

  • Equestrian competition at North Mesa Saturday

    The Los Alamos Pony Club and New Mexico Dressage Association will combine forces this weekend to offer a horse show at the Los Alamos Rodeo Grounds.

    The equestrian discipline known as dressage will be the focus of the competition, with both adult and junior competitors performing prescribed movements in a specific pattern, not unlike figure skating. Dressage is one of the equestrian sports included in international Olympic competition, likely to be seen in footage from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London this year.

    For the local adults, however, this will be a practice event, called a “schooling show,” and it serves to prepare them for higher-level shows throughout the state later in the season.

  • Council delays implementation of salary plan

    On April 10, Los Alamos County Council approved a higher compensation plan geared toward attracting and retaining “a high performing and motivated workforce.”After Wednesday night’s budget hearings, the new salary plan remains more or less an aspiration.

    The plan council approved would have targeted compensation levels at 15 percent above market average.  Most county positions currently average 5 percent above the mean. To implement the plan fully would mean an 8 percent increase in the salary plan.