Today's News

  • Wildfire danger escalates

    As the Memorial Day Holiday signals the unofficial start to the summer vacation season, fire danger remains high and the New Mexico State Forestry Division is urging all residents and visitors to be cautious with the use of fire while enjoying the state’s abundant natural resources.
    “We’re still extremely dry in many areas, and all it takes is one careless mistake for a wildfire to endanger our lives and communities,” said Forestry Division Fire Prevention and Outreach Program Manager Dan Ware. “With so many of us traveling this weekend and throughout the summer, it is critical for us to be prepared for and to do our part to prevent wildfire.” 

  • SFCC to hold biofuel awareness event Friday

    SANTA FE, NM – The Santa Fe Community College Centers of Excellence Biofuels Program will host a Biofuels Awareness Event including facility and equipment tours and demonstrations on Friday, May 25 at 10 am. The event will take place in the Biofuels Lab, Room 819 in the college’s Trades and Advanced Technology Center, 6401 Richards Avenue in Santa Fe.

    “SFCC received a Centers of Excellence Department of Labor grant to boost existing training programs, making them more relevant to today’s green job opportunities,” said Randy Grissom, SFCC’s Dean of Economic Workforce Development and Director of the Sustainable Technologies Center.

  • Scientists gain understanding of plutonium element

    Plutonium is the most complex element in the periodic table, yet it is also one of the most poorly understood ones. But now a well-known scientific technique, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, may turn out to be the perfect tool for uncovering some of plutonium’s mysteries.
    Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) have detected the faint signal of plutonium-239’s unique nuclear magnetic resonance signature. This signal promises to become a Rosetta stone for deciphering the complex atomic-scale electronic properties of this perplexing element. Their paper on the subject, “Observation of 239Pu Nuclear Magnetic Resonance,” was published in the May 18 issue of Science magazine.

  • Seat belt enforcement in full swing

    The 2012 national Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization kicked off this week, but local law enforcement has been ramping up seat belt use enforcement for months as part of the state-sponsored Operation Buckle Down.

    Since January the Los Alamos Police Department has been enforcing Operation Buckle Down or so-called OBD.
    OBD is the outcome of collaboration between Safer New Mexico Now, the state Department of Transportation’s Traffic Safety Bureau and state law enforcement agencies.

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  • Report evaluates projects

    A new report by Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher assesses Los Alamos County’s economic development needs and the possible impact from various CIP projects.

    Council had asked Fisher for input on how individual CIP projects might boost economic development. Fisher used a newly acquired software program to evaluate each project. The program arrived too late to generate a report before last week’s CIP meetings, but it does offer some insight into a number of funded and unfunded projects.

  • Be There 05-24-12

    Frances Levine, PhD, director of the New Mexico Museum of History in Santa Fe will be part of the Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    PEEC offers a talk on the upcoming transit of Venus by astrophysicist Paul Mutschlecner.  Learn about the transit and its significance in history. 7 p.m. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.


  • Thank You 05-24-12

    Good community citizens are not hard to come by in our small town.  We have those who care for the elderly and those who care for the very young.  The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation wishes to express its sincere thanks to the longtime proprietors of Central Avenue Grill, Min and Monica Park.

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  • Wildfire in SW New Mexico has tripled in size past three days

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Fire managers say a dozen homes and several outbuildings in a summer community in southwestern New Mexico have been destroyed by two lightning-sparked blazes that have merged.

    A wind-whipped wildfire burned through the Willow Creek area on Wednesday, and officials confirmed Thursday that the homes along with seven small outbuildings were destroyed. Seven Willow Creek residents evacuated earlier this week.

    Fire information officer Sharma Hutchinson says the community of Mogollon is under voluntary evacuation. Authorities say many structures are still at risk.