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Today's News

  • Detonation permit meeting has fireworks

    John McAfee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a scientist for more than 40 years and he was in charge of talking to the public about the noise that emanates from test explosions at the lab.

    McAfee spent about 30 minutes Wednesday at White Rock Town Hall, giving a very scientific talk on measuring, predicting and mitigating noise from explosives testing and efforts to minimize impacts on the surrounding community.

    He explained how they use computer models to figure out the best time for an explosion and he talked about how sound waves are bent by the atmosphere, either amplifying or attenuating perceived noise. He explained how several sources of weather data are used to construct and evaluate sound speed profiles.

  • District set to finalize budget

    The Los Alamos Board of Education is set to finalize its $33.1 million budget in a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    The district’s budget is due to the state by May 25, and with some surgical cuts in specific programs combined with some help from Los Alamos County, it appears the board will be able to submit a balanced budget for the next fiscal year.

    Public schools face a 2.8 percent reduction in state aid next year and lawmakers questioned Wednesday whether changes are needed in New Mexico’s financing formula to ensure districts receive their fair share of taxpayer dollars for education.

  • College: Ahlers inks with Coast Guard Academy

    Madison Ahlers is not one to back down from a challenge.
    So it makes sense that in the next phase of her life she wants to become a helicopter pilot.
    Ahlers, a three-sport athlete at Los Alamos High School, signed her National Letter of Intent last week to attend the United States Coast Guard Academy. Ahlers will attend an academy prep school in 2011-12 and board the academy’s ship the following year.
    Once she gets there, she will play both soccer and compete in both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

  • Basketball: Late push by James leads Heat in Game 2

    CHICAGO (AP) — Right from the start, LeBron James made it clear he was going to attack and no one was going to stop him.
    Point taken.
    James came up big down the stretch with nine of his 29 points in the final 4:27, Dwyane Wade added 24 and the Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 85-75 Wednesday night to tie the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece.
    “It was a big game,” James said. “We felt like it was a must win for us going back home.”
    The Heat can breathe a little easier after escaping with a win and stealing home-court advantage. Coming off a lopsided loss in Game 1, they recovered in crunch time — thanks in large part to James — after blowing an 11-point lead.

  • Sports update 05-19-11

    Tour de Los Alamos returns June 19

    The Roadrunners Cycling Club will host the 39th annual Tour de Los Alamos June 19.
    The Tour de Los Alamos is a road cycling race for men, women and juniors. The race consists of several distance categories for cyclists of different abilities.
    Price for participation is $25 prior to the day of the race, $45 on race day. All cyclists must have a USA Cycling license and an approved helmet.
    For more information or to register, visit tourdelosalamos.org.

    Registration is open for Bumpers volleyball class at YMCA

  • Mixed economic news keeps stock gains in check

    NEW YORK (AP) — Conflicting signs about the economic recovery caused stock indexes to pare early gains Thursday even after LinkedIn became the biggest Internet IPO since Google went public in 2004.

    Stocks opened higher after the Department of Labor reported that applications for unemployment dropped 29,000 last week, more than expected, to 409,000. Indexes gave up those early gains after three negative reports on the economy came out at midmorning.

  • FBI investigates Unabomber in '82 Tylenol deaths

    CHICAGO (AP) — The FBI has requested a DNA sample from Unabomber Ted Kaczynski as part of its investigation of the 1982 Chicago-area Tylenol poisonings case that killed seven people, officials said Thursday.

    Kaczynski, who pleaded guilty in 1998 to setting 16 explosions that killed three people and is serving a life sentence in federal prison, has declined to voluntarily provide a DNA sample.

  • Martinez testing her powers

    Perhaps it is inexperience. Or perhaps she’s simply insensitive to the give and take required in a system of state government where the authority to govern is apportioned between three separate branches of government, legislative, executive and judicial.
    Whatever it is, New Mexico’s neophyte Gov. Susana Martinez’s use of the line-item veto to accomplish legislative ends she sought but failed to achieve at the 2011 legislature has key state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle talking about hauling her into court for exceeding her authority under the state Constitution.
    There have been a number of instances where her veto practices have struck seasoned observers as constitutionally dubious.

  • Bratcher leaves Valles Caldera Trust post

    Dr. Raymond Loretto, the chairman of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees, announced today that Gary Bratcher will be leaving his post as Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust.

     Bratcher has served at the helm of the Trust since January 2009, and led the effort to expand public access, forest and watershed restoration, and sustaining revenues at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

    “The Board appreciates Mr. Bratcher's service during the past two and a half years,” said Dr. Loretto, “especially his efforts in working with the Board toward the attainment of the Trust’s goals of financial self-sufficiency, increased public access, and forest and watershed restoration.”

  • Community announcements 05-18-11

    SAN needs more volunteers

    Senior Appreciation Night, the safe, supervised all-night graduation celebration sponsored by the community is in need of 23 additional volunteer chaperones for its May 28 event. Volunteers will supervise activities are or run small events.
    Specific needs for helpers include shifts from 5:30-9 p.m. (six people needed); 7-11 p.m. (three people needed); 9 p.m.-12 a.m. (six people needed); and 12-3 a.m. (eight people needed) to chaperone the movie.
    Volunteers should contact Diana Martinez at the YMCA at 662-3100,
    or email dmartinez@laymca.org to sign up for a time.

    LAHS Class of ‘91 reunion