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Today's News

  • Strokes are rising fast among young

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Strokes are rising dramatically among young and middle-aged Americans while dropping in older ones, a sign that the obesity epidemic may be starting to reshape the age burden of the disease.
    The numbers, reported Wednesday at an American Stroke Association conference in California, come from the first large nationwide study of stroke hospitalizations by age. Government researchers compared hospitalizations in 1994 and 1995 with ones in 2006 and 2007.

  • Update 02-09-11

    Environmental Sustainability Board

    The Environmental Sustainability Board’s meeting on Feb. 17 has been cancelled and rescheduled for 7 a.m. Feb. 24 at the Eco Station.

    P&Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in council chambers.

    APP Board meeting

    Los Alamos County Arts in Public Places Board will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library’s meeting #1.

    Library Board

  • Suits save money, protect environment

    Los Alamos National Laboratory will save more than $800,000 and reduce the amount of material sent to a landfill by expanding the use of protective clothing made from a recyclable fabric.
    Called OREX, the fabric is an organic polymer that is sent to a treatment facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where it can be dissolved and returned safely to nature. That saves both disposal costs and space in landfills. The cost of the treatment that dissolves the material is included in the initial price of the clothing.

  • Discovery Channel to feature LA Schools

    The Discovery Channel has selected Los Alamos Schools to be featured in one of its “Profiles,” Superintendent Eugene Schmidt and Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe announced at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting.

    “The Discovery Channel will be here Friday,” Schmidt said. “They will be doing their filming and conducting their interviews at that time.”

  • 16 firefighters gain promotion

    A badge ceremony was recently conducted at the Crossroads Bible Church to recognize the accomplishments of local firefighters as they take the next step in their careers.

    One battalion chief, two captains and 13 driver engineers were formally promoted during the Jan. 24 event.

    Among those promoted was Los Alamos native Manny Pacheco who advanced from firefighter II to driver engineer.

    “My dad was a wildland firefighter so I always knew firefighting was in my blood and you know how we all want to be like our dads,” Pacheco said.

  • Council begins search for new county administrator

    Selecting a new county administrator took a step forward during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Council approved directing county staff to issue a request for proposals (RFP) or a request for qualifications (RFQ) for an executive firm to conduct a national search for candidates to potentially fill the county administrator post.

  • Up to 100K for top plans

    Northern New Mexico technology companies have been using the Venture Acceleration Fund since 2006 to help bring their products to the marketplace.
    The fund, administered through Los Alamos National Laboratory, awards up to $100,000 to qualifying ventures.
    This year, the VAF is changing some of its rules: calls for ideas will be accepted year-round, and companies no longer must have a direct technology-transfer association with the lab — though some preference is given to those ventures.

  • Our Viewpoint: The importance of perception simply cannot be denied

    In any introductory philosophy or psychology class, one of the first lessons that’s taught is the importance of perception.
    Essentially, the lesson is this: what actually happened is not nearly as important as what people believe happened.
    It is in this lesson that Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County did not put their best foot forward during the recent natural gas shortage.

  • New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US

    A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude.

  • Rep. Giffords speaks for first time since shooting

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke for the first time since she was shot in the forehead, her spokesman said Wednesday, yet another significant milestone in her recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

    Giffords first spoke within the past few days and is speaking "more and more," spokesman C.J. Karamargin said Wednesday. He didn't know what her first words were, but said at breakfast one morning she asked for toast.