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Today's News

  • LA middle schooler wins supercomputer challenge

    Los Alamos Middle School student Cole Kendrick captured the top prize in the 21st New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory. For his research project, “Computer Simulation of Dark Matter Effects on Galaxy Rotation,” Kendrick developed a computer program to model the rotation of a galaxy including dark matter in an attempt to answer these questions:

    • How does dark matter affect rotational curves in galaxies?

    • How accurately this effect can be modeled?

    • What happens when the dark matter and galaxy masses are changed?

    • How well would this method work for different galaxies?

    Kendrick received a check for $1,000.

  • Gov. Martinez to be in Los Alamos Wednesday

    Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Los Alamos Wednesday.

    In the morning, Martinez will attend a breakfast at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and then take a tour of the facility.

     In the afternoon, Martinez will attend a reception at a local bank.  

    Watch for more details here and in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • JFK visit remembered

    On December 7, 1962, President John F. Kennedy along with Vice President Lyndon Johnson traveled to Los Alamos.

    Their visit to the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, as LANL was then known, was for a briefing on the details of the top-secret Project Rover, the Lab’s program at the CMR to develop nuclear rocket engines for space travel. After the tour of the lab, Kennedy went to Sullivan Field to address Los Alamos residents and then rode down Central Avenue in a motorcade.

    For many people who were there, it was something they will never forget. The Bradbury Museum is featuring some of the artifacts from Kennedy’s memorable 100 minutes in Los Alamos through August.

  • Police Beat 04-26-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.   
    April 14

     8:48 a.m. – A 46-year-old Alcalde woman reported that she was the victim of larceny on Diamond Drive. The estimated loss is less than $250.

    9:54 a.m. – A 54-year-old Lamy man reported criminal damage to his property in the 2000 block of Trinity Drive. The estimated damage is more than $1,000.

    2:35 p.m. – A 14-year-old Los Alamos girl reported being the victim of criminal sexual contact. The matter is under investigation.

  • Update 04-26-11

    Council meeting
    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Community Building.

    Pasta dinner
    The Los Alamos High School baseball team is having a pasta dinner from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. For more information, phone 672-4066.

    Rptary Club
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos will meet on May 3 at 11:45 a.m. at the Central Avenue Grill.
     
    Charter Review
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the training room at the Community Building.

  • NCRTD Executive Director announces retirement

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) board announced the retirement of Executive Director, Josette Lucero, on Monday.
    During Lucero’s administration, the District garnered public passage of a Gross Receipts Tax to support both regional public transportation and Rail Runner expenses, develop a functional organization from the ground up, and gainr major awards for increasing ridership.
    The organization recently earned an Award of Achievement for highest percentage growth in transit passenger ridership in New Mexico for a rural transit program. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Region 6 presented the NCRTD with the award for Fiscal Year 2010 under its Federal Section 5311 Rural Transit Program.

  • Mixed-use A-19-a plan takes shape in White Rock

    Visions of a mixed-use commercial and residential development on parcel A-19-a in White Rock have started to take shape.

    The updated plans for the 60-acre parcel were presented during a meeting Monday night.

    Tim Karpoff of Karpoff and Associates; Will Gleason of Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, a New Mexico architecture and planning firm; and Dan Guimond of Economic Planning System hosted the meeting. They were hired by the county to conduct a master plan study of A-19-a, which is located north of N.M. 4 across from the Hampton Inn in White Rock.

  • Mountain lions on the prowl around town

    Mountain lion sightings have been reported this year in the townsite, which is not unusual since mountain lions are native to the Los Alamos area.

    “Los Alamos is a mountain community and this is their habitat,” said New Mexico Game and Fish spokesman Dan Williams.

    Williams explained that game and fish personnel respond to local calls and if warranted, tranquilize the animal via dart and transport it into the wilderness. This works in some cases, he said, but in other cases, the mountain lion is known to return several miles to the townsite where it originally located food.

    Capt. Randy Foster of the Los Alamos Police Department said he is aware of mountain lions in the area.

  • Maj. Robert Shilling named Chief of State Police

    SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez recently announced that Department of Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named Maj. Robert Shilling as Chief of the New Mexico State Police.
    Before being named acting chief in January 2011, Shilling most recently served as the Law Enforcement Budget Director and Commander of Investigations for the New Mexico State Police.

  • Designing roadways takes sound engineering skills

    I fly quite often and am a member of a number of airline frequent flier programs.
    However, I do not feel qualified to design aircraft. Designing a roadway is a skilled engineering occupation, at least as complex as aeronautical design and with the same efficiency and safety ramifications.  
    The tools available to street designers, including sophisticated modeling tools, allow accurate analysis of traffic patterns and flow under traffic load with many different road configurations.
    The idea that simply driving is sufficient qualification to design a street is absurd.  However this has not prevented a number of opinions in the Los Alamos Monitor, most recently the letter by Anthony A. Amsden.