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Today's News

  • Council debates pay philosophy

    Looking at ways to maintain competitiveness in the marketplace, the pay adjustment structure and how to deal with employees at the top of their pay range were issues the Los Alamos County Council had to confront at Tuesday’s work session.

    The hot topic was where county salaries should fall in comparison to state, regional and national markets.

    The county has been committed to offering competitive compensation in order to attract and retain higher performing employees and deliver higher than average services to the citizens of Los Alamos. This relates to the strategic goal of achieving operational excellence, which calls for investing in staff and their development to create a high performing organization.

  • The other way to make laws

    A few bills in the Legislature this year deal with state regulations and how they are made.
     In discussing these bills, I was reminded that most people don’t participate in the rulemaking process, don’t understand how it works, and so might not appreciate the benefits of improving it.
    Rulemaking is not limited to agencies with the word “regulation” in their title. Lots of agencies have regulatory authority, which is conveyed by statutory language creating that authority.
    Where some agencies – such as the boards and commissions in the Department of Regulation and Licensing – generally focus on a particular industry, others, like Taxation and Revenue, may make rules affecting large classes of taxpayers.

  • Hilltoppers open state swimming, diving competition Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams will send qualifiers in 18 different events to this weekend’s state championship meet.
    The state meet gets going Friday and continues through Saturday at the Albuquerque Academy Natatorium. Diving competition starts at 8:30 a.m. Friday and the swimming preliminary heats get going at 3 p.m. Finals for both swimming and diving are Saturday.
    For the Hilltopper girls, top swimmer Ashlynn Bennett is scheduled to take part in the two freestyle distance events, while Maria Venneri is Los Alamos’ top qualifier in both the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

  • Sports Update: Wendelberger wins high jump at GSW

    Los Alamos’ Laura Wendelberger won the high jump competition at the Great Southwest Indoor Track and Field meet this weekend.
    Wendelberger finished the event clearing 5 feet, 1-3/4 inches to win the event.
    She was one of 10 competitors from Los Alamos taking part in the indoor meet.
    Along with the win in the high jump, Wendelberger also finished third in the 60-meter hurdles (10.28 seconds) and sixth in the long jump (15-4 ¼ feet).
    There were seven Hilltoppers who took part in the mile run, one of which was Jordan Parker, who also took part in the 800 meters. Jordan Ahlers competed in the triple jump.
    The results for Los Alamos athletes were as follows:

    Laura Wendelberger

  • Toppers cruise to win over Jaguars

    Heading into next week’s District 2-4A tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s playoff fate is still very much up in the air.
    The Hilltoppers made their best case Tuesday night, however, thumping the Capital Jaguars at home in their final regular season contest.
    Los Alamos held Capital to just two points in the first quarter and nine points in the first half as it rolled to a 51-25 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The win put the Hilltoppers at 3-5 in District 2-4A play (12-14 overall) and might have helped it secure an at-large bid for the upcoming state playoffs. But even with the win, the Hilltoppers are hardly a lock to get in into the 16-team field.

  • VIDEO: Defiant Iran Loads Own Fuel Rods Into Reactor

    Iran says it has begun loading domestically made nuclear fuel rods into its Tehran research reactor. The official IRNA news agency said Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inserted the first Iranian-made nuclear fuel rod into the reactor in north Tehran.

  • NM chile experts identify hottest pepper

    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Experts at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute have identified the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion as the new hottest pepper on the planet.

    The pepper was picked during a scientific study of super-hot chile varieties. It scored the highest, with more than 1.2 million Scoville Heat Units.

    The institute's director, Paul Bosland, says researchers wanted to establish the average heat levels for super-hot varieties. That's something that hadn't been scientifically set.

    Bosland and his partners looked at several breeds reputed to be among the hottest in the world.

  • Obama Administration mulls historic nuclear weapons cuts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is weighing options for sharp new cuts to the U.S. nuclear force, including a reduction of up to 80 percent in the number of deployed weapons, The Associated Press has learned.

    Even the most modest option now under consideration would be an historic and politically bold disarmament step in a presidential election year, although the plan is in line with President Barack Obama's 2009 pledge to pursue the elimination of nuclear weapons.

  • Be There 02-14-12

    Wednesday
    Los Alamos High School alumni Abran Chavez and Robert Keyser are slated to discuss their careers as machinists with Los Alamos High School students, from 11:15-11:50 a.m. in the choir room. Both are employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory and will address the students as part of the Ambassador Program, which is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board. Community members are invited to attend, but must sign in at the main office. For more information, contact Maire O’Neill, program coordinator, at 663-2527.

  • Learning from stone

    Hundreds of stone calendars around the Southwest mark the seasons, but what do the markings mean and what do they predict?
    Hear a talk by Ron Barber on “Stone Calendars of the Southwest,” sponsored by the Los Alamos Mountaineers at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.
    Barber will share some preliminary results of the Stone Calendar Project, a hobby that somehow got out of hand. Barber was born and raised in the oil fields in the wilds of South America.
    His parents hauled their kids through the mountains, deserts and jungles always in search of new adventures. Encountering indigenous cultures and ancient sites led to a long-term interest and curiosity about lost civilizations. He is an explorer by nature, an engineer by profession.