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Today's News

  • La. readies to open spillway, flood Cajun

    MORGANZA, La. — Engineers prepared Saturday to slowly open emergency floodgates for the first time in nearly four decades, purposefully inundating farmlands and homes in Louisiana’s Cajun country to drain the swelling Mississippi River.
    Across the countryside, people fled to higher ground, shored up levees that held the last time the Morganza spillway was opened and built new walls of sand and dirt to hold back the flood they have known was coming for weeks. Sheriffs and National Guardsmen were warning people in a door-to-door sweep, and shelters were ready to accept up to 4,800 evacuees.

  • Sources: Porn stash found at bin Laden compound

    WASHINGTON — A sizeable stash of pornography was among the items seized when U.S. Navy SEALs raided the Pakistani hideout of Osama bin Laden, almost two weeks ago, U.S. officials say.
    The officials said it was unclear who the material belonged to, and there was no way to know whether bin Laden had viewed it.
    Bin Laden’s son and two other adult male couriers lived at the compound, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.
    The pornography was among the computer materials confiscated in the raid after the SEALs killed bin Laden, ending an almost 10-year manhunt for the terrorist behind the 9/11 terror attacks.

  • Presentation set for BESC

    The Los Alamos Fire Department’s EMS division will once again present a program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    A talk will be given during the lunch hour to the audience explaining the Vial of Life program and how it can help those who wish to participate in the program.  
    It is essentially an information gathering tool that helps emergency responders when they are called upon for service.  
    LAFD personnel will photograph each participant, which will be placed inside their Vial of Life packet for identification purposes.  
    To learn more about this program, stop by the Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 23.

  • Construction Zone 05-15-11

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4

    The traffic switch to the east side of Diamond Drive has been delayed to Tuesday, May 17. Once the switch is complete, expect the following:
    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity will be closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.
    Southbound from University Drive – Expect two southbound lanes south of Sandia.  The left lane is a through/left turn lane at Canyon Drive and a left turn lane at Trinity Drive.  

  • Author and alumnus returns to Chamisa Elementary

    Former Chamisa student Stephen McCranie spoke at his former elementary school Friday morning. Teacher Valerie Adams and Otowi Station owner Peggy Durbin helped schedule the event. McCranie’s latest book was released Thursday. He was at Otowi Station bookstore Saturday, doing a book signing. McCranie answered questions, encouraged students that didn’t like to read to start with comics and took requests to draw cartoons. McCranie, 24, started drawing at the age of five and attended Chamisa in third and fourth grade. His former teacher, Debbie Smith, is now the principal.

  • Update 05-15-11

    Stormwater project
    The NPDES Storm Water Individual Permit Project Update public meeting will be Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque.

    Park meeting
    Attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. May 18 to review conceptual plans for play equipment to be installed at Community Park. For more info, call Dick McIntyre at 662-8159.

    Master gardeners
    The May meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. May 17 at the White Rock Community Building. There will be a short business meeting afterward.

    Emergency access

  • UNM-LA students celebrate 30th convocation

    Long hours of studying, test-taking and attending classes paid off for University of New Mexico-Los Alamos students Friday.

    Friends and family gathered in Duane Smith Auditorium at 6 p.m. to watch the 47 UNM-LA graduates receive their degrees and certificates as part of the 30th annual graduation convocation. Twenty-eight General Education Development Diploma recipients also joined in the celebration as they received their GEDs.

    UNM-LA’s Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page opened the ceremony with a welcome address, followed by the convocation address, given by Denise Thronas, an Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo resident and the technical project manager for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Key meetings upcoming on LANL issues

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be front and center the next two weeks.

    On Tuesday, there will be a public meeting at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque to discuss the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Storm Water Individual Permit at LANL from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    On Wednesday at the White Rock Community Center, there will be a open detonation hazardous waste permit modification information meeting at 5:30 p.m. LANL is holding the information meeting prior to the submittal of a Class 3 permit modification to add treatment units to the LANL Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. The meeting will cover the permit modification to be submitted for the open detonation treatment units at TA-36 and 39.

  • Council set to cull nominee

    Political ambitions and aspirations will be on the line as the Los Alamos County Council deliberates on its nomination of a candidate to replace the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace during a special session set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Building.

    Each of the three counties in District 43 will submit a nominee to Gov. Susana Martinez, who can then appoint a candidate from that pool or reach out beyond the group of nominees to make the appointment.

    Whoever gets the nod from the governor will serve out the remaining 19 months in Wallace’s House term.

  • Skateboarders bring the speed--see video

    Some brave souls barreled down Camp May Road Saturday and Sunday as part of the Northern California Downhill Skateboarding Association’s first visit to Los Alamos.

    More than 120 boarders from across the country registered but as of Saturday morning, about 80 showed up.

    On Saturday afternoon, they held their qualifying runs and on Sunday, they will race for the dough.

    Not surprisingly, Timeship Racing, the organizer of the event, is calling the race down Camp May Road, “The Atomic Bomb.”

    From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, there will be racing as competitors will reach up to 60 mph as they navigate the narrow 1-mile course.