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Today's News

  • Arts, Music Lovers Have Their Say

    Supporters of the arts and music made their presence known Tuesday night during a school board meeting centering on how to spend the next $20 million in general obligation bonds for school infrastructure. 

    A ballot where people can vote for or against the bond issue is due to be sent out sometime early in January. 

    During the board meeting, when a special committee appointed to oversee the bond distribution presented an $18 million wish list of  improvements for many of the district’s schools, a very vocal group in the audience quickly took issue with the $1.6 million allotted to renovations to Los Alamos High School’s music facilities.

  • DOE addresses energy efficiency

    The Department of Energy says one of its top priorities is to promote energy efficiency at its various sites.

    The DOE reported in 2010 that at its 47 major sites, the department’s energy costs totaled $277 million in fiscal year 2010. The DOE inspector general, meanwhile, conducted an audit and made the results available in a recently released report.

    Here are some of the results:

    • The DOE has not always pursued readily available, low-cost energy-saving opportunities. If more aggressive energy conservation measures had been taken, the department could have saved about $6.6 million annually, of the $42 million in available energy-saving opportunities as defined by EISA (Energy Independence and Security Act) 2007 requirements. 

  • Crashes mar morning commute

    Traffic was a mess this morning for commuters heading into Los Alamos from off the hill.

    LAPD captain Randy Foster said there were two separate non-injury crashes — one on the main hill and the other by the airport. Foster said they were both likely rear-end crashes.

    Foster said the first crash occurred at 7:32 a.m. near the airport and the two vehicles involved were a white Honda Civic and a black SUV.

    Foster said the second crash occurred at 8:01 a.m. at the top of the main hill and two vehicles involved were — you guessed it — a white Honda Civic and a black SUV.

    Traffic was moving slowly by the airport by 8:20 a.m. although it was backed up down the hill.    .    

  • Cowboys Romp Past Giants 24-17 to Open Season

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Inspired by Jason Witten’s surprise appearance and sparked by Kevin Ogletree’s unexpected star turn, the Dallas Cowboys kept the spotlight on football, not officiating.
    The Cowboys waited all year for another shot at the New York Giants. When they got it in the 2012 season opener, they were ready, winning 24-17 on Wednesday night in a game that wasn’t really that close.
    Also ready were the replacement officials, who barely were a story with Dallas dominating the Super Bowl champions for much of the night.
    It won’t make up for the New Year’s Day loss that cost the Cowboys the NFC East title and sent the Giants on their way to the NFL championship. It sure could provide impetus for this season, though. “We’re judged by winning and losing,” said quarterback Tony Romo, who threw three touchdown passes, “so the best thing was going on the road and getting a win. Not only a win, but it was against a division rival and obviously against the world champs. I don’t know how many times teams go in and beat them in that first game of the year. It’s a tough atmosphere, a tough game. Our team grinded it out and did good.”

  • Today in History for September 6th
  • Clinton Argues for Obama Re-election
  • Tyler Hamilton Recounts Doping With Armstrong

    In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, former professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton talks about his drug use while competing. Hamilton's book, 'The Secret Race' details his doping with former teammate Lance Armstrong.

  • Be There 09-05-12

    Today
    Mesa Public Library presents Game Night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bring your games or play theirs. For all ages.
     
    Monica Witt, Utilities and Institutional Facilities Energy manager at LANL will give a talk at 7 p.m. in upstairs meeting rooms 2 and 3 at Mesa Public Library. Witt has worked at LANL for 10 years in the environmental and energy management fields. She is responsible for implementing projects to reduce energy and water to meet the lab’s sustainability goals. She will discuss the federal sustainability requirements and what LANL is working on to meet energy, water and greenhouse gas reduction goals. The program is co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Los Alamos Sustainability Network.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Mesa Public Library.

    The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series presents “The Descendants,” (R), at 6:30 p.m.

    Bird Banding Talk at PEEC by local birder Dave Yeamans. Learn how scientists use banding methods to track and study birds around the world. See photos, hear stories and watch movies of ornithologists at work. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    Friday

  • Living Treasures to be honored Sept. 9

    Douglas and Ruth Helmick Lier

    Doug and Ruth Lier are both of Scandinavian descent and perhaps that partially explains how they fit together so well. Doug notes his heritage is Norwegian and Danish, and Ruth descends from “Viking kings.” Maybe that bond also fires the apparently boundless energy and interests they share and pour into the community — much to the betterment of Los Alamos for the past 60 years.
    Green Bay, Wis. was home to Doug until he left to attend St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics.  Following graduation, he joined the Navy’s Officer Candidate School. Due to his background in physics and math, Doug was sent to Sandia Base in Albuquerque for training as a nuclear supervisor. He served out the remainder of the Korean War in the far East as a nuclear supervisor aboard Navy carriers.
    He later joined the Los Alamos Laboratory as a joint task force member, then as a lab staff member in J and P divisions, and ended his 36-year lab career in the directors’ office.
    Ruth Helmick Lier grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and at 22, was happily completing her master’s degree in microbiology when she learned the Los Alamos school system was seeking a science teacher.

  • Whistleblower settles lawsuit

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The state has agreed to settle a lawsuit with a whistleblower who accused the New Mexico Department of Health of nepotism and financial irregularities.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that under a settlement agreement made public last week, former state Department of Health manager Diane Moore received $225,000 and agreed to resign and never seek reinstatement.
    She filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the agency in 2010 but continued working there as the employees she complained about filed internal grievances against her.
    Moore’s allegations involved the Health Department during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration, but the state’s decision to fight the case continued through the first year of Gov. Susana Martinez’s tenure.
    In the settlement agreement of last October, the department denied liability and denied all of Moore’s allegations.
    The agreement was made public last week after attorneys for the Journal challenged the state Risk Management Division’s decision to keep it confidential at least until the end of the year.
    Moore, who earned about $39,000 a year, spent a month on paid leave before the settlement. She no longer lives in New Mexico.