Today's News

  • Lab managers receive bonus

    In an annual performance evaluation report Los Alamos National Security, LLC, received 89 percent of the available performance-based fee from the National Nuclear Security Administration for managing and operating LANL in fiscal year 2011.

    The total of that fee was $83.7 million, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    NNSA also awarded LANS an additional contract year, extending the current agreement through 2017.

    “The award is a tribute to our employees’ dedication to delivering on our commitments,” said lab director Charlie McMillan. “2011 was an outstanding year for science and mission execution at the laboratory.”

  • Old Treasures Translate to Cash

    It may be time to unearth that coin collection or rummage those treasures in the attic. Over the past few months a number of gold and silver buyers have set up temporary operations in Los Alamos as the price of gold and similar commodities has spiked.

    The American Coin Buyers Guild (ACBG) is currently at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel through Saturday, and representatives are looking to purchase coins, precious metals and collectables.

    “Not everyone’s going to have the lottery ticket. But people can bring in something they thought had absolutely no value, and walk away with some real money,” Field Manager Dereck Outten said.

  • State's severe drought lingers

    Despite December’s generous snowfall, Los Alamos County remains in severe drought. Meteorologist Amanda Martin discussed moisture conditions in Los Alamos during an interview this morning.

    “Los Alamos County experienced 31.4 inches of snowfall from Dec. 1 through Dec. 21,” said Martin, who works at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque. “Los Alamos also received 13.66 inches of rainfall in 2011, which is 75 percent of the normal rainfall of 18.28 inches.”

    Fire officials said Tuesday that they are preparing for what could be another rough year because much of New Mexico is experiencing drought conditions.

  • Reverse engineering

    Two recent columns assured there is no worry about Iranian scientists reverse engineering the U.S. drone that mysteriously landed in Iran.
    But Santa Fe reader Mike Patel reminds that although Iranian scientists couldn’t reverse engineer a baby buggy, they can provide access to interested countries.
    Pitel notes that our friends in Pakistan gave China a look at our crashed stealth helicopter used in the killing of Osama bin Laden. They later gave us back the helicopter’s remains.
    Iran was asked to give the drone back but that’s not going to happen.
    And you can bet that China already has paid a visit to the drone and may eventually have it in its possession.

  • W. Va. routs Clemson Wednesday

    MIAMI (AP) — As the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrated their first Orange Bowl victory, safety Darwin Cook shared a hug with the game’s mascot, Obie.
    They had run into each other earlier in the end zone when Cook scored the night’s pivotal touchdown, then leaped on the smiling orange. Only after the game did he learn a woman was wearing the Obie outfit.
    “I didn’t know you were a girl,” he told her. “I apologize.”
    The Mountaineers ran over everything in their path Wednesday night, including the Clemson Tigers. Geno Smith tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, and the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers set a bowl scoring record with their high-powered offense by routing No. 14 Clemson 70-33.

  • Mat Finish

    Los Alamos’ Brian Geyer keeps control of his opponent from Moriarty during the Dec. 10 Jaguar Invitational. The Hilltopper wrestling team, which has had a solid start to the 2011-12 season, will be back in action after a nearly three-week layoff when it travels to the Moriarty duals Saturday.

  • Roswell jumps to No. 2 in boys hoops, Grants is new girls No. 1

    Here are this week’s Class 4A boys and girls basketball coaches’ polls. Weekly polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Girls

        Team     Total pts.    Previous

    1. Grants (6)        96    2
    2. Kirtland Cent. (4)  93    1
    3. Gallup              68    3
    4. Española Valley  65    5
    5. Roswell             59    4

  • VIDEO: Obama Unveils New Strategy for Smaller Military

    President Barack Obama insists the United States will maintain what he calls the best-equipped military in history despite deep and looming defense budget cuts.

  • Top local Epeeist nabs a 'B' ranking at national tourney

    Los Alamos Fencing Club coach Tom Hill took 16th out of 70 Epee entrants at a national event last month.
    Hill competed in the United States Fencing Association’s North America Cup event that was held in Kansas City, Mo. The four-day event attracted more than 1,000 top fencers throughout the country.
    In the Combined Vets Epee division, age 40 and above, Hill got off to a rocky start. In pool play, he won just one of seven contests.
    He picked up his performance in the direct elimination rounds, however, including pulling off a big upset over top-seeded Sean Ameli in the second round. Hill upended Ameli, one of the nation’s top-ranked Epeeists, by a score of 10-4 to advance.

  • Out and About 01-05-12

    Art openings

    The New Mexico Museum of Art presents, “Between the Lines: Culture and Cartography on the Road to Statehood.” Maps tell the story in Governor’s Gallery Centennial Exhibition. There will be a public reception from 4-6 p.m. today on the fourth floor of the New Mexico State Capitol.

    Act I Gallery presents “Seasons of the Rio Grande,” a solo exhibition by Ken Daggett. There will be an opening reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the gallery, 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. The show will continue through Feb. 17.