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Today's News

  • NNSA boss talks CMRR

    In testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development today, National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino outlined President Obama’s FY 2013 budget request, which gives NNSA the resources it needs to achieve the President’s nuclear security objectives, shape the future of nuclear security, and work to improve the way it does business.
    D’Agostino also outlined the reasoning behind deferring the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility for at least five years.

  • Lab unveils details on voluntary separation package

     

    Details emerged from director Charlie McMillan’s meeting this afternoon with lab employees concerning the  volunteer separation program.

    Lab director Charlie McMillan discussed specifics of the  program during an all-hands meeting Thursday.

    The NNSA announced late Wednesday that it approved a plan that would cut 400 to 800 jobs from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Eligible employees from the regular workforce of about 7,600 may begin applying for voluntary separation on March 5. According to a person who attended the meeting, employees can declare whether they are taking the package between March 5-14.

  • Conservative Activist Andrew Breitbart Dies

    Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart has died at the age of 43. Breitbart's website bigjournalism.com announced Thursday he died of natural causes in Los Angeles.

  • Cuts and opportunity for state

    The recent announcement of job cuts at the Los Alamos labs generated some interesting reactions from New Mexico’s political leaders. By and large, Democrats – even those representing the Los Alamos area – were supportive or understanding, while Gov. Martinez ripped the Obama Administration, calling the cuts a “by-product of the dysfunction in Washington, D.C., and the inability to appropriately prioritize national defense and national security in federal spending decisions.”
    I chalk up these reactions to politics. Democrats don’t want to be seen as bashing the Obama Administration while Gov. Martinez will take any chance she can to do so. But, neither side is really telling the full story.

  • Analyzing parenthood

    I was sweeping my house today.  Since it is not the most mind-bending of tasks I got to thinking.  I started thinking about me as a parent and how I got to be here. OK.  I know HOW I got to be a parent, but the kind of parent that I am.  
     Then I started wondering what makes any of us the kind of parents that we are.  When I am out with my friends who are also parents we talk about parenty stuff.   It seems that long runs lend themselves to certain parenting confessions.
     Like, yeah, I let my kid sleep in my bed.  I gave my kids cereal for dinner last night.  My kids know SpongeBob’s middle name.  Then I think about how my parents parented.  I did not watch TV while eating --  ever.

  • Lobos crush Falcons at The Pit

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Drew Gordon scored 12 of New Mexico’s first 18 points and Hugh Greenwood opened the second half with 14 straight points as the Lobos defeated Air Force 86-56 Wednesday.
    Greenwood finished with a game- and career-high 22 points with six rebounds, and Gordon had 17 points and 11 rebounds for New Mexico (23-6, 9-4 Mountain West), which ended a two-game losing streak.
    Taylor Broekhuis scored 11 points to lead Air Force (13-14, 3-10).
    “I thought tonight, we did an awful of good things,” New Mexico coach Steve Alford said. “We shared the basketball. We didn’t turn the ball over. We dominated the glass. I thought our defense was really back to being that stingy defense we’ve been seeing.”

  • Ski Report 03-01-12

    Angel Fire

    53-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 70 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    40-inch base of packed powder. 6 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails open.

    Pajarito

    59-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River

    50-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    42-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 34 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    45-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 37 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

  • Topper girls open year at Rio Rancho

    It takes quite a bit to get the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team down.
    Even with its star athlete coming up gimpy during a preseason workout isn’t doing anything to diminish the Hilltoppers’ aspirations heading into the 2012 season.
    Coming off its third consecutive Class 4A team title, the Hilltoppers look plenty loaded again and could once again be the team to beat this spring.

  • Trio of Tumblers win big at G-Force

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ Atomic Tumbers added another strong showing to their season at the Gravitational Invite, hosted by G-Force Gymnastics of Albuquerque over the Jan. 28-29 weekend.
    The Atomic Tumblers garnered 12 gold medals, including top place all-arounds for Katie Wingo, Alyssa Hilger and Annika Bronkhorst. They were among roughly 300 gymnasts from 12 clubs statewide to compete.
    The Tumblers continue to dominate the youngest Level 4 division. Wingo placed first all-around, with a 37.20, one of just three athletes to break the 37.00 barrier.  
    Wingo finished first on beam (9.60), floor (9.25) and bars (9.10) and second on vault (9.25).

  • Top 10 Movies 03-01-12

    1.  “Act of Valor,” weekend gross,
    $24.4million
    2.  “Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds,”  weekend gross, $15.5 million
    3.  “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island,” weekend gross, $13.3 million
    4.  “Safe House,” $10.9  million
    5. “The Vow,” weekend gross,
    $9.9 million
    6.  “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance,” weekend gross, $9 million
    7.   “This Means War,” weekend gross,
    $8.4 million

    8.  “Wanderlust,” weekend gross,
    $6.5 million

    9.  “Gone,” weekend gross, $4.7 million