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Today's News

  • Be There 10-26-11

    Thursday
    The Authors Speak Series presents, E.B. Held: The Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

     Fall Gardening class from 7-9 p.m. at PEEC, led by Martha Davis. Learn what to do now to prepare your garden for the spring. $20 or $18 for members. Register in advance at www.PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Running for Fun

    The Los Alamos High School cross country team sponsored an elementary run Friday. Students of various ages participated in the run.

  • Update 10-26-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close from today until Thursday for new computer system training.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Kiwanis meeting

  • Morning Accident Bogs Down Main Hill Road

    A station wagon traveling westbound collided with a pickup truck headed eastbound on N.M. 502 near Anderson’s Memorial Lookout Wednesday morning. 

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster said that both vehicles were towed from the scene. 

    The Los Alamos Fire Department transported the driver of the station wagon to Los Alamos Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating the accident, Foster said, because it occurred in that jurisdiction.

  • Leisure pool vote off to choppy start

    The County Clerk’s Office issued 13,053 ballots to registered voters last week. As of this morning, 2,825 residents have voted in the special general obligation bond election to decide whether Los Alamos County should fund construction of a leisure pool addition on the eastern side of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    “We’ve gotten 832 ballots back as undeliverable,” Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said. “Twenty ballots that have been mailed back or dropped off at our office are unsigned and two voters died before returning their ballots so they have been classified ineligible.”

  • Local resident played key role in heat pipe technology

    (Second of a two-part series)
    Project Manager Steve Huebner delights in demonstrating the new solar thermal domestic hot water heat pipe design for the Justice Center and the Animal Shelter. When he started explaining the design to Capital Projects Division Manager Daniel Erickson, he was astounded when Erickson said, “My dad made the first working heat pipe. He used to work on them in our garage.”

    In 1963, Physicist George Grover came up with the idea for a modern heat pipe, inspired by earlier inventions such as the Perkins Tube used in locomotive boilers and ovens. Grover was a physicist, not an experimentalist, and did not know how to implement his idea. He confided the idea to T. P. Cotter, one of his team members, and swore him to secrecy.

  • WR visitor center costs skyrocket

    The Los Alamos County Council tackled an ambitious agenda during a regular session Tuesday. Here is a recap of pivotal council action taken during the meeting with more in-depth coverage of key issues in Thursday’s edition:
    • Council voted 4-3 to approve an additional $1,127,697 for the construction of the White Rock Visitors Center project and awarded the contract for $2,464,000 plus gross receipts tax to Gerald Martin. Councilors Vincent Chiravalle, Geoff Rodgers and David Izraelevitz voted against the motion.

  • Lab officials speak out on CMRR

    The Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility was a hot topic of conversation Tuesday morning as the Los Alamos National Laboratory hosted a community leaders breakfast.

    During a question and answer session with lab director Charlie McMillan and NNSA Los Alamos Site Office head Kevin Smith, they were questioned by an individual, who asked  about the controversy surrounding the “new bomb factory” being built at CMRR.

    “It is not a bomb factory. We don’t make bombs up here,” McMillan said. “The weapons are put together in Texas. “We won’t make them in the new CMRR and we don’t make them at PF4.”

  • Autio offered Bernalillo County Attorney job

    The revolving door at the highest levels of Los Alamos County government continues to spin.

    “I can’t tell you I don’t have mixed feelings about this,” said Acting County Administrator Randy Autio about the news that he has been appointed county attorney in Bernalillo. “It was just so much harder than I imagined for my wife and I to be away from our family – Albuquerque really is our home.”

    Autio was one of nine candidates interviewed by Bernalillo County Commissioners last Thursday. In all, there were 18 applicants for the job that was vacated by Jeff Landers when his contract with the county lapsed in September.

  • Options to save Medicaid

    Everybody wants to save Medicaid.
    It’s the goal of Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier and advocacy groups like Health Action New Mexico.
    But how they go about it sounds like a TV doctor show, with surgeons squabbling over a patient lying open on the table.
    A new study suggests savings in the program that covers the poor and disabled, without cutting.
    First, the numbers: One in four New Mexicans relies on Medicaid.
    In 2014, thanks to the president’s Affordable Care Act, the state could see 130,000 to 175,000 new enrollees, which will cost $330 million to $660 million more.
    However, the federal government will pay all of that cost for the first three years and 90 percent after that.