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Today's News

  • NMED warns about dangers of asbestos

    SANTA FE —  The New Mexico Environment Department is reminding New Mexico residents about the dangers of asbestos that can be found within our homes and buildings.
    According to the World Health Organization, 294 people die from asbestos-related diseases worldwide every day, including 28 Americans.  Although the use of asbestos has decreased, it is still present in buildings and homes.  Adults and children can easily come into contact with asbestos if they are around renovations, remodels, repairs, and demolition work.
    Asbestos may be found in any number of places:
    • Houses built between 1930 and 1980 likely contain asbestos as insulation as well as wallboard, textures, and many other materials.

  • Staff Day highlights accomplishments, goals

    Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Superintendent Gene Schmidt detailed the district’s accomplishments and initiatives at the Back to School Staff Day.
    Those included:
    An acknowledgement of community members and organizations that offer continuing support to the schools, including Representative James Hall and Council Chair Sharon Stover.
    A thank you to the Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments for protecting the community and school during the Las Conchas fire, and to the custodians who had to do a second yearly cleaning after the fire.

  • ‘Bambi’ pays a visit

    A fawn and her mom check things out at a residence in Pajarito Acres in White Rock.

  • Rotary school supply drive

    Lance Metcalf, son of Rotarians Melissa and Rob Metcalf, sports a new backpack, while Rotary President Thurman Talley and LAPS Supt. Gene Schmidt look on.  The school supplies shown are just a small portion of those being collected by the Rotary Club this month to support local students.

  • Update 08-11-11

    Nuke protest

    The Trinity Nuclear Abolition will be holding another peace vigil in front of the main sign at LANL at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

    DPU meeting

     The Board of Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Department of Utilities conference room, 170 Central Park Square.

    County fair

    The Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo begins today and runs through Sunday.

    LTAB meeting

     The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber conference room, 109 Central Park Square.

    County council

  • Valles Caldera to take part in national competition

    A nationwide competition focused on “breathing new life into America’s most spectacular public places” selected the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) as the site best suited to represent the Inter-Mountain Region.
    The Van Alen Institute is launching the Parks for the People: A Student Competition Reimagining America’s National Parks in collaboration with the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Parks for the People is a culminating project of Designing the Parks — a public-private partnership to promote well-designed public parks in America.

  • Scientists spy on ions using neutrons

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory research team has harnessed neutrons to view for the first time the critical role that an elusive molecule plays in certain biological reactions. The effort could aid in treatment of peptic ulcers or acid reflux disease, or allow for more efficient conversion of woody waste into transportation fuels.
    In a paper appearing this week in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Los Alamos researchers join an international team in describing the role played by the elusive hydronium ion in the transfer of protons during enzyme-catalyzed reactions.

  • Resident Questions State Funding of Trinity Project

    At last week’s Transportation Board meeting, resident Patricia Max introduced a letter from Kathy Bender, deputy secretary of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The letter was in response to an inquiry by Max concerning the NM 502 Corridor Study for Trinity Drive.

    Max – who is opposed to the Trinity Drive options under consideration – had detailed her concerns in a letter to NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Alvin Dominguez dated July 8, 2011.

    The bulk of the response concerned a NMDOT corridor study for NM 502/Trinity Drive from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop. In 2007, after gathering public input, NMDOT selected a preferred alternative for that segment of roadway and dedicated $4.5 million to the project.

  • Muni Building site plan approved

    Los Alamos County has been without a municipal building since 2008, when the 40-year-old municipal building adjacent to Ashley Pond was declared unsafe and demolished. After years of planning and legal maneuverings, groundbreaking for a new municipal building is in sight.

    The Planning and Zoning commission approved a site plan for the new structure by a vote of 8-1 at Wednesday night’s meeting.

    The new municipal building will be located on a 3.75 acre site at 1000 Central Avenue. The three story building – which has been called a “one-stop customer service shop” – will encompass 64,400 square feet.

  • Denver, Dallas face off

    Following the long spring and summer lockout, the National Football League will be back in action tonight.
    The first preseason games of 2011 will start this evening, including the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys, who will meet tonight at Cowboys Stadium. Game time is 6:30 p.m. MDT.
    Other games set for tonight include Jacksonville at New England (5:30 p.m.), Baltimore at Philadelphia (5:30 p.m.), Seattle at San Diego (6 p.m.) and Arizona at Oakland (8 p.m.). Seattle at San Diego will be televised on ESPN while Denver at Dallas will be broadcast on KASY channel 50.
    The 2011 season opener is scheduled for Sept. 8. It pits the last two Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.