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Today's News

  • LA federal workers won't be furloughed

    Employees at Los Alamos National Laboratory and local offices of the National Nuclear Security Administration as well as the Department of Energy are hopeful they will be able to return to work Monday even if there is a government shutdown.

    “Everyone is still hopeful that an agreement will be reached to avoid a shutdown,” a source familiar with NNSA’s and LANL’s contingency efforts said Thursday. “It’s prudent for everyone, including those at Los Alamos, to prepare for various scenarios. But LANL employees aren’t expected to be furloughed on Monday. There is funding available that would keep us operating for some time in the event of a government shutdown.”

  • Spring is in bloom

    Spring brings out the blossoms of a tree located near Trinity Drive and D.P. Road Friday morning.

     

  • New Mexico gov. signs budget as deadline looms

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law on Friday a package of financial measures, including a budget allocating $5.4 billion next year for public education and general government programs.

    The budget, as signed, will cut state spending by nearly 3 percent, or $156 million, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

    The governor used her line-item veto powers to trim about $1.9 million from yearly operations of government and $2.6 million in one-time spending items. The governor's reductions included $100,000 that lawmakers had provided for a committee to handle redistricting.

  • Shutdown looms without agreement

    WASHINGTON — A deadline looming, Congress’ top Democrat accused Republicans on Friday of risking a government shutdown because they want to make it harder “for women to get cancer screenings.”
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unleashed his attack as his main antagonist in long-running negotiations, Speaker John Boehner, said spending cuts —not social issues — was blocking agreement to prevent a shutdown at midnight.
    The maneuvering unfolded as President Barack Obama canceled a trip to Indianapolis and spoke in separate phone calls with Reid and Boehner.

  • MIG provides N.M. 502 study update

    It was a full house Thursday night at Fuller Lodge for the transportation board meeting and public hearing on the N.M. 502 Corridor Study.

    Residents filled the seats to hear about the study and give their opinions on the preferred alternatives being explored to improve the road.

    MIG, the consulting firm conducting the study, is expected to complete the final report on the recommended improvements to N.M. 502 Corridor in September.

  • Sydoriak shares her culture with Los Alamos

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series featuring the newest additions to the Living Treasures.
     
    On April 17 William “Bill” Chambers, Morris “Morrie” Pongratz and Stephanie Sydoriak will be recognized and honored as the newest members of Living Treasures of Los Alamos. The ceremony and reception, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank, will begin at 2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The public is invited to attend.

    Stephanie Sydoriak

  • Just A Wag 04-08-11

    LA Reservoir work begins

    We hear  the road  to Los Alamos Reservoir will close to the pubic Monday as Los Alamos County ramps up  renovation on the reservoir. Heavy equipment activity will make it hazardous for hikers, bicyclists and dog walkers to be on the road.

    Diamond signage issues

    Some drivers find the limited signage confusing around the Diamond, Canyon  and Trinity area. They caution other drivers to slow down in the intersections where vehicles are stopping, starting and making turns.

    Send us your wags

  • Winners and losers who emerged in 2011 session

    In legislative post mortems, we’re hearing that the economy wasn’t much of a priority this year for either party.
    Not necessarily so. Economic development bills may have been overshadowed by bigger dramas, but some good bills made it to the governor; others were impaled on ideology and ignorance.
    The most obvious winner was the locomotive fuel tax credit to help Union Pacific Railroad create its $400 million rail hub in Santa Teresa, a project mothballed since 2007. A slam dunk, you might think, but no.

  • For a few dollars more

    Although seriously wounded, the bad guy was still dangerous.
    With radioactive blood oozing, he reached for the feedwater coolant release valve. But then, hearing the muffled laugh of regulatory oversight, he looked up and found himself staring into the barrel of a 357 fuel rod.  
    The inspector smiled and said, “I know what you’re thinking.  Did he hit me with an 8.6 earthquake, or was it point 5?
    Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track myself.

  • Running: Bob Weeks is tops at season's first Pace Race Tuesday night

    Bob Weeks took top honors at the first Pace Race of the 2011 season.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. Races are held every Tuesday during daylight-savings time hours.
    Tuesday’s Pace Race was the Cooper’s Run and was held at Canyon Rim Trail.
    Weeks missed his predicted finish time by just five seconds on the 1.5-mile course. He nipped Alexander Romero, who was seven seconds off. Sarah Krazter had a 12-second error.
    Kratzer was also the first women’s finisher on the course, completing it in 13:42. Jamie Jablin was first among all finishers with his time of 8:32.