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Today's News

  • Logrolling question gets tripped up again

    By a 4-3 vote, the Los Alamos county council rejected a petition to revisit its policy on logrolling.

    A petition, submitted by Patricia Max on behalf of the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI), requested that council “schedule for discussion and possible action an item on logrolling in elections to amend the Incorporated County of Los Alamos Charter.”

  • Lab workers mull buyout details

    Severance packages of up to 39 weeks of pay will be offered as details emerged from director Charlie McMillan’s meeting Thursday with lab employees concerning the volunteer separation program.

    McMillan discussed specifics of the program during an all-hands meeting.

    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 March 5-14.

  • Church Listings 03-02-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

  • An inside glimpse at Mormon theology

    “Look! It’s those Mormon Elders again!” That’s probably the most commonly spoken phrase as residents see them coming down the street toward their front door. Or maybe they’ve been seen pedaling through town on their bicycles, in their dark suits and black name tags.
    “Mormons” is a nickname given to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mormons have a firm belief in Jesus Christ as the savior of the world.
    They believe the Bible to be the word of God, recorded by his prophets. Because they also believe in the Book of Mormon, which is named after an ancient American prophet-leader and is another testament of Jesus Christ, they are sometimes called Mormons.

  • The beauty of irrationality

    There once was a number called pi.  So special like e and like phi.  The circumference to D is the ratio for me.  And it’s not a multiple of i.”
    You really have to love mathematics to admire the symmetry of math poems.  This particular one is known as a pi-poem, or a piem.  Some people use the word piem to refer to a haiku-like poem of 3 lines with 3 syllables, 1 syllable, and 4 syllables.  Or if you wish, you can simply write a standard haiku about pi and call it a piku.

  • Los Alamos needs a rec center

    After the fire this summer, I thought it would be obvious that spending $5 million for ice rink improvements in a canyon that burns every 11 years would be a bad idea.  However, the project continues to creep forward along with grandiose plans to build a teen center, civic center and improve the golf course (another $35 million combined).  There are many flaws in the current CIP process and my main concern is the failure to address long-term community needs.  I serve on the Parks and Rec board so I will specifically mention recreation needs and also clarify that these opinions are my own.

  • LA boys, girls face off against top teams

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams couldn’t be bigger underdogs heading into the opening round of the state Class 4A tournaments.
    The state championship tournament first round starts this weekend. Tonight is the 4A girls basketball opening round and Saturday is the opening round of the boys 4A tournament.
    Both Hilltopper teams drew the 16th and final seeds in their tournaments. As a result of their No. 16 seeds, they will face the top-seeded teams in the state. For the girls, that means a contest against the Grants Pirates, while the boys have a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Goddard Rockets.

  • Sports Update 03-02-12

    Softball tourney nixed by weather

  • Fishing Report 03-02-12

    Northeast

    Charette Lakes: Closed for the season and will reopen next spring.
    Cimarron River: No read on flows due to ice. The Cimarron is unfishable until spring.
    Clayton Lake: Closed for the season and will reopen in the spring.
    Conchas Lake: Fishing pressure has been slow due to cold temperatures and wind, but a few walleye have been caught.
    Costilla Creek: No report due to ice.
    Coyote Creek: Closed for the season and will reopen in the spring.
    Eagle Nest Lake: 18 inches of ice and very windy. Fishing is good for yellow perch and rainbows caught with Power Bait and jigs with worms.  A few pike have been taken on large jigs.

  • Wind Advisory in Effect for Friday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM TO 6 PM MST FRIDAY.

    * LOCATION... INCLUDES THE NORTHWEST PLATEAU AND HIGHLANDS... JEMEZ MOUNTAINS AND LOWER CHAMA RIVER VALLEY.

    * WINDS... WEST TO NORTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.

    * TIMING... STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP EARLY FRIDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

    * VISIBILITY... LOCALLY REDUCED BELOW 3 MILES IN BLOWING DUST.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG CROSS WINDS MAY IMPACT HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES ON NORTH TO SOUTH ORIENTED ROADWAYS.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...