Today's News

  • Foreign college student numbers down in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico colleges and universities are seeing a 6 percent drop in foreign students at a time when colleges nationwide are enrolling a record high number of international students, according to a new report on international education.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the nonprofit group Institute of International Education said in a study released Monday that the number of foreign students at New Mexico schools declined by about 175 this year to 2,724 largely by big reductions in international students enrolling at New Mexico State University.

  • New Mexico fines private prison operator

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state is fining a private prison operator $1.1 million for not adequately staffing a prison it operates in Hobbs, New Mexico's top corrections official said.

    Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel says Florida-based GEO Group agreed to pay the settlement last week following a meeting between the state Department of Corrections and the company's top management.

    "They've agreed on it," Marcantel said of GEO. "It's a very fair way of doing it. They are not completely happy. It needed to be done."

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports GEO officials could not be reached for comment Monday night.

  • Keep your business on the Hill

    This week I’d like you to think about community and how local businesses contribute to it.
    On Nov. 26, the second annual Small Business Saturday will be sponsored throughout the country.
    The goal is for you to shop locally and help energize the economy by stimulating local business.
    If you have ever heard the presentation by Kevin Holsapple of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation about how spending your money local works, you will never shop the same again.
    I understand that sometimes you just need to (or want to) get off the hill to do some shopping, but when you can buy something, even something small, buy it here.

  • Be There 11-15-11

    The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces New Mexico Legislative District 43 Rep. Jim Hall, who will present a talk on the recently completed special session of the New Mexico Legislature at the Chapter’s November dinner meeting. The meeting will be today at the Best Western Hilltop House, third floor. The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. Hall’s talk will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce presents FAN Club from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Los Alamos Cooperative Market. Enjoy food and networking.


  • Update 11-15-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 tonight  in the White Rock Fire House No. 3.


    The Los Alamos County Council will host a reception to welcome the new County Administrator Harry Burgess, along with the new Fire Chief, Troy Hughes, on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge. The public is invited to attend.

    ESB Meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m. Thursday at the Eco Station.

    BPU Meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 16 at the DPU Conference Room, 170 Central Park Square.

  • LANL works on ultra-low field MRI

    LANL researchers are developing a system to make ultra-low field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) commercially viable for medical applications.
    The researchers have been working on an ultra-low field MRI system using low temperature SQUIDS (supercomputing quantum interference devices). Ultra-low field MRI with low temperature SQUIDs in a shielded room has many potential advantages for medical imaging, such as convenience, enhanced contrast, and open design.

  • Festival of the trees

    A variety of trees adorn the Betty Ehart Senior Center, in preparation for the Festival of Trees on Saturday. Bid sheets are placed near the trees, which allows the public to participate in a silent auction.

  • About Jack Killeen

    Jack Killeen’s work in security police forces in the U.S. Air Force and for the Department of Energy has taken him on intriguing assignments across the globe. Killeen served as chief of security forces for the U.S. Air Force in Turkey. He also served as director of security forces in Mildenhall, England where he provided leadership for all U.S. security forces in that country.

    In Germany, Killeen served as vice commander of Ramstein Air Base, where he led Ramstein’s anti-terrorism preparations during Desert Storm. As chief of security, Killeen also provided leadership for all U.S. military security for the USAF in Europe. Later, he supervised the protection of all U.S. nuclear weapons and security for Air Force aircraft in Europe.

  • Lab security chief pulls no punches

    Changing apartments every third month, traveling alternate routes each day and maintaining constant awareness of his surroundings in foreign countries was the way of life in the adrenaline-driven occupations John E. (Jack) Killeen has enjoyed in his career.  

    Killeen is the division leader of the Security Services Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he oversees its protective force, physical security and classified matter protection.

    On Friday, he gave a powerful Veterans’ Day speech to a crowd gathered at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Building on Trinity Drive.

  • WR committee moves forward

    Kent Budge addressed the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) as a private citizen Monday evening. Budge resigned the committee last week, after serving as chair since the committee formed in 2008.

    Budge focused on how the committee should move forward.

    “My concern is that when we originally got together, we had almost complete support from council. They always listened to us,” Budge said. “They didn’t always agree with us – I’d be worried if they did. But this was a whole new development.”