Today's News

  • Learn about New Mexico

    Join the American Association of University Women at 7:30 p.m. March 15, for “It’s Fun, It’s History, It’s New Mexico,” a Chautauqua presentation  by Mary Diecker of the New Mexico Humanities Council. The public is invited to the event at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.
    It’s fun: Laugh a little and learn a lot about the state. It’s history: It’s good guys, bad guys, ladies and those “not so” ladies. It’s New Mexico: It’s the state stuff (state cookie, fossil, song, butterfly, bird) and more. It’s the people, places and things of the Land of Enchantment.

  • It’s decision time at LANL

    A fair amount of Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have either made or about to make some big decisions concerning their livelihoods in the coming week.

    Eligible employees have until Wednesday to decide whether to take a voluntary separation package.

    From March 15-19, employees will have the opportunity to rescind their decision. On March 26, employees will be notified if their application has been accepted. April 5 will be the final day for those employees, who have opted to take the buyout.

    So do they take it or not?

  • Debate Nearly Drowns Ashley Pond Decision

    Project manager Richard McIntyre, Capital Projects and Facilities Department Director Anne Laurent and George Radnovich, senior principal of Sites Southwest, LLC, spent two hours Thursday night responding to challenges from the Capital Improvements Program committee concerning improvements to Ashley Pond.

    Committee member David Schiferl felt council’s direction had not been adequately addressed. The project addresses a depletion of oxygen in the water called eutrophication, which affects water quality and the need for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility.

  • Freewheeling Bike Doc preps for audition--Video Extra

    For many musicians, a case of the nerves is something that comes with the territory when performing. Some even have rituals before getting on stage that help them prepare and calm down.

    Local pianist Beau “Baruch” Gerard is not one of those musicians. He’s cool, calm and collected every time he gets behind the piano. He’ll need that confidence when he plays for some of the most critical judges in America.

    Gerard, better known as the Bike Doc, will audition for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in the fall. He will travel to Denver to show off his piano skills and vie for a spot on the talent show next season.

  • Update 03-11-12

    Kiwanis meeting

    Susan Mack from the Family Strengths Network will be the speaker at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. March 20 in Council Chambers.

    Planning and zoning

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the council chambers.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m., March 21, at 170 Central Park Square.

    LANL meetings

  • Japan nuclear evacuation fatal for old, sick--Video Extra

    MINAMI-SOMA, Japan (AP) — The doctors and nurses at Futaba Hospital pleaded for help as a radioactive plume wafted over their hospital. They had been ordered out but had no vehicles to evacuate the hundreds of patients in their care. After two days of waiting in the cold with no electricity, help finally came.

    Nearly two dozen patients died in the chaotic, daylong odyssey that followed.

    Japan’s government says only one person, an overworked employee at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, died as a result of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. But one year later, details from a new report and interviews with local authorities show many more perished because of bad planning and miscommunication between government agencies.

  • Winter Is Stubborn

    Winter isn't backing down, as Los Alamos residents woke up to snow Friday and Saturday morning.

  • Protecting the LANL workers

    Rick Newton, Taos Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in District 3, blasted his opponent, Ben Ray Lujan, this week for endangering our national security and for his uncaring attitude toward the nearly 800 people losing their jobs at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).  
    Rick Newton ripped the incumbent, Ben Ray Lujan, saying “Once again, Lujan has chosen the narrow partisan interests of President Obama over the jobs of highly skilled workers in northern New Mexico.” Lujan actually said “LANL is not immune from these cuts in the President’s budget”, as though they were only trimming a little fat out of the Obama administration’s bloated Government.

  • More about logrolling

    The Los Alamos Monitor reports that the “search for county attorney commences.” The candidate must, according to the first item on their list of qualifications, provide advice and counsel on topics that include development and interpretation of county ordinances and policies.
     In the county council meeting of Feb. 28, county attorney Brian James likened logrolling to fraud and said that his office would never recommend putting a logrolling ballot proposal before the voters, and this was so reported in the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Cafeteria offers students a variety

    Everyone who’s been to Los Alamos High School knows there is a cafeteria, and everyone who knows about the cafeteria has probably eaten there at least once since it opened. 
    So as with everything on planet Earth, there are those who like it and those who hate it.
    I lean toward the “like” category.  Note to freshman: one big reason you should accept the cafeteria’s offerings is because the food is great, compared to the middle school’s glue and plastic (supposedly) mac and cheese they offer with some meals. 
    For the rest of the student body, the cafeteria works just like any other cafeteria … it’s as good as it’s going to get.