Today's News

  • News for Retirees 10-09-11

    Oct. 9-15 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    BESC closed in observance of Columbus Day

    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10:30 a.m.    AARP board meeting
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Beef tips
    7 p.m.    Bridge

    8:30 a.m.    RSVP quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise

  • Animal Shelter 10-09-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael and C-2.


  • LAMS needs donations

    Because of cuts, there is not enough money in the budget to fill the Los Alamos Middle School Library with the books their students and teachers need for reading and research, therefore, they are asking for monetary donations, which will be used to purchase the library materials needed.
    For every $15 donated, staff can purchase a new book for the library, ready to be checked out. One hundred percent of all donations go to the library and can be made by visiting www.funds4books.com and enter school code 80ca. Donations must be made by Oct. 17.

  • Go ‘Into the Woods’ with LALO

    Once upon a time, in a far off kingdom, there lived a young maiden whose name was Cinderella.
    The poor girl’s mother had died, and her father had taken a woman with two daughters of her own for his new wife. The girl wanted more than anything in the world to go to the King’s Festival.
    But her new stepmother and stepsisters were in no way kind-hearted and did everything in their power to keep poor Cinderella from getting what she wished. To make matters worse, her father wasn’t much help.

  • Sanity is a state of mind

    Of all the plays about insanity that have been produced over the years, Dale Wasserman’s 1963 Broadway play, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” is probably the most well-known. Adapted from Ken Kesey’s novel of the same title, published in 1962, Wasserman’s movie won five Academy Awards. But Kesey and Wasserman weren’t the only ones to tackle the topic.

  • Governor rejects redistricting plans

    SANTA FE  —  Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday vetoed Democratic-backed legislative and Public Regulation Commission redistricting plans that she criticized as partisan proposals that would make it harder for GOP candidates to compete in some parts of New Mexico for the rest of this decade.
    Democrats hold majorities in the state House and Senate. Republicans narrowed the Democratic advantage in the House in last year’s elections and hope they can pick up more seats in 2012.

  • Update 10-09-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday for a special session in council chambers.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. , Oct. 18 in the chamber conference room.

    PEEC Talk

    Nate McDowell of the Los Alamos National Laboratory Climate Research Lab, will give a talk on the “Effects of Climate on Plants,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St. The talk is free.

    Bond meet

  • Local students follow parents to Washington

    A group of Los Alamos Middle School students first jetted off to Washington, D.C. 31 years ago – creating an annual tradition that continues to this day.

    “For the last three years, I have been taking the eighth grade children of some of the students who went on that first trip, so this is exciting to me,” said former Los Alamos Middle School teacher Roberta Cocking.

    “After my retirement, parents begged me to continue hosting these trips, which I have done and plan to do until I can no longer find anyone willing to push my wheelchair around D.C.”

    Cocking and Terry Quinn, also a former LAMS teacher, initiated these excursions to the nation’s capital in 1980. They are independent from school district activities.

  • Safety board wary of seismic issues at LANL

    The latest Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board’s report to Congress reiterated its concern about the Department of Energy relying on the current Chemistry and Metallurgy Research facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory and the 9212 Complex at Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

    In a report, Chairman Peter Winokur, wrote, “The Board recognizes that Congress has authorized replacements for each of these facilities, but the fact remains that both will be called upon to support essential mission work for at least another decade.

  • Bandelier Shuttle Runs Near Capacity

    Atomic City Transit (ACT) shuttles to Bandelier National Monument have been running at near capacity since the service began Sept. 26. The joint venture between the National Park Service and Los Alamos County has been characterized a success.

    Park Superintendent Jason Lott approached Acting County Administrator Randy Autio for help with reopening archeological sites in Frijoles Canyon, the main draw for visitors. Bridges over Frijoles Creek were removed after the Las Conchas fire to reduce flood damage, cutting access to half the visitor parking.

    Visitation is normally high in October, especially during Balloon Fiesta, but Lott needed a solution to the parking situation in order to accommodate the added tourism traffic.