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Today's News

  • Understanding fire dynamics

    There is a personal irony associated with the Las Conchas and Cerro Grande fires.
    Meanwhile, the jury is out on forest recovery and what the future holds for unburned parts of our beloved Jemez Mountains, especially if prolonged drought, a return to drier norms or, as many fear, global warming, continue the wildfire legacy begun with the 1996 Dome Fire.
    Las Conchas also begs the question of when mountain homeowners will “get it,” that they must realize that that proliferation of often sick, stunted trees snuggled near their homes is dangerous — and unnatural.  
    Too, there is the dangerous trend in many subdivisions of narrow, winding roads bordered by heavy timber.

  • Construction Zone 08-07-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call  662-8150.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4
    Traffic control will remain as is with two northbound and two southbound lanes, with work occurring in the center of Diamond. Traffic will be split around the work area. During non-peak hours, there will be occasional left lane closures throughout the work zone.
    The next hurdle will be the tie-in of the project between West Road and Los Alamos Canyon Bridge. This work is expected to occur on the weekends of Aug 13 and Aug 20 when traffic volumes are reduced. The traffic control will include dropping traffic to one lane in each direction on the bridge to approximately West Road.

  • Update 08-07-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. today on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.

    Presentation

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • Daughter Talks of Horrors of War

    Mitzi Kraft was one of five protesters arrested for criminal trespassing at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Father’s Day. She spent time in the Los Alamos County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Magistrate Court Aug. 16.

    The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman discussed her motivation for speaking out against the laboratory. She explained that she was damaged by a war she experienced only second-hand.

  • Trail volunteer meeting covers work and warnings

    More than 40 volunteers eager to help restore trails impacted by the Las Conchas fire attended a meeting sponsored by the Española Ranger District Recreation Team this week.

    Lynn Bjorklund, the District’s recreation team leader, said, “The questions on everyone’s mind are, ‘What happened to our trails and when do we start?’” Bjorklund’s Power Point presentation addressed those questions and more.

    The subtext of the meeting was geared toward a crowd of avid hikers and cyclists who might be tempted to ignore trail closures.

  • Lost but not forgotten

    When Patty Caldwell opened up a nondescript box at Forget-Me-Not charity thrift shop in Jackson Hole, Wyo.,  Tuesday, she found a decoratively printed cardboard box that held two plastic bags full of crushed gray material.

    “I thought it was oyster shells,” Caldwell said. Upon further inspection, she and her sister, Millie Parks, co-executive directors of the shop on Pearl Avenue, found a label on the box’s bottom: “This package contains the cremated human remains of: George Edward Challenger, cremated June 5, 1991,” and “Eleanor Margaret Challenger, Aug. 12, 1995.”

    The outer box had been shoved underneath a skirted table, Parks said, and could have been there up to two years.

  • NCRTD reviews top three picks

    Los Alamos Councilor Mike Wismer walked out of the Santa Fe County Commission Chambers and shook his head.

    Wismer had just spent the last three hours Friday at the North Central Region Transit District August board meeting. The meeting still was going on, but Wismer had to go back to Los Alamos because he had to go to work at the lab.

    It was the first hour of the meeting that left Wismer a little stressed.

    “I wasn’t expecting that,” Wismer said.

    The first hour was spent on the executive director search. And some thought it might be a slam dunk that the transit board would rubber stamp the search committee’s choice of Tony Mortillaro as the permanent executive director.

    Not so fast.

  • Flood Advisory until 4:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EXTREME NORTHWESTERN SANTA FE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 430 PM MDT

    * AT 1236 PM MDT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN FROM THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING OVER CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PARTS OF THE LAS CONCHAS BURN SCAR. AREAS IMPACTED WILL INCLUDING BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT... FRIJOLES CANYON... COCHITI CANYON... PERALTA CANYON... HIGHWAY 4 FROM STATE ROAD 501 JUNCTION TO LAS CONCHAS CAMPGROUND AND DOME WILDERNESS.

  • S&P officials defend US credit downgrade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Standard & Poor's says it downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating because it believes the U.S. will keep having problems getting its finances under control.

    S&P officials on Saturday defended their decision to drop the government's rating to AA+ from the top rating, AAA. The Obama administration called the move a hasty decision based on wrong calculations about the federal budget. It had tried to head off the downgrade before it was announced late Friday.

  • Memories from Nagasaki

    NAGASAKI  1945 — Decision time had come. Do we invade the main islands of Japan or do we drop atomic bombs? There were strong feelings on both sides.
    But most of our political and military leaders came down on the side of the bomb. America was heavily committed to the Manhattan Project.
    It had cost $2 billion and had been run on a breakneck, two year schedule to be ready prior to the Japanese invasion.
    We’d done it. The bombs were ready. As Robert Oppenheimer, the project’s scientific director, put it “The decision (to use the bombs) was implicit in the project.”