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Today's News

  • NNSA names new manager

    The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) named Timothy O’Leary its new Assistant Manager for Business Administration Friday.

    “We are very fortunate to have someone of Tim’s caliber on the LASO staff,” said LASO Manager Kevin Smith.

    “Tim has already had a remarkable and successful career and I fully expect him to have an immediate and positive influence on our Site Office business operations and to open new doors for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

    Most of O’Leary’s career has been with the U.S. Coast Guard, and included command of two Coast Guard Cutters.

  • Construction Zone 05-22-11

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

    Diamond Drive Phase Four
    The traffic has been switched to the west side of Diamond Drive. Expect the following:

    Northbound from the Bridge – No left turns onto West or Trinity; use Sandia. No left onto Canyon Road, use University.  The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity is closed; motorists in the right lane must turn right onto eastbound Trinity at the signalized intersection. The left lane continues through the work zone.

  • Sullivan sod sale frenzy

    Los Alamos residents turned out in droves to buy a piece of Sullivan Field Friday during the sod sale. Sullivan Field is being renovated and an artificial surface will be installed to replace the grass field. Renovation is scheduled to start Thursday. Proceeds from the sale will benefit the Los Alamos Public School Athletic Department. Sod was sold for $.30 per square foot.

  • Update 05-24-11

    Authors Speak
    The Authors Speak Series featuring Demetria Martinez, scheduled for Thursday at the Mesa Library, has been canceled.

    CMRR meeting
    The Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement project public meeting for Los Alamos will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express.

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

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Community Buidling.

  • CMRR meetings set to begin Monday

    Starting Monday, the general public will get the chance to speak their mind about the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement project.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office has extended the public comment period and added a fourth public meeting for the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the CMRR project – Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF).

    The comment period was extended by 15 days, making it a 60-day comment period. The formal comment period opened April 29. A public meeting in Albuquerque has been added, in addition to those alreadyplanned in Los Alamos, Espanola and Santa Fe.

  • Ballet battle: Schools lock horns over ‘Nutcracker’

    The Los Alamos Public Schools has found itself in the middle of some tricky situations before, but probably never like the position it found itself in Thursday night.

    Board members, along with the attorney representing the district, John F. Kennedy of the Cuddy and McCarthy law firm based in Santa Fe, were caught in the middle of a lease dispute between two local dance schools, Dance Arts Los Alamos and New Mexico Dance Theater.

    Each side appeared at the school board meeting with legal representation. Local attorney Lynn Finnegan represented DALA, while Roxie De Santiago of the Jones Firm, based in Santa Fe, represented NMDT.

  • Petitions to take center stage

    Chances are it could be standing room only at Tuesday’s County Council meeting at the Community Building.
    Near the end of the agenda, there is a topic that has polarized the Los Alamos community.

    It’s all about the NM 502 Corridor Study, Trinity Drive and the controversy concerning roundabouts.

    There have been three petitions circulating in the community. There are two that want no change to Trinity and the other is in support of the county council in its vote to further study Plan A and its variants, all of which call for roundabouts.

  • Martinez hits some turbulence with state plane fiasco

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has been taken to task for misuse of a state airplane. The basics of the situation sound reasonable for the state to have undertaken.
    A production crew shooting a pilot for at TV series was stuck in Las Vegas, N.M., and needed to take a look at the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad in Chama.
    They called the head of the state film office who offered to get a state plane to fly them up. She checked with the state transportation director, two cabinet secretaries, two top state lawyers and the governor’s office.

  • Letter grades better than AYP

    Making AYP.
    This bit of education jargon has hung like a sword over schools and educators since the Bush administration introduced No Child Left Behind in 2001. In an attempt at accountability, the yardstick called Annual Yearly Progress was supposed to push schools and students toward improvement. But in design and implementation, it guaranteed that most schools would eventually not make AYP.
    So it’s hard to get excited about the new initiative, letter grades for schools. The governor considers it one of her education reform planks, and it won support from Democratic education leaders in the Legislature. Sen. Cynthia Nava, chair of the Senate Education Committee, supported the idea because it recognized growth and not just the watermark of proficiency.

  • Sports update 05-22-11

    Sullivan Field is closed

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced that Sullivan Field and the running track are closed for the summer.
    The closure of Sullivan Field is for crews to install a new artificial playing surface.
    Those with questions should call 663-2531.

    Wrestling camp starts June 6