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Today's News

  • Aiken to share his Antarctic experiences

    The next meeting of the Los Alamos Geological Society will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Christian Church, 92 East Road.
    Dan Aiken, retired from Freeport-McMoran Copper and Gold, Inc., will present a talk entitled, “The Way to Antarctica: Land and Sea.”
    It is not easy getting to Antarctica. It takes luck, commitment, timing, money, seasick medication and some good garments, plus an exceptional guidebook to remote places.
    Equipped with all of the above, plus a healthy fear of Drake’s Passage and the experience of being left behind on pack ice, Aiken  journeyed south from Brazil, where he was living. This talk is about that journey and how the geology of Antarctica relates to the breakup of Gondwana.

  • Students have a scientific summer

    The perfect pair is at it again and will be  at it all summer long. Liz Martineau and Gordon McDonough of the Bradbury Science Museum will once again elevate science in the minds and hearts of community youth.
    This year the team includes a host of fellow collaborators to assist on the lifelong learning path. Their friends at Pajarito Environmental Education Center, Los Alamos Historical Museum, Bandelier National Monument, Fuller Lodge Art Center, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and Assets In Action have come together to sponsor free events, open to the community, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays.

  • MOWW meeting slated for Tuesday

    The MG Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars in Los Alamos announces that Chris Ortega, senior weaver of the Chimayó Ortega weaving family will be the guest speaker at the June dinner meeting at 6 p.m. June 21 at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel.
    Ortega will talk about the Ortega weaving family. He is retired from the Los Alamos County Utilities department, where he was the utilities department manager. Ortega is currently chairman of the Los Alamos County Utilities Board.

  • NMDT to do a Tour de France in dance

    Nine dancers from the New Mexico Dance Theater and five dancers from the School of the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet will take part in a two-week tour of France this summer.
    “This is extremely exciting,” said NMDT director Susan Baker-Dillingham, “and we are so lucky to have Jefferson Baum directing the tour.”
    Baum, a member of the ASFB faculty, who joined the NMDT faculty last year after teaching at the NMDT Summer Dance Intensive, has been impressed enough to put a collaborative tour together featuring students from both schools.
    “Jefferson has taken groups of pre-professional dancers to France in the past and I am elated he feels the NMDT dancers are ready for such a challenge,” Baker-Dillingham said.

  • High winds, temperatures propel wildfires

    ALBUQUERQUE — Firefighters are confronting strong winds and steamy weekend temperatures in their battle to keep more homes, dry forests and stretches of high desert from the flames of several wildfires throughout the Southwest.
    With summer rains still weeks away, forecasters said crews would likely have little relief from the hot, windy weather that dogging them this past week. More high-wind warnings and fire weather watches were on tap for many areas through the weekend.
    Along the New Mexico-Colorado border, the wind got stronger as Friday progressed, testing fire lines that had been cleared through the rugged wooded area by bulldozers.
    Flags at the incident command post were whipping.

  • LANL names fund recipients

    Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has selected Manhattan Isotopes Technology, LLC and Vista Therapeutics, Inc. as recipients of $100,000 awards from the Los Alamos National Security, LLC Venture Acceleration Fund.
    The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) invests in innovative Northern New Mexico companies seeking to commercialize technology and take it to market faster.
    VAF investments help the companies and their technologies reach the next level of success through business development activities such as proof-of-concept, prototyping, securing initial customers, or additional funding. Projects with an association with LANL technology or expertise receive preference for funding.

  • Co-op hosts Student Sustainability Challenge

    Organic food and environmentally friendly products were only part of the reason the Student Sustainability Challenge visited the Los Alamos Cooperative Market on Wednesday. The co-op’s business model provides insight into an array of sustainable practices.

    Event coordinator Angelica Gurule, of the Environmental-Risk Reduction Office, introduced General Manager Steve Watts by saying, “You vote with your cash. Every time you make a purchase you vote for what you want that store to supply.”

  • Rail Runner weekend service to be eliminated

    ALBUQUERQUE — Regional transit officials have voted to end weekend service on New Mexico’s commuter train.
    The Rio Metro Regional Transit District Board announced the decision Friday.
    The board had been considering two weekday schedule options for the New Mexico Rail Runner Express, but members instead voted 6-5 to eliminate weekend service to balance the fiscal year 2012 budget.
    The budget is $1.2 million less than the previous year because certain federal air quality dollars will no longer be available.
    Board chairman Steve Shaw says the board thinks it’s important to support the initial mission of the commuter train without affecting people who use it to get to and from work.

    The Associated Press

  • Update 06-19-11

    Film Series
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Yogi Bear,” at 7 p.m. June 27 in the White Rock Town Hall.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 20 has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. June 27. The meeting will be at the Community Building.

    Tour de Los Alamos
    Tour de Los Alamos, beginning in downtown Los Alamos Sunday. For more information, visit www.tourdelosalamos.org.

    Skate park closed
    The White Rock Skate Park will be undergoing maintenance repairs and minor renovations by the Parks Division and will be closed June 14 through the expected completion date of June 23.

    Girls circle canceled

  • LA county to receive $82K in PILT funding

    New Mexico counties will share nearly $33 million in payment in lieu of taxes (PILT), but Los Alamos County will not be receiving much of the pie.

    Los Alamos County, which has 36,526 acres, will receive a payment of $82,450, the third lowest total in the state.

    Los Alamos has received anywhere between $78K and $82K the past five years.
    “It is a small part of the budget,” said Randy Autio, the acting county administrator. “It is the normal distribution and it is what we normally get.”

    The biggest payout will go to Eddy County, which will receive just over $3.1 million and the lowest payout will go to Quay County, which will be $4,328. Eddy County has an acreage of 1,578,129 and Quay has a total of 1,809.