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Today's News

  • Update 12-11-11

    Committee meeting

    Trinity Drive Technical Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis noon-1 p.m. meetings Tuesday at Jewish Center on Sage Street: Dec. 13-Steve Watts, general manager, on progress made by the new Los Alamos Co-operative Market. Dec. 20-Jessamy Phillips will speak briefly about her experience in a nursing program in Africa.

    Ceremony

    A naturalization ceremony for new citizens takes place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Fuller Lodge.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Council meets

  • Questions swirl around $6 billion nuclear lab

    SANTA FE (AP) — At Los Alamos National Laboratory, scientists and engineers refer to their planned new $6 billion nuclear lab by its clunky acronym, CMRR, short for Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility. But as a work in progress for three decades and with hundreds of millions of dollars already spent, nomenclature is among the minor issues.

    Questions continue to swirl about exactly what kind of nuclear and plutonium research will be done there, whether the lab is really necessary, and — perhaps most important — will it be safe, or could it become New Mexico’s equivalent of Japan’s Fukushima?

  • Lunar eclipse visible in White Rock

    The moon on its way to full eclipse at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, just before setting, as the sun was rising. This photo was taken with a 300 mm lens, f2.8, 1/8 second, ISO 200, looking west from Pajarito Acres.

  • Lunar eclipse visible in White Rock

    The moon on its way to full eclipse at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, just before setting, as the sun was rising. This photo was taken with a 300 mm lens, f2.8, 1/8 second, ISO 200, looking west from Pajarito Acres.

  • Deputy fire chief retires

    Acting Deputy Fire Chief Mark Sandoval retired Thursday following a career that spanned 21-1/2 years at the Los Alamos Fire Department.

    “I’ve been very impressed with Mark,” said new Fire Chief Troy Hughes. “He was one of the people who took me around and showed me the fire department and one of the reasons I decided to come to Los Alamos. I would have loved for him to stay on longer but I understand … he’s had a great career, quietly accomplishing many things for the department behind Chief Mac (Doug MacDonald) and Chief Tucker.”

    Former Fire Chief Doug MacDonald worked with Sandoval for many years.

  • Hay shortage stresses shelters

    Bitter winter temperatures, drought and fire have hammered hay growers throughout the Southwest. The shortfall has horse owners and cattle ranchers searching for new supply sources and most are struggling to cope with high prices.

    “Fortunately, I have a good hay source who has been able to keep us stocked and kept his prices low,” said resident Nancy Ambrosiano. “But I’ve heard of it selling for $14 a bale; 15 years ago, it would have been $5.” There are reports of the livestock feed selling for as much as $20 a bale in Silver City.

  • 3 women accept Nobel Peace Prize

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — Three women who fought injustice, dictatorship and sexual violence in Liberia and Yemen accepted the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, calling on repressed women worldwide to rise up against male supremacy.

    "My sisters, my daughters, my friends — find your voice," Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said after collecting her Nobel diploma and medal at a ceremony in Oslo.

    Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female president, shared the award with women's rights campaigner Leymah Gbowee, also from Liberia, and Tawakkul Karman, a female icon of the protest movement in Yemen.

  • Local gymnasts earn accolades at Santa Fe competition

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers performed recently at the Halloween Invite hosted by Zia Gymnastics in Santa Fe. 

    In attendance were 160 gymnasts representing eight New Mexico teams from Santa Fe, Taos, Gallup, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Los Alamos.  Fourteen Tumblers competed in Levels 4, 5 and 6, bringing home nine gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.

    The Level 4 Atomic Tumblers took three of the top four spots in the 6-7 year-old age group, as well as first place on all four events. 

  • VIDEO: Griffin Wins First Heisman Trophy for Baylor

    Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III beat out preseason favorite Andrew Luck for the Heisman Trophy, awarded to college football's best player of the season.

  • NM man talks of ordeal in Arizona mountains

    GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — Dana and Elizabeth Davis had spent nearly five grueling days stranded in their car in the rugged Arizona mountains during a snowstorm when they finally realized they needed to venture out for help.

    The car had run out of gas, and their rations of sandwiches, cookies, chocolate bars and juice were depleted. Dana, 86, bundled in multiple layers of clothing, put socks on his hands for warmth as he and 82-year-old Elizabeth started walking.