Today's News

  • Thomas named ACS Fellow

    Kimberly Thomas, director of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Science and Technology Base Programs Office, has become the first Los Alamos researcher to be named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS).
    The ACS created the Fellows program to “recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in, and contributions to, Science, the Profession and the Society.” Fellows are selected for demonstrable excellence in the chemical sciences and outstanding service to the society.
    Thomas has served as member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Improving Practices for Regulating and Managing Low-Activity Radioactive Waste, and as Division and Program Chair of ACS’s Nuclear Chemistry and Technology division.

  • Decision by EPA may cause DPU rates to rise

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined last week that PNM must install select catalytic reduction technology (SCR) on all four units of the San Juan Generating Station within five years.

    The decision, if it stands, is estimated to increase electricity rates for Los Alamos residents by approximately 11 percent.

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) owns approximately seven percent of the generating plant’s Unit 4, which provides 36 megawatts of generating capacity – nearly half of the county’s energy requirements.

  • Fire chief finalists to visit community

    Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker postponed his retirement scheduled this summer following the May resignation of Deputy Chief Patrick Sleik, who after just 11 months on the job said it “wasn’t a good fit” for him.

    Going back to the drawing board, Tucker and other county officials launched a nationwide search for someone who would be the right fit to lead the state’s second largest fire department.

    “We had at least a dozen qualified applicants from which we narrowed the list down to five,” said Acting Assistant County Administrator Steven Lynne Tuesday.

    There are no internal candidates, he said, adding that the finalists are either currently employed as fire chiefs or are former fire chiefs.

  • Intersection earns its stripes

    Workers stripe the road at the corner of Rover and Meadow in White Rock.

  • Be There 08-17-11

    Geekout game night will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m., upstairs in the Mesa Public Library.

    Wildflower Walk with Pajarito Environmental Education Center and Chick Keller. Meet at PEEC at 5:30 p.m. to drive to Burnt Mesa. Free.

    Tsankawi Evening Walk, 6:30 p.m. Reservations required, call 672-3861 ext. 517. No charge

    The August Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site. For more information, call 661-4097.


  • Dog training class registration

    Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club will begin Sept 6. Classes this session include Puppy PlaySchool, Basic Manners and Conformation and will begin the week of Sept 26.
    Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available at http://ladoc.dogbits.com and at the LADOC building, 246 East Road. Registration is first-come, first-served, so timely registration is advised.
    Registration materials must be postmarked by Sept 16.

  • Thank you 08-17-11

    Volunteers made event possible

    Los Alamos Aquatomics hosted the New Mexico Long Course State Swim Meet during the last weekend of July. Hundreds of swimmers from Los Alamos and across the state participated. To make an event of this size successful required the efforts of many in our community.
    The team would like to thank the many volunteers, county employees, local organizations and business owners who made this meet possible.  
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce provided information packets, coupon books, maps and multiple flyers for our visiting swimmers and their families.

  • UNM-LA program receives grant

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos recently received an $874,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to improve and market the UNM-LA Applied Technologies program.
    This associate degree in applied science is designed to train students for future careers as technicians in the areas of solar, electromechanical and nano technology.
    “There is a growing need on the part of Los Alamos National Laboratory and other high tech businesses and agencies for technicians with skills in these areas,” said Applied Technologies Program Coordinator Dr. Irina Alvestad.

  • Fix the knowledge gap

    Neutral is the outlook for the New Mexico economy from the Economics Group at Wells Fargo Securities.
    Wells’ only “upside risk” appears to be “if alternative energy begins to take hold over the near term.”
    Near term? What? A year or two? Snicker, chortle. Wells’ economists must be mainlining the green air around their San Francisco offices.
    One has to wonder if the neutral declaration, issued June 24, offers some insight about New Mexico getting no mention in Wells’ much broader report, dated April 13, “Economic Dynamics and State Competitiveness.”
    Maybe, being neutral, there are no dynamics to mention and no competitiveness to analyze.

  • Entrepreneurs: Beware of the valley of death

    Business owners know it takes money to make money; production expenses must be paid before products are sold and revenue is received.
    Entrepreneurs with a business idea have an even greater need for up-front cash.
    They must have enough capital to cover negative cash flow in the early months or years of new business creation and growth.
    Without adequate initial investment, they risk falling into the so-called valley of death – the deep and wide gulf that separates a company’s need for capital and investors’ willingness to supply it.
    Also known as the grand canyon of capital need vs. availability, the valley can be shallow or deep depending on the amount of money needed to develop the idea or product.