Today's News

  • Working to end Alzheimer's

    Rep. Jim Hall, left, speaks with Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple and Jane Gunter, chair of the Los Alamos 2012 Walk to End Alzheimer’s committee.
    “This has a very personal meaning for me,” Hall said. “My mother began having memory problems at 55, and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 57. She lived over 20 years, and slowly went downhill. I think caring for her killed my father, and then I cared for her after he died. My kids never knew their grandmother.
    “I am personally really committed to this. Anything we can do to ease the lives of caregivers and find some way to relieve the symptoms is important.”

  • Lots of activities coming up at Bandelier

    If you’d like to learn more about the area, walk through Frijoles Canyon in the darkness, or do some volunteer trail work, there are good opportunities coming up at Bandelier National Monument.
    On Fridays and Saturdays, there will be Evening Ranger Programs at the Juniper Campground Amphitheater, and non-campers are welcome too.  Planned topics include: Today, “Connections”; Saturday, “Bandelier History From 1880-1916”; Friday June 29, “Bandelier History from 1880-1916”; and Saturday June 30, “Bandelier Enchantment.”   All begin at 8:30 p.m.

  • Luján introduces wildfire legislation

    Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ranking Member on the Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Ranking Member of the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands Subcommittee, and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) introduced legislation Thursday to combat catastrophic wildfires and protect rural communities.
    Recent wildfires around the country highlight the need to deal with fire risk, especially on western forests and public lands.
     The framework of this legislation builds upon the 2003 Healthy Forest Restoration Act (HFRA), which allows for expedited consideration of projects that reduce the risk of wildfire.

  • Historic Board reports to council

    Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB) Chair Gerry Strickfaden presented the board’s annual report at Tuesday night’s county council work session.
    Strickfaden’s report listed the board’s accomplishments for the past year, including the inauguration of the Historic Homestead Tour and installation of statues of J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves at Fuller Lodge. He said the statues have proved to be “quite an attraction.”

  • Update 06-22-12

    Poetry reading

    Mesa Library will be open until 9 tonight for poetry readings and other special events. The poetry readings begin at 7 p.m.

    P & Z

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 27 in council chambers.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos county council will meet at 7 p.m. June 26 at the Community Building.

    WR meeting

    The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.


  • Rangers rescue distressed hikers

    Tuesday’s Bandelier National Monument rescue was the first of the summer hiking season, Chief Ranger Tom Betts said.

    “This is our first major rescue,” he said.

    Three people were hiked out of Bandelier’s backcountry after becoming distressed and disoriented. The group – a 15-year-old male, a 48-year-old female and a 79-year-old female – headed out Monday with a three-day permit first making their way to Capulin Canyon to restock up on water and sleep for the night.

    But the group never made it, Betts said.

    “They evidently got disorganized and lost along the way,” he said.

    He said the hikers had run out of water hours earlier.

  • Tech innovations pull down more 'R&D 100' recognitions

    Technology innovations at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been recognized with three of R&D Magazine’s 2012 “R&D 100” awards.
    These awards honor the top 100 proven technological advances of the year, as selected by a group of R&D Magazine’s chosen judges.
    “Congratulations to this year’s R&D 100 award winners,” said Energy Secretary Steven Chu. “The research and development at the Department of Energy’s laboratories continues to help the nation meet our energy challenges, strengthen our national security and improve our economic competitiveness.”

  • Robot Rodeo winds down
  • Russian delegates take ideas home

    The Los Alamos Sarov Sister City Initiative (LASSCI) hosted a group of young professionals from Sarov, Russia, last week. The program was arranged through the Open World Leadership Center, which has coordinated exchange programs for future leaders since 1999. The program showcases democratic values and institutions.

    Exchanges between Sarov and Los Alamos began when the two became sister cities in the early 1990s. The exchanges have prompted changes in both cities.

  • Joint fire center coming

    As the one-year anniversary of New Mexico’s second largest wildfire on record approaches, an focused multi-federal agency effort is now underway to build a permanent Interagency Fire Center in the heart of Northern New Mexico’s fire country.

    Building upon the success of last year’s multi-agency coordination during the Las Conchas fire, the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Bandelier National Monument, and Santa Fe National Forest have again partnered to enhance northern New Mexico fire protection efforts by building a 6,400-square foot facility to serve as a joint coordination and response center for fire events.