Today's News

  • Economy bumping along

    News, good, bad and of no significance, came in the latest job numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions.
    The insignificance in the changes from January 2011 to January 2012 was both in terms of size—the changes being small—and statistics—the changes also being too small to matter.
    For example, we added all of 300 people to the labor force between December and January, the BLS said, bringing the January labor force total to 920,800 on a seasonally unadjusted basis. The change is both small and statistically insignificant.
    That the labor force grew, however slightly, was a switch, a bit of good news.

  • What's in a word?

     Thomas Jefferson once said, “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”  Of course, he could have said, “when one suffices.”  Oh well, word up!  What’s in a word?
     Years ago, my wife and I were playing Scrabble with her father and my wife laid down the word “zit” for 32 points (Z on a triple letter score).  Her father promptly objected, complaining that “zit” wasn’t a real word.  It wasn’t in his extremely large dictionary (the Merriam Webster 1953 Edition) and so it couldn’t be a word.

  • Ushering in spring

    Chamisa Elementary students got ready for the first day of spring Tuesday. Cheetah Oliver Danielson waters some freshly planted herbs for the school.

  • Chamber promotion fair

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce held its annual marketing and promotions fair at the Coffee House Café, home of the Coffee Booth, Wednesday.

  • Raising awareness about cancer

    Gov. Susana Martinez declared March “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” in New Mexico, calling the disease one of the most “preventable, treatable and beatable” forms of cancer if caught early.
    The University of New Mexico Cancer Center experts join the governor and state health officials in urging New Mexicans to get screened for colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer death in the state.
    Approximately 800 New Mexicans receive a diagnosis of colorectal cancer each year and another 300 die of the disease, according to data from the New Mexico Tumor Registry.

  • Update 03-23-12


    The fifth and sixth graders at Barranca Elementary will hold a fundraiser garage sale for Briana Engleman from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Pueblo Complex Gym. Also on Saturday, the Los Alamos High School Key Club and National Honor Society are co-hosting a pasta dinner to benefit Engleman from 5-8 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    TV appearance

  • LAPD employee under internal investigation

    A Los Alamos Police Department employee is under investigation for parking in a disabled space and telling a resident that she had the right to do so because she was a police officer.
    Sandra Quintana, however, works in the records department and is not a police officer, according to Deputy Police Chief Kevin Purtymun.
    Dispatch call records state that Quintana told Bill Dunn, who approached her for not having a proper placard, that she was a police officer.
    “It was clear that she wasn’t,” Dunn said.
    He called dispatch to inform the department that someone without a placard had parked in the disabled parking spot at the fire administration building and that he told her that she could get in trouble for parking there.

  • Voting on capital projects laid to rest

    In a twist, the Los Alamos County Council voted to take no action on the issue that prompted the overhaul of the county charter.
    Article 409 would have allowed voting on capital projects with estimated costs exceeding 15 percent of the most recently adopted budget. The amendment was defeated in a 6-1 vote, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle casting the no vote.
    Council created the Charter Review Committee in response to a petition sponsored by the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative, which called for mandated voting on every capital project of more than $1 million.
    The petition garnered 2,000 signatures, but was rejected due to its questionable legality (it logrolled unrelated amendments together), but council wanted to address the issues it raised.

  • Lab reaches magnet milestone

    Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory’s biggest magnet facility Thursday met the grand challenge of producing magnetic fields in excess of 100 tesla, while conducting six different experiments.
    The 100-tesla level is roughly equivalent to two million times Earth’s magnetic field.
    “This is our moon shot, we’ve worked toward this for a decade and a half,” said Chuck Mielke, director of the Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos.

  • Woman guilty of embezzlement

    A Los Alamos woman has been convicted of embezzling more than $8,000 from her employer, Medical Associates of Northern New Mexico.
    On March 14, Los Alamos District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson found Rebecca Jones, 30, guilty of embezzlement of between $500 and $2,500 — a fourth degree felony — as part of a plea deal.
    Jones was given a conditional discharge, meaning she’ll get no jail time, with two years of supervised probation followed by three years of unsupervised probation and she was ordered to pay $8,769 of total restitution to her employer.