Today's News

  • LWV Convention slated for Los Alamos

    The League of Women Voters of New Mexico will have its 2011 state convention May 14-15 at the Holiday Inn Express. The Convention will adopt program and budget for the next two years and elect new officers and directors. Its business meetings and several of the associated events are open to the public.
    The League of Women Voters organized in 1920, just months before the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. Its initial purpose was to educate women to their new responsibility of becoming knowledgeable voters. Educating voters continues to be the league’s mission.

  • Local gets work published after 30 years

    Thirty years after writing  “Second Cousins,” Doug Roberts, who lives in Nambé but worked for 20 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recently published the science fiction work on Amazon.com. The book is available as an ebook.
    Roberts explained when he first wrote the book he was unsuccessful in getting it published, so he shelved the project for several years until recently, when he decided to “dust it off” and basically rewrote the entire book.
    This time, he was successful.
    “It feels wonderful. I always felt being a writer was the ideal profession for me because I like to read. I thought it would be the ideal process to be able to write stories that other people could enjoy,” Roberts said.

  • Fractal fun

    Last week, Piñon Elementary’s Niamh Short learned that she took first prize for her fractal design, after lessons taught by Rhonda Harmon and Lorraine Whalen. Art from Los Alamos Public School students will be on display in the Children’s Rotunda at Mesa Public Library starting Sunday.
    The community is invited to take part in a larger challenge, by working with software to create their own fractal by visiting the www.nextbigideala.com.
    Short will have her art displayed, in a large scale rendering, on Metzger’s at the end of May.

  • A little gesture goes a long way

    This week we head into one of my favorite times of the year, staff and teacher appreciation week, May 1-7.
    This is the time when you have the opportunity to appreciate the people that spend most of each day with our children, for a majority of the year.
    Once referred to as just teacher appreciation week, it now encompasses everyone from front office staff, instructional assistants and specialists, to custodians.
    It is the perfect time to send a note, bake a treat, or whatever inspires you or your child to “take a second, make a difference,” in the day-to-day operations of our LAPS staff.

  • LAYL’s Wild Day is just around the corner

    With the month of May here, the students of Los Alamos Youth Leadership are gearing up for the running of the children.
    Like the running of the bulls in Pamplona, during LAYL Wild Day, local elementary students will run after the youth leaders for hours of hands-on fun and there will be food, too.
    The event is scheduled for May 7 and will be in conjunction with the Hershey Track and Field event, sponsored by Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation. Parks and Recreation agreed to share Sullivan Field for the day as Los Alamos High School construction projects move ahead.
    The combined event just might be the last community activity that takes place on the field prior to the May 12-Aug. 19 time frame, when artificial turf will be installed.

  • Four pleas for CYFD

    I am an attorney who recently has had the opportunity to represent a number of persons who were investigated by employees of Child Protective Services Division of the Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) on allegations by persons unknown of child abuse.  
    Every report was unsubstantiated and none of them should have been investigated.  I would like to offer some observations to your readers who may be thinking about reporting someone, on the child abuse hotline or otherwise, to CYFD, and some suggestions to CYFD for improving their system.

  • Construction Zone 05-01-11

    Public Works Projects: For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.
    N.M. 502 Truck Traffic (Airport Runway Extension Project)
    Expect heavy volumes of slow moving and turning truck traffic on westbound N.M. 502 through mid-May. As the trucks climb the hill, its speed slows to 20-25 mph and is further reduced when the trucks make the turn onto airport property. Do not tailgate, do not pass in the turn lanes, pay attention to the traffic ahead of you, and expect 5-10 minute delays.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4
    Expect significant changes to traffic control next week as the contractor starts shifting traffic to the west side of Diamond Drive. Once the shift is complete, expect the following:

  • Monitoring group gets new name

    The community outreach group, formerly known as the Community Radiation Monitoring Group (CRMG), has a new name.
    This week, the New Mexico Community Foundation announced the new name of the group would be called the Forum For Environmental Education and Dialogue (NMCF FEED).
    According to RACER Outreach Coordinator, Sarah Wolters, the first meeting will be May 12 from 5-7 p.m. at Espanola’s Northern New Mexico College in Room AD #101.

  • Got food?

    Two young mountain lions have been frequenting the yard of Los Alamos residents Paige and Bill Purtymun. They recently encountered this curious cub on the back deck of their North Mesa Home.


  • Airport runway project takes off

    Drivers who frequent N.M. 502 probably have probably encountered huge dump trucks lumbering up the Main Hill Road and turning off onto a side dirt road near Los Alamos Airport. The activity is part of the work that’s being done to the airport’s runway.

    The project involves two phases, said Mike Harris, field representative for Delta Airport Consultants, Inc. The runway is being extended and then rehabilitated.

    The total cost of the project is $6.5 million. To pay for the project, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and State Aviation Department are contributing $6,337,500 and the county is paying $162,000.

    Kiewit is the contractor hired to do the work.