Today's News

  • US, Russian lab directors meet in California to plan collaboration

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Russian State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom) announced the successful completion of the first meeting of the U.S. and Russian laboratory directors since 2004, a step toward improving nuclear security and scientific collaboration.

    The two-day meeting provided an opportunity for U.S. and Russian laboratory directors, and representatives of Rosatom and NNSA to craft the next set of steps toward scientific and technical cooperation in areas that include non-proliferation, fundamental and applied research, energy and the environment, and nuclear medicine.

  • Health care law waivers stir suspicion of favors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the Department of Waivers and Adjustments. It's doing a brisk business with the new health care law.

    President Barack Obama's administration has granted nearly 1,400 waivers easing requirements of the new health care law, and some critics on the right say Obama is giving his political allies a pass from burdensome requirements everyone else will have to live with.

    But what if the waivers work more like a safety valve? What if during the transition to a new system they can prevent unintended consequences — such as people with bare-bones insurance losing their current coverage, or insurers closing shop in a particular state?

  • Another dry, windy month for Los Alamos, White Rock

    The drought continued in Los Alamos in May. 2011 has brought only 16 percent of the normal amount of January through May precipitation to Los Alamos. White Rock has had only 7.5 percent of the normal precipitation.

    That’s 0.3 inches instead of 4.1 inches through May, with a long way to go to reach the yearly normal 14 inches there. No year has been this dry in Los Alamos County, not since the record began in 1910.  

  • Cabins lost in Arizona fire

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says at least three summer rental cabins have burned in the Wallow wildfire in the White Mountains of eastern Arizona.
    Eastern Arizona Incident Management Team spokesman Bill Bishop said the cabins are located in the Beaver Creek area south of Alpine. The U.S. Forest Service says the Wallow fire has burned 165 square miles.
    At 106,000 acres, the Wallow fire has now become the fourth-largest in state history.

  • Construction Zone 06-05-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call  662-8150.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011
    Canyon Closure at Diamond: On June 6, the contractor will be closing both legs of Canyon Road at Diamond Drive. Eastbound Canyon traffic can access Canyon Road from Trinity at 39th Street.
    All driveways on Canyon will remain open except the High School Jock Lot (Griffith Gym). Westbound Canyon through traffic should detour to Trinity at either Oppenheimer or 39th Street. Access the First Methodist Church via University Drive.

  • Update 06-05-11

    LTAB meeting
    Lodgers Tax Advisory Board  will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Chamber of Commerce conference room.

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on June 6 at the community training room in the Community Building.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet at 7 p.m., Tuesday in the council chambers.

    Public meeting
    A public meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Holiday Inn Express to hear feedback on the county administrator search.

  • Campbell ‘contributed to the community in a big way’

    Those who knew Larry Campbell talk of his generous spirit and his contributions to the community. “I don’t think he knew anyone but friends,” said Nancy Cerutti, senior planner for Los Alamos County Community Development Department.

    Laurence (Larry) Campbell died Thursday after a yearlong battle with lung cancer.

    He was 74.

    “He was a dear man who contributed to the community in a big way,” said Nancy Bartlit, a Los Alamos Historical Society board member.

    Campbell retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in 2001 after 35 years of service. He served as president of both the Historical Society and the Rotary Club and on the board of the New Mexico Historical Society.

  • Critics line up against CMRR project

    It’s a familiar scene in New Mexico: Peace activists, environmentalists and scientists lining up to oppose expansions of the military and nuclear facilities that are a major economic engine for the state.

    They were back in force last week, this time to oppose the “bomb factory,” ‘’cash cow” and “jobs program for scientists” — their names for a $5.8 billion nuclear lab being designed to replace the 60-year-old lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory where scientists make and store the “pits,” or cores, of the nation’s nuclear bombs. It’s a project that has been on the drawing board for nearly a decade, and one that won’t be finished for at least another decade.

  • Retirement signals end of an era

    Friday afternoon Hedy Dunn’s title changed from Director of the Los Alamos Historical Museum to Director Emeritus. About 120 people turned out to honor Dunn’s contributions at a retirement party May 22.

    “It just won’t be the same without her. Hedy has been a significant part of the society almost since its founding in the late ‘60s. Her legacy to this town is indescribable,” said Nancy Bartlit, who serves on the Los Alamos Historical Society board. “She has been incredibly reliable and dedicated. I’ve always said we’ll need to hire three people to take her place. I’m glad we’ve got Heather to step in.”

  • Meet the new lab director

    Twenty years ago, Charlie McMillan never envisioned being a laboratory director.
    McMillan remembers telling his family when they were in California how much fun it was just being a scientist at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

    “I took the kids to the lab site and we were going home at the end of the day,” McMillan said. “My son said to me, you have the perfect job. Why would you give it up?

    “When I started my career, I was a physicist and it was a blast,” McMillan said. “I never thought about management and I definitely did not have a grand plan to be a lab director.”

    Funny how things change.