Today's News

  • Rachel's Challenge returns to LAMS

    Dave Gamache from Rachel’s Challenge will return to the Hawk’s nest at Los Alamos Middle School next week to show the impact one young person can make on the world.
    The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board will once again assist in demonstrating how using the 40 developmental assets, specifically that of empowering youth, will build in to the PBS plan at the middle school, to be safe, be responsible, be respectful.

  • Recognizing teachers with Hubba Awards

    I was once asked if assets was just about creating events. While I wasn’t sure how to take the question, I did ponder the answer.
    The answer is yes, if you understand two things. In my opinion, assets is about relationships and communication.
    So while you may see “an event,” called Cookies and Conversation, I’m striving to build asset number three – other adult relationships — through the event.
    When a youth has three or more adults in their lives, they tend to be more successful.
    When you see “an event,” involving students at the youth activity center, I’m working on the asset category called constructive use of time.

  • Mars rocks fell in Africa

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are confirming a recent and rare invasion from Mars: meteorite chunks from the red planet that fell in Morocco last July.
    This is only the fifth time scientists have chemically confirmed Martian meteorites that people witnessed falling. The fireball was spotted in the sky six months ago, but the rocks weren’t discovered on the ground in North Africa until the end of December.
    This is an important and unique opportunity for scientists trying to learn about Mars’ potential for life. So far, no NASA or Russian spacecraft has returned bits of Mars, so the only Martian samples scientists can examine are those that come here in a meteorite shower.

  • Nanotube 'glow sticks' transform science tool kit

    Many physical and chemical processes necessary for biology and chemistry occur at the interface of water and solid surfaces. Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory publishing in Nature Nanotechnology have now shown that semiconducting carbon nanotubes — light emitting cylinders of pure carbon — have the potential to detect and track single molecules in water.
    Using high-speed microscopic imaging, they found that nanotubes could both detect and track the motion of individual molecules as they bombard the surface at the water interface.
    Traditional techniques to investigate molecules on surfaces cannot be used in water because the study requires low-pressure atmospheres such as one finds in space.

  • LANL's Anderson-Cook honored

    Christine Anderson-Cook of Los Alamos National Laboratory was recently selected as a Fellow of the American Society for Quality, or ASQ.
    Anderson-Cook, who works in the Statistical Sciences Group at LANL, was recognized for research in quality in the areas of design of experiments and reliability, for interdisciplinary collaboration and training of statistical thinking and quality ideas, and for dedicated service to the growth and practice of the quality profession.
    ASQ Fellows are recognized based on their pre-eminence in technology, theory, education, or the application or management of quality control. ASQ Fellows represent diverse industries on a global scale.

  • Update 01-17-12

    Trinity Site

    The first of two question and answer sessions concerning the Trinity Site will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Pajarito Room in Fuller Lodge. The second will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Business meeting

    The CIP Evaluation and Oversight Committee will hold a business meeting at 5:15 p.m. Thursday in the council chambers.

    Teen center

    The Teen Center Phase 1 Study final public meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Aquatic Center training room.

    Nature Center

  • State Legislature gets underway at the Round House

    Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration is trying to do a better job of reaching out to Democrats and Republicans in the Legislature this year.

    The Democratic-controlled Legislature returned to work at noon today for a 30-day session.

    Martinez delivered her “state of the state” address and two of the people she cited were former Los Alamos fire chief Doug Tucker and present police chief Wayne Torpy for their work during the Las Conchas Fire.

    A top assignment for lawmakers is approving a budget to finance state government. The Republican governor will outline her legislative priorities in a state of the state speech to a joint session of the House and Senate shortly after the session convenes.

  • LAFD develops four-year plan

    The internationally accredited Los Alamos Fire Department has a new chief and a new path forward. The goals, functions, objectives and measures of the department are outlined in a 2012-2016 Strategic Plan.
    Part of implementing the plan is filling several top level openings that have occurred recently due to retirements.

    “We’re about midway to getting a new deputy chief on board and we’ll fill other leadership openings that we have in the department shortly after that,” Chief Troy Hughes said. “We hope to make a decision on a new deputy chief by Friday.”

    Hughes chairs a panel of seven tasked with determining the best persons for the senior-level openings.

  • Economic vitality administrator starts Feb. 6

    Los Alamos County’s first economic vitality administrator, Scott Frederick, held the position for less than seven months before being terminated in November 2010. Less than a month later, County Administrator Tony Mortillaro also was terminated. The position of economic vitality administrator - along with several other key positions - fell into limbo, awaiting the appointment of a new county administrator.

    The wait is over. Greg Fisher has been hired to implement the county’s Economic Vitality Strategic Plan.

  • Los Alamos Plaza moves forward

    In 2008, the proposed Los Alamos Plaza had a complete roster of tenants eager to move in. The management and development team, Los Alamos Plaza, LLC (LAP), was ready to break ground when the economy collapsed and financing dried up.

    Now the project, located at 2201 Trinity Drive across from Ashley Pond, is on the verge of becoming a reality. Developers expect to break ground this spring, and have phase I ready for occupancy a year later.

    The 60,000 square foot structure will have retail space on the ground floor, two floors of office space and 14 luxury penthouses on the top floor. Two other buildings will follow the same floor plan.