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Today's News

  • A good story to sink your teeth into

    When “Fried Green Tomatoes” came out in 1991, every woman in America loved it. It was immediately heralded as the ultimate “chick flick,” and no wonder. It has four strong female leads.

    It focuses on women’s stories and women’s problems. It features a really lovely man, who dies, and an absolutely terrible man, who also dies. Men didn’t like the film much at all.

  • Council chooses Wismer as chair

    There was uncertainty but no surprise as Los Alamos County Council appointed a new chair Tuesday night. Mike Wismer, a political independent, was the unanimous choice to become the next chairman, moving up after serving as vice chair last year.

    He succeeds former chair Mike Wheeler who attended the meeting in a wheelchair after a ski hill accident over the holidays.

    Moments later, Sharon Stover was nominated and unanimously elected vice chair.

    Selecting a new chair and vice chair on the council occurs at the beginning of every year.

  • Lucky lab engineers to share $200K lottery winnings

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A dozen Los Alamos National Laboratory employees have claimed a $200,000 prize that one of them announced to the others in a three-page PowerPoint presentation.

    Shean Monahan, who bought the ticket, says the announcement caused whoops and hollers, but one winner thought it was a joke.

    The 11 engineers and their administrative assistant had chipped in so Monahan could buy 10 tickets for the Jan. 2 drawing.

    Monahan discovered the $200,000 prize Monday night, but decided it was too late to call the others.

  • December retail sales offer glimmer of hope for nation's merchants

    NEW YORK (AP) — Last-minute holiday shoppers brought relief to the nation's retailers, handing them modest sales gains for the holiday season and prompting several to raise their fourth-quarter profit outlooks.

    The improved profit picture comes because retailers never had to resort to drastic price-cutting after keeping inventories lean.

    Still, retailers are facing tough months ahead as consumer spending is expected to remain weak amid high unemployment and tight credit.

  • Paying homage to white

    Off and on throughout his life, Henry Finney has made art. It was not, however, his first profession. “I was a sociologist … for 20 years (but) I’ve been making art all my life,” he said.

    It would become a major part of his life. Finney realized that while working as a sociologist was rewarding, it “did not satisfy the right side of my mind.”

    There was another side to Finney that needed to be expressed.

  • Sports update

    Adult racquetball league registration open at YMCA

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting registrations for its adult racquetball league.

    The league is open to anyone ages 16 and over. Players can arrange their own match times during the week.

    Several matches are guaranteed throughout the season, which runs from Feb. 9-April 19. The season will end in a tournament.

    Price for participation is $27 for YMCA members, $43 for non-members. Registration closes. Feb. 21. Registration can be done at the YMCA or online.

  • Six Monkeys: We’re having an apple!

    It’s only 8:48 a.m. and I’ve already eaten twice today. I just destroyed some miniature peanut butter cracker sandwiches. I had breakfast less than two hours ago, but I’ve reached the stage in life where I need to eat miniature peanut butter cracker sandwiches, or bunny-shaped grahams or cheese quesadillas or hamburgers, about six times per day. I’ve reached that stage where my New Year’s resolution necessarily is to gain weight, at least until July.

    At which point, I plan to leave the kitchen long enough to give birth to a baby.

  • Community offered a business opportunity

    In the ‘80s, the search for the new business paradigm shift was going full steam. Businesses yearned to find new and better work models that would reap the most awards. Today, a paradigm shift of sorts is arriving in Los Alamos. The community is being introduced to a type of business that while not new, it is certainly unique in Los Alamos.  

  • Group of LANL employees has lucky numbers

    Twelve friends who work together at Los Alamos National Laboratory won a $200,000 Powerball jackpot this week.

    Shean Monahan, the spokesperson for the group said Wednesday that he found out about it the night before when he stopped by the convenience store where they bought the tickets. When the attendant put the tickets in a machine, it said “Claim at Lottery.”

    The attendant didn’t know what that meant, except that it was too high for him to pay out, Monahan said.

  • Light slingers

    Among the astonishing concepts coming into view at this year’s American Astronomical Society was a homegrown explanation for how pulsars sling light through the universe.

    John Singleton and Andrea Schmidt of Los Alamos National Laboratory have taken their observational analysis of a poorly understood cosmic phenomenon to the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., as part of what is expected to be the largest gathering of astronomers in history.