Today's News

  • Rina weakens after Cancun area resorts empty

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — Hurricane Rina weakened to a tropical storm Thursday after many tourists had already abandoned Cancun and other Caribbean resorts ahead of what once threatened to be a Category 3 storm.

    Rina was forecast to be near or over Mexico's most popular tourist destinations of Cancun, Cozumel and the Riviera Maya later Thursday or early Friday before curving back out to sea. Additional weakening is forecast in the next 48 hours.

    In Playa del Carmen, the closest spot where Rina will sweep through, people were walking on the street while the sky was still clear on Thursday.

  • Jackson doctor's defense case drawing to a close

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The defense of the doctor charged in Michael Jackson's death will shift Thursday away from personality to the science that his attorneys hope will prevent the physician from being convicted.

    The final witnesses testifying for Dr. Conrad Murray will be fellow doctors, one an expert in addiction and the other in the powerful anesthetic that the Houston-based cardiologist was giving Jackson as a sleep aid.

  • Accidents wreak havoc on Wednesday commute

    Accidents on eastbound N.M. 502 and northbound N.M. 4 brought rush hour traffic to a standstill Wednesday afternoon.

    N.M. 502 traffic was backed up nearly to 15th Street. Northbound traffic on N.M. 4 was stopped beyond White Rock. Commuters faced delays of 40 minutes to more than an hour.

    During the 5–6 p.m. peak, it took a half hour to move from 15th Street to DP Road.

    As of 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, officers on the scene had not finalized their investigations, but Cpl. Doug Ehler of the Los Alamos Police Department provided preliminary reports, but rain-slick streets may have been a contributing factor.

  • Be There 10-26-11

    The Authors Speak Series presents, E.B. Held: The Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

     Fall Gardening class from 7-9 p.m. at PEEC, led by Martha Davis. Learn what to do now to prepare your garden for the spring. $20 or $18 for members. Register in advance at www.PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Running for Fun

    The Los Alamos High School cross country team sponsored an elementary run Friday. Students of various ages participated in the run.

  • Update 10-26-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close from today until Thursday for new computer system training.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Kiwanis meeting

  • Morning Accident Bogs Down Main Hill Road

    A station wagon traveling westbound collided with a pickup truck headed eastbound on N.M. 502 near Anderson’s Memorial Lookout Wednesday morning. 

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster said that both vehicles were towed from the scene. 

    The Los Alamos Fire Department transported the driver of the station wagon to Los Alamos Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. 

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs is investigating the accident, Foster said, because it occurred in that jurisdiction.

  • Leisure pool vote off to choppy start

    The County Clerk’s Office issued 13,053 ballots to registered voters last week. As of this morning, 2,825 residents have voted in the special general obligation bond election to decide whether Los Alamos County should fund construction of a leisure pool addition on the eastern side of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    “We’ve gotten 832 ballots back as undeliverable,” Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols said. “Twenty ballots that have been mailed back or dropped off at our office are unsigned and two voters died before returning their ballots so they have been classified ineligible.”

  • Local resident played key role in heat pipe technology

    (Second of a two-part series)
    Project Manager Steve Huebner delights in demonstrating the new solar thermal domestic hot water heat pipe design for the Justice Center and the Animal Shelter. When he started explaining the design to Capital Projects Division Manager Daniel Erickson, he was astounded when Erickson said, “My dad made the first working heat pipe. He used to work on them in our garage.”

    In 1963, Physicist George Grover came up with the idea for a modern heat pipe, inspired by earlier inventions such as the Perkins Tube used in locomotive boilers and ovens. Grover was a physicist, not an experimentalist, and did not know how to implement his idea. He confided the idea to T. P. Cotter, one of his team members, and swore him to secrecy.

  • WR visitor center costs skyrocket

    The Los Alamos County Council tackled an ambitious agenda during a regular session Tuesday. Here is a recap of pivotal council action taken during the meeting with more in-depth coverage of key issues in Thursday’s edition:
    • Council voted 4-3 to approve an additional $1,127,697 for the construction of the White Rock Visitors Center project and awarded the contract for $2,464,000 plus gross receipts tax to Gerald Martin. Councilors Vincent Chiravalle, Geoff Rodgers and David Izraelevitz voted against the motion.