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Today's News

  • Sandia produces micro-sized solar cells

    ALBUQUERQUE – Sandia National Laboratories scientists have developed tiny glitter-sized photovoltaic cells that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected and used.

    In an announcement Monday, the laboratory speculated that the tiny cells could turn a person into a walking solar battery charger if they were fastened to flexible substrates molded around unusual shapes, such as clothing.

  • Greenhouse gas emissions are up

    ALBUQUERQUE —  An inventory of New Mexico’s greenhouse gas production shows residents have reduced their average emissions from gasoline use over a seven-year period, but they’re consuming more energy to heat, cool and power their homes.

    Despite efforts by Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration to address climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions, a draft inventory prepared by the state Environment Department shows New Mexico’s total direct emissions increased by about 4 percent between 2000 and 2007 to 80 million metric tons.

  • Tax increases may be inevitable

    SANTA FE ­— Government efficiency is currently the major focus in Santa Fe. Maybe it was the stern warning from legislative leaders that tax hikes are not inevitable as Gov. Bill Richardson has suggested.

    The spotlight on tax increases certainly will return as the Budget Balancing Task Force makes its report to the governor.

  • Give thanks year round, not just during Christmas

    SANTA FE — Merry  Christmas. I hope saying that doesn’t ruin somebody’s day. I realize not all of you are Christians but ours is a diverse society. We should all be willing to appreciate each other’s traditions.    

    A Jewish congregation down the street places a large menorah on its fence, this time of year, which I always appreciate. Apparently the rest of the neighbors do too because it goes back up every year.

  • Police scrutinize policies and procedures

    Nearing the end of a lengthy accreditation process, Los Alamos Police Department officials recently participated in a special two-day policy validation session earlier this month.

    “The point is to ensure not only that we have the policies and standards in place, but that the supervisors from every one of our departments understands and implements them correctly,” Chief Wayne Torpy said during an interview Wednesday.

  • Showing off the reason for the season

    The Los Alamos Crèche Show began as a small but creative idea launched by the chairman of one committee at one local church.

    When the 16th annual Crèche Show was held at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, this year however, the show was an established success.

    Gail and Roy Capshaw, the husband and wife team who chaired the show this year, said it drew 300 exhibitors. The nativity sets exhibited came from 44 countries. A record 600 people came to see the show. And people from churches all over town were involved.

  • A view from the other side of the notepad

    If you look in the habitat of print journalists, you won’t find many with any fashion sense. In fact, if you could see our closets, you’d probably laugh. One reporter I knew thought hiking boots, jeans and a flannel shirt constituted professional attire – and this was a woman.

    So that’s why Gilbert Gallegos stood out from the crowd. It’s not that he was a flashy dresser, but in a newsroom of the, uh, stylishly challenged he stood out in his khakis, pressed white shirt and tie.

  • Explosion at test firing site causes $1 million in damages

    An unusually loud noise after an explosive experiment at a firing site at Los Alamos National Laboratory at about 3:10 p.m. on Dec. 16 alerted researchers to a possible safety problem.

    According to an occurrence report obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, the researchers involved in a large-bore powder gunshot waited about 20 minutes before they left a neighboring bunker and went out to see what happened.

  • Health Alert: Three New Mexicans with existing health issues die from H1N1

  • Start the New Year off right

    The New Year offers everyone the opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Whatever negativity existed during the previous year is no longer present; the brand new year offers a fresh new start. The First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos and City-Wide Worship and Prayer are giving the community the chance to begin 2010 on the right footing.

    The churches are hosting Watchnight Worship from 11:30-midnight Dec. 31 at the First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos.