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Today's News

  • Hot spots found in Pajarito watersheds

    For the third time in two weeks, officials of New Mexico Environment Department have raised an issue about water quality in Los Alamos.

    The latest report came in the form of a comprehensive assessment of surface water quality on the Pajarito Plateau, a collection of more than 29,000 data points from 78 stations, covering the period from 2004-2009.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like anything

    This is an interesting time of the year. Snowfalls paint a wonderful texture on the sagebrush, and the distant mountains become picturesque with their candle-dripped white caps. The mesas glimmer in the sunlight with their earth tone colors sporting ice floes. The entire landscape seems to yell out like a George Henry Durrie painting.

  • Gas leak to force closure on portion of Central Avenue Saturday

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Utilities have reported a gas leak in the vicinity of Central Avenue and 20th Street requires immediate repair and will shut down a portion of Central Avenue Saturday between 7a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Natural gas service will be unvailable to utilities customers in that area while the repair work is underway. As more is discovered, utility officials warn that the worksite may expand or change.

  • LANS earns $72.1 million for FY2009

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, earned $72.1 million in fees for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2009, according to a brief summary released Tuesday.

    The lab earned 90 percent of the $80.2 million overall available fee.

    Of the “at risk” portion of the incentive fee for its contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration, LANS, the partnership that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, earned $43.3 million, or 84 percent of the at-risk portion of the fee.

  • Barranca students help give hope to Cambodia children

    During their quest for global awareness, the Barranca Mesa School sixth grade GATE students not only learned more about the Kampong Speu Province in Cambodia, but they significantly impacted many of the province’s villages.

    Under the direction of GATE teacher Andrea Spence and student coordinator Alex Csanadi, students teamed up with the local charity, Cambodia’s Hope, to have a fundraiser.

    The fundraiser, Spence said, was held for two days during lunch and recesses during which children sold small, handcrafted items from Cambodia.

  • State steps up efforts to feed needy students

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Human Services Department will begin automatically signing up students for free and reduced lunches each month.

    Human Services Department Secretary-designate Kathryn Falls said Wednesday children enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families programs qualify for the National School Lunch Program.

    Falls says checking for new children participating in those federal programs each month will allow more students to get free and reduced lunches.

  • New jobless claims rise last week, fragile economic recovery stutters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits rose last week as the recovery of the nation's battered labor market proceeds in fits and starts.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that the number of new jobless claims rose to 480,000 last week, up 7,000 from the previous week. That was a worse performance than the decline to 465,000 that economists had expected.

  • NMAA: Game reductions voted down

    Members of the New Mexico Activities Association voted to have no reductions in number of scheduled seasonal events, the association said in a press release Wednesday.

    The NMAA, the governing body of most interscholastic sports in the state, issued a referenda to member schools Dec. 3 asking if sports should lower the number of allowable regular season contests.

    In all, 116 of the 163 member schools responded. According to the press release, 52 schools (45 percent) voted that no reduction in games be allowed.

  • NEWS ALERT: NMED cited Los Alamos County for allowing a discharge of the contaminant PCB into Los Alamos Canyon from the County Annex Building.
  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:Sharing stories with the community

    My sister once commented that if her acquaintances ever connected the dots between her family and this column, they would know all about  her life.

    Perhaps it is a little odd to have strangers know you before you ever open your mouth, but I can’t help sharing. As this year concludes, I think more and more that 2009 has been one of the best and my sister’s family has played a major role in that fact. Everything they have been involved in is more rich and luminescent.