Today's News

  • 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.

  • Ice rink ready for the season

    Skating on a circle of ice set in a wintry background is a popular holiday image. The Los Alamos Recreation Department, however, is adding more seasonal spirit to the picture.

    Skate with Santa will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Santa and his posse will continue to mingle with the public from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission will be $6.50 for adults and $2.50 for children age 5 and younger both days.

    Not only can skaters take their picture with Santa and socialize with his elves, but they will also get a candy cane.

  • Chu announces 2009 award winners

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today the winners of the 2009 E.O. Lawrence Award for their outstanding contributions in research and development supporting the Department of Energy and its missions.

    The award is one of the most prestigious honors given by the department.

    The six winners named today will receive a gold medal, a citation and $50,000.  Winners will be honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. early next year.

  • Anastasio briefs Vice President Biden

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio participated in a White House briefing Wednesday.

    The White House released a brief “readout” of the meeting Vice President Joe Biden held with directors of the national security labs.

    The subject of the meeting was the state of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

    The White House reported that Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Deputy Enrgy Secretary Dan Poneman, National Nuclear Security Administrator Tom D’Agostino, and officials from the Departments of State and Defense were also present.

  • Another hurdle cleared

     A major milestone was achieved Tuesday. After three years of conversation, Los Alamos County and the Los Alamos Public Schools took a major step forward in both the Airport Basin project and the Trinity revitalization project.

    Tuesday, the State Board of Finance approved the three documents for the Trinity development project, Superintendent Gene Schmidt reported during the regular school board meeting Tuesday night.

  • 12-17 Update

    Hear some Christmas music

      Lynn Lamb’s piano students will perform Christmas music at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge.  Performing on the recital will be Becky Cai, Ariel Chen, Steve Chen, Kevin Gao, Victor Kim, Irene Kwon, Andrew Li, David Li, Kathy Lin, Ben Liu, Alice Shao, Kerry Song, Peter Song, Katherine Wang, Wilbur Wang, Sonyia Williams, Helen Lu, Jovan Zhang and Shena Leng.  The public is invited to attend this festive event.

    Pick up a copy of Ryan’s book

  • Taxation without representation

    At the dedication ceremony for the Municipal Building, June 24, 1967, County Administrator Paul Noland said, “This building symbolizes Los Alamos as a normal New Mexico town and a normal New Mexico county.” My how things have changed. Now we have a “vision” statement that “Los Alamos and the lab are inseparable.” Not exactly a normal town or normal county. Not exactly the vision that Los Alamos had for itself 40 years ago.  Not exactly what was envisioned by the people who fought to establish a separate and independent Los Alamos County.