Today's News

  • Poll: 1 in 3 vets sees Iraq, Afghan wars as wastes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One in three U.S. veterans of the post-9/11 military believes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting, and a majority think that after 10 years of combat America should be focusing less on foreign affairs and more on its own problems, according to an opinion survey released Wednesday.

    The findings highlight a dilemma for the Obama administration and Congress as they struggle to shrink the government's huge budget deficits and reconsider defense priorities while trying to keep public support for remaining involved in Iraq and Afghanistan for the longer term.

  • Israeli wins chemistry Nobel for quasicrystals--video extra

    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery, even prompting his expulsion from his research team, before it won widespread acceptance as a fundamental breakthrough.

    While doing research in the U.S. in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure — quasicrystals — that researchers previously thought was impossible.

    He was studying a mix of aluminum and manganese in an electron microscope when he found the atoms were arranged in a pattern — similar to one in some traditional Islamic mosaics — that never repeated itself and appeared contrary to the laws of nature.

  • 'Topper Spirit

    Members of the junior class throw candy to the crowd from their float during Friday’s Homecoming parade on Central Avenue.

  • Be There 10-04-11

    Los Alamos Arts Council presents a Brown Bag performance featuring Keith Snell, pianist, at noon at Fuller Lodge.

    The Mesa Public Library presents GeekOut Game night from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Bing your own games, or play the library’s games.

    The Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. Mesa Michael Richie will provide a geological overview of the New Mexico Badlands.

     The Valles Caldera fall highway cleanup will be at 5 p.m. Meet at the entrance of Ponderosa Campground and carpool to the Valles Caldera. Bring work gloves, bags will be supplied. For more information, call David Gemeinhart at 662-6267.

  • ‘Pod people’ invade Mesa Public Library

    In these days of iPods and podcasts, “pod person” has taken on an entirely new connotation. But in the old days, it was quite an insult. It implied you were emotionless, empty, heartless and flat — in short, not human, just like the aliens who replicated themselves as near-exact copies of human beings in the “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”
    For those who crave the creepy, Mesa Public Library will kick off the autumnal edition of its Free Film Series this week with a screening of the 1950s sci-fi classic.

  • Hehlen enters pageant competition

      Alexandra Hehlen of Los Alamos, and a Teen Pulse staff member, was recently selected to participate in the 2011 Miss Jr. Teen Albuquerque pageant competition Oct. 30. Hehlen learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced its selections at the end of September. Hehlen submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Albuquerque pageant coordinator.

  • LANL sets waste hauling record

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has set a new LANL record for the amount of transuranic (TRU) waste from past nuclearoperations shipped in a single year to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, NM. In fact, the lab has shipped record numbers of transuranic waste each of the past three years.

    The lab’s TRU Waste Program completed 171 shipments in the past fiscal year, between October 2010 and September 2011, breaking last year’s record of 158. The Lab has ramped up its waste disposal effort and has transported more than 450 shipments safely to WIPP since 2009.

  • Police Beat 10-04-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Sept. 23

    3:58 p.m. – Los Alamos County reported that someone sprayed graffiti at Mesa Public Library on Central Avenue. The estimated loss is less than $1,000.

    8:07 p.m. – James Stewart, 68, of Los Alamos was arrested at 111 Piedra Loop following reports of a domestic dispute and he was charged with Battery against a household member.

  • Construction Zone 10-04-11

    Iris Street Utility Work
    Starting on Sept. 27, Iris Street between 9th Street and 15th Street will be restricted to one-way westbound traffic. Access the YMCA off westbound Iris or 15th Street; access the Bradbury Science Museum business complex off Central or off of 15th Street. Access the apartments north of Iris from westbound Iris. Work schedule will be M-F, 7 am – 4 pm. This work is associated with the construction of the new Municipal Building complex. Expect heavy truck traffic in the area due to this work as well as the demolition of the last Los Alamos Apartment building.
    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.
    Diamond Drive Phase 4 2011

  • Regulators step down

    SANTA FE — Two regulators Monday rescued themselves from debate on an effort to repeal tough new anti-pollution rules after environmentalists raised questions about their impartiality.
    State Environmental Improvement Board members Greg Fulfer of Jal and James Casciano of Albuquerque said they believed they could be fair and impartial but decided to step down from the case to maintain the integrity of the seven-member board and head off any public perception of bias.
    The board in November is scheduled to open hearings on petitions to repeal the rules, which were passed under former Gov. Bill Richardson to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants and other large polluters. Appeals are also pending in state appellate court.