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Today's News

  • Utility rate changes on council agenda

    A Los  Alamos County public hearing tonight will consider three new ordinances.

    Two ordinances pertaining to utilities are under review, one that raises the average residential customer’s sewer utility rates by about $4 per month and the other that effectively lowers gas rates by 17-24 percent, depending on the volume used.

    A third ordinance spells out a lease agreement with the Administrative Office of the Courts for accommodations within the new Los Alamos Judicial Complex.

  • Roadrunner ends its run

    After 18 months at the top of the world’s fastest supercomputers, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roadrunner has slipped to number two.

    The current standings are scheduled to be announced Tuesday at the SC09 Conference in Portland, Oregon.

    The new leader, after biting at the heels of Roadrunner for 18 months is Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jaguar.

    Roadrunner is an IBM machine; Jaguar is made by Cray.

  • Good work deserves praise

    I noticed a Los Alamos County pickup and utility trailer parked on our street recently and being curious, asked the crew what they were up to. Estevan of the Utilities Department told me they were checking the sewer lines in our area and graciously invited me to see the procedure. To say the least, I was impressed. They had a miniature TV camera on a little motorized crawler that they dropped into the sewer, and then viewed the sewer line on a TV monitor as the camera roamed up and down the sewer line.

  • Remember those in need

    I am a very fortunate person. I can (and do) give fresh and clean water every day to my children and even my cats and dogs. When we don’t have rain, I can use that same fresh water to keep my vegetable and flower gardens alive. I am lucky to have enough money to buy food for my kids and pets, too. I even have the choice to feed them healthy food or

    unhealthy food on special occasions, knowing that their next meals will fulfill their nutritional needs.

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  • Lieutenant governors not known for clout

    Here’s a little quiz: Name the five lieutenant governors before Diane Denish.

    If you can recall Walter Bradley, Casey Luna, Jack Stahl, Mike Runnels and Roberto Mondragon, you get a gold star.

    If you drew a blank, welcome to the club. The fact that none of them went on to higher office and some disappeared from the political radar tells you something about the office.

  • Two ways to think cool

    Dogs pant with their tongues hanging out, young men sweat by the bucket and aging geologists just fall over on our faces in the shade on a hot summer’s day. But is there a way we could choose to cool the whole planet in a few decades if we really need to?

  • PAC 8 to host a night of elegance Friday at Fuller Lodge

    Sip on some Argentinean wine or sample a selection of cheeses and breads while admiring a wide range of items – from harp lessons to fine artwork – that will be up for auction. Meanwhile, harpist Sheila Schiferl will entertain the crowd with her live music.

    This evening of elegance is PAC 8’s Holiday Wine and Cheese event and silent auction fundraiser. The party will be from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Mixing art with science

    A Renaissance man or woman is a person who has broad intellectual interests and is accomplished in areas of both the arts and the sciences; a highly cultivated individual who is skilled and well-versed in many fields of knowledge, work, etc., as in the arts and sciences.

    Two poets, B.A. Wingate and Mary Cisper, who will be featured in the upcoming Author Speaks series at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda, exemplify the definition of a Renaissance person.

  • Take a stroll through local art galleries Friday

    Great works of local art can be viewed at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge, Mesa Public Library and other venues. But if you have wondered just where these pieces are created, the pondering is over. A group of local artists are opening their studios and galleries to the public during the “Christmas Present” Arts Stroll.