Today's News

  • Former principal follows his dream

    A conversation with a student was the final straw for Principal Mike Katko to make a career change. The 12-year-old girl at the Sixth Grade Academy in Pojoaque where Katko was principal appeared depressed, he recalled, as she informed him that she intended to quit school as soon as she was old enough.

    “You can’t do that,” he said. “Stay in school so you can live your dreams.”

    Katko recalled that she thought about his words for several moments before asking, “What was your dream Mr. Katko?”

    He answered without hesitation, “A writer ... All my life I wanted to be a writer and live that lifestyle.”

  • Citizens speak out on NNSA's waste facility

    This week, the National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Site Office dotted its Is and crossed its Ts as it sent a 386-page Class 2 permit modification request for the addition of a new Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63 to the New Mexico Environment Department.

    In addition, the LASO office sent a 1,074-page document to the NMED, concerning a Class 3 permit modification request for the addition of open detonation units at TA-36 and TA-39.

    There were no public comments associated with the open detonation permit modification request.

    But that certainly was not the case with the Transuranic Waste Facility, with 30 different emails accompanying the request, all of them against LANL’s plans for the new facility.

  • Council approves consortium grant

    In a unanimous decision, council approved a request by the New Mexico Consortium, Inc. (NMC) for additional economic development support.

    The new ordinance grants the consortium $2 million for the construction of a new research laboratory facility and a grant of lot 6B-1 (estimated value of $640,000) in the Entrada Research Park. The grant will be paid for from approximately $9 million in New Mexico Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds available in FY 2012.

    The new ordinance nullifies an ordinance passed in June that granted NMC $1.5 million for laboratory infrastructure and equipment. That grant facilitated NMC’s recruitment of Dr. Richard Sayre, a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism, who joined the consortium in October.

  • 'Mythbusters' Cannonball Hits Family Home, Van

    A stunt for the TV show "MythBusters" sent an errant cannonball through a California family's house and into a parked minivan nearby.

  • Spaceport starts to pay off

    The people of New Mexico made an investment for the commercial space industry, which is now paying off.
    After receiving a substantial amount of national and international media coverage of Virgin Galactic’s dedication and naming of Spaceport America’s Terminal Hangar Facility as the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space, it’s important for taxpayers to know that the spaceport will be bringing millions of dollars into our economy, and it’s not just Virgin Galactic that’s spending money.

  • Finding joy this holiday season

    Here we are again at the most wonderful time of the year, where our thoughts turn to the celebrating the holidays and rearranging our schedule.
    For some people it may not be the most wonderful time of the year, it just might be a tiring, hectic, depressing time of the year.  I know that is how it once was for me.
    It was late one night as I sat by the glow of the Christmas tree, waiting for my husband to come home, when suddenly I realized I had it all wrong.
    The holidays were never meant to be so depressing. For Christians it is the time of the year to join in on the special lights, gatherings and giving gifts to love ones near and far and to prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • VIDEO: World of Science in a Football Field Sized Lab

    The International Space Station is a huge floating lab where everything on board is a science experiment, including the crew.

  • Hospital: NM man in good health after stranding

    PHOENIX (AP) — They spent 60 years together and traveled to Africa, China, Asia, South America and other parts of the world.

    But it was a relatively short drive from the Phoenix area to their home in Albuquerque, N.M., and a fateful decision to take a forest road as a shortcut that finally separated Dana and Elizabeth Davis.

    Dana Davis, 86, was recuperating Thursday in a hospital in Globe, Ariz., two days after the couple decided to try to walk out of the mountains after spending five nights in their broken-down car.

    It wasn't long before 82-year-old Elizabeth Davis collapsed and died.

  • VIDEO: NY boy's message in bottle found in the Azores

    A 10-year-old upstate New York boy's message in a bottle dropped in the Atlantic as part of a school project has been retrieved across the ocean in the Azores.

  • Be There 12-06-11

    The Los Alamos Arts Council presents pianist Frances Meier at the December Brown Bag concert at noon at Fuller Lodge.

    The Sierra Club will have an open meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room of Mesa Public Library. Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott will present, “How We Spent Our Summer.” He will discuss the Las Conchas Fire, the subsequent flood, Operation Frijoles Garden and the immediate future of Bandelier.