Today's News

  • Christmas Burst reveals neutron star collision

    A strangely powerful, long-lasting gamma-ray burst on Christmas Day, 2010 has finally been analyzed to the satisfaction of a multinational research team.
    Called the Christmas Burst, GRB 101225A was freakishly lengthy and it produced radiation at unusually varying wavelengths.
    But by matching the data with a model developed in 1998, the team was able to characterize the star explosion as a neutron star spiraling into the heart of its companion star.
    The paper, “The unusual gamma-ray burst GRB 101225A from a helium star/neutron star merger at redshift 0.33,” appears in Friday’s issue of the journal Nature.  

  • State Briefs 12-04-11

    Two men trying to help woman stabbed, One dies

    POJOAQUE — Authorities in Santa Fe County say two men who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute were stabbed by a man who was later captured.
    County sheriff’s officials say 21-year-old Victoriano Gonzales of Santa Fe was stabbed in the neck and died after trying to stop the dispute on Friday night. Another man also was stabbed but is expected to survive.
    Sheriff Robert Garcia says the two men were at a trailer park in Pojoaque (poh-WAH’-kay) when they witnessed the domestic dispute. The woman told deputies she was being assaulted by 31-year-old Adrian Gonzales.

  • Wedding: McDonald-McCloskey

    Dennis and Susan McCloskey of  Los Alamos are happy to announce the wedding of their son Michael. Michael and Mariah McDonald of Albuquerque were married this fall at Lake Tahoe, Nev. Ceremony and reception were held at the Cal/Neva resort, lakeside at sunset.
    Michael’s best man was Robert McAtee. His groomsmen were Nathan Sandoval, Jason Rothrock, Dr. Brett Kothe, Colin Ford, Michael Sheffield and Cody Martin.  
    Mariah and Michael are 2006 graduates of NMSU.  Mariah is a recreation facility manager for the town of Truckee-Donner, Calif. Michael is a PGA golf professional and marketing assistant for the Championship Golf Course in Incline Village-Tahoe, Nev. The couple live in Incline Village.

  • Charting a path to the Top 100 schools

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host a Strategic Planning Retreat from 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 10 at Fuller Lodge. The purpose of the retreat is to provide an update on the progress made in charting a path to the top 100 schools as the district builds upon these plans. Students, staff and the community are invited to participate in this conversation.
    For the past six months, members of the school staff, community, business leaders and representatives from area universities have engaged in a conversation about the path that the could be taken to improve the quality of the schools. Charting a pathway to do even better will be the focus of the Fuller Lodge retreat.
    School Board President Melanie McKinley will open the retreat with a formal welcome.

  • NCRTD honors Wismer

    North Central Regional Transit District chair Rosemary Romero makes a presentation to honor board member Mike Wismer, also a Los Alamos County Councilor, Friday at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Wismer announced last month he was relinquishing his NCRTD board duties and he will be replaced by councilor Geoff Rodgers.

  • Update 12-04-11

    Historic meeting

    The Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m., Dec. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Dec. 13 at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Parks and Rec

  • NNSA continues aerial survey

    The National Nuclear Security Administration plans this week to complete the high-fidelity aerial survey of Los Alamos town site begun Nov. 21.

    Mechanical issues with the helicopter conducting the survey temporarily halted the flyover before the survey was finished.

    NNSA arranged for the Remote Sensing Laboratory/National Aerial Measuring System (RSL) of Las Vegas, Nev., to conduct the flyover following a similar survey of lab property after the Las Conchas fire.  

    The objective is to ensure that any and all legacy radiological contamination sites have been identified and effectively cleaned up.  

  • House redistricting scheduled for Dec. 12

    State Rep. James Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) is looking forward to the upcoming redistricting hearings, although he said he was disheartened an agreement could not be reached during a special legislative session in September.

    Since that time, Hall has been busy, meeting with constituents, giving talks to local organizations and serving on interim legislative committees.

    A couple of months ago, Hall wrote a letter to redistricting attorneys Richard Olsen and Luis Stelzner, concerning the hearings that begin Dec. 12 in Santa Fe.

  • Autio rose to the challenges

    County Attorney Randy Autio’s year-and-a-half in Los Alamos has been anything but dull; in fact, he may have had the challenge of a lifetime.

    “When I came here as County Attorney in July of 2010, I faced a really tough investigation that involved the administrator and high-level employees,” Autio said, referring to an investigation that ended with County Administrator Tony Mortillaro’s termination in December 2010.

    Council voted unanimously to appoint Autio as Acting County Administrator, a role he served in until Harry Burgess was hired Nov. 7.

  • LANL scrutinizes costs, spending

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan has announced a plan to establish the Laboratory Integrated Stewardship Council (LISC) in response to the uncertainties of operating in FY12 under a Continuing Resolution through Dec. 16.

    “This leaves us in a financial position that is filled with uncertainty, since the timeframe for a completed budget is unknown,” McMillan said in an organization-wide memo. “While we have already implemented a number of cost savings measures at the laboratory, we must do more given the financial uncertainty facing us.”

    Will there be layoffs at the lab?