Today's News

  • Council to meet in special session

    County council will meet in a special session Friday morning at 8 a.m. in council chambers.

    There are two items slated for the special session agenda. The first item is a public hearing regarding Los Alamos County Resolution No. 09-08, a Resolution of Support for use of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Diamond Drive Phase 3 Project and the certification of pre-construction phase.

  • Lab questioned on plutonium safety

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is adopting extra safety measures for added assurance against an almost inconceivable accident related to a highly radioactive isotope stored in the Plutonium Facility.


    The problem has been addressed, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration. A letter by NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino stated that several precautionary steps are underway and that his organization and LANL intend to accomplish one or another possible upgrade by June 2010.


  • Health and fitness: Ask good questions when picking a personal trainer

    Many who are just getting started or thinking about starting a workout program consider getting advice from a personal trainer.

    Doing so ensures that you will get the most out of your exercise program and, even more importantly, allows you to address your health and fitness issues in a safe and effective environment.

    The American Council on Exercise — which has been certifying personal trainers since 1985 and has over 40,000 certified professionals in 107 countries — has seven criteria you should consider before selecting a personal trainer.

  • Swimming: Aquatomics Suntan results

    Here are the Los Alamos Aquatomics results from the Las Cruces Aquatic Team’s Suntan Classic held May 1-3 in Las Cruces.

    Results are listed as follows: name, age division, event, place, time.

    Jennifer Barich-Mooday, female 13 and over

    1500 freestyle, 2, 20:20.31; 50 freestyle, 3, 29.98; 100 backstroke, 8, 1:19.90; 200 individual medley, 8, 2:47.49; 100 butterfly, 7, 1:16.91; 400 freestyle, 5, 5:09.05; 100 freestyle, 3, 1:04.99; 200 backstroke, 10, 2:53.07; 100 breaststroke, 17, 1:35.31.

    Christopher Calhoun, male 13 and over

  • Continuing learning experiences

    It may be the end of the school year, but learning opportunities can continue throughout the summer season.


    Whether it is producing works of art at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge or exploring the mysteries of outer space at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, knowledge is available everywhere.


    For the last three years, the Emily L. Bradley Memorial Fund has helped sixth-grade students engage in learning.


  • The Russians to conquer Los Alamos through music

    Igor and the Red Elvises have conquered the hearts of screaming fans all over the world for more than 10 years with diverse, upbeat music and amusing lyrics. Now it’s Los Alamos turn to scream with glee when the band returns to town at 7 p.m. Friday.

    The band’s performance, which will be held at Los Alamos National Bank, is part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series.

    Constantly touring the globe, Igor and the Red Elvises have gained a long-standing reputation as “the hardest working band in show business.”

  • Six Monkeys: Here’s to the bouillon cube

    I started this column in January as an experiment, but as anyone who read my previous four installments knows, it, uh, didn’t work. OK, it completely bombed and I didn’t get what I wanted at all.

    As it turns out, this was a very lucky, somewhat miraculous break.

    Here’s what I wanted: to try some different kinds of writing in order to expand my tiny bouillon cube of literary facility into a boiling broth of bibliographic excellence.

  • Downtown businesses robbed early Monday

    Several businesses around Central Avenue and Central Park Square were the victims of break-ins early Monday, police report.

    Central Avenue Grill, Bella Cosa Flowers Gifts & Events, CB Fox, Fox Kidz, Home Run Pizza and Mountainair Cleaners were burglarized around 2 a.m.

    It appears the thief or thieves gained entry into the establishments by breaking glass windows and doors, according to police reports

  • Teacher of the Year chosen

    Ivanna Austell is Los Alamos’ 2009 Teacher of the Year. She is a 6th grade teacher at Aspen Elementary School who was thrilled when her name was announced.

    “It is an incredible honor to be picked from such a distinguished group of teachers,” Austell said. “I know all of them and have worked with most of them and I can tell you that everyone of them is an awesome teacher who is worthy of this award. I’m just overwhelmed by this and it is something I will always remember.”

  • Medical Minute: Some facts on superbugs

    Patients often approach their physicians with questions spurred by something they’ve seen on TV or read in a newspaper.

    Recently, a member of LAMC’s medical staff received this question from a patient: “What is LAMC doing about ‘superbugs’?”

     What are superbugs?

    Even in a state of health, the body houses many germs. Germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can enter the body through tubes, needles, open skin, eyes, nose and mouth.