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Today's News

  • Roadrunner still the fastest computer in the world.

    Six months after Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roadrunner edged Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Jaguar, 1.1 05 petaflops per second to 1.059 petaflops per second, their speeds remained exactly the same.

    A petaflop is a quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

    The difference between first and second was only 46 terraflops difference, or forty six trillion operations per second, but it was enough for the Roadrunner to retain bragging rights for another six months.

  • Returning to a favorite place

    Ricko Donovan has lived in Madrid, Spain and traveled throughout Ireland but despite these faraway destinations, it is a local venue that he is looking forward to performing in.

    Donovan will complete this year’s Los Alamos Arts Council’s Guitars and Gateaux series, which will start at 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    Donovan concluded the series last year as well and he said he is eager to return to Fuller Lodge.

    “I really love the lodge,” he said.

  • Baseball: LALL announces 2009 All-Star rosters

    Los Alamos Little League released its baseball 9-10 and 11-12 All-Star rosters for the 2009 season.

    The 9-10 All-Star tournament is tentatively scheduled to start this week, while the 11-12 tournament the week of July 10.

    The White Rock Little League All-Stars roster is set to be released this week.

    LALL 9-10 All-Stars

  • Council agenda light this week

    County council will be back in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Tuesday night for the regular council meeting. Last week’s work session was held at the town hall in White Rock, but this week’s meeting will be in council chambers.

    This week’s consent agenda is heavy once again, featuring seven items up for approval. The first item is the approval of Modification M016 to the electric coordination agreement between the county and the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    The second item is the vacation of utility easement within Lot 357 of Western Area No. 1.

  • Committee reviews submittals

    Member of the municipal building siting steering committee met for the second time Thursday night at the community building.

    Because it was the first committee meeting, Community Development Director Rick Bohn led the last meeting held on June 4 at the county annex. During that meeting, Bohn told attendees that they would choose the chair and vice chair at the June 18 meeting.

    Bohn started the Thursday night meeting by giving the committee some practical guidelines by which to abide.

  • Community salutes esteemed fire chief

    Los Alamos won’t feel quite the same without the man known affectionately as “Chief Mac” leading its fire department.

    Douglas MacDonald has spent the last 17 of his 35-year fire service career at the helm of the Los Alamos Fire Department. He has proved a solid leader and source of pride to this community and is leaving a proud legacy behind as he prepares to retire in early July.

    Family pride

    MacDonald’s sons are two of his biggest fans.

  • Give that ticket to ride!

    Well, it’s official. New Mexico’s multimillion-dollar spaceport is moving ahead toward construction in the southern desert, a big step for commercial space development and tourists who will suit up for $200,000 suborbital flights.

    Put me down for one of those. What a bargain.

    Of course, this belies the fact that the high price of a ticket killed the Concord. But we’re sure that there will be hundreds of folks ready to put down a couple of hundred grand to liftoff.

  • Fix the problem

    The council’s action in granting some staff a bonus - or pay allowance or what you want to call it - is cause for pause.

    This seems to us to be the wrong solution to the problem and we have to agree with Robert Gibson who voted against the idea.

    Even the chair, Michael Wheeler, is quoted in voicing concerns, altough he voted for the plan.

    As best as we can understand this, it seems that when the council approved its recent budget it did so failing to take into account a group of employees who have hit the top of their pay scale and can’t get a raise.

  • LACA introduces a musical stimulus

    For the 2009-2010 concert season, the Los Alamos Concert Association presents a Musical Stimulus package, consisting of a season of acclaimed artists, and including reduced prices on pairs of tickets and an extended early-purchase deadline.  

    The Musical Stimulus package is designed to encourage everyone who loves music to come, relax and enjoy the concerts.

    The 2009-2010 season opens on Sept. 26, with a performance by TAGI, the clarinet, violin, cello and piano quartet.  

  • Put on shoes, pitch a tent, it’s time for a relay

    Dr. Gordy Klatt had seen many cancer patients when he decided to assist them in other ways besides as a physician. Klatt resolved to run on a track for 24 hours and for a donation, his friends could join him. With this decision, the Relay for Life was born. In its first year, the relay generated $25,000 for the American Cancer Society. In its second year, teams were formed and $33,000 was raised.

    Now, 25 years later, the event has grown to practically every state in the U.S. and raised around $3 billion for the Cancer Society.