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Today's News

  • Fire danger in Los Alamos low

    Higher temperatures and late winter winds are creating conditions for wildfires, which have already burned almost 5,000 acres in the state this year, according to New Mexico State Forestry.

     

    State Forester Arthur “Butch” Blazer is urging residents to prepare for this spring’s fire season now by thinking about how to prevent wildfires.

     

    Blazer said the eastern and southern parts of the state already have very high fire danger because of high winds and heavy grass fuels from last year’s heavy monsoon season.

  • Shrove Tuesday to offer fun, pancakes

    The annual Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church Shrove Tuesday pancake supper will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday in the old parish hall downstairs as the kitchen in the new parish hall is not yet completed.

    The House of Hope Women will again provide a full pancake supper, with butter and a choice of several homemade syrups to sweeten the cakes, as well as ham, fruit salad, orange juice, coffee and tea for a donation of $4 for children (10 and younger), $7 per adult, and $18 per family.

  • Not sure moving labs good idea

    There is an old idea being refloated recently that raises the idea of moving the responsibility of – at least parts of – the national laboratories to the Pentagon.

     

    As it was when this was talked about before, it is still a bad idea.

     

    We guess there is nothing wrong with the new Obama administration taking a look at the concept and in asking the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to talk with stakeholders to see what this would entail.

     

  • Thursday is a very special day

    Thursday is a very special day. It is a day that should be special to everyone, but it is of special note this year.

    Thursday is the 200th anniversary of the birth of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.

    To say he is one of our best presidents is an understatement. He and George Washington stand alone.

    The son of a Kentucky frontiersman, Lincoln had to struggle for a living and for learning.

    He was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. His parents were both born in Virginia of undistinguished families.

    His mother died when he was 10.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner to feature Rep. Heather Wilson

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos is hosting a Lincoln Day Dinner at 7 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Best Western Hilltop House. U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson is the guest speaker and the public is invited to attend.

    Wilson served as New Mexico’s Representative from District 1 following a special election after the death of Rep. Steve Schiff in March 1998.

    She went on to win the next four elections, giving up her seat at the end of 2008 after running for the office of U.S Senate.

  • Wonderful story on group

    Dear Editor,

    I very much appreciate Bernadette Lauritzen’s article “Women’s business group forms” in Sunday’s paper and simply wanted to make some clarifications if I may.

     Last year I coordinated several meetings with a small group of community-minded women. We had tons of ideas but couldn’t figure out what we could do to address our issues while still fitting into our daily lives.  I began to wonder if a networking group made any sense.  

  • Re: Black gold and mileage

    Dear Editor,

    I have to assume that when writing her articles Geology Professor Peters has absolutely no vested research support or financial sponsorship from oil/gas/shale/tar-sand or other mining/extraction/manufacturing interests. If she does, they should be made known to his readers.

  • Neutron star reveals split personality

    Distant explosions behaving strangely have created a buzz in the astronomical community and may resolve a cosmic case of mistaken identity.

     

    Two kinds of flaring stars, Anomolous X-Ray Pulsars (AXPs) and Soft Gamma Repeaters (SGRs) may actually be the same thing.

     

  • Energy program pays dandy dividends to schools

    Just 3.5 years into its energy conservation program, the school district has reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in cost savings. By unplugging and turning off electric devices and setting back thermostats - teachers and staff have saved nearly $800,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools.

    LAPS Energy Manager Allen Thomas was applauded as he presented his semi-annual report at Tuesday’s school board meeting in the district boardroom.

  • Top 5 CIP applications revealed

    The Capital Improvement Review committee met one last time on Monday night in council chambers. The purpose of the meeting was to give committee members a chance to make changes to the final scores they assigned to CIP applications during last week’s Thursday night meeting. The scores could either be increased or decreased during Monday night’s meeting.