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Today's News

  • Beware of fly-by-night contractors

    Just as the dregs of society did following the Cerro Grande Fire, fly-by-night contractors are descending upon Los Alamos to cash in on all the hail damage repair work created by the massive July 6 hailstorm.

  • Methodist church to offer gameshow VBS

    Los Alamos First United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School will not be a run-of-the-mill classroom lecture.

    Rather than sitting at desks, the Bible school is turning learning about Christianity into a game.

    In fact, the theme for the Vacation Bible School is Studio Go Theme Show.

    Camille Westcott, organizer for the Vacation Bible School, explained each day the program will start and end with a game-show and students will have the opportunity to compete in the game and win prizes.

  • County website will be down

    The County's Information Technology staff will perform maintenance and install upgrades to the County’s website on Saturday morning.

    The website may be down for approximately 4 hours. Connections may be intermittent throughout this time period. We apologize for any inconvenience.

  • An era ending for the 'Tacos'

    SANTA FE – The Pentagon plans to shut down the proud New Mexico Air National Guard. The fighter pilots of the Air Guard have served the nation honorably in wars since the 1950s.

    But as methods of warfare have changed, fighter planes are no longer needed to the extent they once were. Air-to-air combat is nearly a thing of the past as our enemies have little or no air forces.

    Air support for troop movements still is needed but not to the extent it once was.

  • Getting and spending and not wasting our powers

    As individuals we spend most of our lives planning resource allocation.  Initially our only resource is our own time and effort (unless we were born rich).  

    Later, if we use this resource wisely, we will accumulate wealth and will be able to also allocate resources with our spending priorities.  Many people (perhaps most in the more developed countries) use what we will call plan A.  Accumulate wealth by any means available; so as to later have multiple spending options.  

  • Discussion highlights work session

    Very little action was taken at Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

    The gathering, held in the White Rock Town Hall, was a work session and so only two motions were passed for the business portion of the agenda.

    The evening began with a proclamation, declaring Saturday, July 18, 2009, as “The Next Big Idea” Day in Los Alamos County.

    Kevin Holsapple, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as staff member Jeremy Varela, were present and accepted the proclamation.

  • Smart Grid bid brightens state’s future

    Los Alamos, arguably home of more gray matter per household than any other county in the country, is playing a central role in a state initiative to catch a wave on a promising green business opportunity.

    The Smart Grid is a set of ideas about achieving energy efficiencies while enabling effective energy generation and storage from renewable sources. It’s one of the economic dividends awaiting smart people who can start assembling a more intelligent electrical grid.

  • New Superintendent’s mission is to listen and learn

    His first official day on the job was July 1 and already new Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt has met hundreds of local people.

  • Oppenheimer lecture features tech inventor

    If Professor Henry Higgins had been a 21st Century engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, he may have sung “Why can’t a computer be more like a brain?” instead of pondering musically the mysteries of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady.”

    Jeff Hawkins won’t sing, but he will take on that puzzling question when he delivers the 39th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture on July 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

    The talk is free and open to the public.

  • Political affiliation charter may be revisited

    Tuesday night’s county council meeting was chock-full of discussion and little action. Designated as a work session, the meeting was held in the town hall in White Rock.

    One of the topics discussed at the meeting dealt with concepts, plans and practices for integrated maintenance of county assets. Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent gave councilors a brief presentation outlining the plan.