Today's News

  • Cycling: Safety is top priority for 2009 Tour

    Following a recent bicycle-riding accident near Technical Area-16, safety measures for the upcoming Tour de Los Alamos have been ramped up.

    The Tour de Los Alamos, celebrating it 37th running this year, will be held Sunday along N.M. 501, N.M. 502 and N.M. 4.

    Approximately 200 riders are expected to take part in the road race.

    Due to the accident involving a biker — who was scheduled to take part in the race — and a minivan, which occurred June 29, organizers are taking a good, long look at safety along the route.

  • New Sporting goods business to open next month

    The big grand opening for a full-line sporting goods store in town was set for Feb. 1, but a series of events related to the poor economy stalled movement on those plans.

    LA Sports is finally set to open its doors in early August in the old Ed’s Market building at 1183 Diamond Drive.

    The 1,000 foot facility is conveniently located across the street from Los Alamos High School. It’s situated in a suite on the north side and towards the rear of the building.

  • Environmental decision backs science complex

    A project to construct and operate a new 400,000-square-foot science complex to consolidate offices and laboratories located in outmoded and temporary structures at Los Alamos National Laboratory has been given a preliminary stamp of approval in an environmental decision document.


    In general, the National Nuclear Security Administration’s environmental description continues to emphasize the “no-action” alternative at Los Alamos National Laboratory, defined as “essentially a continuation of current operations.”


  • Boyer Company gives one more month to Trinity Project

    The Boyer Company was asked point blank in a telephone call to its Salt Lake City Headquarters Thursday if it’s pulling out of the Trinity Site Project.

    “The world’s not that simple as a yes or no answer,” said Wade Williams, a partner in the company.

    Williams set the record straight saying The Boyer Company is working very hard to stay in the game but if they can’t come up with a project model in the next 30 days that works in this economic downturn – the deal’s done for.

  • The Next Big Idea Festival kicks off Friday

    This weekend’s annual Next Big Idea Festival is designed to be bigger and better than last year.

    More than 60 junior and senior high-school students from around the state are participating in the Next Big Idea STEM Student Day, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Friday.

    The all-day event has been organized by Los Alamos MainStreet in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Innovate-Educate New Mexico.

  • Council to meet in White Rock

    The county council will meet at 7 p.m. in White Rock on Tuesday for its monthly work session. The meeting will be held at the Town Hall.

    A proclamation declaring July 18 as “The Next Big Idea” Day in Los Alamos County was removed from the council agenda last week but is back on the agenda for Tuesday.

    The consent agenda is light this week, with only three items listed. All three items, however, involve the Los Alamos Airport.

  • School Board meets Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education.meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the district boardroom at 751 Trinty Dr.


  • Trinity project

    As expected - and predicted - the Boyer Company has finally confirmed what everyone knew, the world and the economy has changed.

    This new – and unfortunate – dynamic has doomed the Trinity project and we are now in a very bad place.

    This is made worse by the fact that those in county government have refused to be honest with us and have not told us of one thing they have done to prepare themselves for this occurrence.

    That is not leadership.

  • New Mexico eyes high-speed rail expansion

    It seems like New Mexico, Colorado and Texas are feeling big these days. And while we understand that Colorado and Texas are doing OK, we are really wondering how little old us is sharing in that wealth.

    See, the three states are applying for federal funds to study the viability of a high-speed rail system in the hopes of putting new life into passenger railroads in the Intermountain West.

    While that may be a good idea, how do we benefit from what is going to be a huge price tag. We are struggling to pay for the glorious RailRunner now.

  • Giving the laboratory a future

    After World War II, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s future seemed up in the air.

    “After World War II, no one knew what to do with Los Alamos,” LANL Historian Alan Carr said. “Some thought it would go away all together.”

    So it seems Norris Bradbury (1909-1997), the director of the laboratory from 1945-1970, inherited a tough situation.

    “Bradbury inherited a laboratory without a future,” Carr said.

    Luckily, the new director came up with a plan.