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Today's News

  • Report criticizes DOE nuclear safety

    In a lengthy report released Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office questioned the effectiveness of the Department of Energy’s nuclear safety program for 205 high-hazard facilities, including the 19 facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Council niggles over new animal shelter details

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, Capital Projects Manager and Facilities Director Anne Laurent was in council chambers to make a presentation and request approval of the Animal Shelter Project Schematic Design.

    What might have been a vote on the motion turned instead into a long discussion about LEED certification requirements, color schemes and back and forth about whether to install a coyote fence.

  • Scientists summarize lab’s environment

    SANTA FE – A six-man team of environmental scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory went through a series of 10-minute reports on major areas of study in the lab’s most recent environmental survey.

    Lorrie Bonds Lopez, spokesperson for the program, introduced the speakers with the warning that it was a lot of information to squeeze into an hour.

    “They said it couldn’t be done,” she said, suggesting that each of the overviews might also be given in three-hour versions.

  • Eco Station ribbon cutting draws a crowd

    Los Alamos County came one step closer to its goal of becoming green Wednesday.

    County and state officials gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new Eco Station, located at 3701 East Jemez Road.

    The Eco Station is being billed as New Mexico’s first solar powered, green built solid waste transfer station and recycling center.

    Regina Wheeler, who heads up the county’s new Environmental Sustainability Initiative said turnout was good, with about 100 people attending the ceremony.

  • Shop till you drop this weekend

    The original Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is here and it will be better than ever.

    A Los Alamos tradition for 41 years, the annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Middle School.

  • Pion gets a sweet deal

    According to Petr Jandacek’s philosophy, when life hands out lemons, make lemonade and when life hands out willow trees, make willow wizards.

    This philosophy was put into practice when a willow tree at Piñon Elementary School, where Jandacek works as an art teacher, had to be cut down because its roots were damaging sewer lines.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES: There’s no shame in getting a little help from friends

    When I was in high school, my mother and I attended almost every traveling Broadway musical show that came to Denver. She bought the tickets as Christmas or birthday presents but there was another gift, the opportunity to share the show with her.

    I always remember our car rides back home; we would talk about the show the whole way.

  • Festival of Trees to take root at the Betty Ehart Senior Center

    The annual Festival of Trees will kick the holiday season into high gear Saturday.

    The jam-packed event, held each year from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, is a fundraiser for the Community Health Council and Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO).

    “I was amazed by how many trees we got this year,” said Michelangelo Lobato, Community Health Council coordinator. “They are all beautiful, and we are fortunate to be in a community where so many people will take the time to participate.”

  • Armed robber hits local dry cleaners

    A clerk was robbed at knife point while on duty Saturday afternoon inside Mountainair Cleaners  at 147 Central Park Square.

    "It’s very upsetting,” said Dina Quintana who co-owns the business with her husband Richard Beaudoin. “In my opinion, he had a plan and he was able to penetrate protective measures that had already been in place.”

    The young man was not injured and was able to call to report the robbery.

  • Football: LA taking on its toughest opponent in quarterfinals

    A team that has on its roster the leading rusher in the state is a team to be leery of. So is a team with the leading passer in the state.

    The Aztec Tigers have both.

    Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will face an offensive juggernaut in the Aztec Tigers. The two face off in the Class AAAA quarterfinals at 2 p.m. The game will be held at Fred Cook Stadium in Aztec.