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Today's News

  • Slim pickings in assignments

    Tom Udall, New Mexico’s newest U.S. senator, seems to have made a poor deal in his desire to be a  U.S. Senator.

    This week, his committee assignments were released and we are unimpressed.

    When he decided to run for the Senate – at the urging of state and national Democratic leaders – it seems that he did not hold out for much of a deal.

  • Stop pushing me, I know the divide key

    OK, a quick test ... what’s 44 percent of 25? Most adults know how to do this, but might have some trouble doing it in their head. 

    Now suppose you ask them to find 25 percent of 44. Ah, that’s a horse of a different math! 

    Virtually every adult knows that 25 percent is 1/4th and so 25 percent of 44 is 11. But percentage is simply a multiplicative factor. It means that you divide by 100.

  • Stimulus package could speed LANL cleanup

    There are some differences with special significance locally in the two versions of the stimulus package that is coming together in Washington.

     

    The House passed an $816 million version of the measure on Wednesday, containing $500 million for nuclear waste cleanup, one of the most obvious sources of extra funds at legacy nuclear weapons sites, like Los Alamos, which has struggled with funding shortages in recent years.

     

  • Phelps ready to get started

    It’s been said time and time again that whoever was appointed to Jim West’s seat on county council would have some big shoes to fill. Ralph Phelps was chosen during Tuesday night’s council meeting and, so far, seems to have welcomed the challenge.

     

    Phelps, a native of Manhattan, brings more than 35 years of experience in all phases of the electric power industry to council.

     

  • COMING ALONG

    Workers brave bitter cold wind late Wednesday as they work on the new Judicial-Police-Jail Complex next to the Los Alamos Police Department. Workers begin pouring concrete at the Complex construction site Thursday morning. The groundbreaking for the complex was held Oct. 28 at the site. The official start of construction came after council voted 6-1 in its Oct. 14 meeting to advance the project to construction with the award of Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) #1 to the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), HB Construction for $2,656,758 plus tax.

  • Citizens sign petition to tank West Jemez Bypass

    County council will have another petition to address during Tuesday night’s meeting to be held at 7 p.m. in the Community Building.

  • Residents encouraged to love their hearts

    The Los Alamos Heart Council (LAHC) announces a new initiative: Learn to “Love Your Heart.”

    The council will kick-off the initiative with a free presentation on “Women and Heart Health: What Everyone Should Know” at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the downstairs classroom. No registration required.

    February is “American Heart Month” and Friday is National Wear Red Day, which is a campaign to raise awareness regarding cardiovascular disease in women.

  • Getting the quintet back together

    The members of the Black Mesa Brass go way back. And after a period of separation, Larry Bronisz, trombone; Joe Holland, trumpet; Jan McDonald, trumpet; Jerome Morzinski, tuba; and the newest member, John Hardgreaves, French horn; have gotten the quintet back together. And their first concert will be the Brown Bag show at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    “Joe, Jerry, Larry and I have been playing together in some form for (about) 20 years,” McDonald said.

    He added Hardgreaves has performed in the group for the last six months.

  • Hilltopper to participate in travel aboard program

    Exploring new places and cultures can be alluring to many people; for Kristina Parrack, a freshman at Los Alamos High School, the attraction of traveling is about to be experienced.

    Parrack will be stepping into her traveling shoes as a participant in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

    She will be taking the Celtic Cultures Tour, which will begin June 8 and finish June 26. During those 18 days, Kristina will visit England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

  • Open it up

    It was good to read that President Obama has ordered heads of executive departments and agencies to side with openness in administering the Freedom of Information Act.

    “All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open government,” he wrote.

    Good to hear. We hope the state was listening.