Today's News

  • Safety is not the real issue

    Dear Editor,

  • Domestic partnerships

    Dear Editor,

    In a recent letter to the editor, Mr. Kuropatwinski suggests that Gov. Richardson’s support of domestic partnership rights is given out of obligation to Hollywood interests. While I neither desire nor am able to address the governor’s motivation, I would like to say something about the domestic partnership legislation that our legislature will be considering.

  • Lab spots beryllium contamination

    Los Alamos National Laboratory began notifying hundreds of people Wednesday that they might have been exposed to beryllium contamination by working in or visiting a particular area.


    The area, known as Technical Area 41, has a long history of use for tritium work and storage of nuclear materials, but a laboratory spokesman described it “as a large area used for storing long-term and short-term materials and items.”


  • Imbolc: The first signs of spring

    Looking for an escape from “The Big Game” Sunday? Looking for something different? Well, Sunday just happens to be when the Wiccan holiday of Imbolc will be celebrated in Los Alamos.

    Imbolc, Imbolg, Oimelc or Candlemas are all names for the ancient Celtic Sabbat celebrating the first fertility festival of the year. Literally translated “Oimelc” means “ewe’s milk,” and “Imbolc” translates into “in the belly” referring to the ewe’s pregnancy. This would be the time of year when the new lambs would be born.

  • To-do list for Los Alamos

    Dear Editor,

    Capital Expenditures:

        1)  Reconstruct/restore the Municipal Building.

        2)  Downsize and re-design the JPJ as an adjunct to a restored Municipal Building.

        3)  Restore our reservoirs.

     Airport Basin is one of those monster projects you do when you don’t need to be doing anything else.  So, for quite a while, other projects will have to wait. When at least two of the three listed above are done and paid for, then we can add a new project to the list.

  • Help save children

    Dear Editor,

    According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control, there are 17 children killed in the state of New Mexico everyday! By way of comparison, only two convicts have been executed in the state of New Mexico in the last 40 years!

  • Lab greets community leaders

    Los Alamos National Laboratory opened its doors for a breakfast of community leaders Tuesday.


    Senior officials of the laboratory and the local office of the National Nuclear Security Administration welcomed a variety of businesses, government and educational leaders from nearby tribes and counties.


    While visitors munched on burritos, they viewed project posters and talked to dozens of students and mentors from eight laboratory educational programs involving elementary schools through advanced studies.


  • Council appoints new member

    County council once again has seven members.


    After functioning with six councilors for a couple of months following Jim West’s resignation, councilors voted on appointing the seventh member of council – Ralph Phelps – at Tuesday night’s County Council meeting.


    A healthy-sized crowd gathered in council chambers in anticipation of the appointment. The meeting began with public comments, followed by approval of the agenda.


  • Truck Route shut down this morning

    The truck route was closed this morning after Manny L'Esperance, Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Management and Response, said a truck going through about 8:30 a.m. triggered a dog alert.


    EMR and other LANL teams swept the truck, which is owned by a contractor and was previously used to haul explosives.


    Electronic message boards were activated to direct employees to use NM 502 (the main hill road) or Pajarito Road.


  • Girls basketball: LA thumps Bernalillo Wednesday

    Coming off one of its lowest offensive outputs of the season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team had its highest.

    Los Alamos, which has looked tentative on offense several times this season, was in all-out attack mode Wednesday night. Its victim, Bernalillo, simply couldn’t hang with it around the basket as Los Alamos dominated Wednesday’s District 2AAAA contest, 70-21.

    The game was a big turnaround from a nondistrict contest Saturday at Albuquerque Academy, in which Los Alamos managed only 29 points.