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Today's News

  • County to receive funds for Diamond project

    Los Alamos County will soon receive $1,962,217 for the Diamond Drive Phase 3 construction project, thanks to a grant from the federal government.

    On Friday, during a special session held in council chambers, county councilors voted to approve a Resolution of Support for use of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    After a short discussion, the motion made by Council Vice Chair Mike Wismer and seconded by Councilor Vincent Chiravalle, passed 4-0. Councilors Nona Bowman, Robert Gibson and Ralph Phelps were absent.

  • State may fine lab for faulty well

    The New Mexico Environment Department issued a notice to lab managers Friday afternoon for a violation of the comprehensive cleanup agreement.

    NMED proposes a penalty of $1.87 million against the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC, for failing to plug and abandon a groundwater monitoring well in Mortandad Canyon.

    In the announcement Friday, NMED said the well is known to have elevated levels of laboratory-related contaminants – chromium, perchlorate, nitrate and tritium – that threaten the water system.

  • Lab cleans spill at county transfer station

  • Keeping the light bulb bright

    Pioneers in science placed Los Alamos in history’s spotlight and that trend continued during the International Science and Engineering Fair, May 12-15 in Reno, Nev. The townsite’s new generation of scientists seemed to ensure the light blub of creativity and great ideas will not be turned off.

    Los Alamos High School sophomore Alexander Kendrick and senior Caroline Wurden participated in the international competition, comprised of 1,500 students from 56 countries, and they came out among the top winners.

  • Nuclear powers: New concepts and the outlook for the global nuclear fleet

    SANTA FE – Among the most interesting events this week at an energy conference hosted by Los Alamos National Laboratory were back-to-back presentations on nuclear power by two prominent experts.

    On a day devoted to the future of conventional and alternative energy systems, a former director of a national nuclear weapons laboratory and the chief technology officer of the AREVA NP, the American subsidy of the French-owned nuclear conglomerate, gave two different views of the current state of the so-called nuclear renaissance.

  • A foundation of excellence propels Class of 2009

    The demand Los Alamos High School places on its students is what leads them to be tougher, brighter, more confident and ultimately more successful, Mick Matuszak said during his speech to the 2009 graduating class in Griffith Gymnasium Saturday.

    The students chose Matuszak as their teacher speaker for which he said, “I am truly very honored.”

  • New fuel standards and you

    While state officials are applauding the Obama administration’s plan for curbing vehicle emissions and requiring manufacturers to make vehicles that are more fuel efficient, we hope you all know that we have lost some more freedoms.

    It seems that the government can take away one freedom after another and we hardly notice.

    The freedom you lost this time was the one to make a personal choice.

  • Some tough shoes to fill

    Los Alamos will lose more than its county administrator at the end of the year. It will lose a steady hand that has taken the county through some tough times.

    Since Max Baker took over the county in December 2004, the difference in how things are done has been more than noticeable.

    For those who were here during that crazy year of 2004, you remember the fighting that went on between council and administration and the ugly exchanges which eventually led to the messy resignation of the administrator.

  • Two tie up pace race

    David Kratzer and John Ullman deadlocked for best prediction at this week's Atomic City Roadrunners’ pace race.

    This week’s pace race was held at American Springs Road, off N.M. 4. In all, 28 runners and walkers took part in Tuesday night's race.

    There was more than one tie Tuesday, however.

    Kratzer and Ullman were just two seconds off their predicted finish times in the event, while Connor Schultz and Jennifer Reglien both tied for third-best prediction of the night, with both finishing just six seconds off.

  • Aquatomics release pentathlon results

    Here are the results from the Los Alamos Aquatomics Pentathlon held May 9 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Competing teams were as follows: LAA-Los Alamos Aquatomics; MC-Mountain Club; PAC-Pajarito Aquatic Club; Taos – Taos Swim Team; CNMA – Central New Mexico Aquatics; BLUE – Santa Fe Blue Sharks; UN-unattached.

    Complete results are in Sunday's Monitor.