Today's News

  • Mississippi sees 1st death from overflowing river

    VICKSBURG, Miss. — A man died Thursday after being pulled from the floodwaters from the overflowing from the Mississippi River, becoming what is believed to be the first flood casualty since the river started spilling into Mississippi and Louisiana.
    Walter Cook, 69, had been pulled from the water a day earlier by two firefighters on boat patrol in downtown Vicksburg. Cook had been clinging to a fence in chest-deep water, but he was floating in the water by the time the firefighters got to him, said Fire Chief Charles Atkins.
    Warren County Coroner Doug Huskey said Cook had drowned but has asked for an autopsy to confirm that.

  • Europe demands to name next IMF head

    BRUSSELS — European officials closed ranks Thursday to demand that the IMF’s next leader be one of their own, someone with the political savvy to handle the continent’s relentless debt crisis, but the U.S. balked at offering its immediate support.
    Frenchman Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who has been widely praised for his leadership of the Intentional Monetary Fund and its involvement in solving Europe’s woes, resigned Wednesday to devote “all his energy” to fighting sexual assault charges in New York.

  • Taking an afternoon stroll

    A pair of geese check out the parking lot on the corner of Trinity Drive and 20th Street recently.

  • State Briefs 05-19-11

    Show dog missing in Albuquerque

    ALBUQUERQUE — Jim the Texas show dog is missing and his owner wants him back. Brenda Stevens of Sweetwater, Texas, says she brought Jim to Albuquerque for five days of dog shows at Expo New Mexico.
    Stevens says she was feeding Jim Monday night at an Albuquerque hotel near Interstate 40 and San Mateo Boulevard. She left for a while thinking Jim was secure inside his kennel and when she returned after a few minutes she discovered the 3½ year-old whippet and had flown the coop.
    Stevens tells the Albuquerque Journal she doesn’t think Jim was stolen, but just wandered off because his cage was not secured.

  • Update 05-19-11

    Venue change
    The Los Alamos Republican Party meeting slated for 7:30 p.m. today at the Hilltop House hotel has been moved to the Los Alamos VFW.

    Dems to meet
    The Democratic Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. today in the Mesa Public Library upstairs meeting rooms. The speaker for the May meeting will be Ray Powell, state land commissioner.

    DPU meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the DPU Conference Room at 170 Central Park Square.

    Council meeting
    The county council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers at the Community Buidling.

  • Bradbury to host updated supercomputing exhibit

    For decades, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been synonymous with supercomputing, achieving a number of milestones along the way. Those milestones and more are now showcased in a new, updated supercomputing exhibit on display at the Laboratory’s Bradbury Science Museum.
     The grand opening of the exhibit, which features a lecture and reception, is from 4 to 6 p.m. on May 26 at the museum. The general public is invited.
     “I’m so thrilled that the exhibit is upgraded now,” said Linda Deck, director of the museum.

  • Bratcher leaves Valles Caldera post

    Gary Bratcher is out as Executive Director of the Valles Caldera Trust, Raymond Loretto, the chairman of the Valles Caldera Board of Trustees, announced Wednesday.
     Bratcher has served at the helm of the Trust since January 2009, and led the effort to expand public access, forest and watershed restoration, and sustaining revenues at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
    “The Board appreciates Mr. Bratcher’s service during the past two and a half years,” Loretto said, “especially his efforts in working with the Board toward the attainment of the Trust’s goals of financial self-sufficiency, increased public access, and forest and watershed restoration.”

  • 5-year-old documents Habitat for Humanity project

    Local photographer, Eric Buksas volunteered for documentation recently, at the Habitat for Humanity build, in Española. Five-year-old Buksas is the grandson, of Pat De Vries, who serves as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Los Alamos/Española Valley Habitat for Humanity.

  • Detonation permit meeting has fireworks

    John McAfee of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a scientist for more than 40 years and he was in charge of talking to the public about the noise that emanates from test explosions at the lab.

    McAfee spent about 30 minutes Wednesday at White Rock Town Hall, giving a very scientific talk on measuring, predicting and mitigating noise from explosives testing and efforts to minimize impacts on the surrounding community.

    He explained how they use computer models to figure out the best time for an explosion and he talked about how sound waves are bent by the atmosphere, either amplifying or attenuating perceived noise. He explained how several sources of weather data are used to construct and evaluate sound speed profiles.

  • District set to finalize budget

    The Los Alamos Board of Education is set to finalize its $33.1 million budget in a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    The district’s budget is due to the state by May 25, and with some surgical cuts in specific programs combined with some help from Los Alamos County, it appears the board will be able to submit a balanced budget for the next fiscal year.

    Public schools face a 2.8 percent reduction in state aid next year and lawmakers questioned Wednesday whether changes are needed in New Mexico’s financing formula to ensure districts receive their fair share of taxpayer dollars for education.