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Today's News

  • Cooking up something new

    Los Alamos is cooking up something completely different Saturday. It is spiced with flavors from around the world and served with the noblest of intentions.

    Taste of Los Alamos, an international food festival, will be held from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Lodge. The event is a fundraiser for this year’s  local Relay for Life.

    While several Los Alamos residents with nationalities outside of the U.S. are participating in the event, the program   is partnering with English as a Second Language Professor Cindy Eaton’s students at UNM-LA.  

  • Get busy reforming investment council

    It is no secret New Mexico’s State Investment Council (SIC) is in serious need of greater reform and oversight. Whether the issue is the widely-reported and greatly-inflated fees paid to third-party marketer Marc Correra or the lack of transparency in its decision making process, the issue is not whether the council needs to be reformed, but how broad and deep those reforms must be.

  • Come to the aid of the Caldera

    The Board of Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in Los Alamos (at the Hilltop House), and we encourage the public to come and ask plenty of questions.

    Though the trustees make their decisions in closed door meetings held before the public one, (possibly in violation of the Valles Caldera legislation), the public meetings can be informative and at times entertaining, and they provide a chance to watch the “experiment” in action.

  • School Board breezes through Tuesday night’s agenda

    Three of the five school board members attending Tuesday’s regular meeting in the district boardroom whipped through the topics, unanimously passing several in short order.

    A $5,000 funding transfer for Los Alamos Middle School’s cafeteria program, the 2009-2010 budget and a one-year lease extension for Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) were all approved.

    Board Secretary Jodie Benson led the meeting as President Joan Ahlers and Vice President Ken Johnson were absent.

  • Panel hears eco-park proposal

    A House subcommittee on science and technology held a hearing Tuesday on a bill proposed by Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., to breathe life into an orphaned system that has been living off the land, so to speak, for nearly 40 years.

    Last week Luján introduced a bill to authorize the National Environmental Research Parks (NERPs) at seven Department of Energy sites, including the one at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Council votes against sewer rate increase

    Utilities customers can breathe a sigh of relief, at least for now.

    A divided council rejected an ordinance that would have increased sewer utility rates.

    Four of the seven councilors had enough concerns about the increase to vote against it.

    As a result, the motion to adopt the ordinance failed 4-3, with councilors Robert Gibson, Ralph Phelps and Mike Wismer voting in favor of the motion.

  • Local favorite to screen Thursday

    Imagine – or remember – what it was like growing up in Los Alamos in the 1940s and ‘50s. Well-armed guards kept the gates to the so-called Atomic City. Visitors needed special passes. Their vehicles were routinely searched.

    Imagine – or remember – what it was like growing up in Los Alamos in the 1940s and ‘50s. Well-armed guards kept the gates to the so-called Atomic City. Visitors needed special passes. Their vehicles were routinely searched.

  • Softball: Hilltopper final statistics of 2009 season

    Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team pitcher Monika Teter had a statistically-brilliant first varsity season in 2009.

    Teter, a freshman, was among the top pitchers in the state in strikeouts and earned-run average for the 2009 season, which ended in mid-May. Teter, who posted a record of 6-3 this season, finished with an ERA of 2.48, which placed her just outside of the top 20 pitchers in the state.

    Statewide statistics were complied by the New Mexico Overtime Sports Center (NMOTSC.com).

  • Gold theft investigation at LANL nearly complete

    The Investigation into an attempted gold theft that occurred in late March at Los Alamos National Laboratory's TA-55 is close to wrapping up.

    “We expect the investigation to conclude most likely by the end of the month, at which time it will be referred to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque for a decision on whether to prosecute,” FBI Agent Todd Hulsey said Thursday.

    Hulsey mentioned it appears the employee acted alone in his attempt to steal gold from his workplace at TA-55.

  • Police cadet charged with DWI

    Officers responding to a crash on 46th street near Yucca shortly after 1 a.m., Sunday arrested Daniel LaDuke at the scene and charged him with DWI and careless driving.

    LaDuke, 32, is a cadet on probation with the Los Alamos Police Department who was off duty at the time.

    According to the Statement of Probable Cause, LaDuke admitted crashing the police cruiser he was using to travel back and forth to the police academy in Santa Fe.