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Today's News

  • Escaped ember started LANL fire

    A spokesperson for Los Alamos National Laboratory provided additional information about a fire that broke out Wednesday afternoon on laboratory property.

    Kevin Roark of the LANL communications office said this morning that the fire was caused by an unanticipated failure of a piece of a scientific apparatus under development for the Nevada Test Site. He said a piece of equipment was under an evaluation using a gunpowder-like explosive.

  • New board gets green light

    The code ordinance creating the Environmental Sustainability Board was enthusiastically approved by County Council Tuesday to replace the Solid Waste Management Board. Council previously approved the formation of the board and sunsetting of the Solid Waste Management Board in March as part of its Environmental Sustainability Initiative.

  • Skate park ruling appealed

    Officially, opponents to the location of the proposed skate park have until Monday to file an appeal of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s site approval.

    Whatever happens these next three days, two appeals have already been filed.

    A spokesperson for the planning department said that two appeals have been filed as of Thursday, one from Morrie Pongratz, and one from Jack and Colleen Hanlon.

  • Caldera trust puts faith in business plan

    The subject of what the Valles Caldera National Preserve is going to do for a living – when and if its allowance from Congress dissipates in the next few years – kept coming up during a public meeting of the governing board.

    The Valles Caldera Trust met at preserve headquarters in Jemez Springs Thursday, taking care of routine business, announcing some new recreational opportunities and hearing reports from managers.

  • County council considers regional transit tax

    As part of a regional transit district initiative consistent with Los Alamos County’s goal to improve transportation and mobility, a transit gross receipts tax and election are being considered.

    At its Tuesday meeting, council made a minor amendment to the ordinance and set June 24 as the date for a public hearing and council action on the issue.

    The tax is equal to .125 percent of the community’s gross receipts. It would total about $1.9 million per year.

  • Audit shows healthy numbers

    The financial management at Los Alamos Public Schools has significantly improved, according to audit results released Tuesday.

    Despite minor flaws, LAPS bookkeeping practices have become “healthy” since the arrival of a new financial management staff, said Jeff McWhorter, chief auditor of the Accounting and Consulting Group.

    McWhorter presented the results of the fiscal year 2006-2007 audit report to LAPS board members Tuesday.

  • Forget the commercialization: Honor your dad Sunday

    So this is Father’s Day. How about Hallmark Card Day, or Sears, or Wal Mart Day? That’s where the money goes ee if we even remember Father’s Day. And by Monday, it’s all over; we have done our duty to Dad for this year, now back to real life. I’ve seen children begrudgingly put on a fake happy face for Father’s Day, then on Monday go back to the usual routine of disdaining and belittling their father. That is discouraging.

  • Taking a new direction in life

    Kay Anders, along with her husband, Peter, came to Los Alamos in 1987. Enders worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory until she retired. But her work wasn’t finished yet. In fact, Anders felt she was being called to take an entirely new path.

    Anders achieved a major milestone on this new journey when she was ordained a priest Tuesday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. Assisting Bishop William Frey presided during the ordination.

  • Our View: Openness should not be deleted

    A recent ruling by the Attorney General’s Office should be of concern to everyone.

    See, the office ruled that state law contains no recourse for people who ask to inspect state officials’ public e-mails and find they’ve been deleted.

    So if an official wants to hide something, just do it via the Internet than delete it.

    It is scary. Any document produced by a public figure doing the public’s business belongs to the public. To just hit the delete key to avoid disclosure is not acceptable.

  • Recycling a top priority for Los Alamos

    The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has recognized Los Alamos County for having the state’s second highest recycling rate.

    According to the NMED, Lincoln County recycled the most, 67 percent of its solid-waste in 2007, a figure attributed to the county's composting of large quantities of green waste.

    Regina Wheeler, Los Alamos County Solid Waste Division Manager, said the NMED calculates recycling rates using guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency, but those guidelines do not account for the total material actually recycled in the county.