Today's News

  • An era ending for the 'Tacos'

    SANTA FE – The Pentagon plans to shut down the proud New Mexico Air National Guard. The fighter pilots of the Air Guard have served the nation honorably in wars since the 1950s.

    But as methods of warfare have changed, fighter planes are no longer needed to the extent they once were. Air-to-air combat is nearly a thing of the past as our enemies have little or no air forces.

    Air support for troop movements still is needed but not to the extent it once was.

  • Getting and spending and not wasting our powers

    As individuals we spend most of our lives planning resource allocation.  Initially our only resource is our own time and effort (unless we were born rich).  

    Later, if we use this resource wisely, we will accumulate wealth and will be able to also allocate resources with our spending priorities.  Many people (perhaps most in the more developed countries) use what we will call plan A.  Accumulate wealth by any means available; so as to later have multiple spending options.  

  • Discussion highlights work session

    Very little action was taken at Tuesday night’s county council meeting.

    The gathering, held in the White Rock Town Hall, was a work session and so only two motions were passed for the business portion of the agenda.

    The evening began with a proclamation, declaring Saturday, July 18, 2009, as “The Next Big Idea” Day in Los Alamos County.

    Kevin Holsapple, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, as well as staff member Jeremy Varela, were present and accepted the proclamation.

  • Smart Grid bid brightens state’s future

    Los Alamos, arguably home of more gray matter per household than any other county in the country, is playing a central role in a state initiative to catch a wave on a promising green business opportunity.

    The Smart Grid is a set of ideas about achieving energy efficiencies while enabling effective energy generation and storage from renewable sources. It’s one of the economic dividends awaiting smart people who can start assembling a more intelligent electrical grid.

  • New Superintendent’s mission is to listen and learn

    His first official day on the job was July 1 and already new Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt has met hundreds of local people.

  • Oppenheimer lecture features tech inventor

    If Professor Henry Higgins had been a 21st Century engineer and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley, he may have sung “Why can’t a computer be more like a brain?” instead of pondering musically the mysteries of Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady.”

    Jeff Hawkins won’t sing, but he will take on that puzzling question when he delivers the 39th Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture on July 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Duane Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos.

    The talk is free and open to the public.

  • Political affiliation charter may be revisited

    Tuesday night’s county council meeting was chock-full of discussion and little action. Designated as a work session, the meeting was held in the town hall in White Rock.

    One of the topics discussed at the meeting dealt with concepts, plans and practices for integrated maintenance of county assets. Capital Projects and Facilities Director Anne Laurent gave councilors a brief presentation outlining the plan.

  • A quirky performer comes to town

    His humor has been called impish, his songwriting skills have been referred to as creative and his performances are honored as being fearless. Steve Poltz’s music summons a barrage of descriptions and his life reflects his work.

    According to his website, Poltz was born in Nova Scotia; he was raised in Palm Springs and went to college in San Diego.

    He performed with the band, Rugburns, spending the majority of the year touring in a beat-up van and the song he co-wrote with Jewel, “You Were Meant for Me,” landed on the Billboard Top 10.

  • ‘Harry Potter’ proves worthy of the hype

    More than 250 local Harry Potter fans turned out at the Reel Deal Theater for a midnight showing of “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” Tuesday night.

    The mass of Harry Potter devotees – the majority of whom were around the same age as the film’s hero, 16-year-old Harry Potter (played by 20-year-old Daniel Radcliffe)– was enough to fill two screens at the Reel Deal Theatre.

    The enthusiastic crowd – including some who waited in line over five hours - applauded as the lights dimmed in the theater at the start of the show.

  • Six Monkeys: Chop, chop

    Writer’s block – a dull name for a horribly dull feeling. I picture my parietal cortex lying on a well-used wooden cutting board, an Alaskan ulu knife beside it, eager, the way all knives are.

    I don’t mean to overdramatize. That is how it feels: Like part of my brain is utterly inaccessible. It might still be inside my skull. It might be in the kitchen with the dirty ice cream bowl. Either way, all I get is a headache.