Today's News

  • Leading economic indicators advance 1.1 percent in December

    NEW YORK (AP) — A forecast of future economic activity jumped 1.1 percent in December, a private research group said Thursday, suggesting that economic growth could pick up this spring.

    The increase in the Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators was larger than the 0.7 percent rise that economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected.

    The gauge had risen a revised 1 percent in November — it was initially reported as a 0.7 percent increase— and has been up for nine consecutive months.

  • Six Monkeys: Mother instincts kick in up in the air

    Friday morning, I woke up to a sunny Florida day, the golf course sparkling outside my in-laws’ patio. Friday evening, I was back in Los Alamos, finally, after one of the most stressful periods of waiting I’ve ever experienced.

    It began while I was admiring the sixth hole of the short, crane-filled golf course at The Groves in Land O’ Lakes, when I felt a new pregnancy symptom that didn’t seem right.

    I decided to ignore it.

  • '12 Angry Men' offers a classic tale

    A novice director reveals a natural talent for the stage with the Los Alamos Little Theater’s production of “12 Angry Men.” It’s the first play Courtney Lounsbury has directed and after seeing her work Saturday night, I hope it will not be the last time her work will be performed.

  • Support the LAHS choirs

    In tough economic times, everyone feels the pinch, and schools are certainly not immune to the sharp squeeze in funds.

    Therefore, in response to the changes in funding rules for high school activities, which have made it more expensive to travel and participate in festivals and competitions, the four choirs at Los Alamos High School and the LAHS Choir Booster Club are rolling up their sleeves and exerting some fundraising prowess.

    The Winter WaffleFest will be held from 8 -10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Masonic Temple.

  • NEWS ALERT - LANL team plucks dirty bomb material from New Jersey warehouse.
  • Breaking News: Schools close at 12:30 p.m. today!

    All Los Alamos public Schools will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. today due to the winter storm.

    Absolutely all activities, practices and meetings are canceled.

    The LAPS Youth At Risk Summit has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

    On Friday, all LAPS schools will be on a two hour delay with a possible closing.

    Check back for updates.


  • Bulletin of Atomic Scientists makes adjustment

    It was only a 60-second adjustment, but it was the first upward tick of the famous Doomsday Clock since 1991. Since then, the minute hand had moved 12 minutes closer to midnight, reaching five minutes away in 2007.

    Expressing careful optimism last week the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved the symbolic minute hand one minute back to six minutes to midnight.

    The gesture was based on a more “hopeful state of world affairs” in relation to threats posed by nuclear weapons and climate change.

  • Panthers pull together

    The pride of the Piñon Panthers and the best of the Best Western Hilltop House staff will join together Friday to raise funds for disaster relief efforts in Haiti.

    Local business owner Kim Selvage created the Piñon Panthers Sixth Grade Leadership team and was recently contacted by a member after the earthquake in Haiti. The student had discussed the situation with friends and wanted to do something to make a difference for the people of Haiti.

  • Team bags another 3,000 curies

    A half dozen technical experts from Los Alamos hauled in a couple more highly radioactive sources recently, a reminder that the work of keeping the raw ingredients for dirty bombs out of the hands of bad actors is a daily activity.

    The nuclear materials this time happened to be two unusually large medical research devices recovered from a warehouse located in Rahway, New Jersey, 25 miles from New York City.

  • Court's in session

    County Council approved in December renaming the Justice-Police-Jail complex on Central Avenue at Oppenheimer the Justice Center. They reasoned the name more aptly describes the function of the building, which includes courts, a renovated police station and new detention center.

    Court cases got underway in the new Justice Center Tuesday morning.

    “We’ve heard about 20 cases in the last two days,” Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk said this morning.