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Today's News

  • Council to discuss Trinity Redevelopment Project

    After a long wait, Los Alamos residents might finally get some answers about the status of the Trinity Site project.

    A special county council session will be held at 7 p.m. today in council chambers, during which time a presentation and discussion on the Trinity Site status will be held.

    Residents are invited to attend the meeting and voice their opinions and concerns during the public comment portion of the meeting. Assistant County Administrator Anthony Mortillaro will give the presentation.

  • SOC Los Alamos to begin layoffs

    SOC Los Alamos, the company that provides uniformed protective force services to Los Alamos National Laboratory, is executing workforce restructuring as a result of a reduction in funding, according to a company e-mail forwarded by SOC General Manager Ken Freeman.  

    There will be up to 18 positions affected.

    SOC is working to transition through this by encouraging individuals to apply for voluntary separation to minimize any involuntary separations.

    The workforce restructure is expected to be completed by Sep 30.

  • Espanola bans cell phone usage while driving

  • Stimulus money ready to go

    After a “ready” and a “set,” Los Alamos National Laboratory announced a “go” Wednesday to begin spending funds available for environmental cleanup under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    “We got the money,” said George Rael, assistant manager for Environmental Operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office.

    That means DOE headquarters has reviewed all project documents and feels comfortable that Los Alamos is set up to get the work done.

  • An act of inspiration

    You don’t often hear about young people inspiring the older generation. But that is exactly what happened to Luanne Stahl.

    She heard Los Alamos High School graduate Rachel Hill describe the greatest gift her parents ever gave her and it propelled Stahl into action.

    Hill explained her most precious present was when her parents freed a sex slave in her name.

    Her story prompted a memory for Stahl, when one of her teenage relatives hosted a dance-a-thon with her church’s youth group to raise money to free a sex slave.

  • A cooperative approach to managing wild fires

    Even as the San Miguel Wildland Fire continues to burn, it represents an evolution in federal fire policy.

    “Managing fire is about more than fighting fire,” said Bandelier National Monument Superintendent Jason Lott. “Our goal is to allow lighting-ignited fires to burn naturally within fire-adapted ecosystems when we can do so safely, effectively and efficiently. Every fire is different, and we evaluate the potential risks and benefits of each one.”

    Los Alamos Fire Marshal Michael Thompson agreed.

  • A local favorite to perform Friday

    Although the Jimmy Stadler Band canceled its Friday performance in the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series, it opened the door to allow for one of the series’ most popular bands to take the stage at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    The Nomads, currently comprised of local musicians Eddy Partridge, Wilfred Romero, Bob Carmen and David Banes, have been around since the 1980s, entertaining the crowd with rock n’ roll songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

    “They play songs that everyone knows,” said concert organizer Russ Gordon.

  • Sage Cottage to host carnival

    Sage Cottage may normally be an institution of learning, but from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, it will be the center for fun.

    A carnival, complete with a jumping house, milk bottle toss, bubble tub, arts and crafts table, face painting and music, will be open to children and their families.

    Additionally, a clown is scheduled to make an appearance and a juggler is expected  as well.

    Besides the carnival fare, food can be purchased and a silent auction, featuring everything from gift cards to a week’s vacation at a Pagosa Springs condo, will be offered.

  • Learning the art of acting

    Pinocchio,” is a familiar story. An animated puppet endures several trials to become a real boy.  Missoula Children’s Theater, however, inserted an educational twist to this classic tale. In order to become a real boy, Pinocchio needs to learn how to behave.

    The fictional character isn’t the only one learning a thing or two during the course of the play. The real-life actors are also gaining some knowledge by participating in this production.

  • Pen and Ink Possibilities: A very happy birthday to you

    Birthday parties have always been a big deal in my family. Since I was young, the dining room is always decorated with streamers and balloons and we are given the privilege of selecting the dinner menu, served on my great-grandmother’s hand-painted china.

    When my sister and I were little, we always requested a spaghetti dinner. When we were older, it was my mother’s triple layer chocolate cake that we constantly chose for dessert.

    Besides presents to the birthday person, my mother handed out goodie bags for each member of the family.