Today's News

  • Manhattan Project: Two veterans of famed Los Alamos work still reside in the city

    Manhattan Project vets recount war years
    By Arin McKenna

    Two members of the Special Engineering Division who served in Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project still reside in Los Alamos.
    Bill Hudgins was the first member of that unit, arriving in 1943 to work in the chemistry/metallurgy department.
    Roger Rasmussen arrived early in 1945. While serving in the electronics division, he was randomly chosen to be part of a support unit for the Trinity Site test, and had a “box seat” to that world-changing event.
    Both remained in the army until their contracts expired six months after the war ended, then returned to work at what is now Los Alamos National Laboratory as civilians. These are their stories.

    Bill Hudgins recalls
    daily life in Secret City

  • Police Beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Nov. 4

  • On The Docket

    Oct. 28

    Dane Miller  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for improper stopping, starting or turning. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Celebrating Veterans Day

    The Los Alamos community honored all who served Wednesday by celebrating Veterans Day at Fuller Lodge with a special flyover by the Classic Air Medical helicopter, proclamations and a moving speech by guest speaker Col. Edmond Burl Keith. Alicia Solomon sang the National Anthem, County Councilor Kristin Henderson delivered a county proclamation and State Rep. Stephanie Garcia-Richard delivered the state proclamation.

  • LA girls win seventh straight state title

    RIO RANCHO — The Los Alamos girls’ cross country team all season had its sights set on extending its state title streak to seven. On Saturday, the Hilltopper girls didn’t just win another title, they dominated their competition.
    Los Alamos had four runners finish in the top six, two more finish in the top 20 and it scored the Class 5A championship with 27 points, 40 better than second-place Albuquerque Academy and 52 lower than third-place St. Pius X.
    “I never dreamed it would have been that awesome,” senior Sophia Galvez said.
    “I’m just glad all of the work paid off,” Zoe Hemez said.
    The Hilltopper boys were also gunning to extend their state-title streak Saturday to five. Albuquerque Academy entered the championship as the favorite, but Los Alamos almost pulled off the upset. After four runners from each team finished, the two squads were tied with 31 points. Academy’s fifth runner, however, crossed six seconds ahead of Los Alamos’ fifth to help the Chargers squeak by Los Alamos, 45-48.

  • Manhattan Project park formally established

    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 70 years ago scientists working in secret created the atomic bomb that ended World War II and ushered the world into the nuclear age.
    On Tuesday, at a ceremony near the White House, in a federal building where clandestine plans for the bomb were developed, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz formally established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The park preserves three sites where work on the bomb was completed: Los Alamos, New Mexico; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; and Hanford, Washington.
    Jewell, Moniz and other officials said the park will not glorify war or nuclear weapons, but will tell the story of the three historical sites from a range of perspectives, including the cities in Japan where two nuclear bombs were dropped in 1945.
    “It certainly is a celebration that we will be telling the story of these three important historical sites,” Jewell said. “It’s not necessarily a celebration of the consequences of that, but rather an opportunity to tell that story to a broader audience.”
    The new park will bring greater awareness of the development of nuclear energy and weapons to a worldwide audience, Jewell and Moniz said.

  • LA VFW provides place for vets to gather

    Los Alamos Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Commander Roger Anaya wants veterans to know that long after the Veterans Day parades cease and the celebrations die down, there will always be a place they can go where they will be welcome and supported.
    Since its beginnings around the time the Manhattan Project was started, the John D. Gamble  Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874 on Deacon Street has been a haven of sorts for soldiers returning from overseas wars and conflicts.
    Through the years, Post 8874 also has helped the wider community by providing scholarships and participating in community service projects through the post’s auxiliary unit.
    Anaya recently announced that because of a recent change in the national organization’s bylaws, the post’s auxiliary unit will be open to men now as well.
    Once just reserved for women of qualified members, Anaya said the national organization recently changed the bylaws to allow men to join the auxiliary. Anaya hopes the change will help expand the auxiliary unit and its tradition of volunteerism in the community.

  • Labs collaborate to shape next set of supercomputers

    Three of the Department of Energy’s leading national laboratories are working together to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems by ensuring that the nation’s scientific community has access to leading edge computing systems to carry out their research.

    Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley and Sandia national laboratories, have formed the Alliance for Application Performance at Extreme Scale to focus on the design, acquisition and deployment of future advanced technology high performance computing systems.

    Over the years, each of the laboratories has independently deployed world-leading supercomputers to support their respective scientific missions.
    In joining together, they aim to work even more closely with vendors to shape the future of supercomputer design to deliver ever-more capable systems to solve problems of national importance.
    “The supercomputing community is entering a time that is both exciting and challenging as architectures evolve to move us closer to exascale systems,” said Gary Grider, High Performance Computing Division leader at Los Alamos.

  • LANL staff member earns an award via Homeland Security

    Michele DeCroix of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation division was recently awarded the Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s Award for Excellence at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C.
    The award recognizes outstanding achievement to advance the mission of DHS. Specifically, DeCroix was acknowledged for her work on nuclear terrorism risk assessments at DNDO, a role which was supported by Los Alamos’ NEN-5 group, that changed the settings on the radiation portal monitors operated by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This work helped to reduce the number of false alarms and contributed to the realization of $67 million in savings for monitors, maintenance, and personnel, while securing the homeland against radiological and nuclear threats.

  • Community invited to Chamber breakfast on sign code Nov. 17

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is inviting chamber members and non-chamber member businesses alike to attend a special chamber breakfast focused on the county sign code from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Nov. 17.
    Business owners and managers are invited to have breakfast, and then review specific sections of the code.
    Attendees will be divided into small groups, each assigned a section of the code to discuss and develop suggestions for how it might be made more business friendly.
    The use of banners, feather signs, monument signs, commercial flags and electronic signs are all regulated. Permanent signs must be safely mounted on the building façade to protect the public from hazardous conditions that result from signs that are structurally unsafe.
    The county revised the sign code in 2012, Since that time, the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, the transfer of the Ski Hill to private ownership and the transition of the Valles Caldera to the National Park Service have created an opportunity for new tourism-related businesses.