Today's News

  • Energy visionary says quadruple LANL budget

    A public forum Wednesday explored possible responses to the national energy crisis from the Los Alamos and New Mexico perspectives.

    Hosted by the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, the meeting brought together several energy experts who agreed that major efforts are needed immediately.

    Miro Kovacevich, president of an energy and economic policy advocacy organization, ViviLux, was one of the drivers behind the Solar Energy Research Park and Academy at Northern New Mexico College and other renewable energy developments in Española.

  • 'Choice' skate park finally opens

    Anticipation was high and adrenaline was all but seeping from the pores of the young spectators as they stood anxiously waiting for the ribbon cutting of the new skate park to be completed.

    After the speeches were delivered by council members and county officials, 16-year-old Elliot Marcille gave the green light when he yelled, “All right, everybody, we’ve waited a long time for this skate park. So tear it up!”

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:Behold the power of public speaking

    I participated in a speech class in college and while I successfully learned all the terms and types of speeches, I was never very good at putting them into practice. I wouldn’t speak loudly or slowly enough and typically I stared at a blank, empty space rather than making eye contact with the audience.

    Maybe my failure at public speaking sparked from my prejudice that this particular art form isn’t really all that important. It’s not necessary to speak in front of others, I concluded.

    How wrong I was.

  • Spooky ... yet environmentally friendly

    Think orange, but be green. Recycle Halloween jack-lanterns at the Pumpkin Glow. This year, the Seventh Annual Los Alamos Pumpkin Glow will take place from 6-9 p.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn. The Pumpkin Glow is part of Halloweekend, a community event that also includes Trick or Treat on Mainstreet. The Los Alamos Arts Council thought it would be appropriate to have a recycling theme this year because the event occurs after Halloween, which is Friday.

  • Moms Club to host preschool fair

    There are numerous preschools in Los Alamos to begin a child’s education and to help narrow the choice the Moms Club of Los Alamos is hosting a Preschool Fair from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

    During the fair, eight local preschools will set up booths and pass information to parents. Quemazon and Caoncito will not be participating because their enrollment is filled. Organizations offering activities to preschoolers such as the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and the Family YMCA will also distribute information.

  • Student musicians to show their stuff at Brown Bag show

    The Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico (PMTNM) State Conference will be arriving in Los Alamos Nov. 13-16, and to get a musical sampling of what will be heard during this event, attend the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag show at noon Nov. 5 at Fuller Lodge.

    The Brown Bag concert will showcase 16 Los Alamos music students who won honors in the New Mexico District I Competition, and will compete in the state conference. They will perform one piece that they will also play in the state conference.

    Music for vocals, strings and piano will be featured.

  • County comes up with new plan to fund purchase

    The purchase of the Los Alamos Apartments by the county is on track, but it hit a snag that will delay the foreclosure sale slated to take place this week.

    In addition, the county has decided to use $1.2 million from the self-sufficiency fund, which is usually used for economic development, to make the purchase of this prime Central Avenue property.

    Councilors voted 6-1 to transfer the self-sufficiency funds to the general fund in order to make the purchase. Council Vice Chair Robert Gibson opposed the motion.

  • Schools move forward on Canyon Complex property lease

    Following discussion with Los Alamos Public School’s attorney Charlotte Hetherington, the board of education approved a resolution authorizing renewal of the district’s Canyon Complex lease with Los Alamos National Security LLC.

    The motion carried 4-0, with board member Alison Beckman absent. Two additional motions carried 4-0 related to the Canyon lease.

    The first approves an amendment to the lease switching the tenant from The Regents of the University of California to LANS as well as similar modifications.

  • Judicial/Police-Jail Complex may become state model

    By May 2010, residents of Los Alamos county will be first in New Mexico to utilize a unique judicial facility in which their District, municipal and magistrate courts share the same space.

    “This facility is going to benefit our citizens and I hope it becomes a model of how to do business in New Mexico,” said County Council Chair Jim Hall before major players in the project turned over shovels of dirt to officially kick off the historic project Tuesday morning.

    The long-awaited ceremony took place in the lot adjacent to the police station on Trinity Drive.

  • Defense chief promotes nuclear deterrent

    In a major address at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that America would continue to need a nuclear deterrent.

    “Simply put, we cannot predict the future,” he said. “Even as we strive to live up to our noblest goals, as (Andrew) Carnegie did, we must deal with the messy realities of the world in which we live.”