Today's News

  • 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.

  • Education and test scores: State to analyze data

    New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera recently announced that test scores for the Partnership For Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests are being distributed to all New Mexico school districts.
    She also talked about what’s next for the new testing standard, which replaced the Standards Based Assessment exams last school year.
    Skandera, however, also said that since this is the first round of results, it will be a while until the state, as well as districts, will have enough data to make meaningful comparisons about where a child is academically compared to where they need to be nationally. In the meantime, she said, the state Public Education Department will look into ways of capitalizing on present results.
    “What we want to do at the state level is look at this data and think about many different ways we can invest for the future of our students as we look toward the next legislative session,” Skandera said in regard to state education goals.
    As for the moment when parents receive their child’s individual scores, Skandera asked parents to take the long view, regardless of the score.

  • Parents’ guide via LA Public Schools

    Editor’s note: Recently, the Los Alamos Public Schools provided the following news release to help parents and students to better understand the PARCC scores.

    Students are considered “proficient” if they score at a level of four or five (The initial information from PED stated that levels three, four, and five were “proficient”).
    The test scores did not change.
    For high school graduation, a score of level three, four, or five will be accepted for the classes of 2016 and 2017. In future years, a score of level four or five will be required for graduation.
    There are five PARCC performance levels:  1: Did not yet meet expectations 2: Partially met expectations
3: Approached expectations
4: Met expectations 5: Exceeded expectations.  Below are the revised charts.
    The results released today are from the first administration of the PARCC assessment and thus any conclusions should be considered with caution.

  • Police Beat 11-4-15

    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.

    Oct. 22
    7:32 a.m. — Police reported that a 22-year-old Dixon woman was involved in a car accident on Diamond Drive. There were no injuries.
    10:51 a.m. — Amber Martinez-Vigil, 20 of Espanola was arrested on a charge of concealing identity.
    5:57 p.m. — Police reported that a 51-year-old Los Alamos woman was involved a car accident at 15th Street and Trinity Drive. There were no injuries.
    11:19 p.m. — Police reported a 61-year-old Los Alamos man was involved in a car accident on Pajarito Road. There were no injuries.
    Oct. 23
    9:53 a.m. — Police arrested a 17-year-old Los Alamos male on a charge of criminal sexual penetration of a child, less than 13-years old, a first-degree felony.
    10:31 a.m. — Ernesto Martinez, 18, of Alcalde, was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce).

  • Cone Zone 11-4-15

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive:
    Northbound and southbound lanes are open and businesses are accessible from Sherwood.
    Roadway construction continues on the eastside of Sherwood. Expect flagging operations as RMCI completes sidewalks and the installation of the irrigation system.
    Traffic Control management will be on going. Large equipment and truck will be continuous throughout the project.”    
    The schedule may change due to weather or other delays.

  • RE/MAX birthday celebration
  • Gallery hopping in Chimayó a worthy venture

    The Santuario de Chimayó − known as “the Lourdes of the United States” for the reported healing power of its Holy Dirt − draws visitors from all over the world.
    But many who visit the chapel miss the other treasures this historic village has to offer: art traditions passed down for generations, charming New Mexico style B&B’s and the first restaurant to spurn other labels and boldly call its cuisine “New Mexican.”
     “Chimayó’s a beautiful valley, it’s full of wonderful people, it’s got great art, it has a fabulous restaurant, lots of culture, lots of tradition,” said John Abrums, owner of Chimayó Trading & Mercantile.
    The mercantile specializes in American Indian art rather that the Spanish Colonial art found in most of Chimayós galleries. Abrums strives for “the best pieces at the lowest prices,” with a remarkable selection of Pueblo pottery, Navajo weavings and jewelry and rare finds such as paintings by the late Helen Hardin.
    Chimayó retains some of ambiance from the time it was an isolated Spanish Colonial village. Many inhabitants still live in family homes and carry on centuries old traditions.