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Today's News

  • Roundabout crash injures one

    One person was injured Monday morning in an accident at the San Ildefonso Road roundabout. According to police, the accident was caused by a driver entering the roundabout in a silver Honda SUV. According to police, the driver apparently failed to yield to a driver in a black subcompact sedan, which was already in the intersection. That driver was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center complaining of neck pain.

  • CFGG rolls out new website

    John C. Hopkins, Chair of Citizens for Good Government and former Chair of the Los Alamos Charter Review Committee, today announced that CFGG had launched a website to provide citizens with important information about the two Los Alamos County Charter questions that are on this year’s general election ballot.
    Question 1 on the ballot relates to the structure of county government — it clarifies the role and authorities of the Council Chair; it also proposes to change the title of the County Administrator to County Manager to be consistent with all other counties in the New Mexico.
    Question 2 addresses Article V of the Charter. The proposed Article V amendments address ambiguous and poorly structured language; introduce mechanisms for improving communication between the utility department and the rest of county government, resolving disputes between the Board of Public Utilities and the Council, and better align the county-owned utility business with elected officials and citizens.
    These ballot questions are the last in a series of ballot measures that the voters will be asked to consider. The voters approved earlier Charter amendments in 2010 and 2012.

  • Senate rivals survive TV reality show

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two freshmen U.S. senators from opposite sides of the political aisle said Thursday they survived and even cooperated while spending a week marooned together on a remote island for a new reality show “Rival Survival.”
    New Mexico Democrat Martin Heinrich and Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said they hope their adventure, scheduled to air Oct. 29 on Discovery, inspires their colleagues in Washington to work together.
    “Both of us know just how frustrated people are with Washington,” the two said in a joint statement.
     “We decided to do something completely out of the ordinary and frankly a little extreme to show the world and our colleagues that even if you have serious differences, if you want to survive you have to work together.”
    Discovery says the show was filmed on the island of Eru in the Marshall Islands while Congress was on its August break.
    Discovery describes the island “as an utterly unforgiving deserted destination where the reefs alone are fraught with dangers that include venomous stonefish, lionfish and scorpion fish.”
    The senators were each allowed to pick three survival items from what Discovery called a modest list, then were left to find food, water and shelter.

  • LANL conducts experiment in Nevada

     Los Alamos National Laboratory has successfully fired the latest in a series of experiments at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS).
    
“Leda is an integrated experiment that provides important surrogate hydrodynamic materials data in support of the Laboratory’s stewardship of the U. S. nuclear deterrent,” said Bob Webster, Associate Director for Weapons Physics.
    
The experiment, conducted on Aug. 12, 2014, consisted of a plutonium surrogate material and high explosives to implode a “weapon-relevant geometry,” according to Webster.
    
Hydrodynamic experiments such as Leda involve non-nuclear surrogate materials that mimic many of the properties of nuclear materials. Hydrodynamics refers to the physics involved when solids, under extreme conditions, begin to mix and flow like liquids. Other hydrodynamic experiments conducted at NNSS use small amounts of nuclear material, and are called “sub-critical” because they do not contain enough material to cause a nuclear explosion.

  • New exhibit to open at Bradbury

    The Bradbury Science Museum unveils a new interactive exhibit at 4 p.m., Wednesday featuring the rich history and current research into archaeology, wildlife biology, local climate and sustainability efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “Our role is to support the mission of the laboratory while being good stewards of the environment,” said Jen Payne, a team leader in the laboratory’s Environmental Stewardship Services Group and exhibit curator. “The National Historic Preservation Act requires us to share our knowledge of cultural resources with the public. This new exhibit helps us to do public outreach and provide virtual access to some of the unique archaeological sites situated on laboratory property.”
    The exhibit is titled “Environmental Research and Monitoring.” Opening remarks start at 5 p.m., and a talk on the laboratory’s annual Environmental Report is scheduled for 6 p.m. During the evening, two of the Bradbury’s Scientist Ambassadors will be “Scientists in the Spotlight,” with engaging face-to-face materials prompting conversations about fresh water and sea ice. Attendees also can play the “Thirst for Power” game that explores the nexus of energy, water and climate.

  • Dem governor candidate loses yet another campaign manager

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King announced Monday that his campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.
    Keith Breitbach was King’s third campaign manager.
    The Democrat trails Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in a new poll, and he lags far behind in fundraising as the campaign reaches a critical point with early voting to start next month.
    Breitbach said in an interview he “no hard feelings with Gary or anyone on the campaign.”
    He acknowledged that King’s campaign faced difficulty because it’s struggled to raise money. King reported cash-on-hand of not quite $158,000 at the start of the month while Martinez had $3.8 million in her re-election account.
    With Martinez outspending King 4-to-1 since July, Breitbach said “those aren’t very good odds.”
    “It takes resources to run a good campaign,” Breitbach said.

  • Update 09-16-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's Walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Forum

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents candidate forums. 7 p.m. Thursday at Fuller Lodge. Invited are candidates for county assessor, county sheriff, magistrate judge, municipal judge and New Mexico House District 43.

    United Way

    United Way of Northern New Mexico Community Campaign Celebration. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ashley Pond. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org or call 662-0800.  

  • NCRTD founders reflect on 10 years of service

    The North Central Regional Transit District celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday at the Jim West Regional Transit Center in Española, marking 10 years of accomplishments that far exceed the expectations of those who created the district.
    “Many people thought this would not succeed,” said James Rivera, first chair of the NCRTD board.
    Rivera described an incident that occurred while the district was still in the planning stages that motivated him to see the project launched.
    Rivera, from the Pueblo of Pojoaque, saw an elderly man walking along the highway on the outskirts of Santa Fe and offered him a ride. He learned that the retired vet from Dixon had caught the Greyhound in Taos to get to the Santa Fe veteran’s clinic to pick up his medication. He had missed the return bus and was planning to walk 47 miles to Dixon.
    “I thought, this is why we need this service,” Rivera said.
    NCRTD was the first district created after the passage of the New Mexico Regional Transit District Act, in 2003, which enabled the formation of multi-jurisdictional transit agencies.

  • Hawktalkers get funded by school board

    During its annual retreat session Saturday, where the Los Alamos School Board discussed future projects and set priorities for the upcoming school year, the board officially convened to conduct a piece of crucial business.
    The board, with Secretary Matt Williams abstaining, voted to give seed money to the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers, the middle school’s speech and debate team.
    The board voted to give the team $7,000. The board also voted to transfer $10,000 to the high school and middle school’s “23,000 Account” to be used by any school club or organization specifically for reserving charter buses just in case a school bus is not available for an upcoming trip.
    According to school officials the practice of using charter buses is a common one for all extracurricular activities, especially at the height of the district’s sports and tournament seasons. It’s hoped that having the extra $10,000 in the account no school club or team that regularly uses transportation for regional competition will be without a bus to get it there.
    Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie was glad they were able to provide the funding, knowing what it will be used for.

  • Fun for all at Expo Day

    At Expo Day on Saturday there were plenty of hands-on educational activities for families to participate in, such as the Geodesic Dome Make-a-Thon, robotics, rockets, face painting, educational demonstrations with PEEC and other organizations, including the Los Alamos Fire Department. The chalk walk featured a project by We Talk Chalk sponsored by LANB. The main art was a team effort, installed and finished by artist Lynn Okimura.