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  • Trinity Site contract revision tabled

    During Tuesday’s council meeting, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle promoted an ordinance that would have rewritten the Trinity Site contract to give 100 percent of the revenues to Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS).

    Councilors voted 6-1 to table the ordinance, concerned about possible impacts to the still tenuous contract between the county, North American Development Group (NADG) and Smith’s Marketplace.

    The original contract allocates 52 percent of initial lease revenues to LAPS, increasing to 62 percent over 10 years.  The balance of the revenue goes to the county as rent on property leased to LAPS at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

  • Inspector General presses for answers on certain lab costs

    The Office of Inspector General issued a report this week which looks into the questioned, unresolved and potentially unallowable costs that have been incurred by the Los Alamos National Laboratory during FY 2008 and 2009.

    The report claims it has identified $2 million in questioned and unresolved costs claimed by Los Alamos during those fiscal years.

    “We also identified more than $437 million in FYs 2008 and 2009 and prior year subcontract costs that were unresolved pending audit or review by Los Alamos’ Internal Audit. Finally we noted other concerns that need to be addressed to ensure that only allowable costs are claimed and reimbursed to Los Alamos,” the report stated.

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    Bucking the Obama administration, Supreme Court justices seemed to find little trouble Wednesday with major parts of Arizona's tough immigration law that require police to check the legal status of people they stop for other reasons.

  • Video: LANL prepares for fire season
  • Powell announces restrictions on state lands

    New Mexico State Land Commissioner Ray Powell made a public announcement today that fireworks, open fires, and smoking are prohibited on state trust lands   until further notice.  
    “Severe drought conditions coupled with high winds, and dense fuel loads can combine to produce catastrophic fires like we saw last year in New Mexico,” said Commissioner Powell “It is important to do what we can to prevent human-caused fires on our state trust lands.”  

  • Update 04-25-12

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the high school speech theater.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.


    Kiwanis meets from noon-1 p.m. every Tuesday at the Masonic Temple on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. Rose Montoya will speak on the Boys and Girls Club.

    CMRR meeting

    A public meeting for the CMRR project will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    Museum closed

  • McMillan: Laboratory cuts 60 contract jobs

    In a memo circulated to all Los Alamos National Laboratory employees earlier this week, director Charlie McMillan outlined further budget cuts.

    As part of meetings with the Lab Integrated Stewardship Council, McMillan said that Carl Beard, Principal Associate Director of Operations has begun the process of reducing the flexible workforce by 10 percent.

    McMillan said that translates into 60 jobs, which will be lost by May 1.

  • ABQ Student Wins Supercomputing Challenge

    Jordan Medlock of Albuquerque’s Manzano High School took the top prize in the 22nd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his computer algorithm that automates the process of counting and analyzing plaques in magnetic resonance images of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The program vastly speeds up the process of identifying the very small and difficult to see plaques.

    For his project, “Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Plaques in a Transgenic Mouse Brain Using Image Analysis of SPION-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Images,” Medlock received a check for $1,000.