Today's News

  • Calendars determine when to celebrate Pascha

    “Why is Eastern Orthodox Christian ‘Easter’ this Sunday?” — JBA

    This is a great but very complicated question to answer in a 300-word column. Suffice it to say, in some years, Easter does indeed fall on the same Sunday as in Western Christianity.
    This year, Easter or Pascha as it is called in the east, is April 15. The service begins at 11:30 a.m.
    A trivial point to address is about the word “Pascha.” It means “Passover,” as we believe that the events of Holy Week that culminate in Christ’s resurrection are the final Passover.

  • Wildfire 2012 seminar set for Saturday

    Editor’s Note: The panel discussion has been canceled, but residents are still encouraged to stop by anytime Saturday afternoon to check out the exhibits and info tables.

    As wildfire season begins, residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers and adjacent Training. The event is sponsored by the Los Alamos Fire Department in partnership with several local agencies.
    • Sand table demonstration of the Las Conchas Fire presented by LANL Emergency Management
    • An opportunity to register your cell phone and e-mail addresses with Los Alamos County Emergency Management for emergency notifications from the County

  • County Briefs 04-13-12

    Power outage affects 75 in LA

    An underground line fault Thursday morning resulted in a power outage for 75 Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities’ customers on Canyon Street, Quartz and Rim Road. The outage began at 5:45 a.m.
    Electric linemen isolated the fault and safely restored power at 6:30 a.m. to 21 homes and 9:10 a.m. to the remaining 54 homes.
    The fault occurred in an area that DPU has scheduled for electric line replacement this summer.

    County moves to fill ‘acting’ positions

    County Administrator Harry Burgess is making progress toward filling eight key management positions.

  • Update 04-13-12

    Wildfire awareness

    Residents are urged to attend an informational event called “Wildfire 2012” from 1-5 p.m. Saturday in the council chambers and adjacent Training Room inside the Community Building.

    Eco Station meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 7 a.m.. Thursday at the Eco Station administration building.

    Budget hearings

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold budget meetings 6-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in council chambers.


  • Consortium announces agreement with LANL

    The New Mexico Consortium (NMC) will become the new fiscal agent for the Northern New Mexico Math and Science Academy (MSA).  
    The MSA is a teacher professional development program, sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to help improve math and science education in New Mexico K-12 schools.
    The partnership with MSA has the potential to expand the impact of NMC research programs into NM elementary and secondary schools, and to strengthen the relationship between MSA and the New Mexico Universities.
    MSA, founded by LANL in 2000, has operated under a partnership agreement with the LANL Foundation prior to the new agreement with the NMC, which took effect on March 14, 2012.

  • Abiquiu project receives award

    AECOM Technology Corporation, the engineering firm that did the design/build for the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) low-flow hydroelectric turbine generator at Abiquiu Dam, recently received an Engineering Excellence Award for Energy from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) New Mexico for the project.

    The EEA awards pay tribute to New Mexico’s most distinguished engineering projects. Entries are judged on:
    Original or innovative application of new or existing techniques
    Future value to the engineering profession and perception by the public
    Social, economic, and sustainable design considerations
    Exceeding client/owner needs

  • PRC hopefuls speak up on issues

    State Public Regulation Commission District 3 constituents piled into the Santa Fe Women’s Club auditorium Thursday to pose questions to candidates running for election.

    All four Democratic Commission hopefuls attended the question and answer forum. Those include outgoing Santa Fe County Commissioner Virginia Vigil, Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espinoza, Ben Maki, a former aide to United States Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and small business owner Brad Gallegos. The primary is scheduled for June 5.

  • Cyber exercise puts labs to test

    Intense pressure creates diamonds from coal, they say, and for Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratory cyber security programs, it’s an apt comparison.

    Fending off thousands of computer attacks from around the world, controlling vast libraries of sensitive information, yet keeping the scientific flow of knowledge moving, cyber teams such as those at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and elsewhere in the government complex feel the squeeze.

  • History of women in NM politics

    In our continuing coverage of New Mexico’s centennial year, we focus today on women in New Mexico politics.
    For the first 10 years of statehood, New Mexico had no women in politics. During that period we were the only state west of the Mississippi not to allow women to vote except for education officials. But with the passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920, that changed and women began making up for lost time.
    In 1922, two women were elected to statewide office and one to the state House of Representatives. In addition, Adelina “Ninai” Otero Warren won the Republican nomination to Congress but was defeated in the general election.

  • Dizzy on the Syzgy

    If you’re a triskaidekaphobic or paraskevidekatriaphobic, there is little chance you are reading this. You’re more likely hiding under your bed, covering in fear because today is Friday the 13th. Yeah, well, everyone needs a hobby. Having an irrational fear of numbers or dates is as good as anything, I guess.
    I have to admit that I suffer from coulrophobia, a fear of clowns. Well, that’s not exactly true. Actually, I’m afraid of a clown chasing me with a chainsaw while I’m wearing oversized swimming flippers.
    But Friday the 13th holds a special meaning this month (other than the ultimate fear of being chased by 13 clowns all armed with chainsaws). April 13th is Scrabble Day!