Today's News

  • 'Toppers drop 2-4A opener vs. Bernalillo

     The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team hung with the Bernalillo Spartans for one quarter, but the Spartans broke the game open in the second quarter to win going away.

    Bernalillo had six players hit from 3-point range Wednesday night as it won 74-51 at Griffith Gymnasium.

    It was the District 2-4A opener for both teams.

    See Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor for more information on the game.

  • AP IMPACT: Recession, tech kill middle-class jobs

    EDITOR'S NOTE: First in a three-part series on the loss of middle-class jobs in the wake of the Great Recession, and the role of technology.

    NEW YORK (AP) — Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over.

    And the situation is even worse than it appears.

    Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What's more, these jobs aren't just being lost to China and other developing countries, and they aren't just factory work. Increasingly, jobs are disappearing in the service sector, home to two-thirds of all workers.

    They're being obliterated by technology.

  • Panetta opens combat roles to women

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

    The groundbreaking move recommended by the Joint Chiefs of Staff overturns a 1994 rule banning women from being assigned to smaller ground combat units. Panetta's decision gives the military services until January 2016 to seek special exceptions if they believe any positions must remain closed to women.

  • Update 01-23-13

    Relay for Life

    Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold its monthly committee meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. today at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr.

    'Show Some Class'

    Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the art center.

    LACS concert

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. Thursday with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David.  

  • Congressman questions plutonium plan

    Last week, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, sent a letter to the Department of Energy questioning the value of the Department’s plan to convert surplus weapons-grade plutonium into Mixed-Oxide Fuel that could be used in nuclear power plants.

    Markey said the project is over budget, raises non-proliferation concerns, lacks even a single customer for the MOX fuel, and is far more expensive than disposing of the material as waste.

    “The government’s plutonium plan is a pluperfect disaster,” Markey said. “It is over budget, riddled with delays and problems, and is producing a product that no one wants.  And all to produce $2 billion worth of reactor fuel at a cost of tens of billions of taxpayer dollars and damage to our global non-proliferation efforts.”

    Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) also weighed in on the issue.

  • Garcia Richard has busy first week

    It was a whirlwind first week for rookie State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba).

    The legislative session opened last Tuesday and the first order of business for Garcia Richard was casting her first vote.

    “I was moved and proud to cast my first vote as the new legislator from District 43 for W. Ken Martinez as Speaker of the House. Speaker Martinez is the former Majority Floor Leader and has always been a kind and good mentor to me.

    And although I will dearly miss Speaker Ben Luján and wish I had the opportunity to serve with him, I think Speaker Martinez will serve the Legislature and New Mexico well as our leader in the upcoming session,” she said.
    Garcia Richard also received her committee assignments. The rookie legislator was assigned to the House Appropriation and Finance Committee and the House Education Committee, “two committees that will be crucial for Los Alamos —especially when considering the school funding formula,” Garcia Richard said.

    Garcia Richard then co-sponsored her first bill — education funding.

    “This is the bill that funds all the public schools in New Mexico,” she said. “I am very happy my committee assignments allow me to help guide that bill as it is crafted and amended.

  • County preps for cyberattacks

    First in a series

    Recent news cycles have been filled with reports of increasing cyberattacks against the United States infrastructure — energy, water, communications and transportation sectors — that the government is ill-prepared to deal with.

    According to RT.com, the ICS-CERT Monitor — a newsletter published by Homeland Security Department’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team — reported that United States government cyber experts confirm that attacks waged against America’s essential sectors rose 52 percent in 2012. The report also notes that the number of qualified personnel able to respond to these attacks is inadequate.

    “Over the course of my career, these kinds of attacks have gotten more and more sophisticated,” said former Los Alamos resident Brian Zaugg. Zaugg is senior director of IT security for Applied Micro, a semi-conductor chip design company, who also spent seven years working for defense contractor Raypheon.

    “A long time ago, it was destructive, but it was just pranks. Today it’s an organized, highly coordinated kind of thing, where it’s either nations or criminal organizations that have much more organized goals and the attacks get more and more sophisticated and try to do more specific things.”

  • Gun debate heats up

    Second of a two-part series

    Though the various forms of legislation mentioned in the last article remain in the committee stage, Mark Covell is not so sure the “gun show” bill put forth by Rep. Miguel Garcia, (D-Bernalillo) will be effective, even if the state does decide to establish a background check hotline.

    “I know some states are talking about now having mandatory background checks on all weapons whether it’s through a dealer or an individual,” Covell said. “How are you going to make that work? If you go down to your local department of motor vehicles office, you begin to have your doubts about the state running any kind of program.”

    He quoted a passage in the legislation he’s particularly concerned about.

    “‘Our legislation will require background checks for the mentally and criminally adjudicated at Gun Shows in New Mexico, and for a private individual purchases.”

  • Media Circus As Goat Appears in Court

    A Sydney judge ruled Wednesday that neither a goat nor his owner could be found guilty of vandalism over an August incident when Gary decided to snack on a flowerbed outside a city museum.

  • Be There 01-23-13

    Relay For Life of Los Alamos will hold its monthly committee meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and Suites, 2455 Trinity Dr. Individuals who are interested in helping and/or participating are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.