Today's News

  • 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.

  • Thomas helps promote NJROTC Booster Club

    Cadet Ensign Jodi Thomas, the public affairs officer for the Los Alamos NJROTC Unit, has one public affair that she would like everyone to attend.
    Their monthly brisket night will take place on Jan. 31 and local cadets could use some support.
    “The academic team will be going to Las Vegas, Nev. for the annual Brain Brawl, where they will compete against Area 13,” Thomas said. “The money raised will help pay for the transportation, hotel rooms and meals.”
    Thomas became interested in the Los Alamos NJROTC Unit when she was in middle school, after target shooting at the Sportsman Club. She now competes on the unarmed regulation drill team, the unarmed exhibition drill team, the academic team and the tug-of-war team.
    “Once I got involved with the unit and the people, I realized they had much more to offer other than just shooting.”
    Thomas said she had a wonderful time after joining the drill team and gained personal experiences with the unit.
     “I have learned endless amounts of leadership skills by participating in various activities in our class, in a leadership camp over the summer and have been put in many leadership positions that helps me and many others learn leadership hands-on,” Thomas said.

  • A brief history of fumbles and foibles

    Talk of the economy and economic development, as the legislative session gets rolling, makes me think there’s a finger on the playback button. I could dust off old stories and columns and they would sound fresh.
    In fact, I will. Here’s my own playback.
    1986: New Mexicans studying economic development have produced piles of reports, “usually without any concrete plan for moving from point A to point B.”
    Business people told me that year, “Probably the best thing the state could do is create a stable, non-political climate in areas that matter — taxes, education and public services.” They blamed the Legislature for allowing the University of New Mexico to decline and blasted its lack of commitment to higher education.
    Said one CEO, “The continuing problems that we have in coming to grips with the kind of university and educational system we want is noticed by others. The state doesn’t seem to have it together.”
    1987: “We need to radicalize our business climate,” said up-and-coming economic developer Mark Lautman. “We need to do everything possible to make ourselves better than Texas.”

  • Tuesday’s prep basketball scores

    Boys basketball

    Albuquerque Academy 63, Capital 56
    Bosque School 59, Santa Rosa 49
    Carlsbad 61, Artesia 47
    Centennial High School 64, Hot Springs 35
    Clayton 83, Raton 56
    Cloudcroft 63, Carrizozo 54
    Dexter 64, Ruidoso 62, OT
    Dora 78, Clovis Christian 38
    Eldorado 78, Del Norte 40
    Farmington 49, Bloomfield 40
    Fort Sumner 51, Texico 42
    Hagerman 70, Tatum 39
    Hobbs 89, Roswell 83
    La Cueva 81, Rio Rancho 73
    Laguna-Acoma 86, Estancia 33
    Las Cruces 67, Alamogordo 58
    McCurdy 78, Dulce 59
    Menaul 47, Jemez Valley 37
    Miyamura 60, Aztec 53
    Mountainair 47, Foothill 45
    NMMI 72, Gateway Christian 46
    Robertson 72, Mora 59
    Sandia 74, Hope Christian 63
    Santa Teresa 48, Goddard 47
    Silver 68, Cobre 23
    St. Michael’s 41, Pojoaque 34
    St. Pius 66, Sandia Prep 56
    Tohajilee 82, Desert Academy 40
    Tucumcari 73, West Las Vegas 51
    Tularosa 50, Mesilla Valley Christian 32

    Girls basketball