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Today's News

  • Bus skids in ski hill mishap

    An Atomic City Transit bus was making a test run on the Pajarito Ski Hill Road but ended up in a ditch at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    “We were doing some snow training with the drivers in preparation for the ski hill route. The bus lost traction and the driver was able to get it safely off to the side,” said Transportation Division Management Analyst Jill Carothers. “The driver and vehicle are fine. We just needed a tow truck to pull the back wheel out.”

    The county has taken several steps to gear up for the new ski hill shuttle.

    A turnaround was built earlier this year so buses can change course on a flat surface rather than in the lower parking lot.

    The focus is now on training.

    “We had an instructor come in from Steamboat Springs and do specific winter weather driving. They provide a lot of ski service and have a lot of experience driving in those conditions. Their safety specialist came down and did training with our drivers,” Carothers said.

    “And now that there’s snow on the ground we’re out there doing more training. Our drivers are prepared. We’ve got a great trainer and we’re not going to put people out there who aren’t ready to go.”

  • Update 12-20-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Friday in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    No blue bus service

    The NCRTD blue buses will not be in service Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For more information call toll free 1-866-206-0754, or visit ridethebluebus.com.

    ESB meeting

    The Environmental Sustainability Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at the Community Building Training Room.

    LANL cancels sale

    The monthly surplus property sale at LANL scheduled for today has been canceled because of weather and snow in Los Alamos this week. Weather permitting, the next regularly scheduled surplus property sale is Jan. 17, 2013.

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  • New councilors get 'boot camp' experience

    New county councilors will be sworn in Friday.

    But those new councilors already got a taste of what their new jobs are going to be like as they attended a “boot camp,” earlier this month.

    The boot camp provides elected officials with intensive training facilitated by NM EDGE (Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector), which is a collaborative program developed by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service in conjunction with NMAC and other state organizations.

    “It was like drinking out of a fire hydrant,” Councilor Rick Reiss said. “There’s nothing like covering a whole lot of territory in three short days.

    “What I was impressed with was that the NMAC has a very well-prepared program to assist us in getting ready to be better councilors. And the topics that they covered were varied and intentional to get us up the curb.”

    NMAC paid the registration for all newly elected officials to attend, which included Los Alamos County’s three new councilors. The county council approved funds for Reiss to attend, as well. Reiss was appointed to fill a council vacancy in September.

  • Spreading cheer

    Some 1,031 holiday gifts from LANL employees are being readied for Northern New Mexico children and seniors. The gifts are being delivered to partner agencies in Northern New Mexico. Some of the partners include: Wings for Hope, Santa Fe; Los Alamos Family Council; Taos Housing Authority; Boys and Girls Club Del Norte; Chimayo and Abiquiu; State Children, Youth and Families Department offices in Española, Las Vegas, Raton and Santa Fe.

  • Congress tries CPR on CMRR

    The Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement facility may be alive after all, but then again, maybe not.

    Legislators are almost finished debating the defense authorization bill for FY 2013 and the language in the bill would mandate that the federal government construct the controversial facility by 2026.

    The Obama administration and the National Nuclear Security Administration have deferred the project for five years.

    According to Global Security News Wire, the administration has argued that delaying construction of the new CMRR facility by five years would save money without harming nuclear-weapon readiness, but the plan has received mixed reviews on Capitol Hill.

    Some lawmakers sought to proceed on a schedule that would have construction completed by 2024, though a budget resolution Congress approved for the first half of the fiscal year that began on Oct. 1 included no funds for the project.

    On Tuesday, however, a conference committee established to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2013 defense authorization legislation released a bill that would establish a legal mandate that the CMRR building be up and running within 14 years.

  • Canyon Bar set to close

    Mike Cutler, the current owner of the Canyon Bar, which has become a popular watering hole in Los Alamos during the past 16 years, said it wasn’t for a lack of trying.

    With an eye on retirement and finding a warmer climate, Cutler, 48, said he tried many times to find a buyer for the bar, but there were no takers.

    Through the years, the establishment has been known under several other names, including “Ma and Pa’s” and “Fireside.”

    “I couldn’t find a buyer that wanted to take it over as a bar,” Cutler said. “People just didn’t come up with the right amount of money or the right amount of interest.”

    It’s not known when the bar will officially close and Cutler said for now, they are still open for business, and will be able to still serve alcohol, though the liquor license has been sold to the Giant Convenience store in White Rock.

    Cutler who also owns Automotive Professionals on DP Road, said he has no plans to leave the area immediately, either.  

    “I will still be up here for a while. I still own the shop here and my wife still works for the lab, but eventually we plan to get down to the Gulf Coast and do some fishing,” Cutler said.

  • First Person: Artifacts Reveal Mayan Reset

    Ancient artifacts tell scholars about the beliefs of the ancient Maya. The Mesoamerican long count calendar is expected to reset on December 21, 2012, which many have interpreted as the 'end of the world.'

  • ‘Hobbit’ bests ‘Rings’ with $84.8 million opening

    NEW YORK (AP) — Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” led the box office with a haul of $84.8 million, a record-setting opening better than the three previous “Lord of the Rings” films.
    The Warner Bros. Middle Earth epic was the biggest December opening ever, surpassing Will Smith’s “I Am Legend,” which opened with $77.2 million in 2007, according to studio estimates Sunday. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” also passed the December opening of “Avatar,” which opened with $77 million. Internationally, “The Hobbit” also added $138.2 million, for an impressive global debut of $223 million.
    Despite weak reviews, the 3-D adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s first novel in the fantasy series was an even bigger draw than the last “Lord of the Rings” movie, “The Return of the King.” That film opened with $72.6 million. “The Hobbit” is the first of another planned trilogy, with two more films to be squeezed out of Tolkien’s book.

  • Join the LA Friends Christmas party

    The new social group in town, “Los Alamos Friends,” is throwing their first Christmas Party from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the home of Beau Gerard (the Bike Doc), 3711 Trinity Dr.
    The party is open to the general public, but seating is limited, so an RSVP is needed to reserve a spot.
    Bring a treat to share with about 20 people. Gerard will play Christmas Carols.  
    In addition to being the Bike Doc, he is a concert pianist that donates his time as a  music therapist for institutionalized people in Las Vegas and he will be featured on  “America’s Got Talent” this summer.
    To RSVP, or for more information, call Celia at 695-5788.

  • Adele voted AP Entertainer of the Year

    NEW YORK (AP) — Though Adele didn’t have a new album or a worldwide tour in 2012, she’s still rolling. After a year of Grammy glory and James Bond soundtracking, Adele has been voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year.
    In 132 ballots submitted by members and subscribers of the AP, Adele easily outpaced other vote-getters like Taylor Swift, “Fifty Shades of Grey” author E.L. James, the South Korean viral video star PSY and the cast of “Twilight.”
    Editors and broadcasters were asked to cast their ballot for the person who had the most influence on entertainment and culture in 2012.
    Adele’s year began in triumph at the Grammys, took a turn through recording the theme to the 007 film “Skyfall,” and ended with the birth of her son in October. The ubiquitous Adele was that rare thing in pop culture: an unqualified sensation, a megastar in a universe of niche hits.
    By the end of the year, her sophomore album, “21,” had passed 10 million copies sold in the U.S., only the 21st album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (begun in 1991) to achieve diamond status. Buoyed by hits like “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep” long after its release in early 2011, “21” was also the top-selling album on iTunes for the second year running.