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Today's News

  • Today in History for March 13th
  • US braces for another bad wildfire year

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Despite the slowest start to a wildfire season in a decade, the head of the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday his agency is preparing for another busy year, but with fewer firefighters.

    Late winter storms have helped bring more snow and rain to some parts of the country, but Chief Tom Tidwell told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that much of the South and Southwest are expected to dry out by May and June as drought conditions persist.

    That will give way to a season much like last year, when more than 14,500 square miles — an area bigger than the state of Maryland — were charred. A dozen lives were also lost last year and more than 2,200 homes and businesses were destroyed.

    The predicted hot spots for wildfires this year? Tidwell pointed to Florida, Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California.

    "The areas I'm talking about now are influenced by these severe and ongoing droughts, and that doesn't get changed with any few storms. So the potential is there," he said.

  • Mars Rover Shows Planet Could Have Had Life
  • Announcements 3-12-13

     

    Scholarship available

     

    The Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship fund is offering a $1,000 one-time scholarship to a student who will graduate this spring from Los Alamos High School. The award will be given to a student who possesses a strong sense of individuality and has demonstrated good character and a commitment to service and the welfare of fellow students. The applicant must follow and encourage a drug and alcohol free lifestyle among his or her peers. Additional information and application forms are available at the Career Resource Center at LAHS and must be postmarked by April 8.

     

    Geeks Who Drink

    Geeks Who Drink, pub trivia with a nerdy edge, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dixie Girl Restaurant, 1789 Central Ave. Remember the old Trivia Night at the Quark Bar in the Central Avenue Grill? Well it’s back, but it’s now called “Geeks Who Drink” and it will take place from 7-9 p.m.  every Thursday at the Dixie Girl, in the back room. Come out, bring a buddy, have a beer (or not) and take part in some trivia. For information, visit geekswhodrink.com.

  • Be There 3-12-13

     

    Today

    As part of its 2012-2013 lecture series, the Los Alamos Historical Society will offer “Hiroshima and Nagasaki 2010,” with speaker John A. Andersen, at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. The lecture is free and open to the public.

     

    Thursday

    Los Alamos Winter Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. For more information, visit lamainstreet.com/farmers-market.htm.

     

  • The process of picking a pope

    Let’s get ready to Papalllllllllll! It is time for the Sweet Sistine.

    I should begin by telling you that I’m not Catholic, so please bear with me.

    The last few weeks have been about the retiring of Pope Benedict XVI and the election of the next leader for the church.

    How does this relate to building assets, you ask? Well technically, it relates to asset number 19, religious community.

    That wasn’t where I was headed with this though. I’m actually thinking of asset number 14, adult role models.

    The RNS, or Religious New Service, has an actual posting of the, “Sweet Sistine,” brackets.

    The latest round is called the Sacred Semifinals and is down to four choices: Canada, Brazil, Italy and Nigeria.

    Don’t look at it as being disrespectful. Instead, look at it as people caring about something important.

    More than 25,000 people have voted and for a simple online poll, that’s pretty good.

    We’ve become a world where we care more about voting for singers on television than we do in voting in important elections.

  • Post-disaster scam artists on the prowl

     Have you ever turned on the light in a dark basement and shuddered as cockroaches scurried away? I get that same sense of revulsion whenever I hear about unscrupulous swindlers taking advantage of the victims of natural and manmade disasters.

    The Better Business Bureau has dubbed these human cockroaches “Storm Chasers” because they creep out of the woodwork after every major storm or disaster. In fact, because fraud was so widespread after Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Justice created the National Center for Disaster Fraud, a central information clearinghouse for more than 20 federal agencies where people can report suspected fraudulent activities tied to disasters of all types.

  • Harder feelings linger in Senate

     

    Hardly a day passes without Tim Jennings’ name cropping up in Senate committees or floor discussions: “Sen. Jennings was working on… I was working with Sen. Jennings to…”

    The Roswell Democrat was liked and respected, yes, but his absence is a constant reminder to Senate Democrats of the bruising election cycle that took their president. Most certainly, Majority Floor Leader Michael Sanchez, another target of the governor’s blitz, is not willing to forgive and forget.

    The spirit of compromise lubricating gears in the House and (maybe) in the Governor’s Office is harder to detect in the Senate, where floor debate on some bills has been pointed and even sarcastic.

    In February, Senate Democrats shot down a Republican measure to increase use of state aircraft.

  • Fuller Lodge to get transformer

    This weekend, Fuller Lodge,  the Community Building and Ashley Pond Park will be without electricity as county crews begin the first phase of major improvements planned for Fuller Lodge over the summer. The Fuller Lodge Art Center, however, will remain open despite the lack of power.

    Department of Public Utilities and Facilities crews will install a new transformer on the Fuller Lodge grounds to correct a long-standing problem with the main power feed to the building.  

    Typically, the primary electrical service should be connected to one side of the transformer and the secondary for the building’s power is fed from the secondary side.

  • LA lecture to feature Sandia beginnings

    Sandia National Laboratories historian Rebecca Ullrich will discuss Sandia’s transition from a Los Alamos division to an independent organization during a presentation at 5:30 p.m. March 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum. The talk is part of the laboratory’s 70th anniversary lecture series.

    Sandia Labs’ origins are in Los Alamos’ Z Division, the engineering assembly and test support functions of the Manhattan Project. At the end of World War II, Z Division relocated to a site near Albuquerque where it expanded, evolved and ultimately became a separate national laboratory.