Today's News

  • Workshop may work wonders

    Michael Tso was 10 months into his job running a high-tech envelope-making machine at Desert Paper and Envelope in Albuquerque when his employer sent him to the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s lean-manufacturing workshop this summer. There with other representatives of New Mexico companies he learned fundamentals of the lean manufacturing philosophy, which aims to improve business operations – and enhance competitiveness – from the shop floor to the front office.

  • New Mexicans should be proud of themselves

    SANTA FE — It is becoming obvious that the National Republican Senatorial Committee has decided that Heather Wilson can win New Mexico only by being seen as a great compromiser.
    Normally, Republicans are into binding their candidates with pledges never to stray from the party line. But in Wilson's case, she is being characterized as a problem solver, who will reach across the political aisle to craft solutions.
    Wilson’s race for the U.S. Senate is being rated by most analysts as “lean Democrat.”

  • Plutonium disposition project possible

    The National Nuclear Security Administration has released the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for public review and comment.

    And not surprisingly, Los Alamos could be in the mix.

    The Draft Supplemental EIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of alternatives for the disposition of 7.1 metric tons (MT) of additional weapons-usable plutonium from pits that were declared surplus to national defense needs in 2007 but were not included in DOE’s prior decisions as well as 6 MT of surplus weapons-usable non-pit plutonium.

  • And the walls come tumbling down ...

    Demolition began this week at the Los Alamos Middle School. Portables have been moved from the high school and classes will start Aug. 15.

  • Best defense is a good offense

    On West Jemez Road, in a small room at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Operations Center, sits one the greatest defensive weapons the lab uses against fighting wildfires.

    Of course, one wouldn’t know it by looking at it.

    At first glance, it just looks like a sand box propped up on four wooden legs. However, turn off the lights and turn on an overhead projector, and that’s where the similarity to the childhood memories ends.

    Meet the “SimTable” an interactive, data intense real-time tool that LANL uses to predict, control and fight trouble coming its way.

  • Update 07-29-12

    Art Market

    The Los Alamos Creative District will be having its first Art Market from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. today at the Hive in White Rock.

    Dual seminar

    A dual-topic seminar on Identity Theft and Investment Fraud Prevention will be presented by the New Mexico Securities Division, Regulation and Licensing Department, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, at White Rock Presbyterian  Church, 310 Rover Blvd.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in council chambers.

    Bridge tourney

    The Atomic City Sectional Bridge Tournament runs through today at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Science talk

  • Walk to end Alzheimer’s on tap

    Mary Yamada and Pauline Schneider know all too well how Alzheimer’s disease is affecting not only the aging population, but younger people, as well.

    Schneider, executive director at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, and Yamada, community outreach coordinator at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, have both seen community members succumb to the disease.

    The facts are chilling and there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Despite the odds, those affected by the disease, along with their caregivers, hold out hope that one day, a cure will be found.

  • Cone Zone 07-29-12

    Diamond Drive near Golf Course
    Starting Monday after the morning commute, traffic control will be in place on Diamond Drive in the vicinity of the Golf Course to repair a leaking irrigation line. The outside lanes of both northbound and southbound traffic will be closed and the bike lanes will be shifted inwards to provide a safe work zone for shoulder work. Minimal delays may be experienced.
    Pavement Preservation Program

  • There’s still time to donate books to BOMO campaign

    The Book of My Very Own campaign is halfway to its goal and will end Aug. 1.
    Otowi Station, Los Alamos Rotary Club and Self-Help, Inc., are partnering to provide free books to 500 local disadvantaged schoolchildren.
    The books will be distributed with school supplies for the neediest elementary school children in Los Alamos and surrounding communities, as designated by school counselors. The project is part of Self-Help’s “Tools for Schools” program.
    “We’ve been delighted with the response so far,” said Ellen Ben-Naim, children’s book buyer at Otowi Station Bookstore.

  • PEEC presents talk on sea otters

    Esta Lee Albright will give an interactive talk on her work with orphaned sea otters in California at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The talk is free for Pajarito Environmental Education Center members and $5 per family for non-members.
    Albright will discuss some of the problems and challenges that arise when wild animal habitats intersect with human habitats, and what happens when an animal species needs help. Albright was a volunteer “otter mom” for 14 years in the sea otter rehabilitation program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which was one of the first centers to raise a wild orphan sea otter successfully.