Today's News

  • Lunch with a Leader scheduled for PEEC

    The League of Women Voters will have County Clerk Janet Foster and Election Manager Gloria Maestas as speakers at 11:45 a.m. Thursday for the community event, Lunch with a Leader.  
    The luncheon will be at a different place for the next two months — the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    PEEC is located at 3540 Orange St. (small building across from the back of the high school).  Food will be provided by Ruby K’s.
    When you RSVP, you will be able to order the sandwich or salad you would like to have.
    Chips, pickles and cookies will accompany the meal and ice water will be provided.  
    The total cost will be just $12, which includes tax and gratuity.

  • Police Beat 04-03-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    March 22

    11:46 a.m. — An unidentified 43-year-old female reported that there had been a battery on a school employee by a student at Los Alamos High School.

    1:06 p.m. — An unidentified 83-year-old Los Alamos man died unattended on 45th Street.

    2:37 p.m. — An unidentified person was found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

    March 23

    12:17 p.m. — An unidentified 57-year-old Los Alamos male, reported that he had been the victim of identity theft.

  • Update 04-03-12


    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Spring Fling for all ages, from noon-
    4 p.m. through Friday. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at 662-8170 or visit losalamos

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place until 4 p.m. Friday.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    TV appearance

  • Waterman brings council experience

    First of a series.
    Roger Waterman’s three terms on council in the 1980s helped motivate him to run now. “I found it very challenging and one of the most interesting and long-term learning experiences of my life,” Waterman said.

    Waterman served from 1982 to 1988, when councilors were elected for two-year terms. “That was an exciting time for the community, but so is now,” Waterman said.

    The county had very little money then. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atomic City Assistance payments comprised a third of the budget.

    “We were in a situation where we didn’t have any money to do repair streets, to do any capital improvements.”

  • Environmental data now viewable by the public

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s database of environmental monitoring data is now directly viewable by the public.

    “Intellus New Mexico,” the new, web-based application, will display the same internal data that Laboratory scientists and regulatory agencies see and use for environmental analysis and monitoring of the LANL site.  The new system contains more than 9 million records, including historical data as well as a near-real-time view of ongoing data collection activities.

    Intellus NM replaces an older database of lab-related environmental data, known as RACER.

  • Spring storm blankets area

    Los Alamos residents woke up to a spring snow wonderland Tuesday as more than six inches of the white stuff fell overnight.

    Plows were out early, doing their best to clear roads. And in the morning, business owners were out in full force clearing snow.
    A winter weather advisory for moderate to occasional heavy snow was cancelled shortly after noon.

    Residents of Pajarito Acres, in White Rock, meanwhile, have been without power since 8:30 p.m. Monday.

  • Report shows state lags in literacy

    More than 60 percent of 12th graders leave high school without the advanced reading and writing skills needed for college.

    That’s according to a newly released report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

    The report notes that while the share of jobs in the United States that require postsecondary education has increased from 28 percent to 60 percent in the 1970s, the literacy performance of 17-year-olds has remained the same. A

  • Clean up the racing industry

    Some people were shocked by the revelation that five New Mexico race tracks had the worst safety records in the nation.
    According to the New York Times, trainers here “illegally pump sore horses full of painkillers to mask injury” and race them; if they’re caught the penalties are minimal. In the last three years, some 3,600 horses died at state-regulated tracks nationwide. In just 13 days in 2010, nine horses died racing at Sunland Park, five were hauled away, and two jockeys were hospitalized, one in critical condition.
    The March 24 story features a photo of a dead racehorse at a Ruidoso dump, its broken front leg visible, and a video interview with Jacky Martin, a New Mexico jockey paralyzed after his horse went down.

  • Keep businesses safe from hackers

    Many business owners fear computer data breaches, but they don’t know where to start protecting themselves from information-highway robbers. Some wonder why they should spend money on sophisticated security systems when hackers can get around them. But a business doesn’t have to spend a fortune to introduce basic IT security measures that can significantly reduce its vulnerability.
    Know the enemy
    Small-business owners assume hackers only seek big money from big businesses. But hackers like small ventures because most have minimal security. Hackers likewise prey on business travelers who use unprotected mobile phones and electronic devices to send sensitive information.

  • LA boys golf finishes 6th Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished sixth in Monday’s Bernalillo Invitational, while Emma Haines just missed out on an individual qualifying leg for the Hilltopper girls.
    Monday’s tournament was played at the Santa Ana Golf Club in Bernalillo.
    The Hilltopper girls brought just three players to the event, not enough to earn a team score, but Haines shot a 100 on the day, just missing the qualifying leg cutoff of 99. Haines got hot early in her round as she flirted with her first leg of the 2011-12 season.
    Emily Stearns was the only other member of the Hillltopper girls to complete her round. She finished with a 123.
    For the Hilltopper boys, Johnny Osden led the way with an 88 as the Hilltoppers finished with 446 strokes.