Today's News

  • Seen @ The Scene: New LAHS Digs

    Students at Los Alamos High School met up with friends and got the opportunity to tour the newly constructed building on Wednesday during an open house. They were also able to pick up their schedules for the new year and look for their classes.A representative from Jostens was there to meet with parents and a representative from Summit Foods also was present. Students returned to class, following winter break today.


  • Legislative budget proposes $250M increase

    SANTA FE (AP) — A legislative committee proposed a budget Wednesday that will increase spending by $250 million next year and provide higher take-home pay for public employees for the first time since 2008.
    The recommendations by the Legislative Finance Committee will serve as a foundation for budget decisions when the Legislature convenes later this month.
    The committee proposed spending nearly $5.7 billion on public education and general government operations in the budget year starting in July. That’s an increase of 4.6 percent from current spending.

  • Update 01-05-12

    Hecker talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 in Council Chambers.


    A public meeting for Community Broadband Network will be at 5:30 p.m., Jan. 12 at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 11, at Mesa Public Library.


  • LANL chief McMillan hit the ground running

    Los Alamos lab director Charles McMillan had been on the job for about a month when June 26 rolled around.

    He had just taken over for Mike Anastasio, who retired.

    McMillan will never forget where he was on June 26 when the Las Conchas Fire started. He will never forget because it also was his anniversary.

    “I remember exactly what I was doing; June 26th is also our wedding anniversary,” McMillan said this week. “I was rehearsing the Telemann f minor sonata for recorder at my house with Rokkopelli, the baroque chamber music group I perform with, and looking forward to celebrating with Janet.

  • Lab managers receive bonus

    In an annual performance evaluation report Los Alamos National Security, LLC, received 89 percent of the available performance-based fee from the National Nuclear Security Administration for managing and operating LANL in fiscal year 2011.

    The total of that fee was $83.7 million, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

    NNSA also awarded LANS an additional contract year, extending the current agreement through 2017.

    “The award is a tribute to our employees’ dedication to delivering on our commitments,” said lab director Charlie McMillan. “2011 was an outstanding year for science and mission execution at the laboratory.”

  • Old Treasures Translate to Cash

    It may be time to unearth that coin collection or rummage those treasures in the attic. Over the past few months a number of gold and silver buyers have set up temporary operations in Los Alamos as the price of gold and similar commodities has spiked.

    The American Coin Buyers Guild (ACBG) is currently at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel through Saturday, and representatives are looking to purchase coins, precious metals and collectables.

    “Not everyone’s going to have the lottery ticket. But people can bring in something they thought had absolutely no value, and walk away with some real money,” Field Manager Dereck Outten said.

  • State's severe drought lingers

    Despite December’s generous snowfall, Los Alamos County remains in severe drought. Meteorologist Amanda Martin discussed moisture conditions in Los Alamos during an interview this morning.

    “Los Alamos County experienced 31.4 inches of snowfall from Dec. 1 through Dec. 21,” said Martin, who works at the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Albuquerque. “Los Alamos also received 13.66 inches of rainfall in 2011, which is 75 percent of the normal rainfall of 18.28 inches.”

    Fire officials said Tuesday that they are preparing for what could be another rough year because much of New Mexico is experiencing drought conditions.

  • Reverse engineering

    Two recent columns assured there is no worry about Iranian scientists reverse engineering the U.S. drone that mysteriously landed in Iran.
    But Santa Fe reader Mike Patel reminds that although Iranian scientists couldn’t reverse engineer a baby buggy, they can provide access to interested countries.
    Pitel notes that our friends in Pakistan gave China a look at our crashed stealth helicopter used in the killing of Osama bin Laden. They later gave us back the helicopter’s remains.
    Iran was asked to give the drone back but that’s not going to happen.
    And you can bet that China already has paid a visit to the drone and may eventually have it in its possession.

  • W. Va. routs Clemson Wednesday

    MIAMI (AP) — As the West Virginia Mountaineers celebrated their first Orange Bowl victory, safety Darwin Cook shared a hug with the game’s mascot, Obie.
    They had run into each other earlier in the end zone when Cook scored the night’s pivotal touchdown, then leaped on the smiling orange. Only after the game did he learn a woman was wearing the Obie outfit.
    “I didn’t know you were a girl,” he told her. “I apologize.”
    The Mountaineers ran over everything in their path Wednesday night, including the Clemson Tigers. Geno Smith tied the record for any bowl game with six touchdown passes, and the No. 23-ranked Mountaineers set a bowl scoring record with their high-powered offense by routing No. 14 Clemson 70-33.

  • Mat Finish

    Los Alamos’ Brian Geyer keeps control of his opponent from Moriarty during the Dec. 10 Jaguar Invitational. The Hilltopper wrestling team, which has had a solid start to the 2011-12 season, will be back in action after a nearly three-week layoff when it travels to the Moriarty duals Saturday.