Today's News

  • Ansell’s essay wins overall champion honors

    Los Alamos resident Gerald Ansell traveled to England last month to accept first prize in an international “Sporting Days” essay competition. To his surprise, Ansell also was crowned the overall winner of the prestigious Age Concern Essex Essay and Poetry Writing event.

    “I had no idea I had won the overall prize and felt very honored – it was one of the most rewarding moments of my life,” said the 74-year-old.

    His entry described a childhood memory when he and a group of friends created their own version of the Olympic Games in 1948, the year the actual games took place in London.

  • Construction Zone 06-26-11

    Public Works Projects: For more information about the projects listed below, please email lacpw@lacnm.us or call 662-8150.

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4
    Northbound from the Bridge — No left onto Canyon Road; use University. The right turn slip lane onto eastbound Trinity should reopen mid-week; right turns at the signal may still occur. The left lane continues through the work zone.

  • Update 06-26-11

    LAPS is on TV
    Mountain Elementary School will be featured at 5 a.m. Monday on the Discovery Channel in a special edition half hour show called The Profiles Series.

    Applications accepted
    Applications are being accepted through July 15 for the 2011-2012 Leadership Los Alamos program. Visit http://leadershiplosalamos.memberlodge.com/

    CRC meeting
    The Charter Review Committee will meet in Council Chambers at 5:30 p.m. Monday and the main topic of discussion will be possible charter changes to the office of the county sheriff.

    Film series

  • Nobel laureate conveys ‘Great Ideas in Biology’

    The audience at the White Rock Baptist Church overflowed into a second room to hear Nobel laureate Paul Nurse deliver a lecture on “Great Ideas in Biology.” Nurse was the 41st speaker in the Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture series, sponsored by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.

    Nurse is the current president of Britain’s Royal Society and the director of the UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, which when completed will be the largest biomedical research center in Europe.

  • Council set to finalize strategic plan

    The focus of Tuesday night’s council meeting will be an attempt to reach consensus and formally adopt the county’s updated Strategic Leadership Plan.

    Councilors and administrative staff met in January to discuss new strategic goals for 2011 and beyond. Facilitator Carl Neu conducted session to help councilors – with input from staff – formulate a new vision statement and strategic focus areas, which are described as “those items of extreme strategic importance that will ultimately determine the nature and quality of the future of Los Alamos County.”

  • A Dog Gone Miracle

    Los Alamos resident Beau Ballard and his fiancé, Magen Coleman, met adoptable Siberian Husky Jake, on several occasions at a dog park in Albuquerque. They decided to take the canine home to see if he would be a good fit. He was with them for just a couple of days when he slipped out of his collar during an evening walk at Ashley Pond and ran into Los Alamos Canyon.  

    The couple called me for help. Jake originally came to the Siberian Husky Rescue of New Mexico when he was part of a 24 dog (animal hoarding case) seizure near Dallas in 2009. Although only six to eight months old, Jake had not been socialized around people and was very shy and distrusted humans.

  • MDA-T cleanup costs could top $1 billion

    The complexity of cleaning up a 2.2-acre parcel of land located inside Technical Area-21 (TA-21), known as Material Disposal Area (MDA) T at Los Alamos National Laboratory could push costs as high as $1 billion, according to the Department of Energy; although no final estimate can be determined until a survey of the remediation efforts required is completed.

    MDA-T is near the eastern end of DP Road. Environmental remediation activities at TA-21, including MDA-B, located across from businesses along DP Road on the southern side, have been underway since 2009.

    Nearly 18 million gallons of treated and untreated plutonium wastewater and solvents, or untreated tritium wastewater and solvents, were discharged into the beds on that site until 1967.

  • AARP driver safety program offered

     The White Rock Senior Center is offering an AARP driver safety program next month. Classes will be for anyone 55 years or older, as verified by their driver’s license, from 1-5 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 25 at the WRSC. Those who attend may qualify for a discount on automobile insurance.
    As an appreciation to retired teachers, the class is free to National Retired Teachers Association members, for these two sessions only. Members should bring their NRTA membership card or number.
    The fee for each class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for non-members, with the check made out to AARP. This is a four-hour course and payment is by check, if not an NRTA member.
    Janet Basinger will teach the July class and Dick Foster will teach the August class.

  • Preparing for a high-tech career

    Accelerate New Mexico will help students prepare for high-tech employment
    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos has joined forces with six Northern New Mexico colleges to offer Accelerate New Mexico. The program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, provides curriculum and coaching designed to quickly prepare people of various ages and all educational backgrounds for employment in technical fields.

  • United Church fills with the sound of love

    The United Church was filled with the sound of love on May 22. The Los Alamos Choral Society presented its audience with choral arrangements of love songs ranging from old folk songs spirituals, to the heartbeat of Broadway.
    Directed by Dr. Mary Badarak and accompanied by Cindy Little, the concert was a mix of literature sung with a rich tone quality and diction. There were several new, young faces in the choir and some of those young people were featured as soloists. The Choral Society is a non-auditioned choir that welcomes all who love to sing and thus includes singers of all ages and musical backgrounds.