Today's News

  • Students honored for excellence in German

    Last month, Anita Boshier organized a celebration for her German students that participated in the National German Exams this year.
    There was a lot to celebrate: 23 students (Level 2: Lindsay Philp, Thomas Langford, Andrea Enciso, Eric Begnaud, Toni Batha, Kathrine Eriksen, Tristan Goodwin, Christina Moore, Jack Mockler, Kristen Haertling; Level 3: Miriam Barnum, Laura Wendelberger, Rachel Robey, Marie Luise Schmidt, Isaac Koh, Lorenzo Venneri, Elisabeth Turner; Level 4: Martin Loncaric, Emily Tencate, Miranda Mundt, Sky Korber) received book prizes and “gold” certificates for being among the top 90th percentile of over 25,000 students who took the National German Examination administered by the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) in 2011.

  • Inside bin Laden's lair with SEAL Team Six--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — So much could have gone wrong as SEAL Team Six swept over Pakistan's dark landscape, dropped down ropes into a compound lined by wall after wall, exchanged gunfire and confronted "Geronimo" face to face. The vital things went right.

    Just about every contingency the 25 commandos trained for came at them, rapidly, chaotically and dangerously, in their lunge for Osama bin Laden.

    They had acted on the best intelligence the U.S. had ever had on bin Laden's whereabouts since he slipped away in the mountains of Tora Bora just under a decade ago. But it was guesswork, too, with the commandos' lives, a president's reputation and a nation's prestige riding on the outcome.

  • For computer chip builders, only one way to go: Up--video extra

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the race to build a faster computer chip, there is literally nowhere to go but up. Today's chip surfaces are packed with the tiniest electronic switches the laws of physics allow, but Intel Corp. says it is blowing past those limits with a breakthrough, three-dimensional transistor design it revealed Wednesday.

    Analysts call it one of the most significant developments in silicon transistor design since the integrated circuit was invented in the 1950s. It opens the way for faster smartphones, lighter laptops and a new generation of supercomputers — and possibly for powerful new products engineers have yet to dream up.

  • DPU begins electric work to improve reliability

    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is working to improve its electric services in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa areas.
    Crews contracted by DPU began mobilizing on county property along the southeast edge of the golf course Monday.
      According to DPU officials, this major project will improve electric reliability and safety for almost 3,600 customers in the North Community, North Mesa and Barranca Mesa. Replacing more than 60 wooden utility poles and overhead wire, the Feeder 15-16 project targets a problem section of the distribution system primarily in the Pueblo and Walnut Canyons.  

  • Council sends out a call for candidates

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking letters of interest from those interested in filling the unexpired term of State Rep. Jeannette Wallace, who passed away recently.
    The council, together with the commissions of Santa Fe and Sandoval counties, have the responsibility of providing Gov. Susana Martinez with the name of a recommended individual for the position.
    Council plans to take action on this matter at a special council meeting at 7 p.m., May 17 in council chambers.
    Letters of interest must be received no later than noon Tuesday.

  • Update 05-04-11

    Public meeting
    The Community Park Playground Public Meeting will be at 6 tonight at the northeast corner of the park at Peach and Nectar.

    Clean up Los Alamos
    Clean up Los Alamos Day will be Saturday. A volunteer appreciation picnic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Advisory Board meeting
    Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. today in the Curtis Room at Fuller Lodge.

    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Sunday at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • House leaders seek political points in Yucca Mountain fight

    LAS VEGAS — Yucca Mountain is a wild expanse of desert brush and red mountains 100 miles outside of Las Vegas where deer, coyote and antelope roam isolated fields and human visitors must pass background checks before they are allowed past heavily guarded fences.
    Republicans claim this stark landscape is the nation’s best hope for a national nuclear waste dump.
    But with Democrats running the White House and Senate, the Yucca Mountain nuclear site has been shuttered with no chance of reopening.
    Critics claim the project is dangerous. The half-built nuclear junkyard would require nuclear plants to ship their waste to rural Nevada along the nation’s vulnerable roadways and railways.

  • NCRTD board expected to approve funding allocation option Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District will meet Friday at Buffalo Thunder Resort and it is expected to pass one of two funding allocation options and come up with a long-term financial plan.

    Three weeks ago, the finance subcommittee recommended to the board that it would consider either a funding option put together by consultant Tony Mortillaro or one that was presented by Los Alamos representative Mike Wismer.

    Mortillaro’s submission was an option in which the board would keep the status quo. That means the NCRTD gets $2,295,173, Los Alamos would get $1,660,000, Santa Fe would get $952,775 and the Rail Runner would get $1,774,344,

  • Businesses sought for curb appeal grants

    Los Alamos MainStreet is looking for Los Alamos businesses in the downtown MainStreet District to apply for curb appeal grants.

    These are matching grant funds designed to assist business owners interested in sprucing up their store fronts with new signage, landscaping and other enhancements.

    The grants are worth up to $500 and available by application.

    “We will be contacting many of the eligible businesses in the near future,” said Administrator Bryan Farmer of the Curb Appeal Grant program. “We want this coming year to be the best so far.”

  • Council picks muni option

    In a close 4-3 vote, the county council approved a final design option for the new Los Alamos municipal building at Tuesday’s meeting.

    The council chose design option F. As a result, the remaining apartment building on the site will be demolished and county staff will work with the apartment’s residents to find alternative housing.

    Also, council approved finalizing the parking design for proposed future development after a commercial partner is identified for the western end of the site or 12 months elapses, whichever comes first.