Today's News

  • Council considers $14.8 million go-ahead for Airport Basin

    Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday will consider passing Amendment No. 1 to a services agreement with Hensel Phelps Construction of New Mexico. The amendment calls for the company to move forward with actual construction with a guaranteed maximum price for the first phase of $14,8111,011, plus Gross Receipts Tax.

  • Drum beat: Missing tag, mistaken assumptions may have caused problem container to go awry

    Investigators are beginning to unravel the story behind the 55-gallon barrel that recently had to be plucked from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant and returned to Los Alamos National Laboratory for corrections.

    The New Mexico Environment Department announced at the time that the disposal had been “improper” and related to “prohibitions on liquids.”

    LANL officials acknowledged that a mistake was made and a drum containing radioactive waste was shipped to the Department of Energy’s WIPP site near Carlsbad, N.M., that should not have been sent.

  • Final Guitars and Gateaux concert to feature Americeltic

    Ricko Donovan will make his Guitars and Gateaux concert series debut with a hybrid of music. He refers to this musical mesh as Americeltic.

    To perform this type of music, Donovan plays the guitar and the hammered dulcimer.

    The hammered dulcimer, series coordinator Greg Schneider, explained is very different from the dulcimer, which a musician lays in his or her lap and plays like guitar.

  • Tour gardens Saturday

    Since moving to Los Alamos two summers ago, I’ve heard many stories from folks who lived through the days of the great fire of 2000. The Cerro Grande fire changed the landscape of Los Alamos and the mountains surrounding it for decades to come. Not only did the fire cause erosion by burning down vegetation, it also damaged the soil.

  • Another good step forward

    We must take a moment to pause and give the lab some due when it is deserved. And it earned some big points Wednesday when it hosted the quarterly Community Leaders Breakfast.

    It is easy to point out when the lab fails or when it falls short. But if that is so, then the opposite should also be true.

    And it is so here as LANL Director Michael Anastasio should be given credit for opening the lab’s doors – if even just a little.

  • Governor unveils new education initiatives

    I must state up front that with many issues, I am generally not on the same side as the governor, but this time, I think he is right on.

    Recently, Gov. Richardson and Education Secretary Veronica Garcia announced six new statewide education initiatives.

    The plan, as stated by the governor, is to fulfill his pledge “to be New Mexico’s educational governor – giving our students, teachers and schools the opportunities and tools for success.”

  • County feels sting of rising fuel costs

    Several county departments are feeling the squeeze as fuel costs continue to rise around the nation.

    With no relief in sight, temporary changes are quickly becoming policy.

    “We’ve gotten down to minimal trips at this point,” said public works director Kyle Zimmerman. “We’re doing a lot more carpooling.”

    At Los Alamos Public Schools, bus drivers are undergoing training to improve their driving habits, with the aid of maintenance software that individually graphs and reports their driving patterns.

  • Don't have to file? This year, it might be worth it

    One-hundred forty-three Los Alamos taxpayers haven’t filed and therefore have not received their stimulus payments of $300, $600, $1,200 or more.

    Statewide, the IRS reports about 35,820 people – about 27 percent of retirees and disabled veterans  – who qualify for the economic stimulus payment but have not yet filed to claim.

  • Fur & Feathers flies the coop

    Next time you see a sick skunk or find a ring-tailed cat in your tool shed, don’t call Bob and Cathy Anderson, the force behind Fur & Feathers Rescue & Rehabilitation. The couple’s longtime business is now closed.

    Bob has already left for Texas, and Cathy will follow soon behind.

    For the Andersons, the move is very positive.

  • Track and field: Camp finishes session with meet

    To top off its first week-long session, 21 athletes participated in the KSC Track Camp Sprint Triathlon.

    The triathlon, squaring age-group runners off in sprints of various lengths, was held at Sullivan Field June 12.

    In the triathlon, athletes aged 5-9 ran 25 meters, 50 meters and 75 meters. Campers between the ages of 9-13 competed in a 50, 75 and 100 meter dash. Winners were determined by combined time in the three sprints.

    The camp, which started June 9, will continue throughout the summer.