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  • Gifted grade-school kids zip past their elders

    A story that emerged from the New Mexico Supercomputer Challenge in Los Alamos sent out a definite message to other students in the state.

    A team of fifth-graders from Aspen Elementary entered the statewide competition as long shots against hundreds of high-school and middle-school opponents from all over the state.

    To their thrill and surprise, they won two prizes against a bunch of older students. One was an award for Best HTML. The other was for Forensics and Encryption.

    Now, they are each $50 dollars richer and walking on air.

  • State of the County: Los Alamos here to stay

    Los Alamos used to describe itself as a “temp town, here at the behest of the federal government,” County Administrator Max Baker said Thursday morning. But, he said he hadn’t heard that said in about 10 years.

    “The county and the community has decided we’re here for real,” Baker  said.”We need to take charge of our destiny.”

  • Absentee and early voting begins Tuesday for 2008 Primary Election

    Registered voters can begin casting absentee and early ballots for the June 3 primary election at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office at 2451 Central Avenue, Suite D. The office is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Voter registration ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

  • David Mayo Peterson

    DAVID MAYO PETERSON, age 59, of Los Alamos, N.M., passed away peacefully on Monday, April 28, 2008, after a three-month battle with cancer. He loved the outdoors and worked as a geologist with the USGS for many years. He was member of the Sportsman’s Club of Los Alamos.

  • Dorothy 'Chick' Mae (Higgins) Allen

    Dorothy ‘Chick’ Mae (Higgins) Allen, 99, was escorted by angels to meet her Lord and Savior April 28, 2008. She will be reunited with her beloved husband of 77 years, Pickens “Pick” E. Allen, who preceded her in death in October 2005; her loving daughter, Dale (Allen) Sanford and her husband Charles; and many other family members waiting for her in heaven. A celebration of her life with us and her life now with God will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 3, 2008, at First Baptist Church in Merkel, Texas, with the Rev. Donny Harber officiating.

  • Utilities get lion's share

    Los Alamos County Council tentatively approved the largest portion of its expenditures last night, the 2009 fiscal year budget of $71.9 million for the Utilities Department. An additional $18.2 million was OK’d for the Administrative Services Department, and $9.7 million for the Community Services Department.

    Passage of $150,000 for a conceptual design of the golf course building was deferred until after council review of the newly revised Capital Improvements Program process and CIP budget at an additional meeting Monday.

  • Chamber welcomes statewide visitors

    Hot tamales, fresh fruit and local leaders greeted chamber of commerce executives from across the state Wednesday during a reception at Fuller Lodge.

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce Regional Manager John M. Gonzales traveled from Dallas to attend the three-day event.

    Gonzales works out of the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs in Dallas and said the gathering allows him the opportunity to give members a legislative update at the federal level and to hear about the issues facing businesses.

  • Opera news: Maugham's 'Letter' for '09 delivery

    TESUQUE – Santa Fe Opera General Director Richard Gaddis and his designated successor, Charles MacKay, shared the podium Wednesday for the annual spring ritual of announcing next season’s repertory.

    Of particular interest for the 2009 season will be the world premier of a newly commissioned opera based on a play adapted by W. Somerset Maugham in 1927 from his short story, “The Letter.”

  • Thousands pay tribute to fallen heroes

    Community members stood in lines that wrapped around the building Wednesday to honor firefighters who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty. During the annual nationwide event, sponsored locally by Baskin-Robbins owner Dan Sena, ice cream scoops were on sale for 31 cents.

    Sena said 3,016 scoops were served in a four-hour time period.

  • Here comes the music: Spankers to start series off right

    Summer means a lot of great things in Los Alamos, but mostly it means the outdoors is finally open – for biking, running, rock climbing, painting, napping and, of course, dancing to live music every Friday night.

    For almost 20 years, concert producer Russ Gordon has been bringing some incredible talent to the Hill, from artists like Tim Reynolds, famous for his work with Dave Matthews, to Los Alamos’ own ’50s rockers, the Nomads.

    This year’s tableau features two-dozen bands in nearly as many genres, and Gordon is ready to fire up the speakers.