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  • Forum highlights congressional candidates

    With 40 days remaining until the Nov. 4 election, the urgency to decide for whom to vote intensifies.

    In an effort to afford the community a chance to assess their congressional candidates, the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women cosponsored a forum Tuesday evening.

    Answers to 20 questions were heard by some 65 people during the two-hour event at Fuller Lodge.

    KRSN aired the forum live and PAC 8 recorded it to rebroadcast until election day.

  • L.A. County might get more inmates

    Los Alamos County might soon see an influx of inmates in their jail, following an agreement with Española for inmate confinement.

    The agreement would allow inmates from Española to be held in the Los Alamos County Detention Facility on a short-term basis.

    Española is in need of short-term incarceration for inmates arrested in the city or sentenced to confinement in the Española jail, due to the abandonment of the old detention facility.

  • Americans' freedoms violated

    Dear Editor: During the last two weeksends, many Obama signs have been stolen from lawns on Barranca Mesa. Whether you support McCain or Obama, all true Americans value freedom of political expression and private property. Obviously, these adults are putting this country last by violating every American's freedom 9not to mention, have way too much time on their hands!). Julie Collins, Los Alamos

  • Call to stop political sign theft

    Dear Editor,

    On Saturday, September 13, almost every yard sign for Barack Obama was stolen from the yards of Barranca Mesa residents’ private property.

    I reported our theft to the police and urged other homeowners to do the same. There is a shortage of signs right now, so not everyone was able to replace theirs before the signs on Los Pueblos were stolen a second time on Friday, September 19. Again, we reported the theft to the police. No signs supporting McCain were stolen from Barranca Mesa on these same nights.

  • Controlled burn begins at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument plans to begin a prescribed burn in Frijoles Canyon today.

    “The 210-acre Burn Unit is located around the visitor center and Main Loop Trail,” said Brad Traver, Bandelier National Monument superintendent.

     “The burn will begin by the Falls Trailhead and continue through the picnic area toward Alcove House today,” he said.

  • League Sponsors Third Congressional District Candidates' Forum Tonight

    All three candidates for the Third Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives will appear Tuesday at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. The forum is 7-9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Socializing and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Candidates attending are Dan East, Republican; Ben Ray Lujan, Democrat; and Carol Miller, Independent.

  • Topper spirit to heat up Wednesday night

    Cheerleaders, sports teams, band members, Los Alamos Youth Leadership participants and other students, teachers and staff intend to light the sky with Topper spirit Wednesday night.

    The annual Los Alamos High School bonfire is being held to spur the Toppers on to victory against the Belen Eagles at Friday night’s Homecoming football game.

    The community is invited to join in the fun beginning at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Field Parking Lot by the ticket booth where Key Club members will sell hot chocolate and goodies. At 7 p.m., LAHS coaches will light the bonfire.

  • Assistant Superintendent enchanted with New Mexico

    The only thing that stays the same is change. If there ever was a believer in this statement, it’s Los Alamos Schools Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas.

    Born and raised in Herndon, Va., Thomas will tell you that she’s a Virginian through and through. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather ran the only grain mill in Fairfax County, Va.

    “There were 360 farms and only one grain mill,” she said. Herndon got its first grocery store when she was 10 and the first stoplight in town when she was 21.


    Linda Kay Royer, age 55, passed away in Los Alamos on September 18, 2008, from an extended illness. She is preceded in death by her parents, Katherene and Willard Royer.

    She is survived by her brother, George Royer (Marcia) of Tuscon, AZ; her sisters: Bonnie Young (Richard) of Tesuque, NM, Vicki Bakker (Morris) of Albuquerque, NM, Mary David (Walter) of Richland, WA and Barbara Gardner (David) of Ash Grove, MO.

  • Spirit Week: Fun traditions with some changes

    Most of the familiar activities associated with Spirit Week are set to begin today with a few changes.

    “The biggest change is the start time for Friday’s Homecoming Parade, which has been moved up to 2:30 p.m. from its traditional 3 p.m. start time of years past,” said Los Alamos High School Assistant Principal Mike Johnson.

    “All school release times stay the same and all school bus pick-up and drop-off times remain the same. The only change is to the start of the Homecoming Parade.”