Today's News

  • Learn how to be safe at the YMCA

    To be safe and help others in need, look to the Family YMCA, which is offering several first aid courses.

    The Family YMCA is offering its Red Cross Babysitting certification course July 23 and 24.

    This course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with the training every parent wants in a babysitter: safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, and professional leadership and care-giving skills.

  • Feds vs. state in suit against law

    PHOENIX - The federal lawsuit against Arizona’s tough new immigration law focuses heavily on a question that has been in the spotlight repeatedly the past decade and dates back to the Founding Fathers: The right of the government to keep states from enacting laws that usurp federal authority.

  • Portage gets $5M contract with LANS

    Portage Inc. has netted a contract worth about $5 million from Los Alamos National Security (LANS).

    Under the agreement, Portage will provide excavation, operations and field support crews to the Materials Disposal Area B (MDA-B) cleanup project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The contract has sparked hiring by Portage, according to a written statement. Portage will start with about 50 employees and will ramp up to about 150 during the project’s peak and is recruiting employees.

    Job postings are available on the company website (www.portageinc.com).

  • Recycle a phone - help a soldier

    Soldiers serving overseas are given the comfort of calling their loved ones back home at no charge through a program embraced recently by the Los Alamos Fire Department. Local firefighters began collecting old cell phones earlier this month to convert into phone cards for the troops through the “Cell Phones For Soldiers” program.

  • Suit settled for $504,000

    A mother’s grief in losing her son was compounded by having to consider whether to file a claim against Los Alamos County for his death.

    Tonya Collins’ son Logan, 12, died from injuries after being struck by a pickup last fall.

    “One thing I struggled with this whole time was the idea of getting money from my son’s death,” said Collins of White Rock Tuesday. “But I had his medical bills to pay plus my insurance company wanted me to pay because Tylerr (the driver involved in accident) was uninsured.”

  • Lessons from BP’s oil spill

    What are the most important lessons we can take from the BP oil spill 48 miles into the Gulf off the Louisiana coast?

    The first group is a batch of slogans. These varied morsels make up the bulk of the news. Examples are:

    • Stop offshore drilling.

    • The government is made of incompetent liars.

    • Rich corporations are greedy sharks headed by phony numbskulls.

    • Ignore experts. They get money from some interest or other.

    A further look finds more involved and coherent aspects to apply to this and other issues, such as:

  • Vacations are loaded with lessons

    My finest memory from childhood is sailing a kayak my clever brother had made out of plywood and canvas.

    The sailing adventure was on a lake in Glacier National Park. The wind was good, my beloved dog was tucked between my knees for ballast, and I scooted over the water like a rocket – or so it seemed to an 11-year old.  I have a black-and-white photo of that event (the world was black and white in those days) and I cherish it greatly even though it’s faded.

  • 06-29-10 Police beat

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    June 17

    4:35 p.m. – A 51-year-old Los Alamos man reported that someone broke a window on his property on Oppenheimer Drive. The estimated loss is $2,000.

    5:10 p.m. – A 33-year-old Los Alamos woman reported that someone used her credit card without her authorization. The estimated loss is $300.

    June 19

  • New to town? FSN is here to help families

    Building a support system is an important part of building a healthy family.

    For newcomers that means making new friends, which can be hard to do in a new town.

    Carrie and Matt Stone moved to Los Alamos from Juneau, Ak, in November.

    Carrie has a 6-year-old son and an 8-month-old daughter.

    She began coming to the Thursday support group at Family Strengths Network for mothers of infants as soon as she heard about it.

    “Our Realtor told us about Family Strengths, and I’ve met several other newcomers here,” she said.

  • Los Alamos Airport to get $3.4 million for runway rehab

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Four New Mexico airports are receiving federal funds to improve runways, including installing perimeter fences and taxiway markings.

    Airports in Carlsbad, Clovis, Los Alamos and Roswell will share in $6.41 million.

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says the investment will improve safety and help provide local jobs.

    The Los Alamos airport will receive $3.4 million to rehabilitate its runway, while the Clovis Municipal Airport is getting $2 million to help bring its runway length up to Federal Aviation Administration standards.