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Today's News

  • Education takes a hit in proposed budget

    In releasing the governor’s budget recommendation late Tuesday, a spokesman said with education making up most of the state’s budget, there is no way to avoid cutting school funding.

    Gov. Bill Richardson is calling for a 3 percent cut across the board.

    “This is entirely different from what he said during the special session. Yes — the schools will be affected but the Legislative Finance Committee is looking at maybe a 2 percent cut,” said Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-N.M., a longtime LFC member.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers thump Hawks at home

    Even bringing in a whole new school couldn’t change Lisa Villareal’s luck inside Griffith Gymnasium.

    Villareal, the head coach of the Volcano Vista Hawks and formerly the head coach of the Española Valley Sundevils, has seen her teams struggle far more often than not in their visits to Griffith Gymnasium. Tuesday night was no exception.

  • Boys basketball: LA’s comeback attempt falls short Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was slow getting out of the gate Tuesday at Volcano Vista.

    Following its five-day layoff, Los Alamos managed just six points in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game against Volcano Vista’s Hawks. While Los Alamos was able to tie the score and even grab a late lead, the Hawks hit some big shots in the latter part of the fourth quarter to take a 56-49 victory.

  • 01-06-10 Update

    Christmas lights

      Thursday will be the last night of the Christmas lights at the pond.  The Central Avenue lights on the poles will be unplugged as well.  The wreathes and garlands will be removed at the end of the month. 

    Art board meets Thursday

      There will be a special meeting of the Art in Public Places Board from 4-6 p.m. Thursday in the Nambé Room of Fuller Lodge.

    Don’t miss Trio Solisti

  • Models of reconciliation in our midst

    The year and decade ended for me in an awesome experience of reconciliation in two outdoor ritual folk plays in Alcalde, just north of San Juan Pueblo, on Dec. 27.

    The Matachines dance and “Los Comanches” play were performed back- to-back in the brilliant winter sunshine on the icy ground of the Camino Real, below the snowy peaks of the Sangre de Cristos.  

    The folk plays reminded us how badly our new decade needs respectful truces. Democrats and Republicans, Christians, Jews, and Muslims, modernists and traditionalists, badly need to reconcile.

  • Web Extra: N.M. gov promotes volunteer program for centennial

     SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Bill Richardson wants New Mexicans to help prepare for the state's centennial by volunteering for community projects.  The governor announced the initiative Wednesday at a celebration in the Capitol of New Mexico's 98th anniversary of statehood.  Richardson said the goal is to recruit 30,000 volunteers for 500 community projects, such as cleaning up trash and graffiti as well as services to the elderly and children.

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  • 12-22-09 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.

    Dec. 8

    12:50 p.m. — Los Alamos County reported that several vehicles at 939 Iris St. were towed to avoid damage during demolition.  

    Dec. 10

    4:38 p.m. — The Teacher’s Credit Union reported someone entered a vacant house on Cheyenne. Nothing was taken, according to the report.  

  • Driver saw collision in slow motion

    It’s a lucky man who survives a head-on collision.

    Still a little worse for wear on Thursday, Dave Menicucci, considered himself very lucky after a head-on collision on the main road east of the airport Monday morning.

    His main problem came from the passenger restraint system.

    “It’s all ribs, because that’s where the seat belt was,” he said. “And the impact from the air bag is more than people think.”

  • Getting to the root of culture

    The Art Center at Fuller Lodge exhibition, “Roots of Culture in Northern New Mexico,” presents an opportunity to explore the meaning, not of the word root, as one might expect, but the word culture.