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Today's News

  • Girls cross country: Toppers upend Chargers to win 4A championship

    RIO RANCHO — The cross country course at Rio Rancho High School has been good to the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team in 2009.

    Saturday on that very same course, the Hilltopper girls thumped their arch-rivals, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, to grab the Class AAAA state championship.

    Los Alamos placed three runners in the top 10 to claim a huge victory over Albuquerque Academy. Los Alamos finished with just 47 points on the meet while runner-up Academy finished with 80 points. 2007 state champion Belen was a distant third.

  • New building wins praise from staff and students

    Bilingual Montessori School relocated to its new building at 115 Longview Drive Oct. 1 and everyone  from the students to the teachers are noticing and appreciating the differences.

    The school, owner Odalys Fernandez said, needed a bigger space than its former 111 Longview Drive building. to accommodate its larger student population. The number of students grew from 37 to 50.

    These 50 students have plenty of space in the new building, which features five classrooms, a portal for 1-year-olds, a playground, kitchen and teacher’s lounge.

  • New Mexicans plan observances

    At 11 a.m. Wednesday in Los Alamos, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will conduct a commemorative program to honor the Veterans of the United States. The program will be held at the VFW Building at 1793 Deacon St. and is open to the public. Other community groups will be represented and several speakers and an appropriate patriotic program will be presented.

  • Shining a light on the teen mind

    Deciphering what goes on in the teenage mind is sometimes harder to crack than Egyptian hieroglyphics.  Adults sometimes wonder what makes a teen tick and exactly what goes on in those heads. Luckily, a bit of insight was given at the Leadership Los Alamos session Friday.

    The class met in the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel to get a clearer understanding on youth. To get the scoop, LLA went straight to the source.

  • Native celebration

    The sound of drums and the jangle of bells and rattles could be heard at Fuller Lodge Monday. The smell of fry bread was in the air.

    An event featuring official posters and Native American dancers helped Los Alamos National Laboratory kick-off its celebration of Indian Heritage Month at Fuller Lodge.

    Two children’s dance groups performed — Ice Mountain Dance Group from Ohkay Owingeh and Walatowa, a youth dance group from Jemez Pueblo.

  • A parable of public property

        I’m thinking of building a new house. I own this wonderful lot, but, alas, like many, I always think the “grass is greener” across the street. That lot isn’t mine, but I lust for it even though many folks tell me they think it is inferior to the lot I already own.

  • Out of ZIP health plan

    This letter is intended for Los Alamos National Laboratory retirees and current LANL employees living in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance or Valencia counties.

    If you are seeing a doctor who belongs exclusively to the Presbyterian Health Group (including Presbyterian Hospital), you should check to see if insurance benefits are available to you under the new LANL healthcare insurance plan provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico as you may not be entitled to benefits from BCBSNM.

  • Health care plan falls short

    Last week the Republican Party released its health care reform bill, and it is safe to say that this proposal for health care reform was a failure. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), this plan only covers 3 million additional Americans and would leave more than 50 million uninsured in 2019. And for the people who have insurance, most would only receive a 3 percent decrease in premiums, if any. Finally, the GOP plan does not end the practice of refusing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and does not stop insurers from denying coverage to those who are sick.

  • Has climate change affected flowers?

    Many recent studies show that formerly southern birds, butterflies, etc., are moving north, and people are able to plant crops farther north. White Rock now is home to a southern desert-dwelling bird, the Curve-Billed Thrasher, and Southern White-Winged Doves have invaded even the town site. All these effects are presumably due to global warming.

  • LA seeded 3rd in 4A tournament

    There weren’t a whole lot of surprises in the 12-team volleyball tournament when the Class AAAA state playoffs schedule was announced.

    The top four teams entering pool play, which gets going Thursday at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, were the top four teams throughout the season according to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association weekly polls.

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers were tabbed as the No. 3 seed entering pool play.

    They will take part in Pool C along with sixth-seeded Moriarty and 11th-seeded Volcano Vista.