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Today's News

  • County enters 30-year agreement with NMMEAA

    Utilities Board members met with county councilors for a special session Tuesday night. They discussed adopting a resolution that would permit the county to enter into an agreement with the New Mexico Municipal Energy Acquisition Authority for a 30-year supply of natural gas at a set discount of the price index.

    After discussion and questions, councilors voted 7-0 to pass the motion.

    Council authorized Chair Jim Hall to execute the gas supply agreement and financial guaranty agreement.

  • Tour the raptor center

    This organization and its birds have made numerous appearances in Los Alamos.

    The Santa Fe Raptor Center staff and birds visit local schools, the farmer’s market and library. Now, it’s Los Alamos’ turn to visit the raptor center.

    An open house will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The raptor center is located at #32 Jacinto Road in Santa Fe.

    “Basically people will be able to see the raptor housing,” Laura Swartz of the raptor center said.

  • Pen&Ink Possibilities: Drawing outside the lines

    What constitutes a work of art? Should all art fit within the limits of whatever definition Webster’s Dictionary assigns the word or should it venture outside the lines in favor of multiple meanings?

    Wandering through the newest exhibit at the Mesa Public Library, it seems clear that art defies a single definition. If something or someone is valued so highly and made immortal through paint, clay or any other medium, so in order that it can be shared with the rest of the world, then the work is worthy of the term art.

  • 'Macbeth' – not a tale for the timid

    Out of the cauldron on Nectar Street will soon bubble a brand new take on one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

    “I like Shakespeare better than anything else,” said Grady Hughes, who will play the title role in the Los Alamos Little Theatre’s upcoming production of “Macbeth,” set to open Halloween night.

    “This play,” Hughes added, “is dark poetry.”

  • Executive Order declares October Domestic Violence Awareness month

    State agencies throughout New Mexico must implement stalking, sexual assault and domestic violence in the workplace policies to be effective July 1, 2009.

    Gov. Bill Richardson signed an executive order that requires state agencies to implement policies necessary to provide victims with safe and supportive work environments.

    Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster addressed the seriousness of domestic violence during an interview this morning.

  • Soccer: Topper boys, girls rout Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams were big winners in a District 2AAAA doubleheader Tuesday.

    The two clubs outscored the Bernalillo Spartans by a combined 19-0 in two twilight games at Sullivan Field. The Hilltopper girls thumped the Spartans 9-0 in the opener Tuesday, while the Hilltopper boys needed less than three-quarters of regulation to knock off the Spartans 10-0 in the nightcap.

    Both teams improved to 4-0 in 2AAAA and are atop the district standings with one more round of district games to go.

  • N.M. counties to see increase in PILT payments

    Under a new law signed this week, Los Alamos County and other counties statewide will receive additional money in PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) payments through 2012.

    Los Alamos, however, will see a slight decrease in what it receives. It received $48,792 in June and $49,344 in 2007.

    PILT payments are funded to counties by the federal government for lost revenue on public land, and were included in the economic rescue plan passed by Congress and signed by President Bush last Friday.

  • Fire Prevention Week targets home fire prevention

    Recently released fire statistics show a civilian fire death occured every 153 minutes last year and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in the U.S.

    Also, home fires caused 84 percent of all civilian fire deaths in 2007, which is an 11 percent increase over 2006 and why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme is “Prevent Home Fires.”

    Fire Prevention Week runs through Saturday and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel are out in force visiting the schools and providing a variety of educational activities aimed at teaching home fire prevention.

  • NMED listening session prompts earful

    Los Alamos County officials and county residents got a few things off their chest Tuesday night at a meeting that was billed as a listening session.

    The New Mexico Environment Department held another in what they expect to be multiple sessions in communities in and around Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief James Bearzi, whose relationship with Los Alamos has mostly to do with enforcing a court order on environmental cleanup, heard a few things that don’t always get said in public meetings.

  • Ten 'Toppers are semifinalists in scholarship program

    A recent announcement of the 51 public school students to be named semifinalists in the 54th annual National Merit Scholarship Program reveals that Los Alamos Public Schools is at the top of the list with the most semifinalists in New Mexico.

    Ten Los Alamos students are semifinalists while La Cueva High School in Albuquerque has nine. New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica C. Garcia made the announcement.