Today's News

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    Laughter filled up one of the meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library. Students relaxed around a table, munching on snacks and they conversed via the Worldwide Web. A projection screen tracked the lengthy conversation and everyone giggled as they watched different emoticons pop up with each instant message.

    Even the adults in the room cut loose. Angie Manfredi, head of youth services, sat at the head of the room, typing the teens’ questions and comments and making a few of her own quips.

  • Councilor to run for full term

    Ralph Phelps chaired the Board of Public Utilities for Los Alamos and was becoming more involved with county government activities when a vacancy opened on county council last year. Phelps had become interested in getting more involved so he applied, he said.

    County Council appointed Phelps in January 2009 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jim West. West resigned because he was battling cancer. He recently lost his battle.

    Phelps expressed enthusiasm for serving another four years after

    experiencing a year of life as a councilor.

  • Love thy neighbor

    A caring neighborhood is the goal this week, as we look at asset #4.

    I really hope you have a caring neighborhood and you would think that most people here do.

    Our local data shows that only 39 percent of our kids feel that way. That’s is just on track with the national percentage, too. Really? Los Alamos?

    I think that is an easy fix, but we all have to work together.

  • Prime the pump and feed the geese

    Economists call them economic engines, and the rest of us call them our golden geese. Whatever they’re called, we need to trim spending carefully and, in some cases, feed the goose.

    Two cases in point: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack and the film industry.

  • Sometimes secrecy can be explained

    SANTA FE — Perhaps  there was good reason for Attorney General Gary King to want his advice kept secret concerning the veto of a double dipper bill last March.

    This column and many other commentaries on King’s action had suggested his motivation was suspicious, maybe even nefarious. But it may be the secrecy was necessary to the performance of his job.

  • News Alert: Domenici's son to make important announcement Sunday

    In a cryptic e-mail from his office Saturday, Sen. Pete Domenici’s son, Pete Domenici, Jr., invited the media to attend a press conference Sunday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The e-mail said Domenici, Jr., would make  “an important announcement” and “no further details will be released in advance.”

    Word is spreading rapidly that the son of New Mexico’s longest serving senator will announce his candidacy for governor.

  • Boys basketball: LA falls on the road to Del Norte

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team dropped its second straight road contest Friday night in Albuquerque.

    Los Alamos, which went into Friday’s game short-handed, couldn’t hold on to a four-point lead after three quarters. Del Norte, led by Henry McKinley’s 11 points in the final quarter, pulled off the 61-57 come-from-behind win.

    While the Knights got off to a slow start this season, Los Alamos, which had four varsity regulars out for the contest, had no intention of looking past them.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers down Knights in OT

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team ran its current winning streak to six games with a big win over a tough Del Norte squad Friday night.

    Los Alamos needed overtime, but it tripped up the visiting Del Norte Knights 59-50 Friday at Griffith Gymnasium, continuing the roll its been on for nearly three weeks.

    Sarah Worland went 6-for8 from the foul line in overtime to help secure the victory.

    Los Alamos trailed most of the game, but erased most of an 8-point deficit at the break by the end of the third quarter.

  • Schedule for Jan. 18-23


    Girls basketball: Taos at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Taos, C team, 4 p.m., JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Boys basketball: LAMS at Capshaw, seventh-grade, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade, 5 p.m.


    Diving: Los Alamos at Farmington Invite, 4 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


  • Solar tech company helps catch a brighter ray


    At a Senate budget committee hearing earlier this year, senators wanted to hear what Energy Secretary Steven Chu thought about their own states’ strong points as a basis for solving the energy problem.

    What about carbon capture, a strategy for getting energy from coal with less carbon going into the atmosphere, Chu was asked.

    A “reasonable chance of success,” he answered.

    On nuclear power, Chu said, “The price is still very high,” but he added that it was “a technology certainly worth testing.”