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Today's News

  • Superintendent welcomes teachers, shares school year mission

    Superintendent Gene Schmidt minced few words explaining the financial state of Los Alamos Public Schools due mainly to declining enrollment during the last five years.

    Enrollment has fallen by 100 students from last spring alone.

    The district’s current student population has dipped below 3,100 and that’s down from some 3,500 students in 2004, he said.

    During Schmidt’s talk at Duane Smith Auditorium, he informed teachers that as a way to make up those losses, the district will accept a limited number of out of district students this year.

  • School board passes several policies

    A number of policies were unanimously passed at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

    Policiy1340 – School Building Names allows local schools to be given names compatible with and reflective of the environment and culture of New Mexico. Individual school buildings should have descriptive titles, and the change to this policy approved Tuesday is that it may now include the name of a person who is presently living or is deceased.

  • Boyer: We have not performed

    E-mails have been sent, comments have been submitted and the public has made phone calls to council regarding options for the Trinity Site development, in hopes that council would reach a decision about the project.

    However, after four hours of discussion at the special council session held Thursday night, councilors still have not reached a decision.

    Residents had about three weeks to submit comments to councilors and let them know which of the three choices they would like council to move forward with. The three options are:

  • Mixed Martial Arts: Jemez Pueblo fighter to make pro debut Saturday

    From the deck of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower to the cage, the past few weeks has been something of a whirlwind for Victor Masayesva.

    Masayesva, originally from Jemez Pueblo, will make his mixed martial arts debut Saturday at the Rage in the Cage.

    The Rage in the Cage, which takes place at Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, has 19 MMA fights scheduled for Saturday night. Bouts start at 7:30 p.m.

    Masayesva is on the undercard. He will face Albuquerque’s Jesse Jallamio in the 145-pound weight class.

  • Running: Sandford wins at Tuesday’s pace race

    Tom Sandford had the top prediction in this week’s pace race.

    The pace race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners racing club. In all, 15 participants took part in the race, held Tuesday on North Mesa.

    Sandford had the best prediction, missing his prognosticated finish time by just 11 seconds.

    On Tuesday’s 1-mile course, Nathan Romero was the top finisher, crossing the finish line in 6:27. Lauren Bucklin finished the 1-mile course in 14:01.

  • The rewards of teamwork revealed in Kelly Hall

    The new Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is 100 percent homemade.

    Parishioners had a hand in everything from landscaping to the actual construction of the new hall.

    The result is not only a new, expansive, addition to the church but also a testament of what team work and a little faith can accomplish.

    The project started in 2007 and it should be entirely completed by the grand opening, which is scheduled for Aug. 29.

  • But I digress: Don't confuse heroes and celebrities

    Independence Day came and went this year with the usual fanfare of fireworks, political speeches, flag waving, and of course backyard barbecues.

    As always, it was a time for families to get together and enjoy the comfort and safety that we all have come to expect in our lives.

    Some 7,000 miles away, U.S. soldiers (130,000 strong) continue to fight and die in a foreign land that has become little more than a line item on the weekend news shows.

  • Celebrating the New Deal through art

    The New Deal era was a “very pivotal time for our state,” said Hedy Dunn, director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. There were political aspects that contributed to the era’s importance but also cultural aspects as well.

  • Having fun on a Monday

    When Mondays come around some people might groan. On this day, the relaxing and fun times of the weekend ends and the workweek begins.

    For me, Mondays mean something different. Being in the newspaper business means my schedule is never the normal the 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday workweek.

    To get the Sunday paper out, the staff works Saturdays. Sometimes it feels a little depressing knowing while everyone is out hiking on mountain trails or browsing through stores in a shopping plaza, I am punching keys on a keyboard.

  • Los Alamos Triathlon: More than 300 athletes are expected for 35th annual race

    The longest continuously-run triathlon in the country will keep that streak going in 2009.

    Over 300 athletes are scheduled to compete at this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.

    The Los Alamos Triathlon, celebrating its 35th running this year, is scheduled for Saturday. The triathlon starts just outside the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    With registration closing today, 261 individuals, 12 two-person teams and 21 three-person teams have already signed up for Saturday’s event.