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Today's News

  • Observatory on Valles Caldera to play major role in climate research

    The looming 100-foot instrumentation tower nestled among the pines in the southwest corner of the Valles Caldera National Preserve may help scientists answer some of the most important questions of our age. Data from this tower will be used to foretell how climate change might affect Earth’s life processes. Predicting these impacts has been a vexing problem because there is no precedent for a warming Earth with extensive human habitation.

  • Making ripples of change in Jurez

    This year’s House of Hope building project in Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, almost didn’t happen.

    The diocese for Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, which operates House of Hope, prohibited plans to go down to the city and build a house. The upswing in violence in Juárez pushed the decision.

    Members of House of Hope, an all-women team of volunteers, didn’t take no for an answer. In an act of faith and perseverance, they meet with the diocese to state their case and eventually earned permission to go.

  • GOP targets more dynamic speakers

    As part of its goals this year, the newly elected board of directors of the Los Alamos Republican Party had two speakers headline its monthly meeting Thursday.

    UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Marie Chiravalle and Republican candidate Brian Moore of Clayton who is running for lieutenant governor were the guest speakers.

    Moore and his wife Linda mingled with the crowd gathered at the Hilltop House Hotel. The couple met in Nederland, Colo. She worked for Johnson Sausage Company and was conducting an in-store brat fry at a large grocery where he worked.

  • Football: Black Lion Award given in honor of first LA coach

    Los Alamos High School Athletic and Activities Director Vicki Nelms and head football coach Bob Scott have announced that the Hilltoppers are instituting The Black Lion Award, effective the 2009 football season.

    Los Alamos High School will be the third school or team to institute the award.

  • Rugby: U19 squad thumps college team from NMSU, 63-29

    The Los Alamos girls U19 rugby team picked up two big victories, one against New Mexico State University, and held its own against the University of New Mexico in recent play.

    Los Alamos thumped Glendale, Colo., 72-0 in a trip to Denver, then traveled south to Las Cruces to soundly defeat NMSU’s women’s team 63-29. Los Alamos lost to UNM’s women’s team earlier this month by a count of 33-10.

  • Football: Atoms face Trojans Saturday

    The Los Alamos Atoms are still alive in the Santa Fe Young America Football League playoffs heading into this weekend.

    In the Division 1 playoffs (ages 6-8) the Atoms will take on the Trojans at 2 p.m. Saturday in the semifinal round. That game is scheduled to be played at Santa Fe High School.

    The Atoms topped the Bobcats in the opening round of the playoffs last week 24-6.

    The winner of that game will take on the winner between the Bears and the Cardinals Sunday at 3 p.m. in Santa Fe YAFL’s Chile Bowl.

  • Senate approves spending bill

    The Senate gave final approval to the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriation Bill, which contains funding for Los Alamos National Laboratory. The bill now goes to the White House to be signed.

    Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both New Mexico Democrats, voted with the majority. In a joint announcement Thursday, they called special attention to funds for New Mexico’s two national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project and a variety of key water-related projects.  

  • Urgent call to support education

      Why are education and other state services being cut. What is the problem? When the New Mexico Legislature passed $1 billion in tax cuts for corporations and the rich in 2003, this created a budget deficit which lawmakers balanced with increased tax revenues from higher oil and gas prices. After the energy prices dropped, the deficit reappeared. But the 2009 State Legislature refused to repeal the $1 billion in tax cuts for corporations and the rich in order to balance the deficit.

  • Pete Rose was born too early

      In Connecticut, possession of illegal drugs is a one-year jail term for first offense violators. Most states will lock you up for possession of a single marijuana joint. A gram of cocaine can result in a seven-year prison sentence in New Hampshire. You can get 30 days in jail just for selling a cigarette to a minor.

  • Walking to support the school

     Rain cancelled the “FUN”d Run, a Mountain Elementary School PTA fundraiser, last week but this morning the students hit the ground running at Sullivan Field. Here, third- and fourth- graders make laps around the track. Principal Gerry Washburn got into the spirit by wearing  pink camouflage fleece pajamas. During the fundraiser students wrote letters to family and friends asking for sponsorships to walk around the track. It was a successful campaign, more than $25,000 was raised.