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Today's News

  • DALA’s ‘Nutcracker’ brightens the season

    Los Alamos Dance Arts’ 2008 production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” demonstrates why the ballet is a beloved part of every holiday season. DALA’s version is the most ambitious and well-done amateur production of the traditional Nutcracker that you are likely to see this year.

  • Swimming: LA teams take second at first home meet

    Heading into Saturday’s Los Alamos Open, the Hilltopper swimming team had a grueling week of practice and several athletes were feeling the effects.

    They’d better get used to it, however, as that’s not going to change anytime soon.

    Los Alamos co-head coaches Rusty Bernstein and Cindy Black have no plans to back off the training schedule until the time for the state championship meet rolls around. That won’t be until the latter part of February.

  • Diving: Hendricks, Bucklin qualify for state Friday

    The more lead time, the better.

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper divers qualified for the state championship meet in their first solo competition of the season Friday. Lisa Ann Hendricks and Lauren Bucklin both picked up qualifying scores at the Los Alamos Diving Open, held at the Larry R.

    Walkup Aquatic Center.

    Hendricks finished with a final score of 179.70, placing her fourth among the finalists Friday, while Bucklin finished right behind her in fifth place. Bucklin collected a total score of 154.55.

  • Boys basketball: Big 4th quarter lifts LA to win

    For three quarters of Los Alamos’ game Saturday night, it was in danger of keeping the door open for Farmington.

    In the fourth quarter, that door got slammed shut.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers upended by Pintos, 41-25

    Should Los Alamos try to find some solace in the six days before its next game, it can look to the fact it played the No. 1 ranked team in the state to a draw in the second half.

    The first half, that’s another story.

    Moriarty, the top-ranked Class AAAA girls basketball team in the state, held Los Alamos to just 10 first-half points, leading Friday’s game wire-to-wire at Griffith Gymnasium. Though Los Alamos held Moriarty to just 15 points in the second half, it managed just 15 points itself to fall 41-25 in a nondistrict contest.

  • Out damn spot! An old theme with new meanings binds the Santa Fe Film Festival

    Out damn spot!

    An old theme with a hundred new meanings binds the Santa Fe Film Festival.

    Three days into the five-day Santa Fe Film Festival, I got a handle on what the event was all about this year.

    Not that 250 films, each little spark flying in a different direction, can be summed up easily without a trace of subjective wrangling, especially when one has only seen a small fraction of the work.

    I didn’t realize until later the obvious fact that a theme by definition would have to be there at the beginning and suffused throughout.

  • West’s departure leaves many issues

    The hearts of everyone in Los Alamos goes out to Jim West, as do all our prayers and wishes for his speedy recovery.

    While we may have disagreed with him from time to time, his concern for this community, his hard and dedicated work and his efforts on all our behaves is unquestioned.

    His humor, his grace and his experience will be missed. He will be a tough act to follow.

    It is in that vein that we urge the council to proceed with all due caution. There is precedent for this in the past and the input and care taken then should be followed now.

  • Richardson and the commerce department

    Well, Gov. Richardson is going to become an “economic diplomat” in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration – whatever that means.

    He plans to step down as governor after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That could be late January to early February. Or in the middle of the 2009 Legislature’s session.

    Oh well, more work for Diane Denish, who will become New Mexico’s first female governor.

  • Venture into the woods

    “A Mid Winter Night’s Dream, or The Night They Missed the Forest for the Trees,” by Nancy Linehan Charles, an abbreviated version of a familiar Shakespeare comedy, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium.

    Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and younger and seniors age 60 and older. Tickets are available at the door and from cast members.

  • A lot more than just saying no

    We look at a tough topic this week, Asset #31, Restraint. According to the Search-Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they believe it is important not to be sexually active or to use alcohol or other drugs.”

    The key to being successful in this area is conversation and education. When I sat on a local board looking at poor youth choices, I suggested that we get some kids to join us that were in trouble and not just high achievers. There were adults in the room that looked at me as if I were from another planet.