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Today's News

  • Dugald 'Dug' Albert Pinyan

    Pinyan – Dugald “Dug” Albert Pinyan, 82, born in Holtville, Calif., passed away Wednesday night June 18, 2008, in Los Alamos, N.M.

    Dug graduated from Pacific Union College with a B.A. in 1949,and from the University of Washington with an M.A. in biology and undergraduate studies in both chemistry and microbiology in 1952. He went on to graduate from the United States Army Command and General Staff College as a Major in 1971 and continued his education toward obtaining a Ph.D.

  • Our View: Near the bottom of another list

    It seems that every time a national report comes out, New Mexico seems to be near the bottom of it.

    Well, it has happened again.

    According to an annual Kids Count report, our state ranks 48th in the nation for child well-being with poor showings in its teen pregnancy and child death rate, as well as the number of high school dropouts and youths living in poverty.

    And once again, the only places worse than us are Louisiana and Mississippi.

    New Hampshire ranked No. 1 for child well-being.

  • Golf: Atomic City has big field for 2008

    The biggest local golf tournament of the year will be a little bigger this year than it has in the recent past.

    The Atomic City Invitational, which starts with qualifying Wednesday morning, has 120 players scheduled to compete this year, the biggest field the tournament has attracted in four years.

    Wednesday’s qualifying is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. with 37 competitors trying to get into the 16-man championship flight. Thursday’s match play competition begins at 8 a.m.

  • We are still the land of opportunity

    Many people like to spend much of their time working overtime to find anything – and everything – that is wrong with America.

    And while there are issues and concerns we as a people and nation have and must deal with, a very solid case can be made that this is truly the best place there is to live.

    When we have troubles – be it with the government, our leaders or our laws – we deal with them. We don’t bury our heads and pretend those problems don’t exist.

  • Sports update

    Majors softball concludes tonight

    The Española Valley All-Stars scored four times in the first inning to defeat Santa Fe’s All-Stars 5-3 Monday at Overlook Park.

    The two teams will meet at 6 p.m. for the District 1 Majors softball title.

    Española Valley topped White Rock 10-3 Sunday to advance to the tournament playoff. White Rock was knocked out of the tournament with Sunday’s loss.

    10-11 baseball starts Wednesday

    The District 1 10-11 baseball tournament will be played at Byers Field in White Rock starting Wednesday.

  • Baseball: White Rock bounced by Pojoaque

    With a big first two at-bats, the White Rock Little League Juniors All-Stars looked to have Tuesday’s elimination game under control.

    But the Pojoaque Valley All-Stars simply wouldn’t go away.

    Pojoaque would come back not only from a 6-0 deficit, but would erase a late 8-6 White Rock advantage to win 9-8 in the District 1 Juniors tournament at Virchow Field.

    The win puts Pojoaque into a playoff with Los Alamos for the District 1 championship and the right to advance to the state Juniors playoffs.

    Los Alamos and Pojoaque will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m.

  • United Way announces request for 2008 grants

    Thanks to the generosity of the community, Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and the LANS Match program, grants will be available from United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) in 2008.

    The goal of the grants is to enhance UWNNM’s ability to meet emerging community needs. Grant applications are being sought from 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organizations that seek to develop new capacities to meet an identified need, enhance an existing service or begin a new program.

  • LANL scientist chosen for elite fellowship

    President Bush’s 2008-2009 class of White House Fellows includes David Loaiza, technical staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The president announced the 14 appointments this week, each selected by the president’s Commission on White House Fellowships, to participate in one of the nation’s most prestigious fellowship programs for leadership development and public service.

    The group, narrowed down from nearly 3,000 applicants, includes a cross-section of medical, education, business and science technology professionals.

  • Review: The upside of Kevin Costner

    What would you do? You’re a middle-aged woman living in a big, suburban home. You and your husband have four daughters, one in high school, one in college and two in-between. Then one evening, your husband doesn’t come home – the same day, you find out, his secretary runs off to Sweden with her mysterious lover.

    In Mike Binder’s “The Upside of Anger,” this is Terry Wolfmeyer’s (Joan Allen) situation. She decides to get mad.

    And she finds a few things  to keep her furious.

  • Ellen Kraus

    KRAUS – Ellen Kraus, a resident of White Rock, N.M., died June 25, 2008, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Ellen was born in New York City, N.Y., and became a draftswoman for Esso Standard Oil. In 1963, she moved with her family to Los Gatos, Calif. Ellen and her husband retired to Sweet Home, Ore., in 1984, where they worked a 44-acre ranch. They moved to White Rock in 2004.