Today's News

  • Monsoons set back reservoir project

    During a tour of the Los Alamos Reservoir in July 2011, the impact of the Los Conchas fire was not yet evident. The slopes of the canyon looked stable, greenery was already showing in the back-burned forest and the road leading to the reservoir was intact.

    After winter snows and flood events last summer and again last week, the canyon has undergone a major alteration. Fallen trees and other debris litter the canyon floor. A bulldozer has etched out a precarious path along what used to be the road. A dump truck is buried to its axle in mud next to West Road.

    It has gotten so bad that West Road will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning today. The road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.

  • Church Listings 07-20-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.


  • Ask Fr. John: Having a conversation with God

    Is there monasticism in the Orthodox Church? -  J.A.

    Part 2
    This week we continue our discussion on monasticism. There are several foundations for the monastic life, which occur in the unwritten conventions of Judaism and Christianity, as well as in the holy scriptures. History shows that there were several monastic-like Jewish sects, such as the Essenes, the Nazarenes and Ebionites. In most of them, persons distanced themselves from the world, or left it for the desert, in order to contemplate and worship God without worldly distraction.

  • Bring back the abacus

    It’s been a while since I’ve ranted about declining math skills in this country. Well yeah, OK, not really.
    My wife just told me to stop lying and admit that it’s been about 12 minutes.  That’s what I get for marrying a woman who can tell time!
    Los Alamos is joining the fray (or is that fracas?) among public schools across the nation and adopting a new assessment standard.  It’s called “Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an initiative to introduce consistency in educational processes.
    At this time, CCSS has been adopted by 45 states. Texas has not yet adopted the standards. My guess is that state officials are waiting to see if the standards will mandate the teaching of creationism in math classes.

  • LA 9-10 team heads to state

    The Los Alamos Little League 9-10 baseball All-Stars will open state tournament play Saturday in Portales.
    Los Alamos rolled to an impressive District 1 victory earlier this month to qualify for the state tournament. Los Alamos won four straight contests by a run margin of 81-6 to advance.
    The state tournament continues through at least next Thursday and possibly through next Friday, depending on Thursday’s outcome.
    Los Alamos is one of nine teams that qualified for the state 9-10 tournament.
    It will face off against Deming in its opening game at 7 p.m. Saturday. The winner of that game will face the winner between Las Vegas and Albuquerque’s South Valley.

  • Marr wins Pace Race Tuesday

    Duane Marr had the best prediction at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners. This week’s race was Tuesday on 1- and 3-mile courses in Bayo Canyon and on North Mesa. In all, 25 participants took part.
    Marr finished with a prediction error of 15 seconds. He nipped Alexander Romero, who finished with an 18-second error. Ted Romero had a 30-second error.
    All but two runners on the 3-mile course finished in under their predicted times.
    The fastest runner on the 3-mile course was Daniel Romero, while Emily Pittman finished in 22:41.
    On the 1-mile course, Erik Leonard finished in 9:15 and Georgia Pedicini finished in 16:02.

  • Senior men's golf results

    Here are the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association’s results from its tournaments at Santa Fe Country Club July 9 and Paa-Ko Ridge July 10-11:

    Santa Fe Country Club
    July 9

    Championship flight
    1st low gross: Henry Hodde, Santa Fe, 77
    2nd low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 78
    1st low net: Tom Stehle, Santa Fe 69.

    First flight
    1st low gross: Terry DeBiase, Placitas, 78
    2nd low gross: Dennis Saiz, Santa Fe, 82
    1st low net: Jerry Manzanares, Las Vegas, 65

    Second flight
    1st low gross: Don Holifield, Santa Fe, 80
    2nd low gross: David Cisneros, Albuquerque, 81
    1st low net: Jay Boettner, Los Alamos, 60

  • Fishing Report 07-20-12


    Abiquiu Lake: Fishing was good using top water lures, tube jigs and olive wooly buggers for smallmouth bass up to 15 inches. The wooly buggers were working best in the evening off main lake points. Fishing was fair using crank baits, bottom bouncer minnow and bottom bouncer night crawler combos for walleye Fishing was fair using liver, shrimp and night crawlers at the upper end of the lake for catfish. A few bluegill were taken by anglers using worms. We had no reports on other species. The surface water temp was in the low 70s.
    Animas River:  As of Monday morning flow near Cedar Hill was 361cfs. Trout fishing was fair using spinners, wooly buggers, hoppers, wooly worms, San Juan worms, night crawlers and salmon eggs.

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  • LAGRI petition drive fails

    According to Los Alamos County Clerk Janet Foster, the Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative (LAGRI) failed to attain the required number of signatures on petitions asking Los Alamos County to rescind six of 21 ordinances for amending the county charter scheduled to come before voters in November.

    LAGRI was hoping to prevent ordinances 598; 601; 605; 607; 615; and 618 from being voted on with the rest of the charter amendments.

    The required number of signatures is ten percent of the registered voters voting in the last general election, which currently is 885. The deadline for submitting completed petitions was July 20.