Today's News

  • Today in History for January 18th
  • Armstrong admits doping to Oprah

    CHICAGO (AP) — He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped.

    He was light on the details and didn't name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his "fate was sealed" when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong's Tour de France wins from 1999-2005, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities.

    But right from the start and more than two dozen times during the first of a two-part interview Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN network, the disgraced former cycling champion acknowledged what he had lied about repeatedly for years, and what had been one of the worst-kept secrets for the better part of a week: He was the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme on a U.S. Postal Service team that swept him to the top of the podium at the Tour de France time after time.

  • Up Close With Lincoln's Bible
  • Veenstra molds psyches and clay


    Kathleen Veenstra is probably most well known for her many years of work with the Los Alamos Public Schools as a counselor, but fewer people are probably familiar with her as an artist. 

    Veenstra is a ceramicist/potter and also a fine artist, painting landscapes and portraits. When asked about how she was able to develop to a professional level in all three areas, Veenstra explained that her first love was art and the career as a counselor evolved somewhat circuitously from there.

    Veenstra remembers painting as a child, encouraged by her father, a frustrated painter. She was proficient as a portrait painter by the time she entered college and had her first formal training. There, she discovered that the combination of feeling and light, which shape landscape paintings fulfilled her artistic desires. She went on to receive a master’s degree in studio art. 

  • Hecker to give talk Saturday

    Siegfried Hecker, a former Los Alamos National Laboratory director, will talk about Los Alamos and Kazakhstan at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St.
    Hecker, who currently works for the Center for International Security at Stanford University, has given numerous talks on North Korea.
    But this one promises to be different.
    In 1992, the Russians pulled out of their former huge nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, now in the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan. Los Alamos scientists were concerned about what the Russians may have left behind that could pose a nuclear proliferation or nuclear terrorism problem.
    “After 14 years of intense efforts to mitigate these potential problems, we are now allowed to tell the story of the key role Los Alamos played,” Hecker said.
    The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Lawry Mann at 662-4590.

  • Take another look at Watergate

     Politics are not everyone’s cup of tea, but the subject is sometimes hard to ignore — especially when it involves scandal.
    Most people would probably say that the Watergate scandal was not only one of the most corrupt times in political history, but also left a black smudge on the face of American politics that won’t be forgotten. And while most people have probably put that time period in the backs of their minds, there are some that still feel that former President Richard M. Nixon got off easy.
    Directed by Courtney Lounsbury and produced by Kate Ramsey and Brad Lounsbury, Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, “Frost/Nixon” tackles the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and one media personality’s aspirations for fame.
    Grady Hughes portrays the sharp, witty, sometimes humorous, almost always sarcastic, Nixon. Don Monteith portrays the suave, silver-tongued talk show host and ladies man, David Frost. Together, they take the audience through Nixon’s struggle with reality after his resignation and Frost’s hopes of getting the politician to admit his guilt in the Watergate scandal on television.

  • Update 01-17-13

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its business meeting from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.


    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    Zumba canceled

    The LAHS NJROTC Booster Club and instructors have canceled the Zumba event scheduled for Friday at the Pueblo Complex Gym.

    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

  • Council considers new meeting time

    Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council work session was largely devoted to answering questions concerning rules and procedures for newly elected councilors.

    One notable topic was a suggestion by Councilor Kristin Henderson that one of council’s three monthly meetings be conducted from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday instead of the usual 7 p.m. Tuesday time.

    “I think lifestyles have changed since that was originally adopted and most evenings, people with children are basically not ever going to be able to come,” Henderson said. “When we have such an issue with losing our families and them not feeling they’re heard or know what’s going on, I think we should look at that.”

    Council Chair Geoff Rodgers asked County Administrator Harry Burgess to weigh in on the practical considerations involved in changing times.

    Burgess said that it might attract Los Alamos National Laboratory personnel, who have rotating Fridays off. The change could also make it more feasible to have non-exempt staff members give input on agenda items they had worked on. The county tries to limit evening attendance to exempt employees to keep overtime to a minimum.

  • AG finds LAPS board erred

    The New Mexico Attorney General’s office found that the Los Alamos Board of Education violated the Open Meetings Act following an inquiry by the Los Alamos Monitor last June.

    The school board, however, adopted a resolution in a June 28 meeting intended to cure the OMA violations regarding the May 24 meeting and the AG’s office was satisfied with that, but also pointed out other areas of concern.

    In its letter, Assistant Attorney General Mary Smith wrote, “A public body can legally correct prior mistakes and effectively give legal force to its prior invalid actions.”

    But Smith also said the board did violate the OMA “regarding the agenda for, actions taken at and the minutes of its May 24, 2012 meetings.”

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