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Today's News

  • Update 08-01-12

    Focus On

     Doug Howe, District 3 PRC commissioner  will hold a “Focus On” meeting to discuss the new-found attention on unconventional natural gas supplies, at 7 p.m.  today in the upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library. 

    Foreign Film Series

    The Mesa Public Library Film Series presents “I Am Love,” starring Tilda Swinton, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. This will be the final movie of the Foreign Film Series. See the review on page 6.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in council chambers.

    Martian celebration

  • So Long, Shamrock

    Work has begun on converting the former Shamrock gas station into a Smith’s fuel center. “Construction is starting from the ground up. They’re removing everything and starting over from scratch,” said Smith’s Food and Drugs Manager John Roberts. The fuel station is expected to open sometime in October.

  • Martian fever comes to Bradbury

    Curious about Curiosity, the SUV-sized rover scheduled to touch down on Mars on Sunday? Then come to an opening party for a new exhibit about it this Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum in Los Alamos.
    The public is invited to a special opening reception beginning at 10 p.m. Sunday to celebrate Los Alamos National Laboratory technologies aboard the six-wheeled mobile science laboratory. The Curiosity rover, the centerpiece of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission, is scheduled to touch down on the Red Planet Sunday at 11:31 p.m. local time. The museum plans to show the landing via NASA TV live that evening.

  • Apprenticeship program honors Navajo Code Talker

    Northern New Mexico Citizens’ Advisory Board (NNMCAB) member Michael Loya presented a special guest last week during the board’s monthly meeting –Navajo Code Talker Jack Jones.

    Jones spoke briefly about his experiences in the South Pacific during World War II. He survived a bomb blast that damaged his hearing, his eyesight and his sense of smell.

    But Jones’ real objective for attending the meeting was winning support from NNMCAB members for an apprenticeship program that will train Navajo and other American Indian youth to build sustainable homes. Jones is 93 years old, and wishes to leave something behind that will help native people.

  • Anti-nuclear activities

    Friday in Santa Fe:

    • 5 p.m.-7 p.m.: Art exhibit at El Museo
    • Workshop on non-violent direct action (relating to activities planned for Mon. Aug. 6.
    Saturday in Santa Fe:

    • Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), 1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505
    Conference schedule:
    • 9 a.m.-9:15 a.m.: Ceremonial opening and blessing: Las Mujeras Hablan
    • 9:30 a.m.-10:45 a.m.: Nuclear Weapons 101: With Jay Coghlan, Scott Kovac, and Marylia Kelley
    • 10:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.: The Bridge From Nuclear Weapons to Nuclear Power: Linda Gunter
    • 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Community Stories of the Nuclear Legacy: with Las Mujeras Hablan, Tina Cordova*, and Kristen Iverson

  • Protesters coming to LA

    With anti-nuclear groups coming to town Sunday and Monday to mark the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings, residents can expect a little more edge and passion to the protests and events, thanks to the national “Occupy” movement.

    “This year, we’ve had lots of participation because of the Occupy movement,” co- organizer Bud Ryan said. “This year, we have more than 30 volunteers helping us.”

  • Love of entrepreneurs

    “The pool of hysterics” is my new home, according to an early reviewer of my column disputing President Obama’s assertion that entrepreneurs “didn’t do it” when it came to building businesses.  
    Want hysterics? From the left, try the riff on the notion that the tea party is a conspiracy created by Wall Street investment bankers. A young university teacher went on and on about this at a recent social gathering.
    On the right, there are the nuts who give Libertarians a bad name. They start with dumping the Federal Reserve and demonstrate their pro-gun positions by strapping on a pistol and strutting around town, behavior I see as rude and arrogant, however legal.

  • Medicaid issues are also New Mexico issues

    This is the second — somewhat delayed — column on Medicaid.  This column discusses Medicaid’s future in New Mexico.  The June 28 PPACA decision by the Supreme Court makes the Medicaid issue even more timely and important.
    Let’s start with a review of Medicaid’s importance and its basic structure.  Medicaid matters for two major reasons.
    First, it provides about 560,000 New Mexicans with health coverage.  Second, health care is the fastest growing part of New Mexico’s budget and Medicaid funding is the largest component of that item.

  • All-Stars heading to regional tourney

    It will be a full month since the last time the White Rock-Los Alamos All-Star junior softball team took the field when it starts the Southwest Regional championship tournament.
    The Little League regional tournament starts Friday in Santa Fe. The WR-LA team will take on the Vidalia, La., All-Stars, the Louisiana state champion, in the opening round Friday at noon.
    All of the tournament games will be played at Bicentennial Park in Santa Fe. WR-LA, which won the District 1 tournament, got an automatic bid into the regional since District 1 is the host district this year.

  • Sports Update 08-01-12

    McInroy scores an ace at LAGC

    She wasn’t playing in the Los Alamos City Championship this weekend, but Rhonda McInroy might consider it next year.
    McInroy scored a hole-in-one at Los Alamos Golf Course Saturday. She picked up her ace on the No. 8 hole.
    The hole-in-one came from the red tees, 115 yards out. McInroy hit the shot with a 6-iron.
    Witnesses included McInroy’s husband, Bob, Mike Ryan and Darlene Rich.

    Volleyball, racquetball registration is open at YMCA