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Today's News

  • All states observe Memorial Day

    Did you know that Memorial Day is commemorated in different ways and on different dates throughout our nation?
    The observance had its beginnings during the Civil War, which is a good hint that there would not be uniformity.
    More than two dozen cities and towns lay claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day, and each had its own customs.
    There is evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War.
    Following the war, towns in the North decided it would be a good idea to honor their military dead also.
    In 1868, “Decoration Day” was officially proclaimed. It was so named because the emphasis was on decorating graves of fallen soldiers.

  • Word on the Street 05-29-11

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon recently asked Los Alamos Middle School students a few questions.

  • Opinion: Talking about conspiracy theories

    Many times when something major happens, almost always when it involves national security, the conspiracy theorists come out of the woodwork. They all have some explanation of how it is not what it seems to be, and is a government plot to extend federal control. The recent raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound was no different.
    There are two main classes of theories here. Some say that the raid was faked and others say that bin Laden had been dead for years. Quite frankly, both are ridiculous.

  • Fashion maven: Finding the simply suitable swimsuit

    Hurray! Summer is almost here and I am dying to go to the pool. The only thing is that I do not have a fabulous swimsuit. No problem, I will just go to the store and pick out my favorite pattern and be done with it. No, no, no. That is definitely not the way to go.
    I don’t think anybody I have talked to has ever adored swimsuit shopping. For girls, especially, it is a huge pain. Trying to shop for a bathing suit in a store can be difficult. The lighting in fitting rooms is usually far too bright and not beach or pool-like at all, which makes your skin look much paler than it really is.

  • Festival offers a touch of Celtic culture

    Every spring, Balloon Fiesta Park opens its gates to host the annual Rio Grande Valley Celtic Festival. The festival is the only one of its kind in New Mexico and perhaps the entire Southwest.
    This two-day celebration of everything Irish and Scottish offers something for everyone. There are traditional Irish and Scottish games, Irish dog contests, bagpipers, a rugby tournament and shops selling almost anything Celtic.
    The Celtic games are one of the main attractions. They include strength games such as the caber toss, a game where a long-tapered pine pole is stood upright and hoisted by the competitor, who then runs forward attempting to toss it in such a way that it turns end over end with the upper end striking the ground first.

  • Thank you 05-29-11

    Los Alamos High School National Honor Society would like to thank everyone in Los Alamos that contributed school supplies for the children of Haiti.
    The Honor Society collected school supplies at locations around town from November 2010 through February 2011. Last September one of the Honor Society parents met the Right Reverend Zache Duracin, the Episcopal Bishop of Haiti, and he stressed the need for school supplies for the children of Haiti.  
    Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake Jan. 11, 2010 in which over 250 schools run by the Episcopal church were demolished. He explained that many organizations and people have been helping with food, shelter and medical supplies, but school supplies were not being given.  

  • Overlook Park emergency access new alternative

    County staff heard citizen’s opinions about a proposed new emergency access into Overlook Park at a public meeting held on May 16. As a result, an alternative option is being considered that would minimize modifications to existing open space.
    The proposed improvements would be limited to establishing an “emergency use only” dirt pathway from east of Grand Canyon and Meadow to the Transfer Station that would accommodate ATVs with “med-beds.”

  • County briefs 05-29-11

    County begins demolition

     Residents and commuters on Diamond Drive probably have noticed contractor activity at the golf course as the demolition of the former clubhouse and adjacent swimming pool facility gets underway.
    The demolition contractor, Coronado Wrecking and Salvage, installed a fence around these building areas.
    These activities will not be visible to the public or have public impacts. Work on abatement will continue through May. Demolition activities will begin later in June.

    County looks for feedback

  • Governor to speak at two Memorial Day events

    There will be Memorial Day ceremonies honoring the men and women who lost their lives while serving their country in the United States military in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Gov. Susana Martinez will be the keynote speaker at both events.

    The event in Santa Fe will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, 501 N. Guadalupe St. The event in Albuquerque will be at 1:30 p.m. at the Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd.

    Memorial Day in Los Alamos will be observed at the Guaje Pines Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday with the theme of  “We Remember Those Who Fought and Died For Freedom.

    ”This year’s keynote speaker will be Kevin Smith, the manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office.

  • Los Alamos Action Team is all about peer support

    The Los Alamos Youth Action team is part of a three-year initiative funded by the New Mexico Department of Health to increase tobacco awareness and education in the schools and encourage smoking cessation. The project was initiated by the Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (LAJJAB) with the help of Davis Innovations. It is administered by the Los Alamos Family Council.

    The team’s main focus is on policy issues related to tobacco use. So ar, it has helped revise tobacco policy at the high school, and is now addressing community policy and ordinances.