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Today's News

  • McMillan: PF-4 safer than home

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan tried his best to be in two places at once Thursday.

    McMillan was in Santa Fe in the early afternoon to testify in front of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, which was in town to quiz lab and NNSA officials about a variety of subjects.

    McMillan, though, had to duck out early because he had to race back to Los Alamos for a meeting with Admiral James A. Winnefield, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Winnefield is a four-star Navy Admiral, and as Vice Chairman is the second highest-ranking U.S. military officer.

    McMillan, who has been on the job less than a year, testified in front of the board that safety is his top priority.

  • Be There 11-18-11

    Today
    Los Alamos Chapter #63 of the Eastern Star will hold their annual sales of Collin Street Bakery fruitcakes, apricot pecan cakes and pineapple pecan cakes at Los Alamos National Bank on Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9 and 16. For information, call Betty Robertson at 662-5185.

    Big M.A.C. is having a Welcome Back Dance for  middle school students only from 7-9 p.m. at Pueblo  Gym on Diamond Drive. Admission is $3 and students whose parents volunteer to  chaperone get in free. Parent chaperones are needed. Big M.A.C. is  sponsored by the Youth Activity Center, a program of the Los Alamos Family  Council. Call 662-9412 for more information and to volunteer to chaperone.  

  • Church listings 11-18-11

    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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. 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

  • Ask Fr. John: Being close to God by going to church

    Why do we stress church attendance? — JBA

    The Church is literally the Body of Christ. This means that corporately, not individually, we are Christ himself, still incarnate in the world, doing His work.
    If a person desires with their whole heart, one can unite to Christ and become a member of his body. Ideally, this is motivated by a simple desire to know God and to be where he is.
    Out of this love for God comes the desire to follow his commands and to worship him. However, this happens in a context which is not our own.
    Orthodoxy maintains the ancient Jewish belief that God is manifest in the temple.

  • Top NM official 'shocked' after running over body

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran's car was one of several that struck a man's body on a highway near Santa Fe shortly after the pedestrian had been hit and killed by another vehicle, police said Friday.

    Because the pedestrian was in a lane of traffic, no drivers are facing charges, according to Santa Fe police Capt. Aric Wheeler.

    In a statement, Duran expressed her "thoughts and prayers" to the family of the victim, a 46-year-old man whose identity has not been released.

  • Sports Update 11-18-11

    KRSN to air hockey games Saturday

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast Saturday’s Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey games live from Albuquerque.
    Rick Picard and David Sutton will call Saturday’s games. The Hilltoppers will play Eldorado at 10 a.m. and Cibola at 4:30 p.m.
    The games will also be streamed live on the Internet at krsnam1490.com.

    Green/Gold scrimmage is tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball programs will host their annual Green/Gold Scrimmage tonight.
    Both the boys and girls programs will have intrasquad scrimmages at Griffith Gymnasium. The event is free but donations for the programs will be accepted. Donations over $5 will receive a Hilltopper decal.

  • Toppers open their season at Academy’s Barney Relays

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams head into the pool Saturday morning for their 2011-12 season opener.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to their traditional jumping-off point, the Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will go into the season with plenty of new faces in the pool and only a few returners with state meet experience. The Barney Relays, which usually includes the top-finishing teams from the previous year’s state meet, should provide Los Alamos with a chance to see where it stacks up heading into the early part of its schedule.
    In the 2010-11 state title meet, the Hilltopper girls finished sixth overall, picking up 139.5 points, while the Hilltopper boys were 14th overall, earning 48 points.

  • Just A Wag 11-18-11

    Rumor has it that a jolly old elf is preparing to fly to town on his magical sleigh.
    The portly fellow with the infectious laugh and fluffy white beard will be at CB FOX from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 to meet with children of all ages.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Corporate value statements useless, perhaps harmful

    My odd experiences now include the strange exercise of an appeals hearing for state government employees. Everything favors the state. The hearing officer sits at a table facing the door. Flanking and facing the officer are two tables, one for the employee (and lawyer) and one for the bureaucrats, a lawyer and a paralegal. Spare. Empty. Surreal. Totally tilted to the state.
    Strip everything — nice words and thick employee manuals — and the room embodies a statement of ultimate values to state employees. Something like: We are all powerful; you are an insect.
    The context here — 10 reasons to not define corporate values — comes from Glenda Eoyang of Minneapolis, founding executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.

  • Saving for the future

    Halloween brought little witches and goblins and ghouls to our doors, scaring us with frightening blood stained scars, loose skin hanging from half eaten faces, and now and then even a knife impaling someone’s head.  
    One child proved to be the most frightening of all by wearing a Mitt Romney mask. I threw a bowlful of candy bars at him and pleaded, “Leave my dog alone!”
    Trick or Treat! Gimme gimme gimme candy!!! Ah, the sweet sound of young greed.
    Yes, another Halloween come and gone, another visit to the dentist to drill out cavities from ingesting all that sugar and chocolate (well, you’re lucky if there was actually any real chocolate in that stuff.)