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Today's News

  • Brown Bag concert features Meier

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will present pianist Frances Meier at the December Brown Bag concert. The concert will be at noon Dec. 7 at Fuller Lodge.  
    Meier is well known around Los Alamos as a performer, composer and music teacher. She has played numerous times at Fuller Lodge and plays organ for the United Church. The Los Alamos Choral Society, the Black Mesa Brass Quintet and the Los Alamos High School choir, as well as other performing ensembles, have performed her compositions.
    She plays piano for private parties and public openings and also teaches piano, organ and music theory.

  • Be There 11-24-11

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Elks Lodge, with assistance from the VFW and American Legion, will host the annual community Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge. Any and all are welcome to enjoy a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For more information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at the Elks Lodge, 662-5611.

    Nov. 30
    A book fair to benefit the Los Alamos Medical Center Auxiliary will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 1 in the main lobby area of LAMC.

    Dec. 1

  • Welcome reception

    The reception at Fuller Lodge for introducing County Administrator Harry Burgess and Fire Chief Troy Hughes was filled to capacity. Council Chair Sharon Stover said she had never seen such a turnout. “It says a lot about what people believe and hope for with these changes,” Stover said.

  • Update 11-24-11

    Dinner

    The Elk’s Lodge, VFW and American Legion will host the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at the Elk’s Lodge. Serving is from
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. For information, contact Lisa Harris or Reine Williams at 662-5611.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    No trash pick-up

  • More trails open at Bandelier

    Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott has announced that beginning Thursday, Nov. 24, the park’s backcountry trails will be open for hiking.

    According to Lott, “Between the Las Conchas Fire in June and the floods that followed it, the Bandelier Wilderness is a much wilder place than it used to be, beautiful but in a different way than before. Hikers are now welcome to go out and explore, but they’ll need to be prepared for rough conditions.”

    Flames from the huge wildfire passed through almost two-thirds of the park, and were followed by severe flash flooding in all the canyons. Many sections of trail, especially switchbacks down steep slopes, are severely eroded and rough or destroyed.

  • First Born Program Targets Child Development

    Research conducted to evaluate the long-term success of War on Poverty programs to help underprivileged children develop language and scholastic skills revealed a disturbing fact. Although children’s skills increased during the program, they quickly reverted back to their initial limitations after the program ended.

    Researchers looked for answers in the first three years of a child’s life, and discovered what they called the “30 million word gap,” which corresponded closely with socioeconomic status.

    Although all the families nurtured and played and talked with their children, those in poverty-stricken homes would hear an average of 30 million words less by the age of three than those in professional homes.

  • Turkey day more costly for many

    Some are holding potluck dinners instead of springing for the entire feast. Others are staying home rather than flying. And a few are skipping the turkey altogether.

    On this the fourth Thanksgiving since the economy tanked, prices for everything from airline flights to groceries are going up, and some Americans are scaling back. Yet in many households, the occasion is too important to skimp on. Said one mother: “I don’t have much to give, but I’ll be cooking, and the door will be open.”

    Thanksgiving airfares are up 20 percent this year, and the average price of a gallon of gas has risen almost 20 percent, according to travel tracker AAA. Rail travelers were also affected, with fares on most one-way Amtrak tickets up 2 to 5 percent.

  • Denver puts Orton on waiver wire

    Kyle Orton has gone from Jay Cutler’s replacement to Tim Tebow’s backup to the unemployment line.
    The Broncos released the 29-year-old veteran quarterback Tuesday, six
    weeks after benching him following a 1-4 start.
    “I spoke with Kyle and thanked him for everything he did for the Broncos. He was a true professional throughout this season. I’ve got a great deal of respect for him as both a player and as a person,’’ coach John Fox said in a statement. “This was the right decision for our football team. We feel good about our quarterback group, and this gives Kyle an opportunity to help another team and showcase his talents.’’
    Orton shouldn’t stay unemployed for long.

  • Romo's Turkey day could be feast, famine

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The first time Tony Romo started a Thanksgiving game for the Dallas Cowboys “Romo-mania” was so frenzied that a group of fans strung together the letters in his name and hung it alongside the Ring of Honor at Texas Stadium.
    Security guards made the fans take it down before kickoff, which sure looked foolish considering what Romo did next: five touchdown passes, tying a club record, all in just the first three quarters. Club owner Jerry Jones was so giddy afterward that he joked about firing those security guards.
    Five years later, Romo has yet to live up to the hope and hype of those heady days. But another wave of “Romo-mania” may not be far away.

  • Sports Update 11-24-11


    Half marathon set for Dec. 10

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos will hold its High Altitude Half Marathon and 5K Fun Run Dec. 10.
    The run will start at the YMCA. Race time is 8 a.m.
    Registrations are being accepted at the YMCA or online at www.laymca.org or active.com. Price for participation for the half marathon is $50 through Nov. 30 and $25 for the 5K.
    The event will benefit the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
    For more information, call 662-3100.

    LAHS cheerleading clinic is scheduled for Dec. 3

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cheerleading team will hold a clinic Dec. 3.