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Today's News

  • Ashley Pond could sing swan song

    Many Los Alamos residents consider Ashley Pond Park “the jewel” of Los Alamos. But, unlike a jewel, the pond is a living system - a living system that is dying. 

    Ashley Pond’s in the early stages of eutrophication - a depletion of oxygen in the water. A combination of factors are contributing to the pond’s demise including an overabundant fish population, waterfowl and pollutants from storm water runoff. Dissolved nutrients from fertilizer or sewage encourage the growth and decomposition of oxygen-depleting plant life, which harms other organisms. 

  • Asset-building alive and well in LA

    What an Asset building week in Los Alamos!
    We kicked the events off with the annual Science Fair, which is an enormous feat put on by a committee represented by all Los Alamos Public School sites and includes the Home School Community.
    We continue with a Los Alamos Middle School edition of Cookies and Conversation, where adults have lunch with students and discuss light-hearted topics.
    Oh and by the way, the Rachel’s Challenge speaker for last week, came down with a nasty bout of stomach flu. We are working to reschedule.

  • 'How I Spent My Summer'

    Frijoles Canyon through Bandelier National Monument endured monumental floods following the Las Conchas fire.
    Join the Los Alamos Mountaineers to hear exactly what happened and what is being done to bring the park back.
    At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, National Park Service Superintendent Jason Lott will speak about impacts of last summer’s fire on Bandelier National Monument, discuss the marijuana garden eradication, the bus program and plans for 2012. His talk is titled, “How I Spent My Summer.”
    All the major watersheds in Bandelier were impacted by the fire, including Frijoles Canyon, where the visitor center and main visited archeological sites are located.

  • Be There 01-24-12

    Today
    Hoop House Class with Jesse Boudreau of Ecolutions, sponsored by Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Cooperative Market, at 7 p.m. at the co-op at. A hoop house is a low-cost exterior greenhouse-type structure that allows one to cultivate veggies year ‘round. The class will cover design and construction, use and maintenance of hoop houses. $15 or $13.50 for PEEC or co-op members. Register at PajaritoEEC.org or by calling 662-0460.

  • Can gov and legislature play nice this session?

    Lawmakers take their usual Friday recess. It gives the staff time to catch up with the flurry of bills introduced during opening days of the session and into binders for committee work.
    It also gives some lawmakers from the far reaches of the state an opportunity to get back home for the last time before the session ends.
    The capitol won’t be completely vacant, however. Finance committees and others will already be meeting.
    Before high speed presses became more accessible, bills were flown by private contractors to places like Portales and Roy for duplication over the long weekend.

  • Tourism ad campaign: Gasp, horror

    For cattle growers, branding has a specific meaning.
    For the rest of us, not so much. For citizen-consumers, branding, like sustainability, is a word bandied about with little attention to meaning.
    As a topic, branding gets attention these days around New Mexico because the Department of Tourism has just selected Vendor Inc. of Austin, Texas, to execute a $2 million advertising campaign “based on the brand essence” the department sees for the state, says Monique Jacobson, Taos native and tourism secretary.
    A brand is made up of a set of characteristics that, together, produce warm feelings from consumers for the thing, person, firm, whatever.

  • Sports Update 01-24-12

    Topper wrestlers finish third at Atrisco Heritage

    The contingent of Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestlers that headed to a tournament at Atrisco Heritage this weekend came out with a third-place finish.
    Los Alamos split up its squad, sending half the team to Atrisco Heritage junior varsity meet and the other half to the Aztec Duals.
    At Atrisco, the Hilltoppers grabbed two second-place finishes individually and a third-place finish. Grant Washburn and John Dermer both earned runner-up honors, while Mitchell Carson took third for the Hilltoppers.

    Smith joins local YMCA staff

  • LA boys, girls are runners-up at Artesia

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams both finished second at this weekend’s Artesia Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished with 405 points at the eight-team meet, hosted by the Artesia Bulldogs, while Los Alamos’ boys finished with 396 points.
    Despite the healthy point totals, the Hilltoppers still finished some distance behind the meet winners. The Hobbs Eagles finished with 450 points on the boys side while the Alamogordo Tigers were tops in the girls competition with 523 points.
    Ashlynn Bennett won the 200-yard individual medley Saturday with her time of 2:25.86, the top finish on either Los Alamos team. Bennett was one of the top-performing individuals at the meet, also finishing second in the 500 freestyle.

  • Police seek suspect in SF shootings that left 2 dead

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a second person has died after a double shooting in Santa Fe.

    Sheriff's officials say 51-year-old Theresa Vigil died of a gunshot wound to the head. A 16-year-old was found dead at the scene of the shooting Monday in south Santa Fe.

    Sheriff's officials say they are looking for a man they believe shot and killed the two after confronting the woman about rent. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of 54-year-old Arthur Samuel Anaya on two open counts of murder. Authorities say the suspect has a long criminal record and has been diagnosed with mental problems.

  • VIDEO: Heated Charges, Counter-Charges in Fla. Debate

    Republican presidential contenders Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich clashed repeatedly in heated, personal terms Monday night in a crackling campaign debate in Tampa, Fla.