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Today's News

  • Hoops a hit for elementary school

    They say good things come to those who wait. That could not be more true for students at Barranca Elementary, who on Tuesday finally cut the ribbon on the Legacy Basketball Court Project.

    They have been waiting for a new basketball court since last spring, when students in Nicole McGrane’s sixth grade class thought up the idea and began a conversation about what the Parent Teacher Organization does for the school.

    The class started talking about how run-down the basketball courts were.

    “I told them if they felt that strongly, then they should do something about it,” McGrane said. She never thought the students would actually take action, but that’s just what they did.

  • Martin sees no change in consent order

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities made a trip to Taos last week and was met by various nuclear watchdog groups.

    The groups were apparently stoked by an editorial in the Taos News that portrayed the coalition as hardly a “benign organization offering neighboring towns and counties input into Los Alamos National Laboratory policies. In truth, the coalition was formed to employ a lobbying firm, paid for by coalition members, to milk the federal government for funding for LANL.”

    Some members of the coalition think the editorial was a little off base because for the coalition, it’s all about cleanup.

  • Battle of the Bike Repairmen

    “Attn: Bicyclists of Los Alamos,” the first line reads on signs posted at coffee shops and stores throughout Los Alamos, “I am Beau Gerard, the owner of the Bike Doc here in Los Alamos,” the notice reads further.

    The signs take issue with local businessman Mark Whitcomb, who owns and operates Atomic Repair out of his home in White Rock. The signs state that he is not a professional, lacks experience and that his business is essentially unsafe.

    Gerard said he became like a mentor to Whitcomb approximately three years ago, and claims that Whitcomb befriended him wanting to learn more about bicycle repair. He said Whitcomb then turned around and opened his own bike repair shop.

    Gerard said he felt set-up and used by Whitcomb.

  • Council mulls CIP quandary

    Los Alamos County Council chambers were buzzing Tuesday with supporters of various capital improvement projects (CIP). No time was allotted for public comment last night, but the community’s interest was evident in the high turnout and in the more than 100 emails council received in support of various projects.

    Tuesday night’s session was limited to 15-minute presentations on six projects that have phase 2 approval, followed by 15 minutes of council questions. Chair Sharon Stover kept a tight rein on the proceedings.

  • Environmental history lesson

    The 2012 New Mexico Statehood History Conference took place recently at the Santa Fe Convention Center. And I gave my presentation on, “Preserving New Mexico’s Environmental History.”
    As with all history, environmental history has value to the extent it retains the context of its time. Context is where the logic lurks in history’s events.
    A bare word gets its scope and scale from context: compare “tire patch,” “shoulder patch” and “cabbage patch.” Missing the context has one result, misperceptions.
    My talk and this column highlight the great shift in “environment” that came to pass when New Mexico was but 50 years old.

  • Raw Video: Ariz. Crews Battling Wildfire, High Winds

    Firefighters are trying to prevent a wildfire near Crown King from passing a fire line that's about a mile west of the historic mining town. If that happens, the blaze could move south and threaten homes and businesses.

  • Employment law is so 20th century

    The group of small business owners sat around a table talking earnestly about what helps and what hurts their efforts to stay in business and maintain the jobs they have previously created.
    During the current recession, said one gentleman, he did everything he could to avoid layoffs in a construction-related company that had lost much business. He and other principals took no pay for several months. He knew he could not keep everyone on full time at full pay, so he explored alternatives. Could he cut back employees’ hours, keeping everybody but giving everybody some time off? Or just reduce their pay? Or put some employees on a contract rather than employee basis?  

  • Teter is Player of Year

    Monika Teter was picked as the top player in District 2-4A for the 2012 softball season.
    Teter, a senior for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers, was named as the Player of the Year by the district this season after going 8-1 as a starter during the 2-4A season.
    Teter, who was also named the top player in 2-4A for 2011, was one of six Hilltoppers named to the All-District 2-4A first team for 2012, along with Kristin Christensen, Micaela Christensen, Erin Kirk, Emily Lucero and Dancie Smith.
    Los Alamos led the first team with six nods, while district runner-up Bernalillo had four picks get onto the first team.
    Also for the season, Roger Anaya of Los Alamos was named Manager of the Year. It was the third straight Manager of the Year honor for Anaya.

  • Topes Notes 05-16-12

    Isotopes bats quieted vs. Bees

  • Hilltoppers cement a place in history

    ALBUQUERQUE — Regardless of whether it continues, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team’s domination at the state level has been quite remarkable.
    Los Alamos has been a major player in anything running related for much of its history, but it may be some time before anyone, perhaps even the school itself, will be able to repeat its current success.