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Today's News

  • Update 01-04-12

    Hecker talk

    Former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Siegfried Hecker, who currently works at Stanford University, will give a talk about North Korea at 7 p.m., Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Jan. 10 in Council Chambers.

    Historics meeting

    Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board meeting, 5:30 p.m., today at Fuller Lodge.

    Arts meeting

     The Arts in Public Places board meeting will be at 4:30 p.m., Jan. 11, at Mesa Public Library.

    NMCAB

  • First baby of 2012 in LA

    Rayanne Marie Martinez was the first baby born in Los Alamos this year She was born at 1:23 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Los Alamos Medical Center. Her parents are Pauline Peralta and Nicholas Martinez of San Ildefonso Pueblo. The Los Alamos Hospital Auxillary presented a $100 check to the mother

  • Los Alamos keeps eye on Iowa GOP caucus

    The eyes of the nation were focused on the Iowa Republican Caucus vote Tuesday night. The vote was too close to call through most of the evening.

    Ron Paul led the pack early on, then he and Mitt Romney took turns in the lead. Midway through the night the top spot became a three- way battle that included Rick Santorum. In the end, Romney beat Santorum by just eight votes and Paul came in third.

    Despite all the interest, Los Alamos County GOP and Democratic Party leaders agree that the outcome of the first official voting of the 2012 presidential campaign won’t impact local elections.

  • Cougar attacks raise fears

    The mountain lion attack that killed Gwennie, a 60-pound Foxhound, on Dec. 24 has raised safety concerns among Los Alamos County residents. Another cougar attempted to take a dog (unsuccessfully) in Quemazon on Jan. 2.

    Blake Swanson, conservation officer for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), reported that NMDGF is working to either trap or track the cougar.

    Winter cold and habitat loss due to drought and the Las Conchas Fire may be factors in the lions’ incursion into town.

    “There was habitat loss due to the fire, especially near Bandelier. Animals are moving into areas where they can feed, and, unfortunately, that’s in town,” Swanson said.

  • LAHS Open House

    Los Alamos High School students and parents attended an open house Wednesday morning, where they were able to tour the new building, get schedules and find classrooms. Representatives from Josten’s and Summit Foods were also there. Classes resume Thursday after winter break.

  • LA stays whole in redistricting

    A state district judge has approved a plan for drawing new boundaries of state House of Representative districts that will pair two Republican incumbents in southeastern Mexico and two Democrats in the north-central part of the state.

    District Judge James Hall issued his redistricting order Tuesday.

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) said he received a text from a member of the Republican caucus Tuesday night saying the judge had adopted Executive Plan 3 “with a couple of changes.”
    Under Executive Plan 3, District 43 would be composed of all of Los Alamos County, Rio Arriba County precincts 25 and 30, Sandoval County precincts 7, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 51, 78 and 79 and Santa Fe County precincts 12 and 80.

  • Be There 01-04-12

    Thursday
    There will be a Salvation Army bell ringer thank you reception from 5-6 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center. Celebrate the generosity and good will that graced the community this holiday season and thank the individuals that helped make it happen.

    Friday
    Friday Forts at PEEC. Children can go to PEEC after school with their parents and build forts with other children until dark. Free, but parents must supervise children. No registration required.

    Los Alamos Little Theater presents, “A Thousand Clowns,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and also Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets are available at CB Fox and at the door. Visit lalt.org for more information.

    Saturday

  • Event recognizes those with a can do attitude

    Seats are still available to the mini gala, also known as the Community Asset Awards. The event will be Saturday night at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel.
    The local program recognizes community residents with the can-do attitude that makes Los Alamos a better place to live and work.
    More than 40 will be recognized, ranging from student to senior and business to individual.
    While the event focuses on the community as a whole, youth take center stage with key roles in the festivities.
    The musical stylings of the Sage Street Saxtet will provide entertainment for the evening. The saxtet members include: Nate Hall, Adam Sayre, Doug Jones and Alex Martin.

  • Nothing can bring Poppy Cross down

    On New Year’s Eve, along with the standard resolutions to run iron man races and dislike butter and sugar, many of us renewed our commitments to sucking the marrow out of life, to being happier despite our imperfect, troublesome, sometimes very painful existences.
    Poppy Cross, the peppy protagonist of “Happy-Go-Lucky” offers one model  on how to do this.
    “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008), the next feature in the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, allows viewers to spend a few weeks with 30-year-old Poppy (played by Sally Hawkins) as she teaches elementary school children, takes driving lessons and  takes flamenco lessons in contemporary Camden, England.

  • Michigan picks up win in Sugar Bowl, 23-20

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Brady Hoke trotted across the Superdome field, his Michigan players celebrating all around him, a big bucket of ice water suddenly came splashing down on the coach’s head.
    It had been quite a while since the Wolverines won a BCS bowl and they were going to enjoy it.
    “All the tough times we’ve been through makes it even more special,” senior defensive tackle Mike Martin said. “To be the fifth team that ever in Michigan history has won 11 games in a season, it means a lot.”
    Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome on Tuesday night.