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Today's News

  • Iowa missing girls case now considered an abduction

    EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — Investigators reclassified the disappearance of two missing Iowa cousins as an abduction case Friday after an FBI dive team failed to find their bodies in a lake near where they were last seen a week ago.

    Lyric Cook-Morrissey, 10, and Elizabeth Collins, 8, vanished after riding bikes near Meyers Lake in Evansdale, a small town in northeast Iowa that has been devastated by their disappearance. Their bikes were later found on a path near the lake.

  • Family celebrates Martinez historical marker

    Six generations of Maria Martinez’s family were scheduled to celebrate the dedication of a historical marker in honor of the famed San Ildefonso Pueblo potter.
    The dedication ceremony was planned for this morning along N.M. 502 near the pueblo’s entrance.
    Pueblo Gov. Terry Aguilar and community elders were scheduled to attend.
    A self-taught potter, Martinez helped elevate pueblo pottery to an art form. She was known for her black-on-black pottery.
    The marker is one of the roadside placards erected as part of an initiative to honor women’s contributions to New Mexico history.

  • Jemez State Monument to be jointly managed

    Leaders of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents and the Pueblo of Jemez Thursday will sign an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly manage Jemez State Monument in Jemez Springs. 
    The signing ceremony took place at the Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents meeting at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.

  • Honey Sticks a Big Hit

    Youth businessman Marcos Romero was a hit at the market with children of all ages. These little honeys from The Ark, were all abuzz for Romero’s flavored honey sticks. They were followed by pint-sized shoppers from Sage Cottage with Cory Geyer and Ian Snyder.

  • Update 07-20-12

    Presentation

    Presentations on recovery efforts in Haiti will be given at 7p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. A free-will offering will be taken to support the 2012 Carter Work Project and continued rebuilding in Haiti.  Refreshments will be provided.

    P&Z meeting

    The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 25 in council chambers.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. July 24 in White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Mud volleyball

    The mud volleyball tournament will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at North Mesa Park. Footwear is required and the use of duct tape is highly suggested.

  • DPU warns of clogged sewers

    The Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities is warning residents of the Quemazon neighborhood about clogged sewer mains that can result in sewer backups.

    Utility officials sent a direct mail piece to all homes in the area this week. The DPU communique asks for residents to help remedy the situation.

    “Sewer mains in the Quemazon neighborhood have recently been found clogged with grease and towelettes,” DPU officials said in the mailer. “Our sewer system is not designed to handle grease or non-biodegradable materials. Sewer lines blocked by these materials result in backups that are expensive to remediate and can have adverse public health implications.”

  • Monsoons set back reservoir project

    During a tour of the Los Alamos Reservoir in July 2011, the impact of the Los Conchas fire was not yet evident. The slopes of the canyon looked stable, greenery was already showing in the back-burned forest and the road leading to the reservoir was intact.

    After winter snows and flood events last summer and again last week, the canyon has undergone a major alteration. Fallen trees and other debris litter the canyon floor. A bulldozer has etched out a precarious path along what used to be the road. A dump truck is buried to its axle in mud next to West Road.

    It has gotten so bad that West Road will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning today. The road closure is expected to extend several weeks until the end of the summer monsoon season.

  • Church Listings 07-20-12

    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 is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15 a.m. 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
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist

  • Ask Fr. John: Having a conversation with God

    Is there monasticism in the Orthodox Church? -  J.A.

    Part 2
    This week we continue our discussion on monasticism. There are several foundations for the monastic life, which occur in the unwritten conventions of Judaism and Christianity, as well as in the holy scriptures. History shows that there were several monastic-like Jewish sects, such as the Essenes, the Nazarenes and Ebionites. In most of them, persons distanced themselves from the world, or left it for the desert, in order to contemplate and worship God without worldly distraction.

  • Bring back the abacus

    It’s been a while since I’ve ranted about declining math skills in this country. Well yeah, OK, not really.
    My wife just told me to stop lying and admit that it’s been about 12 minutes.  That’s what I get for marrying a woman who can tell time!
    Los Alamos is joining the fray (or is that fracas?) among public schools across the nation and adopting a new assessment standard.  It’s called “Common Core State Standards (CCSS), an initiative to introduce consistency in educational processes.
    At this time, CCSS has been adopted by 45 states. Texas has not yet adopted the standards. My guess is that state officials are waiting to see if the standards will mandate the teaching of creationism in math classes.