Today's News

  • Harold Morgan: Tourists come to N.M.; residents leave

    People find New Mexico an appealing place to visit if reminded by advertising emphasizing people and land — our Enchantment. 

    However, some people find New Mexico, with its stagnant to declining economy (excepting the Southeast), an unappealing place to live.

    The parallel elements emerged on consecutive days just before Christmas. 

    “Quality of life” links the elements. A devil of differing definition hides in the link. 

    The conclusion about visitor appeal comes from a Tourism Department study of a campaign featuring the “New Mexico True” theme developed by Vendor Inc., the department’s Austin-based advertising firm.

  • Merilee Dannemann: Protecting our schools

    The Sunday talk shows last week focused on two topics: the fiscal cliff and the issues arising from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, including putting security people in the public schools and increasing services for the mentally ill.

    You’d think the two subjects existed on two different planets. Nobody mentioned that one topic was about reducing the cost of government and the other was about potentially expensive new programs. 

    Wayne La Pierre, of the National Rifle Association, was quoted as saying, “With all the money in the federal budget can’t we afford to put a police officer in every single school?”  

    Where’s he been?

  • County winter tips

    Winter is here. Residents are asked to keep the following tips in mind:

    • Stay informed. Road condition updates, closings and delays will be broadcast on several regional TV and radio stations. Tune to the county’s emergency broadcast station (1610AM) or local KRSN 1490AM. You can find information about road conditions for State highways by calling 1-800-432-4269. Whenever possible, the county’s webpage will also list any county-related early closings, cancelations or delays (losalamosnm.us).

    • Be alert. During winter storms, county crews will be doing their best to keep streets open and safe for traveling — help by yielding to their efforts and keep a safe distance away so your vehicle will avoid being struck by flying sand and salt. 

  • State briefs 1-2-13

    Prostitution ring case to go to high court 


    SANTA FE (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court is taking up a case involving two aging professors accused of helping run an online prostitution ring.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state’s highest court will hear arguments Feb. 6 after prosecutors appealed a lower court’s ruling that the website was legal.

    In June, a state judge ruled that the website “Southwest Companions” linked to former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia and retired Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor David C. Flory violated no laws. That ruling complicated the case for prosecutors, who were planning to present their case to a grand jury.

  • Top school stories of 2012

    Here is a look at the top education stories in Los Alamos County for 2012.


    LA named one of the best communities for young people


    In September, county and school officials celebrated at Chamisa Elementary the fact that America’s Promise Alliance picked Los Alamos as one of the best 100 best communities for young people.

    According to its website, the organization’s purpose is to “focus on ending the high school dropout crisis and ensuring that students graduate ready for college and the 21st century workforce. This marks the second time Los Alamos has won the honor.

  • LA to host Canadian hockey team Thursday

    Can you say road trip?

    A Canadian high school hockey team from Kenora, Ontario, made the 1,500-mile journey to take part in the Taos Tournament this weekend.

    The Canadians, though, are making a little side trip.

    On Thursday morning, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will play host to the Saints of St. Thomas Aquinas at 10:15 a.m.

    Los Alamos also will take part in the Taos Tournament but for now, it is focused on its Canadian visitors.

    According to the Kenora newspaper, the Kenora Daily Miner and News, the idea for the trip came from Saints coach Travis Batters. He and school board trustee Mike Faveau were in Northern New Mexico a few years back and made some contacts.

  • Deep freeze hits LA
  • U.S. avoids fiscal cliff

    New Mexico delegation split along party lines late Tuesday night as the House of Representatives passed the so-called fiscal cliff agreement.

    Democrats Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján voted for the agreement, while Republican Steve Pearce voted against it.

    Luján voted in support of a compromise plan to resolve the fiscal cliff by avoiding an income tax hike on middle-class families, extending unemployment benefits, and preventing arbitrary spending cuts that could harm the national laboratories.

  • 01-02-13 Be There

    The Fuller Lodge Art Center is seeking art for its first thematic exhibit of the New Year titled, “Behind the Scenes.” There’s a story behind every piece of artwork; something magical in the process of its creation. Create and collaborate to help tell the whole story — and document all steps. Download an application for the show at library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-507/CFA_Behind-the-Scenes-form.pdf.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Frost/Nixon,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4,5,11,12,18 and 19; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 13. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. They are available at C.B. Fox or at the door. For more information, visit lalt.org.
    A Cowboy Breakfast will be from 7-11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The menu will feature plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and special variety of the month pancakes, along with sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost for adults is $7 and is $4 for children 10-years-old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse.
    Jan. 7

  • Gibson helps NJROTC raise funds

    Los Alamos High School senior and NJROTC Cadet John Gibson, is one young man that likes to make things a little better, when there is something to be done. The ’Topper teen is currently the commander of the tug-of-war and small-bore rifle teams and a cadet ensign with four years of service in NJROTC.

    “I enjoy the practice of mutual support that I see every single day in the cadets,” Gibson said. “The unit runs on the effort, blood, sweat and tears poured in by each and every cadet. If it weren’t for each one, we could not have the whole.”

    Like any club or organization, the unit finds itself raising funds to travel to events and compete in a variety of areas. Gibson knew that in addition to regular fundraising duties, he could contribute a bit more.

    He was inspired to make paracord bracelets after attending a Science Technology Engineering and Math seminar, in Daytona, Fla. Gibson attended the presentation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, via the NJROTC program.

    “It’s no secret the unit is very active in the community and as a result of our constant travel expenses and materials costs, I was simply trying to do my part to give a little bit back to the organization that has given me so much throughout high school and helped prepare me for my future,” Gibson said.