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Today's News

  • Designs Wow Nature Lovers

    The ever-growing popularity of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has prompted officials to ponder the prospects of a full-blown nature center in Los Alamos.

    The second public meeting for a proposed nature center again attracted a large crowd of 62 people. The first public meeting had 70 in attendance.

    “This was remarkable, especially so close to the holidays. You usually only see crowds this size for contentious issues,” Project Manager Steve Huebner said. “I think this shows the public support for the project.”

    The success of the nonprofit PEEC helped propel the Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Phase I study.

  • LANL, NNSA face budget cuts

    All that’s needed is a signature by President Barack Obama.

    On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Senate passed the Defense Authorization Bill, which would authorize the following funding for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security Administration for fiscal year 2012.

    • Clean up of nuclear weapons sites: $5 billion, which includes $189 million for LANL and $215 million for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad

    • Authorized $9.9 million for a new Transuranic (TRU) Waste Facility at LANL

    • CMRR building design at $200 million

    • Nuclear Weapons Activities and Stockpile Stewardship: $7.3 billion

    • Non Proliferation: $2.3 billion

  • Church Listings 12-16-11

    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, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. 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

  • Turning the other cheek isn't always easy

    “OK, so maybe when I turn the other cheek, I am demonstrating redemptive forgiveness. Is there ever a time when I should strike back?” — Katie

    A couple weeks ago, we discussed the reasons for why one would “turn the other cheek.” We acknowledged that the ethic of the New Testament is radical: forgiveness toward — even love for — enemies, is what is prescribed (Mt. 5:43-48). “Be at peace with all men, if at all possible” (Rom. 12:18; 14:19). This is the ideal.
    In the ancient scripture however, we can see the reality of the situation.
    The world is a broken, harsh place and bad stuff happens. This situation often demands a response.

  • Hilltopper LB Knapp is North All-Star

    David Knapp received the highest postseason honors for 2011, culminating in an invitation to this summer’s All-Star Game.
    Knapp, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s top defensive performer in the 2011 regular season, was named to the North Class 4A-5A All-Star team. The All-Star selections were released Thursday by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association.
    At the game, scheduled for Aug. 1 at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque, Knapp will be accompanied by two other District 2-4A representatives, safety Josh Roybal of Santa Fe and Ken Noel, head coach of Bernalillo. Former Santa Fe quarterback Jason Fitzpatrick, who transferred to Rio Rancho, also made the North roster.

  • Ski Report 12-16-11

    Angel Fire

    31-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 35 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    24-inch base of packed powder. All trails open.

    Pajarito

    21-inch base of machine-groomed snow. 1 inch of new snow reported. Will open Saturday.

    Red River

    32-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    34-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 35 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 21 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

  • Martinez, former govs are staying busy...or not

    SANTA FE – As we near the end of the year, let’s pause to see where New Mexico’s political personalities are and what they are doing.
    One of the most frequently asked questions wherever I go is “What’s happening with Bill Richardson these days?” He’s back in the news again for a fourth grand jury probe but for those of you who want to know what he’s doing the rest of the time, Richardson has a website www.billrichardson.com.
    The site tells about our former governor’s recent trip to central Africa and a recent appearance on Meet the Press. Under the heading “Upcoming Engagements” is the note: No upcoming engagements are available currently. Please check back soon.

  • Don’t say I didn’t warn you

    Before you read this article, please read the fine print.
    Well, there really isn’t any fine print. That is to say, the print is fine (whereas the content is as always questionable), but I have no way to reduce the font size. If that were possible, I could get away with saying lots of things that would otherwise place me in serious legal jeopardy.
    Maybe what I need is a disclaimer like the ones you see on the bottom of your TV screen during commercials.
    For instance, have you ever seen the insurance commercial where the guy uses a flamethrower to torch a twelve-foot ball of paper? A disclaimer appears on the bottom of the screen, “Don’t try this at home.”

  • Debris Apparently From Tsunami Reach Canada

    Debris apparently from the tsunami that hit Japan in March are washing up on beaches in Japan. Much greater amounts of debris could reach the U.S. And Canada in the next year.

  • Christopher Hitchens, militant pundit, dies at 62

    Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind's eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

    "I love the imagery of struggle," he wrote about his illness in an August 2010 essay in Vanity Fair. "I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient."