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Today's News

  • Girls cross country: LA nipped by Eldorado, thumps Academy at meet

    ALBUQUERQUE — While who is the best girls cross country team in the state is still up for debate, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers are still making a very good case for being the top team in Class 4A.
    Los Alamos finished in second place at a very tough meet Friday, the Albuquerque Academy Invitational. Los Alamos was second overall, placing a pair of runners in the top five individually.
    The team title was won by Eldorado Friday. Eldorado, the odds-on favorite to win the Class 5A title this season, is also the only team to have topped the Hilltoppers through three races this season.

  • Update 09-25-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers.

    Public meeting

    The Eastern Area Maintenance Project Public meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday at the council chambers.

    Piano recital

    Piano students of Lynn Lamb and Ronald F. Grinage, will perform in a student piano recital at 2 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Admission is free.

    Hall update

    State Rep. Jim Hall of Los Alamos will speak at noon Oct. 4 on what he has learned since he was chosen to succeed the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace in the legislature. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday, noon to 1 p.m., at the Masonic Temple on Sage.

    Public meeting

  • Redistricting battle likely to head to court

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, and Santa Fe) leaned against the wall near the entrance of the House chamber Friday night at the Roundhouse.

    It had been a pretty stressful couple of weeks.

    The fight over redistricting will shift to the courts because of promised vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez of several redistricting plans passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature. A judge probably will end up drawing the boundaries of House, Senate and Congressional districts.

  • Benda talks about balance in community

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series.

    The four candidates for the County Administrator’s post faced tough questioning from three different groups Friday: county councilors, senior administration and a community panel.

    The three groups then convened in closed session to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. No decision was reached, and discussions will continue next week.

  • Bus service begins Monday at Bandelier

    Although much of Bandelier National Monument will have limited access for the foreseeable future due to the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding, park officials are excited to announce that additional sections of the Monument are reopening on Monday, just in time for the influx of visitors from the Balloon Fiesta.

     “We’re excited to get people back into Bandelier enjoying the Monument. It’s been too long. And, we’re even more ecstatic that it’s just in time for Balloon Fiesta when we typically have 40,000 visitors,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

    One major change for visitors to note upon reopening, Bandelier will be operating as a “car-free park” from Monday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 30.

  • Nebraska man tapped for fire chief position

    Troy Hughes from Grand Island, Neb., stood out among five finalists invited to visit Los Alamos in late August to meet with county officials.

    The in-depth process of interviews, examinations and evaluations eliminated all candidates but Hughes.

    “I’m very excited  —  I think the Los Alamos Fire Department is one of the best in the nation,” said Hughes during an interview from Nebraska Friday. “I’m very honored to have been chosen to follow in the footsteps of two legendary fire chiefs — Doug MacDonald and Doug Tucker.”

    Tucker served on the interview panel that selected Hughes.

  • Cutting to the chase

    Rep. Don Bratton, as usual, cut to the chase.
    “For the first time we have a female governor, who may proceed differently,” said the Hobbs Republican last week in the House Rules Committee. “People may have different expectations than they did 10 years ago. Redistricting is at the forefront, but the Constitution empowers the governor to put other items on the agenda, and they should be treated expediently.”
    Raul Burciaga, director of the Legislative Council Service, was instructing the committee on what the state Constitution has to say about special legislative sessions and, more importantly, on the authority allocated to the governor and to the legislature.

  • ‘Toppers’ spirit gets ignited

  • News for Retirees 09-25-11

    Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken and dumplings
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • Animal Shelter 09-25-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael, Princess, C-2 and Yoda.

    Cats