Today's News

  • American Legion lends a helping hand

    There are many organizations in town that raise funds for various causes. It seems like there’s always some sort of benefit dinner being held or money being collected to help one group or another.
    One of those organizations is the American Legion Post 90. In fact on Saturday, they had a dinner and raffle to raise funds for the Paws and Stripes program, which takes shelter animals, trains them and pairs them with military veterans who suffer from various illnesses, including post traumatic stress disorder.

  • Fear mongering tactics

    When attorneys know that the facts are not on their side it is not uncommon for them to turn to obfuscation, fear mongering and outright personal attacks.
    Sadly, we saw all of these tactics used by George Chandler in his recent attacks on Sheriff Marco Lucero.
    We haven’t heard the “cowboy” slur since the cowardly admiral snuck out of town in May 2005.
    This favorite insult of pseudo-intellectual elitists was uncalled for and not descriptive of the current occupant of the sheriff’s office.
    So, whether it is “cowboys” or the anti-government boogiemen from Mr. Chandler’s prior offering in the Los Alamos Monitor, his attempts to deflect the argument from the facts are telling of the weakness of his position.

  • NM’s medical marijuana program flourishing

    ALBUQUERQUE(AP) — More than 1,000 New Mexicans have applied for medical marijuana licenses since Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January, prompting the administration that had advocated repeal of the law to instead propose taking the program outside of the public health department.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Catherine Torres said in a telephone interview this week that she will ask lawmakers for authorization to create a new, self-supporting unit with seven full-time employees to administer the program.

    Asked  whether that meant Martinez had changed her stance against the legalization in 2007 of medical marijuana, Torres said only that “the governor and I are following the statutes.”

  • LA playground equipment relocated, recycled

    A couple of months ago, Los Alamos replaced some playground equipment in North Mesa.
    So what became of the old equipment?
    Irene Powell, a Parks and Recreation board member had an idea.
    She asked Los Alamos Parks Manager Richard McIntyre if she could have it. She knew of a place in Espanola that needed a playground and she was looking for a project for National Make a Difference Day.
    RSVP senior volunteers knew it was too big of a job for them to remove and reassemble. Powell called County Councilor Sharon Stover who got permission to have Los Alamos County disassemble it and transport it down to Espanola.

  • Local gymnasts earn accolades at competition

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics Atomic Tumblers performed recently at the Halloween Invite hosted by Zia Gymnastics in Santa Fe.
    In attendance were 160 gymnasts representing eight New Mexico teams from Santa Fe, Taos, Gallup, Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Los Alamos.  Fourteen Tumblers competed in Levels 4, 5 and 6, bringing home nine gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.
    The Level 4 Atomic Tumblers took three of the top four spots in the 6-7 year-old age group, as well as first place on all four events.

  • Church to celebrate 400th anniversary

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A New Mexico church visited by Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate, celebrated as a survivor of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and is one of the oldest churches in the United States is gearing up for its 400th anniversary.

    Next month, Old San Miguel Mission in Socorro, N.M., will begin festivities three years ahead of its 2015 anniversary. The church will have lectures, concerts and various other fundraisers as volunteers prepare for a diversity of events to honor the iconic adobe Catholic church’s history.

    “You get a sense of the depth of history in this place,” church pastor Rev. Andy Pavlak said. “So we are planning for a big celebration to reflect it.”

  • Update 12-11-11

    Committee meeting

    Trinity Drive Technical Advisory Committee meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Pajarito Cliffs conference room.

    Kiwanis meeting

    Kiwanis noon-1 p.m. meetings Tuesday at Jewish Center on Sage Street: Dec. 13-Steve Watts, general manager, on progress made by the new Los Alamos Co-operative Market. Dec. 20-Jessamy Phillips will speak briefly about her experience in a nursing program in Africa.


    A naturalization ceremony for new citizens takes place at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Fuller Lodge.

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m., Tuesday at the Chamber Conference Room.

    Council meets

  • Questions swirl around $6 billion nuclear lab

    SANTA FE (AP) — At Los Alamos National Laboratory, scientists and engineers refer to their planned new $6 billion nuclear lab by its clunky acronym, CMRR, short for Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility. But as a work in progress for three decades and with hundreds of millions of dollars already spent, nomenclature is among the minor issues.

    Questions continue to swirl about exactly what kind of nuclear and plutonium research will be done there, whether the lab is really necessary, and — perhaps most important — will it be safe, or could it become New Mexico’s equivalent of Japan’s Fukushima?

  • Lunar eclipse visible in White Rock

    The moon on its way to full eclipse at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, just before setting, as the sun was rising. This photo was taken with a 300 mm lens, f2.8, 1/8 second, ISO 200, looking west from Pajarito Acres.

  • Lunar eclipse visible in White Rock

    The moon on its way to full eclipse at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, just before setting, as the sun was rising. This photo was taken with a 300 mm lens, f2.8, 1/8 second, ISO 200, looking west from Pajarito Acres.