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Today's News

  • LA Legion riders to hold benefit

    The Los Alamos American Legion Riders are conducting a fundraiser on Saturday to support the New Mexico Veterans Integration Center, Albuquerque location, and Los Alamos school libraries that were flooded earlier this year.
    The events include a motorcycle “fun run,” shrimp boil, and Halloween Party and costume contest with live music by The Renegade Mountain Band. All events are at the American Legion Post, 1325 Trinity Dr.
    Los Alamos Public Schools libraries were flooded earlier this year and many books were destroyed. The American Legion Riders are collecting books, funds, and trying to identify volunteers to help the librarians get books covered, catalogued and on the shelf for kids to enjoy.f

  • Update 10-28-11

    Council meeting

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 at the council chambers.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee will meet 5:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers to discuss partisan vs. nonpartisan elections.

    Pancake breakfast

    The Kiwanis Fall Pancake Breakfast will be held 7-11 a.m. Saturday at Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    Broadband meeting

    A community broadband public meeting will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Mesa Public Library.

  • Health Fair scheduled for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair is conducted today from 8 a.m. to noon at the Los Alamos High School Griffith Gym. Today’s event will mark its 25th year.

    The first Health Fair sponsored and organized by the Heart Council (a United Way Community Partner) was held at Fuller Lodge/Community Building in 1986 with approximately 25 booths.

    In 1993, it moved to Griffith Gym and has grown to nearly 70 exhibitor booths.  Its intent is to provide education and information to the general public about health resources and services available in the community and surrounding areas, and to provide an opportunity for low cost or free health screening and self-assessment.

  • County wants to be prepared

    “Be prepared” is more than just a Boy Scout motto, it’s become a common practice for schools around the country, following the Columbine — and more recently— the Virginia Tech shootings. Los Alamos County also is preparing for mass emergency situations with Operation Hilltopper.

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor gave a presentation during Thursday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting at Aspen Elementary, regarding the county’s emergency plan.

  • LANL Honors R&D 100 Winners

    During a recognition ceremony at the Hilltop House Hotel Thursday evening, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charles McMillan spoke of the projects and people who earned three R&D 100 Awards this year.

    “Once again the R&D 100 Awards show that Los Alamos National Laboratory’s multidisciplinary scientific approach provides real-world innovation with the potential to drive job creation in the private sector while delivering benefits to the American public,” McMillan said.

  • Cost hikes raise CIP concerns

     Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series.

    The escalation in costs for the White Rock Visitor Center raised specters of past overruns and future budget nightmares.

    “I’m having a hard time with a design increasing 50 percent. I think it was a poor job of estimating. I don’t know if it was really tried to stay in the $2 million. I just feel that council was misled in the original estimate,” Vice Chair Ron Selvage said during Tuesday’s county council meeting where councilors narrowly approved an additional $1,126,697 for construction.

  • Behind the U.S. Senate race scenes

    Any visible action still is sparse in New Mexico’s congressional races. It is surprising because U.S. Senate contests without an incumbent usually happen only once every 30 years or so.
    House districts #2 and #3 are slam dunks but Congressional District 1 will be lively because Rep. Martin Heinrich is leaving it to make a run at the U.S. Senate.
    Labor Day is the usual kickoff for such races but it didn’t happen this time. Neither did the kickoff of nomination petition signing in early October create a stir. But much has been happening behind the scenes. Here is a run-down of the action there.

  • John Pawlak: Shooting my mouth off

    A recent news story heading read “Man in wheelchair shot to death by Phoenix police.”
    Personally, I found it surprising that getting killed by the Phoenix police would merit the cost of printing ink.  
    “Phoenix police investigated for being nice to visiting stranger” would have been a more news worthy item.
    But still, one might wonder why the journalist chose to use those particular words.

  • Tar Heels are tops in AP poll

    North Carolina broke a tie with its fiercest rival and moved into one with one of college basketball’s most storied programs.
    The Tar Heels, who return all five starters from the team that reached the regional finals last season, were the runaway No. 1 in The Associated Press’ men’s preseason Top 25 on Friday.
    It is the eighth time they have received that honor since the preseason poll started in 1961-62.
    That breaks a tie with Duke, North Carolina’s Tobacco Road rival, and moves them into a tie with UCLA.

  • Football can clinch 2-4A title tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will have a shot at clinching the District 2-4A title tonight.
    Los Alamos will take on the Capital Jaguars at 7 p.m. A win for the Hilltoppers tonight at Jaguar Field will seal the 2-4A title for the 2011 season.
    Heading into tonight’s game, the Hilltoppers (5-4) are among the hottest teams in Class 4A. They have won four straight and five of their last six to put themselves in a position to clinch the district title. The Hilltoppers’ controlling their own destiny heading into their season finale seemed like a long shot a month ago.