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Today's News

  • Update 05-04-11

    Public meeting
    The Community Park Playground Public Meeting will be at 6 tonight at the northeast corner of the park at Peach and Nectar.

    Clean up Los Alamos
    Clean up Los Alamos Day will be Saturday. A volunteer appreciation picnic will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Advisory Board meeting
    Fuller Lodge/Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet from 5-6:30 p.m. today in the Curtis Room at Fuller Lodge.

    Hadassah
    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., Sunday at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • House leaders seek political points in Yucca Mountain fight

    LAS VEGAS — Yucca Mountain is a wild expanse of desert brush and red mountains 100 miles outside of Las Vegas where deer, coyote and antelope roam isolated fields and human visitors must pass background checks before they are allowed past heavily guarded fences.
    Republicans claim this stark landscape is the nation’s best hope for a national nuclear waste dump.
    But with Democrats running the White House and Senate, the Yucca Mountain nuclear site has been shuttered with no chance of reopening.
    Critics claim the project is dangerous. The half-built nuclear junkyard would require nuclear plants to ship their waste to rural Nevada along the nation’s vulnerable roadways and railways.

  • NCRTD board expected to approve funding allocation option Friday

    The North Central Regional Transit District will meet Friday at Buffalo Thunder Resort and it is expected to pass one of two funding allocation options and come up with a long-term financial plan.

    Three weeks ago, the finance subcommittee recommended to the board that it would consider either a funding option put together by consultant Tony Mortillaro or one that was presented by Los Alamos representative Mike Wismer.

    Mortillaro’s submission was an option in which the board would keep the status quo. That means the NCRTD gets $2,295,173, Los Alamos would get $1,660,000, Santa Fe would get $952,775 and the Rail Runner would get $1,774,344,

  • Businesses sought for curb appeal grants

    Los Alamos MainStreet is looking for Los Alamos businesses in the downtown MainStreet District to apply for curb appeal grants.

    These are matching grant funds designed to assist business owners interested in sprucing up their store fronts with new signage, landscaping and other enhancements.

    The grants are worth up to $500 and available by application.

    “We will be contacting many of the eligible businesses in the near future,” said Administrator Bryan Farmer of the Curb Appeal Grant program. “We want this coming year to be the best so far.”

  • Council picks muni option

    In a close 4-3 vote, the county council approved a final design option for the new Los Alamos municipal building at Tuesday’s meeting.

    The council chose design option F. As a result, the remaining apartment building on the site will be demolished and county staff will work with the apartment’s residents to find alternative housing.

    Also, council approved finalizing the parking design for proposed future development after a commercial partner is identified for the western end of the site or 12 months elapses, whichever comes first.

  • WH won't release bin Laden death photo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has decided not to release death photos of terrorist Osama bin Laden, he said in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," amid concerns that the gruesome image could prove inflammatory.

    Obama's decision was reported on the CBS News Web site Wednesday after the president sat for an interview with the news magazine program.

    Releasing graphic images of bin Laden's corpse after his shooting in a U.S. raid on his compound could have dispelled doubts that bin Laden is indeed dead. The worry, though, was that it would feed anti-U.S. sentiment.

  • Kudos and pleas(e)

    The parks and recreation department deserves kudos for two wonderful additions to our community.  
    The miniature golf course is a delight both visually and for those playing the free facility.  
    Further down the road leaving Los Alamos is a stunning trail along the south rim that is accessible to one and all with its wide paved path, bridge overlook and benches to stop for a rest along the way.  
    If you have not tried it yet, it is great for jogging, walking your dog, biking, strolling or rolling a wheel chair.  The parking lot is right across the road from the new food co-op, another long awaited addition offering market options for our residents.  

  • Don't rely on others for your retirement

    Recent debates about Social Security and the increasing number of employers reducing or eliminating employee pensions have underscored the need for a sound retirement plan. Gone are the days when employees were guaranteed a percentage of their salaries once they leave a company.
    While Social Security may or may not change, it was never intended to be the sole source of retirement income. Retirement planning is something everyone needs regardless of their existing situations. If the current financial debates tell us anything it’s this: the only funding you can count on is that which you do yourself. Some of the options you have are individual retirement accounts (IRAs) or an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k).

  • Why the basics cost so much

    Why does it cost so much money to pay for the basics of a normal life, let alone a middle class lifestyle?
    The answer involves deadly dull numbers, a tiptoe through the tulips of political rationalization, and a date with inexorable financial destiny.
    Our tiptoe begins with the fact that today’s dollar does not buy what a dollar used to buy. This loss of buying power is called “inflation.”
    Inflation means that money stored in a bank, a CD or a treasury note loses buying power every day it does not earn enough interest to offset the loss due to inflation.
    Different things have different inflation rates. The price of beets goes up slower than the price of gold.

  • Golf: Topper girls win 2-4A title at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team may have gotten the boost it was looking for at Tuesday’s District 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos’ girls won the district title at the 2-4A tournament at Los Alamos Golf Course. Los Alamos finished with 374 shots Tuesday to earn the district title.
    The Hilltopper boys weren’t as fortunate, however. They finished second behind the Bernalillo Spartans and missed the cut for the state Class 4A tournament.
    The Spartans, who clinched their third consecutive district title, shot a strong 324 at LAGC Tuesday, outpacing the Hilltoppers by 24 shots.