Today's News

  • OLW welcomes the growing season Sunday

    Our Lady of the Woods a Wiccan coven based in Los Alamos, will celebrate Beltane at 2 p.m. Sunday in front of the Unitarian church in Los Alamos with a ritual, feast and Maypole dance.
    Beltane is one of the most important days in the Wiccan year, marking as it does the beginning of summer, the season of growth, warmth and fertility. This period was very important for ancient cultures, dependent as they were on the success of the growing season for the survival of the community.  

  • Bible Answers: Explaining Melchizedek's role in the Bible

    “So who is this guy Melchizedek and why is he important in the Bible?” — Stacy
    Melchizedek is mentioned only a few times in scripture. In the Hebrew Bible, we find him in Gen. 14:18-20 (with Abram) and in Ps. 110:4, where he is a prototype of the Davidic messiah.
    His origin is cloaked in obscurity. His place in Near Eastern history is equally opaque. What we can say is that his name means “king of righteousness.”
    He is called also the “king of Salem” (Gen. 14:18), leading many scholars to identify Melchizedek with pre-Israelite Jerusalem.

  • What to do about social security

     The big lie of the 2012 campaign is that the nation’s entitlement programs need not be changed. The lie comes from the Democrats and is backed by fear mongering — the claim that Republican desire to fix entitlements — Democrats say “destroy Medicare as we know it” — would be awful rather than necessary.
    The entitlement programs are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
    The PBS NewsHour snagged Nancy Altman, co-director of Social Security Works, a “social justice” organization, for an April 23 appearance. Altman said Social Security is “generally in good shape.” Upon hearing this, I almost rolled off the couch.

  • Tin soldiers and pepper spray

     The month of May brings with it yet another bevy of schedules, bills, places to go, things to see, people to do, and of course some fun holidays.  The first major holiday of the month is Cinco de Mayo.
     Holidays commemorate events, a time to remember, to reflect, to eat enchiladas.
     Cinco de Mayo is often confused as being Mexico’s Independence Day.  Last year (on Friday Sept.16), I mentioned to a student that “tomorrow is Mexico’s Independence Day.”, to which the student replied, “Really?  It’s Cinco de Mayo?”
     You’ve really got to be careful about not eating tainted meat in those enchiladas.

  • LA takes on rival St. Pius X

    Not only will the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team be hosting a game in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs, that game will be a good ol’ fashioned grudge match.
    The Hilltoppers will meet up with an old foe, the St. Pius X Sartans, to open the 4A playoffs. The winner of the opening round single-elimination games will advance to double-elimination play next week in Albuquerque.
    This will be the second time in three seasons the Hilltoppers will face the Sartans in the tournament opener. The Sartans tripped up the Hilltoppers 4-1 in the 2010 tournament in Las Cruces.
    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said that was a game his team had chances to win, but simply couldn’t find the key hits when it needed them.

  • LA's No. 1 doubles team, Townsley take third

    ALBUQUERQUE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams earned two third-place finishes and a fourth-place finish at the 2012 state Class 4A individual championships Thursday.
    Los Alamos’ top doubles team of Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff/Madeline Margevicius held off teammates Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido in the third-place match of the girls doubles draw, while Hilltopper Stephen Townsley dropped Albuquerque Academy’s Alex Dunning in their match to claim third place.
    Hsieh-Ratliff/Margevicius nearly pulled off a stunning comeback against MacKenzie Pavlik/Shayla Baysinger of Farmington in the semifinals after dropping the first set and going down in the second set.

  • US hiring slows sharply with just 115K jobs added

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent last month from 8.2 percent in March. It has fallen a full percentage point since August to a three-year low. But last month's decline was not due to job growth. The government only counts people as unemployed if they are actively looking for work.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for May 4th
  • VIDEO: WWII Veterans Receive France's Highest Honor

    France bestowed its highest honor Thursday upon 23 men who fought World War II's most epic battles and liberated concentration camps, its latest effort to recognize the dwindling number of surviving veterans of their era.

  • VIDEO: Neurologist Describes Football Brain Hazards

    In the wake of the suicide of football player Junior Seau, some have wondered if he suffered from depression. Neurologist Walter Bradley discusses the potential damage football does to the brain.