Today's News

  • First Homestead Marker Installed

    Approximately two years ago, M. Isabel Grant Hill approached Gerald Strickfaden, chair of the Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board (FLHDAB), and asked him how she could get a marker at Guaje Pines Cemetery to commemorate the site of her family’s homestead.

    That  sparked the board to launch an initiative to commemorate all the historic homestead sites. The county council approved the Los Alamos Historic Homestead Tour in August, 2010.

    The first marker was installed during a small ceremony Thursday morning at the site where Grant Hill’s father, Ottie Oman Grant, homesteaded.

    “I’m very excited, very honored,” Grant Hill said. “I’m very thankful to the county for doing this.”

  • Accused child rapist released on bond

    Shortly after accused child rapist 21-year-old Stephen Geisik was released from jail Tuesday on a $10,000 signature bond, he was named in dispatch logs later that night for allegedly calling and harassing a 16-year-old Los Alamos female.

    As part of the conditions of his release, he was not supposed to make contact with minors with the exception of his son.

    Los Alamos Police Department’s Capt. Randy Foster said it’s not known if the caller was, in fact, Geisik.

    The District Attorney did not file a continuance in the case so judge Pat Casados released Geisik on a $10,000 signature bond. But if Geisik violated any stipulations of his release, he would be put back in jail and would have to pay that $10,000 back to the court, Casados said.

  • Homestead Commemoration Week


    The Los Alamos County Council has issued a proclamation declaring the Week of May 13-20, 2012 as "Homestead Commemoration Week" in Los Alamos, in celebration of the kickoff for the Los Alamos Homestead Tour.

    WHEREAS:      On May 20, 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Homestead Act; and

    WHEREAS:      Homesteading began on the Pajarito Plateau in the late 1880s; and

  • Church Listings 05-04-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

  • 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.