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Today's News

  • Library offers first-class ticket to tour the world

    Los Alamos County Library System has acquired AtoZ World Travel, a comprehensive, informative e-content travel database offering free and exclusive tourist and culture information on more than 150 of the top travel destinations in North America and around the globe.
    Created by an international team of experienced and talented travel journalists and editors, AtoZ World Travel features more than two million words of city-specific content, as well as thousands of images.
    Whether traipsing around Panama City or Paris, Ankara or Antwerp, or anywhere in between, AtoZ World Travel’s intrepid writer-adventurers bring their points of view and expertise to candid glimpses of the globe and its people through extensive, colorful reporting.

  • A New Mexico emu roundup

    Sid Hausman, author of “One Bullfrog” and “Cactus Critter Bash,” will sign “Emus and Owlhoots,” his new book filled with the music of the Old West, at Otowi Station Bookstore from 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 29. This event for all ages will also feature songs from the book.
    “Emus and Owlhoots” features Handlebar Slim and his sidekick Washtub as radio cowboys, who bring those “thrilling days of yesteryear” to life again.
    The book is a wacky, whimsical tale that revives the memory of a time when good guys chased the bad guys across the prairies of kids’ imaginations, and of course the good guys always came out on top.

  • 'The Last Savage' is a beast of a comedy

    Spectacular sets, spectacular costumes, spectacular singing! “The Last Savage” at the Santa Fe Opera has truly been my favorite production this season. “The Last Savage” is sung in English, which struck me as unusual for opera, and refreshingly resembles a broadway musical. Best of all, “The Last Savage” is a comedy, full of hilarious moments that result in numerous belly laughs.

  • Missoula Children’s Theatre presents: The Princess and the Pea

    Once again, Missoula Children’s Theatre has come to Los Alamos to work with 58 youth to bring Los Alamos “The Princess and the Pea.”
    Envision a kingdom of snow where the residents are winter wind workers, blizzard bringers, icicle sharpeners and snow smoothers, ruled by the Storm King and the Snow Queen. Add to that a prince looking for a proper princess to share the throne. Now imagine the princess and her friend the pea, living in a kingdom of green rolling hills and running rivers with her subjects, the flower gardeners, river runners, green shoot growers and tree barkers. Her parents, King Size and Queen Size, do all they can to keep things running smoothly.  

  • Show more respect

    Natural gas doesn’t get enough respect.
    Two reports – one on last winter’s outage and another on the future of natural gas – make that clear.
    This month independent investigator Michael Johnson verified that February’s natural gas outage, which left 28,707 customers without heat during an arctic blast, unfolded the way New Mexico Gas Company said it did.  Fancy that.
    The company said at the time that freeze-outs in the Permian and San Juan natural gas basins, combined with rolling blackouts in Texas, kept producers and processing plants from delivering gas into pipelines and allowed pressure in the system to fall.

  • State leads in public payroll: Huge pension increase looms

    To fully fund New Mexico’s public sector pension obligations, both state and local, within 30 years will require an immediate tax increase of $1,756 per household per year.
    That puts us ninth nationally in what might be called the ranking of how well states have ignored their pension obligations. That statement is a little overly nasty.
    The Legislative Finance Committee and others have a fair record of raising the issue over the past few years. But the accomplishment is little.
    Five states will have to cough up more than $2,000 per household per year. They are, in order, New Jersey, the champ at $2,475; New York; Oregon; Wyoming; and Ohio.

  • Community announcements 07-28-11

    Drivers needed
    Los Alamos Lions Club provides important services to the community. One activity is the HELP program, which started 30 years ago. The program provides free transportation for medical treatment and appointments outside the county.  Patients are transported to Española, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  If you would like to be a volunteer driver call Barbara Croley at 672-3618 or Lee Sullivan at 661-8037.

    Photos sought
    Blue Star Mothers is seeking photos of area military men and women serving in the armed forces.  Photos will be displayed on the organization’s  “Wall of Heroes.” Call call Marilyn at  927-4341  or Lena at 927-2687 for more information.

  • Series moves to business park this week

    Slide guitarist and award winning banjo virtuoso Tony Furtado will play his blend of Americana, blues, jazz, folk and rock as part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert Series. The concert is slated for 7 p.m. at Entrada Business Park.
    In the sixth grade, Furtado built his first banjo. By 19, he had won a pair of National Bluegrass Banjo Championships and soon played the top bluegrass festivals in the world, including Telluride, Lyons and MerleFest.
    He’s played with Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Allison Krauss and Laurie Lewis, but he said he could never be happy staying in one place musically.
    Furtado grew up in the 70s and 80s. He loved Celtic music, Tom Petty, MTV, as well as his father’s Who and Creedence Clearwater Revival records.

  • Be There 07-28-11

    Today
    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents “Rango” at
    7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Authors Speak Series presents “Novel Destinations,” a talk and slideshow by Robert Gibson, John Arrowsmith and Chris Ortega, on their trip to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti, at 7 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library’s upstairs rotunda.

  • Hazmat Challenge is coming to LANL Aug. 2-5

    Twelve hazardous materials response teams from Missouri, New Mexico, and Oklahoma will test their skills at the 15th annual Hazmat Challenge Aug. 2-5 sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory. The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to network and learn new techniques under realistic conditions in a safe environment.
    Held at the Laboratory’s Technical Area 49, the event challenges participants to respond to simulated hazardous materials emergencies involving a rail car, a clandestine laboratory, transportation and industrial piping scenarios, simulated chemical releases, and a confined space incident, said Chris Rittner of the Laboratory’s Emergency Operations Division.