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Today's News

  • LA finishes its fall slate at Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished third in its final tournament of the fall 2011 season Monday.
    Los Alamos played at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe Monday. Monday’s tournament, however, was actually hosted by the Hobbs Eagles — Hobbs is located in the extreme southeastern part of the state.
    The Hilltoppers shot a 399 overall. Only one Hilltopper was able to break 100, however. Freshman Johnny Osden finished with a 92.
    Los Alamos head coach Mike Lippiatt said his team actually played most of the round better than its 399 would indicate, but there were a few blow-ups on the day that knocked scores up considerably.

  • Autio gets nod to become Bernalillo County Attorney

    Interim Los Alamos County Administrator Randy Autio may be heading back down south soon.

    Bernallilo County Commissioners tapped Autio to become the county attorney in a meeting Tuesday. Autio emerged as the top candidate from among a field of 18 applicants.

    Autio's salary and contract have yet to be negotiated.

    Autio came to Los Alamos in mid-2010 as the new county attorney hired to replace Mary McInerny who retired from the post. By December, Autio found himself elevated to interim county administrator after Anthony Mortillaro's contract with the county was terminated.

  • Poll: Many boomers staying put amid bad economy

    The latest installment in a joint AP-APME project examining the aging of the baby boomers and the impact that this so-called silver tsunami will have on the communities in which they live.

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As baby boomers look ahead to retirement, they'd prefer a home that is affordable, accessible to medical care and close to family. But an Associated Press-LifeGoesStrong.com poll finds that amid a shaky economy, few think it's likely they'll move in retirement.

  • Judge rejects use of redistricting special master

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A state judge on Tuesday rejected a proposal by Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans to use a court-appointed special master to draw new boundaries for congressional, legislative and other elected office districts in New Mexico.

    The first trial on redistricting will start in early December.

    District Judge James Hall said a special master could increase the time and expense of resolving the once-a-decade task of redistricting rather than making it more efficient as the governor and her allies contend.

  • Community Announcements 10-25-11

    Trees needed
    The Betty Ehart Senior Center is in need of artificial Christmas trees in new or excellent condition. If you can donate a tree, call Pauline at 662-8920.

    Nominate a living treasure
    Living Treasures of Los Alamos welcomes nominations of new Treasures for the next ceremony April 15, 2012. Only candidates who are current Los Alamos residents and  have made outstanding contributions to the life, heart and spirit of our community are eligible to become Treasures. A written letter of nomination which Includes as much information as possible about the nominee  should be sent to LTLA, P.O. Box 1065, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or by email to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.

  • Be There 10-25-11

    Today
    The Chamisa Elementary online book fair starts today and runs through Nov. 21. All books ordered online will be delivered free of charge to Chamisa when the book fair is over. There will also be a school book fair at Chamisa from 7:30 a.m.-3:40 p.m. Oct. 28-Nov. 8. The funds raised will go to pay for the Accelerated Reader program, STAR literacy program and books for the library. For more information, call Librarian Beverly Baker at 663-2470 or visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/chamisa.

    Thursday
    The Authors Speak Series presents, E.B. Held: The Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda.

  • Statewide high school math contest kicks off

    The University of New Mexico, Department of Mathematics and Statistics and the PNM Foundation have announced the UNM-PNM Statewide Mathematics Contest for the 2011-2012 school year.
    The goal of the contest is to promote mathematical investigation, enhance problem-solving skills and recognize and honor outstanding mathematics achievement among students in grades 7-12 in the state.
    Approximately 1,500 New Mexico students benefit from this program annually.

  • Don’t ask unless you’re ready to listen

    Engage. Listen. Listen. Repeat.
    This is what one should do when talking to our youth.
    Last week, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board hosted their annual retreat to talk about youth issues.
    As always, they host an event that not only allows adults to talk about youth issues, but involves youth.
    Many groups would like to do this, but it takes some extra effort. It also needs to be planned around everyone’s schedules and of course, food needs to be provided.
    Now let’s go back to what I said at the beginning of this column and see what we can learn. Sometimes as adults, we know these things but tend to forget.

  • Two decades in the making

    For the last 20 years, local resident Fredrica Smith has been championing changes at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center so that it could be a multi-functional facility — better suited to meet the needs of all residents and across all generations — not just those wishing to swim exercise laps or join in competitive swim meets.  
    If you’ve been to the aquatic center, you know that the pool is not well suited for small children.
    Not long after the pool opened, and well before Los Alamos National Security (LANS) began paying gross receipts taxes to Los Alamos County, Fredrica and a group of supporters established a private fund and looked at several options to construct a leisure pool.

  • Some spooky science Friday at Bradbury

    Are you ready for some spooky science? Then climb into your costume and head on over to the Bradbury Science Museum for “High-Tech Halloween!” Back for its 18th year, the creepy-cool event is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.
    A number of ghoulish activities, which are not  part of the museum’s regular programs, are sure to delight big and small.
    Apart from being fun, these activities teach kids important scientific principles and applications, said science educator Gordon McDonough. Among many others, they include:
    • Bicycle-Wheel Gyro: Sit and spin to experience angular momentum and learn how this phenomenon is used to orientsatellites