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Today's News

  • Employees Honored

    On April 1, the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel recognized employees who have provided service and hospitality to local residents and visitors for five years or more. Denise Smith, general manager, “We were delighted to celebrate their being such an important part of our success. We are very proud to be a landmark Los Alamos business that retains loyal staff.” The employees who were honored were Leo Vargas, 10 years, Peggy Armstrong, five years, Barb McDonald, 16 years, Blanca Chavez, nine years, Oscar Chavez, five years, Diego Torres, five years, Perla Chavez, six years, Florence Lucero, nine years, Florence Riebe, eight years, Lume Lako, seven years, and Alejandro Zamora, five years. Not pictured are Ernesto Aguilar, five years and Felix Ortiz, six years.

  • Business Watch: Free market key to cost effective health care

    Legislation (SB 208) is now sitting on Gov. Martinez’s desk that would, at least in theory, bring greater transparency to health insurance pricing.
    The long and short of the bill is to set up new requirements if a company wishes to raise rates. Rising health care costs are of course a problem, but nothing in it will contain or reduce health care costs for New Mexicans.
    Nonetheless, the legislation is designed to achieve “mom and apple pie” status. Who could oppose transparency that makes it more difficult to raise rates? In fact, we at the Rio Grande Foundation have been at the forefront in promoting government transparency in recent years.

  • Be There 04-06-11

    Today
    The April Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada, Pajarito Cliffs Site.  Call 412-9371 for information.

    The Sierra Club will host an open meeting at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of Mesa Public Library. The winners of the Sierra Club’s Environmental Award will present their posters.
    Thursday
     The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series.
    Friday

  • Community announcements 04-06-11

    March on Hunger
    Aspen, Chamisa and Mountain Elementaries, along with Los Alamos Middle School, are collecting non-perishable items for people and collars and leashes for pets as a community project and a student service project combine their efforts. To learn more about making donations call 661-4846. Donations are accepted at school locations through Friday. The Los Alamos Monitor, KRSN, AM 1490 and the Betty Ehart Senior Center continue the March on Hunger through the end of the month.
    A Day in the Life of a Teen

  • Thank you 04-06-11

    Thanks for a
    successful event

    On Feb. 27, over 300 performers and listeners volunteered to raise $1,475 for the first annual Music Marathon to help support UNM-Los Alamos.
    Thanks to Bonnie Gordon for publicity, treats and staying 10 hours; Steve Ciddio and David Eliot for moving furniture all day;  Diane Vaughan for using her expertise and money for programs, teachers who prepared pupils for the Student Musicale: Charlene Cox-Clifton, Lynn Lamb, Donald Machen, Frances Naffziger (and always bringing punch), Kay Newnam, Ellen Scudder, Janna Warren; LANB for program aid, Robin Gurule for green chile chicken stew, homemade bread and playing.

  • LWV annual meeting

    The annual meeting of the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will be on Saturday at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road.  
    The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and conversation, followed by a business meeting and potluck lunch.
    At 12:30 p.m. Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities Manager John Arrowsmith will talk about the county’s Smart Grid and Smart House projects.  
    The Smart Grid includes a 2 megawatt photovoltaic solar array on the old landfill; a large-scale battery storage system and a demonstration home built with the latest construction techniques, smart meters, and smart appliances for optimized power consumption.  

  • Be absorbed by 'No Direction Home'

    A great documentary, like any film, needs to erase the furniture you’re sitting on, the floor, the walls, the temperature of the room, hunger, stress, responsibilities, ego — the complete tangible and intangible context that exists off-screen.
    Martin Scorses’s “No Direction Home,” is an incredible eraser. But when I initially sat down to review the two-part, 208-minute documentary that spans the early evolution of Bob Dylan’s career, I had my doubts.
    I love much of Dylan’s music, from his self-titled debut with its witty folk standards to his more stream-of-consciousness lyrics of the mid-1960s and 1970s. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” is on my running play list in my iPod.  

  • Relay for Life kickoff Saturday

    Anyone who has been affected by cancer knows what a rough road recovery can be. Whether they are survivors, or have lost someone to the disease, coping with cancer is never easy.
    Various fundraisers are held in an effort to raise money for cancer research and services for cancer patients. The American Cancer Society’s Los Alamos Relay for Life is one of those events.
    The kick off for Relay for Life will be from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Los Alamos Co-op Market, 95 Camino Entrada, next to the Holiday Inn Express. The organization is currently trying to get teams together for the Relay, a 16-hour event on Aug. 5 and 6 at Ashley Pond. Team captains are also being sought. The captains are responsible for helping their team organize fundraising efforts.

  • Del Norte Credit Union to get makeover

    Del Norte Credit Union’s Los Alamos branch located at 1000 Trinity Drive is getting a makeover. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Friday.
    The groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of the remodel project which is expected to be completed by the Fall of 2011. DNCU Chairman of the Board, Clyde Leyba, DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti, Branch Manager, Nickole Aguilar Garcia, and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will be on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony.

  • Update 04-06-11

    League of voters
    The League of Women Voters will hold its annual meeting at 10 a.m., April 9 at the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2390 North Street.

    Library film
    The Mesa Public Library presents “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan” at 6:30 p.m. as part of the free film series.

    County Council
    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. April 12 at the Chambers in the Community Building.

    Chamber coffee
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will sponsor an April 7 Chamber Coffee at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel, starting at 9 a.m.