Today's News

  • Talking retiree health care

    The news from the New Mexico Retiree Health Care Authority is that things could be worse, but they are not exactly great.
    If you are one of the 22,000 state and local government and public school retirees covered for health insurance through this program, or a current employee looking to this program for your future, you might want to pay attention.
    RHCA has managed to save itself from several financial and political scrapes and survived to this point. At the moment, the program has projected solvency for the next 15 years.  Sort of.

  • Counting the bottles of beer

     The first week of April brings a welcomed break to students in our school district.  During the nearly two weeks off, they get to spend time thinking those deep thoughts that usually command a young student’s mind.  You know, things like “Uh, what do you want to do today?”
      Thinking about the present can be a daunting task, especially if you make the mistake of thinking about something that actually takes neural energy.  Why not spend that time doing something more comfortable, less complicated, more productive.  For example, how about counting to fifty thousand?

  • Church Listings 03-30-12

    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.

  • TOTH to host annual community Easter dinner and worship service

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will hold its annual, free community Easter dinner and contemporary worship service at 5:07 p.m. April 8. Enjoy some food and fellowship.

  • Sacrifice isn't what you might think

    Why is “sacrifice” such a common theme in the church? — R.H.

    You astutely point out the importance of sacrifice in our life in Christ. Frequently, when moderns hear the word “sacrifice,” the mind conjures images of blood, guts and inconvenience.
    These outward things have nothing to do with sacrifice. Contrarily, love, truth and mercy are the things that make sacrifice worthy. In truth, “sacrifice” is a synonym for love and is thus necessary for all Christians.

  • Court upholds state law in ‘tax lightning’ dispute 

    SANTA FE (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has upheld the constitutionality of a law capping residential property tax valuation increases until a home changes ownership.
    Had the court tossed out the law, it was possible that longtime New Mexico homeowners could have faced significant tax increases if their homes were reassessed and property values rose.

  • Mega Millions jackpot hits $640M

    The Mega Millions jackpot is now the largest in U.S. lottery history.
    Lottery officials say the jackpot reached $640 million Friday morning and likely will grow even bigger before tonight’s drawing. It has rolled 18 times since Marcia Adams of College Park, Ga. won $72 million in the Jan. 24 drawing.
    A winner could get $19.2 million a year for 26 years or a single payment worth $359 million. The next drawing is at 9 p.m.
    Previously, the largest jackpot was $390 million, won by two players in Georgia and New Jersey in March 2007.
    The Mega Millions lottery is available in New Mexico and tickets can be purchased in Los Alamos and White Rock.

  • State tops in solar energy

    New research from the leading solar industry trade association indicates New Mexico sits atop national lists in two categories for installed megawatts of solar energy in 2011 and has moved up considerably in other areas.
    The Solar Energy Industries Association’s most recent Solar Market Insight Report, which presents an annual perspective on the country’s solar energy production, shows that New Mexico reached 166.9 megawatts of cumulative installed solar electric generation. This is equal to 77.3 watts of installed solar power per state resident last year.  
    At 77.3 watts per capita, New Mexico is first in the U.S. in the amount of solar per person. The state also ranked first for 2011 per capita additions of solar generation.

  • Update 03-30-12


     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Small businesses selected for environmental work

    Los Alamos National Laboratory has awarded a master task order agreement for up to $250 million to three small businesses with offices in Northern New Mexico.
    The agreement is for services related to the transportation and disposal of hazardous and radioactive waste.
    The companies include ARS Cavanagh Environmental Services, LLC; Portage, Inc. and Navarro Research and Engineering, Inc.
    “Safely handling and transporting waste containers is an important part of our environmental cleanup efforts at Los Alamos,” said Pete Maggiore, assistant manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office Environmental Projects Office.