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Today's News

  • Benda talks about balance in community

    Editor’s note: This is the first of a four-part series.

    The four candidates for the County Administrator’s post faced tough questioning from three different groups Friday: county councilors, senior administration and a community panel.

    The three groups then convened in closed session to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each candidate. No decision was reached, and discussions will continue next week.

  • Bus service begins Monday at Bandelier

    Although much of Bandelier National Monument will have limited access for the foreseeable future due to the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding, park officials are excited to announce that additional sections of the Monument are reopening on Monday, just in time for the influx of visitors from the Balloon Fiesta.

     “We’re excited to get people back into Bandelier enjoying the Monument. It’s been too long. And, we’re even more ecstatic that it’s just in time for Balloon Fiesta when we typically have 40,000 visitors,” said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott.

    One major change for visitors to note upon reopening, Bandelier will be operating as a “car-free park” from Monday, Sept. 26 through Oct. 30.

  • Nebraska man tapped for fire chief position

    Troy Hughes from Grand Island, Neb., stood out among five finalists invited to visit Los Alamos in late August to meet with county officials.

    The in-depth process of interviews, examinations and evaluations eliminated all candidates but Hughes.

    “I’m very excited  —  I think the Los Alamos Fire Department is one of the best in the nation,” said Hughes during an interview from Nebraska Friday. “I’m very honored to have been chosen to follow in the footsteps of two legendary fire chiefs — Doug MacDonald and Doug Tucker.”

    Tucker served on the interview panel that selected Hughes.

  • Cutting to the chase

    Rep. Don Bratton, as usual, cut to the chase.
    “For the first time we have a female governor, who may proceed differently,” said the Hobbs Republican last week in the House Rules Committee. “People may have different expectations than they did 10 years ago. Redistricting is at the forefront, but the Constitution empowers the governor to put other items on the agenda, and they should be treated expediently.”
    Raul Burciaga, director of the Legislative Council Service, was instructing the committee on what the state Constitution has to say about special legislative sessions and, more importantly, on the authority allocated to the governor and to the legislature.

  • ‘Toppers’ spirit gets ignited

  • News for Retirees 09-25-11

    Sept. 25-Oct. 1 2011
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio plus exercise
    9:45 a.m.    Matter of balance class
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chicken and dumplings
    12:30 p.m.    Driver safety program
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing

    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training

  • Animal Shelter 09-25-11

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of on-site adoptable pets; others are in foster care with loving, temporary homes.
    Be sure to click on the Friends of the Shelter website, www.lafos.org. You can volunteer and/or donate, as well as check out links to all our adoptable pals.
    We have a new color-coding system to help you select your perfect new family member. Check it out.
    The shelter has just received a new group of cats and has appointments for their veterinary updates. They are available for viewing and will be adoptable very soon. Come visit Michael, Princess, C-2 and Yoda.

    Cats

  • Friday's Prep Football Scores From Around the State

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Alamogordo 34, Clint Horizon, Texas 17

    Belen 35, Los Alamos 8

    Canadian, Texas 67, Clayton 7

    Capitan 39, Mora 0

    Carlsbad 48, Artesia 21

    Carrizozo 44, Menaul 14

    Cleveland 54, Hobbs 0

    Clovis Christian 80, Hondo 28

    Escalante 36, Crownpoint 20

    Eunice 50, Wink, Texas 35

    Fort Stockton, Texas 43, Lovington 13

    Gallup 14, Bernalillo 13

    Gateway Christian 28, Animas 0

    Goddard 56, Portales 15

    Hot Springs 35, Lordsburg 6

    La Cueva 42, Highland 23

  • D-backs, Brewers and Rangers clinch on same night

    Elvis Andrus took a home run trot at Rangers Ballpark, cheering a ball that landed 1,400 miles away. Prince Fielder enjoyed a victory lap at Miller Park, hugging fans along the way. Kirk Gibson pumped his fist at Chase Field, celebrating while the crowd chanted his name.

    All over baseball, it was one big wrap party.

    The Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers each clinched Friday night — only once before, on Oct. 5, 1985, had three division spots been decided on the same day, STATS LLC said.

    All six divisions already locked up, still five days left in the regular season. Not since 1986, when there were only four divisions, had they all been sealed so early, STATS found.

  • Church listings 09-23-11

    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 www.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!
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian