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Today's News

  • LA pianists win in Sonata Contest

    After many hours of practicing, nine young, aspiring Los Alamos pianists were prize winners in the annual Santa Fe Sonata Contest Feb. 4 in Santa Fe.
    Students competed among a total of 40 contestants for their trophy awards. Overall, the contest has 10 levels of required compositions, with each student within a level performing the same work. A panel of three judges from Las Cruces, Albuquerque and San Francisco were the adjudicators. Along with others from Los Alamos, contestants from Santa Fe, Las Vegas, El Rancho and Taos also participated.

  • Register now for diabetes program

    The Family YMCA is taking registration for its free Diabetes Education and Prevention program.
    Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your risk.
     Marta Gentry-Munger, MPH, RD, will teach the class. Gentry-Munger is a registered dietitian with extensive experience in wellness, nutrition education and disease prevention.

  • Clarification 03-22-12

    Due to a source error, it was incorrectly stated in “Valles Caldera Preserve needs its amigos,” (March 15), that Los Amigos de Valles Caldera partners with the Valles Caldera Coalition for restoration of  bog, wetlands and floodplain wet meadow habitat. The Valles Caldera Coalition has not existed since 2006. Caldera Action replaced it in 2007.

  • Bandelier announces photo contest

    Superintendent Jason Lott invites photographers and artists to enter the 2013 Bandelier Annual Pass Photo and Art Contest.
    Digital images may be submitted today through April 4. “If Bandelier has inspired your creative side, here’s your chance to  show off your photography or artwork on the 2013 Annual Pass. The winner and two runners-up will receive free entry to all the National Parks for one year,” Lott said.
    The winner will also receive a personal family tour of the park and copy of the award-winning film “Sky Island,” narrated by Meryl Streep and N. Scott Momaday. Runners-up will also receive a copy of the film.

  • Update 03-22-12

    Fundraisers

    The fifth and sixth graders at Barranca Elementary will hold a fundraiser garage sale for Briana Engleman from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Pueblo Complex Gym. Also on Saturday, the Los Alamos High School Key Club and National Honor Society are co-hosting a pasta dinner to benefit Engleman from 5-8 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

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  • Charter amendments spark debate

    A handful of proposed amendments to the county charter stirred four hours of debate by council members and citizens alike. Amendments on Initiative, Referendum, Recall and procedures for amending the charter sections will now vie for limited space on the November election ballot.
    Council approved the Charter Review Committee’s recommendation that Article 702, governing recall elections, be amended to comply with the New Mexico State Constitution.  
    The constitution states that elected county officials can only be recalled for malfeasance, misfeasance or violation of oath of office.

  • Los Alamos conference reaches out to girls

    “Pulling out DNA from your own cheek cells!,” “Ooey, Gooey, Polymers” and “Minerals in Makeup” were just some of the hands-on classes to choose from during the 33rd annual  Expanding Your Horizons conference in Los Alamos.
    Empowering young women to pursue learning in science and math was the goal of the conference and approximately 100 high school girls from all over Northern New Mexico piled into the Crossroads Bible Church to attend.

  • Skiesta likely to cap season at Pajarito, see attached schedule

    It’s one of the biggest events of the ski season at Pajarito Mountain and this year it looks to be the last event of any kind there.
    Skiesta, the big blowout party celebrating the final days of the ski season, is scheduled for Saturday at Pajarito. But with spring quickly setting in and temperatures rising, Pajarito’s 2011-12 season is drawing to a close.
    It was a strange year for Pajarito. Despite good snowfall this winter — considerably more than many long-range forecasts were predicting — and coming off the heels of a rough 2010-11 season, the type of crowds the ski area was hoping to see seemed never to arrive.

  • Hall declares his candidacy

    Rep. Jim Hall, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties, formally announced his candidacy for the District 43 State House seat near Ashley Pond Wednesday. Hall, who will run opposed in the Republican primary, will face Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard in the general election.

  • Wismer ready to move on

    Councilor Mike Wismer has always been a busy man and has accomplished a lot in his life.

    But it’s also no secret that Wismer has slowly but surely been trying to lead a more “normal” life.

    He recently changed jobs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and  got married.

    In October, Wismer said he was stepping down from the North Central Regional Transit District Board.

    And late last week, he announced he was not seeking reelection to the county council.

    In an email, Wismer was asked to comment about his decision to not seek reelection. Apparently,  he has not lost his sense of humor.