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Today's News

  • Births 08-07-11

    July 26: A girl, Hailey Lopez, born to Jennifer Medina and Brian Lopez
    July 26: A boy, Gabriel Cruz Baca, born to Sheryl and Abraham Baca
    July 27: A boy, Dimetrius Rayen Marcus, born to Stephanie Vigil and Byron Marcus
    July 28: A girl, Alexis Paige Fredlund, born to Angela and Zak Fredlund
    July 28: A girl, Kennedi Jayde Rodela-Olson, born to Maria Elena Rodela and Kenneth James Olson

  • NovaNET helps students succeed

    The transition from middle school to high school can be challenging for many students. They encounter more freedom, older classmates and harder courses. As a result, some students have trouble keeping up academically and drop out and/or fail to graduate with their peers. The Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board have combined to provide these students with a second chance.
    JJAB has funded subscriptions to NovaNET, courseware and instructional content delivered on a state-of-the-art web platform that uses a standard web browser.
    In January, LAPS asked Lorraine Whalen to go to the high school as a half-time learning coach to proctor seniors at risk of not graduating on time in their use of NovaNET.

  • Submit entries for the FOS calendar

    Has a pet made a difference in your life? Do you have a heartwarming story about your pet you would love to share? Well get those cameras ready, polish those smiles, and say cheese!
    Friends of the Shelter is accepting photo entries for the 2012 Shelter Alumni Calendar through Sept. 8.  They need your help because without your photos and stories, there can be no FOS calendar.
    Pet owners who have adopted a shelter animal or an abandoned or homeless animal are invited to send a photo and a brief story about their pet.
    Owners do not have to live in Los Alamos nor have adopted or rescued the animal from Los Alamos to enter.

  • Sneaky woodpecker takes a sip

    A Hairy Woodpecker sneaks a sip from a hummingbird feeder in Ponderosa Estates.

  • Kickbusch stresses the importance of education

    On Monday night, the Los Alamos Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board invites the community for a free presentation with author and motivational speaker, Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch, at the Duane Smith Auditorium at 6 p.m.
    Kickbusch, the author of “Journey to the Future: A Roadmap for Success for Youth,” will combine personal stories with tools to help parents and community members assist in the goals of raising fine youth.

  • Muscling In

    he 2011 Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition was held Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The contest included 25 competitors in 10 different experience and age divisions  this year.

     

  • Sports Update 08-07-11

    Boys soccer tryouts start Monday

    Tryouts for the Los Alamos High School boys soccer program will start Monday and continue through Aug. 12.
    Tryouts for the 2011 boys soccer season will start at 8 a.m. each day.
    All physical examinations and paperwork must be completed and turned in before athletes are allowed to participate. Forms are available at the school’s athletics website, www.laschools.net/athletics/site/default.asp.
    Tryouts will run from 8-9:30 a.m. at North Mesa Field and 4-6:30 p.m. at Overlook Park. Participants will need running shoes, cleats, shin guards (afternoon session only) and water.

    Cross country workouts starting

  • Firecracker still has some bang left

    Local runner Viki Saga was the last person to sign up for Saturday’s 5K race, but she was the first woman to finish.
    Saga outdistanced Adrienne Larson in the women’s race of Saturday’s Firecracker 5K, finishing the race in 19 minutes, 8 seconds to win.
    The Firecracker 5K, which is sponsored by the Family YMCA of Los Alamos, attracted 154 runners this year. The race, which has become something of an Independence Day tradition in Los Alamos, was postponed this year due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June.
    That postponement actually worked out well for Albuquerque’s Ryan Fenton, who was the top overall finisher Saturday. Fenton turned in a blazing time of 15 minutes, 14.44 seconds, cruising to the win.

  • Governor keeping state government lean

    Gov. Susana Martinez has pleased almost everyone with her trimming of political appointees in state government. The only people not happy are a few politicos who hoped for jobs.
    The target number for Martinez originally was to cut appointees from over 500, which former Gov. Bill Richardson had during most of his administration, to the 320 former Gov. Gary Johnson had before he left office.
    But focus by Republicans on Richardson’s appointees, beginning over a year ago, caused Richardson to start cutting his appointees back so it wouldn’t be a campaign issue and wouldn’t tarnish his legacy.

  • Understanding fire dynamics

    There is a personal irony associated with the Las Conchas and Cerro Grande fires.
    Meanwhile, the jury is out on forest recovery and what the future holds for unburned parts of our beloved Jemez Mountains, especially if prolonged drought, a return to drier norms or, as many fear, global warming, continue the wildfire legacy begun with the 1996 Dome Fire.
    Las Conchas also begs the question of when mountain homeowners will “get it,” that they must realize that that proliferation of often sick, stunted trees snuggled near their homes is dangerous — and unnatural.  
    Too, there is the dangerous trend in many subdivisions of narrow, winding roads bordered by heavy timber.