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Today's News

  • On affordable housing

    Several of the candidates at the council Q&A session talked about the need for affordable housing in Los Alamos, evincing what to me is a basic ignorance of economics.

    The cost of housing is based on the cost of its economic inputs; that is, land, labor, materials and capital. The price of housing is established in an auction market between a willing buyer and a willing seller.

    As the run-up and collapse of the recent housing bubble illustrate, the two are only loosely linked.

  • Investment is essential

    In the last month, we have seen dramatic steps toward the emergence of a national consensus on our nation’s nuclear security strategy and the investments needed to support it. That is good for our nation and for New Mexico.

    In April, the Obama Administration released its Nuclear Posture Review. In addition to outlining the investments required to maintain the safety, security and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile without testing, it elevates efforts to combat nuclear terrorism and prevent proliferation to the top of our security agenda.  

  • Lessons learned on the Llano Estacado

    If you live in the mountains or a river valley, you’re probably a scenery snob. Admit it. You speed across the High Plains until you reach a place with more varied topography.

    Next time, slow down and take a better look. Once you marvel at the vast, level distances, you’re inclined to look up, and the great bowl of sky out here never disappoints, with its cloudscapes and palette of pastels. Ranchers here say they like to see the weather coming.

  • LAHS students earn the honor to have their artwork hung in the White House

    Los Alamos High School students Shelby Anderson, Lizzie Wasilewska, Miles Carlsten and Michelle Dinkel participated in the National Congressional Student Art Competition held Saturday at Warehouse 21 in Santa Fe.

    Dinkel won the competition for the 3rd New Mexico Congressional District with her hand-colored linocut titled, “Flower Child.”

    Additionally, Carlsten’s digital still life was awarded second place.

  • Read about the Cerro Grande Fire from the people who lived it

    Local author Terry Foxx will sign “Touched by Fire,” her most recent compilation of community stories about the Cerro Grande Fire, and her illustrated children’s book, “The Forest and the Fire,” from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore.

    This book records the experience, journals and poetry of nearly 50 people 10 years after the fire. “Touched by Fire” is the outgrowth of a compilation in 2000 called “Lest We Forget.”

  • News alert: Beware of driver's license scam

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  • Reuniting with an old friend

    The atmosphere surrounding the Romero cabin May 1 felt more akin to a family reunion than a ribbon cutting for the newly renovated Homestead cabin. It was like the community was welcoming back an old friend or a long-lost family member.

    In a way it was a family reunion. Ray and Severo Gonzales, the grandsons of Victor Romero – the original owner of the cabin – reminisced about their time growing up on the Pajarito Plateau and helped snipped the ribbon to officially usher the cabin into the 21st Century.

  • More wicked winds set to blow through later today

    The National Weather Service has issued the following advisory for Tuesday:

    WIND ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING...

    THE WIND ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM MDT THIS EVENING.

    * LOCATION... THIS INCLUDES CENTRAL AND MUCH OF EASTERN NEW MEXICO.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS FROM 50 TO 55 MPH.

  • 05-11-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Girls spraying graffiti on Aspen Elementary School, boys charged with possession of marijuana and a 12-year-old victim of harassing telephone calls top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Ice cream social

      The Los Alamos Historical Society will hold its annual meeting and ice cream social at 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    LAPS Board meeting

      The Los Alamos Public School Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today in the LAPS boardroom.

    Meet the chief

  • Board realizes investment boost

    ALBUQUERQUE – Investments by the New Mexico Education Retirement Board realized an impressive 40.4 percent return for the 12 months ended March 31, netting $2.34 billion for the fund that pays retirement benefits for retired teachers and education employees.

    The fund grew from $6.21 billion on March 31, 2009 to $8.55 billion on March 31, 2010, and ranked in the ninth percentile of the Public Funds over $1 billion universe, according to NEPC, the Fund’s advisor.