Today's News

  • 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.

  • Construction Zone 08-07-11

    Public Works Projects:
    For more information about the projects listed below, please e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us or call  662-8150.

    Diamond Drive Phase 4
    Traffic control will remain as is with two northbound and two southbound lanes, with work occurring in the center of Diamond. Traffic will be split around the work area. During non-peak hours, there will be occasional left lane closures throughout the work zone.
    The next hurdle will be the tie-in of the project between West Road and Los Alamos Canyon Bridge. This work is expected to occur on the weekends of Aug 13 and Aug 20 when traffic volumes are reduced. The traffic control will include dropping traffic to one lane in each direction on the bridge to approximately West Road.

  • Update 08-07-11

    Public meeting

    LANL will hold a public meeting to discuss the Hazardous Waste Facility Permit Modification at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Parish picnic

     Immaculate Heart of Mary will hold their annual parish picnic at 1 p.m. today on the parish grounds, 3700 Canyon Road.


    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory board will sponsor a free presentation by author Consuelo Kickbusch, from 6-9 p.m. Monday at the Duane Smith Auditorium. 

    School board

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at the Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Session canceled

  • Daughter Talks of Horrors of War

    Mitzi Kraft was one of five protesters arrested for criminal trespassing at Los Alamos National Laboratory on Father’s Day. She spent time in the Los Alamos County Detention Center and is scheduled to be arraigned in Magistrate Court Aug. 16.

    The 67-year-old Albuquerque woman discussed her motivation for speaking out against the laboratory. She explained that she was damaged by a war she experienced only second-hand.