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Today's News

  • Police: Dutchman confesses to killing Lima woman

    LIMA, Peru (AP) — Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, long the prime suspect in the 2005 disappearance of a U.S. teen in Aruba, has confessed to killing a young Peruvian woman in his Lima hotel room, a police spokesman said.

    Peru's chief police spokesman, Col. Abel Gamarra, told The Associated Press that Van der Sloot admitted under questioning Monday that he killed 21-year-old Stephany Flores on May 30.

  • Learning about government by acting as a government

    Among the participants in this year’s American Legion’s New Mexico Boys State, Daniel Roybal represented Los Alamos.

    Boys State officially kicked off May 30 and concluded Friday at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

    It is the 63rd annual New Mexico Boys State session.

    The delegates consisted of high school upcoming seniors who prepared for a week of establishing their own state government, reflecting on real democracy in action and learning the importance of civic engagement.

  • Giving back

    Maureen Mahoney-Barraclough, director of Aid For Africa, gave a presentation about her experiences with families and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Uganda to Los Alamos High School teacher Allen Andraski’s history and human geography classes. The students raised funds to donate to Aid For Africa to help support those children.  In response to their efforts, Los Alamos National Bank provided an additional contribution to Aid For Africa. One hundred percent of the donated funds go directly to the children’s schools and orphan centers in Uganda.

  • 06-08-10 Update

    Police Beat

      Charges of a man making brass knuckle threats, vandals flooding a building and two brothers driving separate vehicles and both charged with DWI top this week’s Police Beat. Read the full report on Page 2.

    Lin’s senior recital

       Los Alamos Arts Council presents Kathy Lin’s senior recital at 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge.

    “The Muppet Movie”

  • Rio Grande silvery minnows spawn in Big Bend

    ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says Rio Grande silvery minnows stocked in the Big Bend area of the river in Texas have successfully spawned — a step in establishing the endangered fish outside the middle Rio Grande in New Mexico.

    Biologists identified the river’s Big Bend reach as the most likely spot to support the fish in the species’ historic range.

  • Seeking peace

    A group of Los Alamos residents, in an effort to promote a lasting peace between the people of Afghanistan and the United States, have initiated a project called the Afghan Sister Village Project.

    Members include Bob Fuselier, Dick Honsinger, David Trujillo, Emily McGay and Sam Gardner, Jr. Their goal is to foster understanding between the people of an Afghan village and the people of Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico.

  • Cap propsal may proceed

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for a state regulatory panel to resume consideration of a petition to establish a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in the state.

    The justices vacated a lower court ruling that effectively halted the state Environmental Improvement Board’s process for gathering expert testimony and public comments related to an environmental group’s emissions proposal.

  • Track and field: Weeks places third at Great Southwest Invite

    Emily Weeks was so sure that her long jump finish wouldn’t get her into the finals, let alone the medal round, that she left to go see her new niece.

    An official at the Great Southwest Track and Field Invitational told Weeks, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, that her best jump of the meet was in the 17-foot range. That information, however, was a little lacking.

    Weeks’ official finish at the meet was 19 feet, 4-1/4 inches, good enough for third place even without the benefit of her final jumps.

  • Questions about butterflies

    Stories about butterflies are legion. There are scientific stories like the phenomenal 2,500-mile migration of some Monarch butterflies. The butterfly is often seen as a symbol of the soul (and indeed the Greek word for butterfly is “psyche”).

  • The wages of offshore drilling

    That off-shore calamity that erupted in the Gulf of Mexico 50 miles south of Louisiana has demonstrated anew humankind’s capacity for self-deception.

    Start with all those expressions of shock and dismay emanating from off-shore drilling enthusiasts and their political agents that such a thing could come to pass. Who’d-a thought!?

    My guess is that even such erstwhile boosters as the now-chronically agitated Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal knew deep down all along that not only could such a catastrophe occur but that it inevitably would.