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Today's News

  • New Mexico wants federal help

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry  has asked the federal government for help with what he called an “urgent issue” affecting the state’s water quality.

    Curry is taking aim at off-road vehicle trails on the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico, saying in a letter addressed to regional officials with the Environmental Protection Agency that fragile soils and riparian ecosystems are being destroyed.

  • Two new principals join the LAPS team

    Jill Gonzales and Pam Miller followed different paths in becoming educators but they converged when they became principals at the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    Gonzales, the new principal at Piñon Elementary School, and Miller, the principal at Barranca Elementary School, received their new positions Thursday.

    Miller followed a straight road to become a teacher.

    Gonzales, however, took a detour before arriving at her decision to teach others.

    Both said they are looking forward to beginning their new responsibilities.

  • LAPD goes under the microscope

    Four law enforcement auditors are set to arrive in town Tuesday on a three-day mission to scrutinize the Los Alamos Police Department.

    The auditors are independent, trained professionals from across the state who will assess the department’s compliance with a set of 217 standards required for accreditation with the State of New Mexico.

    LAPD has been involved in the voluntary process of state accreditation for more than two years and next week will determine how well it has done.

  • Spreading the spirit of God

    One of Rev. Allen Weiser’s greatest joys is to get amongst people and pray with them. Beginning Sunday, he will indulge in his drive to spread the spirit of God by evangelizing to area United Pentecostal Churches.

    On Sunday, Weiser, who is the co-founder of Hope Fellowship in Los Alamos, will preach at 10 a.m. at the Apostolic Lighthouse, a United Pentecostal Church in Española.

    On July 23, Weiser will travel to the Pentecostal Texico district’s family camp and Holy Ghost Crusade in Amarillo, Texas, to be one of the featured speakers.

  • Don’t dis da flag

    The Fourth of July brings lively conversations to the picnic tables each year. How are the kids doing?  

    Did you hear that Doreen got married?

    How is Aaron enjoying college?  

    Burn any flags lately?

    You don’t hear much about flag burning during the rest of the year, but Independence Day seems to always throw fuel on the subject. Every year, people who couldn’t tell you what the Ninth Amendment is if their life depended on it take a fervent stand against those burning the flag.  

  • LAHS graduate to share music

    Dan Nebel, a 2004 graduate of Los Alamos High School, will present a recital of classical brass music from noon-1 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. 

    Nebel, a French hornist, will be joined by local pianist Cindy Little, trumpeter Erin Carrick and violinist Maeve O’Hara in a program that will feature music by Richard Strauss, Eugene Bozza, Georg Telemann and Johannes Brahms.

    The program is free to the public and audience members are encouraged to bring a sack lunch if they wish.

  • UPDATE: Sanchez out of men's ACI title chase; Norman, Griggs and Swertfeger will play for titles Saturday

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  • Readers get artistic

    Winners of the annual Mesa Public Library bookmark contest were recently chosen. The contest was in celebration of Children’s Book Week in May. The winners in categories ranging from kindergarten to high school are:

    • Kindergarten: Christina Diaz, age 6;

    • First grade: Angela Deng, age 6, and Kenneth Inbody, age 7;

    • Second grade: Patsy Hensley, age 8;

    • Third grade: Alex Delano, age 9;

    • Fourth grade: Lauren Harris, age 10;

    • Fifth grade: Margaret Doebl, age 11;

  • Dramatic experience leaves singer thankful for life

    Peter Case was part of two rock and roll bands, helped push off the punk rock movement and has been nominated for Grammys. When he went in for an emergency open heart surgery last year, it left him feeling appreciative to be alive and singing.

    He said, "I'm glad to be alive. I've been given another shot; I appreciate it. I have another opportunity to live. It makes it that much sweeter."

    Case will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Hill. To read more about the concert, see tomorrow's newspaper.

  • NM candidates to disclose campaign fundraising

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates for governor and other state elective offices face a deadline for reporting their fundraising since New Mexico's primary election.

    The campaign finance reports must be filed Thursday.

    The disclosures will provide the first look at how much Democratic and Republican candidates for governor have collected for their general election race during the past month.

    Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish and Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in Las Cruces, are running to become New Mexico's first female governor.