Today's News

  • Poetry Corner 05-08-11

    The Artist:
    A Form Poem

    I created her from nothing:
    A heap of empty leaves.
    I planned her night and morning;
    Of notes, I wrote out sheaves.

    An outline on the anvil:
    That rough, imperfect start.
    I planned her night and day, until
    She nearly broke my heart.

    At last I planned her just so;
    Every detail written right.
    I heated the ore ‘til it gave a glow;
    Beginning was in sight.

    I pulled the lump of shining ore;  
    The pen unleashed my mind.
    Useless slag pooled on the floor;
    Bad ideas left behind.

    I took a hammer in my hand;
    Pen in my firm grasp.

  • Mastering the art of closet feng shui

    Last weekend, I jumped into some spring cleaning action and cleaned out my closet. Mind you, with a closet as full as mine, it took about two hours, which is a new record for me. I mainly cleaned up my closet, but cleaning it out is something completely different and much more tedious.
    When cleaning out your closet, you should be meticulous. Start off with getting two plastic trash bags, two relatively large totes and a large duffel bag. You must look at every single item in your closet and try it on if you are not sure about it, before you decide what stays and what goes.
    If the article of clothing has reached the end of its lifetime and cannot be saved, put it in the first trash bag to be thrown away.

  • Helping the community naturally

    Many people have heard of the Los Alamos High School Natural helpers, yet few know the role that they play among the student body and in the community.
    The Natural Helpers of Los Alamos High School are students whom others “naturally” trust for advice on personal matters.
    They are chosen at the beginning of each year through a survey allowing students to write down the peers that they confide in most. If a student receives at least five recommendations, they are invited to join NH.
    The group then goes on a retreat to learn more about helping others. This year’s LAHS Natural Helpers’ retreat was in late November.

  • What’s old seems new again

    Without actually debating the issue head on, the concept of federalism is back as a central focus of American political debates.
    Federalism, at least as conceived by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution, meant that the central government in Washington had a few, strictly-limited powers, but that an overwhelming majority of what was to be done was to be left to the states and people.
    The belief that Washington’s powers were few and limited was so important to the Founders that two separate amendments essentially re-stated this.

  • Abdominal pain in kids is common

    Abdominal pain is one of the most common complaints among school aged kids, whether it comes to the doctor’s attention or not. It is estimated in the U.S. to account for 5 percent of all unscheduled pediatrician office visits.
    It is somewhat more common in girls, kids aged 4-6 and early adolescence and children of single parents.
    In addressing this issue, it is helpful to classify the pain as chronic or acute. By definition, chronic abdominal pain means three or more episodes of abdominal pain over a three month period. In clinically practical terms, pain that lasts more than one to two months can also be classified as chronic.

  • Lizard draws controversy

    ALBUQUERQUE — Environmentalists on Friday challenged a New Mexico congressman’s claims that protections for a small lizard found only in parts of New Mexico and West Texas would lead to economic devastation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, saying habitat loss and fragmentation have pushed the lizard toward extinction. The public has until Monday to submit comments on the proposal.
    Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., and others complain that a listing would result in oil and gas development being limited on thousands of acres in the Permian Basin, costing jobs, tax revenues and royalties.

  • Construction Zone 05-08-11

    Diamond Drive
    Phase 4

    The traffic switch to the east side of Diamond Drive has been delayed to next Thursday, May 12.
    West Road is currently closed weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Use Trinity to 43rd to Fairway to West Road. Once West Road is paved (scheduled for Wednesday, May 11) Diamond Drive traffic will switch to the east side of Diamond. Other than the West Road closure, traffic control will remain as is through May 12. After May 12,  expect the following:
    Starting Thursday:

  • Web surfers could catch a big wave

    Web surfers in Los Alamos could be catching a really big wave in the not-too-distant future.

    The community broadband project is gearing up to build a broadband network that would deliver Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second. Additionally, the fiber optic network would allow service providers to offer “triple play” service bundles – telephone, television and Internet.

    Los Alamos County Council approved awarding a contract to Crestino Telecommunications Services for design and consulting on the project. The contract price tag: $511,690.

    The results from a community survey are expected back this week, which collected people’s input on the project.

  • Update 05-08-11

    Public utilities meeting
    The Board of Public Utilities will host a special meeting at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the county administration office conference room.

    Advisory Board meeting
    The Los Alamos Lodgers’ Tax Advisory Board will meet from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the county administrator’s conference room at 133 Central Park Square.

    Personnel Board meeting
    The personnel board will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Nambe Room at Fuller Lodge.

    National President of Hadassah Marcie Natan will be the guest speaker at a lunch, noon to 2 p.m., today at the Hilltop House Hotel. For reservations call 992-1416 or 662-2397.

  • Learning how to green the community

    Last month, students who were a part of Power Shift 2011 descended on Washington, D.C. to attend the youth climate summit and organizer training. Three Los Alamos High school students were among those who attended the event.

    Nearly 10,000 people from across the U.S. met to network, educate, advocate, learn and raise awareness about climate, environmental and justice issues around the globe. This is the third year that the Energy Action Coalition has sponsored Power Shift.