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Today's News

  • Venture capital cycle begins

    Ventures Equity Capital Symposium is currently accepting business plans and executive summaries from technology companies that are interested in presenting at the 2010 Technology Ventures Equity Capital Symposium. For the past 16 years the symposium has served as a vehicle to connect growing and expanding technology companies with venture capital and other equity investors.

    In 2009, two companies with a Los Alamos connection gave presentations to an audience of state and national investors.

    The 2010 symposium will be held May 19 and 20th in Albuquerque. In January, TVC

  • Tax deduction deal for new vehicles bought this year

    The “Cash for Clunkers” program for new cars may have ended, but the Internal Revenue Service wants to remind taxpayers that many people might overlook another special break available. If you buy a new vehicle this year, there’s a special federal tax deduction available that can help you save money — in some cases, hundreds of dollars. This tax break will allow people who buy a new vehicle in 2009 to deduct the sales and excise taxes they pay when they file their tax return next year.

  • Correcting claims of health care ad

    I just saw a television ad sponsored by the U.S. Citizens Association about health care reform. I am all for airing a particular point of view, but I strongly oppose outright misrepresentations. The entire ad focuses on socialized medicine. Under socialized medicine, the government owns health care facilities and employs all health care professionals. There is no insurance. There is just health care for little or no payment. It is tax supported.

  • Six Monkeys: No exit, or, the existential truth about dogs

    I live with two dogs, one cranky almost-12-year-old and one puppy, whose fur is spun by baby silk moths.

    Some weeks, I have an extra dog on loan from a vacationing friend, a super-fierce Yorkie who can hide inside an oven mitt if he needs to. Essentially, I live in dog world, where all we do is rip the fluff out of stuffed bats and bunnies and look for better and better places to pee.

  • Escape from responsibilities with ‘Couples Retreat’

    I just got back from a three-day house building project. I have a book to read before Leadership Los Alamos meets again on Friday and I am only half-way through it. There are three articles to write for Sunday’s paper. My apartment is crying out to me to clean it.

    There really is no time to waste with this lengthy to do list but Wednesday evening I just wanted to procrastinate and do something decadent like watch a movie at the theater on a week night.

  • Beta Sigma Phi members reminisce about the year

    A lot has transpired for the Los Alamos Beta Sigma Phi members. They hosted the state sorority’s convention in June and honors Charlotte McQuillan, a member who died this year. While members reminisce, they are also looking ahead to the annual tea on Sunday.

    Beta Sigma Phi, according to its website, is an international women’s friendship network. It provides education and community services.

    This time last year, Beta Sigma Phi members were fundraising to prepare for what seemed like the kickoff to a new year.  

  • Calling all young scientists: Sign up for this year’s science fair

    The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 23 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria.  The public is invited to view the projects from noon-2 p.m.  

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary, elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place and Honorable Mention in 17 categories.

  • Boys soccer: LA gets throttled by St. Pius X Tuesday

    ALBUQUERQUE — One of the most prolific scorers in the state and one of its best teams showed the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer squad why they have those titles Tuesday.

    St. Pius X, the most successful program in the state, had little trouble dispatching the upset-minded Hilltoppers Tuesday afternoon at Sartan Field.

    Behind its outstanding frontman Kaelan Brennan, who dominated play in the first half, St. Pius scored early and often, cruising to a 5-1 nondistrict victory.

  • Swimming: Dai named Scholastic All-American

    Eric Dai, one of the top club swimmers in Los Alamos, was named as a Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming.

    Dai, who in the past six years swimming competitively has set 12 state age group records, was the only local swimmer to be named to the team.

    The team is composed of USA Swimming competitors in grades 10-12. Swimmers are eligible if they have earned a 3.5 grade-point average or better and have achieved a Junior National Bonus Time Standard or swam in a selected disability championship meet.

  • Police react to jury verdict

    Los Alamos Police Lt. Reggie Briggle expressed his disappointment regarding the jury’s not guilty verdict Tuesday in the State v. Penny Granich case heard all last week in First District Court in Santa Fe.

    Briggle led the investigation that resulted in vehicular homicide charges against Penny Granich for the death of her husband Thomas Edward Granich. He died when the pickup he and Penny were in on Dec. 4, 2005 crashed some 350 feet into the bottom of a White Rock canyon.