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Today's News

  • Church auction helps change lives

    Local painter Betty Nance Smith will dabble in the construction business this weekend.

    Smith goes above and beyond the call of duty by donating remarkable paintings to the youth of the United Church of Los Alamos to raise funds for home building in Mexico.

    The annual auction to benefit the Mexico Mission project will feature almost 200 items in a silent auction. Residents can wander through rows of tables to bid on everything from new and used, to handy and oddly fascinating. There will be a live auction as well.

  • Boys track and field: LA hoping to build back into contention

    Larry Baca doesn’t often look past what he or his team is doing right now.

    Baca, the longtime head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team, likes to take things one day at a time. This season in particular.

    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers, who have had some of their most successful seasons in recent history, will have to work hard to achieve that kind of success again this season. Los Alamos lost numerous key athletes to graduation over the last two years and it’s time for a little rebuilding.

  • Boys basketball: LA opens state first round Saturday

    While on Saturday the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will look to make its fourth straight trip to the Class AAAA quarterfinal round, it will also look to make it past that round for the first time in those trips.

    The Hilltoppers will take their first step on the road to a Class AAAA title Saturday when they take on the Piedra Vista Panthers. Saturday’s game, at Griffith Gymnasium, is scheduled for 2 p.m.

    Los Alamos (18-9) grabbed the sixth seed for the Class AAAA tournament, while Piedra Vista (16-10) earned the tournament’s 11th seed.

  • Take a visual tour of New Mexico’s historic railroads

    Since 1973, Santa Fe architect Richard Dorman has collected photographs of narrow gauge railroads in New Mexico and Colorado. He donated the collection of more than 25,000 pictures to the Friends of the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad in 2006.

  • Sculpture, poetry, bikes and a mid-life crisis

    Two Los Alamos authors will sign their books from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore. Darla Graff Thompson will sign “erratic, ecstatic, et cetera,” her collection of poems and images of her sculpture, and Andi Kron will sign “Freewheeling at 50: Tales of a Mid-Life Bicycle Crisis.”

    The two shared their thoughts on writing and creativity.

  • NEWS ALERT Listeners get earful on the Valles

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  • Budget balancing session ends

    SANTA FE The Legislature adjourned a politically difficult special session on Thursday after putting the finishing touches on more than $230 million in tax increases to balance the state budget next year.

    The final measure to win approval was a 75-cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax. It will generate $33 million next year.

    “We did what we had to do. We got the job done,” said Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat. “I think we helped keep government running and people employed.”

  • Changing blueprints to green prints

    “One Mississippi, two Mississippi…,”  students in Laura Patterson’s fifth grade class counted as they filled plastic bags with water from the bathroom faucets of Mountain Elementary School.  This activity was part of a water audit done by the students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program as an important step in their quest to create a more sustainable Mountain school.

  • Listeners get an earful on the Valles

    Jonathan Neal, who works in Los Alamos but lives about a mile away from the Valles Caldera National Preserve, was a typical participant at a public meeting Thursday.

    Along with more than 50 others who came out to Fuller Lodge, he had an experienced view of the federal property that was the subject.