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Today's News

  • Girls basketball: Toppers fall in playoff game Tuesday

    SANTA FE — While the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team went down, it is hardly out.

    The Hilltoppers dropped a 1-game playoff to the Española Valley Sundevils Tuesday night. The Sundevils led for all but a brief stint in the first quarter, rolling to a 55-35 victory at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.

  • 02-24-10 The Update

    Illustrated talk at PEEC

      “The Biggest Trees in Los Alamos,” an illustrated talk by Dorothy Hoard, will be presented at 7 p.m. today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, located at 3540 Orange St. This is another session in the Winter Wednesday series, the talk is free and open to the public.

    Authors Speak Series

      Mesa Public Library Authors Speak Series presents Michael Hamilton Morgan at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library’s upstairs rotunda.

    Talk and book signing

  • Legislative special session delayed

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson is delaying the start of a special legislative session so lawmakers can work out differences before returning to the New Mexico Capitol on Monday to hammer out a plan for financing public schools and state government in the coming year.

    Richardson initially called for the special

    session to begin Wednesday, but House and Senate leaders urged him to push that back so they could have more time to discuss potential solutions to the state’s $600 million budget deficit.

  • Basketball: Two tickets required for Thursday's semifinals

    Los Alamos High School announced that separate tickets will be needed for the District 2AAAA playoff basketball games Thursday.

    Los Alamos is hosting both the girls basketball and boys basketball semifinals Thursday. The girls game will start at 5 p.m. and the boys game will start at 7:30 p.m.

    Per New Mexico Activities Association regulations, Griffith Gymnasium will be cleared following the conclusion of the girls basketball game. Any fans also wishing to see the boys game must purchase an additional ticket.

  • Placing health first

    Los Alamos County is the healthiest county in New Mexico, according to a comprehensive national health report released last week.

    “I believe it,” said Michelangelo Lobato, coordinator for the Community Health Council. “Los Alamos is such a health-conscious place, and a lot of it relates to education,” he said. “I’m amazed at the programs here.”

  • Tackling one statue at a time

    At first glance erecting 13 life-sized statues in the downtown Historic District within 10 years seems daunting.

    But as one would eat an elephant a bite at a time, the task diminishes considerably when the goal is one statue at a time. That includes determining the statue’s subject and securing its funding.

    Reaching out to individuals and entities having had relationships to the historical figures is key to funding each commission, said Chair Ron Wilkins of the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board during an interview Tuesday.

  • Senior Day Out Program rescued

    Los Alamos County Council agreed to find $15,000 to fund a shortfall in the Senior Day Out Program operated by the senior center. The funds will keep the program going for the next several months to the new fiscal year.

    The amount was trivial in terms of the county’s annual budget and reserves, but the revision late in the year is not welcomed as a rule.

    On the other hand, as Councilor Michael Wheeler said before the unanimous vote to approve the assistance, “Every family in this community at one time or another may require these services.

  • Back to basics on the budget

    SANTA FE — The 2010 Legislature didn’t get its job done. Democratic leaders knew the unwritten rules. Begin secret negotiations between House and Senate Democratic leaders several days before the session’s end while publicly continuing to predict a train wreck.

    It didn’t work this time. Democratic leaders said they just ran out of time. But the problem, in fact, is that none of them have confronted the reality of a recession that hasn’t bottomed out. They still cling to their insistence upon extending the hurt to everyone but themselves.

  • Oil and gas takes new tack

    Two heavy hitters passed from the oil and gas industry in recent weeks.

    Pete Hanagan headed the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association for 15 years until 1985. He died at age 81 in Ireland.

    The association’s other Irishman, Bob Gallagher, got his walking papers a week after Hanagan’s death. Both men hailed from Roswell, and both practiced law, but the similarities end there. In the differences between the two is a tale for our times in New Mexico.

  • A new listening experience awaits

    It will be a series of firsts at the Guitars and Gateaux concert on Thursday – both for the performer and for the audience.