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Today's News

  • Big prize for a young naturalist

    Nathan Clements, a thoughtful 15-year old student at Los Alamos High School, was honored with a Young Naturalist Award on May 29 in New York City.

     

    “There’s a lot of competition,” he said Friday, back from an extended trip to the East Coast. “But if you put the effort into it and follow the outline they give you, it’s a very rewarding and exciting contest.”

     

  • Council to meet in White Rock this week

    County council will meet at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall on Tuesday for their monthly work session.

    The consent portion of the agenda is heavy, with seven items of business listed. The business portion of the agenda has only three items listed.

    The first consent agenda items is a motion that would grand applications to the Federal Aviation Administration and New Mexico Department of Transportation, Aviation Division, in the amounts of $450,288 and $11,850 respectively, to fund the construction of drainage improvements at the Los Alamos Airport.

  • A-19 toured for the first time

    Economic development is at the forefront of the White Rock Center Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy.

    The community’s vision for the White Rock Center is to create a thriving, active focal point that serves the community with a range of sevices and amenities. Part of creating such a community involves developing Parcel A-19.

    Earlier this week, the White Rock Master Plan Committee, along with residents, representatives from the county and LACD Executive Director Kevin Holsapple took a tour of the parcel.

  • Blowing out 60 candles

    Flames from 60 candles flickered and danced on a pale blue birthday cake Friday at Fuller Lodge to celebrate Los Alamos’ 60th anniversary.

    Members of the community, young and old, came to wish the town a happy birthday and help blow the candles out.

    Fuller Lodge was decked to the nines for the party, which was sponsored by the county, Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos National Security LLC. On the lawn were inflatable jumping games for children and blue and white balloons.

  • ChamberFest creates reflection of decades

    The Chamber of Commerce Banquet drew officials, their staff and their spouses from top organizations to Central Avenue Grill Friday evening. The event reflected on past decades as part of the county's 60-year birthday celebration.

    The annual affair traditionally kicks off ChamberFest weekend created to celebrate the business community. It attracts the masses to the downtown area for family fun including jolly jumpers and a large sand pile for the kids along with music, food and shopping for everyone.

  • Learn the art of puppetry Monday

    The Los Alamos County Library System’s summer reading program kicks off with theatrical flair.

    On Monday, members of Wise Fool Puppets will bring their performances and knowledge of puppetry to Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library.

    The show begins at 4 p.m. in White Rock and at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

    Amy Christian, co-artistic director of Wise Fool, said they will talk about how the puppets are created, allow children to climb into their life-size puppets and perform little skits throughout the program.

  • Biology class isn’t the same

    David Thurston, a biology and geology teacher at Los Alamos High School, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) at the end of the school year.

    While Thurston is undergoing treatment at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, high school students have been busy finding ways to support him. He will soon be heading out to California for a bone marrow transplant.

  • Be a friend to the younger generation

    This week we take a look at Asset #15, Positive Peer lnfluence. According to the Search-Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when their best friends model responsible behavior.”

    While you can’t choose your child’s friends, you can have a big impact on their friendships. From the time our kids were tiny, my friend Karen and I knew we wanted to have the “hangout house.”

    You know the house you see on the Tyson food commercials when the kids come home from school with friends and want to eat you out of house and home.

  • Now is not the time

    The county council’s rejection of the utilities department’s request for a sewer rate hike was the right thing to do.

    In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night the council rejected a proposed ordinance that would have increased local sewer rates. This is not the time to be burdening people with more expenses.

    And it is not like the county is hurting for money, they are pretty much swimming in it right now.

    The increase would have provided some  $300,000 of revenue for maintenance and building cash reserves.

  • We are one community

    The theme of Friday’s event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Los Alamos was one of community.

    This is a theme we can agree with.

    But to be honest, we are not sure why the 60th anniversary celebration is so important. Usually a big anniversary would be the 50th or the 75th and so on.

    And there was a very big splash made in 1999 – the 50th anniversary. That makes more sense to us.

    So why this day and year are being played up we are not sure.