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Today's News

  • For whom much is given

    Longtime resident Bernadette Lauritzen is one of those inspirational people motivated essentially by a desire to make things better for the rest of us.

    Many local organizations and countless individuals have been touched by her kindness, which Laurtizen explains is inspired by the bible verse in Luke 12:48, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”

    “I think my family has been pretty fortunate and so I think we should give back,” she said.

  • Giving street cred to art

    Art is not limited to impressionism or baroque styles. There’s a whole other style of art that thrives in urban areas. It decorates city buildings, adorns people’s arms and ankles and pops up on TV. Perhaps street art is easy to dismiss because it strays from the mainstream but it does have real credibility. Just look at artist Jesse Hernandez’s work. According to Hernandez’s Web site, the artist is influenced by a combination of styles.  His work draws from traditional indigenous styles and themes with an urban sensibility.

  • Yes you can!

    After years of hard work and dedication, it was finally time to celebrate. The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos faculty along with parents, children and siblings filled up the parish hall at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Friday evening to mark a special occasion – graduation day. About 60 UNM-LA students adorned red robes and walked down the middle of the hall to receive their bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificates or General Education Development diplomas.

  • Council approves compensation plan

    Los Alamos County employees who have reached the end of their pay grade for their job title will get a lump sum payment as compensation, at least for another year.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors voted 5-2 in favor of the lump sum payment. Councilors Michael Wheeler and Vincent Chiravalle voted against it.

    Assistant County Administrator Diana Stepan reminded council that the agenda item was a follow-up to a council request made at a prior meeting.

  • Possessing a story like no other

    Some stories are just plain better than others. Perhaps what gives certain tales the edge is a quality or characteristic that makes them different from the pack.

    These narratives have never been previously uttered; they do not feature some rehashed, recycled story format. So your attention sits up a little higher as the yarn unfolds.

    I heard such stories during the UNM-LA graduation Friday night.

  • Campaign ‘02 echoes in campaign ‘10

    Thousands of New Mexicans have become eligible to vote since the election of 2002, which made a former congressman, U.N. ambassador and U.S. energy secretary governor of the state of New Mexico.

    Many of those potential new voters were just kids — 10, 11, 12 years old — eight years ago, and it’s safe to assume that few were aware of the personalities and political forces that took Bill Richardson to the state’s highest office.

    Nonetheless, it was one of the more interesting gubernatorial campaigns in recent state history.

  • Turning 30 at Mount St. Helens

    The time has surely flown by for me.

    Thirty years ago I was a very young woman, really just a kid, living downwind of Mount St. Helens on the beautiful Sunday on which she tore herself apart. This was in the days before the Internet and even before 24/7 cable news, so our first clue the mountain had erupted catastrophically was when we were enveloped in a dense and dark ash cloud.

  • News Alert: PRC appoints interim superintendent of insurance

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (PRC) today appointed Craig Dunbar as interim superintendent of insurance.

    Dunbar, 59, replaces Thomas R. Rushton, who tendered his resignation May 13.

    Prior to today’s appointment, Dunbar served as executive assistant to Commission Chairman David W. King. In all, Dunbar boasts 35 years experience in the title insurance industry, much of it in management capacities.

  • Culbert seeks Division 2 bench

    Citing a desire to bring his long and varied experience as an attorney to the bench, Democrat Peter Culbert is running for District Court Judge in First Judicial District Division 2.

  • Be a part of a life-changing event Thursday at LAMS

    It only takes one act for kindness to spread.

    Rachel Scott was the first student shot in April 1999 at Columbine High School.

    One month before she passed away, she had written for a class an essay titled, “My Ethics, My Code of Life.” It wasn’t just an assignment it was something she had practiced in her life for years.