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Today's News

  • OUR VIEW: The sinking of a presidency

    When the British Petroleum oil rig exploded in April and sank to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico taking with it the lives of 11 workers, the wave of popularity that swept President Barack Obama into office just 15 months earlier ebbed. With his administration clearly sinking under the weight of its own ineptitude and inaction, it’s as though the oil rig and Obama’s presidency were inextricably tied together.

  • Important Notice: Tuesday’s County Council Meeting Won’t Discuss WR Projects

    Two agenda items listed last week in Los Alamos County ads about Tuesday night’s County Council meeting were incorrect.

    The discussion about the White Rock capital projects proposed for SR 4 and its nearby associated trails and pathways will not be held during Tuesday’s meeting.

    The projects will instead be discussed at the County Council meeting at 7 p.m. July 20 in White Rock Fire Station 3.

     

  • Forging bonds with barbecue

    The Annual Chili Line Picnic started with just one church – the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church – sharing fellowship and barbecue. Now, 15-20 years later, the picnic tables seat members  from several churches. In addition to Trinity on the Hill, St. Jermone’s Espiscopal from Chama and St. Stephen’s in Española participate in the event.

  • UPON RELFECTION: Census numbers count

    On the Navajo Reservation, you sometimes hear this comment: “They live so far out, not even the census takers can find them.” This is said with a bit of pride. Sometimes, envy.

  • Christa Brelsford:Making lemonade out of lemons

    If you ever wanted to test the validity of the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” look no further than Christa Brelsford.

    Brelsford, a Los Alamos National Laboratory student employee, traveled to Haiti and helped with Haiti Partners’ adult literacy program in January. She and her brother, Julian, traveled to three different towns including Darbonne, assisting the Christian organization, which focuses on improving education, economic prospects and Haitians’ faith.

  • Author to show the state’s quirks

    A singing dog, an awful dog, thugs in the U.S. Customs service and a grandamother busted out of jail are just a few quirky characters that Martha Eagan snares and ropes into her literary work.

    Her most recent book, “La Ranfla and Other New Mexico Stories,”  is described as light-hearted and  reflects the nuttiness in life.

    “La Ranfla” is also the subject of  Eagan’s talk at 7 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs gallery. The discussion is part of the library’s Authors Speak series.

  • Get the complete story of the Cerro Grande Fire

    Tom Ribe will sign “Inferno by Committee: a History of the Cerro Grande Fire, America’s Worst Prescribed Fire Disaster” from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station.

    A decade has passed since the Cerro Grande Fire ushered into America’s psyche the concept of megafires.

    “Inferno by Committee” is written from the perspective of a professional fire manager.

  • ‘Inferno’ helps reader learn from the past

    If ignored, history will turn to dust. Its lessons will fade and smudge. While it is easy to shrug off the past and merely allow it to turn to ash, but that could be a mistake. Looking to the past can reveal answers to current and future questions.  

    For instance, Tom Ribe, author of “Inferno by Committee,” took an in depth look at the Cerro Grande Fire and discovered a lot of lessons within the fire’s ashes.

  • LAHS athletics: SB 1 passed to shed light on seriousness of concussions

    While concussions, even minor ones, can be serious, it has been only recently that some sports programs and athletes have begun to take them seriously.

    Starting this year, however, coaches, administrators and athletic trainers at the high school level are going to be required to take them more seriously.

    Gov. Bill Richardson recently signed Senate Bill 1, which prescribes the protocols regarding brain injury resulting from school athletic activity.

  • Golf: Jet wins qualifying tourney

    Local standout youth golfer Austin Jet had another big showing recently.

    Jet, 7, qualified for the US Kids Golf World Championships, which will be held in Pinehurst, N.C., in the first week of August. Jet, who lives in White Rock, won a qualifying event earlier this month to grab a spot in the world championship tournament.

    This is the second straight year Jet will travel to the world championships. After his 2009 appearance, Gov. Bill Richardson proclaimed Aug. 8 “Austin Jet Day” in New Mexico.