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Today's News

  • 12-20-09 Update

    View the holiday farolitos

      The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Thursday and Friday and will be restored on Saturday.

  • The peek-a-boo information initiative

    One week the White House announces an Open Government Initiative. The next week the National Nuclear Security Administration slams the lid down on a vital piece of information that has been shared with the public in the past.

    That probably isn’t the way it was meant to play out, but that’s the way it felt.

    Here’s what happened:

    Like most other newspapers and citizens everywhere we have been led to expect a new era of openness in the federal government.

  • Tourism tax could have big impact

    There’s hardly a town in New Mexico that isn’t affected by tourism, even if visitors are just passing through. And this was not a good year.

    If you can agree with those two statements, maybe you can agree that there is such a thing as a good tax. I would define a good tax as one with a specific, desirable goal that takes a small bite and inflicts minimal pain.

    The tourism folks are hoping lawmakers see their proposal that way.

  • Now is the time to sign up for the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs

    It’s never too early to sign up for the Jemez Mountain Trail Runs. Runners may dash off from the starting line on May 22, but registration is open right now for the event.

    Aaron Goldman, who has directed four of the runs, said entries for the 50-mile and 50K run were available Dec. 1 and already 85 runners from seven states have signed up to participate. Registration for the half-marathon race (13.1 miles) will open Feb. 1 and Goldman encourages people to sign up early. The half marathon is limited to 250 people.

  • Big Band to offer post-holiday entertainment

    So what can you do in Los Alamos once Christmas is over? Why not bring a friend to a Big Band dance?

    On Dec. 28, the Los Alamos Big Band will entertain the community during its annual Big Band after Christmas Dance in Los Alamos.

    The dance is open to the public and will    begin from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall.

    Proceeds will help fund the IHM youth group.

    Music will feature the Los Alamos Big Band and vocalist Elisa Enriquez.

  • PUTTING ASSETS INTO ACTION: Give thanks to the community all year round

    Ahh, it is almost New Year’s resolution time. My hope this year is that those who haven’t will get on board with the Assets program as just one way to make life a little better in our part of the world.

    Our focus this week is on adult role models and caring neighborhoods. Tomorrow is the last day to nominate community asset builders for our first annual awards ceremony and we’re seeing these role models being nominated for the things that they do and do well.  

  • Schedule for Dec. 14-19

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Capshaw Invite, TBA.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Capshaw Invite, TBA.

    Saturday

    Girls basketball: Aztec at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.; LAMS at Capshaw Invite, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Tucumcari Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Santo Domingo, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Quad, 10 a.m.

  • Being a good neighbor

    “Be a good neighbor” is one of those fundamental virtues that we learn from our families and teachers at an early age. Unfortunately as life takes its toll on all of us we frequently forget to practice being a good neighbor. Business owners in small communities often perform the task of reminding us of this virtue by promoting a fundamental rule of commerce, “the customer is always right.”

  • Agency cites county for PCB contamination

    This shoe is usually on another foot.

    The New Mexico Environment Department, with major responsibiliies for environmental oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory, occasionally issues notices or penalizes the nuclear weapons facility for violations of state surface water standards.

    This week, NMED cited Los Alamos County for allowing a discharge of the contaminant PCB into Los Alamos Canyon from the County Annex Building.

  • Area watersheds exceed state standards for PCBs and other metals

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Environment Department says watersheds in northern New Mexico's Pajarito (Pah-hah-REE'-toh) Plateau exceeded state standards for polychlorinated byphenyls, aluminum and other metals.

    The study primarily focused on storm water samples collected between 2004 and 2008 and represents the largest single surface water quality assessment conducted by the state agency.

    The Pajarito Plateau, on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains, includes watersheds that drain through the Los Alamos area to the Rio Grande.