Today's News

  • O palm tree, o palm tree in Phoenix

    SANTA FE – Does Christmas season seem different to you this year?
    I’ve noticed a difference so far. In the past we’ve seen grumpy old men complain about how Christmas has been stolen away from Christians and how Christmas is so commercial that the true meaning has been lost.
    This year we hear every day about how well retail sales are going and how much higher they are over last year. And now, Black Friday has been augmented by Cyber Monday, and two weeks later, Green Monday.
    But the biggest difference is the Republican presidential race. With caucuses and primary elections getting started immediately after the New Year, there doesn’t seem to be time for a Christmas break.

  • Johnson on the right track

    Legalize marijuana.
    There! I said it! In public! Conservative me!
    My rationale is simple, though imprecise. The social costs of legal marijuana, however high, would be less than the social costs of illegal marijuana. I have no fancy studies to prove the assertion. But if you look around, especially if you put Mexico in the equation, the conclusion becomes obvious.
    The argument isn’t that the “war on drugs has failed.” I accept the logic, offered me 10 years ago by the Drug Enforcement Administration, that “war” is the wrong metaphor. A “war” means maximum resources are devoted to winning. We have never had a real war on drugs.

  • Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk scheduled

    Bandelier National Monument will be hosting its annual ranger-guided Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk Thursday.
     “In many parts of the world, native people built structures aligned to events like the sunrise on the solstices,” said Superintendent Jason Lott. “For anyone standing in the plaza at Tyuonyi Pueblo in Frijoles Canyon on winter solstice, the sunrise appears directly along the only ground-floor entrance to the village.  We have no way to know for sure if it was planned that way, but we invite anyone who is interested to join us on the morning of solstice to see the sunrise and celebrate the beginning of longer days.”

  • Storms help loosen drought’s grip on New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Mother Nature has dumped more than two feet of snow in two weeks at some of New Mexico’s ski resorts. Schoolchildren have rejoiced at news of cancelled classes, and highway workers have had to pull a couple of all-nighters to keep the state’s major roads clear of snow and ice.
    And forecasters say there’s more winter moisture on the way.
    So what happened to that pesky drought that had New Mexico firmly in its grasp for the past year?
    Its grip has been loosened on some parts of the state thanks to a series of recent storms, but forecasters with the National Weather Service say New Mexico is far from being out of the woods.

  • Order of the Eastern Star

    Nancy Coombs purchases a cake from Betty Apgar of Los Alamos Chapter 63 Order of the Eastern Star during the annual holiday cake sale Friday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Members Robert Hamblet and Betty Robinson will join Apgar again to sell cakes, the proceeds of which go to the chapter’s charitable activities.

  • Council to take up Trinity Project

     During the Los Alamos County Council’s meeting coming up Tuesday, council will introduce Ordinance 596 to execute the Ground Lease and Developer Agreement with North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site Revitalization Project, a mixed-use project featuring a retail anchor store (Smith’s Marketplace) and other retail/commercial options.

    The project site is vacant county/schools land located across from Mari Mac Plaza on Trinity Drive.

    The ordinance will be available at trinitysite.info and is subject to public review through Jan. 24, 2012.  The council and the school board will make a final decision regarding the lease/agreement on Feb. 1.

  • LAPS Board plans to review Super’s contract

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a rare Sunday afternoon executive session to review the superintendent’s evaluation and contract.

    The executive session, which is closed to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at 209 Navajo in Los Alamos. An Internet search of the address for the meeting indicates the location is the private residence of school board member Kevin Honnell.

    The superintendent, Dr. Gene Schmidt, has been superintendent of the district since July 2009.
    Schmidt   currently earns $142,300 a year which ranks his compensation in the top 10 among the highest paid school chiefs in the state, according to information on the New Mexico Public Education Department website.

  • Update 12-18-11

    Chicken talk

    Author and chicken expert Patricia Foreman talks about her new book, “City Chicks,” at 2 p.m.  today at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.  Learn how to keep and employ chickens in small spaces. 

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Christmas dance

  • Council eyes internal relations

    During last Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, Councilor Mike Wismer cited issues raised by the Los Alamos County FY2011 Internal Quality Customer Service Survey. The survey revealed some glaring weaknesses in employee performance.

    Los Alamos County initiated the survey in 2008, with the first report in 2009.

    Wismer was not only concerned with negative staff interactions revealed in the survey, but with what he saw as an attempt to minimize some findings of the survey.

    An introduction to the survey notes that only 209 of the county’s 740 employees responded to the FY 2010 survey, in comparison to 394 responding in FY2011, so 2010 was “not statistically significant due to the low response rate.”

  • Opening Day at Pajarito

    Pajarito Ski Mountain opened Saturday and the conditions could not have been better with cold temperatures and not a cloud in the sky. Four of six lifts were open as were 33 of 44 runs. In the past three days, the mountain added 12 inches of snow and more is expected by Sunday night or Monday.