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Today's News

  • 12-15 Update

    Police Beat in brief

      This week’s Police Beat includes a hit and run, several minors charged with possession of alcohol and several adults arrested and charged with providing alcohol to minors on San Ildefonso Road. There also are reports of burglaries, a dog bite and an embezzlement. Read the details of these and other incidents on Page 2.

    Nomination deadline extended

  • County fails to support local businesses

    The Los Alamos County council certainly talks-the-talk when it comes to supporting local businesses, but they and the county departments fail to walk-the-walk. In at least two current situations, Pet Pangaea and KRSN 1490 radio, this lack of support borders on active obstructiveness.

  • Unacceptable power outages for Atomic City

    On the night the big snowstorm hit (Monday night and Tuesday morning last week), the Los Alamos electrical power went out. Our house was cold, and we could not start the heater. Los Alamos had a lot of power outages during 2009. The next day, my wife decided to make some Christmas buns to take to friends. She shaped the buns like snowmen, with raisin eyes, mouth, buttons, etc. After the buns rose to appropriate size, the electric power went off again and stayed off for a long time, so that she could not bake them. The buns continued to increase in size until they were totally distorted.

  • Protect N.M.’s outstanding waters

    Surface water in New Mexico has always been crucial for agriculture, recreation and the ecological health of our rivers. Now, with a growing population and severe depletion of many of the state’s aquifers, surface water is also being developed as the major source for domestic water supplies. Protecting that water from contamination has become more important than ever. How can we help?

  • Getting to the bottom of global warming

    A few years ago, a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory climate scientist took on a project to review the major controversies surrounding global warming and climate change. Charles F. “Chick” Keller, who is a Laboratory Fellow and also serves as board president of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, has now written substantial papers that focus on the main areas of disagreement.

  • 12-10 Update

    LAPS ‘out of district’ enrollment

      Applications for out of district students starting school in August 2010 are on the school’s Website at laschools.net and may be downloaded. Applications also are available from the receptionist at the LAPS administration office at 751 Trinity Drive. Kindergarteners must turn 5-years-old by Sept. 1 to be eligible. Applications may be filled out but will not be accepted until  7:30 a.m. Tuesday at the administration office.

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    School Board to meet Tuesday

  • Caution: Congress at work

    If you’ve ever wondered what members of Congress do to earn their keep, the current health-care debate on Capitol Hill should give you a good idea. This complex legislation, placed on the congressional agenda by President Obama but shaped by the intense give-and-take of the legislative process, is a perfect window into our democracy.

  • Slumping economy impacts Indian casino industry

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The economic downturn has slowed the growth of Indian gaming in America but the industry is faring better than traditional casinos, a report released Thursday shows.

    Revenues climbed by 1.5 percent last year — the smallest increase since a federal law regulating the industry was passed in 1988, according to the Indian Gaming Industry Report by economist Alan Meister.

    That was down from a growth rate of 5 percent in 2007 and an average rate of about 15 percent from 2001 through 2006.

  • Historical Society’s archives produce great gifts

    The collection of the Los Alamos Historical Museum contains a vast array of unique photos and items, most of which are stored in Fuller Lodge. Now some of those are being brought to light and to life as unique items in the Historical Museum Shop.

  • Writer shares experience with son’s mental illness

    In early March 2006, Tom Steward, a licensed psychotherapist, and his wife began a strange odyssey with one of their sons, who began showing signs of mental illness.