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Today's News

  • New Mexico drops to second

    There was an item in the news recently that New Mexico has fallen out of first place.

    Sadly, this is again one of those lists we don’t want to be on.

    Mississippi now has the nation’s highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing us and Texas for that lamentable title.

    Mississippi’s rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The teen pregnancy rate in Texas and New Mexico is more than 50 percent higher.

  • County working to move forward

    While we think there are serious questions remaining, we applaud the county for its continuing efforts to make the Trinity Place happen.

    If the project really gets going to the level the county believes it will, surely all of us will be winners.

    In these tough economic times, to accomplish such a feat would be a real achievement.

    Agree or disagree, the work and perseverance put into the plan by county officials should only bring acknowledgement for a some hard work.

    Good choice

  • Real change remains top item

    This week, President Obama signed what he called an “imperfect” bill that spends $410 billion, including millions in earmarks.

    You remember earmaks? In the campaign last year when he talked about change, change you can trust and all that, he promised to curb earmarks.

    But now he says earmarks are good when they are “done right.”

    The massive measure supporting federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, earmarked by sponsors though denounced by critics. And the president at one time.

  • Strumming my face with his fingers

    The year was 1973.  Nixon ordered a halt to the bombing in Vietnam.

    “The Sting” won Best Picture at the Oscars.  Pablo Piscasso died and MRI technology was born. The Sydney Opera house was opened and Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby. 

    The radio hummed with the soothing voice of Roberta Flack singing “Killing Me Softly,” a saccharine-sweet melody about a guitar player whose words uncomfortably harmonized with the life of the listener. My friend Carl loved that song and he would sing along with it. 

  • APP Board call for artists a success

    Three time’s a charm, or so the old saying goes. But in the case of the Art in Public Places Board’s call for artists, twice might just do the trick.

    The board put out a call for artists last fall in the hope of attracting folks that would be interested in having their work etched on the bus shelters that had been constructed. The call for artists, however, was not as successful as the board had hoped because only two proposals were received.

  • Emergency drill planned for DP Road

    The hazardous waste cleanup site along DP Road will be the focus of a coordinated emergency exercise next week.

    The operation will involve several vehicles from the county and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos Fire Department, county emergency officials, LANL management and protective services will also participate in what will become a series of exercises as the project progresses.

  • Police credit residents for helping catch thieves

    A man walking along a Denver Steel street lifting car door handles caught the attention of a resident who alerted police. That tip led police officers to James (Jimmy) Carpenter who confessed to the bulk of recent vehicle break-ins.

    Carpenter admitted to opening the car doors of a number of vehicles and taking the things inside during a spree that spread throughout Los Alamos and into White Rock since at least Feb. 24, according to police reports.

  • LA topped by Santa Fe, 11-4

    It didn’t take long for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team to jump out to a lead Wednesday.

    And it didn’t take much longer for the Santa Fe Demons to break the game open.

    Los Alamos put up two runs in its first at-bat in Wednesday’s nondistrict contest off solid Santa Fe pitcher Mel Chavez. But Santa Fe bounced right back in its next at-bat to put up four runs and take the lead for good.

    The Demons never let go of the momentum, winning 11-4 at Overlook Park.

  • Reasons behind high school drop outs

    Exploring the motivations and concerns of students who decide to drop out of high school is the subject of the latest study conducted by three area teens.

    Los Alamos Youth Mobilizers Annie Chroninger, 17, Josh Dolin, 16,  and Emi Weeks, 16, presented their findings to the board of education and administrators Tuesday evening in the Speech Theater.

    “The reason why we really wanted to do this project is there was a lack of data on how much the issue was affecting youth in the community,” Weeks said.

  • Eco Station to take e-waste more frequently

    Getting rid of old electronics in a safe, responsible manner just got easier. The first monthly Electronic Waste and TV Recycling Event will be held at the Los Alamos County Eco Station Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Staff from Albuquerque Recycling Inc. will be on hand, along with staff from the environmental services department and local Boy Scout volunteers, who will all work to collect and pack trucks with recycled materials.