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Today's News

  • There’s something to do around here

    All over young people say the same thing, whether they live in a big city or a small town: “There’s nothing to do around here”.

    When I was a teenager I said that of my town in New Jersey. Well, I have an answer for that dilemma; get a job or better yet be creative and develop your own job.

    There are many reasons to be your own boss. You can establish your own schedule, work when you want and as hard as you want. Of course, the theory is if you do work long and hard you will reap great rewards.

  • Candidates review delegation

    This column is an experiment in enhancing the public dialogue. The six candidates for governor were asked a question about an important policy matter outside the common rhetoric of the campaign. I hoped the topic plus the length of the answer, no more than 75 words, would induce some thought on the part of the candidate. The answers would be printed here without editing or comment, other than if an answer wasn’t germane.  You compare and contrast. Ask yourself if the answers are relevant and useful.

  • Selection must be above board

    With children fast approaching the high school age/grades I am pleased to see that we, as a community, are one step closer to hiring a new principal for the Los Alamos High School.

    The youth of Los Alamos deserve to have a decision made to provide some stability, especially with the upcoming years of construction on the high school facilities.

    However, the one concern that has come to light is that one of the two finalists is the spouse of the current School Board President Ken Johnson.

  • Potential catastrophic disaster

    New Mexico citizens will be exposed to potential public highway accidents involving high explosives if the New Mexico Environmental Department denies Los Alamos National Laboratory’s permit to treat these explosives at Los Alamos.

    Each year LANL safely burns many thousands of pounds of high explosive wastes at temperatures sufficiently elevated to destroy all toxins and render them inert.

    If the permit is denied, these wastes will have to be transported on New Mexico’s public highways to treatment facilities in distant states.

  • The healing power of the outdoors

    Tom Brown says, “Exciting and fulfilling as our lives may be, most of us are cut off from our natural surroundings. We live in heated houses, drive automobiles on asphalt highways…we listen to a barrage of unnatural sounds…we live by the clock. We have lost our connection with the earth.”  

  • Just what we learned when Tiger returned

    Tiger Woods returned to golf this past weekend.

    As I write this I have no idea how he finished in the Masters, one of the game’s four major championships.  He had a good first day, a decent second day and made the cut. Damn.

    Look, at the risk of being called every vile name in the book – including racist – let me say up front that I’d hoped he would tank.  

  • It’s that dreaded time of year

    SANTA FE — The most dreaded time of year is here again. Income taxes are due tomorrow. Millions of Americans have pulled out the shoebox and are sorting through receipts and bills. If you haven’t started yet, you may be too late.

    On average, Americans filling out the long form spend 21.4 hours wading through the 172 pages of explanations for the federal form. Some 86 million more already have taken their records to a professional.

  • King lends $60,000 to re-election campaign

    SANTA FE — Democratic Attorney General Gary King has boosted his re-election fundraising with personal loans of $60,000, according to a new campaign finance disclosure.

    King’s campaign raised $166,271, including the loans, and spent $73,049 from October through April 5.

    The Republican candidate for attorney general, Matthew Chandler of Clovis, collected $67,883 for his campaign and spent $8,712.

    King had $93,222 of cash in his campaign account and Chandler reported a balance of $62,720 as of last week.

  • Rough Riders strike out administration

    The Luna Community College Rough Riders baseball team routed their bosses and administration last week, without putting on the cleats.

    In fact, the Rough Rider players hit a grand slam last week without picking up a bat. What they did was join together and put their names on the line to stop the years-long shameful drinking on the job by their coach, Peter Ortiz.

  • Listening for a change

    When I walk on Sundays with my faithful mutt along the bottom of the Snake River Canyon, I usually hear only the wind in my ears.    

    It’s surprising how loud a breeze can be in a human ear, and try as I might I’ve not found anything about breeze-sounds to be particularly interesting. Still, just to keep me awake, perhaps, Mother Nature punctuates the breeze sometimes with a snake’s rattle in the warmth of summer — and, of course, I do listen carefully for them.