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Today's News

  • Swimming and diving: LA girls are 2nd, boys 3rd at quad

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team won three events on its way to a second-place finish at Wednesday’s Albuquerque Academy Quadrangular.

    Both the Hilltopper boys and girls teams traveled down to Academy Wednesday to take part in the mid-week meet. The Hilltopper boys finished third in the four-team meet, picking up 68 team points, while the Hilltopper girls finished with 87 team points.

  • Climate change: What are the odds?

    Let’s take a different look at the issue of global warming, or better stated, climate change. First a few observations:

    It is undeniable that coal and oil deposits underground had locked up vast amounts of carbon, and to support human activities they are being brought up and burned in enormous quantities, thus releasing the carbon into the atmosphere.

  • Where have the parking places gone?

    For approximately 10 years, I have had a standing luncheon engagement at a popular restaurant in the Mari-Mac Shopping Center.  I used to drive right up and park a half block or less away for a quick and convenient lunch.  But over the years things have changed and my friends and I have a hard time finding a place anywhere near the restaurant row at Mari-Mac to park. The problem built up slowly.

  • Public sector continues winning

    The central political battle of our time is between the public sector, public sector unions in particular, and the private sector.

    The battle is over “who defines the work and institutions that make a nation thrive and grow,” in the elegant words of columnist Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal. Easterners seem unhappy with the public sector dominance. Scott Brown’s Senate victory in Massachusetts is the prime example.

    New Mexico’s public sector continues winning.

  • 01-28-10 Update

    Rib dinner tonight

      Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps will host a rib night from 5-8 p.m. tonight at the Posse Lodge. The menu includes pork ribs, corn on the cob, potato salad, baked beans, dessert and a drink. The fee is $10 and proceeds will benefit the NJROTC’s activities.

    Guitars and Gateaux

      Los Alamos Arts Council’s Guitars and Gateaux series will present The Albuquerque Honors Guitar Quartet at 7 p.m. tonight at Fuller Lodge. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for council members and $15 for non-members.

  • Department of Health releases H1N1 stats

    SANTA FE — A recent analysis of death and hospitalization data due to H1N1 in New Mexico found that children younger than age 5 have the highest rate of hospitalizations, and people age 50 to 64 have the highest death rate.

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Epidemiology and Response Division analyzed data collected since April 2009.

  • Ballots due Tuesday

    The ballots for the all mail special election for the Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-LA bond issues must be returned to the Clerk’s Office before 7 p.m. Feb. 2, and that date is almost here.

    As of mid-day Wednesday, 4,275 ballots had been returned to the County Clerk’s Office, according to Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols.

    For reference purposes, she said 6,626 total votes were cast in the 2009 special school bond election.

  • Boosting business

    A Los Alamos contingent mingled with state lawmakers and the who’s who in New Mexico business during Monday’s annual Legislative Reception at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

    Business people and decision makers from across the state attended what Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Member Services Coordinator Katy Korkos described as one of the most important and well attended networking events of the year.

  • Council guards against state tax raid

    County councilors paid heed to budget rumbling from the Legislature in Santa Fe. In a unanimous vote, the council passed a resolution Tuesday to oppose any attempt to reduce the county’s share of the Gross Receipts Tax.

    According to one scenario, the county could lose some $1,566,700 annually to the state and statewide local governments could lose an estimated $120,953,127.

  • GRT hike clears first hurdle in NM legislature

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to temporarily increase New Mexico's gross receipts tax to help balance the state budget cleared its first hurdle in the Legislature on Thursday.

    The measure would provide about $238 million next year by raising the tax by one-half cent to 5.5 percent. The tax rate would then decline annually until it returned to 5 percent starting in July 2014.