Today's News

  • Sculpture, poetry, bikes and a mid-life crisis

    Two Los Alamos authors will sign their books from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore. Darla Graff Thompson will sign “erratic, ecstatic, et cetera,” her collection of poems and images of her sculpture, and Andi Kron will sign “Freewheeling at 50: Tales of a Mid-Life Bicycle Crisis.”

    The two shared their thoughts on writing and creativity.

  • NEWS ALERT Listeners get earful on the Valles

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  • Budget balancing session ends

    SANTA FE The Legislature adjourned a politically difficult special session on Thursday after putting the finishing touches on more than $230 million in tax increases to balance the state budget next year.

    The final measure to win approval was a 75-cents-a-pack increase in the cigarette tax. It will generate $33 million next year.

    “We did what we had to do. We got the job done,” said Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat. “I think we helped keep government running and people employed.”

  • Changing blueprints to green prints

    “One Mississippi, two Mississippi…,”  students in Laura Patterson’s fifth grade class counted as they filled plastic bags with water from the bathroom faucets of Mountain Elementary School.  This activity was part of a water audit done by the students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program as an important step in their quest to create a more sustainable Mountain school.

  • Listeners get an earful on the Valles

    Jonathan Neal, who works in Los Alamos but lives about a mile away from the Valles Caldera National Preserve, was a typical participant at a public meeting Thursday.

    Along with more than 50 others who came out to Fuller Lodge, he had an experienced view of the federal property that was the subject.

  • We need more revolutionaries like Gates

    When George W. Bush replaced Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense with Robert Gates in 2006, I was just glad that the man who didn’t fire anybody after the Abu Ghraib and Blackwater scandals was gone.

    But after three years of watching Gates operate in the bizarre world of the military-industrial complex, he’s become my latest government hero. We need more radicals like him.

    Gates has put armor on the vehicles our men and women are driving around Iraq and Afghanistan now, instead of on weapons systems for future wars that may or may not happen. 

  • Virtual worlds can be a problem

    Back in college, one of my classmates (let’s call him Brian) was an addict. He was hopelessly and totally addicted and there was little his parents or the doctors could do to help him. Brian couldn’t function without his daily fix and before long he was spending the majority of his day searching for others similarly addicted. Each day, Brian’s addiction got worse and eventually he stopped going to classes. His addiction ruled his life.

  • The beauty in a book

    Perhaps it seems as though paper is taking a backseat to PDF’s and e- books are flourishing while conventional books collect dust on shelves, but the art of making a book is far from being lost or dead. Read more in this week's Kaleidoscope.


  • NM lawmakers green light $200 million in tax hikes

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Legislature approved a $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday and the largest tax increase package in more than two decades to help pay for public schools and government services next year.

    Passage of the measures moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically charged special session. Clashes over tax increases and government spending previewed likely campaign themes in this year's elections.