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Today's News

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:Walking in a winter wonderland

    It may be camouflaged in powdery white snow, but there seems to be a real art to winter walking.

    I was greeted with a surprise when I walked out the door on Tuesday morning; my car was up to its wheels in snow and with no snow shovel at my disposal, I decided to walk to the office. Along the way, I saw art all around me – patterns of shoe soles sculpted the snow, the streets were molded with intricate, slushy, textured designs made by tire treads and even the sky was an abstract painting of grays and whites.

  • Volleyball: Nichols, Stokes earn All-4A nods

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the Class AAAA All-State team, which was announced Wednesday.

    Hilltopper outside hitter Alex Nichols was named to the second team Class AAAA squad. Picking up an Honorable Mention nod was Jessica Stokes at the setter position.

    It was the second big honor of 2008 for Nichols, a junior, who was also named the District 2AAAA Player of the Year following the district championship tournament in November.

  • Plenty of wasteful spending in state

    According to the latest numbers, New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year.

    Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good times were destined to come to an end for New Mexico which had been living beyond its means for several years.

  • Thanks for all your support

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of the businesses at Hilltop Shopping Center at Diamond Drive and Arkansas.  It meant a lot that our customers did take the time and effort to support our businesses, knowing the difficulties they faced with detours and traffic delays.  

  • Council treading on thin ice

    Dear Editor,

    It should be noted/recalled that council decided to push up the start date on the JPJ project by several weeks. The reason given was weather and a desire to start the project before spring.

  • LANL shows off liquid detection system

    Help for the hassled airline traveler was on display Tuesday at the Sunport in Albuquerque.

    One of the most popular technological hits this year for Los Alamos National Laboratory was the prospect of a detector that could dissolve an annoying security bottleneck at airports around the world, having to do with the difficulty of screening potentially dangerous liquids.

  • More JPJ concerns expressed at meeting

    A handful of petitioners against the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex tried once more to put a stop to the construction of the building near Ashley Pond at Tuesday’s County Council meeting.

    A handful of residents attended the meeting in hopes that they could convince councilors to halt the project and as before, council listened to their grievances and voted to proceed with construction.

    In a directly related matter, Council voted to accept Guaranteed Maximum Price No. 2 in the amount of $15,011,650 and approve the 100 percent design drawings.

  • Candidates file for school; college boards

    After deliberating the pros and cons of serving another four years on the Los Alamos Board of Education, current President Steve Girrens decided not to run again.

    “It’s important to me to continue working on current projects critical to the district such as the upcoming bond election and our 20-year facilities plan, and I intend to do that, but from a committee position rather than as a board member,” Girrens said. “I want to step aside and let others in my district have an opportunity to serve.”

  • LANL selected for pits

    As expected, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been designated the site within the nuclear weapons complex where plutonium triggers and other plutonium research will be concentrated.

    According to a formal record to be published this week, plutonium stockpiles are to be removed from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in Livermore, Calif., where concerned citizen groups have protested their presence in a facility surrounded by suburban neighborhoods. Highly enriched uranium already has been taken from the Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico.

  • Maintenance worker earned state award

    Albuquerque – Jeff Sargent of Los Alamos was one of several maintenance staff who earned a 2008 Ben Luján Maintenance Achievement Award. In total, eight school districts and 19 district staffers, received awards. The school districts that received awards were Aztec, Carlsbad, Gadsden, Peñasco, Roswell, Silver, Tatum and Truth or Consequences.