Today's News

  • The rewards of teamwork revealed in Kelly Hall

    The new Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church is 100 percent homemade.

    Parishioners had a hand in everything from landscaping to the actual construction of the new hall.

    The result is not only a new, expansive, addition to the church but also a testament of what team work and a little faith can accomplish.

    The project started in 2007 and it should be entirely completed by the grand opening, which is scheduled for Aug. 29.

  • But I digress: Don't confuse heroes and celebrities

    Independence Day came and went this year with the usual fanfare of fireworks, political speeches, flag waving, and of course backyard barbecues.

    As always, it was a time for families to get together and enjoy the comfort and safety that we all have come to expect in our lives.

    Some 7,000 miles away, U.S. soldiers (130,000 strong) continue to fight and die in a foreign land that has become little more than a line item on the weekend news shows.

  • Celebrating the New Deal through art

    The New Deal era was a “very pivotal time for our state,” said Hedy Dunn, director of the Los Alamos Historical Society. There were political aspects that contributed to the era’s importance but also cultural aspects as well.

  • Having fun on a Monday

    When Mondays come around some people might groan. On this day, the relaxing and fun times of the weekend ends and the workweek begins.

    For me, Mondays mean something different. Being in the newspaper business means my schedule is never the normal the 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday workweek.

    To get the Sunday paper out, the staff works Saturdays. Sometimes it feels a little depressing knowing while everyone is out hiking on mountain trails or browsing through stores in a shopping plaza, I am punching keys on a keyboard.

  • Los Alamos Triathlon: More than 300 athletes are expected for 35th annual race

    The longest continuously-run triathlon in the country will keep that streak going in 2009.

    Over 300 athletes are scheduled to compete at this year’s Los Alamos Triathlon.

    The Los Alamos Triathlon, celebrating its 35th running this year, is scheduled for Saturday. The triathlon starts just outside the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    With registration closing today, 261 individuals, 12 two-person teams and 21 three-person teams have already signed up for Saturday’s event.

  • Friday to feature musical mayhem

    When Devon Allman’s Honey Tribe comes to town, expect all plans and scripts to be crumpled up and thrown away in favor of an off-script and off-the-cuff performance.

    This spontaneity will be featured in an old-school blues and rock n’ roll concert, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Best Western Hilltop House.

    The concert is part of the Los Alamos County Summer Concert series.

    “They (Los Alamos residents) can expect absolute mayhem,” Allman joked.

  • Living History: The famous among us

    The spirits of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves seem present to people who know the history of Los Alamos, but their likenesses will soon stand exactly where they once stood more than 60 years ago. With the help of historical sculptures, visitors and residents will no longer have to imagine the past. Former County Councilor Nancy Bartlit has spearheaded a project to bring bronze representations of prominent figures to Los Alamos, and currently serves as chairperson of a committee assigned to create a master plan for locating them. She began working on the project in 2003.

  • Schools’ lobbyist discloses special legislative session

    Lobbyist Scott Scanland told local school board members and district administrators Tuesday evening that Gov. Richardson intends to call a special session in October.

    Scanland, whose  annual $10,000 lobbying contract was unanimously approved during the meeting, explained that Richardson and legislative leaders in the House and Senate agreed to call a special session of the legislature, probably in October.

  • A big-box is vital to Los Alamos

    In my view all of the options for the Trinity site development presented to the council on July 23 will lead to the eventual termination of negotiations with Boyer and with that we will lose any chance of getting a new big box store in the near future. This is an unacceptable outcome for our community.

  • July was a good monsoon month

    Los Alamos County had rain on 20 days in July, so the monsoon appeared to be in full swing. But how much the monsoon is to be credited for the rain is questionable.

    Indeed, the first major storms of the month, which brought a combined 1.3 inches of rain on July 5th and 6th and the largest hail this meteorologist has ever seen, had perfect monsoon conditions associated with them.