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Today's News

  • Breaking News: Governor signs executive order mandating spending cuts

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson takes steps today towards balancing the state’s budget. He signed legislation, while vetoing what he termed “irresponsible budget cuts that would have cut critical health services, closed prisons and jeopardized protection for kids.”

    After taking final action on the special-session legislation, Richardson signed an Executive Order that sets five furlough days for state employees and further cuts state agency budgets by an average of 7 percent for the budget year.

  • ‘Sherlock’ features a battle of wits

    When I was a kid, “Clue” was my favorite board game and “Murder, She Wrote,” was one of my favorite TV shows. I loved these two forms of entertainment because they offered intrigue, a sense of danger and the key players had to use their minds to solve the mystery.

    Therefore, I was delighted that Los Alamos Little Theater’s production of “Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure,” combines all these elements to produce one excellent play.

  • Sharing uncrappy writing to the reader

    Sometimes, I try to write something. In fact, I do write something. I write line after line until I’ve got paragraphs. I spend several minutes, or even hours, before I realize my mistake, my monstrous mistake. It’s one I make repeatedly on blank screens and pieces of paper: I write a bunch of crap.

    This wouldn’t be such a problem if only people enjoyed reading crap. But they have much better things to do.

  • First Born turns one

    The local First Born Program was created to help families increase their web of support for building strong relationships. A trained pool of professionals work with parents to provide an individualized education plan, materials and resources to increase knowledge on child development.

    Kristine Coblentz heralded this effort, which is for first-time families and their newborns. Coblentz championed the program since its Grant County roots blossomed into a four county core of educational centers.

  • Atomic City Transit wins top awards

    Los Alamos’ own Atomic City Transit has risen above nearly 750 competitors to garner first place honors in the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) AdWheel Awards.

    The awards recognize excellence in public transportation marketing and communications.

    Los Alamos County Transportation Division Manager Nancy Talley and County Management Analyst Jill Carothers accepted the 2009 AdWheel Award for Atomic City Transit’s “Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” commercial during the APTA’s annual conference Oct. 5 in Orlando, Fla.

  • Pest control tech faces felony charges

    Longtime Los Alamos Terminix serviceman, Charles Herrera, 63, of Santa Fe has been charged with criminal sexual penetration.

    The charge stems from an alleged incident that occurred inside the home of a local woman for whom he has provided pest control services for many years.

  • 11-12 Update

    Sustainable energy talk

    Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. The November speaker will be David Vosgurgh, projects director at EnvironX.

    LAFRW meeting

    The Los Alamos FRW at

  • Petty theft hurts a lot

    On Oct. 14 in the afternoon between 1 and 3:30 p.m. the sandwich board sign out in front of my new business (Karen Wray Fine Art-Gallery and Studio at 2101 Trinity Drive, Suite B-2) was stolen. The sandwich board was not small. It is 36 inches high by 24 inches wide, made of white plastic with attached signs stating “Gallery / Open” in black print on yellow corrugated plastic. Earlier, on Sept. 11, this sign was outside with 10 balloons attached to the top, announcing the Arts Crawl that was taking place that evening.

  • View climate action photos

    Over 50 people came to Ashley Pond on Oct. 24 to observe the 64th birthday of the United Nations, and to participate in the International Call for Climate Action.

    Los Alamos was well represented along with over 5000 communities in 181 nations on this day of action, calling upon the participants in the December UN talks in Copenhagen, Denmark to establish 350 parts per million of carbon dioxide as the safe upper limit for our atmosphere.

  • Gone today, hair tomorrow

    I’m having withdrawal symptoms. Celebrity withdrawal. People have stopped recognizing me in the street! So, sorry folks, I had to come up with a lame excuse to write about hair, just so that I could change my photo.

    So, in this season of being thankful, I’m thanking my hair for growing back to a style I’m happy with. It’s taken 16 months to go from zero to what you see in my new photo.