Today's News

  • A hot issue on the campaign trail: theology

    Rick Perry dived right in. The Texas governor, now a Republican presidential candidate, held a prayer rally for tens of thousands, read from the Bible, invoked Christ and broadcast the whole event on the Web. There was no symbolic nod to other American faiths, no rabbi or Roman Catholic priest among the evangelical speakers. It was a rare, full-on embrace of one religious tradition in the glare of a presidential contest.

    Looks like another raucous season for religion and politics.

    And yet, there was a time when all of this was simpler. Protestants were the majority, and candidates could show their piety just by attending church.

  • Tropical Storm Lee's outer bands pelt Gulf Coast

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Lee were falling in southern Louisiana and pelting the Gulf Coast on Saturday as the storm's center trudged slowly toward land, where businesses were already beginning to suffer on what would normally be a bustling holiday weekend. The storm could bring as many as 20 inches of rain to some areas.

    Tropical storm warning flags were flying from Mississippi to Texas and flash flood warnings extended along the Alabama coast into the Florida Panhandle. The storm's slow forward movement means that its rain clouds should have more time to disgorge themselves on any cities in their path.

  • Mortillaro named permanent NCRTD executive director

    Anthony Mortillaro, a former Los Alamos County Administrator, no longer is the interim executive director of the North Central Regional Transit District. The NCRTD board voted Friday to remove the interim tag and make Mortillaro the permanent executive director.

    In a weighted vote, the board voted 23-2 for Mortillaro with the pueblos of San Ildefonso and Tesuque casting the no votes.

    The board interviewed Mortillaro and two other top candidates -- Joe Briscoe and Harry Montoya Friday. Then the board went into executive session for two hours before voting.

  • Church listings 09-02-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Summer worship at 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments following at 10:15. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come join the Family.
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, www. bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.


  • Don't assume all Baptists are alike

    “Are those people in Kansas who picket soldiers’ funerals typical Baptists? If not, why don’t I hear ‘real Baptists’ denouncing their actions?” — Dan

    Good question. I can speak personally to this one because it hits close to home.
     That this group calls itself “Baptist” is highly unfortunate because doing so casts a long shadow over good folks who share the name. This “fringe” group does not appear to practice much of anything that resembles historic Baptist beliefs.
    Many “real Baptists,” as you say, have indeed denounced the unconscionable actions of this group.

  • Lawmakers urged to keep Indian-majority districts 

    SANTA FE — Native American leaders urged lawmakers on Wednesday to safeguard Indian-majority districts when the Legislature redraws the boundaries of New Mexico’s elective office districts.
    There are nine districts — six in the House and three in the Senate — in which Indians account for at least 65 percent of the population. The districts are in northwestern and north-central New Mexico.
    A group representing tribes and pueblos in New Mexico on Wednesday outlined redistricting proposals to a legislative committee that will continue that number of Indian-majority districts.

  • In Brief 09-02-11

    Power outage in White Rock

    Officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities reported that a lightning strike damaged two overhead line fuses causing a power outage that began at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Bryce Avenue neighborhood of White Rock.  Approximately 80 customers were affected.  
    Power was restored to half of affected customers by 8 p.m., and after a fuse mechanism was replaced on the second fuse, the remaining customers had power restored by 9:44 p.m.

    DPU to check meters

  • Update 09-02-11

    Lunch with a Leader

    The League of Women Voter’s Lunch with a Leader will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 8 at Central Avenue Grill. The guest speaker will be Los Alamos County Environmental Services Specialist Tom Nagawiecki.

    Fuller Lodge

       The Fuller Lodge Historic Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Curtis Room.

    No trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Sept. 5. If Monday is your normal collection day, please put out your roll carts by 8 a.m. Wednesday.

    Ranger talk

  • Three county clerk employees receive certifications

    Three Los Alamos County employees received certifications from The NM EDGE County College program during the New Mexico Association of Counties annual summer conference in Roswell.

    Sheryl Nichols, Los Alamos County’s chief deputy clerk, and Adrianna Ortiz, the county’s senior deputy clerk, were presented the New Mexico Certified County Clerk designation, while Bonnie Montoya, of the county’s assessor office, received the certified public official designation.

    The NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the public sector, is a program administered by New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service.

  • LANL attracts 1,350 students

    Los Alamos National Laboratory this summer attracted 1,350 student interns in both technical and nontechnical fields, giving them the opportunity to conduct research in a wide range of disciplines. In addition, a record number of postdocs – 452–are working at Los Alamos this year.
    “Diverse people, new ideas, excellent work, that’s what the lab is about,” said Jerry Foropoulos, Jr. of High Explosives Science and Technology Division, a judge for the Laboratory’s 2011 Student Symposium, an event that showcases students’ summer projects.