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Today's News

  • Blowing out 60 candles

    Flames from 60 candles flickered and danced on a pale blue birthday cake Friday at Fuller Lodge to celebrate Los Alamos’ 60th anniversary.

    Members of the community, young and old, came to wish the town a happy birthday and help blow the candles out.

    Fuller Lodge was decked to the nines for the party, which was sponsored by the county, Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos National Security LLC. On the lawn were inflatable jumping games for children and blue and white balloons.

  • ChamberFest creates reflection of decades

    The Chamber of Commerce Banquet drew officials, their staff and their spouses from top organizations to Central Avenue Grill Friday evening. The event reflected on past decades as part of the county's 60-year birthday celebration.

    The annual affair traditionally kicks off ChamberFest weekend created to celebrate the business community. It attracts the masses to the downtown area for family fun including jolly jumpers and a large sand pile for the kids along with music, food and shopping for everyone.

  • Learn the art of puppetry Monday

    The Los Alamos County Library System’s summer reading program kicks off with theatrical flair.

    On Monday, members of Wise Fool Puppets will bring their performances and knowledge of puppetry to Mesa Public Library and White Rock Branch Library.

    The show begins at 4 p.m. in White Rock and at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library.

    Amy Christian, co-artistic director of Wise Fool, said they will talk about how the puppets are created, allow children to climb into their life-size puppets and perform little skits throughout the program.

  • Biology class isn’t the same

    David Thurston, a biology and geology teacher at Los Alamos High School, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) at the end of the school year.

    While Thurston is undergoing treatment at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, high school students have been busy finding ways to support him. He will soon be heading out to California for a bone marrow transplant.

  • Be a friend to the younger generation

    This week we take a look at Asset #15, Positive Peer lnfluence. According to the Search-Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when their best friends model responsible behavior.”

    While you can’t choose your child’s friends, you can have a big impact on their friendships. From the time our kids were tiny, my friend Karen and I knew we wanted to have the “hangout house.”

    You know the house you see on the Tyson food commercials when the kids come home from school with friends and want to eat you out of house and home.

  • Now is not the time

    The county council’s rejection of the utilities department’s request for a sewer rate hike was the right thing to do.

    In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night the council rejected a proposed ordinance that would have increased local sewer rates. This is not the time to be burdening people with more expenses.

    And it is not like the county is hurting for money, they are pretty much swimming in it right now.

    The increase would have provided some  $300,000 of revenue for maintenance and building cash reserves.

  • We are one community

    The theme of Friday’s event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Los Alamos was one of community.

    This is a theme we can agree with.

    But to be honest, we are not sure why the 60th anniversary celebration is so important. Usually a big anniversary would be the 50th or the 75th and so on.

    And there was a very big splash made in 1999 – the 50th anniversary. That makes more sense to us.

    So why this day and year are being played up we are not sure.

  • LAHS Athletics: Santa Fe in, Taos out of 2AAAA after next year

    There could be some interesting landscapes on the horizon for the 2010-11 sports year barring unforeseen roadblocks around the state of New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of most interscholastic high school-level sports in the state, is set to implement a new alignment and classification system, which is set to go into effect the school year after next.

  • Girls rugby: LA U19s head to Ireland this week

    Next stop for the Los Alamos Rugby Club will be the Emerald Isle.

    The local U19 girls rugby club, which has held a pair of recent fund-raising dinners at the Los Alamos Elks Club and a recent fund-raising car wash in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot, has earned enough money for an excursion to Ireland.

    The Los Alamos club will head to Ireland Wednesday. In Ireland, the rugby club will take part in three training sessions with international coaches and will play a pair of matches.

  • Hypocrisy That Knows No Bounds

    Each time I hear the news from our nation’s Capitol, I am reminded of the classic line from the movie “Tombstone.” Whether the clip is about spending or taxes, waterboarding or Gitmo, Government Motors or energy independence, I picture Doc Holliday pinning on the sheriff’s badge, as he quips, “My hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

    Our government leaders’ claims and actions seem extremely distant from one another. Do they think we do not notice?