Today's News

  • Schools' flu flare up diminishing

    All signs suggest that the first wave of the influenza eruption hitting Los Alamos Public Schools in August is winding down.

    Some 38 students stayed home from Los Alamos Middle School Monday and just 22 today – a marked drop from last week’s absentee high of 149.

    “It’s definitely diminishing,” LAPS Business Manager John Wolfe said this morning. “From what I’ve seen the elementary schools are dropping as well.”

    Los Alamos High School seems to have been affected least by the local flu outbreak.

  • Siting committee meeting attendance down

    Things are coming down to the wire for the Municipal Building Siting Citizens’ Selection Committee.

    Committee members are working feverishly in an effort to be able to provide council with their recommendations for a new municipal building site by Sept. 30.

    On Thursday, the committee will not only hold their regularly scheduled meeting, but they will also host a meet and greet session from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in council chambers.

  • TWEAK goes full throttle

    Community Education students at UNM-Los Alamos built an electronic vehicle in just one month this summer.

    Instructor Michael Ham and his classes produced a working prototype of TWEAK (Three-Wheeled Electric Alternative by KinAesthetic Wind).

    “The idea was to build a small commuter vehicle that would be inexpensive — similar to a motorcycle but safer,” Ham said.

  • Cross country: Pittman, Walker win at scrimmage

    Runners from the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country boys and girls teams took first place in both races at Saturday’s La Cueva scrimmage.

    Holly Walker of Los Alamos set the pace in Saturday’s girls race, winning the contest in 20 minutes, 16 seconds. Walker is returning for her senior season in 2009.

    Meanwhile, Senior Kyle Pittman earned the victory in the boys race Saturday with his time of 16:21. Pittman is the top returner for the Hilltopper boys and one of the top runners in the state.

  • Health and fitness: Bodybuilding show continues to grow

    Returning Sept. 12 for its sixth year is the Southern Rockies Natural Bodybuilding and Figure Competition.

    Once again you can expect a bigger and better show.

    This year the competition will feature competitors from throughout New Mexico and from around the country.

    The level of competition is even greater than in past years. Each competitive group – men’s bodybuilding, women’s bodybuilding, women’s figure, and women’s fitness model – has several strong competitors and the judges may have their work cut out for them.

  • Meals on Wheels volunteer nourishes and is nourished in return

    Gerald “Jerry” Eagon worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 40 years. When he retired, he wondered what he would do to pass the time. Little did he know, he would be on the road every week around Los Alamos with a truckload of food and learning one of life’s great lessons.

    He has worked as a volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program for six years. He said he enjoys the work and being outside.

  • Initiative seeks to promote rights and responsibilities

    As citizens of our country, we have the right to complain about the things we do not like. We have the responsibility, however, to take positive action to improve what we feel is lacking. A basic problem of all government, identified by a Los Alamos citizen in 1959, is “the prevention of any one interest from gaining complete control at the expense of others.” The criticism was not about the presence of special interests, which can benefit society greatly, but about lack of control of those interests in government by government.

  • Population is a long, long line


    Picture every part of the environment having a string tied to it. The strings lead to concerns spaced in time and distance.

    At one end the strings all meet in a tangle of knots.

    That mighty tangle is world population.

  • Breaking News: Governor proposes budget balancing plan that avoids lay-offs and furloughs

    Gov. Bill Richardson today presented a budget-balancing plan to legislative leaders that addresses a $441 million revenue shortfall for this fiscal year, while keeping education spending intact.

    “As promised, my plan closes the budget gap in a fiscally responsible way, without cutting education or increasing taxes,” Richardson said. “This plan, which is based on current revenue projections, is meant to start the discussion to resolve this deficit. I look forward to hearing additional ideas that legislative leaders may have.”


  • Former Art Center Board chair sentenced for unruly behavior