Today's News

  • District desperately needs bus drivers

    Last summer the Los Alamos Public Schools lost four route drivers. Three drivers took jobs with Atomic City Transit and one, Keith Rosenbaum, was promoted to LAPS Transportation Division superintendent.

    Rosenbaum briefed the Los Alamos Board of Education Thursday evening in the district boardroom regarding the status of his department, including the impact Atomic City Transit (ACT) and Park and Ride bus systems are having on his bus ridership.

    The district is down about 500 riders, combining the high school and middle schools, from 800 at the beginning of the year.

  • A rover named Curiosity

    The Mars rover that will be carrying two instruments from Los Alamos National Laboratory has a name.

    In a national competition, Clara Ma, a sixth-grader from Kansas submitted the winning entry, “Curiosity.” She wins a trip to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

    NASA made the announcement Thursday, noting that the name was chosen from over 9,000 suggestions and took into account the essays that accompanied the proposals.

  • Register for icon painting class

    An icon painting workshop in the Byzantine-Russian tradition will be held July 6-11 in Santa Fe.  The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of icon-writing in the Byzantine-Russian tradition.

    During the intensive, “hands-on” workshop, each participant will paint an icon using traditional techniques and materials.

  • Local business owner recognized as a woman of influence

    Her interest in going beyond decorating and into creating environmental spaces has allowed Cheryl Sowder’s business to blossom and thrive for three decades.

    And New Mexico Business Weekly recently rewarded Sowder’s success with its prestigious Women of Influence award.

    The Finishing Touch owner was honored at the Business Weekly’s fifth annual Women of Influence awards luncheon in April at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. More than 400 attendees celebrated the recognition and achievements of Sowder and other recipients.

  • We, too, desire peace in the Middle East

    Dear Editor,

    In his letter of May 14, Richard Foster implies that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is the principle cause of armed conflict in the Middle East, and that our nation’s support of Israel is evidence that we, too, do not desire peace in that region.

  • When the horn blows

    Dear Editor,

    What is with these people that blow their horns in a parking lot when nobody is in the vehicle?

    Don’t they realize it is not only unnecessary but rude and annoying?

    Don’t we have enough noise in our lives without people blowing their horns just to lock their doors?

    Why can’t they be considerate enough to look in their vehicle owners manual and learn how to turn that irritating horn feature off?

  • The blessings of cancer

    No I haven’t been drinking!

    Trust me, the great Lance Armstrong said it in his book, “It’s Not About the Bike.” Cancer survivors are the lucky ones, because dying from cancer sucks, right?

    Hang on, there must be more to it than that.

  • County to tackle gopher problem

    Some furry, and seemingly unwanted, tenants have inhabited the ball fields around Los Alamos and now officials are holding a meeting to discuss how they should be eradicated.

    Gophers have taken up residence in ball fields, posing a danger to those who use the fields, officials report. Not only is it possible for users to trip and fall because of gopher holes, but also the possibility of contracting a disease, such as plague, from infected gophers is also possible.

  • Police Beat Through May 26

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    May 21

    8:30 p.m. – Pamela Maddox, 51, of Los Alamos was stopped for speeding and arrested on an outstanding warrant from another jurisdiction.

    10:20 p.m. – Tyler Schultz, 18, of Los Alamos was stopped for speeding and arrested on Arkansas Street and charged with buying, selling, giving alcohol to a minor.

  • Caldera audits square old accounts

    When Congress established the Valles Caldera National Preserve in 2000 as an independent government agency, it probably didn’t mean that their creation would be financially unaccountable during its first nine years.


    But one thing led to another and nine years later the governing board of trustees has finally completed audits for a period of three of those years, from 2004-2007.