Today's News

  • Celebrate Arbor Day every day

    The first day of spring was Friday. But here in New Mexico, we got an early start by celebrating Arbor Day on March 13.

    While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, New Mexico, similar to several other states, observes the holiday at a time best suited for tree planting.

    The Arbor Day Foundation encourages everyone to plant a tree to celebrate this special holiday. The Foundation’s website (www.arborday.org) offers many helpful tips from how to plant a tree to selecting the right tree for the right place.

  • Rising up from the ashes of war

     “In its blindness, war destroys the lives of civilians and soldiers alike,” writes Jorg Jansen, author of “And New Life Blossoms from the Ruins.” Jansen will sign his memoir about his childhood growing up in World War II Germany, at 6 p.m. Thursday at Otowi Station Bookstore and Science Museum Shop. Before the signing, he will share  his childhood memories in a talk at 5 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

  • Girls track and field: LA picks up big victory

    ALBUQUERQUE – It’s still early in the season, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team may be starting to emerge as a serious contender.

    The Hilltoppers won a decisive team victory at Friday’s Buddy Robertson Invitational, held Friday at Milne Stadium. The Hilltoppers grabbed 121.5 team points, easily outdistancing second-place Cibola and nearly doubling the point total of third place Albuquerque Academy.

    Along the way Friday, Los Alamos had some big early season individual finishes and picked up eight state qualifying marks.

  • Boys track and field: Toppers finish in third at Friday’s Robertson Invite

    ALBUQUERQUE – Things continue to look bright for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team, even when the clouds are rolling in.

    Despite thick storm clouds hanging over Wilson Stadium and the Buddy Robertson Invitational late Friday afternoon, Los Alamos still put together a good showing against some tough competition.

  • Softball: Toppers take third place in home tournament

    Heading into the final game of the 10-game Los Alamos Softball Tournament, second place was still up in the air.

    With the Raton Tigers securing first place after going 4-0, the Santa Fe Indian School Braves and the Los Alamos Hilltoppers were tied 2-1 in the standings and facing off in Saturday’s finale at Overlook Park.

  • Work session has light agenda

    The agenda for Tuesday night’s county council work session will be light. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall.

    There are only two items slated for the business agenda. The first is the approval of golf course fee increases for the 2009-2010 season.

  • Senators, N.M. delegation protest DOD shift: Problems with nuclear weapons management structure acknowledged

    Opponents of a study that originated in the Office of Management and Budget raised their voices a notch this week.

    Two letters, both signed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., chairman of the Energy and Natural Resource Committee, were fired off to OMB Director Peter Orszag and released Wednesday.

    The letters express “firm opposition” to the subject of the study, which has to do with transferring the National Nuclear Security Administration to the Department of Defense.

  • First cement slab laid on Entrada Project

    County projects seem to be abundant these days. The call for Capital Improvement Projects proved that there are a lot of ideas floating around out there.

    One idea that’s been in the works for a couple of years is the Entrada Business Park. Not much has been said about the project lately, and so far it’s trudged along silently.

    Rick Reiss, Managing Member of Main Gate LLC has been working on getting businesses to move into the park. So far, he’s secured a deal with Holiday Inn Express.

  • Long-time lab employee celebrates

    Gerald Martinez celebrated his 35th anniversary with Los Alamos National Laboratory Thursday at De Colores restaurant with his wife Rochelle and colleagues.

    Martinez, who has served for a total six years on the Tribal Council at San Ildefonso, is the great-grandson of the renowned potter from San Ildefonso, Maria Martinez. He has worked in some 10 different groups and divisions during his time at the laboratory.

    During the laboratory’s 60th anniversary, Martinez was featured as one of five generations of his family employed by the lab.

  • To tax or not to tax

    One thing that we find interesting is that when  it suits them, some people find gross receipts taxes to be a regressive thing.

    But then, when they want more money for the government to spend, they say, “Let’s increase the gross receipts tax.”

    Such was the case this week as the House approved a bill that would raise money to fund education.

    Earlier, they had passed an education reform bill that called for some $400 million in new expenditures. This measure was their answer to that.