Today's News

  • Nudging America to go online

    Among the memorable books of 2008 is Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge” in which the University of Chicago professors outline a new philosophical approach to governance. By creating the right incentives, government can “nudge” Americans to make the right decisions about their retirement, health and education.


    The book appeals to both fiscal conservatives who want to rein in uncontrolled government regulations and progressives who want the government to address unmet social needs.


  • A timeless story will be told

    It is a 12-year-old script but the story never gets old.

    From 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 11, the Santa Fe Stake of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church will present a timeless story in the form of a pageant titled, “Christ’s Passage to Resurrection” at the Los Alamos ward.

    Brent and Marcia Boyack of Los Alamos wrote the script, which is based on the King James’ version of the New Testament.

    “We wanted to provide a special Easter experience for members of our church,” Brent said.

  • Good time for title insurance reform

    SANTA FE – Are New Mexico homeowners getting the shaft on their title insurance? The 2009 Legislature is again being asked to consider the possibility.

    Last year, legislation to reform the industry got sidetracked and delayed. This year’s possibilities look better.

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Ray Lujan was the leading advocate of the legislation last year. Now that Lujan is a member of Congress, his father, New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan, is championing the legislation.

  • Death penalty repealed

    Gov. Richardson signed legislation late Wednesday repealing the death penalty in New Mexico.

    Richardson made the decision, he said, after going to the state penitentiary, where he saw the death chamber and visited the maximum security unit where those sentenced to life without parole could be housed.

    “My conclusion was those cells are something that may be worse than death,” he said. “I believe this is a just punishment.”

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy discussed the governor’s decision during an interview this morning.

  • Scorecard for the Legislature

    Dear Editor,

    I’m keeping score of some of the “more important” issues our state legislature has deemed it necessary to take up during this economic downturn:

    • Assisted suicide – killing the sick and the elderly when they are most vulnerable and should be receiving humane treatment;

    • Domestic partnership – dissolving the very foundation upon which Western society is built;

    • Embryonic Stem Cell Research – destroying human life at the earliest possible stage in the interest of science,

  • Kill old horses, not people

    Dear Editor,

  • Trinity Drive: 2 Lanes or 4?

    Dear Editor,

    Wake up Los Alamos!

    The county staff under Kyle Zimmerman is planning to change Trinity Drive between Oppenheimer and DP Road. The two plans last on the table (March 5, 2009) are: leave this part of Trinity Drive as four lanes with modifications, or make Trinity Drive a two-lane road with four roundabouts.

  • Debunking myths that hobble growth

    Many myths and misconceptions masquerade as truths in the business world and people trying to start or expand a business are often misled by them. Realistic expectations are critical to business success and getting real begins with separating fact from fiction. Some examples:

    “The lack of a product or service in an area is the most important indicator of a need for it.”

  • Environmental Management nominee started here

    President Obama’s nomination for Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management at the Department of Energy is a familiar name in New Mexico.

    Ines Triay was one of several nominations to key administration posts announced on Friday.

    Triay has served in an acting capacity in the position for which she was nominated since November 2008. Before she went to work for the Department of Energy, she spent 14 years at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she began as a postdoc and eventually assumed a leadership role in waste management.

  • Police make armed robbery arrests

    Los Alamos Police report that what appeared to be a straight-forward armed robbery at Mountainair Cleaners in November was apparently an inside job and a conspiracy to steal money to buy drugs.

    Working together, LAPD patrol officers, detectives, residents and the District Attorney’s office have arrested, or are in the process of arresting, five people believed to be involved, including the clerk who posed as the victim.