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Today's News

  • Lab Posts Danger Signs

    Los Alamos National Laboratory isn’t taking any chances about safety problems related to old munitions that might be lying around or recently exposed in the area.

    Last November two old mortar shells were found by a hiker near the boundary of TA-33 and TA-70 in Ancho Canyon, south of White Rock.

    The discovery was reported to the Los Police Department at the time and a hazardous devices team was called out for tests.

  • Cycling: Race gets an early start in 2009

    It might seem too early in the year, but the Pajarito Punishment mountain bike race starts up Saturday.

    The Pajarito Punishment will get going at 9 a.m. at Pajarito Mountain. The event will cover two days with the Punishment race scheduled for Saturday and a new downhill race Sunday.

    The race is the sixth leg of the New Mexico Off Road Series. Some of the top riders around the state attend the yearly race.

  • Running: Romero has perfect prediction Tuesday

    Nathan Romero had the third perfect prediction of the 2009 season at Tuesday’s pace race.

    Tuesday’s pace race, a weekly event sponsored by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held at Big Rock Loop on North Mesa. There were 20 runners and walkers competing in Tuesday’s race.

    Romero, running on the 3-mile course Tuesday, had a perfect finish-time prediction of exactly 21 minutes. It was Romero’s first pace race of the season.

  • 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.