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Today's News

  • Roundhouse: A kaleidoscope of art

    There is something special about the Capitol Building in Santa Fe. As the saying goes, there is more to it than what meets the eye. The building is significant for more reasons than just its appearance; it is the only round capitol building in the U.S. It is what the building contains inside that makes it invaluable.

    Walking down corridors, climbing up stairs and entering offices, the evidence of the Capitol’s significance is everywhere. It is like viewing a collage, or spinning kaleidoscope of the art world in New Mexico.

  • American Legion celebrates 90 years

    The American Legion will observe its founding today.

    While the celebration will be simple, a few blue and gold balloons will hang from the local post’s marquee and a sign recognizing the legion turning 90 will be displayed, it will honor a very long and successful history of helping veterans and the community.

    Since its founding in 1919, more than 15,000 American Legion Posts have sprung up throughout the United States to serve veterans, their families and children in local communities.

  • Honoring scouts and raising funds

    The work of the Boy Scouts of America never ends and their fundraising efforts continue with their annual giving campaign, called Friends of Scouting.

    Paul Rhien, Northern New Mexico district executive, said many exciting things are happening in the district.

    “We are more and more able to expand our program and include more and more youth from the Española and Taos communities,“ he said.

  • Alpine Laser Dental marks 10 years of service

    Dr. Curtis Brookover, DDS, and his staff at Alpine Laser Dental are celebrating a decade of service to the community.

    Brookover recently took time to reflect on the industry’s technological advances of recent years.

    “Dentistry today is vastly different from what it was just 15 or 20 years ago, though public perception still hasn’t caught up with the advances the field of dentistry has made,” he said. “Dentistry has moved beyond only the teeth in facilitating our patients achieve health and wellness.”

  • New Mexico drops to second

    There was an item in the news recently that New Mexico has fallen out of first place.

    Sadly, this is again one of those lists we don’t want to be on.

    Mississippi now has the nation’s highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing us and Texas for that lamentable title.

    Mississippi’s rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The teen pregnancy rate in Texas and New Mexico is more than 50 percent higher.

  • County working to move forward

    While we think there are serious questions remaining, we applaud the county for its continuing efforts to make the Trinity Place happen.

    If the project really gets going to the level the county believes it will, surely all of us will be winners.

    In these tough economic times, to accomplish such a feat would be a real achievement.

    Agree or disagree, the work and perseverance put into the plan by county officials should only bring acknowledgement for a some hard work.

    Good choice

  • Real change remains top item

    This week, President Obama signed what he called an “imperfect” bill that spends $410 billion, including millions in earmarks.

    You remember earmaks? In the campaign last year when he talked about change, change you can trust and all that, he promised to curb earmarks.

    But now he says earmarks are good when they are “done right.”

    The massive measure supporting federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, earmarked by sponsors though denounced by critics. And the president at one time.

  • Strumming my face with his fingers

    The year was 1973.  Nixon ordered a halt to the bombing in Vietnam.

    “The Sting” won Best Picture at the Oscars.  Pablo Piscasso died and MRI technology was born. The Sydney Opera house was opened and Secretariat won the Kentucky Derby. 

    The radio hummed with the soothing voice of Roberta Flack singing “Killing Me Softly,” a saccharine-sweet melody about a guitar player whose words uncomfortably harmonized with the life of the listener. My friend Carl loved that song and he would sing along with it. 

  • APP Board call for artists a success

    Three time’s a charm, or so the old saying goes. But in the case of the Art in Public Places Board’s call for artists, twice might just do the trick.

    The board put out a call for artists last fall in the hope of attracting folks that would be interested in having their work etched on the bus shelters that had been constructed. The call for artists, however, was not as successful as the board had hoped because only two proposals were received.

  • Emergency drill planned for DP Road

    The hazardous waste cleanup site along DP Road will be the focus of a coordinated emergency exercise next week.

    The operation will involve several vehicles from the county and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Los Alamos Fire Department, county emergency officials, LANL management and protective services will also participate in what will become a series of exercises as the project progresses.