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Today's News

  • A good childhood is no guarantee

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is part two of a three-part series covering the life of Leslie Kathryn Draper as she recounted during a jailhouse interview.

    Leslie Kathryn Draper was captured in Albuquerque by Los Alamos police March 31. The 24-year-old, single mother of two is charged with drug trafficking.

    Draper spoke at length about her family and how much she misses them during a June 22 jailhouse interview.

    Her father, 61, and her mother 55, are both onlychildren so Draper has no aunts or uncles and her grandparents have all died, she said.

  • Karen Kendall recounts fascinating childhood

    Younger family members and friends were surprised when they heard stories of Karen Boutilier Kendall’s adventurous childhood.

    “They’d tell me, ‘You really need to write these stories down, you really need to write a book,’” Kendall said during an interview Thursday.

    She married Greg Kendall right out of high school. As they lay in a field staring up at a meteor shower in the late 1980s, the couple discussed the idea of her writing down all the stories of her unusual childhood.

  • Hiring trends in new economy

    Recruiting top-drawer employees does’t stop just because hiring slows or freezes.

    The recession, however bad, isn’t permanent, and forward-looking executives realize that the most ambitious and productive workers – the ones they hope to attract – remain alert to opportunities from companies that market themselves vigorously and confidently no matter what the economic climate.

    The following are some trends that will affect hiring as the economy rebounds:

  • The other war in pakistan

    Defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida is only one part of the struggle to build peace in Pakistan. Humanitarian aid for over two million people who have been displaced by the fighting is equally critical to building stability in the troubled country.

    Pakistan’s prime minister says the militants will be defeated, but public support will be lost if the refugees suffer. What’s at stake is not just a battle for territory, but an effort to win Pakistanis over to the side of the United States and away from the Taliban and al-Qaida.

  • Talk: Natural gas may help in short term

    How will large utilities companies invest their money over the next 20 years?

    Answers to relatively short term questions like this, will also have long-term impacts on energy supply choices, costs to generate power and whether or not goals for stabilizing global carbon emissions can be met in time.

    A small group of people were invited recently to hear a high-level overview of what’s driving electric policy issues these days.

  • Tennis courts get a facelift

    Tennis enthusiasts can look forward to improvements being made to the courts located within Los Alamos County very soon.

    After lengthy council discussion at a couple of different meetings regarding the maintenance plans for the courts within the county, some tennis courts are currently undergoing resurfacing projects, with plans to fix others to follow soon.

    During the May 12 council meeting, Community Services Director Stephani Johnson was in council chambers to present the multi-year maintenance program for the tennis courts.

  • Golf: NNMSMGA results from Pagosa Springs tourneys

    Local golfer Jeff Brown had a big showing on consecutive days at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association’s tournaments at Pagosa Springs, Colo.

    Brown and partner Buzz Burke of Pagosa Springs took top honors in the first flight of the NNMSMGA’s 2-man scramble June 15. Brown followed that up by taking the first flight victory June 16.

    Both tournaments were held at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

  • The Next Level: Wood makes honor roll at Adams State

    Los Alamos High School graduate Heather Wood was named to the Adams State College student-athlete honor roll for the 2009 spring semester.

    Wood, who graduated from LAHS in 2004, was one of three cross country runners at the Alamosa, Colo., school to post perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

    To be recognized, student-athletes must have maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA for the semester.

     In all, 114 ASC athletes made the list.

  • Movie produces more than laughs

    Perhaps its producers thought billing it as a comedy would be a bigger draw – believing, maybe, that people prefer to laugh than to think, or to identify, or to care. But “The Milagro Beanfield War,” directed by Robert Redford, is most of all a sweet movie, full of adorable characters happy to shoot old pistols when they have to.

  • Mr. Jefferson and the Ice Age zoo

    Thomas Jefferson had so many serious interests and accomplishments that’s it’s difficult to name even half of them. Besides helping to found a nation, he analyzed the gospels, started a university, promoted fine dining and bought half our continent from the French.

    He also squeezed in a few hours now and then to theorize about the origin of some peculiar bones dug out of the earth. (That bit of work made him a cousin to all of us geologists – or so I like to think.)