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Today's News

  • Now is not the time

    The county council’s rejection of the utilities department’s request for a sewer rate hike was the right thing to do.

    In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night the council rejected a proposed ordinance that would have increased local sewer rates. This is not the time to be burdening people with more expenses.

    And it is not like the county is hurting for money, they are pretty much swimming in it right now.

    The increase would have provided some  $300,000 of revenue for maintenance and building cash reserves.

  • We are one community

    The theme of Friday’s event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Los Alamos was one of community.

    This is a theme we can agree with.

    But to be honest, we are not sure why the 60th anniversary celebration is so important. Usually a big anniversary would be the 50th or the 75th and so on.

    And there was a very big splash made in 1999 – the 50th anniversary. That makes more sense to us.

    So why this day and year are being played up we are not sure.

  • LAHS Athletics: Santa Fe in, Taos out of 2AAAA after next year

    There could be some interesting landscapes on the horizon for the 2010-11 sports year barring unforeseen roadblocks around the state of New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Activities Association, the governing body of most interscholastic high school-level sports in the state, is set to implement a new alignment and classification system, which is set to go into effect the school year after next.

  • Girls rugby: LA U19s head to Ireland this week

    Next stop for the Los Alamos Rugby Club will be the Emerald Isle.

    The local U19 girls rugby club, which has held a pair of recent fund-raising dinners at the Los Alamos Elks Club and a recent fund-raising car wash in the Los Alamos National Bank parking lot, has earned enough money for an excursion to Ireland.

    The Los Alamos club will head to Ireland Wednesday. In Ireland, the rugby club will take part in three training sessions with international coaches and will play a pair of matches.

  • Hypocrisy That Knows No Bounds

    Each time I hear the news from our nation’s Capitol, I am reminded of the classic line from the movie “Tombstone.” Whether the clip is about spending or taxes, waterboarding or Gitmo, Government Motors or energy independence, I picture Doc Holliday pinning on the sheriff’s badge, as he quips, “My hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

    Our government leaders’ claims and actions seem extremely distant from one another. Do they think we do not notice?

  • Bringing the Manhattan Project to the classroom

    For the first time, teachers from New Mexico and Colorado had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the history of the Manhattan Project for future use in their classrooms.

    Made possible by the Atomic Heritage Foundation, the group of 25 educators spent three days in Santa Fe at St. John’s College, making their way to Los Alamos where they toured various properties and absorbed information about the Manhattan Project.

    The teachers have diverse plans for how they will put what they learned at the workshop to use in their classrooms.

  • Valles Caldera trust returns to public access

    The Valles Caldera Trust took a few more jabs from its critics at a standing-room only public meeting Thursday night at the Hilltop House, while announcing plans for several improvements.

    Trustees muted their recent emphasis on commercial development projects on the public property, and Gary Bratcher, the Valles Caldera’s executive director, said he was serious about trying to help Dorothy Hoard of Los Alamos realize her vision of a 78-mile rim trail around the entire Valles Caldera Preserve.

  • KRSN nails first hurdle in quest to house satellite off North Mesa

    A packed room full of supporters cheered along with the owners of KRSN AM 1490 as the Parks and Recreation Board unanimously approved a request that essentially moves along the process for the station to acquire land at Loma Linda Park to house its satellite.

    Transferring the satellite from its current location in White Rock to the town site will greatly enhance reception, owner David Sutton said, adding that reception in White Rock can be maintained through the purchase of a 10-watt booster.

  • Accomplishing a lot in 60 years

    When Miriam and Rolland Perry arrived in Los Alamos with their young family in the spring of 1943, the Perrys found no other members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  

    Sixty years later, this has all changed.

    They worked with people of other faiths to organize a community Sunday School, which later became the United Church, where they became active.  

  • State’s poor graduation numbers

    Fewer than six in 10 students graduated from New Mexico’s high schools in 2006, giving the state a ranking of 48th in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated Press.

    Education Week’s report found New Mexico’s class of 2006 had a graduation rate of 56 percent. The study showed that an average of 73 students drop out each school day.

    The state only ranked ahead of Georgia (55.9 percent), the District of Columbia (48.8 percent) and Nevada (47.3 percent). The national graduation rate was 69.2 percent.