Today's News

  • Six more applications reviewed at public hearing

    The Capital Improvement Projects application review process is still underway. The first in a series of four meetings was held last week, during which six applications were reviewed.


    The committee in charge of reviewing the applications held another meeting on Tuesday night in Council Chambers, where another five applications were reviewed.


    The list for Tuesday night’s agenda was as follows:


  • ‘An Impending Catastrophe!’

    Dear Editor,

    Those are the words of Dr. Carl Djerassi, the co-creator of the contraceptive pill. He goes on to say that modern families are “wanting to enjoy their shnitzels while leaving the rest of the world to get on with it.” Now, I’m not certain what a “shnitzel” is, but the comment certainly does not sound like a compliment.

    Many studies collaborate the following facts in countries which contracept:

    • population decline,

    • intelligence immigration,

    • increase in cervical cancer, and

  • Problems with bond issue

    Dear Editor,

    Here’s how to make sure I vote against the school bond.

    DO preach doom and gloom if one does not vote for the bond.

    DO tell me the quality of the education that our kids get will deteriorate because they are not being taught in a new classroom.

    DO put the importance of a classroom above the importance of a teacher.

  • Go with experience

    Dear Editor,

     The county council is going through an elaborate procedure to select a replacement for Jim West. Well and good, but the fact is Ken Milder has already been elected. He received 5,072 votes in the recent election, 1,409 more votes than the remaining candidate. In other words, 5,072 people have already voted for Ken.

  • Unitarian members to satisfy appetites, help fire victims

    When fires ravaged through southern California last year, many members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Alamos understood the fire victims’ situation because they had experienced a similar situation themselves.

    Sherry Hardage of the Unitarian Church explained about seven people in the congregation had lost their homes during the Cerro Grande Fire so they felt compelled to extend help to California.

  • Sports update

    Hockey team at home tonight

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team will play its final home game of the season tonight at Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    The game, against Santa Fe’s Blue Jackets, is scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    At Friday night’s game, the Hilltoppers will honor their seniors.

    Los Alamos also will be in action Saturday when it plays Eldorado.

    Saturday’s game is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Albuquerque.

    Free throw contest set for Sunday

  • Senate approves Chu for energy post

    Incoming Energy Secretary Steven Chu was confirmed Tuesday, within hours of the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington.

    Chu was one of six cabinet secretaries approved unanimously by the Senate, along with Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag.

  • 11 interested in council seat

    Filling the vacant county council seat left by the resignation of Jim West has been at the top of the new council’s list of things to do since their first meeting on the subject Jan. 6.

    During that meeting, it was decided that interested residents could submit applications, with a list of qualifications to County Administrator Max Baker.

    The deadline for submissions was 5 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Pile burning to begin

    The Los Alamos County Parks Division and the Santa Fe National Forest plan to continue maintenance burning in Bayo Canyon on January 22, 23, and 24, 2009.

    “The New Mexico Air Quality Bureau has changed its rules for prescribed burning and we are permitted to burn only on days with good ventilation and smoke dispersal,” said Craig Martin, the Los Alamos County open space specialist.

    In the past, small burn operations were allowed to proceed when ventilation was fair.

  • Obama calls for open government

    In one of his first acts as President Wednesday, President Barack Obama ordered heads of executive departments and agencies to side with openness in administering the Freedom of Information Act.

    “All agencies should adopt a presumption in favor of disclosure, in order to renew their commitment to the principles embodied in FOIA, and to usher in a new era of open government. The presumption of disclosure should be applied to all decisions involving FOIA,” he wrote.