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Today's News

  • Budget hearings begin Monday

    The deadline for filling federal taxes may have just passed, but money talk is far from over for Los Alamos County. In fact it’s just getting started.

    The county’s budget hearings will begin on Monday at 7 p.m. in council chambers. A slew of financial topics will be discussed, including strategic planning, the budget summary, fund statements, department summaries and performance measures and capital improvements, to name a few.

  • Here to be the leader

    It started with a fortune cookie. Los Alamos Public School superintendent finalist, Dr. Eugene Schmidt, explained he and his wife were eating at a Chinese restaurant and the fortune he received in his cookie said, “You are a leader. Others will soon need your inspiration.”

  • Scholar calls Artificial Intelligence back to its origins

    Not every goal in science and technology can be achieved by massive amounts of funding alone. At times it takes more than integrating the components.

    Sometimes, according to Pei Wang, one of the scholars in the field of Artificial General Intelligence, the answer must be found in having the big picture.

  • Make your voice heard

    Monday, the council begins hearings on its 2010 budget and we urge you to make your voice heard.

    The hearings are open to the public and begin Monday with an overview and ideas from our elected officials.

    Tuesday, the discussion will be on capital projects; Thursday the council will discuss operating budgets. All of the budget hearings will begin at 7 p.m. and be held in council chambers.

    If you have a concern or comment, now – not six months from now – is the time to get up and speak.

  • Come and honor an old friend

    This Wednesday there will be a very special FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center at 109 Central Park Square.

    From 5:30-7 p.m. the chamber is hosting a very  festive event – a time to come and thank someone who has given us hours of pure joy.

    Wednesday is the day to come and celebrate 20 years of music and fun and to thank the man who is responsible – Russ Gordon.

  • Get ready for a wild day

    The Los Alamos Youth Leadership program works hard throughout the community all year long. The ninth through 12-grade students attend a two-day summer leadership orientation before being divided into teams that work together during the school year.

    The 30 students are divided into three teams that work on a variety of projects that benefit the community in many ways.

    The teams select names, assign duties and carry out out tasks all in the name of community and leadership.

  • Making youth a resource

    This week, we take a look at Asset #8, Youth as Resources. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are given useful roles in the community.”

    This asset might be best understood by first approaching it from a family perspective. Do your children or grandchildren have tasks they do as a useful role in the family? Even if they don’t admit it, that’s where it all begins. Everyone needs to have a role in the family to feel like a valued part of it.

  • Putting on his running shoes again

    Stephen Betts ran track and cross-country for one-and-a-half years in high school and then hung up his running shoes. Well, the running shoes are coming down because Betts, a Los Alamos resident, is taking on the mother lode of races, the Boston Marathon.

    Two things inspired Betts, a Los Alamos National Laboratory employee and Bishop of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Los Alamos ward, to take part in the marathon.

  • Bending the rules with poetry

    Michelle Holland became a poet in high school. She liked to write but staying in the rules and guidelines of writing just wasn’t her thing.

    “I wasn’t a very good prose writer in high school,” she said, “(but) I wanted to write. I liked to keep a journal but I wasn’t good at putting together sentences and paragraphs.”

    Poetry offered a way out of all the rules. She wrote the way she thought poetry should be written.

  • Girls tennis: Mid-schoolers lead LA to split at pre-district tourney

    SANTA FE — Prior to the start of the pre-District 2AAAA duals Saturday, Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis coach Bruce Cottrell joked he was starting his elementary school team.

    While not exactly accurate, many in the Hilltoppers’ top six were still in eighth-grade, as many of his veteran players took Saturday off to prepare for Los Alamos High School’s prom.

    Starters for Los Alamos Saturday included Colleen Fitzsimmons, Madeline Margevicius and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff, all mid-schoolers.