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Today's News

  • Decision to purchase sculpture questioned

    The tranquility of water flowing from a stone fountain will soon meet the harsh sound of wheels hitting concrete as worlds collide in front of Mesa Public Library.

     

    During Tuesday night’s County Council meeting, councilors approved the purchase of a stone fountain to be placed near the skate park. A motion was presented to council and passed with a 6-1 vote. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle opposed the proposal.

     

    Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre conceived the idea for the fountain.

     

  • Having a ball with YMCA

    Whip out the evening gown and pull out the tux, it’s time to gussy up for a good cause.

    The Family YMCA is hosting its Red and Black Ball to benefit the 2009 Strong Kids Annual Support Campaign.

    The big event will be held from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Central Avenue Grill.

    The event includes dinner, a silent auction, camaraderie and dancing.

    The silent auction items include art pieces, vacation stays in condos, a motor scooter and other surprises.

  • The glass really is half full

    This week, we look at Asset #40, a Positive View of Personal Future. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are optimistic about their personal future.”  Nationally it is reported that 74 percent of youth have this asset.

    If you set aside the national economic news, the future seems to have a connotation of looking a little rosier. It does seem that lately everyone seems to try a little harder to get along, to work together and to make a difference.

  • Quite a week in Los Alamos

    There were three momentous events in Los Alamos last week, two good and one not so good.

     

    First was the school bond election. The fact that it passed by a decent majority says a lot for the folks who live here.

     

    When presented with a positive plan, the community will back it. There was no doubt that our schools need work and improvements. We have one of the best school districts around but nothing stays at the top without some kind of investment.

     

  • Food stamp users hit record in ’08

    Food stamp use has surged statewide to an all-time high in 2008. Another sign that the nation’s economic turmoil is being felt here, the Associated Press reports.

    In December, the number on food stamps jumped by more than 6,000. State data show that 268,400 people received food stamps in December, an annual increase of 15.3 percent.

    That compares with 232,696 recipients statewide in December 2007.

  • NNSA chief takes heat for Lab’s handling of beryllium disclosure

  • Community is wonderful

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to thank the local businesses and the community for their efforts during the recent search and rescue of the lost snowboarder at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Volunteer Ski Patrol did an unbelievable job searching for the lost person. The NM SAR Team also did an outstanding job. The very special, behind the scene support from the local businesses was above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Downward and downward it goes

    Dear Editor,

    Two problems among many contribute to the downward spiral of the current recession. One is in the real economy-people are unemployed and more are fired every day. Their potential production is lost to the economy. The second is in the flow of money in the currently clogged financial system.

  • Thank You President Obama

    Dear Editor,

    (Inspired by the thank you letter sent from over 250 health and human rights organizations on the recent Executive Order reversing the Mexico City global-gag rule.)

    Thank you for restoring funding for agencies which promote the idea that it is the preferred option that women kill the baby in her womb rather than take responsibility. It is preeminently obvious that this issue is more important than the banning of cluster bombs, elimination of land mines, expansion of a food stamp program, or establishment of positive measures relative to climate change.

  • Blood drive serves dual purpose

    Gurneys and blood-pumping machines filled half the hall of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Wednesday afternoon. People sat patiently on the metal chairs waiting for their turn to donate blood for the quarterly United Blood Services blood drive.

     

    For some donors, giving blood was just another routine act of good will. But for others, this blood drive was a little bit different. This time around, donors could give blood for a fellow Los Alamos resident.