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Today's News

  • Soccer: District names Neal, Delano top players of season

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams earned big honors by District 2AAAA this season.

    Los Alamos’ girls picked up eight first team All-District nods for the 2009 regular season and the Hilltopper boys matched that total.

    The All-2AAAA teams were announced Monday by district officials.

    Leading the way for Los Alamos’ boys team was Graham Delano, who was named the district’s Player of the Year for 2009. On the girls side, Los Alamos’ Kelsey Neal was also named the Player of the Year.

  • Municipal Building site in council’s court

    They persevered four long months, met 10 times together and even more with the community, held three straw polls on 25 potential sites and now the Site Selection Committee’s work is done.

    Tuesday evening the committee turned over to county council its

    300-page report – and with it the final decision of where to locate the Municipal Building.

    The report contains two site recommendations, both of which are in the center of downtown Los Alamos.

  • Homegrown goodness

    You can find Cindy Talamantes hanging out in the same location every Thursday but after this week, she’ll be hard to find for a while. Talamantes is the manager of the local Farmer’s Market.

    While her primary duty is managing some 40 plus vendors, Talamantes is also an artist in her own right, creating baskets for all occasions, which sometimes also make it to market.

  • Earthquake could threaten plutonium stores

    In an unusually blistering recommendation, an independent federal safety monitor for the nuclear weapons complex expressed concerns about potential consequences of an earthquake at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Continuing a theme that has reappeared regularly in the reports and correspondence of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, the board said it had identified a need to execute both immediate and long-term action that can reduce the risk posed by a seismic event at the Plutonium Facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Inside plants: It’s a small world after all

    I don’t think about the world from the point of view of plants very often. I mostly consider our friends in the plant kingdom as the stationary green stuff around me when I’m outdoors and possibly the makings of salad in the summers. 

    But plants are also teaching me a thing or two as I grow older. I’ve taken to planting trees in middle age, I guess because of the emotional connection between trees and spans of time that are beyond those of a human lifetime. Nothing quite satisfies me as much as planting a hardwood.

  • LAHS supports Aid For Africa

    Thirty bucks may  look  like pocket change to some but it can actually create a significant change in someone’s life.

    For the past five years, Los Alamos High School teacher Allen Andraski   invited Maureen Mahoney-Barraclough, director of Aid For Africa, have proven how far a small amount of money can go.

    Every year Mahonney-Barraclough gives presentations about her experiences with families and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in South Africa and Uganda to Andraski’s World History classes at Los Alamos High School.

  • Never too old for Halloween

    The magic of Halloween is something anyone at any age can experience. It’s not just kids who get excited about it. Adults get in on the fun, too. For instance, the RE/MAX staff starts planning their Halloween decorations in July and Aspen Copies closes the store at noon on the day of Trick of Treat on MainStreet to transform into a haunted house.

    James Cline, who co-owns Aspen Copies with his wife, said the whole staff and even volunteers prepare the business to spook youngsters beginning at 5 p.m.

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  • Soccer: LA girls are 2-seed in 4A bracket, boys are 5th

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team thought it had made a strong case for a No. 1 seed, but didn’t know if the state seeding committee would see it that way.

    The Hilltopper boys soccer team suspected if it beat Capital decisively Saturday night it could crack the top four in the state tournament seeding, but might still finish as a five-seed.

    The more pessimistic view turned out to be the right one on both counts.

  • Judge vacancy nets three applicants

    The window of opportunity closed at 5 p.m. Friday to submit letters of interest to fill the probate judge vacancy in Los Alamos County.

    Three residents with varying degrees of experience applied to replace Janet Foster who resigned following her Sept. 27 appointment by county council to serve as county clerk.

    Foster fills the vacancy left by longtime County Clerk Mary Pat Kraemer who resigned Aug. 31 due to retirement pension issues.