Today's News

  • Let’s use our heads about Trinity

    Dear Editor,

    Route 502 is a state highway, upgraded to feed the lab, not the town! Two lanes each way divide at the Y into lanes dumping into LA or exiting from LA at 50mph. During rush-hour almost all of these bumper-to-bumper cars are going to or from the lab - somewhere besides the LA townsite.

    So, the main (90-plus percent?) users of 502 during these periods are not local residents.

  • Where do cancer patients go after treatment?

    This sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Standing on a golden beach, the sun beating down, crowds cheering, as you waddle your way under a flexing pole.

    I bet you’re thinking that’s the celebration of finishing cancer treatment. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

    Limbo is not so much what you do, as where you go.

    For months you’ve been coddled and cooed over by doctors and nurses, attentively listening to your every ache and pain, on standby 24 hours a day in case of that dreaded 101.5-degree fever.

  • Please, no roundabouts

    Dear Editor,

    Is the county’s current scheme for Trinity Drive a solution without a problem?  What is the “problem?”

    Is it lack of “prettiness” in the commercial area from Oppenheimer eastward? Is it excessive speed? Is it an unsafe intersection? Is it poor business access along Trinity? Is it improved ease of shopping for off-the-hill commuters? Or is it a failure to meet the definition of a “complete street?”

  • Promoting brains rather than brawn

    I love movies about spies. Espionage films are wonderful because the spies use their brains rather than their muscles to combat their enemies. I also admire all the elaborate disguises and fancy techno-gadets that are used to outwit the bad guys in these movies.

    So I looked forward to watching “Duplicity” because it contains my favorite kind of heroes.

    It didn’t disappoint. The movie’s IQ soars to the top of the charts with its witty script and clever plot twists.

  • A choreographer’s delight

    The spotlight is loving the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. The company is dancing into the forefront of the ballet world with its upcoming performance.

    Each of the ballets offers something special for the audience. Famous choreographer Twlya Tharp choreographed the piece, “Sue’s Leg,” which launched her career.

    Jennica Lundin, director of marketing at the ballet company, said no other company is currently performing the piece and Tharp hand-selected the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to dance her ballet.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:No lights, no TV, no problem!

    It’s absurd how I have allowed TV to become my major form of entertainment. It’s the thing I turn to when I don’t know what else to do.

    Sometimes I justify turning the television on by telling myself it provides some noise in my apartment so it won’t be so eerily quiet.

    But in reality, whatever appears on the screen generally suckers me onto the couch to passively observe whatever is on TLC or HGTV.

  • FLAME Act targets invasive species

    The Federal Land Assistance, Management and Enhancement (FLAME) Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.

    The FLAME Act contains an amendment that aims to reduce wildfire risks associated with invasive species sponsored by Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M.

    The legislation passed the House 412-3 and it establishes a permanent fund for fighting catastrophic wildland fires and establishes a cohesive wildland fire management strategy.

  • LANL protester found guilty

    A six-person jury found Marcus Patrick Blaise Page guilty of criminal trespassing on DOE land in front of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The unanimous verdict came in Page’s re-trial Tuesday after an Aug. 18 jury failed to reach consensus in the case.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados explained that criminal trespassing is a misdemeanor. She sentenced Page to the maximum 364 days in jail, suspending 362 of those days and granting him credit for two days spent in jail April 14-16 following his arrest.

  • Los Alamos Police capture fugitive Leslie Draper

    Los Alamos Police Sgt. Jason Herrera led the search that resulted in the 1:30 a.m. capture of Leslie Kathryn Draper behind a Taco Bell in Albuquerque Tuesday.

    Draper, 23, has been on the lam for several weeks in connection with a suspected meth lab operation discovered on Villa Street.

    She had been staying at the home since October while allegedly attending an Alabama court-ordered drug rehabilitation program in the local area, although her attendance in such a program hasn’t been confirmed.

  • The electric car revolution is alive and well on the hill

    Tony Tomei would not describe himself as a missionary of electric cars, although he admits to a little zealotry.


    “Jiminy Cricket sounds about right,” he said with a sly grin. “He was Pinocchio’s conscience, you know, kept him from telling lies.”


    Three years ago, Tomei knew very little about electric cars. Now he’s teaching the course with Skip Dunn at UNM-LA. And in a new and suddenly exploding field, he’s like a very knowledgeable one-eyed man leading the blind.