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Today's News

  • Forge ties in the neighborhood

    This week, we take a look at Asset #13, Neighborhood Boundaries. According to the Search Institute, “Neighbors and friends’ parents help monitor the child’s behavior and provide feedback to the parent(s).”

    As we slide into summer, neighborhood boundaries are great assets for our focus. This is an excellent time to plan some neighborhood activities for youth to keep them busy and establish relationships.

  • Ready to take the stage

    Mrs. Los Alamos, Bernadette Lauritzen is heading into her final stretch for the Mrs. New Mexico competition on June 20.

    Her final attempt at fundraising concludes with a bake sale and raffle during the Chamberfest activities on June 13.

    “I really enjoy fundraising for other entities,” Lauritzen said, “but I’ll be happy to see the fundraising for myself come to an end.”

    Lauritzen has had to raise funds to cover nearly $900 in entry fee pageant expenses.

  • Cycling: Schulze, Heath among top riders in Sunday’s downhill

    Los Alamos rider Peter Schulze took top honors in the expert men’s downhill category Sunday.

    Schulze’s time of 3:41.33 was 15 seconds better than Santa Fe’s Mark Mueller in the expert category of Sunday’s downhill mountain bike race.

    The downhill race came a day after the annual Pajarito Punishment and was held on Pajarito Mountain. In all, 66 racers took part in the event.

  • LANB’s Bill Enloe receives national award

    Los Alamos National Bank Chairman and CEO Bill Enloe has been awarded the 2009 NeighborWorks Business Leadership Award.

    NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit organization, recognizes an outstanding community volunteer from the private sector each year.

    Enloe was chosen for this national honor in recognition of his contributions to affordable housing. He has been instrumental in enabling Homewise, a member of the NeighborWorks network, to provide second mortgages for clients to reduce the down payments required for affordable home purchases. 

  • Nuclear power proposed without the headaches

    Somewhere, if only in a parallel universe, a start-up company is working on a dream technology that truly and conscientiously responds to real public concerns about nuclear power.

    Wait a minute. It’s not a dream.  

  • Buddy, can you spare a watt

    We’ve all got a lot to learn about energy and climate.

    That’s the take home capsule I got from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s recent conference in Santa Fe on Energy for the 21st Century.

    It was a fascinating event, as much for what it was as for what it was not. That’s why I’m still thinking about it.

  • Raphaelson wants to be more than a judge

    After spending 20 years as a lawyer, Sheri Raphaelson of Tierra Amarilla, said she felt honored to be appointed to the position of First District Judge by Gov. Richardson.

    “All I have to worry about is the law,” she said.

    Raphaelson spoke to the Los Alamos Democratic Party Central Committee on Thursday about her career before her appointment in March and her career since.

    Before the appointment, Raphaelson had her own one-woman law firm in Española, as a criminal defense lawyer.

  • How did it come to this?

    We have to admit, we were a bit confused – and surprised – by the filings notices of tort claims by the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory against Los Alamos County.

    Why has this not been resolved already? What is the motive here?

    The notices pertain to a Feb. 21 incident that reportedly occurred while the Los Alamos Fire Department was conducting training at a LANL parking structure.

  • Los Alamos’ new royalty

    Donned with shiny crowns on their cowboy hats and satin sashes looped over their shoulders, Brittany Robbins and Katelyn Littleton look like royalty, which is fitting because Robbins is this year’s Los Alamos County Fair and Rodeo queen and Littleton is the princess.

    Both embrace the responsibility of ruling over the county event.

    “I enjoy the responsibility quite a lot,” Robbins said.

    She added, “And who doesn’t like getting dressed up with all her bling, bling?”

  • Chorus, barbershop quartet to join forces Saturday

    The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus from Albuquerque is hosting a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church but they will share the stage with a few familiar faces.

    The local barbershop quartet Lads of Enchantment will be the chorus’ special guest.

    Phil Seeger, president of the Lads of Enchantment, said it is the first time the quartet has performed with the chorus.

    “And we think it’s a pretty special opportunity because the Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus is a good one,” he said.