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Today's News

  • Oppenheimer souvenir brings back bittersweet moment

    Jerry Houlton started working at Los Alamos Science Laboratory on his 29th birthday, Feb. 3, 1963. A little more than a year later he had one of those extraordinary encounters that he would never forget.

    The story was told for years within the family but only recently did Houlton write it down.

    He worked as an “over the road driver,” for the Supply and Property Division. That meant driving trucks off lab property, to Albuquerque or to the Nevada Test Site, for example.

  • The Shaw Group leaves town

    The Shaw Group pulled up stakes in Los Alamos Thursday as its five-year contract to provide site support services for Los Alamos National Laboratory came to a close.

    Movers removed the company’s furniture, office supplies and equipment from the third floor of the glass building at 135 Central Park Square and transported it all in three commercial moving vans to Albuquerque.

  • Bypass project scrapped

    Los Alamos County residents packed council chambers during Monday night’s meeting, all sitting elbow to elbow, with nary an empty seat visible.

    Residents showed up to support their positions on the West Jemez Bypass project.

    Emotions sometimes ran high as residents took their turn addressing council at the podium.

    After a compelling presentation by project proponent Greg Kendall and comments from the public, the project was removed from the Capital Improvement Projects list on a 7-0 vote.

  • Former fetus writes to you

    Dear Editor,

    In your Editorial Feb. 6,  you said,  “There is no way that abortion should be made illegal,” and you said that people should be given the freedom of “choice.”  This means that women should have their “freedom of choice.”  The unborn babies have no “freedom of choice.” 

    As the bumper sticker says, “As a former fetus, I oppose abortion.”

  • Watchdogs are biased

    Dear Editor,

    Concerning the Feb. 22 column, “An eye for an eyeball,” – the way I see it, even the watchdog reporters can’t help the fact that they have been taught to report with a biased agenda.  

    Item: George Bush and Barrak Obama had almost identical workout regimens. Bush was reported as wasting time and worse; Obama was shown in Hawaii as an Adonis.  

  • Basketball: LA teams will travel to Four Corners for first round

    It’s like déjà vu all over again for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.

    For the second year in a row, the Hilltopper boys are on the top half of the Class AAAA state tournament bracket and for the second year in a row they will have to play their opening round game on the road.

    Los Alamos’ boys picked up a respectable fifth seed in the AAAA state hoops tournament when the brackets were announced Sunday, but were placed opposite of 12th-seeded Farmington.

  • Basketball: State Class AAAA tourney schedule

    Here is the schedule for the first two rounds of Class AAAA boys and girls state basketball tournaments.

    Girls

    First round (all games Friday)

    (16) Silver at (1) St. Pius X, 7 p.m.

    (9) Artesia at (8) Del Norte, 6 p.m.

    (12) Aztec at (5) Deming, 7 p.m.

    (13) Los Alamos at (4) Kirtland Central, 7 p.m.

    (14) Grants at (3) Moriarty, 7 p.m.

    (11) Albuquerque Academy at (6) Shiprock, 7 p.m.

    (7) Belen at (10) Española Valley, 6 p.m.

    (15) Volcano Vista at (2) Roswell, 7 p.m.

  • Earn a trip

    Two New Mexico high school seniors who are interested in science will be selected for an all expense paid, month-long trip to West Virginia’s Potomac Highlands for the National Youth Science Camp.  Applications are now being accepted for the prestigious 2009 program.

    Each year in the summer following graduation, two New Mexico high school seniors attend the intense camp for young scientists.  

    Last year, the New Mexico delegates were Megan Johnson and Kevin Wymer, both of Rio Rancho High School.  

  • Baeball: LA opens season with two losses (duplicate)

    Heading into the 2009 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team wants to turn a corner.

    Prior to Saturday’s opening doubleheader at Bomber Field against the Piedra Vista Panthers, Hilltopper manager Mike Gill said he expects his team to reach the next level and become a legitimate state title contender this season.

    Los Alamos got a good look at what it will need to do — and what it can’t afford to do — if it wants to compete in Class AAAA this season starting with Saturday’s game one.

  • District restricts Sullivan Field use

    Word that Sullivan Field is to be off limits to non-school activities brought county officials and members of the public to the podium during Thursday’s school board meeting in White Rock.

    The issue surrounding field usage began to simmer last year following a large-scale employee picnic held by Los Alamos National Laboratory during which the track was damaged.

    County Administrator Max Baker submitted a letter of concern to Superintendent Mary McLeod in December.