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Today's News

  • Union passes reduction in contracts, one day of unpaid leave

    Money is tight for everyone, including Los Alamos Schools.

    Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, warned the school board Tuesday night that even though the proposal to reduce teacher’s contracts to 185 days and to take one day of unpaid leave was approved, the union is displeased.

    “You need to understand,” she said, “People are not happy.”

    She added they are hoping that there is a way in the future to make cuts “so our staff is not going backwards.”

  • Skate park to close temporarily

    Skaters looking to blow off some steam at the skate park will have to find another way to entertain themselves until Friday, at least.

    Beginning today through Thursday, the skate park will be closed because crews will be taking care of some caulking at the site. Closure signs will be posted at the park.

    The caulking work is being done by California Skate Parks Inc., the company that constructed the park in front of Mesa Public Library.

  • LANS has new staff director

    Jerry Ethridge has been selected as the new executive staff director for Los Alamos National security, LLC, the partnership that manages the laboratory.

    Ethridge comes to the position having previously worked at Hanford and Idaho national laboratories, as well as having had senior management positions at LANL, as associate director for the former Infrastructure and Site Services Directorate and then as program manager in Weapons Physics.

    He replaces Joe Scarpino, who departed for a new assignment in December 2008, according to a laboratory announcement.

  • Council tackles multiple issues

    During Tuesday’s meeting, Youth Mobilizers, Emi Weeks, Annie Chroninger, Josh Dolin and Max Argo presented results to council of various surveys they’ve conducted this school year including how teens spend their money, how the skate park is doing and why teens drop out of school.

    The Los Alamos High School juniors and seniors credit the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board for making it possible for them to conduct the surveys. They’ve presented their findings to the Los Alamos Board of Education and other organizations.

  • Girls golf: LA in eighth place after opening round at state

    Things didn’t start off as the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team had hoped in the first round of the Class AAAA state tournament.

    Los Alamos was sitting in eighth-place in team competition following Tuesday’s first round of the tournament, being held at New Mexico Tech Golf Course in Socorro. Today’s second round started at 8 a.m. No information about today’s round was available as of press time.

  • Tennis: LA starts singles, doubles Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams will be well-represented at the 2009 state Class AAAA tournament.

    The tournament starts Thursday with the individual championship matches. Team play starts Friday and continues through Saturday.

    Most of the state action — and all involving the Hilltoppers — will take place at the Jerry Cline Tennis Complex in Albuquerque.

  • Baseball: LA, Artesia meet Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is heading into new territory Thursday.

    None of the Hilltoppers on the 2009 roster have ever been past the first round of the state Class AAAA tournament until this season.

    But with its victory in the best-of-three series this weekend at Bomber Field, the Hilltoppers advanced to the AAAA quarterfinal round of the playoffs, which starts Thursday.

  • New tool will work for all politics

    Recent pieces of news fit into a picture you can use to promote your politics.

    Readers sometimes tell me my writing conveys some sense. This response rewards the work of connecting small pieces to form more of a picture.

    Or making a vessel to carry some context and content. The tool is hugely more consequential than bumper stickers.

  • Torres for golf course manager

    I have been a resident of Los Alamos for over 40 years and have been involved in many aspects of community and county programs and efforts. I’ve witnessed many students of mine flourish at the golf course through golf lessons, tournaments and employment. Many of my colleagues and friends golf regularly and I have always been a proud supporter of this important component of our town. I believe our golf course is a huge asset to this community and I also believe that Donnie Torres has worked hard to ensure that golf is something to be proud of in Los Alamos.

  • Art projects plentiful in LA

    Art buffs and those who are interested in yet-to-be-placed artwork in Los Alamos County may find the Art in Public Places Board meeting of interest. 

    The meeting is held the second Wednesday of every month in Meeting Room #1 at the Mesa Public Library. This month’s meeting will be held tomorrow, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

    There are quite a few items slated for the APP agenda, which include various art projects that are in the works in and around the county.