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Today's News

  • Boys basketball: LA thumps Taos in 2-4A contest

    Part of Alan Kirk felt sorry for the Taos Tigers following Saturday’s game.

    “They get everyone on the rebound,” said Kirk, head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team of the Tigers. “They got Capital after they lost to Bernalillo, they got us after losing to Capital.”

  • Girls basketball: Toppers pick up district victory

    The first goal for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team Friday was to get back to playing good team basketball.

    The second goal was to pick up a win and try to get back on track in District 2AAAA.

    Both of those things got done.

    The Hilltoppers earned a solid win Friday at Griffith Gymnasium, downing the Taos Tigers 56-43. The win snaps a two-game district skid, although it will be a fully uphill climb for the Hilltoppers in the 2AAAA race with three regular season contests left.

  • It is time to do the right thing

    There is a question for the Legislature – can you really pick and choose morality?

     

    It seems that most of those who voted against legislation allowing homosexuals and other couples to form domestic partnerships stated there were moral issues with the matter.

     

    So the bill failed in the Senate Judiciary Committee on a tie vote.

     

  • Back to the beginning: Authors appear together at the home station of the ‘Nuclear Express’

    There are both fascinating and disturbing stories in the new book about nuclear proliferation by Danny Stillman, a retired Los Alamos National Laboratory intelligence director and Tom Reed, a weapons designer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory who became Secretary of the Air Force.

     

  • Decision to purchase sculpture questioned

    The tranquility of water flowing from a stone fountain will soon meet the harsh sound of wheels hitting concrete as worlds collide in front of Mesa Public Library.

     

    During Tuesday night’s County Council meeting, councilors approved the purchase of a stone fountain to be placed near the skate park. A motion was presented to council and passed with a 6-1 vote. Councilor Vincent Chiravalle opposed the proposal.

     

    Parks Division Manager Dick McIntyre conceived the idea for the fountain.

     

  • Having a ball with YMCA

    Whip out the evening gown and pull out the tux, it’s time to gussy up for a good cause.

    The Family YMCA is hosting its Red and Black Ball to benefit the 2009 Strong Kids Annual Support Campaign.

    The big event will be held from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Central Avenue Grill.

    The event includes dinner, a silent auction, camaraderie and dancing.

    The silent auction items include art pieces, vacation stays in condos, a motor scooter and other surprises.

  • The glass really is half full

    This week, we look at Asset #40, a Positive View of Personal Future. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they are optimistic about their personal future.”  Nationally it is reported that 74 percent of youth have this asset.

    If you set aside the national economic news, the future seems to have a connotation of looking a little rosier. It does seem that lately everyone seems to try a little harder to get along, to work together and to make a difference.

  • Quite a week in Los Alamos

    There were three momentous events in Los Alamos last week, two good and one not so good.

     

    First was the school bond election. The fact that it passed by a decent majority says a lot for the folks who live here.

     

    When presented with a positive plan, the community will back it. There was no doubt that our schools need work and improvements. We have one of the best school districts around but nothing stays at the top without some kind of investment.

     

  • Food stamp users hit record in ’08

    Food stamp use has surged statewide to an all-time high in 2008. Another sign that the nation’s economic turmoil is being felt here, the Associated Press reports.

    In December, the number on food stamps jumped by more than 6,000. State data show that 268,400 people received food stamps in December, an annual increase of 15.3 percent.

    That compares with 232,696 recipients statewide in December 2007.

  • NNSA chief takes heat for Lab’s handling of beryllium disclosure