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Today's News

  • An opera worth waiting for

    An old saying goes, “The opera ain’t over till the fat lady sings,” and last Saturday night we found out again how true old sayings are and how worth waiting for this great lady is.  

    In the final opening of the Santa Fe Opera season, Christine Brewer was luminous in the title role of Queen Alceste, an opera by Bohemian Christoph Willibald Gluck, first produced in Paris the year our Declaration of Independence was signed.

  • Health and fitness: Studies show exercise and brain function are linked

    Several studies conducted over the past few years have shown that regular exercise increases brain function and cognitive ability. In fact, exercise is now being called the best strategy to increase brain power.

    Exercise, both cardiovascular and light to moderate weight training, increases the size of the arteries. This allows greater blood flow which helps increase mental ability.

  • Second District House race is on

    SANTA FE – The 2010 general election contest between Rep. Harry Teague and former Rep. Steve Pearce in the 2nd Congressional District has been at full steam for a month.

  • Dancing up a storm

    Tom and Marlene Kelley’s dancing shoes are well worn. The couple has strapped them on since 1977.

    That was the year they joined the Mountain Mixers, the local square dancing club.

    Tom is originally from Los Alamos but they lived for some time in Florida. The Kelleys returned to Los Alamos in 1976.

    For an anniversary present, Tom’s parents gave them square dancing lessons.

    Thirty-two years later, they are still cutting loose on the dance floor.

  • Los Alamos Schools get boost from state

    Los Alamos Public School District has qualified for more than $7.6 million in state funds from the Public School Capital Outlay Council for design and construction projects at the high school.

    The district will receive $495,000 in state funds for planning and design to renovate the high school, the Public School Facilities Authority announced last week.

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval, Santa Fe, said the district met the standards of a priority-based funding formula to qualify for the award.

  • Council seeks input on Trinity Place

    They may not have said much at the July 23 County Council meeting, but Los Alamos residents are giving councilors an earful now

    Councilor Ralph Phelps said during an interview this morning that he’s receiving approximately 50 e-mails a day from residents who want to voice their opinions regarding Trinity Place.

  • William Repass to host senior recital

    William Repass, violist, will perform a senior recital at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Family, friends and the public are invited.

    Repass began playing viola in the fourth grade under the guidance of Cheryl Smith-Ecke. Shortly thereafter, he began private lessons with Marion Pack, which continues to this date. He has also studied under Michael Gyurik in the Summer Strings Program and in the High School Symphonic Orchestra.

  • Sorting out risk is a big task

    CLASSIC ESSAY

    On July 9, the New Mexico Health Department announced, “New Mexicans have a new Web site to learn how environmental contaminants might affect their health.” The site, www.cdc.gov/ephtracking

    was six years in the making, with more yet to do.

    This large data-handling project, its value and technical hurdles, were described in the Monitor in this essay of March 1, 2005.

  • Trinity work nears completion

    Recently riddled with orange cones and somewhat confusing lane closures, Trinity Drive now sports a new, ebony surface thanks to the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

    The smooth surface has been transformed from the sometimes-bumpy ride that users were accustomed to into a sleek roadway free of potholes. NMDOT work crews began the project on July 13 and were expected to complete it within three weeks. So far, they seem to be on schedule, as the milling and paving portions of the project have been completed, with the exception of a few small areas.

  • Mountain’s new principal believes excellence lives at the school

    Gerry Washburn is well acquainted with Mountain Elementary School. He got his start there in the education field teaching a fourth and fifth grade combination in 1997.

    Washburn went on to teach fifth grade and then sixth grade at Mountain for several years and was team teaching sixth grade with Mountain teacher Laura Patterson when the Cerro Grande Fire hit.

    He and Patterson became heavily involved in the Volunteer Task Force and the Quemazon Nature Trail. They worked with hundreds of students to repair area hills and trails damaged by the fire.