Today's News

  • Vacancy decision up to new council

    The vacancy left by Councilor Jim West will not be filled until after the New Year. The County Council decided Tuesday night to take no action on replacing West and instead have deferred the decision to the new council.

    Though Chairman Jim Hall and Councilors Michael Wheeler and Frances Berting moved to appoint Ken Milder, that motion was shot down when Vice Chairman Robert Gibson and Councilor Nona Bowman voted against it.

  • LANS earns incentive fee and contract extension

    An assessment by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Los Alamos Site Office has resulted in Los Alamos National Security LLC (LANS) being awarded 87.9 percent of fees available for improved performance.

    The assessment spanned Oct. 1, 2007, through Sept. 30 – the second full year LANS has operated the laboratory for the Department of Energy. The award is up from 81.3 percent the previous year.

  • Experience the magic of the holidays through music

    Dance Arts Los Alamos just wrapped up its performances of “The Nutcracker,” but this magical Christmas tale can still be experienced in Los Alamos.

    The Los Alamos Community Winds will perform P.I. Tchaikovsky’s suite from “The Nutcracker,” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    The suite will feature seven to eight separate movements from the “The Nutcracker.” These movements include the “Chinese Dance” and the “Arabian Dance.”

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:The younger generation shows its stuff

    It seems a common misconception that there is a limitation for what young people can do. Adults are known for saying “You’re only a child,” or “You’re too young,” as though the amount of capabilities only grow as a person’s age increases. However, teenagers have a knack for proving this misconception wrong.

  • Playing with the big dogs: Junior handler invited to AKC

    Jennifer Necker, a Piñon Elementary School fourth-grader, has made good on a promise that she would one day show a dog at the American Kennel Club National Championship Dog Show. Necker, a member of the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club and the English Setter Association of America, will be showing an English Setter at the show in Long Beach, Calif., Saturday.

  • Wrestling: LA is short on bodies to start

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program has some high hopes for its individual wrestlers, in team competition it’s going to struggle this season.

    And at this point, there isn’t much the Hilltoppers can do about it.

    The Hilltoppers are heading into the start of the 2008-09 season minus three weight classes. While an eighth-grade wrestler might be brought after the Los Alamos Middle School season concludes this weekend to fill one of the vacant spots, it will still be an uphill battle for the Hilltoppers.

  • Wrestling: LA has a solid early showing

    Los Alamos Hilltopper head coach Eric Sorenson was reasonably pleased with his team’s first outing of the season Wednesday.

    The Hilltoppers went 11-5 on the mat against a pair of teams Wednesday at Bernalillo, although because his squad was missing five weight classes in duals with Bernalillo’s Spartans and West Las Vegas’ Dons, the team scores suffered.

    Los Alamos split with Bernalillo in eight bouts, going 4-4. Against the Spartans, three of Los Alamos’ top wrestlers won their contests while the fourth, Kory Nelson, was idle.

  • Group offers potion of sounds for tough times

    This is a big week for Patrick Longmire, a guitar player whose main gig is geochemistry at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His band, the “Hot Club of Santa Fe,” will release its first CD Friday with a performance and party at the 2nd Street Brewery in Santa Fe.


    Behind every band there are a few dozen stories, but one of the tip-offs about this one is the name “Hot Club,” a reference to the original “Quintette du Hot Club de France.”


  • Community generosity recognized by United Way

    Key individuals and organizations received praise and appreciation during a special recognition banquet Monday evening at De Colores Restaurant.


    The collective generosity of contributors this year raised more than $2 million for United Way of Northern New Mexico during the “People Matter” Campaign, which ran from Aug. 20 through Oct. 31.


  • ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ supports the community

    The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, wishes to thank the Los Alamos community for its support during the recent NMDT-PC production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

    Baker-Dillingham invited three other nonprofit organizations to work in artistic conjunction with three main characters from the ballet.