Today's News

  • The Next Level: Wood makes honor roll at Adams State

    Los Alamos High School graduate Heather Wood was named to the Adams State College student-athlete honor roll for the 2009 spring semester.

    Wood, who graduated from LAHS in 2004, was one of three cross country runners at the Alamosa, Colo., school to post perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

    To be recognized, student-athletes must have maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA for the semester.

     In all, 114 ASC athletes made the list.

  • Movie produces more than laughs

    Perhaps its producers thought billing it as a comedy would be a bigger draw – believing, maybe, that people prefer to laugh than to think, or to identify, or to care. But “The Milagro Beanfield War,” directed by Robert Redford, is most of all a sweet movie, full of adorable characters happy to shoot old pistols when they have to.

  • Mr. Jefferson and the Ice Age zoo

    Thomas Jefferson had so many serious interests and accomplishments that’s it’s difficult to name even half of them. Besides helping to found a nation, he analyzed the gospels, started a university, promoted fine dining and bought half our continent from the French.

    He also squeezed in a few hours now and then to theorize about the origin of some peculiar bones dug out of the earth. (That bit of work made him a cousin to all of us geologists – or so I like to think.)

  • Of pens and swords




    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- The pen is mightier than the sword. The adage has been used for decades, especially by journalists. It makes us feel good. But does anyone believe it? Certainly today's warmongers don't.

    Evidently President Barack Obama doesn't, either. Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy have been told to leave their swords at home for graduation ceremonies at which Obama will speak. But cell phones and texting will be allowed.

  • Senators open options for Valles Caldera

    New Mexico’s two U.S. Senators are exploring new options for administering the Valles Caldera National Preserve. They have also made known their recommendations for three open board positions on the governing Valles Caldera Trust.

    Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, both Democrats, announced last week that they had written to the Acting Director of the Park Service, Daniel Wenk, asking that agency to “assess the potential for including the Valles Caldera National Preserve in the National Park System.”

  • Crews working to catch up on Diamond Drive Phase 3

    In an effort to get back on schedule, RMCI Inc. crews working on the Diamond Drive Phase 3 project will be out seven days a week, instead of the regular five days that they have been working.

    For the past few weeks, the contractor has been about two weeks behind schedule on the project. As a result, crews have begun working from 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday in an effort to get the project back on track.

  • Geocaching the environment

    When my daughter Heather Burke and I joined the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, we created a geocache with environmental flavor at PEEC to celebrate the nature center. It was named “Hide and Go Peek.” The hope was for searchers to experience PEEC, with its native plant and water conservation areas.  

    Avid geocachers ourselves, we chose to make a two-stage cache that would be just a little bit puzzling to find.

    During the year, the results and comments from geocachers have been a pleasure and an education.

  • Golf: Atomic City Invite opens with qualifying round

    Lee Sanchez returns to defend his title in for the 2009 Atomic City Invitational tournament.

    The ACI, which is hosted by Los Alamos Golf Course, will open Wednesday with its championship flight qualifying round. The tournament, which continues through Sunday, is the oldest match-play competition in New Mexico.

    Qualifying starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

  • Police Beat through June 23, 2009

  • Council receives report on radio and fiber study

    Emergency services, such as those offered by the fire department and police department, are often taken for granted.

    People never really question what they’d do without them because most assume they’re services that will always be there.

    But suppose for a minute that the police and fire departments lost radio service and were no longer able to communicate with one another.

    What would happen then?