Today's News

  • Serving up soup and support

    A beneficial bevy of bowls are gracing store windows this week as the annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit Self Help Inc., which will be held Saturday, approaches.

    The 16th annual event will feature hand -painted masterpieces currently on display at The Coffee Booth Café, Mesa Public Library, CB Fox, Village Arts, Ruby K’s and the KRSN AM 1490 studios. The hand-painted bowls, cups, plates and mugs will be available for purchase next weekend at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Open conference committees important

    Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; the bill that comes out is very different from the two that went in.

    What happened? Hard to tell. Why? Because New Mexico is among a handful of states that close conference committee meetings. So what? Well, do you want government to conduct business in the open or behind closed doors?

  • Corrections handling 1 in 35

    The Assosicated Press had disturbing story this week. It stated that 3 percent of our fellow residents are part of the corrections system.

    That is scary.

    New Mexico has seen a steady increase in people on probation and parole in recent years, reflecting a national trend, according to a report.

    The Pew Center on the States says that nationwide, the number of people on probation or parole nearly doubled to more than 5 million between 1982 and 2007.

  • Second verse, same as the first

    Colleagues suggested that I simply write today’s date into last month’s weather summary.

    Like January, February was warm, sunny and dry, and even more so. February brought its share of storm activity, but those storms brought mostly wind and little moisture.

    High pressure dominated the Southwest during much of February, beginning with the first week.

  • Los Alamos gets first round win

    FARMINGTON – Not that there was any surprise to it, but the Farmington Scorpions wanted to keep Alex Kirk under wraps as much as possible Saturday night.

    And for much of the game, the Scorpions were successful in making someone else from Los Alamos beat them.

    And a couple of someones did.

    Michael Helland and Doug Hardy came up big for the Hilltoppers Friday night down the stretch as Los Alamos knocked off Farmington 48-41 to advance in the Class AAAA boys basketball tournament.

  • Kirtland crushes Hilltoppers in first-round action

    KIRTLAND — If the Kirtland Central Broncos can stay as hot as they were Friday night, a blue trophy just might be in their future.

    In the opening round of the Class AAAA state girls basketball playoffs, the Broncos, one of the most celebrated teams in the nation, were on fire on both ends of the court, routing the visiting Los Alamos Hilltoppers 62-33 and ending the Hilltoppers’ season.

  • New Mexico to receive $18.3 million to fight crime

    Some $11.1 million of the $18.3 million New Mexico is getting from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fight crime is going to the state.  

    Of that funding, a little more than $5 million is available to communities throughout New Mexico on a competitive basis. The remainder will be allocated to the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to be distributed based on the state’s priorities.

    Los Alamos County is eligible for $24,241.

  • Chu retreats from Yucca Mountain

    Republican senators on the energy committee bore down on Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in a hearing Thursday in Washington.

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., returned to a topic from the presidential campaign as he interrogated Chu on nuclear power.

    Chu’s prepared remarks to the committee on the administration’s plan to gain energy independence, mentioned “nuclear” only once at the end and that reference was omitted in his oral statement.

  • The spring break trip of a lifetime

    The United Church opens a mini mall Sunday with its annual Mexico Mission auction. The silent and live auction is a large community event to raise funds to send a home-building crew to Mexico during spring break.

    Many local youth and adults find spring break as a time to recharge  the batteries as the school session heads into the final stretch. The United Church members and other community residents also find it a time to refill the spiritual well by providing services to others.

  • Residents voice opinions about Trinity

    Making Trinity Drive a complete street has caught the attention and fueled the interest of many Los Alamos County residents.

    About 80 members of the public gathered at Fuller Lodge Thursday night to attend a workshop on how to make Trinity Drive a complete street.