Today's News

  • Plant society forum finds fault with Caldera trust

    ALBUQUERQUE – The New Mexico Native Plant Society might sound like an unlikely place for a rebellion. But two of the four speakers at a meeting of the Albuquerque chapter this week called for an overthrow and a third said it was time for people to stand up and say they were not going to take it any more.

    The object of their criticism was not the taxonomy of desert wildflowers, but rather the system of governance of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the 89,000-acre experiment in public land.

  • Taxes and government control

    John Nothdurft, a legislative specialist for The Heartland Institute asked some interesting questions.

    What do alcohol, playing cards, soft drinks, blueberries, tobacco, bottled water, and nudity all have in common?

    His answer is obivious, states tax these things to bring in more revenue and alter people’s behavior.

    And it is getting worse - if you will. Massachusetts is looking at a candy tax, Nevada is looking at a prostitution tax, a marijuana tax will come in California and a Seattle will soon have a plastic bag tax.

  • Expect a few unusual sights in downtown Los Alamos

    Saturday, the downtown area will feature a few unusual sights – a sand pile, a pit of soapy foam, a few robots and some shiny cars.

    All these unique additions come courtesy of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce’s Chamberfest.

    From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, the conventional routine will be put on hold for some fun the whole community can enjoy.

    Actually, the fun begins at 5 p.m. with  the Chamber’s banquet Friday at Central Avenue Grill.

  • Deborah Beene winners to take the stage

    Once again the community is welcomed to attend a free concert showcasing the Deborah Beene Music Scholarship winners, past and present.

    This year’s concert is the largest ever, with seven past award winners joining this year’s four winners.

    The annual Deborah Beene Award Winners Concert will be at 2 p.m. June 14 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Ranging from a freshman to graduating seniors, the talent in this year’s concert is hard to beat.

  • Support the Santa Fe Opera, join the local guild

    “If music be the food of love, play on.” So starts Shakespeare’s play, “Twelfth Night.”

    This brings to mind the beginning of the 52nd season of the Santa Fe Opera. For those who don’t know or have forgotten some of the rich, interesting history of the SFO, here are some facts.

  • Summerfest 2009 rocks the mountain

    Hikers and bikers and fun-loving families flocked to Summerfest at Pajarito Mountain Saturday. Many sipped beer and danced to the ’50s and ’60s style rock tunes of The Nomads, which is part of the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.

    Dan’s Café and Haägen Daz dished up a variety of ice creams and sherbets and the Coffee House Café helped nourish the hungry crowd.

    Pajarito Mountain Manager Tom Long spoke about how the annual event came to be during an interview Saturday morning.

  • Local sorority attracts major convention

    Beta Sigma Phi members in Los Alamos are preparing for a state convention set to draw more than 200 sorority sisters, plus dozens of husbands, from throughout New Mexico for three days of local history, culture, arts and entertainment this weekend.

    “Our theme is The Golden Age – the 1940s,” said Convention Chairwoman Dawn Brown.

    Convention co-chairwomen include Kate Stoddard and Shannon Harms.

  • Police propose Business Watch program

    Theft hotspots tracked in 2007, 2008 and 2009 clearly identify downtown Los Alamos as the most concentrated center of crime in the entire county.

    “Every time I step out of my truck there’s a victim and I hate it – I hate it for all of you,” Det. Doug Johnson told business owners gathered at UNM-LA for Thursday’s Chamber Business Breakfast.

    Following a recent rash of downtown break-ins, Los Alamos Police partnered with the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce to present a security talk to area business owners.

  • List of civilian nuclear sites exposed

    Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists removed a link Thursday to a catalog he had downloaded of hundreds of civilian nuclear sites in the United States.

    The information included 17 pages of activities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Aftergood found the document on the Government Printing Office website and on Monday published a link to a copy from his blog, Secrecy News.

  • Summer education

    With school over and summer vacation starting up, many local churches are offering an opportunity to continue children’s education.

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and Los Alamos Church of Christ will help expand youngsters’ spiritual knowledge through Vacation Bible Schools.  

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