Today's News

  • Kiwanis sweep through local candidates

    Two county council candidates, Sharon Stover and Mike Wismer (who said he will file today), and the county’s veteran state legislator, Jeannette Wallace concluded the Kiwanis Club series with aspirants for local offices. While voters went to the polls Tuesday, these candidates were not hanging on the day’s outcome.

    Republican Sharon Stover’s test will arrive during the general election in November, when the five council candidates will be pared down to three. Planning to run as an Independent, Wismer was not on Tuesday’s primary ballot.

  • Pearce to battle Udall for critical Senate seat

    Despite an 11th hour endorsement for Rep. Heather Wilson from New Mexico’s beloved Sen. Pete Domenici, Republican Rep. Steve Pearce won the race for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Domenici. This morning, with 31 of 33 counties counted, he had received 57,121 votes to Wilson’s 54,181.

    Los Alamos gave Wilson a staggering 78 percent of the vote with 1,622 to 585 for Pearce.

    “Los Alamos County – we love you,” she said during a television interview late Tuesday.

  • Bikes, brew and the great outdoors

    Los Alamos, it’s about that time.

    Whether you’re a hiker, biker, beer and wine enthusiast, or just a person who wants to get out of the house and enjoy the outdoors, Summerfest ’08 has a little something for everybody.

    The annual event, held at Pajarito Ski Mountain, will feature newly expanded biking trails, a live musical performance, lifts to hiking trails, and a beer wine garden sponsored by area brewers.

  • Sports update

    Wood, Collins named to RMAC All-Academic track and field team

    A pair of former Hilltoppers were All-Conference academic selections for the Adams State College outdoor track and field team.

    Distance runner Heather Wood and triple jumper Roy Collins, both former Los Alamos High School standouts, were named to the All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic teams for the Adams State Grizzlies.

  • Health and fitness: Homeopathy is gaining attention

    When I tell people I practice naturopathic medicine, the most common response I hear is “Oh, you use homeopathy.”

    Well, yes, I use homeopathic remedies along with botanical and nutritional medicines, lifestyle and nutritional counseling and home physiotherapy treatments.

    I am delighted that so many people have heard of homeopathy. I’ll explain here a bit about these safe, non-toxic medicines.

  • Cool filming saves the 'Mexican' Heston

    Always wanted to see Charlton Heston play a Mexican? You could have 40 years ago – but in this case, procrastination paid off.

    Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series will present “Touch of Evil” at 6:30 a.m. Thursday in the upstairs rotunda, a 1958 film retouched in the late ’90s in order to bring the movie as closely as possible to director Orson Welles’ vision for it.

  • PEEC SPEAKS: Wildflower Notes – It's Penstemon time

    One of the most beautiful times of the flowering year is the height of bloom of One-sided Penstemon (Penstemon secundiflorus).

    A walk out Bayo Bench trail is a good way to see these “nature’s snapdragons.” There are several hundred plants along the trail, some nearly2 feet high with many stems and blooms. Other plants are only 7-9 inches tall with a single stem.

    Regardless, their color is nearly indescribable. Lavender is the closest I can come but it doesn’t do justice to the soft, subtle hues of the blooms.

  • GAO: Pit plans in flux

    A Government Accountability Office report found discrepancies between shifting plans and subsequent expenses in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s effort to reestablish a national capability for pit manufacturing. GAO said pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory was a positive step.

    “However, NNSA’s long-term strategy for the pit manufacturing mission, and its attendant cost and schedule, is in a state of flux,” the report concluded.

  • Johnson selected as Teacher of the Year

    Third-graders don’t always have to raise their hand to answer.

    In fact, it’s rare when they do in Scott Johnson’s third-grade class, thanks to his somewhat unconventional approach to teaching.

    Johnson, a teacher at Barranca Mesa Elementary, was honored late last month by being named the Los Alamos Public Schools teacher of the year.

    “I have to be humble a little bit, there’s so many other great teachers,” Johnson said.

  • Candidates and precincts


    Candidates for office are listed in the order their name will appear on the ballot:



    Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were chosen at the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Presidential Preference Caucus Feb. 5.


    John McCain

    Ron Paul

    U.S. SENATE:


    Tom Udall


    Steve Pearce

    Heather Wilson



    Ben R. Lujan

    Donald H. Wiviott

    Benny J. Shendo Jr.