Today's News

  • A new twist on an old style

    Impressionist paintings have certain characteristics that set them apart: open composition, visible brush strokes and an emphasis on light in its changing qualities. Finding a different type of art in northern New Mexico is sometimes a far stretch, given that culture often influences artists but Española artist Tony Trujillo knows what impressionism is. His paintings meld beautiful landscapes of azure, violet and emerald and leave the observer longing for a far-off world of tranquility.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIESee^: The power of the written word

    Writers are a great breed of artists. Not only do they create something that can become immortal, but writers can inspire many other forms of art.

    When I attended the Colorado Press Association’s awards conference a few years ago in Denver, I remember one of the speakers who mentioned Mark Bowden. Bowden wrote a newspaper article about soldiers who had gone to Somalia. Not only did his article lead to a book, but it also inspired a movie and, marvels upon marvels, a video game.

    This is just one example of the power the written word has on the art world.

  • Tennis: LA, Farmington to meet on Friday

    For this weekend, at least, Española Valley will be located at Taos’ Quail Ridge Inn.

    Los Alamos’ tennis teams will take part in the Española Valley Quadrangular this weekend which will be held in Taos. Competition starts at 3:30 p.m. Friday and continues through Saturday, although the schedule is dependent on the weather, the forecast of which is dicey.

  • Wrestling: LAMS coaches tout successful season

    The Los Alamos Middle School wrestling team wrapped up their season with a celebration to honor the effort put out by the team last month.

    Coaches Ben Salas and David Rendell said the 2008-09 season best one to date.

    “We were in five tournaments and placed first in four and second in one,” Salas said. “We’ve consistently been the top two or three school in northern New Mexico, usually behind Las Vegas Robertson and sometimes St. Mikes in Santa Fe, but not this year, we were on top of the pile the whole year.”

  • College of Santa Fe gets reprieve

    SANTA FE – Gov. Richardson was greeted as a superhero at the College of Santa Fe Tuesday morning, where he promised to keep fighting to save the school.

    Students and staff cheered state and city officials who promised to try again to save the college from impending bankruptcy. An emotional crowd spilled out of a standing-room only performance space to hear the announcements.

    A bill that would have enabled the state to take control of the college died when the legislature ended Saturday without taking final action.

  • Threats to CalPERS pensions never greater

    The organization fighting to protect the pension benefits of retired public employees is fighting for new members.

  • Council awards Diamond Drive Phase 3 contract

    Drivers get ready. Your trip between 39th Street  and North Road is about to get a bit bumpy.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, councilors voted to award Bid No. 2009-11 to RMCI Inc. in the amount of $4.91 million plus applicable gross receipts tax for the construction of Diamond Drive Phase 3.

    The motion passed 6-1, with Councilor Robert Gibson voting against it.

  • Expanding bike lane system

    Since Daylight Saving Time and spring are upon us, it is timely to review some principles of bicycle operation with respect to our new and growing system of bike lanes.

    Currently, much of Central Avenue and Diamond Drive, as well as N. and S. San Ildefonso have bike lanes. More of these lanes are in the works, as the remaining two phases of Diamond Drive construction resulting in the entire length of this arterial having bike lanes. 

  • Heart of lab now named for Domenici

    A ceremony Tuesday afternoon completed the process of naming three buildings at the center of Los Alamos National Laboratory in honor of one of the lab’s leading patrons, former Sen. Pete Domenici.


    Domenici was on hand Tuesday to receive the plaudits of laboratory leaders and staff in the auditorium of the National Security Science Building (NSSB).


    “You won’t have any buildings left to dedicate if you keep this up,” joked Domenici during his speech, according to the laboratory’s Newsbulletin this morning.

  • Mountain principal’s job in question

    Rumors were running rampant this morning that Mountain Elementary School Principal Mike Katko has been asked to resign or be fired. 

    The source of the rumors is not yet clear.

    The Los Alamos Board of Education met behind closed doors Tuesday in two executive sessions. Discussions of personnel matters was included on the agenda of both. The first session was held at 4 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m.