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Today's News

  • Cooperativeness is good but is donation good idea?

    We understand that the University of New Mexico branch at Los Alamos is a real asset to the community. And we understand that it has felt the bite of the recession with a downturn in enrollment, causing some financial difficulities.

    But we really do not understand the county giving the school $150,000 in financial assistance. That seems be beyond what the county should do.

    We are all supportative of UNM-LA and think this institution should be supported by the community. Just not with taxpayer money.

  • What's wrong with this picture?

    Remember the various sorting exercises you did in kindergarten to learn differentiation? Maybe you have five round items and one cube.

    You learned “differentiation” by sorting the items into groups and determining which item did not belong.

    Carry those same skills into your logic and understanding today.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released their 2009 list of the 11 most endangered historic places. Ten items belong in this group.

  • The problem of peace in the Middle East

    Dear Editor,

    This is a letter that I wrote recently to the president, that I would like to share with the community:

    The world desires peace in the Middle East, but does the United States share that desire?  Evidently not.

  • The meaning of a Municipal Building

    Dear Editor,

    The issue of the Municipal Building must be taken in the over-all context of Los Alamos itself. Three points:

  • Lane closures for Diamond project delayed

    Residents on Sycamore and Ridgeway will have to wait just a little bit longer for the lane closures associated with the Diamond Drive Phase 3 project work to begin.

    Though flyers went out to residents who live in the area, alerting them to the beginning of the construction, problems with striping equipment has delayed the onset of the work.

    RMCI Inc. has begun moving their equipment to the worksite in preparation for the beginning of the project, but it seems that the lane closures will be delayed by a couple of days.

  • NMSU-led grazing partnership picked for the preserve

    The Valles Caldera Trust has chosen a diversified breeding stock program this year for its summer grazing season on the national preserve.

    “It creates an enterprise that can dramatically improve the production of livestock for higher elevation ranching, promote economic development in the region and allows the Preserve to further enhance the self-sustaining, environmental and cultural goals set by the Valles Caldera Preservation Act,” said the Trust’s Executive Director Gary Bratcher in an announcement Tuesday.

  • Will Kilmer take on Denish?

    By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- The time has come for serious candidates to begin making public announcements about their intentions to run for office.

    For incumbents, that's relatively easy. Put out the word you plan to run again and make sure your previous supporters are still with you.

    But for non-incumbents, there is much to be done. Supporters must be lined up before another candidate grabs them. Fundraising must start before donors get tapped out.

  • Why Piracy Remains a Threat

    The United States dodged a bullet last month when American sailors and Navy Seals foiled Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. But pirates never give up easily.

    The possibility that they will capture more Americans there and elsewhere remains. And that possibility presents real dangers for the Obama administration.

    Why should the world's greatest superpower worry about small groups of pirates? Because, while the military threat may be minimal, public reaction to a prolonged captivity crisis could derail the administration’s foreign policy.

  • Union passes reduction in contracts, one day of unpaid leave

    Money is tight for everyone, including Los Alamos Schools.

    Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, warned the school board Tuesday night that even though the proposal to reduce teacher’s contracts to 185 days and to take one day of unpaid leave was approved, the union is displeased.

    “You need to understand,” she said, “People are not happy.”

    She added they are hoping that there is a way in the future to make cuts “so our staff is not going backwards.”

  • Skate park to close temporarily

    Skaters looking to blow off some steam at the skate park will have to find another way to entertain themselves until Friday, at least.

    Beginning today through Thursday, the skate park will be closed because crews will be taking care of some caulking at the site. Closure signs will be posted at the park.

    The caulking work is being done by California Skate Parks Inc., the company that constructed the park in front of Mesa Public Library.