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Today's News

  • Making sure the ski season is good

    To get a great ski season, sometimes a higher power has to be appeased.

    Saturday, during Ullrfest, which is named after the Norse god of skiing, participants will be working to ensure lots of snow appears on the Pajarito slopes.

    Thad Hahn, volunteer organizer, described Ullrfest as a traditional beginning of the ski season party.

    “You hope to have a good ski season ee with lots of white stuff,” he said. “It’s akin to doing a snow dance.”

  • Americans' freedoms violated

    Dear Editor: During the last two weeksends, many Obama signs have been stolen from lawns on Barranca Mesa. Whether you support McCain or Obama, all true Americans value freedom of political expression and private property. Obviously, these adults are putting this country last by violating every American's freedom 9not to mention, have way too much time on their hands!). Julie Collins, Los Alamos

  • Call to stop political sign theft

    Dear Editor,

    On Saturday, September 13, almost every yard sign for Barack Obama was stolen from the yards of Barranca Mesa residents’ private property.

    I reported our theft to the police and urged other homeowners to do the same. There is a shortage of signs right now, so not everyone was able to replace theirs before the signs on Los Pueblos were stolen a second time on Friday, September 19. Again, we reported the theft to the police. No signs supporting McCain were stolen from Barranca Mesa on these same nights.

  • Boys golf: Topper boys finish 7th

    It only took Monday’s season-opening tournament for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team to see what it would be up against in 2008-09.

    A pair of Class AAAA teams, including District 2AAAA opponent Bernalillo, was among the six teams that finished ahead of the Hilltoppers at Monday’s Los Alamos Fall Invitational.

    The Hilltoppers had 355 team strokes Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course. Albuquerque Academy, the defending Class AAAA champion, shot a blistering 301 Monday to take the team title.

  • Girls golf: LA wins big at invite

    Going into Monday’s Los Alamos Fall Invitational, few around the Hilltoppers’ girls golf team knew exactly what to expect.

    Afterward, things look a little clearer.

    Los Alamos won its home tournament, played at Los Alamos Golf Course Monday. It shot a team score of 399, well ahead of runner-up Las Vegas Robertson’s 437.

    In all, six full teams took part in the tournament.

  • Controlled burn begins at Bandelier

    Bandelier National Monument plans to begin a prescribed burn in Frijoles Canyon today.

    “The 210-acre Burn Unit is located around the visitor center and Main Loop Trail,” said Brad Traver, Bandelier National Monument superintendent.

     “The burn will begin by the Falls Trailhead and continue through the picnic area toward Alcove House today,” he said.

  • League Sponsors Third Congressional District Candidates' Forum Tonight

    All three candidates for the Third Congressional District of the U.S. House of Representatives will appear Tuesday at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women. The forum is 7-9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge. Socializing and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m.

    Candidates attending are Dan East, Republican; Ben Ray Lujan, Democrat; and Carol Miller, Independent.

  • Grand opening

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will open its new 1,000-square-foot maintenance facility and shop with a celebration featuring a ribbon cutting, building tour and refreshments from 1-2 p.m. Monday.

    Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will take place on the UNM-LA campus at 4000 University Drive, across from Los Alamos High School.

  • Topper spirit to heat up Wednesday night

    Cheerleaders, sports teams, band members, Los Alamos Youth Leadership participants and other students, teachers and staff intend to light the sky with Topper spirit Wednesday night.

    The annual Los Alamos High School bonfire is being held to spur the Toppers on to victory against the Belen Eagles at Friday night’s Homecoming football game.

    The community is invited to join in the fun beginning at 6 p.m. in the Sullivan Field Parking Lot by the ticket booth where Key Club members will sell hot chocolate and goodies. At 7 p.m., LAHS coaches will light the bonfire.

  • Assistant Superintendent enchanted with New Mexico

    The only thing that stays the same is change. If there ever was a believer in this statement, it’s Los Alamos Schools Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas.

    Born and raised in Herndon, Va., Thomas will tell you that she’s a Virginian through and through. Her father, grandfather and great-grandfather ran the only grain mill in Fairfax County, Va.

    “There were 360 farms and only one grain mill,” she said. Herndon got its first grocery store when she was 10 and the first stoplight in town when she was 21.