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Today's News

  • Bear Camp registration draws 3 a.m. crowd

    Determined parents, some equipped with lawn chairs, braved the 3 a.m. darkness and cold air Friday to secure their children’s place in this summer’s Bear Camp. There are just 75 slots available in the 11-week program, open to youth entering K-6th grades in the fall.“I came in (to the Aquatic Center) at 5:30 a.m.

  • Wilson whirls through full agenda

    Throughout a day of meetings, media and mixers, Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., listened to area concerns and shared her views on local and statewide issues. While visiting the Family YMCA, Wilson talked with staff and board members about youth issues and initiatives the organization is embracing.

  • Bandelier dedication marked by state award

    The cavates in Frijoles Canyon in Bandelier National Monument were listed on New Mexico’s most endangered list of historic places just 10 years ago. John Mack, Angelyn Bass Rivera and Lauren Meyer got busy and documented more than 1,000 cavates, drafted a conservation plan for Frijoles Canyon and developed new technology to conserve and further document the built heritage.Today, these well preserved and maintained small homes etched into steep tuff cliffs from 1100-1400 A.D.

  • Utilities' forecast looks stable; regular rate increases projected

    A woman recently called the Los Alamos utilities department, concerned about a large bill. Ordinarily, she used about 4,000 gallons of water each month, but after her old, inaccurate meter was replaced, her total shot up to 18,000 gallons, or about $50. County Conservation Officer Matt Dickens came to her house to see what he could do.It turned out the extra 14,000 gallons had leaked from two constantly running toilets.

  • Lab Notes: Supercomputer challengers come to town

    Students from around the state will visit Los Alamos Monday and Tuesday to face off for the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge. Los Alamos National Laboratory will host more than 250 students from New Mexico’s high schools and middle schools. The occasion is the 18th Annual Supercomputing Challenge, the culmination of months of effort by the students and their teachers. Projects will be judged Monday and an awards ceremony will take place 9-11 a.m.

  • Unitarian Church to question the costs of war

    The cost of the war in Iraq has been estimated at more than $463 billion. At 10:30 a.m. Sunday, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will ask “The Cost of Iraq: Who Pays the Price?” in a special worship service as part of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s annual Justice Sunday program.The Rev. John Cullinan will examine the costs of war and their effect on our society’s values from a liberally religious perspective in his sermon titled, “Being the Change We Wish to See.” The service will also draw from the work of the Rev. Dr.

  • Passover: an important event in history

    Passover! That’s a funny word. Is it a bridge? Jet planes flying over us? Someone who was not chosen in the NFL draft? What is it? Well, believe-it-or-not, it is one of the most important events in the history of mankind. A whirl-wind trip through time is necessary to check this out, so hang on and let’s go.To understand what you are about to read, please remember that all mankind is innately religious.

  • Off and On: Support education – it is the key

    A recent study reported that about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma and about 1.2 million students drop out annually.

    Locally, we had only 22 dropouts out of some 1,200 students last year.

    Nevertheless, the numbers are disturbing.

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founding chair of the group doing the study, told the Associated Press that “when more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it’s more than a problem – it’s a catastrophe.”

  • New Mexico unveils its quarter

    Well, the long, anticipated wait for the nation’s 47th state to reveal its quarter ended last week when – what was called Multicultural New Mexico – showcased its new  coin. And was it ever worth the wait.Here we have, after a contest, years of anticipation and hype a quarter with the outline of the state and the Zia symbol.Oh, you’re waiting for the other shoe?  There is not going to be one – that is it.

  • Tennis: Topper teams knock off Tigers in dual play

    While most coaches would think Bruce Cottrell is in an enviable position, Cottrell would beg to differ.With just four days to finalize his lineup for the postseason, Cottrell is scratching his head about a couple of his Hilltopper girls tennis players.