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Today's News

  • DPU survey results released

    Results from a survey conducted on the performance of the county’s Department of Public Utilities revealed that most residents feel the department is on the right track.

    Recently, results from a local customer satisfaction survey were released and nine out of 10 respondents rated the department’s overall performance as good or excellent, with a mean rating of 3.3 and 3.4 out of a possible high score of four.

  • Richardson: Los Alamos to get $3 million in stimulus money

    Gov. Richardson rolled into town Wednesday morning on another stop of his statewide listening tour concerning the economic stimulus package.

    The governor and his staff assembled a group of community leaders and legislators at Fuller Lodge.

    “I’m going to every county, talking mainly to elected officials and answering some questions about the stimulus,” Richardson said. “I want to be sure that each community is aware of all the potential competitive grants.”

  • Get ready to flip

    You’ll flip when you see the Los Alamos High School Olions’ production of “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

    Seriously. The 1950s weren’t so hot for women’s rights, world peace or suspected Communists, but they were great for music and theater. The local drama club and director Holly Haas made a way boss decision when they picked “Birdie” for their annual musical.

  • Fulfilling a dream

    Darlene Bawden always wanted to be an artist, but having a husband and six children made this dream difficult to follow.

    It was not until she saw a few watercolors by Secundino Sandoval that Bawden was inspired to take action.

    By following her dream, Bawden has been invited  to host her own show at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. The show, which features 11 watercolors, will be displayed through May 30.

    In addition to this show, Bawden also participated in the “Four Seasons”  juried show earlier this year at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge.

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:Beating out the old stereotypes

    In a gift store where I once worked, was a section nicknamed, “Old Farts.” In this tiny corner of  the shop were figurines of pudgy old-timers taking a swing with their golf clubs or sitting in a beauty parlor hair matted in curlers. All the figures  had dazed, ho-hum expressions painted on their faces.

    The items in this section of the store would have just seemed cheesy and stereotypical to some but I found them laughable because they depicted images so unlike the elders in my family, specifically my grandparents.

  • Baseball: LA one step closer to title

    Senior Zakk Walterscheid has never known a District 2AAAA baseball championship.

    But Wednesday, he was determined to help the Los Alamos Hilltoppers get there.

    Walterscheid threw a six inning complete game Wednesday against Española Valley and hit a pair of home runs as the Hilltoppers routed the Sundevils 13-3 at Bomber Field.

  • Softball: LA tops Espaola Valley

    A three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth Wednesday made an already tangled District 2AAAA softball race that much more interesting.

    With the score knotted at 2-2, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers pushed three runs across in the bottom of the fifth, while pitcher Monika Teter shut down the Española Valley Sundevils the rest of the way to give the Hilltoppers a 5-2 win at Overlook Park.

    Wednesday’s game was a must-win for the Hilltoppers, who, after being swept this weekend by the Bernalillo Spartans, were fighting to keep their playoff chances alive.

  • Concerns over lab’s plutonium project in memo

    A memo from a frustrated official in Washington earlier this year raised questions about management of a $13 million plutonium project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    A program manager from the Department of Energy Office of Radioisotope Power Systems urged Los Alamos Site Office Manager Don Winchell at the beginning of the year to correct “the laboratory’s chronic poor performance on this program.”

  • Step into the spotlight

    Grab your rodeo gear, whiskey bottle and siren-red dress!  The Los Alamos Little Theatre is hosting auditions for its September production of the Sam Shepard one-act dramedy “Fool for Love.”

    LALT veteran Corey New will direct the play and former LALT president Jennifer Wadsack will produce it.  

  • Giving advice for the tough teen years

    “Adolescents cannot feel the future,” was the best take-home message from Dr. Abagail Baird and the Teen Brain Symposium sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, earlier this month.

    Humor and insight were the order of the day as Baird provided perspective into why teenagers do “stupid stuff.” The truth is there are physical differences in the adolescent decision making process, which make it unique.

    The short answer is that the portion of the brain called the frontal lobe hasn’t fully developed yet.