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Today's News

  • Former Pierotti's Clowns Noe Lujan dies at 77

    A former member of Pierotti’s Clowns, Jose Noe Lujan, died at his home in Los Alamos July 6 after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.

    Lujan, who was born in Española, was a catcher on the nationally-famous five-man softball team from Los Alamos in the late 1950s, catching games for star pitcher Bernard L. “Bun” Ryan.

    The team’s founding member, Lou Pierotti, often got together with Lujan to play golf or partake in other activities when they weren’t on the softball field.

  • Grand finale to punctuate the Next Big Idea

    Big ideas go on and on but The Next Big Idea will have a definite climax.

  • Airport Basin Site appeal hearing recessed

    With a real possibil  ity that an appeal of the Planning and Zoning Commission’s July 8 decision to approve the site plan of the Airport Basin development might be withdrawn, County Council voted to recess Friday’s meeting and postpone the appeal hearing.

    Los Alamos County Attorney Mary McInerny said the appeal was filed by an adjoining property owner, Cabot, Cabot & Forbes Los Alamos Investment Company LLC of Boston, Mass., on the basis of placement of the fueling facility on the site.

  • 'Time Enough' to be shown in unique location

    A whole range of meanings can be gathered from local playwright Robert Benjamin’s play, “Time Enough.” It’s up to each audience member to interpret the play for him- or herself. It seems only appropriate then, to show the play at a multitude of locations.

    The play was shown at the Adobe Theater in Albuquerque in 2006. The Los Alamos Little Theater performed the play in March and it was shown at the Texas/New Mexico Hospice Organization annual meeting that same month.

  • A July 4 homecoming for White Rock resident

    Faith, hope and love brought Richard Elliott home July 4, to spend just a few hours with friends and family before returning to an Albuquerque rehabilitation center Friday.

    Richard was on his way to work on Feb. 6 when his 2002 Honda Accord slid on black ice, resulting in a terrible car accident on the truck route. Richard sustained a plethora of injuries, from the complete loss of one eye and half of the other to having the left ankle almost amputated at the scene, resulting in a Flight for Life trip to Albuquerque.

  • Our View: Think local

    Several years ago, the state invested heavily in bringing a call center to the Albuquerque area. They said they were working to provide jobs.

    That center is now closed. Moved on. Jobs gone.

    Recently the governor announced that Albuquerque would be home to a $35 million automobile factory for Tesla Motors’ all-electric, four-door, five-passenger sedan. He said the facility would mean 400 new jobs.

    Today, state officials are expressing disappointment that the company that built the first mass-produced, all-electric car will keep its factory in California.

  • Sign of the times

    A sign in front of the building at Eastgate Industrial Park announced the completion of the acquisition of IMTEC Corp. by 3M, a St. Paul, Minn., company. Similar banners have gone up at IMTEC’s facilities in Ardmore, Okla., and Boulder, Colo.

    “It’s pretty much business as usual,” said Hugo Hinojosa, vice president of operations Friday. “You can already start to feel the excitement of it.”

  • T-Board validates 90-percent design

    The Los Alamos Transportation Board voted in favor of the 90-percent design phase of the West Jemez Bypass Thursday, which will go before County Council as the board’s endorsement of the best route to take.

    Looking at the design from an engineering and environmental standpoint, the board decided that if the project's goals are still valid, the current design should be finalized.

  • Vrina Mae Wahlen

    Wahlen – Vrina Mae Wahlen, 86, a longtime resident of Los Alamos. went to the Lord July 8, 2008, in Las Cruces, N.M., surrounded by her immediate family.

    She leaves behind husband John; brother Charles; sister-in-law Betty; children Kaye, Ivy and Keith; son-in-laws Jim and Russell; daughter-in-law Joanne; grandchildren Jason, Katey, Kristin and Haley; stepchildren John and Jim and their wives Marge and Sharon; step-grandchildren Johnny, Joy and Fred; and numerous step-grandchildren, nephews and friends.

    She was a wonderful wife, mother and cherished friend to many.

  • But I digress: Geograwhat?

    Where in the world is Waldo? Okay, let’s say he’s in the thriving metropolis of Thimphu. Uh, well, where’s that? Oh, it’s the capital of Bhutan. Really? Um, where’s Bhutan? It’s in Asia. You DO know where Asia is, don’t you?

    Depending on your age, the answer is very likely “No.”