Today's News

  • Be part of the solution

    There was a lot of controversy when the county declared the Municipal Building unfit and the council voted to tear it down.

    That was a very unpopular decision and its effects still linger today.

    But that was then and this is now and now the county is reaching out to the community for help as for what to do now. We should put the differences of the past behind us and work to ensure that we have the best facility – in the best  location – we can.

  • Hilltopper girls track and field team aim for another title

    In less than two weeks’ time, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team will be testing its mettle at the state Class AAAA championship meet.

    Between now and then, however, Los Alamos will try to catch up on it very important work of staying sharp and getting healthy.

    If Friday’s Los Alamos Qualifier is any indication, the Hilltoppers won’t have a lot to worry about this weekend when they try to grab their ninth straight District 2AAAA title.

  • More juice from the sun: LANL science fuels new photophysics energy center

    In early April, when Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Los Alamos National Laboratory, Victor Klimov briefed him on research about a project for improving solar cells.

    As Chu moved slowly through a gallery of scientific posters especially selected for his introductory moments at the lab, he listened intently to Klimov’s overview and immediately began asking questions about his findings.

    “He was really interested,” Klimov said in an interview this week. “That impressed me that he knew what we were doing.”

  • Arts Fair has plenty to offer

    Chilly, overcast weather didn’t stop vendors from setting up their booths Saturday in front of Fuller Lodge.


    Nor did it stop people from stopping by to view the first-rate artwork.


    Vendors from around the state turned out to sell their wares at the annual Spring Arts and Craft Fair, which ran from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


    The fair, presented by the Los Alamos Arts Council, featured about 100 artists who offered both contemporary and traditional art.


  • Library cooling system to experience shutdowns

    Patrons visiting the Mesa Public Library during the next couple of months should prepare themselves for what might be some uncomfortable conditions.

    The county has hired a contractor to improve the cooling capabilities of the library’s heating/cooling system.

    As a result of this work, the air-handling unit will be shut down intermittently from beginning Monday through June 30.

    Shutdowns will be kept to a minimum and will last between one to eight hours per 24-hour period. Work will be done 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Time to be smart, not to panic

    There is a lot of hysteria going on right now about the swine flu. The simple truth is that all you need to do is be smart.

    Here are the five things you need to do to keep yourself safe.

    • It seems obvious, but it’s very important to actually make sure you wash your hands.

    • That you cover your mouth with a tissue or handkerchief when you cough. 

  • Upcoming Brown Bag show has two sides

    The Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Concert series is about to show its loving and dark sides.

     Love and twilight is the theme for the upcoming show, which will be held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    The Amrhan Trio, which includes Cindy Little, piano; Louise Mendius, singer; and John Hargreaves, French horn, dedicated the first half of the program to love. Hargreaves said the pieces deal with many forms of love such as passionate love, unrequited love and betrayed love.  

  • Getting to know Sarah

    “Sarah, Plain and Tall” is an original play based on the beloved, Newbery Award-winning book by Patricia MacLachlan. The story, frequently used in elementary school curricula, was adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette and may be familiar to Hallmark Hall of Fame viewers.

    The setting is the early 1900s on a farm in Kansas. The farmer, widower Jacob Witting, played by Scot Johnson, lives with his two children: Anna, age 12 and Caleb, age 7, played by Stacia Paglieri and Sequoya Adams-Rice.

  • Sculpture gets its due

    Sculpture when compared to painting, drawing, prints and photography is much maligned. There was once a famous New York art critic, his name escapes me but I think it was Clement Greenberg, who once said that ‘sculpture was something you bumped into in a gallery while trying to view a painting.’ This is hardly the best way to begin a review of an exhibition at the Art Center, totally dedicated to sculpture. This acerbic statement by a critic, however, makes an important point.

  • Boys track and field: LA wins big, tops two school bests

    Thanks in no small part to a blazing 800-meter split by Gareth Gilna, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys 1600-meter medley team posted a new school-best mark in the event Friday.

    Gilna, a premier distance runner for the Hilltoppers, ran a ridiculous split of 1:55.56 — one of his two laps was clocked at just over 55 seconds — as the team of Gilna, Jason Reagor, Benigno Sandoval and Corey Clark posted a 3:31.36 victory at Friday’s Los Alamos Qualifier track and field meet held at Sullivan Field.