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Today's News

  • The key to success? Stay positive

    Positive Family Communication is our goal this week. How is yours doing? This week mine didn’t go so well.

    Three boys combined with home, work, church, school, Scouts and wrestling means a few questions that normally get asked, didn’t. The result is that I missed a school performance that I really wanted to go see.

    The point is that it happens and hopefully I’ll fill the gap and it won’t happen again.

  • County Assessor JoAnn Johnson seeking second term

    For more than 20 years her role was recruiting people to run for office – but that all changed in 2006 for longtime political leader JoAnn Johnson.

    “I felt it was time for me to step up and do what I had asked of others for so long. Assessor Jane Bates was term limiting out and with my financial background I felt the assessor vacancy was an area where I could contribute most,” Johnson said during an interview Thursday. “I also feel this office is very important to the community.”

  • LANL withdraws objection to Rio Grande monitoring criteria

    The state environment department announced Wednesday that Los Alamos National Laboratory had withdrawn its opposition to a proposal for a numeric water quality standards for monitoring and reporting radiological contaminants in the Rio Grande down stream from the laboratory.

    The proposal grew out of what the New Mexico Environment Department called “concerns from the public about the health risks of radiological contaminants such as plutonium in water from the Rio Grande being diverted by the Buckman Diversion Project.”

  • The long, slow battle against DWI

    As long as people drive to bars, we’ll have drunks causing accidents.

    Those were the words of a UNM sociology professor I used to work with who was an expert on DWI.

    This year, like every other year in memory, the Legislature will tackle DWI. The governor has proposed some strict new measures to “defeat this problem once and for all.”

    Once and for all. Brave words.

  • Give loved ones the gift of time this season

    Not being particularly skilled at making crafts usually makes me seek other options for holiday presents. Just trying to cut in a straight line is a challenge. When I was little, I read a holiday story about a girl who made all her own presents, which encouraged me to reconsider handmade gifts.

    Following the character’s idea, I pulled out magazines, glue and scissors, and began decorating everything from shoeboxes to cardboard jewelry boxes for my mom.

    Whether they were truly beautiful or not, my mother would graciously oooh and ahhhh over all of them.

  • Arms Control Center opens reading room

    The Los Alamos Center for International Nuclear Security Studies and its sister organization, the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security (LACACIS) hosted a public lecture and reception at their new office Friday.  

    Los Alamos National Bank has generously provided the office, Room 318 on the third floor, named the Bill Beyer Reading Room in honor of the late Bill Beyer, one of the organization’s founders along with Dave Thomson of the organization.   

  • Wrestling: LA shows signs of improvement at Capital Invite

    Little by little, a young Los Alamos Hillltopper squad is improving, as evidenced by Friday’s showing at the Capital Invitational Tournament.

    Los Alamos sent seven wrestlers down to the tournament, hosted by Capital’s Jaguars.

    While only one of those seven grapplers finished Friday’s action unblemished, the other six remained alive in the consolation bracket.

    Saturday, Los Alamos picked up a couple of tournament victories, with 103-pounder Jodi Cull-Host and 145-pounder Clint Adams both advancing in the consolation round.

  • Girls basketball: LA tops Sartans, falls to Huskies

    The Los Alamos Hillltopper girls basketball team bounced back from a rough outing Thursday to upend a long-standing rival Friday.

    Los Alamos put together perhaps its most complete game of the young 2009-10 season to top the St. Pius X Sartans 49-44 in the consolation bracket of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers knocked off by Huskies

    Heading into the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament, Alan Kirk figured if the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team played Hope Christian, it would be in the championship game.

    And while the two teams met Saturday in the final round, it was in the fifth-place contest.

    That game was all Hope Christian Huskies, as they topped the Hilltoppers 81-54, handing the Hilltoppers their second loss in three days.

    A day earlier, Los Alamos bounced back from an opening round loss to Rio Rancho by knocking off an old rival, St. Pius X, 70-57.

  • Football: Scott steps down after 20 years

    It was hardly the first time he’d talked about it, but it was the one and only time he actually did it.

    Longtime Los Alamos Hilltopper head football coach Bob Scott officially announced his retirement last month, wrapping up a 20-year head coaching career. Scott turned his letter of resignation into the Los Alamos High School athletic office Nov. 12, just days after wrapping up his 20th season.

    After 30 straight seasons of calling plays and blowing whistles, Scott said enough was enough.