Today's News

  • Baseball/Softball: All-Star rosters announced

    Here are the rosters for the White Rock Little League and Los Alamos Little League All-Star teams:

    White Rock Juniors Baseball

    Zakary Coker

    Brandon Fuller

    Dylan Livermore

    Kurtis McCurdy

    Nick McCurdy

    James Milligan

    Benjamin Mitsunaga

    Benjamin Nelson

    Kyle Parks

    Sean Reardon

    Thomas Russell

    Tim Nelson, manager

    John Mitsunaga, coach

    Los Alamos Juniors Baseball

    Austin Aslin

    Nick Baker

    Alan Keeler

    Ryan Kniss

    Jin Park

    Kevin Smale

    Ethan Stam

    Henry Steinkamp

  • Baseball/Softball: All-Star tourneys start here tonight

    A pair of District 1 All-Star tournaments will be played this weekend in White Rock.

    The District 1 Majors softball tournament gets underway tonight at the Minors softball fields at Overlook Park, while the Juniors baseball tournament starts Saturday morning at Virchow Field.

    White Rock will be represented in the softball tournament, which has two games set for 6 p.m., while a White Rock team and a Los Alamos team will take part in the baseball tournament.

  • Our View: Power grid needs work now

    It was good to see that the county utilities department understands that our electric grid needs work. We only hope that things move along quickly.

    As anyone who has lived here for any length of time knows, the power goes off way too often. And it is more than just an inconvenience.

    At a public meeting this week at Fuller Lodge, John Arrowsmith, the new utilities director, and Steve Cummins, the deputy utilities manager, told the audience that over the next four years, the county will be fitted for a new electrical backbone.

  • But I digress: Constitutional wisdom

    We The People ... a beautiful sentiment, isn’t it? It was pure genius to use such simple words to launch such a powerful document. It took just three little words – written, by the way, in very large letters – to summarize the entire purpose for writing the document in the first place. Of course, I’m talking about the Constitution. It’s an amazing document.

    Ever read it?

  • Tested lab meets uncertain world

    On reflection, Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Michael Anastasio said Thursday there are positive lessons to be gained from his second year at the helm.

    “We had a pretty challenging year,” he said, mentioning specifically the budget problems and workforce reductions. “But we did a good job meeting those challenges.”

    Anastasio gave a talk to lab employees Thursday morning and made a round of media visits in the afternoon.

    As he did on the first anniversary last year, he saw it as a good time to look back and take stock.

  • Seeking weather spotters

    The National Weather Service is holding a SKYWARN Spotter training session for the public from 9 a.m.-noon July 15 at the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in Santa Fe. The class is free of charge and just one session is required to become a certified SKYWARN Spotter.

    Los Alamos County Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor explained this morning that SKYWARN is a volunteer program with nearly 280,000 trained severe weather spotters.

  • FBI historian discusses Patriot Act evolution

    ALBUQUERQUE — As a young boy studying government in school, Stephan Marshall never imagined he would be dealing with the Fourth Amendment every day as an adult. Now, as chief division counsel and historian of New Mexico’s Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marshall has no doubts about its relevance, he recently told a class of FBI Citizens’ Academy participants as he explained the evolution of the USA Patriot Act.

  • Bond measure calls for win-win

    The school board met Thursday to discuss issues related to the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan, approval of the FY08-FY09 budget, and school policies dealing with length of teacher contracts, employee directory listings and student cell-phone use.

    “We had our fourth meeting with the county this week,” LAPS president Steve Girrens said. “It was a brainstorming session for possible ways to get assistance (for the 20-Year Facilities Renewal Plan). Some of the ideas range from what will be in it for both sides, it has to be a win-win.”

  • BANDELIER Some place: Tsankawi

    Tsankawi is an ancient Native American site containing unexcavated ruins dating from the 1400s. Within its scruffy surrounding landscape, there are immense views, foot-worn trails, cave-dwellings and petroglyphs.

    Located several miles north of the entrance to the main reaches of Bandelier National Monument, Tsankawi is a remote and detached section of the monument, easily missed on a first or second visit to the area.

  • Spotlight on Los Alamos: Making of the fourth edition

    In late 2005, an e-mail arrived from Sharon Snider, chair of the Los Alamos Historical Society Publications Committee. On its subject line was the message, “Make my day.” The third edition of my book, “A Guide to Bandelier National Monument,” was almost out of stock. Would I please supply the computer file so they could reprint it?

    No computer file existed. I had pasted-up all three previous editions by hand, the old-fashioned way. More importantly, Bandelier had changed so much that the book was no longer relevant.