Today's News

  • Cross country: Pittman signs with the Lobos

    Another of the top prep athletes in the state coming out of Los Alamos High School is staying close to home.

    Kyle Pittman, the premier cross country and track distance runner, has decided to attend the University of New Mexico starting this fall. Pittman was honored in a ceremony Wednesday at Los Alamos High School.

    When he does get to Albuquerque following this, his senior year, he will be joining brother Allen with the Lobo cross country squad. Kyle is expected to join both the cross country and track and field teams at UNM.

  • LA meets familiar foe Friday night

    It’s one of the more interesting match-ups of the first round of the Class AAAA girls basketball state tournament.

    Friday night, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will take on the St. Pius X Sartans. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Griffith Gymnasium.

    While it’s rare that a No. 5 seed, like the Hilltoppers, meets an interesting 12th-seeded opponent, Friday’s game is the exception rather than the rule.

    Los Alamos and St. Pius have plenty of history, some of that coming this season.

  • Dancers feel the “Rhythm of the Fire’

    If you missed Riverdance’s last tour stop in Albuquerque, don’t fret. Belisama Irish Dance Company and School present “Rhythm of Fire 2010” Saturday and Sunday at the James A. Little Theater.

    “Rhythm of Fire 2010” is a family friendly show featuring local dancers and musicians.

    “Rhythm of Fire 2010” features Belisama’s blend of high-energy traditional hard shoe and soft shoe dances and original choreography by director Adrienne Bellis and members of the dance company.

  • New Mesa Public Library exhibit celebrates the beauty of a book

    Perhaps it seems as though paper is taking a backseat to PDF’s and e- books are flourishing while conventional books collect dust on shelves, but the art of making a book is far from being lost or dead.

    For instance, Mesa Public Library is hosting an exhibit by Libros New Mexico Book Arts Guild, which started Monday and will run though March 26.  A reception and workshop on how to make a handmade book will be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. March 13 at the library.

  • Six Monkeys: Infected, protected and expecting

    My puppy’s stalking snowflakes, back and snout forming a long, gray line against a wet, white yard. An hour ago she sat on the arm of the couch, her front paws on the carpet and my husband commented lovingly, “She looks like a vulture.”

    Sick people need puppies. I hope to be fully healthy by the time this column goes to print, but this past week I have been stuck at home coughing. I seem to have caught the same cold as everyone else, though it has hit me a little harder, maybe because I’m five-months pregnant.

  • Tax increase package OK’d

    SANTA FE — The Legislature approved a $5.6 billion budget on Wednesday and the largest tax increase package in more than two decades to help pay for public schools and government services next year.

    Passage of the measures moved lawmakers close to the finish line of a politically charged special session. Clashes over tax increases and government spending previewed likely campaign themes in this year’s elections.

  • January was cold, but February was colder

    February is usually three or four degrees warmer than January. This year, February’s average temperature of just over 27 degrees in Los Alamos, was a degree colder than January, which was already colder than normal. February was six degrees below average. Surprisingly, one need only look as far back as 2004 to find a colder February at slightly below 27 degrees. The coldest February on record belongs to 1939 with an average of 23 degrees.

  • Project estimates go up and up

    Time and earthquake security are largely responsible for the escalating costs of a large nuclear facility now in design, according to the project leader Wednesday.

    “Time is a big driver,” said Rick Holmes, division leader for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Replacement facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    He noted that the first rough estimates in the range of $600 million were crude estimates for a project expected to be finished in 2012.

  • Diamond Drive, take four

    The clock is now ticking on Diamond Drive Phase 4.

    By a 5-2 vote, County Council awarded a $6.4 million plus contract Tuesday to AS Horner, for the next and last major roadwork and utility project on Diamond Drive stretching south from North Road to the Omega Bridge that spans Los Alamos Canyon.

    Although councilors expressed concerns that the contractor was responsible for at least some of the public’s dissatisfaction over Phases 1 and 2, Public Works Director Kyle Zimmerman began his presentation with reasons to expect a different outcome this time.

  • 03-04-10 Update

    Don’t miss “Diner” today

      Mesa Public Library Free Film Series will screen ”Diner” at 6:30 p.m. today.

    Lenten fish fry dinner