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Today's News

  • Football: Schleft earns district honor

    Los Alamos senior Ryan Schelft earned a top honor for the 2009 football season.

    Schleft, a versatile threat coming out of the Hilltopper backfield, was named the Offensive Player of the Year for this season, District 2AAAA officials announced Wednesday.

    Schleft started the season at quarterback for the Hilltoppers but moved to running back full time in the second game of the season and became both a rushing and pass-catching threat.

  • The Next Level: McNiff’s Grizzlies win cross country title

    Adams State College junior Ryan McNiff finished his junior year with a national cross country championship and an All-American nod.

    McNiff, formerly of Los Alamos, finished 29th in the NCAA Division II championship race Saturday. The D-II title race was held in Evansville, Ind.

    In the race, McNiff finished the 10-kilometer course in 32 minutes, 13.8 seconds, placing him 22nd among team scorers. It was McNiff’s third cross country All-American individual title.

  • A shopping opportunity for children

    Various arts and craft fairs and shopping opportunities are held during the holiday season where adults can find gifts, but what about children? Shopping opportunities that are kid friendly can be somewhat of a challenge; luckily, Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church offers a solution.

    The Children’s Bazaar, which will be held from 9 a.m. – noon Dec. 5 at Trinity on the Hill, is specifically provided for children in kindergarten through sixth grade.

    The young shoppers can choose from numerous items that have all been donated from the church and community.

  • Surfing the shores of time

    Most of the Internet is lost in time.

    It’s an amazing information system, most would agree, but for all practical purposes it exists mostly in the present and has a shrouded past.

    This simple paradox as it applies to the Internet has been troubling Herbert Van de Sompel for quite awhile.

    He’s a computer scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, team leader of research and prototyping in the lab’s Research Library

  • Showing some support from home

    To honor U.S. military personnel and increase community morale, Xerox Corporation has created Let’s Say Thanks, a national program designed to deliver millions of cards to servicemen and women overseas with messages of support from home.

    On June 26, 2006, Xerox launched the Web site www.LetsSayThanks.com to allow the public to send personal messages to support the men and women stationed overseas. The messages are sent on postcards designed by children from across the country.

  • Four flu-related deaths in New Mexico reported in the last week

    Visits to healthcare providers for influenza-like illness continues to drop, but is still higher that expected for this time of year. This week 3.8 percent of visits to providers were for influenza like illness compared to 5.8 percent last week.  

    The Department tracks influenza-like illness, which is defined as fever and either cough and/or sore throat, at 26 clinics throughout the state.

    Influenza-like illness is the best indicator of flu activity in the state. H1N1 influenza is still the predominant strain of flu in New Mexico at this time.

  • Not much of a slowdown

    Despite continuing economic challenges, 85 percent of New Mexico residents who plan to travel over the November and December holidays say they will spend the same amount or more on their upcoming holiday getaways, according to a new poll conducted by the AAA Market Research Department.

    The online survey of AAA New Mexico members also found that 34 percent of those planning trips say they’ll spend less than $500 on holiday travel, while 60 percent plan to spend $1,000 or less.

  • Lights and driver caution needed at crosswalks

    We are all very saddened by the tragic loss of Logan Collins last week. Pedestrian deaths represent a significant fraction of the traffic fatalities in Los Alamos County. Some time ago one of our own children was nearly struck in the crosswalk near the middle school, the same one where last Wednesday’s accident happened. At another crosswalk at the west end of the golf course, in more than one instance a car has changed lanes, accelerated, and passed me while I stopped for a pedestrian.

  • School crossing is hazardous

    I send my deepest condolences to the Collins family.

  • Spare the rod and spoil the student

    It was decades ago, but I remember it well. The teacher had caught me chewing gum in class – clearly a capital offense. Fortunately, drawing and quartering children had long gone out of style but spanking had not. As a sixth grader, I was young, but I did have a sense of pride. And so when the teacher walked over with a paddle and told me to bend over, I spit out my gum and told her to go bend over herself.