Today's News

  • Parents skipping education survey looks bad

    The school district is looking less than stellar in the eyes of the state with its steadily declining parent participation in the annual Quality of Education Survey.

      It came out during Thursday’s school board meeting that just 99 parents of the 3,403 students district wide took the 10-question survey posted on the Public Education Department’s Web site between April 2 and June 12 of this year.

      “It’s really bad if you don’t have parent participation,” board member Ken Johnson said.

  • Local jury moves to Santa Fe to deliberate

    Jurors in the suit-counter suit court case held this week in the Community Building moved to Santa Fe this morning.

      The five man, one-woman jury began deliberating shortly before noon Thursday in the Ted Vives vs. Linda Hull lawsuit in which Hull filed a counter-suit.

    Judge James Hall asked the jury at

    4:45 p.m. if they were anywhere near a decision and they said they were not.

  • A tale of two municipal building sites

    Participants drilled into the final two options for siting a new Municipal Building Thursday night.

    FBT Architects gave a 3-D presentation that illustrated 10 possible designs for the two remaining locations.

    The presentation was meant to help the Municipal Building Site Selection and Steering Committee make a decision between Site 6 and Site 13. They will present their recommendation to the County Council on Oct. 27.

  • Quality of life: A stroll down Central

    Don Kendall, a member of LA walks, spent some time recently taking a good look at the changes that have occurred along Central Avenue, thanks to a million-dollar enhancement project between Mari-Mac Plaza and downtown.

    “We’re finding that a lot of people didn’t realize what has happened,” he said Thursday. “They haven’t been in the area for a number of years, even if they live nearby.”

    He wondered how much of the transformation he could capture in a single photograph.

  • Don't let it happen to you

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and this is deadly serious – no pun intended. We all have a responsibility to turn this disease from the “Silent Killer” that it is, into a “Known Threat.”

    Do you think that ovarian cancer only strikes women older than 60? Especially those who are childless? So did I three years ago. But the fact remains that while the median age for this disease is 63, some 32 percentof women younger than 55, many pre-menopausal, will succumb to the disease.

  • A fluther of jellyfish

    Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super ... oh, umm, never mind.

    It’s just a murmuration of starlings! Or maybe it’s an exaltation of larks? It could be a convocation of eagles.

    I’m fairly well versed in superherology, but I was never very good at ornithology.

    A venue of vultures? A mustering of storks? An ostentation of peacocks?  So what’s with all the strange names?

  • Sex offender says he learned to control urges

    In day two of the defamation case underway in District Court, registered sex offender Ted Vives told jurors he learned during three years of therapy how to control the urges that led him to have sex with a student in Florida in 1990.

  • Author has a few great stories to tell

    Everyone has a story to tell. Some are stories that enraptures listeners and encourages people to recommend that it be made into a book. Author and journalist Steven Kotler of Chimayo could fill a library with such stories.

    He already has two of them two published, one titled “West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origins of Belief” and “The Angle Quickest for Flight.” Another is slated to be released next year, titled “A Small, Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue, Animal Altruism and the Meaning of Life.”

  • Hilltoppers roll to big win over Tigers at home, 8-0

    If the District 2AAAA opener is any indication, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team should be just fine in 2009.

    Los Alamos scored a pair of goals just four minutes apart to take control of its district opener in the first half. Los Alamos would cruise to a big 8-0 win Tuesday at Sullivan Field.

    The Hilltoppers made relatively easy work of the Taos Tigers, who could well be the second-best team in district this season, scoring four goals in each half despite rotating their bench  pretty liberally after assuming a 3-0 lead.

  • Volleyball: Toppers down Robertson in five

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team, it seems, has a flair for the dramatic.

    Less than a week after pulling out a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the St. Michael’s Horsemen, the Hilltoppers grabbed a big road win against Las Vegas Robertson Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

    Los Alamos went down 2-1 in the match, but bounced back to take the final two games of the contest, the same feat it pulled in the win over the Horsemen at home Sept. 16.