Today's News

  • Hill Diner recognized for outstanding community service

    Hill Diner has something to boast about – in addition to its famous banana cream pie.

    This year, the diner’s co-owners, Denise Lane and Lori Novak, received the highest honor restaurant owners can achieve in New Mexico: New Mexico Restaurant Association’s award for Restaurateur of the Year.

    “It was quite a shock,” Novak said. “We were pretty much speechless.”

    “And for us, that’s pretty unusual,” Lane added.

  • I stand by my state

    Caller ID immediately identified the ring.

    “Might as well put the meatloaf on hold,” I nodded to my bride, who was laying out placemats, “it’s Barney from New Jersey.”

    Barney doesn’t call as often as he once did. It is just as well. He likes to gig me about what he perceives as New Mexico’s shortcomings, and it gives me indigestion.

  • Don't let them bug you

    If you don’t want bugs in your home, but also don’t feel right about using pesticides, you might want to try the following, ecologically satisfying solutions from Eartheasy.com:

    Ante up against ants.

    • Keep a small spray bottle handy, and spray the ants with a bit of soapy water.

    • Set out cucumber peels or slices in the kitchen or at the ants’ point of entry. Many ants have a natural aversion to cucumber. Bitter cucumbers work best.

  • School Board meets Thursday

    Chamisa’s air conditioning is among topics to be discussed at this week’s school board meeting and work session, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at Piñon Elementary School in White Rock. The superintendent search, the Trinity Site Project and the district’s 20-year renewal plan also are scheduled for discussion. The meeting is open to the public.

    A closed meeting will be held by the board at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the contract for 2008-09 employment contract for Interim Superintendent Mary McLeod.

  • Some paydays more equal than others

    National Equal-Pay Day looked downright unequal in Los Alamos County, according to a New Mexico county-by-county wage study announced by Lt.-Gov. Diane Denish Tuesday.

    Los Alamos County, one of the wealthiest in the country, came in last in the state in pay equity, with women earning 57 percent of what men earned.

    “For every dollar a man is paid, women were paid 57 cents,” Denish said in a telephone interview, discussing the study.

  • How do we fight budget inflation?

    County Council Chair Jim Hall spoke strongly in favor of denying a $9.7 million budget increase for demolition costs at Trinity Site in Tuesday’s budget hearing. The meeting focused on review of the updated Capital Improvements Process (CIP) plan and included budget discussion.

  • 'Forgetting Sarah Marshal' funny, but crude

    Peter Bretter, played by Jason Segel, is a successful composer on a hip TV crime show, and is dating one of the shows hottest lead actresses, Sarah Marshal (Kristen Bell). Or at least that’s how things have been going up for the last five years.

  • Our View: Sharing a boat with the MVD

    Have you been to the Motor Vehicle Department lately? No?

    Neither has anybody else.

    When you go to the MVD, you don’t know whether the staff will have the answers to your assorted registration-related questions. You can’t say whether you’ll pass the vision test. As you set out on your journey to the department’s office on Central Avenue, you know only one thing for sure: You’ll have to wait your turn.

  • Teens behaving admirably

    Sunday night’s graduation ceremony of Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) participants was all about being a positive force and leading by example with character and conviction.

    “There are leaders and there are those who help leaders to lead,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told the teens at Central Avenue Grill. “And then there are snipers – those who sit in the weeds, hide in the background and write in the blogs ... These snipers do nothing to contribute to others.”

  • Thinking Makes It So: Give the Americans the mixed green stuff

    “Soft fried chicken cubes.” “Fungus with onions.” “Fried fish in squirrel shape.”

    Even when translated into English, the menus don’t read like a list of entrees so much as a table of contents in a book of poetry: “Fried celery with salty pork.” “Mixed green stuff.” “Local snack.”