Today's News

  • Some bigotry surfaces following presidential election

    ALBUQUERQUE – In the aftermath of Barack Obama’s historic victory, white supremacists rushed online to discussion forums to vent anger and disbelief that voters had chosen an African-American candidate as the next president of the United States.

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which monitors and exposes extremist activity and rhetoric, states in a Nov. 10 release that anger among hate mongers and right-wing extremists in response to Obama’s victory resulted in an avalanche of caustic postings on racist websites.

  • No need to cook

    There is no need to spend Thanksgiving strapped in an apron or elbows deep in a sink full of dishes.

    An opportunity is available to enjoy the food and company that Thanksgiving provides without all the grunt work.

    The Los Alamos Elks in conjunction with the American Legion and VFW are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Dinner from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Elks Lodge, which is located at 1600 Trinity Drive, across from Sonic.

    A traditional Thanksgiving meal will be served free of charged to anyone who would like to attend.

  • Rowing in same direction

    Dear Editor,

    Economic tumult – gas pump, real estate, recession, gnashing political teeth and all – has taken its toll on Los Alamos County homeowners, customers and local businesses alike.  

    Talk about being in the same boat! – this boat ride is no joke for any of us.

    Retail in Los Alamos of course has never been exactly a ride on a cupcake.

    And in just three months the voyage has caused many of us to start taking on serious water.

  • Endless possibilities

    Dear Editor,

    Los Alamos is a small town in a small county on an isolated plateau in a sparsely populated region of a sparsely populated state that most folks have either never heard of or think is a foreign country.  

    Los Alamos is a highly specialized single-industry economy with a dominant employer which was responsible for the founding of a town in a location that otherwise would be a lousy place to put a town. Historically, the only towns with those parameters are mining boomtowns.

    And yet there are possibilites.

  • Swimming and Diving: LA has several key athletes returning for 2008-09

    For at least the regular season, there won’t be a lot of pressure on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams.

    Not that those athletes tend to feel much pressure, anyway.

    The Hilltoppers will start their 2008-09 season Saturday at the Peter Barney Relays in Albuquerque. The diving portion of Saturday’s meet starts at 10:30 a.m. and swimming gets underway at 1 p.m.

  • Property tax relief available for some residents

    Thanks to House Bill 661, a program that was passed by the State Legislature and enacted this year, homeowners whose homes have been subsidized by a federal, state, or local affordable housing program may be entitled to a reduced property valuation.

    In turn, that could entitle homeowners to a reduced property tax liability.

  • Report criticizes DOE nuclear safety

    In a lengthy report released Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office questioned the effectiveness of the Department of Energy’s nuclear safety program for 205 high-hazard facilities, including the 19 facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Council niggles over new animal shelter details

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting, Capital Projects Manager and Facilities Director Anne Laurent was in council chambers to make a presentation and request approval of the Animal Shelter Project Schematic Design.

    What might have been a vote on the motion turned instead into a long discussion about LEED certification requirements, color schemes and back and forth about whether to install a coyote fence.

  • Scientists summarize lab’s environment

    SANTA FE – A six-man team of environmental scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory went through a series of 10-minute reports on major areas of study in the lab’s most recent environmental survey.

    Lorrie Bonds Lopez, spokesperson for the program, introduced the speakers with the warning that it was a lot of information to squeeze into an hour.

    “They said it couldn’t be done,” she said, suggesting that each of the overviews might also be given in three-hour versions.

  • Eco Station ribbon cutting draws a crowd

    Los Alamos County came one step closer to its goal of becoming green Wednesday.

    County and state officials gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new Eco Station, located at 3701 East Jemez Road.

    The Eco Station is being billed as New Mexico’s first solar powered, green built solid waste transfer station and recycling center.

    Regina Wheeler, who heads up the county’s new Environmental Sustainability Initiative said turnout was good, with about 100 people attending the ceremony.