Today's News

  • Time to say good-bye, and hello to a new owner

    After 37 years of running Farmer’s Insurance Group agency, Melvin O’Shea decided it was time to call it quits – and time for Kathy Steck to become the new owner. Before taking the reins, Steck worked in the customer service department at the company for about five years. Previously, she worked at the Cerro Grande Fire Assistance doing customer service and claims review. Additionally, Steck worked at the Los Alamos National Bank for 12 years. She officially became the new owner Feb.

  • The unfairness of the fair funding formula

    SANTA FE – A bill reforming the state school funding formula passed the House of Representatives by a 52-16 margin last week and then quickly won a “do-pass” ticket through its first committee in the Senate on Friday.The bill is of concern to Los Alamos because the proposed changes affect local schools in reverse. While the bill is meant to increase funding for state schools, and does appear to increase state-funded program costs of 86 of the 89 school districts in the state, Los Alamos would lose nearly $1.9 million annually if the formula were

  • Los Alamos Concert Association presents wind quintet

    The Musical Fireworks continue Feb. 23, when the Los Alamos Concert Association brings the Imani Winds, a wind quintet to Los Alamos. Imani Winds will present a master class at 11 a.m. at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and a concert at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium. A reception will follow the concert.Imani Winds, founded in 1997, is an American wind quintet based in New York. The quintet comprises flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, and is known for its adventurous programming.

  • Chamisa Elementary School turns 40

    Tuesday, Chamisa Elementary School is taking the time to recognize a major milestone. The school will host its 40th birthday with a community wide celebration.The school will pay tribute to their history with a short presentation at 8:15 a.m., which will feature some very special guests. Five former principals will be returning to the site to share their fondest memories of their elementary days.

  • Our View: Muni Building part of our history

    History is a precious and perhaps debatable thing. One man’s piece of art is another man’s junk.That’s how it goes.But in general terms, we think that most people would agree that items of historical significance should be protected and honored.

  • New public health office to open soon

    The finishing touches are being applied to the county’s new public health office in part of what was once Ed’s Market on Diamond Drive. Crews are getting the offices, exam rooms, pharmacy and lab ready for the March 1 move from the office’s basement location in Los Alamos Medical Center. The old grocery store has been completely remodeled by owners Don Duke and Jerry Mosher, using the design of Albuquerque architect Claudio Vigil.County councilors were given a sneak preview of the 2,470-square-foot space on Friday, with a gui

  • Skate park on agenda

    The county council will meet in a work session Tuesday in Council Chambers in the Community Building at 475 20th St. The location of a skate park in Los Alamos is one of three agenda items on council’s business agenda, along with a valuation plan presented by Los Alamos County Assessor Joann Johnson, and the request for council to set March 25, 2008, to discuss an appeal of a Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny the Donaldson subdivision.

  • Thinking Makes It So: At least poems don't require doggie bags

    A person can love puppies, sunsets, chocolate or sleeping. People who like these things do so in a very general fashion; they hardly ever say, “I only love brown puppies. Furthermore, the ones with floppy ears make me want to puke.” Or, “Oh, that sunset’s a little too pink for my taste.”A sunset is not a steak.And poetry is not as reliable as chocolate.Nobody loves poetry – that is, all poems or even the majority of published work.

  • Navajo language under assessment

    In an effort to measure language capabilities of Navajo students, the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) Indian Education Division and the Navajo Nation’s Office of Dine Culture, Language and Community Services (ODCLCS) are collaborating with seven public school districts to pilot a recently developed Navajo Language Assessment. This new process will help determine students’ Navajo language mastery levels.Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been instrumental in passing a bill, along with Rep.

  • Fighting for clean water: Activists file suit for healthy watershed

    SANTA FE – A broad array of community environmental and cultural organizations announced a civil complaint against the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security in federal court Thursday.Speaking at a press conference at the Capitol, Michael Jensen of Amigo Bravos said the coalition was starting a “citizen enforcement action” to remedy a history of contamination caused by the nuclear weapons laboratory that regulators failed to stop.In speeches, press releases, documents and the court complaint itself, members of the umbrella organization