Today's News

  • Thompson fire crews aided by weather

    Now two weeks old, the Thompson Ridge Wildfire officially hit 24,000 acres in size Thursday, but crews working the blaze were aided by the weather to get containment to the 75 percent mark.
    “The Friday morning update said, “Fire activity last night was minimal, allowing firefighters to address hotspots, patrol the perimeter of the fire, and mop-up further into the interior. Cleanup efforts will begin today with the removal of hoses, cutting of snags, and chipping of felled trees. Suppression rehabilitation efforts will also begin around South Mountain as we mitigate the impact of firefighter efforts to stop the fire.” officials said in a statement.
    Crews continued mop-up on South Mountain and chipping in the southeast section of the fire. The spot fire that occurred early this morning was reevaluated, and was calculated at 40 acres. Crews contained the spot fire by expanding the fireline utilizing bulldozers, digging handline, setting hose lays, and removing snags.
    Portions of N.M. 4 will be reduced to one lane Friday for chipping and removal of vegetation that was cut to prepare the contingency line along that roadway.

  • Gabaldon configures social services plan

    Los Alamos County’s new Social Services Manager, Kim Gabaldon, has her work cut out as she begins the process of weaving together the scattered threads of various community assistance programs into a viable and coordinated whole.

    The county council approved $260,000 for the creation of a social services division in the FY2012 budget after a Community Needs Assessment by the Los Alamos Community Health Council recommended having a central point of contact for better service delivery and more effective organization.

    Until Gabaldon was hired three months ago, oversight of social services was scattered between various county departments and outside organizations.

    Gabaldon has the background to meet the challenge. She was employed by the State of New Mexico the last five years as the Native American Liaison for the Behavioral Health Services Division.

    Prior to that she served as a policy analyst for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for the province of Ontario, Canada where she is from.

  • For what it's worth

     Americans love movies. We sit in the dark, eat butter-flavored chemical popcorn, sip three-gallon high fructose sodas, and let that beautiful silver screen command our brains.
     Our teenage daughters fall in love with narcissistic vampires. Our sons cheer for cannibalistic psychotics to eat their next victim. We watch elves and orcs fight for control of Middle Earth (I rooted for the orcs).
     The cinematic carnage consumes us for a couple hours, and then it’s back to the dull reality of the world outside.
      But perhaps the best example of recreational ruination is a nice war movie. A classic deluge of putrid dialogue can be enjoyed from the 1943 movie, “Destination Tokyo.” My favorite scene is the one in which Cary Grant spews out an amazing pontification of why the Japanese are such evil people.
     When a crewman (Mike) attempts to rescue a downed Japanese pilot from the sea, the satanic Japanese soldier pulls out a knife (by the way, it was a gorgeous Tanto style blade) and stabs him in the back, killing him. To help his crew cope with the horrible death of their friend, Captain Cary Grant explains:

  • Church Listings 06-14-13

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; bethluth.com. Summer worship is 9 a.m., fellowship with refreshments at 10:15 a.m. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.

  • Bible Answers: Does Christian rock music convey gospel messages?

    “Is Christian rock music a good tool for sharing the gospel?”—Nate
    I’ve heard some friends (mostly younger ones) contend that contemporary “Christian rock music” serves a useful purpose. They say that its appeal to the musical tastes of a certain group of people who “would never walk into a church” makes it a valuable means of communicating the Christian message.
    This may well be true. Indeed, what could be the harm in putting the Christian message to heavy metal, hip-hop, or any other genre if it actually does reach the heart of some who adamantly resist a more traditional setting? Far be it from me to oppose a successful methodology! There are some caveats, however. The music must, at some point, be a bridge to personal conversation. This is the case especially if the words of the songs are vague, unintelligible, and/or so esoteric that they are subject to a variety of meanings. A devotee of Christian rock music may be deluded into thinking he is giving a witness to the personal, powerful, life-changing message of the grace of God in Christ when in reality he is simply adding to the confusion.

  • Saturday’s car washes will benefit Hilltopper football

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will host a car wash Saturday in both Los Alamos and White Rock.
    In Los Alamos, the car wash will take place at Del Norte Credit Union. In White Rock, the car wash will be at Time Out Pizzeria.
    Proceeds from the car wash will go to benefit the Hilltopper program for the purchase of equipment. The car wash is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon and donations will be accepted.

  • Isotopes win in extras Thursday

    Tony Gwynn Jr. came through with a two-run double in the 11th inning and Jeremy Moore’s two-run homer later in the inning boosted the Albuquerque Isotopes to a win Thursday.
    Albuquerque earned a split on the road in its four-game series against Round Rock, scoring five runs in the 11th to win 9-4.
    Albuquerque returns to Isotopes Park for a four-game series against Memphis starting tonight.
    Thursday’s game was about as even as it could be through 10 innings, with both teams recording 4 runs, 7 hits, 2 errors and had left 9 runners on base.
    The big hits in the 11th by Gwynn and Moore were the only hits the two had Thursday. They had gone a combined 0-for-9 prior to that.
    The Isotopes (35-32), who have now alternated wins and losses for 13 games, used six pitchers against Round Rock (37-31). Steve Ames (2-2), who threw the bottom of the 10th, earned the victory.

  • Fishing Report 06-14-13


  • Romero wins twice this week

    Ted Romero was a dual winner in this week’s Pace Race, hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners.
    The Pace Race was Tuesday. It was run on the access road to the sewage treatment plant in Lower Bayo Canyon.
    Romero had the top prediction of the week, finishing just 16 seconds off his time. Romero was also the fastest finisher on the 3-mile course with his time of 20 minutes, 56 seconds.
    David Kratzer and Zach Medin were the next-best predictors this week. They were both 32 seconds off their times.
    The top finisher on the 1-mile course was Isabelle Coons (10:30). Paul Elkins finished in 14:03. On the 3-mile course, the fastest female was Tamara Weddle with her time of 35:41.
    Next week’s Pace Race, the Power Line Run, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday. The race will start approximately 3 miles from the intersection of Pajarito Road and N.M. 4 heading toward Bandelier National Monument.
    More information about the Pace Race or the Atomic City Roadrunners can be found on the club’s website, atomicrunners.com, or by calling 672-9243.

  • 'Big Three' lift Heat over Spurs in Game 4

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Miami Heat owner Micky Arison had a message as he walked to the winning locker room.
    "The death of the Big Three was overrated," he said.
    Sure was. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, his three prized players, are just fine.
    So are the Heat's championship hopes.
    Riding big performances from their three All-Stars, the Heat tied the NBA Finals with a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night in Game 4.
    "It was on our shoulders," James said. "We had to figure out how to win the game for us and play at the highest level. When all three of us are clicking we're very tough to beat."
    James had 33 points and 11 rebounds after failing to break 20 points in any of the first three games of the series, and Wade scored 32 points, 11 more than his previous high this postseason.
    Bosh matched his playoff high with 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, he and Wade supplying the baskets that finally put the Spurs away for good midway through the fourth quarter.
    Three players, 85 points. Just the way the Heat envisioned it when they signed James and Bosh to play with Wade in 2010.