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  • Today in History for May 27th
  • Raw: Rolling Thunder Roars Into Washington

    Against the backdrop of Arlington National Cemetary, Rolling Thunder roared across Memorial Bridge in an annual commemoration of those lost and missing in the nation's wars.

  • Lodge's future uncertain

    It’s ironic that two of the things that make the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge unique, its age and its setting, could end up causing its demise.


    “They (New Mexico Environment Department) gave us one last permit for June 2,” Posse Lodge President Paul Edelmann said.

    According to past president Carey Grzadzinski, after that June date, they have to shut down to fix a very expensive sewer problem.

    And even if they fixed that, they say, the state’s Environment Department will probably not be granting them any more food permits to cover the charities and organizations that use the lodge for fundraising activities, which means when those dinners and breakfasts are no more, the lodge’s main source of income will cease to exist.

    They aren’t going to be allowed to host any more of the lodge’s famous cowboy breakfasts any more either.

    That’s because the state’s health inspector for Northern New Mexico, Mike Bencomo, recently told lodge officials that in order for the lodge to continue hosting the breakfasts and letting other organizations use their kitchen (for which said organizations pay about $200-a-day rent to the lodge for use), they are going to have to upgrade the food prep area to a commercial-grade kitchen.

  • Kanaan wins Indianapolis 500

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The hard-luck loser no more, Tony Kanaan finally won the Indianapolis 500 Sunday — with a bit of luck, at that.

    In the mix all day during a record 68 lead changes, Kanaan dipped inside defending IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go.

    From there, he cruised to Victory Lane under the yellow caution flag, flipping up his visor to wipe tears from his eyes as the crowd roared.

    "I have to say, the last lap was the longest lap of my life," the popular Brazilian said.

  • Today In History For May 26th
  • Measuring the loss of WWII generation in 7 days

    The solemn ritual plays out dozens of times every day with a neatly folded flag, a crisp salute and one more goodbye to a fast-fading generation of soldiers, sailors and Marines.

    These were the men who made history in places such as Normandy and Anzio, Iwo Jima and Peleliu, vets who came home and helped build highways and houses, toiled in factories and offices, even launched their own companies. They were the ones lucky enough to see their hair turn silver, to dance at their children's weddings, to cuddle their grandchildren.

    But the ranks of World War II vets are shrinking. The youngest are now in their mid-80s. About 650 die each day, thousands are laid to rest every week. Beyond these numbers, there are individual stories of ordinary lives shaped by an extraordinary chapter.

    The first seven days in May offer a small glimpse. Among the many who died in that one week were five veterans who took vastly different journeys in life. They were men who had business savvy, artistic gifts and heroic careers — and in some cases, men who finally came to terms with the world they left behind long ago.

    Here are their stories:


  • Cyclist sets new cross-state record

    There is still plenty of work to be done in preparation for the race of her career, but Lisa Dougherty had a nice warm-up recently.
    So nice, in fact, she set a newly-certified cycling record for fastest time riding west-to-east across New Mexico.
    Dougherty, a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, as well as a published author, topped the old record for crossing the state width-wise, completing the trek in 20 hours, 19 minutes. Had Dougherty not been hampered by rutty asphalt after getting through Roswell, she may have had a shot at breaking the men’s record as well, but lost out on that time by about 41 minutes.
    The record was certified late last month by the Ultramarathon Cycling Association, which keeps tabs on such long-distance records.
    Dougherty had guessed the trip, officially all 392.4 miles of it, would take about 24 hours or more to complete, but beat her projected pace handily, even with some unexpected hiccups along the way.
    The state crossing was a tune-up for Dougherty’s ambitious upcoming outing, the Race Across America (RAAM). The race starts June 11 in Oceanside, Calif., and will wind its way to Annapolis, Md., covering 3,000 miles in the span of about 11 days.

  • Sports Briefs 05-26-13

    Athletic Night for incoming freshmen students is Tuesday at Los Alamos High School

    Los Alamos High School will host its annual eighth grade athletic night Tuesday. The athletic night will be in the Duane Smith Auditorium starting at 6 p.m.
    General information on sports programs at LAHS will be given, followed by a chance for prospective eighth grade athletes to meet with coaches from the various Hilltopper programs.
    All current eighth graders interested in participating in high school athletics are invited to attend.
    More information can be found by calling the LAHS athletic office at 663-2531 or visiting laschools.net/athletics.

    Deadline for soccer camp registration is Tuesday

    The Los Alamos High School boys soccer team is hosting a summer soccer camp for boys and girls ages 3-9.
    The camp has two scheduled sessions, the first from June 3-7 and the second from June 17-21 at Rover Park in White Rock. Registration for the first session is due by Tuesday.
    Price for participation is $35 for one session or $50 for both sessions. More information can be found by visiting laschools.net/athletics or calling Marsha Parker at 672-1558.

    PE, basketball camps start June 10

  • Memorial Day celebrated in many ways

    Did you know that Memorial Day is commemorated in different ways and on different dates throughout our nation? The observance had its beginnings during the Civil War, which is a good hint that there would not be uniformity.
    More than two dozen cities and towns lay claim to being the birthplace of Memorial Day, and each had its own customs. There is evidence that organized women’s groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War.
    Following the war, towns in the North decided it would be a good idea to honor their military dead also. In 1868, “Decoration Day” was officially proclaimed. It was so named because the emphasis was on decorating graves of fallen soldiers.
    By 1890, it had been adopted by all northern states. Most southern states refused to observe the national day because of lingering hostilities. They continued with their own state observances, spread throughout the year.
    It wasn’t until after World War I that the South began recognizing the federal Decoration Day. Many men from both North and South gave their lives in that war, making unification finally possible.