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Today's News

  • 'It’s going to look beautiful'

    By July 16, everything but the name will have changed.

    Duane W. Smith auditorium is getting a facelift, and that’s an understatement.

    “It’s going to look beautiful,” said Ross Mason, LAHS Theatre Manager. “We’re working on an unbelievable amount of stuff right now.”

    The Los Alamos High School auditorium is undergoing extensive renovations, funded primarily by leftover bond referendum dollars.

    The facility, built in 1948, retains most of the original equipment from the Manhattan Project era.

  • WR plans gets green light

    Cheers broke out from the audience Tuesday as county council members unanimously accepted the White Rock Downtown Master Plan/Economic Development Strategy.

    The plan calls for gateway arches and signage to welcome visitors to town and a mixed-use town center with lush landscaping and pedestrian-friendly features. The plan also includes a new visitor’s center and library and a transportation hub with space for recreational vehicle parking.

  • Taking time to have fun

    VaLynn Purvis always had a knack for fun. From an early age she had an interest in games and activities with children and families.

    This interest in fun led her to establish her own business, Party to Go! in Los Alamos. The business was formed two years ago. In the past, she has participated in Fourth of July Carnival at the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church and offered balloon animals and games at activities at Chamisa and Pion elementary schools. Party To Go! offers its services at family and high school reunions, and kids’ birthday parties.

  • Thinking Makes It So: A lesson on how to write poetry

    A woman with long silver hair – silver like unicorns, not bracelets – jumped to feet, shouting and clapping her hands above her head. She might have been crazy, I really don’t know. She was enthusiastic. The rest of us remained seated. But while she jumped and screamed compliments toward the podium, we clapped.

    A lot.

    Like you would after a great bit of stand-up comedy.

    Like you would after a particularly rousing line at a political rally.

    This was unlike any other poetry reading I’ve ever attended.

  • HYTEC celebrates breakthrough year

    A Los Alamos small business that made good in the world celebrated another milestone Tuesday evening.

    HYTEC, now partnered with IMTEC of Ardmore, Okla., and about to be acquired by the industrial powerhouse 3M corporation, brought out the golden shovels to formally break ground for a new technology center at the eastern entrance to the  town site.

  • Review: Redemption at the hands of Tommy Lee Jones

    Two men sit together beside their horses, the West Texas sun smoldering in their cowboy hats. One asks the other to make sure his body, if he dies, finds its way home to Mexico, to his wife and children. “I’ll die first. I’m older than you,” his friend responds, but nevertheless, a promise is made.

    Much too soon, it is also kept.

  • Into the fray: New president of nuclear medicine group vows to advance its national role

    The newly installed president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) said a recent decision by the Department of Energy to dispose of its inventory of uranium-233 was an issue for the organization and for himself.

    “It affects my research personally,” said Robert W. Atcher, a White Rock resident who assumed the office of president Sunday at the society’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

  • Richard Alan Benson

    BENSON – Richard Alan Benson, age 65, a resident of Rio Rancho, N.M., went to be with the Lord June 8, 2008. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kerry J. Benson; his beloved sons Steven Stearns of Fairfield, Conn.; Arik Benson of Las Vegas, Nev.; and Mark Benson of Rio Rancho, N.M; his mother Pauline Peters of Alamogordo, N.M.; his five grandchildren, Ben and Maddie Stearns, Jake Benson, and Dane and Kade Benson; his brother Ronald Benson and his wife, Geri of Lancaster, Penn.; and his sisters Janice Potter of Tijeras, N.M., and Paula Peters of Alamogordo, N.M.

  • Patricia Jane Smith

    SMITH – Patricia Jane Smith, age 85, passed away Thursday, June 12, 2008. Patricia, a very dedicated wife and mother, was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Owosso, Mich., to Grace and Clarence Graham. She married Howard Smith in 1952 in Flint, Mich., and then moved to Kettering, where she lived for 55 years.

  • Sierra Club: Break your routine this summer

    Have a great summer, Los Alamos! The Sierra Club would like to remind everyone to make time this summer to get outside and enjoy our community. Whether you take lunch at Ashley Pond, walk with family or friends on the fabulous trails in town or hike in Bandelier National Monument, be creative and break your routine.