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Today's News

  • Toward a cleaner, greener county

    Solid Waste Division Manager Regina Wheeler has secured a grant from the New Mexico Environment Department for $20,000 for the construction of a collection station for used oil, household hazardous and electronic waste.Wheeler said the current storage tank at the landfill for used oil is adequate and does not leak, but the tank is installed in a lined trench that requires snowmelt and rainfall, which collects in the trench, be remediated. “We’re replacing the tank with a station,” Wheeler said.

  • Another milestone for Northern NM College

    ESPAÑOLA—In another phase of its growing success, Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) with Los Alamos National Security, LLC (LANS) Tuesday. Since Jose Griego became president in 2005, the community college has garnered one achievement after another, including meeting all requirements to become a four-year college.

  • Will our trees regrow?

    Biologist Craig Allen has a special vantage for studying the effects of climate change in the Southwest.For one thing, he’s been perched in the Jemez Mountains for 20 years, doing what has evolved into long-term, place-based ecological research.“By being based in this place, by hook or crook, we’ve been able to conduct research on long-term phenomena,” he said this morning in an interview.He has watched certain trees grow for 18 years, has vegetation transits he monitors and erosion transects that have divulged decades-long data

  • '27 Dresses' shows off wit and a great wardrobe

    “27 Dresses” starts on the eve of a cousin’s birthday, where Jane discovers her talent: the perfect bridesmaid. Twenty-seven dresses later she starts to discover her talent is a curse. Her dream guy falls for her sister, and she meets her polar opposite, a cynical wedding writer who is convinced she is the perfect story. The girl who is always a bridesmaid never a bride has to be the maid of honor to the man she wants to marry.

  • Locals gather to discuss ESGR

    What is “Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve” (ESGR)?A group of Los Alamos residents gathered Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill for lunch and information on just that question.The program was led by Velton Stevens, the state chairman of the organization, who explained that ESGR is a Department of Defense organization.He said that the nation’s Reserve components comprise some 46 percent of its total available military manpower.And he told the gathering that our Reserve forces spend more time away from the workplace defen

  • Boys basketball: LA opens 2AAAA at Taos

    The solution to winning the District 2AAAA boys basketball race this season could come down to a very simple equation.“The district champ’s got to hold home court,” Los Alamos Hilltopper head coach Alan Kirk said.Taos will have a crack to see if it can hold its home court Wednesday when it hosts the Hilltoppers in the 2AAAA opener for both schools.Winning the district, as usual, won’t be easy.

  • Girls basketball: Best time of year for hoops fans

    Now it counts.

    Tonight the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls varsity basketball team will host the Taos Tigers in the District 2AAAA opener for both teams.

    This is the favorite time of year for basketball fans around the state, as most prep hoops teams get their respective districts started this week.

    The players are psyched, too.

    "It all starts when district starts," Los Alamos two-guard Sarah Ethridge said.

  • Health care: What we each can do about it

    Health and medical costs continue to rise faster than any other major segment of the U.S. economy. The cause is not insurance companies, drug companies, health-care providers, the uninsured or malpractice lawyers. It is us, you and I, and a broken system.Nationally, health care costs about $2 trillion annually or more than 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), our total output of goods and services. That’s an average of nearly $7,000 for each American.Health care is a larger segment of our economy than food, clothing or shelter.

  • State reprieves solar tax credit

    Homeowners and businesses that let the Jan. 15 deadline slide by without applying for solar tax credits now have an additional month to submit their applications.

    The deadline change, which will also apply in the future, is now Feb. 15.

  • POGO casts doubts on LANL pits

    A government watchdog group wrote to Energy Secretary Bodman on Friday questioning the reliability of nuclear pit manufacturing efforts at Los Alamos National Laboratory.A letter by the Project on Government Accountability Executive Director Danielle Brian expressed the group’s concern about the number of waivers granted to LANL in its current work fashioning plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons. LANL took over the pit-making job from the Rocky Flats plant that closed in 1989.On Saturday, a story by H.