Today's News

  • Obama seeks Hispanic and Native American vote in Espanola

    ESPAÑOLA – Neither heat nor hunger from waiting up to seven hours in the sun seemed to dampen the spirits of nearly 10,000 people who flooded the Plaza de Española to see presidential candidate Barack Obama Thursday.

     Hundreds more strained to hear Obama from outside the plaza perimeter.

    Española Mayor Joseph Maestas expressed delight with the turnout joking, "You've all just temporarily doubled our population."

  • Colorado plutonium brought to LANL

    Plutonium from a Department of Commerce laboratory in Boulder, Colo., where a plutonium spill occurred last June “has been recovered and transferred to Los Alamos National Laboratory.”

    Richard Kayser Interim Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Boulder Laboratories assured the Interim City Manager of Boulder in a letter Tuesday that “the great majority of the plutonium” at the laboratory has been removed.

  • Celebrate the harvest

    The autumnal equinox is a harvest festival celebrated by pagans and Wiccans. The sun’s crossing the celestial equator from north to south at about 9:45 a.m. Monday marks the pivotal point at which the day and night are of equal measure.

    Briefly, the balance of light and dark as the daylight begins to wane and the nights to wax is observed. There’s no doubt about it: Fall has arrived.

  • Feast to feature world class cuisine

    Taste the zip of a Feta crumble tucked into a fresh tomato. Smell the golden spanakopita, stuffed with spinach. Take a bite of baklava from the recipe of YiaYia Maria Marros and savor the flaky layers of honey and nuts.

    At 5 p.m. Sunday, the members of the St. Dimitri of Rostov Orthodox Church will host a dinner for the community where they will serve a sampling of ethnic and Mediterranean dishes.

  • Former residents displeased with Guaje Pines

    When losing a relative or close friend, those left behind typically want to ensure that their loved one's gravesite is going to be taken care of as long as possible.

    Some people choose perpetual care cemeteries, while others choose family plots or cemeteries where they do weeding and upkeep of that special persons grave, themselves.

    In 1961 Los Alamos residents were fortunate enough to get a perpetual care cemetery, Guaje Pines, located on Range Road. Because Guaje Pines is a perpetual care cemetery, the county handles grounds keeping and grave maintenance.


    It is with great sadness the Dolin family announces the passing of Elaine Barbara (Surdej) Dolin of Rapid City, SD. She passed from this life September 14, 2008, at the age of 70 from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

    Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am Friday, September 19, 2008, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Rapid City, SD with Fr. Bill Zandri. Visitation will be held at Kirk Funeral Home in Rapid City on Thursday, September 18, 2008 from 5pm-7pm with a rosary service at 6:30 pm.

  • Legislators check on cleanup

    George Rael was just beginning his prepared presentation to a legislative committee when one of the senators interrupted him to make sure he would include a report about “the relationship” with the state regulators.Rael manages environmental operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s local site office.

    He was about to explain that he had 16 people working on the cleanup program at the lab and was planning to hire another 10 people in the next year.

  • Diamond Drive Phase 2 nears completion

    Some Los Alamos residents might feel that the Diamond Drive project is one that seems to be dragging on forever, and like all construction sites, there have been delays, detours and frustration from drivers trying to navigate through the construction zone.

    With autumn quickly approaching and an Oct. 30 deadline looming for completion of Phase 2, it may appear that the work will go on well into the winter months, which would mean even bigger headaches for residents who drive that stretch of road.

  • Take a trip through the jungle into the heart of reading

    Last year, the elementary schools took a literary road trip; this year their reading excursion will lead school staff and students into the jungle.

    Aspen Elementary School will begin its safari trek today with the Scholastic Book Fair running from 3:15-4 p.m.

    The fair will continue from 8-8:30 a.m. and then again from 3:15-4 p.m. daily through Sept. 24.

    Another opportunity to participate in the fair will be from 11:30-1:30 p.m. Sept. 23 during the Aspen’s Parent Teacher Organization’s (PTO) Family Picnic Event.

  • Contra dance Saturday

    The opportunity to learn a few new dance steps has arrived. The Roaring Jelly band will be hosting a contra dance Saturday at the Unitarian Church.

    An instructional session will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a dance at 7 p.m.

    Mark Petersen, who plays the accordion in the band, encourages the community to participate.

    “I think for the dancer, the appeal is you can learn the moves in the first half-hour,” he said.