Today's News

  • Be safe and smart on a bike

    Dear Editor,

    Returning from a road trip on Monday evening, I was waiting cued up behind another car about to make a right on red from Central onto Diamond. At the last minute, the lead driver stopped short, and I saw two dark shadows zip past on Diamond heading north – bicyclists riding in the dark. The lead cyclist had no lights at all, and the second one had a tiny, nearly worthless and dim light.

    Frankly, I’ve been keeping a mental tally lately of nighttime cyclists and have seen about ten lightless cyclists for every one I’ve seen lit up.

  • How bond to affect taxpayers

    During his year-long campaign for a county council seat, Mike Wismer found that funding for Los Alamos Public Schools was one of the primary issues raised by residents.

    “It’s very important to property owners,” said Wismer, who was elected Nov. 4 to one of three vacant seats. “They want to know how much it will cost them and what they can expect in terms of facilities upgrades should the bond pass in January.”

  • Student reaches for the sky

    Airports are always great places to be. The sprawling buildings of tramways, moving sidewalks and gift shops are the start of a great adventure. They’re the kick off to a journey, whether it is a vacation or business trip. The anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead clings inside an airport’s walls.

    For Matthew Simmonds of Los Alamos, an airport represents the beginning of a different type of an adventure; it’s the start of his career.

  • LANL Roadrunner remains on top

    It was a cliffhanger, but the Roadrunner beat Wile E. Coyote again, even disguised as a Jaguar.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roadrunner won another victory by a nose in the latest Top500 supercomputer rankings.

    LANL’s IBM-built supercomputer, which was the first in the world to break the petaflop barrier, held on to its title as fastest in the land, beating Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray XT5, known as “Jaguar,” by .046 petaflops

    A petaflop is one quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

  • Global nuclear partnership hearing Thursday

    Los Alamos residents are invited to participate in a public hearing Thursday related to an environmental impact statement on the Department of Energy’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership plans.

    The Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement will be discussed 7-9 p.m. at the Hilltop House Best Western, 400 Trinity Dr.

    The only hearing in the northern part of the state, it follows similar meetings in Hobbs, Carlsbad and Roswell.

  • The heaviest turkey ever

    No one wants to eat alone on Thanksgiving, not even girls with pink hair and neck tattoos, who are really just daughters, after all.

    In Peter Hedges’ sweet 2004 drama “Pieces of April,” April Burns (Katie Holmes) has invited her suburban family to her Lower East Side apartment to celebrate the holiday. It will mark the first time her family has visited her new apartment, the first time she has cooked the family dinner, and, she hopes, the first time she and her family have enjoyed each other’s company.

  • Language and words do matter

    Post election concentration in the media and at coffee klatches around the state has centered on New Mexico turning a deep shade of blue and our chances of pork barrel opportunities now that we have five congressional seniority rookies.

     Then, of course, there is the constant speculation about where Bill Richardson is going and why did he shave his beard. My theory on the latter is Barbara told him to shave it or else, if you get my drift.

  • Title insurance reform vitally needed

    In “Block, Lass Share a Forum,” published Oct. 22 in the Los Alamos Monitor, Public Regulation Commissioner elect Jerome Block Jr., a former title insurance executive, is quoted as saying  that he does not “have a personal opinion” about the need for title insurance  reform in New Mexico.

    Allow me to explain why Commissioner Block needs to back reform instead of  remaining neutral and allowing the out of state title insurance underwriters to continue to take daily advantage of New Mexico homebuyers.

  • LA advances to quarterfinals before falling to Sartans

    RIO RANCHO – A first-game win wasn’t enough to get or keep the momentum rolling for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team Thursday night.

    The Hilltoppers couldn’t overcome the taller, stronger and more experienced St. Pius X Sartans in Thursday’s state Class AAAA quarterfinal match. Despite holding on at game point to take the first game 26-24, the Hilltoppers couldn’t get by the Sartans’ hunkered-down defense the rest of the way.

  • State of the art: Santa Fe Film Festival screens year’s choicest pics

    The Santa Fe Film Festival unfolds its treats for northern New Mexico next month, Dec. 3-7 at the still-formative age of nine. Like a healthy child of that age, the festival, is not only still sweet, but already has “a sense of accomplishment,” “definite interests” and “a lively curiosity.”


    John Bowman, executive director, and Stephen Rubin, program director, of the festival paid a visit to Los Alamos recently, according to a deeply established rhythm of inclusion for the surrounding areas.