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Today's News

  • 08 elections to be something else

    SANTA FE — Hold onto your hats. The 2008 congressional elections will be like none other in the history of the state. Three, and possibly four, of New Mexico’s five seats in Congress will be wide open awaiting a decision by voters. This is the best opportunity New Mexico politicians have ever had to nail themselves a seat in Congress. For those who have been biding their time for years, waiting for just the right situation, it has arrived.U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s surprise retirement announcement set the action in motion.

  • Who is running and where?

    My friend Barney from New Jersey has been keeping up with New Mexico blogs.That gives him a huge advantage in that he knows more about what is going on with day-to-day state politics than I do, and I am supposed to know.Barney enjoys working the edge during his disruptive calls.“So what’s the deal, do you think it will hurt New Mexico when Tom gives up his important House committee seat?” he asked the other day, setting the bait.OK, I knew he was talking about Tom Udall, the northern congressman who is running for the Senate

  • Bandelier burn continues, up to nearly 1,000 acres

    The prescribed burn at Bandelier is being managed to protect human life and property and the Monument’s natural and cultural resources from the potential impacts of catastrophic wildfire by safely reducing forest fuels that have accumulated over the years, officials report.The burn is expected to last approximately eight-12 days if favorable weather conditions exist. Approximately 1,500 acres may be treated.

  • LAPS and UNM-LA set positive course

    A spirit of collaboration is emerging between Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos, replacing a climate of contention between the institutions during the last couple of years.The relationship began to strain after it came to light that UNM-LA was paying $1 dollar per year to LAPS to lease a building, which they in turn subleased to Los Alamos National Laboratory for $60,000 a year.Several new board members, a new executive director at the college and a new high school principal seem to have risen above bad feelings and joined forces to benefit students at

  • Livermore may trim contract workers

    Livermore may trim contract workersThe new managers of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory raised the possibility of cutting contract jobs on Monday, just as Los Alamos National Laboratory managers did last year.Livermore officials said as many as 500 workers may face layoffs due to budget pressures under the new managers.The cuts would mostly affect contract employees who provide support and supplemental services, according to the Associated Press, quoting Susan Houghton, a LLNL spokespersonLivermore Laboratory National Security (LLNC) as

  • Manhattan Project to be commemorated

    “If the National Park Service establishes a Manhattan Project National Historical Park, what would the Los Alamos part of the park look like?” and “What story do we want to tell?” were the two questions posed by Ron Wilkins at Tuesday’s public meeting in Fuller Lodge.Wilkins serves as chair of the Fuller Lodge Historic District Advisory Board and is also on the board of the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • Change is ee expensive

    Tax inequity is the issue that most concerns local Realtor Tracy Langford, who feels that the property tax legislation enacted in New Mexico in 1997, 2001 and 2004 has combined to create a system in which homebuyers are penalized for changing residences.

  • Students take charge of recycling

    In the past, no real recycling program existed at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. This all changed, however, when the students took control of the recycling operations. The Spirit Club, which currently includes fourth-graders, has not only taken control of recycling at the school but made it a success. Twenty-five gallons of materials were recycled a week last year at the elementary school; this year, the load increased to more than 200 gallons a week.

  • LA Pool League standings

    9-ball StandingsCanyon Bar 141-83Canyon Bar II 159-97Last Chance 133-123Party of Four 119-137Kings of the Hill 115-141Baby Seals 106-150Atomic City Chix 91-133

  • LA shares pool with St. Pius, Kirtland Cent.

    No one said it was easy to win a state championship.Even so, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has an uphill road from the get-go.Los Alamos was seeded ninth in the 12-team tournament, which gets going Wednesday morning at the University of New Mexico’s Johnson Center. All teams advance to Thursday’s single elimination play.“I can’t say I like my seeding, but I can’t do much about it,” Los Alamos head coach Diana Stokes said. “We beat Española (Valley) two times and we got a lower seeding.