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Today's News

  • Girls basketball: Toppers clinch 2AAAA, trip to postseason

    Even with the regular season District 2AAAA title now officially in the bag, don’t expect the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls varsity basketball team to have much down time.Los Alamos clinched the 2AAAA regular season crown, a ticket to the District 2AAAA championship game, which will be played at Griffith Gymnasium, and most importantly, a slot in the Class AAAA state tournament with a 47-26 rout of Española Valley Wednesday.There’s still plenty of basketball yet to be played, however, and the Hilltoppers don’t want to go flat in the final re

  • Federal tax rebate plan that does what?

    Well, our government once again did something we simply cannot understand.

    Saying they want to fight a possible recession, they passed an emergency plan that will “rush” rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most taxpayers, as well as $300 checks to disabled veterans, the elderly and other low-income people.

    Of course, these checks will not come until May or June and cost the government – er, us – some $168 billion. Money that will have to come from somewhere – like more taxes later.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Does something happen after the middle?

    One hundred-forty pages into Gao Xingjian’s “Soul Mountain,” I realized I wasn’t getting it. I understood the basics: The narrator wants to go to Lingshan, translated as “Soul Mountain.” At least, one of the narrators wants to go.

  • Santa Fe resists LANL pits

    SANTA FE – The Associated Press reported that the Santa Fe City Council unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday night objecting to a federal plan to expand production of plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons at Los Alamos National Laboratory.“The laboratory appreciates the concerns of the Santa Fe community and of the council and will do everything we can to address those concerns and be as good a neighbor as we can be,” the laboratory responded in a prepared statement.The National Nuclear Security Administration has issued a draft environment

  • White Rock plan takes shape

    White Rock residents gathered Wednesday for the fourth Community Forum on a redevelopment plan for White Rock’s commercial core. The plan is funded by the Los Alamos County Council, which has also promised to fund projects to draw more private investment to the suburb where one-third of county residents live.The turnout in White Rock Town Hall was somewhat smaller than the previous three meetings, which saw as many as 80 residents in the White Rock Fire Station.

  • Los Alamos dancer performs in 'American in Paris'

    Los Alamos High School student Tess Montoya plays the girl of Eli Barnes’ dreams in the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s ballet, “An American in Paris.”Montoya plays a flower girl who falls in love with Eli Barnes’ character, who is an American living in Paris.

  • Brothers Grimm fairy tale brought to life

    Once again, New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) Performance Company and director Susan Baker-Dillingham are bringing an original story ballet to Los Alamos. NMDT will present Baker-Dillingham’s original version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “Snow White,” Feb. 22- 24 at the Duane W.

  • Heavy traffic expected on the new tricycle track

    The Boy Scouts of Troop 222 recently completed a new tricycle track for the preschool program at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.The project, which took five weekends to complete, involved cleaning and preparing the playground area, meeting with the preschool teachers to design and layout the new track, obtaining the necessary materials and painting the new roadway.“The preschoolers will use the track as a guide for riding their tricycles.” Carrie Johnson, a Barranca preschool teacher, said.

  • Junior Walter Coffelt

    Coffelt – Junior Walter Coffelt, 82, a resident of Rio Rancho since 1993, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008. Walter was born Nov. 27, 1925, the son of Walter and Clara Henderson Coffelt in Silver Lake, Mo. He had worked as a security officer for LANL and NTS before he retired. He is a United States Navy Veteran of World War II. After serving his country, he lived in Los Angeles, Calif., from 1946-1961, then moved to Los Alamos, N.M., and in 1993 he moved to Rio Rancho.

  • Candidates' reliance on more insurance won't solve the health-care crisis

    In the midst of the presidential primaries, voters may wonder how to distinguish among the contenders on the critical health-care issue.All the top-tier candidates favor selling more private insurance, which misses the crisis faced by millions. Just ask Gina Dooley of Albuquerque.“I found out when I was 36 weeks pregnant that my unborn daughter had a lung tumor,” she said. “With this advance knowledge of the care and attention we would need, we did a lot of research and had a lot of contact with our insurance company.