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Today's News

  • Chamisa Elementary School turns 40

    Tuesday, Chamisa Elementary School is taking the time to recognize a major milestone. The school will host its 40th birthday with a community wide celebration.The school will pay tribute to their history with a short presentation at 8:15 a.m., which will feature some very special guests. Five former principals will be returning to the site to share their fondest memories of their elementary days.

  • Our View: Muni Building part of our history

    History is a precious and perhaps debatable thing. One man’s piece of art is another man’s junk.That’s how it goes.But in general terms, we think that most people would agree that items of historical significance should be protected and honored.

  • New public health office to open soon

    The finishing touches are being applied to the county’s new public health office in part of what was once Ed’s Market on Diamond Drive. Crews are getting the offices, exam rooms, pharmacy and lab ready for the March 1 move from the office’s basement location in Los Alamos Medical Center. The old grocery store has been completely remodeled by owners Don Duke and Jerry Mosher, using the design of Albuquerque architect Claudio Vigil.County councilors were given a sneak preview of the 2,470-square-foot space on Friday, with a gui

  • Skate park on agenda

    The county council will meet in a work session Tuesday in Council Chambers in the Community Building at 475 20th St. The location of a skate park in Los Alamos is one of three agenda items on council’s business agenda, along with a valuation plan presented by Los Alamos County Assessor Joann Johnson, and the request for council to set March 25, 2008, to discuss an appeal of a Planning and Zoning Commission decision to deny the Donaldson subdivision.

  • Thinking Makes It So: At least poems don't require doggie bags

    A person can love puppies, sunsets, chocolate or sleeping. People who like these things do so in a very general fashion; they hardly ever say, “I only love brown puppies. Furthermore, the ones with floppy ears make me want to puke.” Or, “Oh, that sunset’s a little too pink for my taste.”A sunset is not a steak.And poetry is not as reliable as chocolate.Nobody loves poetry – that is, all poems or even the majority of published work.

  • Navajo language under assessment

    In an effort to measure language capabilities of Navajo students, the New Mexico Public Education Department’s (NMPED) Indian Education Division and the Navajo Nation’s Office of Dine Culture, Language and Community Services (ODCLCS) are collaborating with seven public school districts to pilot a recently developed Navajo Language Assessment. This new process will help determine students’ Navajo language mastery levels.Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has been instrumental in passing a bill, along with Rep.

  • Fighting for clean water: Activists file suit for healthy watershed

    SANTA FE – A broad array of community environmental and cultural organizations announced a civil complaint against the Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security in federal court Thursday.Speaking at a press conference at the Capitol, Michael Jensen of Amigo Bravos said the coalition was starting a “citizen enforcement action” to remedy a history of contamination caused by the nuclear weapons laboratory that regulators failed to stop.In speeches, press releases, documents and the court complaint itself, members of the umbrella organization

  • Councilors air views on financial plan

    A discussion of the long-range financial plan for Los Alamos County at Tuesday’s county council meeting was nearly overshadowed by council’s decision to replace the Municipal Building.  Nevertheless, that discussion was continued Thursday when County Forum host Allison Majure, a public information officer with the Department of Public Utilities, interviewed councilors Robert Gibson and Jim West on the topic on PAC 8.The 10-year plan, presented by the county’s Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne to council Tuesday, is based on conservat

  • Valentine's Day: How did it originate?

    The Catholic Church originally recognized 10 or 11 Valentines (some of them Bishops), although several of them could have been the same person.Eight hundred years before the establishment of Valentine’s Day, the Romans had practiced a pagan celebration in mid-February commemorating young men’s growth to maturity. The celebration required men to draw the names of young girls from a box.

  • Athletics: Toppers breathe sigh of relief after signing

    Excitement mixed with relief.That’s how the four Los Alamos High School signees all felt as they put their name in ink on their National Letters of Intent Wednesday.Wednesday was the official signing day for high school and junior college student-athletes to sign commitments to play for Division I and Division II sports programs.LAHS hosted a small ceremony in its media center for four outstanding student-athletes, Sarah Ethridge, Desirae Hull, Heidi Nakaoka and Ruben Martinez.Ethridge, Hull and Nakaoka signed to played college women&rs