Local News

  • Medical Center appoints CEO

    New Mexico native Feliciano Jiron has been appointed the new chief executive officer of Los Alamos Medical Center effective Oct. 24.  

    Jiron replaces Curt Smith, who has served as interim CEO since April.

    “LAMC’s Board of Directors and Physician Advisory Council worked together closely to recruit Feliciano to this important position,” said Don Bivacca, president of LifePoint Hospitals’ National Division, of which Los Alamos Medical Center is a part. “We are confident that he is the right person to lead this organization into the future.”

  • Christie: 'Now is not my time' for White House bid

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday announced he would not run for president, refusing to bow to pressure from GOP donors, fans and luminaries clamoring for another option in the search for a strong Republican to challenge President Barack Obama next fall.

    "Now is not my time," Christie told reporters at the New Jersey Statehouse.

    His decision means that three months before voting is set to begin, the Republican race remains focused on two men — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

  • Kercher family perplexed by verdict freeing Knox

    PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — One family's judicial triumph has left another stunned and wondering who exactly murdered a daughter and sister who had only just arrived in Italy for a study abroad program.

    Meredith Kercher's brutal stabbing death on Nov. 1, 2007 left her family in shock and — four years later — still searching for answers after the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were overturned, allowing the two to walk free.

    The Kerchers have also lamented the fact that the 21-year-old victim had fallen into oblivion, with Knox the center of worldwide media attention.

  • After 4-year ordeal, a Seattle homecoming for Knox--video extras

    SEATTLE (AP) — Amanda Knox returned to her hometown of Seattle on Tuesday and was as overcome with emotion as she was a day earlier in Italy, when she was acquitted on murder charges after four years in prison. "Thank you for being there for me," she tearfully told her supporters in front of a crowd of international reporters.

    "I'm really overwhelmed right now," she said at a news conference minutes after she was escorted off a British Airways flight out of London. "I was looking down from the airplane, and it seemed like everything wasn't real."

  • Scientists study high altitude sickness in cattle

    VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE, N.M. (AP) — The lush grass in northern New Mexico provides a strong lure for drought-stricken ranchers looking for a way to feed their animals. But grazing in the mountains brings a risk of bovine high altitude disease, a potentially fatal illness that costs the beef industry some $60 million a year.

    As many as 2 million cattle graze on public and private land at high altitudes every summer, but with thousands developing the disease each year, ranchers take a chance when they send their animals into the hills.

  • Seen at the Scene: Homecoming 2011

    Homecoming 2011 for the Hilltoppers was punctuated by a full day of events that included a parade, followed by the big game Friday night. The freshman float won first place; the LAHS wrestling team’s float won second; and the Key Club took third place.


  • Update 10-02-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Hamburger night

    Hamburger Nite at The Hill Diner will be from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, the United Way Youth Team and The Hill Diner host a fun, entertaining, community-favorite, fundraiser dinner at 1315 Trinity Drive in Los Alamos. Dine-in only, walk-ins welcome.

    Movie night

    The Mesa Library Movie Series continues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when the 1956 hit “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” will be featured.

    Hall update

  • Hairy, crazy ants invade from Texas to Miss.

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper's metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in the yard, and in seconds ants cover your shoes.

    It's an extreme example of what can happen when the ants — which also can disable huge industrial plants — go unchecked. Controlling them can cost thousands of dollars. But the story is real, told by someone who's been studying ants for a decade.

  • Dam reconstruction resumes next spring

    The good news is that Los Alamos Reservoir Dam is still standing.

    “The diversion worked correctly, and the dam was saved. It has not been damaged in any way by the flooding. So that has been a real success story,” said Deputy Utilities Manager Tim Glasco.

    The “diversion” is a bypass the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) dug after the Las Conchas fire halted the dam construction project.

  • Falling boulder crushes car

    A boulder broke loose from the canyon wall above the Main Hill Road last month — smashing down onto the roof of a passing car.

    A young girl frequently accompanying her father to sports activities would normally have been sitting in the passenger seat under which the boulder’s force completely collapsed that portion of the roof.

    “I’m just so glad I didn’t have anyone in the passenger seat, they would likely have been crushed,” said Joe Rodriguez, head coach of the Hawks volleyball team at Los Alamos Middle School. “Also, if I had been driving a second slower that boulder would have landed in my lap.”