Today's News

  • Meeting today discuss road improvements

    The Public Works Department invites the public to attend a meeting today to discuss the next phase of an upcoming road improvement project within the Cumbres Del Sol Subdivision. 

    The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Transportation Board’s regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the Boards and Commissions Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

    Proposed improvements include roadway reconstruction of the following streets:

    • Camino Manzana (from Camino Durasnilla to Camino Uva)

    • Camino Mora (from Camino Cereza to Camino Uva)

    • Camino Cereza (from Camino Uva to the Cul-de-Sac)

    The proposed work involves removal and replacement of asphalt surfacing and limited concrete replacement. 

    For information, call Public Works Department at 662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • Today in History March 1
  • Putin boasts of new Russian nuclear weapons

    By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

    MOSCOW (AP) — An underwater drone armed with a nuclear warhead powerful enough to sweep away coastal facilities and aircraft carriers.

    A hypersonic vehicle impossible to intercept as it flies in a cloud of plasma "like a meteorite."

    President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that Russia has these new strategic weapons and many more, declaring: "No one has listened to us. You listen to us now."

    Putin unveiled the stunning catalog of doomsday machines in his annual state-of-the-nation speech, saying that Russia had to build them to counter the potential threat posed by the U.S. missile defense system.
    And in a touch of dark humor, he invited Russians to join a Defense Ministry contest to name some of the weapons.

    It wasn't immediately possible to assess whether the weapons could do what Putin said or how ready they are for deployment, but they would represent a major technological breakthrough that could dramatically bolster Russia's military capability, boost its global position and trigger a new arms race.

    The White House said Putin confirmed what the U.S. has already known: that Russia has been developing "destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in direct violations of its treaty obligations."

  • Atomic City Update: Plenty of blame to go around for disappointing basketball season at LAHS

    The end of any season is tough for players, fans and coaches. But the end of this basketball season is tougher than usual for everyone surrounding the Los Alamos High School basketball program.

    Combined, the boys’ and girls’ teams went 1-15 in District 2-5A play, with the only win coming in the girls’ final home game of the season against Capital High School.

    The frustrating thing is, with the talent on these rosters, there was no reason for the Hilltoppers to struggle as much as they did.

    The boys had six seniors that played big roles this season. As a basketball team, you can’t ask for any more experience than that. And these weren’t just average seniors, for the most part.

    Antonio Trujillo proved to be one of the most creative ball-handlers in the state, with the ability to make a highlight-reel worthy play every time he has the ball in his hands.

    Ramon Roybal is among the most deadly 3-point shooters, with seemingly limitless range, as he proved with a nearly half-court buzzer beater in the district tournament.

    The inside presences of Troy Hammock, Ivan Balakirev and Michael Naranjo proved capable of matching up with anyone, and Naranjo’s ability to drive toward the basket was an impressive sight to see on a nightly basis.

  • NMSU earns regular season conference title

    Whatever was said at Friday’s practice worked for first-year Aggie head coach Chris Jans Saturday night as his team pounded UMKC at home 82-58 and claimed the Western Athletic Conference title outright moments after its win when Grand Canyon topped Utah Valley at home.

    The win propelled the Aggies to 24-5 overall on the year and 11-2 mark in conference play. NMSU also captured its third regular-season title in four years. In addition, it was the seventh-straight season New Mexico State has won 23 or more games in a single-season.

    “Anytime you win a championship it’s awesome, but to do it in front of your home crowd and have a crowd like we had tonight is great,” Jans said. “I had no idea what the numbers were, but it looked really good from my perspective where I sit and stand. I’m very happy to have them come out and support these seniors and this team.”

    NMSU looked much more like its old self in the opening five minutes of play in the Pan American, knocking down 5-of-6 from the field – including back-to-back 3-pointers from AJ Harris that gave the Aggies the 14-5 lead.

    A trio of triples from UMKC brought the visitors within 24-16 of the Aggies. Midway through, a quick 7-0 spurt by the NMSU put them on top 33-18 with 6:30 left in the first half.

  • Rees earns ‘Compete with Class’ scholarship

    Sometimes, nice guys really do finish first.

    Los Alamos High School senior Ben Rees is among the New Mexico student-athletes who will be honored with merit-based scholarships next week at the state basketball tournament.

    Rees, who served as a captain on both the boys’ soccer team and the hockey team this year, has been selected to receive the “Compete with Class” scholarship, presented by the New Mexico National Guard.

    According to the New Mexico Activities Association, this scholarship is awarded to student-athletes who exemplify the ideals of sportsmanship and the Compete with Class initiative, which is the official motto of the NMAA.

    The scholarship is for $1,500, and was also awarded to Danika Nelson of Texico, Jordin Molina of Carlsbad and Mikayla Garnard of Santa Rosa.

    Rees, along with the other “Compete with Class” scholarship winners will be honored at halftime of the Class 2A boys’ basketball championship game at The Pit in Albuquerque. The game will begin at 6 p.m. on March 10.

    Ron Blue, who has known Rees since he was 4 years old and was his high school soccer coach the past three years, said he isn’t surprised to learn of the honor.

    “He is a great teammate and leader,” Blue said.

  • Today in History Feb. 28
  • US awards $73M contract for border wall work in New Mexico

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. government has awarded a Montana-based company a contract worth more than $73 million to design and build replacement fencing along 20 miles (32 kilometers) of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico, officials confirmed Wednesday.

    Existing vehicle barriers west of the Santa Teresa port of entry will be replaced with taller bollard-style barriers under the contract awarded in January to Barnard Construction Co. Inc. Bollard walls typically consist of sturdy, vertical posts that are spaced to provide visibility to the other side but are difficult to walk through.

    Regional Customs and Border Protection officials said there was no timeline for when work might start, and the construction company did not respond to email and phone requests inquiring about project details.

    News of the contract came after a federal judge in California sided this week with President Donald Trump on a challenge to building his promised border wall. The court rejected arguments that the administration overreached by waiving laws requiring environmental and other reviews before construction could begin.

  • Hotel Chaco offers glamping trips to Chaco Canyon

    ALBUQUERQUE — Visitors to the Land of Enchantment can  experience the grandeur of Chaco Canyon National Historical Park in luxury and style, when guided day and overnight glamping trips from Albuquerque’s Hotel Chaco resume for a new season on March 3.

    Hotel Chaco, a boutique property inspired by the ancient architecture and civilization of Chaco Canyon, launched the tours in 2017 with partner Heritage Inspirations, LLC.

    The excursions were so popular that an expanded schedule will be offered this year, with day trips every Saturday in March through November, and overnight glamping excursions coinciding with the spring and fall equinoxes. (March 19-20 and Sept. 22-23) Custom, private day or overnight trips on other dates are also available.

    Located in northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Canyon National Monument, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was home to a thriving Pueblo culture between 850–1250 AD. What remains of the timber and sandstone buildings – designed to align with the movement of the sun, moon and stars – makes for fascinating exploration, all in a setting of natural desert beauty.

  • Brown Bag lunch features two pianists

    The March Brown Bag lunch March 7 at Fuller Lodge will feature two pianists from Taos, Kim Bakkum and Claire Detels, who will perform music by Romantic-era composers, Clara Schumann (1819-1896), Cécile Chaminade (1857-1944) and Florence Price (1887-1953).

    Some of the music will be played “four-hands,” two players on one piano.

    These lovely compositions were not well received at the time, simply because women composers were not acknowledged. But times have changed!

    Hopefully, this concert will inspire the audience members to research more music written by accomplished women.

    Bakkum and Detels are professional pianists who have established an international performing careers. Now residents of Taos, they are performing inspirational concerts around New Mexico, and maintaining private teaching studios.

    Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the free Brown Bag performances once each month at noon to enthusiastic audiences, who enjoy the warm acoustics and atmosphere of Fuller Lodge, almost every month since 1973. Join in supporting talented performers by spending your lunch period every first Wednesday of the month at the Lodge.
    Visit LosAlamosArtsCouncil.org or call 663-0477 for more information.