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Today's News

  • Boys basketball: LA meets Cimarron in first round of Lujan tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team will open the Ben Lujan Invitational Tournament Thursday night against Cimarron.

    The Ben Lujan Invitational is in its ninth consecutive year. It is hosted by the Pojoaque Elks.

    The tournament continues through Saturday. All games will be played at Ben Lujan Gymnasium in Jacona.

    Los Alamos (6-3) heads into the tournament on its first losing streak of the season. It dropped its final two games at the Joe Armijo Invitational last weekend after an opening round victory over Albuquerque Academy.

  • Hard work pays off for Phillips who is accepted to Brown Univ.

    Years of dedication to his studies has earned Los Alamos High School senior, William Phillips, IV, a slot at Brown University this fall.

    More than 18,000 applicants applied for just 1,450 places in the freshman class. The 17-year-old received his early decision acceptance letter last week and described the Ivy League college in Providence, R.I. as his top pick.

  • Enloe appointed to Federal Reserve Board

    Los Alamos National Bank Chairman and CEO William C. Enloe had to turn down an invitation from Lt. Gov. Diane Denish to serve on her transition advisory team because he’s been appointed to the Federal Reserve Board.

    “They called and asked me if I would accept if appointed and I said I would,” said Enloe during an interview Monday. “They vetted me and made sure I wasn’t involved in party politics.”

  • Energy Department contracts hospital to save workers’ records

    Former employees of Los Alamos National Laboratory with claims against the federal government for work-related illnesses won a longstanding grievance last week.

    Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. reported that the Los Alamos Medical Center has been awarded a $999,999 contract by the Department of Energy to help salvage thousands of old medical and exposure records in the hospital basement and a nearby warehouse.                

  • LAPS financing 101

    Confused about how our public schools are funded? You’re not alone! A convergence of three major events will affect Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) for many years to come. They are distinctly different, and need to be kept separate, not only in the practice of acquiring and spending funds, but also in the understanding of how these funds can be used.

  • Asset 32: Think, think, think

    This week, we look at Asset number 32, Planning and Decision Making. According to the Search-Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they know how to plan ahead and make choices.”

    For those of you who know me well, I’ll take a short pause to allow time for you to guffaw. I do get an awful lot done, but I’ll tell you, that it is by the grace of God that things get accomplished and it has very little to do with me.

  • Softball: Former Clown Robinson dies at 91

    JL “Robbie” Robinson, an original member of Pierotti’s Clowns, died earlier this month at the age of 91.

    Robinson, a pitcher whom Clowns’ ace Bernard L. “Bun” Ryan credited for helping him improve his delivery, died Dec. 3 following a brief illness. Robinson lived in San Pedro, just outside of Española.

    Pierotti’s Clowns was a traveling five-man softball team from Los Alamos. The Clowns, who were sponsored by the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club, was started by businessman Lou Pierotti.

  • Hilltop Shopping Center is open and ready for customers

    The summer of 2008 was not an easy one for business people at the Hilltop Shopping Center, with orange barrels, detours, bulldozers, cement barriers, truck-sized holes in the ground, flaggers and signs directing people every which way, making it hard for customers to visit their favorite restaurants during the Diamond Drive Phase II construction.

  • Protecting Utah’s wilderness

    “This is the most beautiful place on earth ... the canyonlands.  The slickrock desert.  The red dust and the burnt cliffs and the lonely sky.

    “Under the spreading sunrise are more mesas, more canyons, league on league of red cliff and arid tablelands, extending through purple haze over the bulging curve of the planet to the ranges of Colorado-a sea of desert.  

  • Youth team says thanks

    Dear Editor,

    On behalf of the 2009 Youth Team of United Way of Northern New Mexico, we would like to thank the community for helping us raise more than $10,800. With the leadership of Morrie Pongratz and the participation of Keanna Cohen, Nat Gustafson, Aspen Gutgsell, Ben Havemann, Kevin McCurdy, Meghan Montoya, Kelsey Neal, Adam Nekimken, Benigno Sandoval, Chelsy Smith, Andrew Vierra and Beth Wendelberger youth team members, we were able to exceed our $7,000 fund-raising campaign goal for this year!