Today's News

  • Retail sales post promising gain in February

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales posted a surprising increase in February as consumers did not let major snowstorms stop them from storming the malls. The advance, the biggest since November, provided hope that the recovery from the Great Recession is gaining momentum.

    The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.3 percent in February, surpassing expectations that sales would decline by 0.2 percent.

  • Auction helps build homes

    United Church of Los Alamos held a live and silent auction Sunday, which raised almost $15,000. The proceeds from the auction will go toward the church youth trip to Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, Mexico. Participants will build three homes for families in need.

  • Softball: LA wins home opener against Santa Fe Thursday, 13-5

    Softball players will say immediately that nothing hurts worse than the sting of a bat after not connecting solidly with a pitch on a cold day.

    Micaela Christensen had no such issue in the third inning Thursday.

    Christensen crushed a fastball over the left-center field fence Thursday, the big blow of a 5-run inning as the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team thumped Santa Fe.

    To close out the contest, Los Alamos scored 4 runs in the sixth inning to take its home opener 13-5. The game was called after six innings owing to darkness.

  • Sports update

    LA baseball loses St. Pius tourney opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was dropped in the opening round of the St. Pius X Invitational Thursday.

    The Hilltoppers were knocked into the tournament’s consolation bracket by the Sandia Prep Sundevils, 13-1, Thursday afternoon in Albuquerque.

    The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 0-3 on the season. All three losses have come by at least 10 runs.

    The St. Pius tournament continues through Saturday.

  • Super Blitz kicks off today

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s “Spring Super Blitz” begins today and continues daily through March 28. 

    This year’s “Spring Super Blitz” includes increased DWI enforcement and features a new ad campaign, which highlights the difficult decisions about the consequences faced by family members when a loved one has been arrested for DWI.

  • Shabby isn’t chic

    Not many people are drawn to shop or dine in a run down establishment. And those who are may not be the clientele business owners hope to cater to.

    Local business owners attended a workshop Thursday morning at UNM-LA that stressed the importance of well-maintained storefronts.

    Next to location, curb appeal is cited as the number two factor for generating first time sales at businesses and restaurants, according to New Mexico MainStreet, the organization that headlined the workshop.

  • Charter reform gets specific

    A closer look at current procedures for approving capital improvement projects and a quest to unlock the secrets of good communications motivated two groups of citizens to look under the surface of county government.

    The county council project to review the governing charter moved into a new phase Thursday as two subcommittees charged with analyzing the issues met in back-to-back meetings in the Community Building.

    One committee examined the question of “the perceived need for voters to have more control over major county projects.”

  • Democrats find taxes very taxing

    SANTA FE — Some Democrats are destined for problems in the June primaries. There are certain taxes that Democrats just can’t touch. The first untouchable came along in 1935, during the Great Depression.

    Democrats had gained control of the statehouse by that time and devoted a major legislative session to fixing the state’s tax system. Many of our state’s tax laws date back, or refer back, to that 1935 session.

  • Sugar isn’t always sweet

    What the (expletive deleted) is wrong with a little (expletive deleted) swearing now and then? I mean, (expletive deleted) ... (expletive deleted) people can’t take a little (expletive deleted) joke? Who the (expletive deleted) cares about their (expletive deleted, reinserted, deleted again, rewritten back in French, translated to ancient Greek and then deleted again) opinion!!??

  • Learn to conquer mountains Saturday

    Arno Ilgner offers a philosophy that helps people reach the top of any mountain, both real and metaphorical.

    Ilgner will present his philosophy, called “Warrior’s Way,” during a presentation at 7 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos Family YMCA.

    He explained the presentation will include a slideshow and a talk based on his new book, “Espresso Lessons.”

    Ilgner added the presentation will be a concentration and practical application of the material he teaches.