Today's News

  • Granich Trial Update: Jury sent home Friday

    Jurors in the State v. Penny Granich trial stopped deliberating at about midnight Friday after a juror fell ill.

    Officials explain that the jury had intended to continue deliberating until one of its member began to feel ill. The jury was dismissed and because of today's Columbus Day holiday, were told to reconvene at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

    Check back here often for updates on this trial.

  • Volleyball: LA knocks off Espaola Valley in district match

    Despite some struggles in games one and three, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team earned a big win Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium.

    The Hilltoppers held on in the odd-numbered games Saturday to pick up a critical District 2AAAA win Saturday night, holding off surges from the Española Valley Sundevils to take a 3-0 decision.

    Los Alamos watched a late 8-point advantage shrink down to just two in game one, then couldn’t shake the Sundevils in game three until a late rally put that game and the match away.

  • Football: LA opens up its district season with shutout win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team took its first step toward defending its District 2AAAA title at home Friday night.

    The Hilltoppers scored three times in the first half of Friday night’s game and cruised to a 38-0 win over the Taos Tigers at Sullivan Field.

    The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Alamos, which had three rough outings prior to the big victory Friday night.

  • Girls soccer: LA blanks Taos on the road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team rolled to another big district win Saturday night at Taos.

    After getting acclimated to the new artificial turf at Taos, Los Alamos scored eight times in just over 60 minutes to pick up the road victory.

    Hilltopper head coach Jiri Kubicek said Taos’ new surface threw off his team’s passing game for about the first 20 minutes, but once his team was able to keep the ball to the feet, things went just fine.

    Los Alamos won Saturday’s game 8-0.

  • Boys soccer: Toppers win big over Tigers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team picked up another big win in District 2AAAA and is in control heading into the final stretch of its regular season.

    The Hilltoppers broke open a close contest with four goals in the second half to knock off the Taos Tigers 5-0 on the road Saturday.

    Davis Anson had a pair of goals and Andy Thoma picked up a pair of assists in Saturday’s second half, helping the Hilltoppers to their second shutout win of the season over Taos.

  • Schedule for Oct. 12-17


    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at East Mountain, JV, 4 p.m.; Pojoaque at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Football: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at DeVargas Tourney, seventh-grade, TBA.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at St. Pius X, varsity, 3 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.

    Volleyball: LAMS at DeVargas Tourney, seventh-grade, TBA.


  • Attorneys attack crash data during Granich trial

    SANTA FE – Much of Monday’s opening remarks surrounded the reliability of the crash reconstruction methods used at the scene and in the days following the death of Thomas Edward Granich, 32, on Dec. 4, 2005.

      The state is prosecuting the victim’s wife, Penny Granich, 35, on charges of vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • Judge refuses to drop charges

    SANTA FE – The jury left the room before attorney Mark Donatelli asked District Judge Michael Vigil late Thursday to dismiss all charges against his client Penny Granich.

    The 35-year-old Los Alamos woman is charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.

    Prosecutor Carlos Gutierrez spoke against Donatelli’s request after spending the entire week laying out his case that Penny drove her husband Thomas Edward Granich into a 350-foot canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock early on Dec. 4, 2005.

  • Lujan named amongst influentials

    Hispanic Business Magazine has named Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., one of the 100 most influential Hispanics, as part of its annual list. The list includes leaders in business, law, media and education, as well as politics and other fields.  

    “It is an honor to be recognized with such a prestigious group of influential Hispanic leaders. We’re all doing what we believe is right to make things better for other people and for the country,” Luján said during an interview from Washington, D.C. Friday.   

  • The pursuit of an older female

    What may be one of the hottest science stories of the year involves a well-known local scientist, who will be featured in a documentary on the Discovery Channel (Channel 51 locally) at 7 p.m.

    Of special interest is the role of a Los Alamos geologist, Giday WoldeGabriel, co-director of an ongoing investigation in the Afar Rift of Ethiopia that has uncovered the remains of a new human ancestor.

    “This time it is very old, 4.4 million years,” said WoldeGabriel in an interview Thursday.