Today's News

  • LANL discloses internal material control issue

    Los Alamos National Laboratory officials issued a statement this morning saying they have reported an internal material control error at their plutonium facility to the National Nuclear Security Administration.


    “The error was discovered during routine inventory in January,” LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said. “Unreconciled inventory was found … meaning the numbers didn’t match up with how much material was physically there, which we are working to resolve.”


  • Volleyball: Maskaly named new head coach

    Garry Maskaly won’t be changing districts. Just commutes.

    Los Alamos High School announced Friday that Maskaly will take over the Hilltopper volleyball program vacated with the departure of Diana Stokes in January.

    Maskaly, who has close ties to the local volleyball community, served in 2008 as the head coach of Los Alamos’ cross-district rival, Española Valley.

  • Girls tennis: Toppers hold off big Tigers push

    TAOS — Being the defending Class AAAA state champion means the members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team are walking around with red concentric circles on their backs this season.

    And the Taos Tigers had the Hilltoppers flush in their sights Saturday.

    The Tigers, Los Alamos’ biggest rival in District 2AAAA, gave the Hilltoppers everything they could handle Saturday at the Española Valley Quadrangular, played at the Quail Ridge Inn.

  • Boys tennis: LA gets by Taos on road Saturday

    TAOS — It wasn’t over until it was over. And then some.

    Kirk Webber and Johnathan Jones slugged it out until the bitter end to decide the outcome of Saturday’s match between the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Taos Tigers boys tennis teams.

    The two No. 4 singles split their two sets then went into a tiebreaker. But the tiebreaker would decide more than just the outcome of their match.

  • Girls golf: Toppers open spring play Monday

    Round two of the two-season golf season will get going for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team Monday.

    Weather permitting, the Hilltopper girls will open the second half of its season Monday at the New Mexico Tech Invitational, which will be held in Socorro.

    The course is a women’s par 73, 5,340-yard affair on the campus of New Mexico Tech.

    Monday’s tournament will be the first of five scheduled appearances by the Hilltoppers before the District 2AAAA tournament in early May.

  • Girls track and field: Toppers finish 2nd behind Rams

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team did a little bit of shuffling with its personnel at Saturday’s Rio Rancho Chile Quad.

    And everything still turned out just fine.

    Los Alamos finished Saturday’s meet, hosted by the Class AAAAA Rams, in second place in the team standings. Los Alamos grabbed 173 points, just four points behind Rio Rancho, while Moriarty finished well behind the pace.

  • FRIED LIGHT: What’s in a name?

    My father was a cropduster, kind of a barnstorming migrant occupation, so we moved from town to town, according to the season and where the bugs were.


    Sometimes I went to two or three different schools during the year. My least favorite moment was when the teacher said something like, “Kids, we have a new student. His name is Roger Snodgrass.”


    I think there were few times when I didn’t hear at least a snigger and often many sniggers.


    It took awhile for me to accept my name.


  • Ten years after: The first trip to WIPP

    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, the nation’s only functioning nuclear waste repository, marked the 10th anniversary of its first radioactive waste shipment Thursday.

    On March 26, 1999, a truck from Los Alamos National Laboratory arrived at the isolated facility in southeastern New Mexico, now commonly known by its initials, WIPP.

    Several LANL officials, part of a large team effort focused on the shipment, recalled the night before that first load left the hill.

  • Schools sign off on Trinity Site partnership

    The Trinity Site Revitalization Project crossed a major hurdle during Thursday’s school board meeting at Mountain Elementary School.

    In a unanimous vote to affirm a partnership with Los Alamos County, Los Alamos School Board members marked an end to years of negotiations.

    County Administrator Max Baker, County Council Chairman Mike Wheeler and Council Vice Chairman Mike Wismer turned out for the big event.

    “You should be proud of your board chair – she did a yeoman’s job,” said Wismer in referring to President Joan Ahlers.

  • Property owners can expect NOVs soon

    If you haven’t already received one, property owners in Los Alamos County can expect a letter from the county assessor’s office in their mailboxes soon.

    On or before Wednesday, each property owner will receive a notice of value for his or her property. The county assessor is an elected official responsible for valuing property in the county as directed by state laws known as the New Mexico Property Tax Code.