Today's News

  • New Hilltopper hoops coach plans to maintain team's philosophy

    It took just a little over a month for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball program to find a new head coach.

    Thursday, Los Alamos High School’s athletic department announced it had hired Hilltopper assistant coach Fil Dominguez to replace former head coach Matt King.

    Dominguez will be the third head coach the Hilltoppers have had in as many years, but he said he plans to adopt much of King’s philosophy, which should give a sense of stability to the program.

  • Trinity redesign scrutinized

    Janie O’Rourke, Transportation Board vice chair, made a motion at last night’s meeting that the board recommends a peer review of MIG’s design for Trinity Drive by Ourston Roundabout Engineering.

    Board member Khalil Spencer explained why a peer review would be valuable.

  • Teacher arraigned on charges--video extra

    Peter Bowman, 47, a resident of El Rancho, was arraigned this morning on two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor. Bowman is a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School.

    Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados conducted the hearing at Los Alamos Justice Center. She kept Bowman’s bond set at $20,000 cash or surety. Bowman remained in custody at the Los Alamos County Detention Center as of press time.

    If convicted Bowman faces up to three years in prison for each count, and up to $5,000 in fines, Casados said.

    Los Alamos police became aware of an alleged crime after a 14-year-old LAMS student came forward about her relationship with Bowman, Police Capt. Randy Foster said.

  • Topes Notes 08-05-11

    Rainiers score 6 runs in third to thump Isotopes

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  • Bridgewater is tops this week

    Haley Bridgewater just nipped and Katie Bridgewater as the top predictors in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race was held Tuesday in the trails along the White Rock perimeter. In all, 41 runners and walkers took part.
    Haley Bridgewater was off by just one second from her predicted finish time on the 1-mile course Tuesday, while Katie Bridgewater was just two seconds off.
    The top predictors on the 3-mile course included Eric Burnside (14 seconds), Todd Haines (18 seconds) and Nathan Romero (23 seconds).
    The fastest finisher on the 1-mile course was Gabe Katko. Kim Katko was the fastest female finisher.
    On the 3-mile course, Michael Jablin was the fastest finisher. Laura McClellan was the top female finisher.

  • LAGC set to host women's state championship tourney

    The 70th annual New Mexico State Women’s Golf Championship will be hosted this year by Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The state women’s championship is a match-play event pitting some of the top amateur players in the state. The event starts with a qualification round Monday, then three days of match play starting Tuesday.
    Monday’s qualifying round tees off at 8:30 a.m. The qualifying round will feature players with handicap ratings between zero and 14.9.
    A dozen players are expected to compete in qualifying, including top northern New Mexico prep player Chanet Fiorina and defending champion Marissa Bautista.

  • NASA launches spacecraft on 5-year trip to Jupiter--video extra

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A sun-powered robotic explorer named Juno rocketed away Friday on a five-year journey to Jupiter, the solar system's most massive and ancient planet.

    Hundreds of scientists and their families and friends watched from just a few miles away, cheering and yelling, "Go Juno!" as the NASA spacecraft soared into a clear midday sky atop an unmanned rocket.

    "It's fantastic!" said Fran Bagenal, a planetary scientist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, who is part of the project. "Just great to see the thing lift off."

  • NCRTD still looking for executive director

    The North Central Regional Transit District still does not have a permanent executive director.

    The NCRTD met this morning at the Santa Fe County Commission chambers to vote on the recommendation that Tony Mortillaro, the former Los Alamos County adminstrator, become the next executive director.

    It didn't happen.

  • NM chile crops weather tough growing conditions

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The familiar roasters are popping up, spinning their Hatch green chile and luring in customers with the unrivaled smell of charred skins.

    At Los Chile Bros., in business for 25 years, owner Johnny Duran is happy to be out selling chile at his usual Big Lots rental spot on Cerrillos Road after a spring and summer of unfavorable crop conditions.

    Although New Mexico is known for all things chile, this year's drought and extreme heat have withered almost a quarter of Duran's crop.