Today's News

  • School board discusses solar power

    Running up the electric meter may be less of a worry for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) and the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    The two entities discussed during the regular school board meeting Tuesday applying for a $25,000 grant from Los Alamos National Security (LANS) to help purchase photovoltaic solar panels to mount onto the roof of PEEC and/or on a wing in Los Alamos High School.

    “I’m really excited about this,” board member Jody Benson said.

  • Cross country: JV, C-team boys take 2nd at UNM Invite

    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper boys sub-varsity squads finished second at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational.

    Saturday’s race was held at UNM’s North Golf Course.

    The Los Alamos boys junior varsity posted a team score of 58 and the boys C-team earned a 92 in the competition. Albuquerque Academy’s teams won both the boys races, earning perfect scores of 15.

    For the Hilltopper girls, the junior varsity was fifth with 114 points and the C-team was third with 111 points.

  • Bandelier: Shoring up vanishing treasures

    Inside the dark, cliffside cave last occupied by the people of Frijoles Canyon some 500 years ago, the markings are clearly visible.

    “2008,” the ancient wall reads. “I love you,” with a heart etched into the soft volcanic tuff.

    “Oh, man,” art conservator Larry Humetewa muttered softly as he bent to inspect the damage.

    This is the largest of the cave-like rooms – called “cavates” – accessible to the 300,000 people who troop through Bandelier National Monument each year.

  • Environmental Sustainability Board aims to green Los Alamos

    Los Alamos County’s Environmental Sustainability Board met for the second time on Thursday in the conference room at the County Annex.

    With four new members in place, the board met to discuss goals, programs, achievements, and other items such as budget issues and greening work in progress.

    At the Aug. 19 County Council work session held in White Rock, the council voted to appoint four new members to the board.

  • It's time for a fiesta!

    A 22-year tradition will continue at Little Forest Playschool Saturday.

    The school’s Fall Fiesta will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and will feature activities for every age. There will be a silent auction, which will feature train rides, meals at restaurants and other items, and there will be a bubble pit, bouncy houses, petting zoo, booths and games.

    There will also be live entertainment, a bake sale and food sales.

    Samara Graham, a professional photographer in Los Alamos, will also be set up to photograph kids in the bubble pit.

  • Palin energizes Road to Victory rally

    ALBUQUERQUE – Near deafening screams and whistles burst forth from the massive crowd the moment they spotted Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin walk onto the stage for Saturday night's Road to Victory rally inside the convention center.

    “Ladies and gentlemen – I'm so honored to introduce you to Sarah Palin and I can't wait to introduce Sarah Palin to Washington, D.C.,” said Republican presidential candidate John McCain.

    Support for Palin has grown steadily stronger since McCain announced she was his running mate just 11 days ago.

  • The bad and the good here

    There are many pluses and minuses to living here on the Hill. A quiet lifestyle, generally very peaceful days and a quality of life second to none.

    But there is a downside: vandalism.

    We seem to have our fair share of it and it is always distressing.

    The ski hill has been hit, our schools attacked, parked cars damaged and marred. It is sad.

    We don’t know exactly why someone would resort to such activities. Some people are bored here and idle hands and all that can be bad.

  • Changes in system are needed

    I received a letter a couple of weeks ago in response to a column I had written. A part of the column – I think a sentence – referred to our failing schools.

    The letter was in response to that. I tried to verify the letter but could not, so could not run it. But I know that the comments made in it are pretty universal, as I have heard them before.

    Before I go into the letter, I would like to give some of my credentials in having such an opinion of the state of our educational system.

  • Volleyball: Toppers pick up wins over Estancia, Cibola

    Things may just be looking up for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team.

    After starting the 2008 season with a pair of losses, one of them a 5-set heartbreaker against St. Pius X, Los Alamos has followed those up with a win Thursday over Albuquerque Academy and a good showing at this weekend’s Moriarty Invitational.

    Los Alamos took two out of three pool play matches at the two-day tournament, hosted by the defending Class AAAA champion Moriarty Pintos, then followed that up with two wins in three bracket play contests.

  • Girls cross country: Toppers finish 4th at UNM meet

    ALBUQUERQUE — Starting its season against some of the best competition in the state of New Mexico didn’t seem to faze the Hilltopper girls cross country squad.

    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers placed three runners in the top 30, picking up a very respectable fourth-place finish at Saturday’s University of New Mexico Invitational. The Hilltoppers finished with 159 team points Saturday. The Class AAAAA La Cueva Bears finished with 86 points to win Saturday’s meet, 14 points better than the runner-up Albuquerque Academy, Los Alamos’ main Class AAAA rival.