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Today's News

  • Rebirth and recovery

    Though it may seem grim at the time, death and destruction can sometimes yield renewal and rebirth. Such is the case for vegetation lost in the Cerro Grande Fire.

    Next year will mark the 10-year anniversary of the fire. The devastation caused by the fire is not something that Los Alamos County residents will soon forget. It ravaged vegetation and destroyed homes, sent residents fleeing to Santa Fe and the surrounding areas in search of shelter and blew across Los Alamos Canyon, leaving behind a charred, naked landscape.

  • Girls basketball: LA earns back-to-back victories

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wanted to keep things interesting for its two home games this weekend, it managed just that.

    Los Alamos went right down to the wire with the Piedra Vista Panthers Friday night and had to stave off a comeback attempt against Aztec’s Tigers Saturday night to take the first two of a challenging three-game set that continues Monday.

  • Wrestling: Toppers earn 4 medals Saturday

    It wasn’t even on the team’s schedule initially, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team is glad it made Saturday’s trip.

    Los Alamos earned a quartet of top-four finishes Saturday at the Rattler Open out of 10 competing wrestlers with Jodi Cull-Host and Desmond Fellers both advancing to the championship bout.

    The Rattler Open was held in Tucumcari.

  • Swimming and diving: LA teams top La Cueva to win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams won both ends of Saturday’s quadrangular meet in Albuquerque.

    The Hilltopper girls held off a big challenge from the La Cueva Bears Saturday at the Valley Quadrangular, winning by just two points, while the Hilltopper boys earned a solid victory over second-place La Cueva at the meet.

    Friday, the Hilltopper girls diving team swept the top four spots in competition at Sandia High School.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers open Ben Lujan tourney against Warriors

    It won’t be home for the holidays, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team won’t be that far away.

    The Hilltoppers open up the Ben Lujan Invitational Monday when they face the Socorro Warriors in the tournament’s first round.

    This year marks the 10th annual Ben Lujan tournament, which is hosted by Pojoaque. The field this year includes four Class AAAA teams, two Class AAA teams and a pair of AA schools.

  • Young people become storytellers at TOTH

    Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church invites the public to its Christmas Eve Family Communion service. The service will include a musical celebration of Christmas, performed by youth at 5 p.m. Thursday in the sanctuary of Trinity on the Hill, 3900 Trinity Drive.

    Approximately 25 young people, ages 3 through 15, will take part in a musical titled, “Bethlehem!” The presentation is a light-hearted dramatization of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and includes many different styles of music.

  • New Mexico pays $1 million a day in unemployment claims

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state program that pays unemployment benefits is running out of money because of the growing number of jobless New Mexicans, and that could force a tax increase on employers next year.

    Gov. Bill Richardson and the Legislature must decide how to keep the unemployment insurance trust fund solvent. It's yet another politically thorny problem confronting lawmakers when they convene in January for a 30-day session.

    Among the options under consideration: higher taxes on businesses and cutting unemployment benefits.

  • Hollywood comes to Los Alamos High School

    The movie “Let Me In,” a contemporary vampire tale set in 1983, is filming at Los Alamos High School. The film is based on the highly acclaimed Swedish film, “Lat den Ratte Komma In,” also known as “Let the Right One In.”  

    Written for the screen and directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield), “Let Me In” stars Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins (Step Brothers, The Visitor, Burn After Reading) along with up and coming child actors Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road) and Chloe Moretz (The Eye, (500) Days of Summer”).

  • 12-20-09 Update

    View the holiday farolitos

      The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos. The streetlights will be turned off Thursday and Friday and will be restored on Saturday.

  • The peek-a-boo information initiative

    One week the White House announces an Open Government Initiative. The next week the National Nuclear Security Administration slams the lid down on a vital piece of information that has been shared with the public in the past.

    That probably isn’t the way it was meant to play out, but that’s the way it felt.

    Here’s what happened:

    Like most other newspapers and citizens everywhere we have been led to expect a new era of openness in the federal government.