Today's News

  • LAHS cross country teams look strong as new season gets underway

    Over the past decade, Los Alamos High School has been seen as the gold standard when it comes to cross country in New Mexico.

    That is for good reason, as the girls won seven consecutive state championships from 2009-2015 and the boys won four straight from 2011-2014.

    Heading into this season, however, things are a little different. Neither team brought home a state championship last season, as the girls finished as the runner-ups and the boys finished in third place.

    While coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood think earning state championships is possible this season, it is not their focus.

    “We feel that getting to that level is certainly attainable, but our intent is for the kids to just focus on the process,” Rob Hipwood said.

    On the girl’s side, one of the biggest hurdles to getting back atop the championship podium will be Albuquerque Academy, which won the state championship in 2016 and return many of their top runners.

    “Academy is very, very strong,” Rob Hipwood said. “We could have an exceptional season and then not quite get there.”

    The coaches feel that the front-running girls will give them a chance to compete.

    “We are definitely going to be in the running at the end as long as everyone can stay healthy,” Rob Hipwood said.

  • Police: Thieves take SUV pulling U-Haul with a casket inside

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Police say thieves have stolen an SUV and an attached U-Haul trailer — with a casket inside — outside an Albuquerque motel.

    Albuquerque police say the coffin heist occurred early Monday at a Residence Inn.

    Authorities say the casket contained the body of the victim's father-in-law.

    Police are searching for a black 2005 Chevy Trailblazer SUV with Oklahoma license plates.
    No arrests have been made.

  • WR United Methodist Church to help local family

    The White Rock United Methodist Church is working with other local churches to host a fundraiser to help support a local family, the Blakes, with their missionary work in Niger. Sean and Carrie Blake and their children are long-term, cross-cultural Christian missionaries with SIM.

    The family lives and works in Niger, West Africa. Carrie serves as Midwifery Tutor and is particularly involved in developing curriculum for a government-approved midwifery and nursing school. Sean serves as the SIM Projects Coordinator and general IT Administrator.

    The Blakes are responsible for raising the funds necessary to enable them to continue living and working in Niger.

    Several churches in the Los Alamos area stand behind the Blake family in prayer and the White Rock United Methodist and White Rock Baptist churches are their official sending churches.

    To help support them, the WRUMC is holding a garage sale starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, in support of the Blakes’ work in Niger.

    All proceeds from the sale will be donated to their SIM support account (simusa.org/give  Missionary # 029349). Come by 580 Meadow Lane on Saturday and support a great cause at the same time.

  • Volleyball loses home opener to St. Michael's

    The tough start to the season for the Los Alamos High School varsity volleyball team continued Thursday night at home, as they fell 3-1 to St. Michael’s.

    The Hilltoppers entered the game with a 2-4 record, and were coming off of a victory over Pojoaque High School Tuesday evening.

    Their home opener against St. Michael’s wouldn’t go as smoothly, as they were facing a team that entered the game with a 5-1 record.

    It was clear who the quicker team was in the first set, as every time the Hilltoppers would begin to go on a run, the Horsemen would put an end to it.

    Trailing 20-16, LAHS went on a run to get back within two points thanks to the serving of Alize Garcia, but it was not enough to get them ahead, as they fell in the first set 25-20.

    It appeared the second set would be much of the same, but after taking a timeout trailing 17-12, the Hilltopers took off and surged ahead to a 21-19 lead and didn’t look back, taking the set 25-21 and tying the match 1-1

    St. Michael’s rolled through the third set, jumping out to a 14-6 lead and never letting go of the control, easily winning the set 25-15 and setting up a must-win fourth set for the Hilltoppers.

  • In wake of Equifax breach, what to do to safeguard your info

    NEW YORK (AP) — There's no way around it: The news from credit reporting company Equifax that 143 million Americans had their information exposed is very serious.

    The crucial pieces of personal information that criminals may need to commit identity theft — Social Security numbers, birthdates, address histories, legal names — were all obtained. And once your personal data is out there, it's basically out there forever.

    Unlike previous breaches at Yahoo, Target and Home Depot, Equifax's role in the financial industry makes this breach far more alarming. The company is basically a storehouse of Americans' most personal credit information, knowing everything about people from when they opened their first credit card, to how much money they owe on their houses, to whether they have any court judgments against them.

    Lenders rely on the information collected by the credit bureaus to help them decide whether to approve financing for homes, cars and credit cards. Credit checks are even sometimes done by employers when deciding whom to hire for a job.

  • Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church to host classes this month

    In this 500th anniversary year of the Reformation, members of the community are invited to participate in a seven-session class called “By Heart: Conversations with Martin Luther’s Small Catechism,” offered by Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

    Using video, discussion and the book of the same name, Pastor Russ Sorensen will lead participants in exploring the biblical and historical context of Luther’s Small Catechism, the concise and accessible teaching guide he wrote for use in the family home. Luther left a rich and complex legacy through his life’s work, founded on his affirmation of the doctrine of justification “by grace alone, through faith alone, according to scripture alone.” In the 16th century, his church promoted new ideas and practices that many Christians take for granted today, including worship and scripture in the language of the common people, congregational hymn-singing, and the vocation of lay people in service to God.

    While the course is centered on Lutheran theology and spirituality, it is hoped that participants of all faith traditions will gain a greater understanding of Reformation history and of the many points of unity between Lutherans and other Christians.

  • Powerful quake rocks southern Mexico coast; at least 32 die

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico has hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses while sending panicked people into the streets in the capital, more than 650 miles (1,000 kilometers) away.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake hit off Chiapas state near the Guatemalan border with a magnitude of 8.1, equal to the strongest of the past century in Mexico.

    Hundreds of buildings collapsed or were damage, power was cut at least briefly to more than 1.8 million people and authorities closed schools Friday in at least 11 states to check them for safety.

    "The house moved like chewing gum and the light and internet went out momentarily," said Rodrigo Soberanes, who lives near the Chiapas state city of San Cristobal de las Casas.

    Oaxaca state Gov. Alejandro Murat told local news media that at least 23 people had died in his coastal state. Civil defense officials said at least seven died in Chiapas and two others in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

  • Irma leaves a trail of ruin in Caribbean

    CAIBARIEN, Cuba (AP) — Hurricane Irma scraped Cuba's northern coast Friday on a course toward Florida, leaving in its deadly wake a ravaged string of Caribbean resort islands strewn with splintered lumber, corrugated metal and battered cars.

    The death toll in the Caribbean stood at at least 21 and was expected to rise as rescuers reached some of the hardest-hit areas. And a new danger lay on the horizon to the east: Hurricane Jose, a Category 4 storm with 150 mph winds that could punish some of the devastated areas all over again.

    "I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to know that further damage is imminent," said Inspector Frankie Thomas of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda.

    Irma weakened from a Category 5 to a still-fearsome Category 4 on Friday morning with winds near 150 mph (240 kph).

    The hurricane smashed homes, schools, stores, roads and boats on Wednesday and Thursday as it rolled over some of the world's most famous beach paradises, including St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla.

    It knocked out power, water and telephone service, trapped thousands of tourists, and stripped the trees of leaves, leaving an eerie, blasted-looking landscape. Looting was reported on St. Martin, and a curfew was imposed in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

  • County OK’s home buyer program

    Los Alamos County Council took the final steps Tuesday night in implementing the county’s affordable housing program.
    The council voted unanimously to approve a set of policies and procedures for the Homebuyer Assistance Program.

    The approval paves the way for The Los Alamos Housing Partnership to officially start the program immediately.
    The council initially approved the program in July, on the condition council review the program’s policies and procedures for approval in September.

    Councilor James Chrobocinski liked the thoroughness the Los Alamos Community Development Department and the housing partnership integrated into the set of rules and regulations governing the program.

    “The Los Alamos Housing Partnership has a strong track record of being a very positive partner with the county and addressing affordable housing issues and rehabilitation,” Chrobocinski said. “I’m very happy they produced a very thorough set of policies and procedures that should help us move forward in achieving our council goals.

  • Residents, county eye bump in tourism

    Residents and county tourism officials met Wednesday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos to discuss ways to deal with what officials say is a recent bump of tourism.

    More than 100 Los Alamos County residents showed up to the meeting at the student center to give their take on how Los Alamos should capitalize on the new increase in tourists.

    Since the addition of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, tourism has increased in Los Alamos County, according to a marketing firm hired by the county.

    The Denver-based marketing firm says the recent additions of the Manhattan National Historical Park and the Valles Caldera to the national parks system, tourism has caused an increase of 6 percent in the last decade and a lodgers’ tax revenue increase of 13 percent. This was cited on the company’s website. 

    “Things have changed for us, we’ve been discovered,” Los Alamos County’s tourism work group chair Susan O’Leary said. 

    With the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park attracting more visitors to Los Alamos, the county hired a marketing firm, Design Workshop, out of Denver, Colorado, to develop strategies on how to capitalize on the new tourism boom.