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Today's News

  • LAHS soccer teams struggle against Albuquerque Academy

    The two Los Alamos High School varsity soccer teams walked onto the campus of Albuquerque Academy hoping to assert themselves as state championship contenders. They walked away realizing they still have some work to do before reaching that level.

    Both teams fell by identical 3-1 scores to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, as Academy controlled the play throughout the majority of both contests.

    The Hilltopper boys struggled to get the offensive momentum moving in their direction, as they put seven shots on goal.

    The team entered halftime down 1-0, and saw that deficit climb to 2-0 just minutes into the second half.

    After struggling to get things going their way throughout the game, they found an opportunity as the contest wound down. Arthur Steinkamp, the Hilltoppers’ leading scorer, earned a penalty kick and converted. His goal brought LAHS to within one goal at 2-1.

    The team’s momentum was short-lived, however, as Academy earned a penalty shot of its own immediately after Steinkamp’s. The team converted its opportunity and walked away as the 3-1 winners.

    LAHS goalkeeper Cid Rice did all he could, making six saves, and keeping his team in the game to the very end.

  • Trinity Drive at Diamond Lane to close Saturday for concrete work

    Los Alamos County will close Trinity Drive at the intersection of Diamond Drive beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday to replace a concrete curb.
    The work is expected to be completed at 4 p.m. Saturday.
    The work will require the closure of one of the two westbound left turn lanes on Trinity Drive to Diamond Drive.  
    The eastbound through lane on Trinity Drive immediately east of Diamond Drive will be closed for about 200 feet, requiring the closure of the South bound Diamond left turn lane.  
    All traffic will be detoured to Canyon Road. Motorists are advised to follow all advanced warning and detour signs.

  • New Mexico Wildlife Center to host open house
  • Storm brings LA needed rainfall

    If the local forecast is any indication, the clouds that have covered the Jemez Mountains for the last couple of weeks will soon be lifting, clearing the way for a beautiful fall weekend.

    However, Monday, Columbus Day, may see clouds and showers.

    For the past two weeks, Los Alamos County was pummelled with rain, which the county badly needed, according to Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist David Bruggeman. 

    Until Sept. 26, the county was looking at rainfall well below the norm. It took last week of September to make things right.

    “Because of that last week, we received double the monthly average within that week,” Bruggeman said.

    The monthly average is two inches, the county received about four inches within that week.

    The heavy rains in the past few days brought almost half the average rainfall for the month to Los Alamos.

    For the opening week of October, the county received .63 inches. The October average is about 1.5 inches.

    According to Bruggeman, the rains will have tapered off by last night, leaving the skies clear through Monday.

    “Friday, Saturday, Sunday is definitely looking like it’s going to be clear,” Bruggeman said.

    Temperatures Friday through Monday will be in the mid 60s

  • Alleged assault at Camp May results in arrest

    A 31-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested Tuesday on charges of aggravated battery against a household member, committing great bodily harm, attempt to commit a felony and false imprisonment.

    Sachin Pandey was briefly held by police before being released on his own recognizance.

    Pandey’s arrest stemmed from a Sept. 24 incident involving a Los Alamos woman at Camp May in Los Alamos County.

    Camp May Recreation Site is 27-acre site located near Pajarito Mountain. It contains campsites people can rent and other recreational areas.

    According to the woman, Pandey attempted to sexually assault her when she became separated from the group of people she was with.

    Police noted in their police report that the woman had bruises on inner thighs, which they had a female officer take pictures of for evidence. Police also interviewed three witnesses who said they allegedly saw Pandey and the woman on the ground, with Pandey on top of her.

  • Students raise concerns about changes to state science standards

    Two Los Alamos High School students urged residents at a Wednesday night discussion about the state’s proposed revamp of New Mexico’s science education standards to voice their concerns to the state.

    The New Mexico Public Education Department is looking to replace the current standards, which have been in place since 2003, with something called “New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards.”

    The move has garnered public criticism across the state because of some modifications the state wants to make, especially at the middle-school and high-school level.

    High school senior Kevin Parkinson told the audience they should persuade the state to keep the old standards.

    “I think it’s really important that we have these standards so that people, whether they are in AP (Advanced Placement) classes, high school or middle school, common core classes, they get to learn the same information that I grew up hearing so that they can have the opportunity to know everything about the world – not just what some people think the world is,” Parkinson said.

    At the middle-school and high-school level, the education department wants to omit that climate change is caused by human activity. It also wants to de-emphasize evolution as a concept.

  • University of New Mexico regents name presidential finalists

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents has chosen five finalists for president of the Albuquerque-based school.

    The finalists announced Friday include University of Idaho President Charles "Chuck" Staben, and Garnett S. Stokes, University of Missouri provost.

    Two others are medical school deans David A. Brenner at the University of California San Diego and Kenneth Kaushansky at Stony Brook University.

    The fifth is Anny Morrobel-Sosa, a former administrator at City University of New York and the University of Texas at El Paso.

    The previous UNM president, Bob Frank, left the office last year.

    Faculty members unsuccessfully asked the regents to keep interim President Chaouki Abdallah at the helm an extra year to lend stability to a budget-crunched institution amid rapid leadership turnover and a pending accreditation process.
     

  • State employee accuses manager of punching her in the face

    SANTA FE (AP) — A state Human Services Department employee has applied for a restraining order against her supervisor who she says punched her in the face after a work-related dispute.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Ursula Montano claims 51-year-old Donald Ortega, her manager, pushed her and punched in the face after a dispute over her work performance on Aug. 28.

    She told police he also kept her from using her computer and phones to reach Ortega's boss before the alleged punch.

    A police report noted she had a bruise and scratch marks.

    Ortega denied most of Montano's accusations in phone interview with the newspaper Thursday, but said he did turn off her computer. He was placed on paid leave after the incident.

    As of Thursday, no charges were filed against him.
     

  • 46th Albuquerque balloon fiesta set for weekend launch

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The 46th Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is set to begin Saturday and is expected to draw close to a million visitors to central New Mexico.

    But concerns over crime in Albuquerque and the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas have organizers stepping up security measures. Here are key things to know about the event:

    THE BALLOONS

    The 2017 festival features about 500 traditional hot air balloons and 94 balloons that are shaped to make them look like bees, Elvis Presley, Smokey the Bear and others.

    This year's balloon festival theme is "Inflate your Imagination." The fiesta's morning mass ascensions launch this weekend, Wednesday and the weekend of Oct. 14-15.

    Seventeen of specially shaped balloons will make their first-ever flights, officials said. Among the entries this year are the "Armadillo" from Brazil, "Pepe the Hedgehog" from the Czech Republic and "Busby the Queen's Guard" from the United Kingdom.

    SECURITY

  • Museum to unveil replica of first detonated nuclear bomb

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History is primed to unveil its newest piece of history — a replica of the world's first nuclear bomb to be detonated.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2y4z8HJ ) that on Friday, the museum will introduce a nearly to-scale replica of the Trinity Tower, which held the bomb, called the Gadget.

    Jim Walther, executive director of the museum, says the tower comes from an old 50s-era fire observation tower taken down from a forest in Alabama. It's about 98 feet (30 meters) tall and made of 15,000 pounds (6,800 kilograms) of steel.

    The Gadget replica will hang from a pulley as if in the midst of being pulled up into the tower prior to detonation.

    The real Gadget detonated July 16, 1945.