Today's News

  • LASG to host ‘Elf Magic’ Dec. 3

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics will be hosting its annual day of “Elf Magic” on Dec. 3, this year.
    The public is invited to watch.
    The day begins with the boy’s team meet. Level 4-7 boys will be competing at 9 a.m. on all six men’s competitive events: floor exercise, vault, high bar, parallel bars, rings and pommel horse. DJ Repp, a graduate student at UNM in sports medicine, an intern at UNM hospital, a former collegiate gymnast at the University of Minnesota, a USA Gymnastics certified judge and a native New Mexican will be officiating.  
    Then at 11:30, the level 1, 2 and 3 boys and copper girls will have their meet/parent show.
    This is the first opportunity of the season for these gymnasts to qualify up a level and/or onto the competitive teams.
    Then at 1:30 p.m., the 2016-2017 girls’ competitive team, divisions Bronze-Platinum (JO levels 3-6 equivalent), will be competing.
    After all three meet sessions are over, all LASG gymnasts are invited to participate in annual Los Alamos Light Parade and ride on the LASG float.  
    Following the parade all girls competitive team level gymnasts (Bronze-Platinum) are invited to the annual girls’ team sleepover at the gym.
    This is a warm up to the USA Gymnastics competitive season, which begins in early January.

  • Commuters advised to take truck route

    A one-car crash on NM 502 has indefinitely snarled traffic as the accident has taken up one lane of the highway. Medics, police and fire crews are on the scene. Injuries have been reported.

  • Two-car collision at Trinity and Central
  • Water supply plan weighed by public

    Citizens and the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) both weighed in on the draft for the county’s long-range supply water plan this week. Only a handful of citizens attended a public meeting on the plan Tuesday.
    Amy Ewing, hydrologist and project manager for Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. – the company contracted to develop the plan – presented the key findings with the help of independent consulting Hydrologist Joanne Hilton. Hilton was the manager for the development of the 2006 plan.
    New Mexico Office of the State Engineer requires water suppliers to provide the 40-year plan. The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities uses it as its major planning tool.
    Los Alamos’ water needs are currently met by 12 wells tapping the Pajarito Plateau’s aquifer. The county is also entitled to a 1,200-acre-feet allotment of San Juan-Chama water, which it sells to the Bureau of Reclamation for support of the silvery minnow.
    A proposal to drill up to three wells in White Rock to develop the San Juan-Chama resource met with fierce opposition in 2013. Whether or not to develop that allotment was a major topic of conversation at Tuesday’s public meeting.

  • Residents look at Rec bond package

    Nearly 60 people showed up at a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the 2017 recreation bond projects.
    Some represented various user groups, such as a number of young women from the Hilltoppers softball team and representative from the adult softball league. Others attended to express individual preferences.
    Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) Principal/Urban Planner Will Gleason updated attendees on the latest “opinion of probable costs” and took questions. Participants then broke into groups to discuss the overriding issue of the evening.
    “We’re at a turning point in this project. We hope that you can help us offer advice to the county council on what would make a successful bond package that has the biggest potential for success at the ballot box. What mix of projects would best serve the county?” asked Facilitator Tim Karpoff of Karpoff & Associates. “Because, frankly speaking, there are a lot of projects to fit in a fairly tight financial box.”
    Breakout groups were asked to discuss the criteria council should base their decisions on. Participants also received a questionnaire about what criteria should be included, their preferred location for a recreation center and their rankings for each project.

  • Secret City Kitchen a big hit at UNM-LA

    It’s 12 noon on Friday and Jeremy Varela is hard at work.
    As the owner of the Secret City Kitchen, located just up the stairs in Building 2 on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, Varela is serving up hot turkey jack melt sandwiches, carnitas, soups and other delicious food.
    A medical conference had taken over Building 2’s lounge area Friday, and more than a few of the attendees had bought a sandwich or two. The shop, which opened just this week, is already a hit with the university crowd.
    Ana Derma, 19, who stopped in Thursday, swears by the turkey jack melt.
    “It’s really, really, really good,” Derma said. “I could taste everything. It’s like a Smith’s grilled cheese. Same quality, but less expensive. It’s really good.”
    Not only is the food good, but it’s real convenient.
    “Sometimes you have a short period between each class, and you don’t have a lot of time to go all the way to town to get a snack and then come back,” Derma said. “It’s really helpful. It was really needed.”

  • State, LANL focus on chromium plume cleanup

    Containment and cleanup of a decades-old chemical spill on Los Alamos National Laboratory property has taken top priority with the state’s Environment Department and LANL.
    At a public meeting Wednesday, representatives from the New Mexico Environment Department and the Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office explained waste cleanup priorities recently worked out in a revised consent agreement between the state and the Department of Energy.
    Their top priority for 2017 is to start the containment and eventual cleanup of an underground plume of chromium, a corrosion preventive used in cooling towers at a laboratory plant between 1956 and 1972.
    Water containing the chromium was routinely flushed out into Sandia Canyon, where it eventually settled into an aquifer under Mortandad Canyon. At one time, about 80 tons remained beneath the canyon when the lab started addressing the problem in 2005, with a monitoring program involving 20 monitoring wells planted at various depths in and around the plume.
    David Rhodes, director for the office of quality and regulatory compliance at the Environmental Management Office in Los Alamos, described the plume as being circular, a half-mile in diameter and about 250 feet from a water table in the area.

  • LA hockey opens Friday night

    The Los Alamos hockey team will open its 2016-17 season by hosting Taos at 6:45 p.m. Friday at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Friday’s season-opening game will also be a battle for the North Star trophy, which is given to the winner of each Los Alamos-Taos matchup. The Hilltoppers currently hold the trophy, as they defeated the Ice Tigers in their previous meeting during the 2015-16 season. The season opener can also be heard on the radio on KRSN 1490AM.

  • Prep girl's basketball: New LA era begins Saturday

    Not only will the Los Alamos girl’s basketball team begin the season with a new coach, it will also have a new leader on the court.
    The Hilltoppers tip-off their 2016-17 campaign by hosting Farmington at 5 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym.
    “It’s going to be tough to get off to a strong start but it is important,” said Los Alamos first-year coach Josh Archuleta. “Usually that first game will set the tone for the season. But I’ve been on both sides of the coin. I’ve lost the first game before but came stronger. And I’ve also won the first game but didn’t come back so strong.”
    Archuleta inherits a squad that includes seven seniors and three juniors. Although most of those seniors and juniors have been on the varsity level before, they haven’t seen a lot of meaningful minutes, as Los Alamos graduated four key players from last year’s team.  
    “They graduated some key players last year so they have some big shoes to fill,” Archuleta said. “We have one girl (Ashley Logan) that’s coming up with true varsity experience and that’s gotten several minutes. So these girls have something to prove and they want to show that it’s their turn to shine.”
    “I see us surprising a lot of people.”

  • University of New Mexico regents eye new seal design

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents is considering changing the school's official seal after some students said the current one is offensive to Native Americans.

    Regents on Tuesday voted to create a process to design a new seal and gauge the cost of adopting it.

    The university's current seal, which was adopted in 1969 and depicts a frontiersman and a Spanish conquistador, has been criticized by Native American student groups as being racist. Critics say the seal reflects the state's violent past toward Native Americans.

    "We have heard them. We're doing something," said regent Jack Fortner

    On Tuesday, four students met with the board, urging them to change to seal.

    One of those students, Hope Alvarado, said she is a first-generation high school graduate and college student. She said attending UNM is very importer to both her and her family but that the seal makes her feel excluded from the campus.

    "When I look at this seal, it symbolizes genocide of my people," Alvarado, who is Native American, said. "It symbolizes the very traumatic history that my people endured."