Today's News

  • Extra troops stay in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The United States will keep about 1,000 more troops in Afghanistan than planned early next year to fill a temporary NATO troop gap in the new mission to train and advise Afghan security forces, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Saturday on his final visit to this war-weary country as Pentagon chief.
    At a news conference with President Ashraf Ghani, Hagel said the original plan to cut U.S. troop levels to 9,800 by the end of 2014 had been abandoned, but not because of a recent surge in Taliban attacks.
    Hagel said the U.S. will keep up to 10,800 troops for the first few months of 2015 and then restart the drawdown, which is scheduled to reach 5,500 troops by the end of next year.
    The U.S. decided to keep additional forces in the country temporarily because planned troop commitments by U.S. allies for a NATO train-and-assist mission starting in January have been slow to materialize.
    Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told reporters in an interview later Saturday that he is confident NATO members will furnish the necessary number of troops for the new training mission, which begins Jan. 1. It’s just going to take a few extra weeks or months to get them in Afghanistan, he said.

  • Navajo court takes up election case

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Supreme Court has rejected arguments that the tribe’s chief hearing officer who ruled in favor of keeping a presidential candidate in the race was unqualified.
    Richie Nez of the Navajo Office of Hearings and Appeals had planned to resign the post he’s held since 2011 after he was challenged in court documents for not having a state bar license as required by tribal law, said Deswood Tome, a presidential adviser. But Nez won’t follow through with the plan in light of this week’s ruling by the high court, Tome said.
    The hearing office takes on child support cases, environment and grazing disputes, employee grievances and election challenges. Perhaps the most high-profile case of Nez’s tenure was that of Chris Deschene, a Navajo presidential hopeful who was disqualified earlier this year for not speaking fluent Navajo. Russell Begaye took Deschene’s place and was the subject of the latest Supreme Court opinion.
    Former presidential candidate Myron McLaughlin filed a grievance against Begaye alleging financial improprieties and questioning Begaye’s loyalty to the tribe. Nez ruled in favor of Begaye last month.

  • Springfield-Brown Wedding

    Lindsey Dawn Springfield and Timothy Ryan Brown celebrated their marriage on Oct. 25 with family and friends.
    The wedding and reception was at the Hokukano Bayhouse at Keauhou Bay on the big island of Hawaii. “Uncle” Earl Kamakaonaona Regidor officiated the traditional Hawaiian ceremony bayside on a scenic lava rock island.
    The bride is a Los Alamos High School and Northern Arizona University graduate, and is employed by the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. The groom graduated from Capistrano High School, Mission Bay, California, and is employed by the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort.
    After a honeymoon on the Hawaiian islands of Maui and Lanai, the couple will reside in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
    The bride is the daughter of Steve and Ellie Springfield of Los Alamos.

  • On Schedule 12-7-14

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Pojoaque, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Las Vegas Robertson (Sandia Prep Invite), varsity 2 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Los Lunas (Academy Invite), varsity, 3 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep Invite, TBA.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Capital Invite, varsity, JV, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Memorial Invite, 8 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Sandia Prep Invite, TBA.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Academy Invite, TBA; LAMS at Taos Invite, seventh and eighth grade, TBA.

  • Christmas Lights Run set for Monday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will be hosting its annual Christmas Lights Runs from now until Dec. 22.
    Runs are scheduled for every Monday and Wednesday during that time.
    The next run will be Monday starting at the North Mesa soccer fields. Run time is 6:15 p.m.
    Runs are not competitive and there is no charge for participation.They are designed to be fun for all participants and paced so that runners can admire Christmas lights around the neighborhoods.
    Runners are encouraged to wear light clothes or reflective material for safety purposes. Runs will take place during active snowstorms but not if courses become icy.
    For more information or for late-change announcements, visit the club’s website, triatomics.org.

  • ’Toppers thumped at home Friday

    A rough second quarter led to a huge defeat at home for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team Friday night.
    After a decent start to the contest, Los Alamos was outscored 20-3 in the second quarter by the St. Michael’s Horsemen. St. Michael’s guard Andrew Griego hit 3 3-pointers in the second period to lead the charge.
    Los Alamos didn’t fare a lot better in the third quarter, but came back a bit in the fourth quarter, although not nearly enough to get back into the ballgame.
    The Horsemen prevailed Friday night, 56-32.
    For the Hilltoppers, it was their fourth consecutive loss at home to start the season. The win by St. Mike’s came in its season opener.
    It was the second straight time the Hilltoppers had been held to 32 points.
    Hilltopper head coach Mike Kluk said his team struggled to respond to the St. Mike’s defense, which was good at switching and disguising its strategy.
    “We’re glad St. Mike’s made us play our press break,” he said. “We don’t quite understand that yet. I want to get better at that. Our chemistry’s not good right now. We’ve got to get a lot better.”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Ping pong/table tennis tournament

    Tuesday: Free throw contest

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Foosball tournament

    Friday: Six-pointed paper snowflakes

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.

  • Word on the Street 12-7-14

    Teen Pulse Student Editor Tom Hanlon asked students, “What winter sports are you looking forward to?”

  • The Pondering Column: Questions about morals, philosophy and belief

    Today marks the first edition, of “The Pondering Column.” Here I will discuss, reader- written questions, regarding morals, philosophy and belief.
    Today’s question is asked by Miles Baron: “Does some form of Karma exist?”
    The short answer to this question is yes Karma — in some form — exists. Now let’s get specific. Karma is the idea that, what someone does in the past (or present) will affect their future.
    Essentially, if you do something good, something good will happen to you, or if you do something bad, something bad will happen to you. This progression is explained by one of two things, life or religion. Religiously speaking, most often, if someone does good in the world, they will be rewarded by their God (in a multitude of differing ways), resulting in a karmic exchange.
    Alternatively, from the life point of view (essentially non-religious speculation for Karma), if someone does something good (or bad) in life, the good (or bad) will come back around. If a child hits a baseball into a neighbor’s window and runs off, the neighbor will be irritated, at least.

  • State levies $54M in fines over WIPP incident; Lab accounts for more than $36M in fines

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Saturday levied more than $54 million in penalties against the U.S. Department of Energy for numerous violations that resulted in the indefinite closure of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository.

    The state Environment Department delivered a pair of compliance orders to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, marking the state's largest penalty ever imposed on the agency. Together, the orders outline more than 30 state permit violations at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southeastern New Mexico and at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The orders and the civil penalties that come with them are just the beginning of possible financial sanctions the Energy Department could face in New Mexico. The state says it's continuing to investigate and more fines are possible.