Today's News

  • WIPP cleanup plans expected in two weeks

    CARLSBAD (AP) — Officials working to reopen the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump in southeastern New Mexico say they are making significant progress and will detail their recovery plans in two weeks.
    Tammy Reynolds, who is leading the effort at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, told a community meeting Thursday evening that there are more than 7,000 pieces to the plan for cleaning up radiological contamination and resuming operations after a mysterious February leak that contaminated 22 workers.
    Officials have said it could be three years before WIPP completely reopens.
    It’s still unclear exactly what caused the leak from a barrel of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    WIPP is the government’s only permanent repository for legacy waste such as contaminated gloves, tools and clothing from decades of nuclear bomb building.

  • Central Avenue construction

    Central Avenue continues to be fully closed between 15th Street and the post office driveway. Access to the post office will be maintained. Vehicles will be detoured to Deacon Street and the Main Street driveway into Central Park Square is also closed.

  • Three LA students garner reading honors

     Not one, but three Los Alamos students managed to win some pretty hefty prizes and keep their brains in top condition over the summer break, according to Governor Susana Martinez. Through a press release, Martinez recently announced that three students from the Los Alamos Public Schools ranked high in the governor’s “2014 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge.”
    The students, Grace Xie, fifth grade, Mountain Elementary; Reyana Narnanjo, first grade, Mountain Elementary and Rainy Ferrell, first grade, Aspen Elementary. The students also entered their names in a drawing for some pretty sweet grand prizes. It also must be noted that all of the winning readers have since moved up a grade, as the competition was started in April of this year.

  • Hikers rescued at Bandelier

    Two Bandelier rangers spent a long night earlier this week searching for six Albuquerque-area hikers, three adults and three children ages 4-7, lost in the park.
    About 3 a.m., they found the group, exhausted, dehydrated and hungry, but otherwise healthy, near Upper Crossing in Frijoles Canyon.
    Six members of the Los Alamos Fire Department joined them, helped the hikers walk out, and transported them to their vehicles at the Frey Trail trailhead in Juniper Campground. The search was wrapped up about 8:30 a.m.
    According to a release from Bandelier, when the hikers’ story was pieced together, it appeared that they had begun by hiking down the Frey Trail. At some point they hiked past the Visitor Center area, past Alcove House, and on up Frijoles Canyon.
    By the time they arrived at Upper Crossing, about six miles upstream from the Visitor Center, they decided they were lost and decided to wait there for help. They built a fire and tried to make a cell phone call to 911.
    With the very poor cell reception in the deep canyon, the 911 operator was only able to make out fragments: “Bandelier,” “Car at Frey Trailhead,” and “fire by the river.” But this information was enough to get a search started.

  • Church Listings 09-05-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.

  • Cardinal to lead St. Pat's parade with first gay group

    NEW YORK (AP) — There is no more natural spot for Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan — a proud, ebullient Irish-American — than grand marshal of the city’s historic St. Patrick’s Day Parade. But the honor now has an added significance: Parade organizers said Wednesday they would allow the first gay group to march under its own banner.
    Dolan was quick to issue a statement of support for the parade organizers, accepting their decision. While supporters of gay and lesbian Catholics are cheering, some conservatives want the archbishop to withdraw from the event.
    “I think we’re seeing the Catholicism of Pope Francis come to the Archdiocese of New York,” said J. Patrick Hornbeck, chairman of the theology department at Fordham University. “Cardinal Dolan’s statement is welcoming. He did not make this decision, but sees the parade as an opportunity for unity.”
    Pope Francis last year said church leaders should focus more on mercy than on divisive social issues. He famously said, “Who am I to judge?” when asked about gays and lesbians who are seeking God.
    But Pat Archbold, a writer for the theologically conservative National Catholic Register, called Dolan’s decision to remain as grand marshal a “total capitulation to gay identity groups.”

  • Defending our right to be wrong

    I love this country and everything it stands for, especially our Constitutional rights to pursue happiness and to taunt the relatives of gay soldiers at funerals.
    It’s no coincidence that the Founding Fathers chose “2,” the first prime number, as the Amendment to highlight our right to bear heavy armaments. It’s a prime example of the wisdom that allows our nation to boast some of the highest firearm injury and death rates in the world.
    Uruguay and El Salvador still beat us in the suicide-by-firearms statistics, but with a little help from gun rights advocates, we’ll get there! Nothing says, “I’m proud to be American” better than shooting your mouth off with low caliber thinking.
    Recently, law abiding citizens were once again under attack by pinko fascist socialist hippie Nazi zombies who want to take away all our guns and sharp knives, and force us to eat soggy free-range veggie burgers on recycled paper plates.
    I happen to know that the Founding Fathers did not eat veggie burgers.
    OK, so a 9-year old girl accidentally shot and killed a shooting range instructor with a fully automatic 9mm Uzi.
    Six years ago, a similar incident occurred when an 8-year old boy died after shooting himself in the head with an Uzi at a gun show in Massachusetts while shooting at a pumpkin.

  • LA takes on St. Pius

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will face a tough opponent in week two of its season Saturday.
    Los Alamos will take on the St. Pius X Sartans Saturday morning. That game will be at 11 a.m. at Community Stadium on the extreme west side of Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers didn’t get their season off to a particularly good start at home last week, losing to the Pojoaque Valley Elks 18-6. The Hilltoppers gave up some big plays to the Elk offense, committed four turnovers and had some untimely penalties, two of which cost them potential scores.
    In the schools’ history, Los Alamos has never beaten St. Pius in football.
     Los Alamos had a shot to upend the Sartans last year at home, but the Sartans prevailed 10-8.
    St. Pius (1-0) beat Los Alamos’ new district rival, Del Norte, 39-28, to open its season.

  • Results from senior men's championship

    Spike Jones was the top finisher of the third flight at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association’s annual championship tournament last week.
    The NNMSMGA championship is a two-day affair that wraps up the season for the association. This year, the tournament was played at the Rio Grande Club in South Fork, Colorado.
    Jones finished with a gross score of 168 for the two-day event, which was eight shots better than next-low gross finisher Don Holifield of Santa Fe.
    The tournament’s overall winner was Rob Schneider of Santa Fe. Schneider has been the top player on the NNMSMGA tour all season.
    Schneider finished with a score of 151 for his two rounds to win.
    Among the other top finishers at the championship from Los Alamos were Bob Quick, who had the best net score in the first flight, Ron Krantz, who had the second-best net score in the second flight and Don Pompeo, who had the second-best net score in the third flight.

    Here are the results from the NNMSMGA championship:

    Overall low gross: Rob Schneider, Santa Fe, 151.
    Overall low net: Rey Arellano, Farmington, 132.

  • 'Toppers open season at UNM Invite

    The past three years has seen unprecedented success for two of the most successful programs in the state.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls cross country programs, which have won a collective eight state team championships in the last five years, will open their seasons Saturday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers will be at the University of New Mexico Invitational for Saturday’s race, which is a combined prep-level and collegiate-level meet. The prep boys race is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. and the girls race is set for 9:30 a.m. at UNM’s North Golf Course.
    Los Alamos’ girls, the most successful program in the history of New Mexico cross country and one of the most successful in the nation, will go into 2014 having won five consecutive state championships at the Class 4A level. Los Alamos will be moving up to Class 5A this season, although that’s mostly a paper move — most 4A teams around the state are also moving to 5A.
    The outlook for Los Alamos’ girls this season is as bright as it has been at any time during their five-year win streak. The Hilltoppers will be returning most of their key runners, including juniors Nica Vasquez, Maddy Foley and Sophia Galvez.