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Today's News

  • Study: E-Cigarettes are catching on with teenagers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, the government’s annual drug use survey finds.
    Even as tobacco smoking by teens dropped to new lows, use of e-cigarettes reached levels that surprised researchers. The findings marked the survey’s first attempt to measure the use of e-cigarettes by people that young.
    Nearly 9 percent of eighth-graders said they’d used an e-cigarette in the previous month, while just 4 percent reported smoking a traditional cigarette, said the report released by the National Institutes of Health.
    Use increased with age: Some 16 percent of 10th-graders had tried an e-cigarette in the past month, and 17 percent of high school seniors. Regular smoking continued inching down, to 7 percent of 10th-graders and 14 percent of 12th-graders.
    “I worry that the tremendous progress that we’ve made over the last almost two decades in smoking could be reversed on us by the introduction of e-cigarettes,” said University of Michigan professor Lloyd Johnston, who leads the annual Monitoring the Future survey of more than 41,000 students.

  • Tools stolen from secure LANL site

    Thefts from a secure area at Los Alamos National Laboratory are raising concerns about security at the federal facility.
    The lab reported tools stolen on at least three occasions from Technical Area 54, the largest waste disposal zone on the lab’s campus in northern New Mexico.
    Police reports obtained by The Santa Fe New Mexican say impact wrenches, weed trimmers and other tools were reported stolen between May and August and remain missing.
    A national expert on radiation exposure says the tools likely pose little health risk but could be dangerous if they were exposed to toxic chemicals present in the area where the tools had been used.
    Los Alamos police were forced to close the case because the lab refused to give investigators the names of workers who had access to the area.

  • Lights to go off for luminaria viewing around the county

    The Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division is planning on turning off power to various streetlights to enhance viewing of holiday luminarias in neighborhoods.
    The streetlights are scheduled to be turned off Dec. 24 and 25. The streetlights will be operational again Dec. 26.
    For safety purposes, Los Alamos County is asking residents to move vehicles and trailers to off-street parking during those days, or that, if they cannot be moved, to have those vehicles silhouetted by luminarias.
    Also, due to limited visibility during those nights in those areas, drivers are requested by Los Alamos County to slow their vehicles to 15 mph.
    There will be three areas affected by the powering-down of the lights. Those are as follows:
    • Barranca Mesa (including Barranca Road, Los Pueblos, San Juan, Totavi and Navajo Roads)
    • North Mesa (Camino Redondo, Camino Medio, Cumbres Patio)
    • White Rock (Cañada Way, Cañada Circle, Balboa Drive, Alhambra Drive, Barcelona Avenue, Brighton Drive and Briston Place)

    Questions about the power-down should be directed to the public works department. The department’s phone number is 662-8150.

  • Heading to School in the Snow

    Kids were trudging over the snow going into Chamisa Elementary School this morning. Snow started falling in White Rock around 7:15 a.m. and parents were busy dropping their kids off just before the bell rang.

  • Candidates file for election

    Tuesday was a busier day than usual at the County Clerk’s Office, as eight candidates hoping to take a seat on the Los Alamos School Board dropped in to fill out their election paperwork.
    According to state election laws, Dec. 16 was the only time residents interested in running for a seat on the board could formally declare their candidacy. In the upcoming Feb. 3 election in 2015, three districts will be up for election, districts 3, 4 and 5.
    Candidates filing for District 3 include NancyAnn “Nan” Holmes, the incumbent, Sheryl Nichols and William Hargraves.
    Candidates for District 4 include Andrea Susan Cunningham, Naishing Key and Michael Fassbender.
    Candidates for District 5 are Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, the incumbent and current president of the school board, as well as Jennifer Elizabeth McCumber.
    Holmes was appointed by the school board to fill out the rest of former school board David Foster’s term, who recently moved out of state. District 4 is the only district that does not have an incumbent running, as school board vice president Kevin Honnell opted not to run for another term.

  • State basketball scores 12-17-14

    Boys

    Academy for Technology and The Classics 90, NMSD 47
    Carlsbad 56, Goddard 43
    Española Valley 57, Santa Fe 56
    Eunice 56, Tatum 38
    Farmington 63, Durango, Colo. 37
    Oñate 44, EP El Dorado, Texas 42
    Piedra Vista 57, Shiprock 56
    Red Valley-Cove, Ariz. 63, Shiprock Northwest 34
    Ruidoso 59, Tularosa 48
    Socorro 44, Los Lunas 43
    Texico 68, Melrose 64
    Tucumcari 45, Portales 39
    Valencia 53, Moriarty 49

    Girls

    Aztec 40, Bayfield, Colo. 24
    Bloomfield 70, Cuba 39
    Canyon, Texas 42, Portales 28
    Deming 43, Centennial 41
    Española Valley 51, Valencia 41
    Gadsden 63, Silver 32
    Miyamura 37, Belen 33
    Morenci, Ariz. 61, Lordsburg 57
    Navajo Pine 56, Newcomb 23
    Onate 46, Chaparral 26
    Raton 53, Trinidad, Colo. 7
    Santa Fe Indian 57, Taos 40
    Shiprock Northwest 66, Red Valley-Cove, Ariz. 42
    St. Michael’s 46, Bernalillo 41
    Tatum 55, Eunice 43
    Texico 50, Melrose 33
    Trinidad, Colo. 53, Raton 7
    Tularosa 74, Ruidoso 54

  • U.S. to bid on 2024 Olympics

    The U.S. Olympic Committee will try to land the 2024 Olympics and end a 28-year drought without the Summer Games.
    Which city will it pick? Stay tuned.
    After hearing presentations from the four candidates Tuesday — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington — USOC board members voted to join the race, but not until they have a chance to mull over the candidates during the holidays.
    “It’s a four-way tie,” CEO Scott Blackmun said, not diverging from the federation’s closed-lip policy on this yearlong selection process. “We had great presentations, now we have an opportunity to explore how everyone felt about the presentations. We’ll reflect, come back after the holidays and see what’s in the best interest for the United States.”
    This was the expected move from a federation that lost badly the last two times it bid for the Games — New York for 2012 and Chicago for 2016 — and hasn’t played host to the Summer Olympics since the Atlanta Games in 1996.
    The 2016 Olympics are set for Rio de Janeiro. The 2020 Games, which the United States did not bid for, will be in Tokyo.

  • 'Toppers earn two wins on home ice

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team picked up two wins in its first two home games of the season last weekend.
    Los Alamos, the last New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey team to open its home schedule — it has to wait for the ice to be ready at the county’s ice rink — started off the home season well. It topped Santa Fe 6-4 Friday night to debut at home, then earned a 4-2 victory over its archrival, Taos, Sunday morning.
    With those two victories, the Hilltoppers improved to 7-1 on the season. Immediately prior to their two wins last weekend, the Hilltoppers lost to the Cibola Cougars, their only loss to date.
    Los Alamos will be off until after the new year. Only a handful of games are scheduled for this weekend, all of them in Texas. Amarillo will play Odessa Saturday and the La Cueva Bears, the only New Mexico team involved, will play both of those teams in Amarillo.
    The Hiltoppers are second in overall team standings following the two wins.
    They trail only the undefeated Franklin (Texas) Cougars, who are idle this weekend as well.
    Odessa’s Permian Basin is third in the league standings at 6-3.

  • Hipwoods honored with proclamation at meeting

    Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood have their day today in Los Alamos County.
    The Hipwoods, two of the most successful coaches in the history of New Mexico prep sports, were given a proclamation Tuesday night at the Los Alamos County Council meeting. Councilor David Izraelevitz awarded the proclamation, which announced that today was “Rob and Kathy Hipwood Day” in the county.
    The proclamation recognized the duo as being named the top coaches in the country earlier this year. In June, the Hipwoods earned the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Coaches of the Year honor in the sport of cross country.
    Los Alamos’ girls program, as it often has, followed that honor up for the Hipwoods by winning the 2014 state championship in Class 5A.
    It was the sixth consecutive team title for the Hilltopper girls and the 12th girls team title under the Hipwoods’ tutelage.
    As an added bonus, Los Alamos’ boys earned their third consecutive title last month as well.

  • Kids buy Christmas gifts for friends and family

    The annual Children’s Bazaar was held at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during the Winterfest celebration on Dec. 6.
    Children had the opportunity to shop for gifts for family and friends, while parents relaxed and enjoyed refreshments. Gifts were wrapped free of charge.
    Donations were collected at the church days before the event. Proceeds went to support youth choir members to attend choir camp and support medical clinics through the Episcopal Relief and Development. To read the thank you letter to the community, see page the opinion page. Courtesy