Today's News

  • LA boys fall to Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team fell for the second time of the season against its archrivals, the Española Valley Sundevils, Saturday night.
    The Hilltoppers (2-22) couldn’t do much to slow down the potent Sundevil offense Saturday, falling in that game 71-48.
    Officially, with that loss, the Hilltoppers will now be the No. 5 and final seed for the upcoming District 2-5A tournament. The Hilltoppers will be on the road through the duration of the their stay in the tournament.
    Española Valley, meanwhile, has won 5 straight district games after an opening night loss. The Sundevils (18-6 overall) have the inside track to the regular season 2-5A championship.
    Los Alamos will host Bernalillo this evening. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

  • Stoudemire may be heading to Dallas

    DALLAS (AP) — Amare Stoudemire asked out of his contract with the New York Knicks because he wants to make a run at a championship.
    The veteran forward has apparently decided Dallas is the place to spend the rest of this season chasing his first title.
    A person with direct knowledge of the talks said Monday night that Stoudemire has agreed to sign with the Mavericks after taking a buyout from the Knicks.
    He can’t make his verbal commitment official until he clears waivers Wednesday.
    The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn’t official, told The Associated Press that Stoudemire could be available when Dallas returns from the All-Star break Thursday at Oklahoma City.
    The 32-year-old Stoudemire was waived Monday after requesting the Knicks buy out the remainder of his contract that was set to expire after this season. He’s likely to clear waivers.
    “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to contribute positively on the court and in the community,” Stoudemire said. “Although I leave the Knicks with a heavy heart, I wish the organization the best of luck. Once a Knick always a Knick.”
    Dallas has needed frontcourt help since trading Brandan Wright in a deal that brought point guard Rajon Rondo from Boston.

  • Lobos reeling as they face Aztecs

    A game at WisePies Arena might be exactly what the University of New Mexico Lobos need and that bill will be filled by the San Diego State Aztecs today.
    The Aztecs are a team that will bring the ornery out of The Pit, which will be sold out for the game. And Coach Craig Neal’s Lobos probably could use the friendly confines of WisePies Arena to help them, as Neal said, “get over the hump.”
    The Lobos held a 14-point lead over Nevada with 8:17 to play Saturday in Reno, but allowed the Wolfpack to force a tie in regulation and then pull out a 66-63 win in overtime.
    It was the Lobos’ fourth consecutive loss as they continue to slide down the Mountain West standings. UNM is now 14-11 overall and 6-7 in league play.
    “I just thought they (the Wolfpack) became real aggressive,” said Neal explaining Nevada’s rally. “They continued to drive our zone, and we didn’t get in front of them.  We didn’t have as much pop in our step defensively as we did in the first half. We have to figure it out. It’s very frustrating.”
    The Lobos got a bucket inside from J.J. N’Ganga with 11:55 to play, which pushed UNM’s lead to 45-31. UNM also led 52-38 with 8:17 to go and the Lobos were not in bad shape up 56-48 with 4:09 to play.

  • Saunders wins 2-5A title, 10 other 'Toppers qualify

    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers finished with a lone District 2-5A champion at Saturday’s qualifying tournament.
    Los Alamos hosted the qualifying event at Griffith Gymnasium. The top three finishers in each weight class will now advance to the state tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday in Rio Rancho.
    The only district title winner for the Hilltoppers was Lane Saunders at 182 pounds. Saunders finished off a spectacular regular season, going 31-1 individually, and could well be the favorite in that weight class to take home a second consecutive state championship.
    He finished ahead of Manuel Carrillo of Capital, an eighth grader.
    The seeding committee will meet prior to Friday’s first round. Saunders appears to be well in line for a No. 1 seed this season with Israel Villa of Goddard the only other 182-pounder in the state that seems to have much of a shot of beating him out for the coveted spot.
    Along with Saunders’ 2-5A title, Los Alamos also picked up seven runner-up finishes and three third-place finishes to give the team a grand total of 11 entries for the 5A championship.

  • Immigiration measures get a challenge in court from Texas

    HOUSTON (AP) — The White House promised an appeal Tuesday after a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration and gave a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit aiming to permanently stop the orders.
    U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision late Monday puts on hold Obama’s orders that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.
    Hanen wrote in a memorandum accompanying his order that the lawsuit should go forward. Without a preliminary injunction, he said, the states would “suffer irreparable harm in this case.”
    “The genie would be impossible to put back into the bottle,” he wrote, adding that he agreed that legalizing the presence of millions of people is a “virtually irreversible” action.
    In a statement today, the White House defended the executive orders as within the president’s legal authority, saying the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress have said federal officials can establish priorities in enforcing immigration laws. The White House said the U.S. Department of Justice will file an appeal, which will be heard in New Orleans.

  • Update 2-17-15

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is today. The meeting will be at 7 p.m.

    Prom meeting

    Los Alamos Public Schools wll host a pair of informative sessions will be held to answer questions parents and students may have about the prom, which will be at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. The first meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today. It will be held at the Buffalo Thunder hotel lobby.

    Science on Tap

    The next Science on Tap wlll be 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Unquarked Wine Room. Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at LANL, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at the Municipal Bulding at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.


    Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse will have sign-ups Wednesday night. The registration session will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Boys and girls 9 and up may particpate in the league.

  • Intersection Crash

    A two-car crash occurred this morning at the stoplight at the intersection of N.M. 4 and the Truck Route at approximately 8:40, after the morning rush to Los Aalmos National Laboratory. A firefighter was on the scene to check vehicle occupants shortly after the crash. Both vehicles sustained damage to their front ends and at least one airbag deployed.

  • Carter is new chief of Defense

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ash Carter, sworn in Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s fourth secretary of defense, pledged to offer his most candid strategic advice and carefully consider decisions about sending troops into harm’s way.
    Vice President Joe Biden issued the oath of office from the White House, on a Bible held by Carter’s wife, while most of the federal government was closed because of snow. Biden said Carter faces “many tough missions,” ranging from battling Islamic State militants and strengthening the NATO alliance, to technological advancements.
    “This is the guy that fits the job,” Biden said, calling Carter a “profoundly capable manager.”
    Obama’s newest Cabinet member responded that he was taking office with three commitments. Carter pledged to help Obama make the best possible decisions about U.S. and global security; to protect the dignity, safety and well-being of service members, and to build a force for the future that embraces change.
    With lawmakers debating Pentagon funding levels, Carter said he was committed to “not only securing the resources we need but to make sure we make the best use of the taxpayer’s dollar.”

  • Delegates visit to celebrate MPNHP

    Former Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan addressed a standing room only crowd during a celebration for the newly created Manhattan Project National Historic Park at Mesa Public Library on Saturday.
    Heather McClenahan, who is executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society and served as the county’s point person during efforts to enact the legislation, was the emcee for Saturday’s event.
    McClenahan described the 11th hour push for passage after learning that the bill was dead,
    “Our partners got on the phone, hit the halls in D.C. We called, we emailed, we probably whined a little bit,” McClenahan said.
    Bingaman first introduced the bill in 2004. He credited local community’s efforts in keeping the bill alive.
    “Washington has a thousand things happening any day of the week, and the things that get attention are the things that people care about, and this community cared about this,” Bingaman said.
    Bingaman also acknowledged the current congressional delegation’s success.

  • R-T-W Legislation has consequences for working families

    As the national economy shows signs of real improvement, New Mexico’s recovery has been challenging and slow.
    Working families want to know when we will see more jobs, higher salaries and access to quality education at every level. The state legislature has an opportunity to put New Mexico in a position to provide that economic security and rebuild the middle class.
    Unfortunately, the first bill to gain traction at the Roundhouse is a divisive plan backed by out-of-state political operatives designed to divide working families. The so-called Right-to-Work plan championed by special interests would do more harm than good.
    Consider these consequences:
    • In states with similar anti-worker laws, workers earn, on average, $5,000 less each year than their counterparts in competing states.
    • Six in 10 states with the highest unemployment rates have these anti-worker laws.
    • Twelve of the 14 states with the worst pay gap between men and women are anti-worker states.
    • Workers in states with these anti-worker laws earn fewer benefits.
    • Worker safety suffers in these anti-worker states where the rate of deaths on the job is 54.4 percent higher.