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Today's News

  • Photography on display

    Levane  (foreground) and Chris Goody (background) were two of dozens of guests who attended the Los Alamos Photography Club’s 17th Annual Show at the Mesa Public Library Monday. The public is invited to view the photos and cast their vote for “Best in Show.” The exhibit ends March 30.

  • Oxygen detected in atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Dione

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists and an international research team have announced discovery of molecular oxygen ions (O2+) in the upper-most atmosphere of Dione, one of the 62 known moons orbiting the ringed planet.

    The research appeared recently in Geophysical Research Letters and was made possible via instruments aboard NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, which was launched in 1997.

    Dione—discovered in 1684 by astronomer Giovanni Cassini (after whom the spacecraft was named)—orbits Saturn at roughly the same distance as our own moon orbits Earth.

    The tiny moon is a mere 700 miles wide and appears to be a thick, pockmarked layer of water ice surrounding a smaller rock core.

  • CRC goes over logrolling language

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) met Monday night and the only item on the agenda was a question recently posed to them by the County Attorney’s office regarding logrolling and elections.
    County spokesperson Julie Habiger said those in attendance and in the committee debated some of the language. The committee then sent some of that language back to a subcommittee for “further wordsmithing,” Habiger said.

  • School board mulls high school bus loop

    The Los Alamos Board of Education will meet in a special session at 5:30 p.m. today in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School. The only item on the agenda is the high school bus loop.

    The public is invited to attend the meeting and comment on plans for a new bus loop at LAHS. The Board will use this opportunity to inform the public on the latest proposal to construct a bus loop at the high school.

    Pros and cons of two different proposals — one of which is a new access off Diamond Drive and the other involves a reconfiguration of the Smith lot.

  • Been towed? Better get a lift

    Los Alamos residents who have had their vehicles towed may find themselves needing a ride down to Pojoaque or Española to retrieve them.

    That’s because the Los Alamos County Police Department’s wrecker service policy allows for wrecker companies outside of the county to respond to department calls, but the policy fails to require in-county storage lots.

    Three of the five wrecker companies on the department’s wrecker service rotation schedule, which allows companies to “take turns” responding to calls, are located outside the county.

    Mino’s 24 Hour Wrecker Service and Ace’s Towing are located in Pojoaque while Total Secure Towing Service is located in Española.

  • Sadness can turn to depression

    As the warmth of Christmas becomes a much too distant memory, and the thaw of Spring hasn’t poked out from the bushes yet, its often a time when a heavy shouldered sadness rears its ugly head.
    For sun lovers like me, a grey blanket of cloud can really get me down. Whether it’s the glow of the sun on the landscape, the warming rays on my face, or fake sun emanating from a light box, there’s nothing like brightness to lift the spirits. So, when I’m deprived of it for weeks on end, I’m one of the first people to get S.A.D., or seasonally affective disorder.

  • Tax system is an absolute mess

    Legislators are generous in passing tax incentives to bring new companies and jobs to the state. And that’s the problem. They have to be.
    “If you’re in business in New Mexico and you’re paying taxes, come to the Legislature and get a tax credit,” said Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, during a debate on one particular credit. “Pretty soon nobody will be paying taxes.”
    Said Sen. Steve Neville, R-Aztec, “If we don’t offer the tax credit, pretty soon we’ll have no businesses.”
    Pass another credit, problem solved. But not really.

  • Basketball playoffs continue at The Pit

    Out of seven teams from District 2 that made it into the boys and girls state basketball playoffs, only one was left standing following this weekend.

    The Class 4A state girls basketball tournament resumed this morning at The Pit in Albuquerque, while boys basketball tournament continues Wednesday with the quarterfinal round, also at The Pit.

  • Weiss, LA hitters come up big Monday

    JACONA — Big production in the third and fifth innings led to a big win for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team over its next door neighbor Monday afternoon.
    Los Alamos pounded out nine of its 10 hits over a three-inning stretch, while starting pitcher JD Weiss threw a superb game as the Hilltoppers thumped the Pojoaque Elks 9-1 at Jacona Field.
    Los Alamos scored four times in the fifth to blow open Monday’s ballgame, stringing together four straight hits including a triple by catcher Zeke Zumbro and a double by left fielder Kyle Parks to start the rally.

  • LA track has strong opener at Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team picked up a big win and the Los Alamos boys track and field team earned a third-place finish at Saturday’s Chili Quad meet in Rio Rancho.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished with 102 points to win its season opener, while Los Alamos’ boys finished with 54 points in the four-team meet. Host Rio Rancho picked up 101 points to earn the victory.
    The Hilltopper girls grabbed seven event wins. Los Alamos’ boys earned wins in the javelin, 200 meters and 1600 meters.