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Today's News

  • Los Alamos recognized as certified wildlife habitat

    Those who attended the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Earth Day Festival Saturday learned that this year’s festival was a little bit more special than most.
    The festival kicked off with an announcement that Los Alamos was the first county in New Mexico to become a certified wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
    NWF representative Luisa Grant came from NWF’s Washington, D.C. headquarters to present to the community a special sign that will be prominently posted somewhere in the community.
    At the event, Grant credited PEEC volunteer Selvi Viswanathan the Los Alamos Habitat Committee and the county for its efforts to obtain the certification.
    “It took Selvi, the habitat team, but it also took more than that,” Grant said. “It took the entire community...all of you have helped the community achieve this great recognition.”
    PEEC volunteer and founding board member Michele Altherr got things started by also acknowledging that April also marked the first year of the center’s new location.
    “It just demonstrates how many things people can get done when they want to,” Altherr said, adding that they are thankful to be in a region that has much diversity.

  • 15th Street Road Closure Friday and Saturday

    Los Alamos, NM – There will be a road closure on 15th Street between Myrtle & Iris on April 29th and 30th from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. J.B. Henderson Construction will be closing off this section of road so that a rooftop air conditioning and heating unit may be replaced at 125 Central Park Square. Traffic will be detoured onto 9th Street through Myrtle Street. Contact the Traffic & Streets Division at 662-8113 or lacpw@lacnm.us with any questions or concerns.

  • LANL projects rosy job numbers

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan assured local leaders in Santa Fe Tuesday that the lab is going to continue to be a strong community and regional partner.
    LANL is facing a period of relative uncertainty as Los Alamos National Security’s contract to manage the lab goes out to bid sometime after 2017. The National Nuclear Safety Administration put Congress on notice that LANS’ current contract will not be renewed and will be put out to bid after 2017.
    LANS LLC failed to get another renewal due to performance issues, even though the lab’s performance for 2015 was better than its performance in 2014.  
    “A very clear priority for us is assuring that the laboratory is as strong as it possibly can be through the contract transition,” McMillan said at Tuesday’s breakfast meeting. “Not just up to the transition, but through the transition. So, we’re looking to make decisions today about long-term strengths for the laboratory.”
    One of those long-term strengths will be through employee attrition, as LANL prepares to replace the next wave of employees that are set to retire.

  • Stolen PEEC trail posts found

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s new trail exploration program has already delivered plenty of adventure for the staff after the mysterious theft of two of its posts.
    Nature Center employees were upset to find that someone had pulled out the wooden posts that marked two of the 16 trails included in the program for Passport to the Pajarito Plateau. Hundreds of children and adults have the passports and crayons to make “rubbings” at the post and return them for prizes at the center.
    “We were really upset that people could be so mean spirited,” said PEEC Executive Director Katie Watson.
    Employees discovered the posts missing at Acid Canyon Loop and Bridges Loop trails Sunday, said Marketing Manager Sandra West.
    Staff searched the area Sunday and Monday, and figured the posts would not be far from their original locations because of their size and weight, West said.
    Tuesday morning, Watson decided to take her morning run around the Acid Canyon Loop trail area. She located the post not far from where it went missing.
    “I decided to look one last place and there it was,” Watson said.
    Whoever removed the posts apparently took time to cover their tracks.
    “Interesting thing is, with both of them, the original holes were covered up,” West said.

  • Search resumes for missing treasure hunter

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Authorities on Wednesday resumed the search for a Colorado man who disappeared more than three months ago while hunting for a $2 million cache of gold, jewels and artifacts in a rugged part of New Mexico.

    Officials at Bandelier National Monument confirmed that a search-and-rescue mission was underway in an area of the monument off-limits to the public.

    Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott declined to provide details but said authorities are encouraging people to stay out of the area, which covers steep slopes and a mass of loose rocks.

    "It's rugged country and it takes a pretty high level of expertise to work in that area," he said. "We're actively pursuing the search and rescue and just ask that others don't try to engage in this."

    The search was triggered by the discovery of a backpack last weekend. Authorities wouldn't say whether it belonged to Randy Bilyeu of Broomfield, Colorado, who disappeared in early January after he set out to raft a portion of the Rio Grande northwest of Santa Fe.

    Bilyeu's dog and raft were found along the river, but authorities called off the search in mid-January when the trail went cold.

  • Voter registration for primary closes May 10

    Those wanting to vote in New Mexico’s primary election must register as either a Democrat or a Republican by 5 p.m. May 10.
    New Mexico has a closed primary, meaning that only those registered with one of the two major parties can vote in the primaries.
    Those not registered or who wish to change or add a party affiliation can pick up a voter registration form at the Los Alamos County Clerk’s office, the Motor Vehicles Department or either library.
    The New Mexico Secretary of State also provides online voter registration to eligible New Mexico citizens. Those with a state-issued I.D. can update their existing registration or register for the first time at sos.state.nm.us.
    The timeline for the upcoming primary is as follows:
    May 10−May 20: Absentee and early voting begins.
    May 10 is the first day absentee ballots can be mailed to the clerk’s office. Those wishing to have an absentee ballot mailed to them must complete an absentee application. Download the application at losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/Elections.aspx or call 662-8010. June 3 is the deadline for mailing absentee ballots.
    In person early voting is from 8 a.m.−5 p.m. Monday−Friday in council chambers at the Municipal Building.
    • May 21: Early voting expands.

  • LA goes 1-1 against top teams

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team played two of the top teams in the league last week.
    Saturday, Los Alamos hosted Sandia at Sullivan Field. Sandia beat Los Alamos earlier in the season, but Los Alamos won the re-match, 12-7, to give Sandia just its second loss of the season.
    Monday, Los Alamos was unable to do the same thing against Santa Fe Prep. The Griffins beat Los Alamos, 16-7, to sweep the season series.
    Los Alamos is now 7-5 overall and in fourth place. The top four teams will make it to the state playoffs.
     

  • Hilltoppers complete season sweep of Española Valley

    The Los Alamos baseball team stayed undefeated in District 2-5A with a pair of wins against Española Valley Saturday.
    The ’Toppers beat the Sundevils, 6-0 and 2-1, to improve to 9-0 in the district and 16-7 overall.
    Española, meanwhile, slipped to 5-14, 2-17 2-5A.
    While Los Alamos never trailed in the first game, the second game wasn’t decided until the seventh inning.
    Two errors helped Española take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
    The ’Toppers then came back and tied the contest in the third. With two outs, Connor Mang singled and stole second base. Jarrett Genero walked in the two-hole, then Lane Saunders stepped up to the plate and hit an RBI single to bring Mang home.
    Mang got into scoring position again in the fifth inning, but was stranded at second.
    With the score still tied 1-1 in the seventh, Los Alamos was able to manufacture the winning run.
    Jake Rutten walked to start the inning.
    Travis Gonzales then laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Rutten into scoring position. Vincent Marchiano walked and then, after a fly out, Genero walked to load the bases.

  • Several ’Toppers qualify for state at stacked meet

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams competed against arguably the toughest field of teams they’ll face this season at Albuquerque Academy’s Richard Harper Invitational.
    “It was one of the most competitive meets which we have ever entered and the girls did very well,” Los Alamos girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    The girls finished eighth out of 18 teams, but were second among Class 5A teams. Cleveland finished first with 124 points, followed by Piedra Vista (48), Volcano Vista (37.5), La Cueva (37), Eldorado (36), Rio Rancho (26), Santa Fe (26), Los Alamos (25), Belen (16), Sandia (14), Albuquerque Academy (11.5), Valencia (11), Valley (8), Los Lunas (5), Manzano (5), Cibola (4), Albuquerque (3), Atrisco Heritage (3), West Mesa (0), Rio Grande (0), Capital (0) and Grants (0).
    The Hilltopper boys tied with Piedra Vista for 11th, finishing tied for second among Class 5A schools behind Academy.
    Volcano Vista won the boys’ crown with 83 points, followed by Cleveland (75.5), Eldorado (49), Academy (48), Rio Rancho (40), Albuquerque (30), La Cueva (22), Sandia (17.5), Atrisco Heritage (16), Cibola (15), Los Alamos (14), Piedra Vista (14), Capital (8), Manzano (8), Grants (6), Valley (5), Sandia Prep (2) and Santa Fe (1).

  • Extra innings needed to decide softball series

    ESPAÑOLA — Entering the top of the eighth inning of game two of Saturday’s doubleheader, the Los Alamos softball team and Española Valley were tied 16-16.
    The Sundevils won the first meeting between the teams earlier in the season, 9-6, but Los Alamos rallied to win first game of the doubleheader, 11-10, to even the series.
    Now, the rubber match to decide second place in District 2-5A needed an extra inning.
    Just an inning earlier, however, it looked like Los Alamos would easily lock up the game. The ’Toppers led 16-11 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
    No lead, however, proved to be safe Saturday.
    In the second game of the doubleheader, Los Alamos jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Española fought back to tie it, 8-8, and later took a 9-8 lead in the fifth.
    Los Alamos responded with four runs in the sixth and three more in the top of the seventh to pull back ahead.
    Down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh, the Sundevils scored four runs, including a game-tying two-RBI triple, to send it into extra innings.
    After scoring 27 runs already in the day, Los Alamos still had some pop in its bats.