Today's News

  • We don't have all the answers

    Welcome to the first day of spring and a look at assets 28 and 29, integrity and honesty.
    Do you know young people that stand up for their convictions/beliefs and tell the truth even when it is not easy?
    Do you?
    My answer to that would have to be, sometimes.
    I don’t have a problem telling the truth, but what does one do when the person not telling the truth has a position of power over you?
    It may or may not be in a work setting, it may or may not be in an organizational or cultural setting, but what does one do when the person not telling the truth or doing wrong is an adult?
    I would tell my children, I don’t know what to do.

  • Police Beat 03-20-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    March 8

    12:45 p.m. — Benjamin Baca, 38, Los Alamos, was arrested on a Los Alamos Magistrate Court bench warrant.
    2:29 p.m. — An unidentified person reported that they had been robbed at a value of more than $500 and less than $2,500 at the 600 block of Crossroads.
    8:00 p.m. —A Smith’s Food and Drug Center caller reported a shoplifter. Matthew Courtney, 21, Los Alamos was arrested on the charge.
    11:30 p.m. — Isaias Villalobos Marquez, 23, Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member.
    March 9

  • Update 03-20-12


    The fifth and sixth graders at Barranca Elementary will hold a fundraiser garage sale for Briana Engleman from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Pueblo Complex Gym.

    Council meeting

    County Council will hold a regular session at 6 p.m. today in Council Chambers.

    March on Hunger

    Assets In Action is collecting food for the March on Hunger for local food banks. Those wishing to make donations can leave them at either senior center location, KRSN AM 1490, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce or Chamisa Elementary now through the end of the month.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Report shows decline in state graduation rates

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The number of high schools with chronically low graduation rates has fallen in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a study released Monday by a group of education organizations.
    The two states have also increased the percentage of fourth- and eighth-grade students who can read proficiently. And more students in both states are taking advanced placement tests than several years ago.
    However, the report shows Arizona, New Mexico and other western states are lagging behind when it comes to improving their graduation rates. In fact, the report puts Arizona and New Mexico in a group of 10 states that had lower rates in 2009 than they did seven years earlier.

  • LA man sees ongoing problem in Ukraine

    Finding a toilet may be taken for granted stateside, but a young man from Los Alamos is making building a septic tank-based bathroom for a school in Ukraine his goal.
    Jeffery Ball, 22, has been with the Peace Corps in Ukraine since last spring and now he’s seeking funding to help build a much-needed septic tank for a bathroom at a school there.
    The school is split into two, located on a large parcel of land; one for younger children and the other for older ones.
    Ball has been teaching English, HIV education and youth development classes at the school located in Vilkovo and decided to undertake the project to replace the existing pit toilet – essentially an outhouse with a hole in the ground — with one connected to a septic system.

  • Empty Bowls fill Self Help's coffers

    The 18th annual Empty Bowl Fundraiser drew nearly 700 people to the Betty Ehart Senior Center and raised approximately $13,000 for Self Help, Inc., a nonprofit providing consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to residents of Los Alamos, northern Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.
    From start to finish, the fundraiser was a community event. Volunteers organized the event. Community groups gathered to paint bowls and local musicians provided free entertainment.

  • Redistricting stretches lawmakers

    Redistricting is over. A tense special legislative session, followed by lawsuits, followed by disagreement between the Supreme Court and the judge appointed to sort it all out confirms that nobody will be entirely happy with the new districts.
    As Sen. Bill Payne said at one point, “Every plan we get down here, we’ll think somebody’s thumb was on the scale.”
    The 2000 redistricting was also far from perfect. Then Senate President Pro Tem Richard Romero, a Democrat, cut a deal with Republicans to protect incumbents, said Sen. Dede Feldman, D-Albuquerque. So the 2000 redistricting didn’t adequately reflect growth and change in the state.

  • ´Topper boys, girls win big Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams earned healthy wins at Saturday’s Bernalillo Invitational.
    The Hilltopper boys scored 155.5 team points, nearly three times the total of their nearest competitor, Santa Fe, to win Saturday’s team competition, while the Hilltopper girls scored 145.75 points with only Hope Christian finishing within 100 points of their total.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, Chase Ealey got back to form with a win and a state qualifying time in the 100 meters. Ealey won three events for the Hilltoppers.
    Also earning qualifying marks were Amy Neal, who made the cut in both the 100 meters and 400 meters, while Teresa Sandoval qualified in the 3,200 meters and Laura Wendelberger in the 300 hurdles.

  • Manning, Broncos reach a big deal

    DENVER (AP) — The big deal is done. Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.
    A person familiar with negotiations says that Manning and the Broncos completed his five-year contract worth about $96 million on Tuesday morning.
    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Manning is to be introduced at a news conference at Broncos headquarters later.
    The agreement ends a wild chase for perhaps the most valued free agent in the history of the NFL, a quarterback who has won an unprecedented four league MVP awards and took the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007.

  • Flooding feared after storms sock south-central US

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Residents and businesses from southeast Texas north through western Missouri braced for flooding Tuesday after a violent band of storms brought heavy rain, hail and at least one tornado, with more of the same forecast for the next several days.

    The National Weather Service said a tornado touched down Monday evening about 25 miles southwest of San Antonio. The twister damaged several homes, trapping some people inside their mobile homes, but no fatalities were reported, according to The San Antonio Express-News.