Today's News

  • Big wreck at end of Daytona race

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Only six of 43 cars made it unscathed to the finish line of the Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.

    James Buescher was not driving one of those clean cars.

    Still, he managed to dodge and weave his way through an 11-car accident on the last lap of Saturday's race, stealing the victory and setting the stage for what's expected to be a wild Daytona 500.

    Buescher joined unknown John King, winner of Friday night's Truck Series opener, as surprise winners this weekend at Daytona. Both came from nowhere to win crash-marred races. Elliott Sadler, runner-up to Buescher on Saturday, said Sunday's race will be much of the same.

  • Sports Update 02-26-12

    LALL registration is open

    Registration for the 2012 Los Alamos Little League baseball and softball seasons is now open.
    LALL registration will be open through March 30. Youth ages 4-16 who live within LALL’s boundaries are eligible to play.
    For more information or to register, go to www.eteamz.com/lall-baseball.

    Ice rink closes for year

    Los Alamos County announced last week that, due to deteriorating conditions, the ice rink is now closed.
    The tentative opening for 2012 is in November.
    For more information, call 662-8173.

    Run for Her Life returns March 18

  • On Schedule 02-26-12


    Softball: Los Alamos at Belen, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Baseball: Los Alamos at Los Lunas, varsity, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.


    Softball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Boys basketball: LAMS 8th Grade Invite, TBA.


    Track and field: Los Alamos at Chili Quad, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Baseball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, varsity, JV, 3 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, varsity, TBA.

    Boys basketball: LAMS 8th Grade Invite, TBA.


  • Basketball brackets due out this afternoon

    This afternoon, the New Mexico Activities Association will release its 2011-2012 state boys and girls basketball brackets.
    The NMAA’s seeding and selection committee will meet today and will release its selections on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org, at 5 p.m.
    The playoffs are scheduled to begin with girls first round contests Friday night and boys first round contests Saturday.
    Both Los Alamos teams are on the bubble for getting into the playoffs. The Hilltopper boys finished third in the final District 2-4A standing, while the Hilltopper girls were third during the 2-4A regular season and finished fourth in the district tournament.

  • Former LA pitcher to throw for Santa Fe

    A former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout pitcher is taking the first step toward what he’s hoping is a career in pro baseball.
    Scott Berkebile, a 2010 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has made it onto the roster of the Santa Fe Fuego, an expansion team in the Pecos League.
    During his prep career, Berkebile was one of the most effective closers in 4A. Following his prep career, he tried out for the University of New Mexico baseball team, earning a spot, but left school before playing with the team.
    Following that, Berkebile went to Phoenix hoping to further his baseball career when he heard about the Fuego’s tryout. Berkebile clocked 93 miles per hour on the radar gun during his tryout, which immediately cemented him a spot on the squad.

  • ´Toppers open season with tough test

    Say one thing about the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team: it’s not easing into the season.
    Limping into the season? Most definitely.
    The Hilltoppers opened their 2012 campaign Saturday at with a doubleheader against Piedra Vista, the two-time defending state champion, which is rumored to have perhaps the best team it has ever had this year. Immediately in Los Alamos’ future is Los Lunas, a potential top-five team, before it opens its home season March 3 against Moriarty.
    “I love it for us,” Los Alamos veteran manager Mike Gill said. “We may take our lumps, but it helps us get ready for district.”

  • Lab needs to be protected

    This week, New Mexico received news that, due to budget cuts, the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is moving forward with a voluntary separation program that seeks to reduce the workforce of the lab by up to 800 employees.
    For nearly 70 years, Los Alamos National Laboratory has contributed to the safety and security of the United States.  Its economic footprint in New Mexico has been significant, contributing in terms of dollars and jobs, both direct and indirect.  LANL contributes more than $2 billion to New Mexico’s economy and its impact can be felt throughout the state and the many local businesses the lab works with.  The vitality of the lab is critical to the economy of our region and news of job cuts at LANL is of great concern.

  • Alexander and work comp reform

    Ben Alexander was still going strong the last time I saw him, about 10 years ago, when he sat on a panel for a retrospective on the New Mexico workers’ compensation reform of 1990.  He had been an indispensable member of the task force that labored for months hammering out a compromise to save the state’s economy.
    Alexander died in January at age 91. He is remembered for his political activism, chairmanship of numerous boards, philanthropic activity, and for always being willing to travel from his home town of Hobbs to wherever he was needed.   

  • Andrew and Mousie 02-26-12
  • Youth Activity Center schedule 02-26-12

    Monday — Shuffle board tournament
    Tuesday — Fuse beads
    Wednesday — Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Decorate the board (open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    Friday — Pool tourney (open 8 a.m.-6 p.m.)
    All students in third through eighth grades are welcome to join free of charge.
    The centers are at 475 20th St. (by Ashley Pond) and 10 Sherwood Blvd. (by Piñon Park). Call 662-9412 or 672-1565 or more information.