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Today's News

  • Ski area nearing threshold

    Snowboarders head down  a trail at Pajarito Mountain during a recent ski season. Pajarito announced that it received between 5-6 inches of new snow out of Wednesday’s storm. Currently, the ski area is reporting a base of 17 inches of variable conditions, which is close to what it needs to open for the upcoming Winter Break.

  • Topes Notes 12-20-12

    Ely dealt to Astros for Rasmussen

    The Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A farm team of the Los Angeles Dodgers, announced Wednesday that the Dodgers traded pitcher John Ely to the Houston Astros.
    Ely, who was named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year for 2012, was 14-7 with the Isotopes last year and finished with a ERA of 3.20.
    He was traded to the Astros for left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen. Rasmussen was in the Astros’ farm system.
    Ely, who is 26, was acquired by the Dodgers in 2009 in a trade with the Chicago White Sox. He is 4-13 in the Major Leagues in 25 appearances and has a big league ERA of 5.70.
    Rasmussen, 23, is a native of Southern California. The Dodgers actually drafted him out of high school, but Rasmussen elected to play ball at UCLA.
    Rasmussen was drafted again in 2010 by the Marlins organization, then traded to Houston in July as part of the deal that sent Carlos Lee to Miami.
    In three minor league seasons, Rasmussen is 20-21 with a 3.88 ERA. He went 4-4 at Double-A Corpus Christi last year.

    Stubbs is team’s new hitting coach

  • Undefeated 'Toppers will host the Cougars

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team remains undefeated heading into this weekend, but has one big game remaining before the holiday break.
    Los Alamos, the only undefeated team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League Standings, will play a team with just one loss, the Cibola Cougars, Friday night. The Hilltoppers and Cougars will face off at the county’s ice rink starting at 8:30 p.m.
    The two teams were scheduled to play last weekend, but the snowstorm in the area postponed the game until this weekend.
    Heading into the contest, Los Alamos stands at 6-0 while Cibola is 9-1.  The winner of Friday’s game will be the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Taos mid-season tournament next month.
    In its most recent two games, Los Alamos topped St. Pius X 4-2 at home Dec. 9 then blew out Santa Fe on the road 9-1 Dec. 15.
    On the season, Los Alamos has scored 39 goals and allowed 10. Goaltender Zealand Walterscheid has allowed just four goals in 150 minutes and has been credited with 43 saves.
    Los Alamos’ defense could be tested against Cibola, however. The Cougars feature the top three scorers in the state, headed by Zach Prigge. Prigge has picked up 20 goals and 14 assists in 8 games, while teammate Graeme Chiasson has 15 goals in 7 games.

  • Power outage Wednesday night impacts portions of North Mesa

    A power outage left scores of residents in the dark and shivering on one of the coldest nights of the season so far in the North Mesa area Wednesday night.

    The outage began around 6:30 p.m. in the neighborhoods in and around Del Norte and eastward to Tsikimu Village. According to Internet postings by Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities officials, the rest of North Mesa was unaffected.

    DPU crews apparently encountered difficulties in isolating the problem which took hours to resolve.

    "North Mesa power outage between Del Norte and Tsikimu Village persists as DPU's electric linemen continue patrolling and testing for underground line faults in the near 0 degree darkness," a Facebook posting noted about 10 p.m.

    A subsequent posting shortly after midnight indicated that power had been restored to all customers and that permanent repairs would be undertaken Thursday.

    However, one North Mesa resident said that the power restoration around midnight was only momentary and that electricity did not come back on at his home until about 2 a.m.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday


    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Thursday:

    1. WHO'S REGULATING STEROID USE IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL

    An AP investigation finds more than 4,700 players packed on rapid weight in a season without drawing much attention from schools or the NCAA.

    2. HOW ONE TEXAS TOWN KEEPS SCHOOLS SAFE

    Teachers are allowed to carry concealed guns in public schools in Harrold, where the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away.

    3. FALLOUT FROM THE BENGHAZI INVESTIGATION

    Four State Department officials resign under pressure after a damning report blaming higher-ups for lax security.

    4. OBAMA GUN CONTROL IN 2013

  • Today in History for December 20th
  • 2013 Lights Arrive in Times Square

    The numerals that will light up Times Square on New Years Eve and usher in 2013 were delivered on Wednesday. All four of the 2013 numbers are illuminated with 529 low-wattage LED bulbs.

  • Holsapple to step down

    Kevin Holsapple has made the decision to step down as executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation/Chamber of Commerce.

    Holsapple notified chamber staff of his decision this afternoon.

    Holsapple, who has been the executive director for the past 15 years, plans to relinquish the helm in April.

    “I am looking to step back and get down to a lesser-than-full-time activity so I can get some other projects done,” Holsapple said. “I turned 55 this year and I am looking to shift gears a bit. This is the last phase of work life.

    “I am going to continue to work, but just on a part-time basis. I have not resigned or quit or anything like that. I am just drawing back on the amount of time and effort I put into this job.”

    The LACDC Executive Committee has begun preparing a search for Holsapple’s replacement.

    A memo from the executive committee to the full board last week stated, “Kevin has made the decision to pursue other career ambitions with his wife while they are still young enough to do so. While we value his service to the chamber and the community, we understand and respect his decision.”

  • Be There 12-19-12


    Thursday
    The holiday Farmers Market will be at Fuller Lodge.
    Friday
     Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.
    Saturday
    The Los Alamos Little Theatre hosts “The Truth About Santa,” (PG-13) a melodrama about troubles at the North Pole, performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.
    Dec. 24
    There will be a living nativity staged in the United Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Greet the holy family, the shepards and kings and pet the stable animals. There will also be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. with the Christmas choir and communion will be served.
    Dec. 27

  • YAC gets donations

    The Youth Activity Center recently acquired a new air hockey table and a new popcorn machine. The air hockey table was donated to the Los Alamos Youth Activity Center by James and Darlene Potter for Marie Koss Potter Warsaw, in memory of her grandson Gregory James Potter.
    James and Darlene also donated a new popcorn machine in memory of their son Gregory James Potter. Greg worked at the Youth Activity Center prior to his passing in 2003.