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Today's News

  • LA takes sixth place at Pecos tournament

    This week, the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team was issued a challenge and it responded.
    Los Alamos, coming off a lackluster performance a week ago, wanted to find its groove again and seemed to do so after two back-to-back solid efforts.
    Saturday, taking with them mostly their less-experienced grapplers, the Hilltoppers picked up a sixth-place finish at the Pecos Invitational tournament.
    Along the way the Hilltoppers came away with five medals, including a first-place finish by Peter Brewer.
    Brewer took top honors at 195 pounds Saturday, his best finish so far this season.

  • LA lifted by big 4th quarter

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a win in its final game before the start of the District 2-4A season Saturday.
    Los Alamos nearly equaled its scoring output from the first three quarters in the fourth quarter, scoring 26 points to pull away from the Class 5A Manzano Monarchs. Los Alamos picked up a 54-47 victory at over Manzano at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hayley Each had 17 points for the Hilltoppers, who have now won two straight contests and improved to 9-9 on the season.
    Manzano (8-6) actually led 32-29 early in the fourth quarter. Despite dropping in 18 points in the final quarter itself, Los Alamos was able to put together a good inside-out game and hit its free throws down the stretch.

  • Sheriff’s duties remain at issue in charter debate

    The longest discussion at Thursday’s joint council/Charter Review Committee (CRC) session centered on the recommendation concerning the sheriff. The current charter assigns all law enforcement responsibilities to the Los Alamos Police Department. The sheriff has civil duties defined by state law. The recommendation is that those duties remain unchanged but that confusing language in the charter needs to be clarified.

    Acting County Attorney Brian James is adamantly opposed to any change in the charter language on the grounds that a 1976 court case upheld the current charter, and that any change in language, even to clarify, could subject the new charter to a legal challenge.

  • NCRTD looks at long-range finance plan

    Executive Director Anthony J. Mortillaro outlined three scenarios when it came to the long-range financial plan for the North Central Regional Transit District at a meeting last week at Christus-St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe.

    Mortillaro pointed out a worst-case scenario which reflected the possibility that federal funding could be reduced by 30 percent in FY 13 and that Los Alamos County would make its final contribution in 2012.

    “This scenario would result in immediate service reductions as of FY 2014 and possible reductions in the capital and cost allocations to the District members in order to balance the budget,” he wrote.

  • Five honored as LANL Fellows for 2011

    Five scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory have been honored by Laboratory Director Charles McMillan as Laboratory Fellows.
    Laboratory Fellows are honored for their sustained, high-level achievements in programs of importance to the laboratory either a fundamental or important discovery that has led to widespread use or and having become a recognized authority in the field, including outside recognition and an outstanding record of publications.

  • Claims mount from wildfire

    Anyone who suffered property damage or other losses attributable to last summer’s Las Conchas Fire was invited to participate in a conference to discuss potential claims and possible recovery.

    The Albuquerque-based Branch Law Firm together with Kenneth Roye, an attorney from Chico, Calif. specializing in hazard tree claims, hosted the conference at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque Saturday.

    “This is our second conference, our first was Nov. 19 in Los Alamos where about 30 families showed up,” said Roye. “They all had some type of damage – structure, timber, vehicle.”

  • Centennial arts crawl

    As part of the state’s centennial celebration, the Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos Historical Museum and Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted an arts crawl Friday evening.

  • Centennial arts crawl

    As part of the state’s centennial celebration, the Mesa Public Library, Los Alamos Historical Museum and Fuller Lodge Art Center hosted an arts crawl Friday evening.

  • Dispute looms over Governor’s tax cut proposals

    SANTA FE (AP) — When the Legislature convenes Tuesday, lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez will consider doing what was unthinkable in the past three years because of New Mexico’s sour economy: Cutting taxes.

    With the economy on the mend, the governor is proposing $55 million in tax cuts to boost businesses and encourage them to create jobs. But those tax reductions likely will turn into one of the biggest disputes between the Republican governor and the Democratic-controlled Legislature, which has been forced to slash state spending since 2009 to balance the budget. Many Democrats hoped this year’s session would allow them to restore recent cutbacks in programs and services.

  • Pile Burns Continue

    Burn Boss Bill Armstrong ignites a pile of Ponderosa pine slash during Friday’s burn operation by the Santa Fe National Forest and the Los Alamos County Parks Division. Pile burns will continue through Monday in Walnut, Pueblo and Bayo canyons.