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Today's News

  • Change of Heart training

    The Piñon Panthers had a portion of their Change of Heart training on Thursday. The Assets program, sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is built on improving school climate. The training kicked off Piñon’s ROPES (Rite Of Passage Experience for Sixth), that took place on Friday.

  • Curiosity Mars mission could inspire like Apollo

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neil Armstrong inspired millions with his moonwalk. Can a feisty robotic rover exploring Mars do the same for another generation?

    With manned missions beyond the International Space Station on hold, the spotlight has turned on machines.

    The newest, the rover called Curiosity, last week beamed home photographs of its first wheel tracks on the Martian soil since its daredevil landing this month. While it did not rise to Armstrong’s “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” interest was so high in the rover’s “seven minutes of terror” approach to the red planet that NASA’s website crashed.

    “There’s something exciting about reaching another place in the solar system. If you think about the kind of interest the landing of Curiosity had, you get a sense of that,” said Smithsonian Institution space curator Roger Launius. It wasn’t on the same level as Armstrong’s feat, “but it was pretty darn exciting,” he said.

    When Armstrong, then fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin, stepped on the moon on July 29, 1969, an estimated 600 million people watched and listened. “Virtually the entire world took that memorable journey with us,” recalled Buzz Aldrin after Armstrong’s death on Saturday.

  • Talking fuel pumps new to LA

    If the normally quiet pumps at your favorite gas station have started spouting advertisements at you recently, chances are the station is one of three locations now under longterm lease to Western Refining.

    In an agreement signed June 6, Western Refining acquired longterm leases from Polk Oil on 12 stations throughout Northern New Mexico. The Chevron on Trinity Drive, the Shell station on Diamond Drive and the Conoco Quik Stop in White Rock are part of that group.

    Although Western Refining operates 222 stores throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Southern Colorado and West Texas — known as Giant Convenience Centers — this is the company’s first venture into Los Alamos County.

    “The transition has gone well,” said Gary Hanson, vice president of corporate communications. “We’ve completed rebranding and the office systems have been converted. And we’re very pleased with the performance of those stations.”

    “Our retail stores help us as a business. They give us an outlet for the oil and gas we produce at our refineries. So it’s good to add these stores to our mix,” Hanson continued. The company has refineries in El Paso and Gallup.

  • Update 08-29-12

    No trash pick-up

    Los Alamos County will not pick up trash or recycling Monday in observance of Labor Day. Those who have a normal Monday pick-up should put their materials out Sept. 5.

    W.O.L.F. Talk

    Elke Duerr of the Web of Life Foundation will talk about the Mexican Gray Wolf. This will be a hands-on, interactive presentation, for all ages. Duerr will also share footage from her wolf documentaries. Free. 6:30 p.m.  Thursday.

    FAN Club

    The Los Alamos Visiting Nurses will be hosting the August FAN club in the historic Scout lodge, the site of their new hospice and offices at 5:30 p.m. today. 

    Square dancing

     Square Dance Club will host a kick-off party with some basic square dance instruction, dancing and sloppy joes, salad, desserts and refreshments from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    Grand opening

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party Headquarters grand opening is slated for noon-4 p.m. Sept. 3 at 140 Central Park Square.

  • Super Blitz continues

    The Los Alamos Police Department conducted a DWI checkpoint on Canyon Road near the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Tuesday night. The checkpoint was part of a statewide sweep for DWI as the Labor Day weekend approaches.

  • Shooter in 1967 N.M. courthouse raid dies

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Juan Valdez, a land grant activist who fired the first shot during a 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid that grabbed international attention and helped spark the Chicano Movement, has died. He was 74.

    Valdez died peacefully Saturday at his Canjilon ranch after recently suffering two heart attacks, his daughter Juanita Montoya said.

    Heir to a northern New Mexico land grant, Valdez was 29 years old when he and a group of land grant advocates, led by Reies Lopez Tijerina, raided a Rio Arriba County courthouse in Tierra Amarilla. Their goal was to attempt a citizens’ arrest of then-District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez over Hispanic land rights issues.

    Valdez had gotten involved with Tijerina’s group, known as Alianza Federal de Mercedes — an organization founded to help Mexican-American heirs to old Spanish land grants reclaim land that was illegally taken by white settlers and the U.S. government.

    “Tijerina impressed me when he and most of the people who had walked from Albuquerque set up a camp and refused to leave,” Valdez told retired layer Mike Scarborough in the book “Trespassers On Our Own Land,” an oral history of the Valdez family.

  • Next Flight Out

    A White Rock patient having a “cardiac incident” was flown to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe on a CareFlight helicopter Tuesday, but not without some difficulty.

    His original helicopter for the flight, seen here in a field in White Rock, could not take off from the landing site due to a safety issue.

    Medics then drove the patient to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was able to receive preliminary treatment. However, the second helicopter that came to get the man had to repeatedly circle LAMC to burn off fuel so the helicopter could accommodate the patient.

    It is not known yet how the patient, described as a man in his 40s, is doing.

  • Dems pick Redondo for county council race

    The Los Alamos County Democratic Party Central Committee unanimously elected Michael Redondo to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket for the Los Alamos County Council race.

    Johnson withdrew from the race Aug. 17, saying that family matters would probably require him to move away from the county before the end of the term if he won election.

    Johnson was the second candidate to withdraw from the race. Steve Girrens was chosen to fill out the Republican ticket when Roger Waterman withdrew July 23, citing business and personal reasons.

    Redondo was the lone candidate to put himself forward to fill the vacancy. He contemplated entering the race before the primaries, but chose not to run so he could pursue a job with the county. Redondo is no longer seeking a staff position, so he decided to throw his hat in the race.

    Los Alamos has been Redondo’s home since he was three years old, something that factors strongly into his decision to run.

  • OT goal costs Hilltopper boys in their season opener

    Despite a rough finish to the 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team believes it can get back to championship form in 2012.
    However, there’s still some work to do.
    Los Alamos moved the ball fairly well down the field for most of its season opener Tuesday against Bosque School, but good looks, particularly in the second half, were hard to come by.
    The Hilltoppers fell in their season opener, the second half of a home-opening doubleheader with the Hilltopper girls soccer team. Bosque forward Dylan Chant sprinted down the teeth of Los Alamos’ defense following a turnover in the midfield and roared straight to the goal in overtime to give the Bobcats a 2-1 victory.
    The Bobcats (2-0), who could well be in contention for a small-school title at the end of the season, withstood some deep Hilltopper pushes in the early part of the contest and appeared to start dictating the pace of play in the latter part of the second half.
    While the second half push by Bosque didn’t net it any goals, the momentum seemed to be on the Bobcats’ side heading into the first overtime period.

  • Topper girls score twice in 2nd half to top Bobcats

    Throughout the course of this 2012 season, it’s likely the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is going to have some issues.
    But so far, it doesn’t appear that the offense is going to be one of them.
    The Hilltoppers pulled away from the Bosque School Bobcats with a pair of goals in the second half to earn a win in their first home game of the season.
    Amy Neal earned a pair of goals, including the second goal of the game in the 65th minute which seemed to sap the life out of the scrappy Bobcats’ squad.
    Chandler Art drove the final nail in the coffin late in the ballgame as the Hilltoppers picked up a 3-0 win at Sullivan Field.
    Just two games into 2012, the Hilltoppers have already scored nine goals, four of them by Neal, the team’s superstar and the reigning Class 4A scoring champ, who has assists on three other goals so far.
    It was a solid win for Los Alamos over a tough Class A-3A ballclub from Albuquerque, although the Hilltoppers’ head coach Jiri Kubicek would’ve liked to see more oomph out of his team early on.