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Today's News

  • Residential fire tapped out on Questa near LAHS

    A fire at a two-story home on Questa, not far from Los Alamos High School, was tapped out by Los Alamos firefighters Monday afternoon.

    The structure remains intact, but there has been extensive smoke damage to the residence.

    Fire Marshal Michael Thompson credits an observant neighbor who noticed smoke coming out from what he initially thought to be the door area of the home.

    "He tried to put out the fire but then noticed more fire coming from the crawl space underneath the home and immediately called 911," Thompson said. "His quick action helped keep the fire from spreading."

  • 1 in 5 New Mexicans gets government help for food

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One in five New Mexicans now receives government help to buy food.

    The number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, soared as the nation's economy began sinking a couple of years ago, with more than 400,000 New Mexico residents now receiving the benefits, the Albuquerque Journal Monday reported in a copyright story.

    SNAP benefits, once known as food stamps, are a safety net for people who have fallen on tough times.

    The program is based on income. A family of four, for example, can make up to $3,032 a month and qualify.

    New Mexico figures show the average SNAP beneficiary in March received $296.

  • Radiation near Japan reactors too high for workers--video extra

    TOKYO (AP) — A pair of thin robots on treads sent to explore buildings inside Japan's crippled nuclear reactor came back Monday with disheartening news: Radiation levels are far too high for repair crews to go inside.

    Nevertheless, officials remained hopeful they can stick to their freshly minted "roadmap" for cleaning up the radiation leak and stabilizing the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant by year's end so they can begin returning tens of thousands of evacuees to their homes.

    "Even I had expected high radioactivity in those areas. I'm sure (plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co.) and other experts have factored in those figures when they compiled the roadmap," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said.

  • Track and field: LA boys nip Santa Fe to win Cap. City meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team held its collective breath until the final event Saturday, but took top honors in the Capital City Invitational.
    Los Alamos held off the host Santa Fe Demons to win the meet. Ian Pulliam of the Hilltoppers’ 1600-meter relay team held off a late charge in the final event of the day as Los Alamos nipped Santa Fe 85-82.
    It was the second win in a row for Los Alamos, which was also a winner at the Los Alamos Classic a week earlier.
    For Los Alamos, Jacob Brown won and qualified for state in the triple jump. Brown posted a career-best 42 feet, 8-3/4 inches to earn the win.

  • Track and field: LA girls win Capital City Invite Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team won its second meet in a row Saturday at the Capital City Invitational, topping a tough competitor.
    The Capital City Invitational, which included 12 teams, mostly from northern New Mexico, was hosted by the Santa Fe Demons.
    The Hilltopper girls went head-to-head Saturday against the St. Pius X Sartans, one of the teams they may have to hold off at the Class 4A meet.
    St. Pius kept Saturday’s contest close, but Los Alamos prevailed, winning the team title with 134 points to the Sartans’ 115.
    Los Alamos head coach Paul Anderson said that the meet, occurring on the same day as Los Alamos High School’s prom, still went as about as well as he was expecting.

  • Girls tennis: LA takes 3 sweeps in district

    Even without being at full strength for the whole weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team had little trouble dispatching its three district opponents.
    The Hilltoppers swept all three of their opponents that were able to field teams for the Pre-District 2-4A playoff this weekend. The Hilltoppers dropped the Española Valley Sundevils and Santa Fe Demons Friday, then swept the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday.
    Capital, the other team in the district, only had three available players Saturday when it and Los Alamos were scheduled to meet.

  • Baseball: 'Toppers split big doubleheader with Spartans

    With only a handful of games left in the 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team is still in good shape in the District 2-4A race.
    Despite having to settle for a home split Friday afternoon, the Hilltoppers are still ahead of the pack at 7-1 in the district standings. The Hilltoppers lost a close game one contest Friday, but didn’t waste any time bouncing back in game two, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the first to pick up that win.
    Los Alamos took on the Bernalillo Spartans Friday at Bomber Field. Bernalillo and Los Alamos, which have become the two dominant teams in district over the last several seasons, were playing for first place in the district standings.

  • Softball: LA comes back to win Game 2 at home Friday

    In Friday’s District 2-4A doubleheader, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team was itching for a sweep.
    But Emily Rodriguez and the Bernalillo Spartans had other plans.
    Rodriguez, who survived a rocky start in game one of the doubleheader, pitched seven sparkling innings to give her team a 4-2 victory.
    Los Alamos would bounce back in the nightcap of the doubleheader, winning that contest 6-1 and stay within striking distance of the district leader Santa Fe in the standings.
    Bernalillo, which was stunned in both ends of a doubleheader last week by Santa Fe, needed at least a split at Los Alamos Friday to avoid falling into a deep hole in the 2-4A race.

  • Schedule for April 18-23

    Monday
    Golf: Los Alamos Invitational, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Tuesday
    Girls track and field: LAMS Invite, 3 p.m.

    Girls tennis: Los Alamos at Moriarty, JV, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, JV, 4 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Tennis: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, boys and girls varsity, 3 p.m.

    Baseball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Track and field: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls JV and middle school, 3 p.m.

    Friday

  • Baseball: Bonds’ Hall of Fame future is up in the air

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — While eight women and four men sat in the jury box preparing to judge Barry Bonds, another group that will evaluate the home run king was watching and listening in the federal courtroom, sitting on the wooden benches in the last five rows. Their votes will not be cast for 20 more months.