Today's News

  • On The Docket 02-22-12

    Jan. 19

    Michael McCormick, Los Alamos, pleaded not guilty to disorderly conduct in Magistrate Court. Judge Pat Casados found McCormick guilty and sentenced him to six month of supervised probation. He is also ordered to pay $73 in fees.

    Jan. 24

    Jeffrey Majors, Los Alamos, pleaded guilty in Magistrate Court to driving under the influence of drugs as part of a plea agreement. He was initially charged with aggravated DWI, speeding and having an open container. The latter two charges were dismissed by the state. Judge Pat Casados sentenced Majors to a year of unsupervised probation and is ordered to install an ignition interlock device and perform 24 hours of community service. He is also ordered to pay $241 in court fees.

  • Sharp shooters compete

    The Los Alamos NJROTC precision air rifle team traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio to compete in the Navy air rifle championships Feb. 13-14.
    On the first day of the matches, the team members finished with a 30-point advantage over the second place team from Georgia. Day two saw several schools picking up ground, but the Los Alamos team ended the day on top with a 13-point advantage to win the overall championship.

  • UNM-LA to offer paralegal, IT courses

    Area residents interested in pursuing a paralegal career will have the opportunity to earn a Paralegal Certificate through an online course being offered beginning March 5, 2012, by UNM-Los Alamos in partnership with the Center for Legal Studies, a Colorado company that provides students with affordable and effective legal education through colleges across the nation.

  • Be There 02-22-12

    The Watoto Children’s Choir from Uganda, East Africa, will perform at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road. The event is free, but a love offering will be accepted during the concert.

    Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St., offers a talk on the “Status of Los Alamos Trails” at 7 p.m. with Craig Martin and Dale Coker. Free, no registration required. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    The Los Alamos Community of Atheists will host a community discussion in Room 1 of the Mesa Public Library at 7 p.m. The topic is Atheist Visibility in America and the recent Slate.com article by Julian Baggini. All are welcome.

  • Two party system has got to go

    Mr. Pawlak was so close to “hitting the nail on the head with the hammer”, (I believe that was one of Reagan’s favorite sayings, but I may be wrong). There’s only one problem this country has that is going to be our downfall within a generation. The two party system.

  • He said, she said

    Newspapers are fond of offering you the quote of the day. Before returning, in coming weeks, to commentary on the legislative session’s big issues, I give you Quotes of the Session:
    Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque: “Unlike the Senate, we move quicker. They take a lot longer, and they don’t meet as often.” Comment during a meeting of the House Health and Government Affairs Committee, which Stewart chairs.
    Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup: “The House passes all these bills, and the Senate has to clean ‘em up.”

  • Employee memo outlines why lab is taking action

    The Los Alamos Monitor obtained a memo that was sent from Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan to employees Tuesday regarding the plans for a voluntary separation program.

    McMillan led an all-hands meeting Tuesday to discuss the program and the memo illustrates the three reasons why the lab is taking the action.

    The memo reads:

    • Our current budget and future financial outlook require significant cost-cutting to position the Lab for FY13 and beyond. In FY12 alone, we face a budget reduction of around $300 million across multiple programs.  
    • By implementing a voluntary separation plan, we mitigate the possibility of an involuntary separation program later; and 

  • Lobos stumble at CSU Tuesday

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — The 18th-ranked New Mexico Lobos struggled after cracking the Top 25 following a seven-game winning streak in which they blew out their opponents by an average of 19.3 points.
    The streak started with a 33-point win over Colorado State University in The Pit on Jan. 21 and ended Tuesday night with a 71-63 loss to the Rams.
    The Lobos (22-5, 8-3 Mountain West) appeared to catch a big break when Colorado State center Will Bell was sidelined with a swollen left knee. Instead, the Rams (17-9, 6-5) used a four-guard lineup to throttle the red-hot Lobos.
    Pierce Hornung scored 13 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and helped shut down Drew Gordon while leading Colorado State to its second straight win against a ranked team at Moby Arena.

  • LA knocked out in quarters by Bernalillo Tuesday, 36-33

    Early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s girls basketball game, Marissa Valencia was sitting firmly at the end of the bench.
    In the endgame, Valencia was spearheading a big comeback.
    Valencia, the Bernalillo Spartans’ most dangerous player, came up big in the six minutes of the contest, scoring nine points to lead the Spartans to an upset victory over the Los Alamos Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the District 2-4A championship tournament, were knocked out in their first district playoff contest.
    The Spartans, who trailed by as many as seven points early in the fourth quarter, finished off the contest on a 10-2 run, earning a 36-33 victory and advancing to the 2-4A semifinal contest.

  • Toppers advance to 2-4A semifinal

    Less than a month ago, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was sitting at 1-3 in the District 2-4A standings, languishing near the basement.
    But the Hilltoppers pulled things together late in the season and won some big games when they needed to.
    Now, the Hilltoppers are headed to the district semifinal contest.
    Tuesday night, in front of a hostile crowd at Griffith Gymnasium, the Hilltoppers earned another key victory and took a huge step to gaining a bid into the Class 4A tournament.
    Los Alamos withstood a late push by the Española Valley Sundevils, who moved to within two points with three minutes remaining, to win Tuesday’s District 2-4A quarterfinal contest 42-37.