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Today's News

  • Update 12-22-11

    Holiday schedule

    The Larry Walkup Aquatic Center will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 2.

    Walk canceled

    Because of the impending winter storm, the Winter Solstice Walk at Bandelier National Monument, scheduled for today has been canceled.

    Christmas dance

    The Los Alamos Big Band presents a Christmas dance from 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Dec. 26 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

    Trash pickup

    In observance of Christmas there will be no trash or recycling pickup Dec. 26.  If Monday is your normal collection day please put trash and recycling out on Wednesday Dec. 28.

  • Scientists monitor Santa's journey

    Los Alamos National Laboratory trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken by St. Nick and his eight tiny and highly efficient reindeer. Visit LAMonitor.com for a live link beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see his whirlwind journey.

    “We expect Santa and his team to arrive in Northern New Mexico about midnight on Christmas Eve,” said scientist Diane Roussel-Dupré of the Lab’s Space Data Systems group. Los Alamos supports Santa trackers at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has been following Santa’s Christmas runs since the 1950s.

    The Santa tracking program began in 1955 when a Sears, Roebuck ad included a misprinted phone number for Santa.

  • U.S. Senate candidate on the stump in LA

    The way in which an underdog is going to win a seat in the U.S. Senate is through communities like Los Alamos coming together to take on Washington in a way that’s never been seen, said candidate Hector Balderas during a campaign stop at Fuller Lodge Tuesday night.

    Balderas told people in attendance that in his campaign, he won’t have the most connections in Washington or be the candidate of the lobbyists or insiders.

    “But I’m not running to be their Senator — I’m running to be yours,” he said.
    Balderas, 38, said momentum is growing in his grassroots campaign — he now has 1,000 Twitter followers and 6,050 Facebook fans.

  • LA can expect over 6 inches of snow

    The snow started falling this morning and according to the National Weather Service, Los Alamos can expect six to 10 inches of snow after the latest winter storm clears the area Friday night.

    The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the area beginning at 5 a.m. Thursday until 11 p.m. Friday.

    The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has activated the Emergency Operations Center to Level 3 operations.  This level of activation will allow the state to conduct situational analysis, resource coordination, and provide further warning notification.  

    More snow is expected to fall in areas already impacted by heavy snow.

  • Parents Save Daughter's Home, Dog

    Alert parents saved their daughter’s burning home at 3503 Pueblo from destruction Wednesday morning.
    The daughter was at work when her parents, who live across the street, saw smoke and heard the smoke alarm.

    “The parents opened the front door to their daughter’s home and her dog came out,” Acting Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider said. “Their quick thinking saved the dog as well as the home, which in another five or 10 minutes would have been fully involved.”

    The parents placed the call at 10:48 a.m. to the Los Alamos Fire Department. Crews were on scene within minutes and had the fire contained by 11 a.m., Grider said.

  • Board grapples with track and field fix

    Uneven surfaces and overall deterioration of the grounds has middle school officials calling for funding to fix the problems and prevent further injuries to student athletes.

    Gopher holes that pose dangers, injured knees and twisted ankles are a few of the claims made by Los Alamos Middle School coaches about the track and field hazards at LAMS during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

    A handful of coaches from cross-country, track and football, attended the meeting to voice their concern about the current conditions and encourage board members to consider options for a new turf project.

  • Colo. artist creates 'Saint Tebow' retablo

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Colorado artist known for her Santa Fe’s Spanish Market awards has created a new “saint” on her latest retablo - Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.
    Catherine Robles Shaw of Nederland, Colo., recently created the $195 Tebow retablo using an image of the Broncos quarterback kneeling down in his well-known “Tebowing” prayer pose.
    Retablos are traditional Latino devotional painting that use iconography from the Catholic church.
    Shaw says her Tebow boards, made of dirt and tree bark, aren’t much different from her other retablos that feature San Pascual, the patron saint of cooking, or San Ysidro, patron of farmers.

  • Buckeye football hit with NCAA sanctions

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State players broke the rules and got to play in the Sugar Bowl anyway. Jim Tressel knew about infractions and let it all happen.
    Now the Buckeyes and new coach Urban Meyer will pay for it next season.
    The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban and additional penalties Tuesday for violations that started with eight players taking a total of $14,000 in cash and tattoos in exchange for jerseys, rings and other Buckeyes memorabilia.

  • LA hosts Taos, will hit the road in January

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team will have its final home game tonight before a lengthy home ice hiatus.
    The Hilltoppers will take on an old rival, the Taos Ice Tigers, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. That game is scheduled for 7:45 p.m.
    Following that contest, the Hilltoppers will be out of town for over a month. They travel to the Mid-Season Showcase Tournament, hosted by Taos Jan. 6-8, then have a three-game set in Taos Jan. 21-22. Los Alamos won’t be back home until Jan. 27.
    Los Alamos took a loss and a tie last week. It finished knotted up with Eldorado, 1-1, at home last week, then dropped a 3-2 decision at Santa Fe.
    For Santa Fe’s Blue Jackets, the victory was their first of the season in 12 tries.

  • Broncos knock off Toppers at home

    The problems the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team needed to fix to keep pace with one of the top programs in the state didn’t get fixed Wednesday night.
    For its previous two games, Los Alamos struggled keeping a handle on the ball and varying up its offense from an almost complete inside shooting game. Los Alamos knew full well going into Wednesday’s contest it would need to do both.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, they weren’t able to accomplish either.