Today's News

  • 'Toppers end drought with overtime win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team finally broke into the win column for the 2012-13 season, winning a nail-biter in overtime.

    Los Alamos’ Simon Heath and Skyler Veenis had big buckets in the overtime period as the Hilltoppers downed the Taos Tigers 57-54 at Griffith Gymnasium Friday. William Steinkamp’s rebound-and-putback with just four seconds remaining tied the game at 47 and forced the extra period.

    Los Alamos led most of the game but Taos looked like it might grab the win after going up early in the fourth quarter and led 45-40 with under a minute left in regulation.

    See more on Friday’s win in Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • American Eagle Pilot Arrested at Minn. Airport
  • Raw: 'Unresponsive' Man Rescued From Sailboat

    The Coast Guard says it airlifted a man with heart disease from a sailboat in the stormy Gulf of Mexico to shore in Louisiana. The Coast Guard said officials were called early Thursday about a couple aboard a 64-foot sailboat bound for Houston.

  • Case Highlights Legal Issues for Sperm Donors
  • Seen @ The Scene: LAMS construction

    Workers brave the cold temperatures as construction continues at the Los Alamos Middle School.

  • Power outage at Big Rock Loop

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported that power was interrupted to about 12 homes in the Big Rock Loop area of North Mesa, beginning at approximately 10 p.m. on Wednesday, due to underground line interference. 

    Underground main secondary lines faulted affecting a transformer and its power flow to the 12 homes.
    DPU’s on-call electric linemen were onsite Wednesday night and worked through Thursday morning to restore power to half of the homes by 1:30 a.m. Repair work continued through the morning and the remaining homes had their power restored by 12:45 p.m. Thursday.

    Through the night and morning, text messages reporting the outage and its repair status were shared with interested citizens and news outlets using DPU’s free alert system, available at twitter.com/DPUalerts. For assistance subscribing, call DPU Public Relations at 662-8133. Notices were also posted at DPU’s Facebook page at facebook.com/DPU1968.

  • Braving the cold

    Miles Carlsten, 21, goes for a run on San Ildefonso Road Thursday afternoon, braving cold temperatures and wind chill.

  • Update 01-04-12

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will hold its first regular session of 2013 at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Advisory board

    The Fuller Lodge Historical Districts Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge.

    Planning meeting

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the Los Alamos Police Department Training Room, 2500 Trinity Dr., Suite A.

    LWV meeting

    The League of Women Voters will have their monthly Lunch with a Leader meeting at 11:40 a.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library. To order lunch, contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 661-6605 or kaskacayman@gmail.com.

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    Saturday's weather

    Mainly sunny. High 36, winds NNE at 5-10 mph.

  • Protesters head to court next week

    They call themselves the “LANL Six.”

    On Wednesday, the six protesters who were arrested at the gate to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Aug. 6, will make a court appearance in Los Alamos Municipal Court before Judge Alan Kirk.

    The six protesters were charged with trespass, refusing to obey an officer and obstructing movement. Each could spend 179 days in jail and be fined up to $1,500.  

    The LANL Six are Pam Gilchrist and Cathie Sullivan of Santa Fe; Benjamin (Summer) Abbott, Janet Greenwald and Barbara Grothus of Albuquerque; and Wind Euler of Tucson, Ariz.

    The LANL Six, their supporters and their defense team, have invited the public to join them from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 107 West Barcelona St., Santa Fe.

    Also, they invite all environmental and anti-nuclear activists to demonstrate outside of the courthouse on the morning of their trial.

  • Governor proposes tax cut 

    SANTA FE (AP) — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday proposed lowering New Mexico’s corporate income tax rate to provide an incentive for economic development.

    In outlining part of her agenda for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez said she will ask the Legislature to reduce the corporate tax rate to 4.9 percent from 7.6 percent over several years.

    The governor also wants to wants to change how New Mexico determines the taxes owed by corporations that do business in multiple states. Companies would be offered the option of basing their tax liability on their sales in New Mexico. The change could help corporations like computer chip maker Intel, which has a plant in Rio Rancho but the bulk of its sales are outside the state. Currently, the tax obligation of a corporation is tied to its payroll, property and sales in New Mexico.

    The corporate tax proposals could cost the state about $255 million in reduced tax revenue once fully implemented, according to estimates from the Department of Finance and Administration.

    New Mexico’s corporate tax rate is higher than neighboring states, and Martinez contends it should be reduced to make New Mexico more competitive in attracting companies and encouraging existing businesses to expand in the state.