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Today's News

  • Teen rescued from Pueblo Canyon Monday night

    The Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call Monday night, after three teenage girls went out for a hike in Pueblo Canyon and failed to return home before dark.
    One of the girls called her friend’s father and told him that one of the teens was hurt. He then called police who found the girl and pulled her out of the canyon.
    According to Capt. Randy Foster of the LAPD, one girl injured herself in the canyon and officers and the fire department helped her out. An LAPD officer carried the girl out of the canyon on his shoulders.

  • Update 05-17-11

    Stormwater project
    The NPDES Storm Water Individual Permit Project Update public meeting will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today at Cities of Gold Hotel in Pojoaque.

    Park meeting
    Attend a public meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to review conceptual plans for play equipment to be installed at Community Park. For more info, call Dick McIntyre at 662-8159.

    Master gardeners
    The May meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. today at the White Rock Community Building. There will be a short business meeting afterward.

  • Lunch program serves seniors

    For most people, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but that’s not always true for Los Alamos senior citizens. Sometimes it’s lunch that’s the most important meal of the day, especially if they are a part of the lunch program at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
    For over a decade, Meal Program Coordinator Fred Ortiz has been cooking meals for area seniors at the BESC. His day starts at 5:30 a.m. and alongside Michael Mason, the duo begins preparations for the 80-100 meals they will prepare.

  • LAYL class of 2011

    The Los Alamos Youth Leadership program’s class of 2011 celebrated the completion of the program with a graduation ceremony Sunday at Central Avenue Grill. The program teaches teens networking and leadership skills and is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

  • Researchers investigate Greenland ice-mass

    Warming in the Arctic during the past several decades has caused Greenland’s ice sheet and outlet glaciers to thin and retreat. The lost ice mass makes a growing contribution to global sea-level rise.
    Sebastian Mernild of the Laboratory’s Computational Physics and Methods group, William Lipscomb of the Lab’s Fluid Dynamics and Solid Mechanics group, and collaborators have investigated ice-mass loss for the Mittivakkat Gletscher, the only glacier in Greenland with long-term observations of both the surface mass balance (the difference between ice mass gained by snow accumulation and that lost to various processes) and glacier front fluctuations.

  • Overlook Park access plan hits roadblock

    A county plan to build a $25,000 emergency access road through wilderness land leading into Overlook Park hit a roadblock at an informational meeting for White Rock residents Monday evening.

    About a dozen residents turned out to voice opposition to the plan as fire department and county officials explained the vision and purpose for the 12-foot wide “all weather” road that would be built using asphalt recycled from the Diamond Drive construction project currently underway in Los Alamos.

  • Colorado racer wins big in skateboard event

    Zak Maytum of Boulder, Colo., was the big winner at the Atomic Bomb skateboard competition held this past weekend on Camp May Road.

    Maytum won the Pagan TimesShip Southwest Series, the Atomic Bomb and had the fastest qualifying time.

    “It went amazing,” said Joe Lehm, the owner of TimeShip Racing of Santa Fe. “The city and county of Los Alamos were all very welcoming.

    Lehm said there were 80 registrants and they all navigated the 1.1-mile course, reaching speeds of 50 mph. The course was lined with 700 straw bales and the Pajarito Mountain ski patrol and Los Alamos Fire and Police Departments provided support.

    Here are results.

  • Insurance that doesn't insure

    We New Mexicans dearly love to take advantage of one another’s ignorance. It’s how many of us make a living.
    Title insurance, for example.  You are required to purchase title insurance when you buy a house. Since you probably buy a house once or twice in your lifetime, it’s understandable that you are not an expert on the legalities.
    You’re probably relying on your real estate agent and the other professionals who are supposed to be acting in your interest.  
    You may have thought that you were buying an insurance policy that would, well, insure you.

  • Don't let wild cats get comfy

    A decade or so ago, when my children were toddlers, a neighbor asked me why I let  my children play in our backyard on Walnut Canyon.
    She felt they were in grave danger of being attacked by mountain lions.
    I had already lived and hiked in Los Alamos for a long time by then so I told her that i believed the benefits of outdoor play were greater than the risk.
    A year or two later, there was a story in the news about a jogger in California who was mauled by a mountain lion.

  • Basketball: Well-rested Mavericks are awaiting Thunder

    DALLAS (AP) — Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have been through so many playoff series, they would be good sources to discuss the prevailing themes in the Western Conference finals, like how valuable experience is at this stage and whether there's such thing as too much rest between rounds.

    Only, Bryant and Duncan aren't around. For just the second time since 1998, neither the Lakers nor the Spurs will represent the West in the NBA finals.

    Instead, it'll either be Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the aging-but-rested Dallas Mavericks, or Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the rapidly maturing Oklahoma City Thunder.