Today's News

  • Council curbs funding to NCRTD

    The Los Alamos County Council had been considering reduced funding for the North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) at the end of its five year agreement to provide $5.5 million in seed money. The agreement ends this year, and Tuesday night council decided to reduce the county’s contribution for NCRTD to less than half of its current $1.1 million a year.

    NCRTD Executive Director Anthony Mortillaro and Chair Rosemary Romero argued unsuccessfully for higher funding from Los Alamos County. Mortillaro also anticipates reduced federal funding, although one councilor pointed out that President Obama proposes increased funding for mass transit.

  • Bandelier Shuttle shifts into high gear

    The Bandelier Shuttle has a three-year lease on life, thanks to a 6-1 vote by the Los Alamos County Council Tuesday night.

    The success of last year’s shuttle service during the month of October swayed the vote. The shuttle transported 9,046 visitors into the national park and drastically increased visitation at both the White Rock (3,537) and Los Alamos (2,271) visitor centers. Combined visitation for both visitor centers in October 2010 totaled only 1,223.

  • Fiddling seen in tax changes

    Taxes are complicated and difficult, except when they are simple.
    The observation comes in the wake of my annual chat with the tax lady and the end of the legislative session.
    Like most topics, taxes are simple at the big picture, the most general.
    In the tax world, three main areas offer themselves as targets for being taxed: property, sales and income. For income, corporations and people are taxed separately.
    In New Mexico, even at the most general, tax concepts are more complicated. That’s to be expected. Everything seems more complicated here, disrupted by the magic dust of enchantment.

  • Around the Bend

    Los Alamos’ Tyler Thorn skates around the back of the goal during a Jan. 27 game at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. The Hilltoppers will play the La Cueva Bears in the opening round of the Year-End Tournament Saturday. That game is scheduled for 7 a.m. The purer team (teams where all the players are from the same high school) winner will advance to the national playoff tournament. Los Alamos’ tournament games will be broadcast live from Taos on KRSN AM 1490.

  • Kicked wrestler suing promoter

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A former professional wrestler is suing his opponent and the Indiana-based promoter who arranged their bout last year, claiming his foe was supposed to lose their match but had other ideas and kicked him so hard in the crotch that he had to have surgery.
    John Levi Miller, 23, contends in his lawsuit filed Monday that Clinton Woosley was the “heel,” a term used to describe the designated villain, of their match last June, The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky., reported. He says Woosley, who wrestles under the name Guido Andretti, declined his invitation to map out the fight, as is customary, and instead said he understood the plan.

  • Lobos in need of a victory

    The finish definitely isn’t ho-hum. The winner will have to have strong legs, a strong heart and a little help from its enemies.
    The University of New Mexico Lobos stumbled out of the Mountain West gate, took a two-game lead in the back stretch, stumbled again, and make the turn toward the finish line neck-in-neck with San Diego State and UNLV.
    Will it be a photo finish with three teams at 10-4?
    “I think we are as urgent as we’ve ever been,” said Lobo Drew Gordon. “It’s a street fight every time we go out. It’s not going to be a cake walk.”
    Said teammate Kendall Williams: “We’re real hungry as a team. We have a chance to get a ring and go to Vegas on a two-game winning streak.”

  • Toppers pick up win in opener against Belen, 9-5

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team earned a win in its 2012 season opener Tuesday afternoon.

    The Hilltoppers pushed five runs across in the top of the sixth inning to come back from a 5-4 deficit. Starting pitcher Rachel Anaya pitched around trouble in both the bottom of the sixth and bottom of the seventh to secure a 9-5 win against the Belen Eagles.

    The Hilltoppers fell behind at Belen after five innings. The Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-4 lead, but the Hilltoppers strung together several singles to manufacture those five runs.

    Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said he was happy to get a road win to kick off the season, particularly before the team heads to the very tough Piedra Vista Invitational this weekend.

  • Topes Notes 02-29-12

    Singing auditions are March 10

    The Albuquerque Isotopes will hold their annual National Anthem auditions March 10.
    The auditions take place at Isotopes Park’s Club Level Lounge from 9 a.m.-noon.
    Those wishing to audition need to fill out a pre-registration form. Forms can be found at www.abqisotopes.com. The audition is being limited to the first 50 performers who pre-register.
    Those who are selected at the audition will perform at an Isotopes’ game during the 2012 season.

    Vote for field in need of makeover

  • Sports Update 02-29-12

    Sr. Olympics registration opening

    Registration for the Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games will be open throughout the month of March.
    All interested men and women aged 50-plus may take part in the local Senior Olympic Games. There are 23 different traditional and non-traditional competitions to choose from.
    Interested participants can register at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos. Price for participation is $20.
    For more information, contact Senior Olympics coordinator Ann ReVelle at 662-3526 or at laseniorolympics@yahoo.com.

    LA Chamber golf tourney is May 11 at Black Mesa course

  • Storms kill 13, damage Branson theater district--VIDEO EXTRAS

    HARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) — Twisters roared through the nation's heartland in the early morning darkness Wednesday, flattening entire blocks of homes in small-town Illinois and Kansas and killing at least nine people.

    Winds also ripped through the country music mecca of Branson, Mo., damaging some of the city's famous theaters just days before the start of the busy tourist season.

    In Harrisburg, a town of 9,000 in southern Illinois, residents sorted through piles of debris and remembered their dead while the winds still howled around them.