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Today's News

  • Toppers feel prepared heading into first round

    Few teams in the state are as hot as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers heading into the state Class 4A football playoffs.
    To stay there, the Hilltoppers will have to remain just as hot.
    Los Alamos will get its chance to prove its mettle Friday night when it takes on a tough Los Lunas Tigers squad. The two teams will meet in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs at Willie Chavez Stadium in Los Lunas.
    The Tigers (8-2) would’ve surely been a top-four seeded team this season had they been able to knock off cross-county rival Valencia in their final game of 2011. Instead, Valencia’s Jaguars won the 13-7 defensive struggle and earned the No. 3 seed.

  • Leisure pool referendum drowns in 'No' votes

     The Los Alamos County general obligation bond for a leisure pool at the aquatic center failed overwhelmingly Wednesday night as unofficial results were released at the Justice Center.

    Ballots were mailed out to residents who voted against the pool measure 3,851-2,239.

    Final design and construction costs were expected to be $6.1 million. The county had allocated $3.1 million from the General Fund. Citizens were asked to approve an increase in property taxes through a General Obligation (GO) bond of up to $3 million. The average increase in property taxes on a home valued at $300,000 would have been $32.35 annually, based on county estimates.

  • Collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Project Breaks Ground in LA

    U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and the Director General Hidekazu Takakura with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) broke ground today for the construction of a two megawatt solar array on the Los Alamos capped landfill.  This is the first phase of the larger New Mexico/Japan Smart Grid Collaborative Demonstration Project in Los Alamos. 

    NEDO is teaming with Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Los Alamos project, and with the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Mesa Del Sol, and Sandia National Laboratories for a project in Albuquerque.  Both projects will demonstrate the viability of smart grid technology in New Mexico.

  • Supercommittee Dems present secret offer to cut deficit by $2 trillion

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on Congress' supercommittee secretly presented Republicans with a revised deficit-cutting proposal earlier this week that calls for a blend of $1 trillion in spending cuts and $1 trillion in higher tax revenue over the next decade, officials in both parties said Wednesday night, adding that compromise talks remain alive though troubled.

    The previously undisclosed offer scaled back an earlier Democratic demand for $1.3 trillion in higher taxes, a concession to Republicans. At the same time it jettisoned a plan to slow the growth in future cost-of-living increases in Social Security benefits, a provision liberal Democrats oppose.

  • Nominate a Living Treasure

    Living Treasures of Los Alamos welcomes nominations of new Treasures for the next ceremony on April 15, 2012. Only candidates who are current Los Alamos residents and  have made outstanding contributions to the life, heart and spirit of our community are eligible to become Treasures.    
    A written letter of nomination, which includes as much information as possible about the nominee  should be sent to LTLA, P.O. Box 1065, Los Alamos, N.M. 87544 or by email to rosalieheller88@gmail.com.
    To help in the preparation of the letter, guidelines and biographies of all current Treasures can be found at www.livingtreasureslosalamos.org.

  • Visit the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge

    Because special areas of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge are open only on Sundays in November, Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a birding trip there on Nov. 13.
    Dave Yeamans is the trip leader. He’s an experienced birder who will help with spotting and identification of the grassland and water birds that show up as migrants or winter residents in this diverse area.  
    Participants will meet at 6:30 a.m. at PEEC to carpool or caravan to the refuge, arriving at 9 a.m. when the gates open.

  • Thank you 11-09-11

    PTO says thanks

    On behalf of the Piñon PTO we would like to send out a huge thank you to all the wonderful volunteers, students and families that participated in the 2011 Pumpkin Patch and helped to make this year a huge success.  
    The Pumpkin Patch raised more than  $3,200 for Piñon Elementary. We would also like to thank Chamisa Elementary School for teaming up with us this year.
    It was a great idea and we look forward to working with them on future White Rock events.

  • Rotary welcomes district governor-elect

    Past Rotary Club president Skip King and a skeleton crew welcome Rotary District Governor-elect Mark Glenn, a former rodeo clown, to a recent club meeting at Central Avenue Grill.

  • Take a trip with PEEC to Guaje Mountain

    At 9 a.m. Saturday, Pajarito Environmental Education Center will again offer an historical hike to Guaje Mountain, led by Janie O’Rourke. The hike is about 3-4 miles roundtrip and is free.
    The wind and sleet last weekend led to rescheduling, even though five intrepid hikers showed up.
    The hike will follow a section of an ancient north/south route that once crossed the Pajarito Plateau, connecting the villages of Puye in Santa Clara Canyon to Tyuonyi in Bandelier National Monument’s Frijoles Canyon.
    By the early 1900s, many homesteading families living on the Pajarito Plateau used horses and wagons on the trail.

  • Y partners with schools

    The Family YMCA received funding from two sources this fall in support of environmental clubs at the middle and high schools this year.
    A State Farm Insurance grant of $5,000 combined with $1,000 from the Thaw Charitable Trust based in Santa Fe, will enable the Y to provide hands-on service for high-quality environmental learning in youth-driven activities.
    The Y is partnering with the school-based clubs to recruit community members and partners to assist with projects that club teachers do not have time to fully develop.
    The Y will provide transportation to youth-identified projects during out-of-school hours. Other supporting partners in the school-based clubs are the Pajarito Environmental Education Center and the Los Alamos Co-Op.