Today's News

  • Be There 02-08-12

    The Sierrans will join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center in a presentation by Christine Chavez, Los Alamos County Water and Energy Conservation coordinator, at 7 p.m. at 3540 Orange St. Chavez’s talk will focus on the energy audit that is free for Los Alamos residents to help uncover new and easy ways to conserve water and electricity in the home.

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market will be from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Contrarian thinking to legislature

    There’s an old saying that no one is safe when the Legislature is in session.
    Most of us wouldn’t argue about whether a lawmaking body is needed; the pace of change in modern society dictates that laws must be added and updated regularly. But the glib little saying is a sharp reminder that there’s always a risk. A legislator once commented to me that the Legislature spends 90 percent of its time correcting its previous mistakes.
    A couple of arguments about our New Mexico legislative process arise year after year, especially during the crowded 30-day sessions.  

  • EPA protection a big win for U.S.

    On Dec. 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the first-ever federal protections reducing toxic pollutants, primarily mercury, produced by power plants.
     This is a major victory for all Americans, and one for which the Sierra Club and other environmental organizations have been fighting for years.  An assessment of mercury was required by the Clean Air Act amendments of 1990; so it has taken over 20 years to implement the law.

  • Sports Update 02-08-12

    “White Out” of Griffith Gym is Friday night

    Los Alamos High School is urging Hilltopper basketball fans to participate in Friday’s “White Out” of Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos’ boys basketball team will play the Española Valley Sundevils Friday night. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Fans are encouraged to wear white shirts to the game, the final regular season home game for the Hilltoppers.

    Youth programs starting at YMCA

  • Ski Report 02-08-12

    Angel Fire

    44-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 65 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    36-inch base of packed powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 35 trails open.


    47-inch base of powder. Will reopen Friday.

    Red River

    50-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    43-inch base of powder. 2 inches of new snow reported. 34 trails open.


    39-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 39 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

  • High school boys, girls hoops scores 02-08-12

    Boys basketball

    Atrisco Heritage 55, St. Pius 36
    Aztec 55, Bloomfield 48
    Capital 59, Española Valley 40
    Cibola 70, Cleveland 53
    Clovis 67, Carlsbad 49
    Del Norte 76, Albuquerque Academy 59
    Dora 41, Tatum 24
    Eldorado 77, Sandia 65
    Gallup 73, Belen 60
    Hope Christian 73, Sandia Prep 50
    Kirtland Central 71, Piedra Vista 46
    La Cueva 72, Manzano 55
    Los Lunas 57, Grants 48
    Mesilla Valley Christian 68, Tularosa 56
    Midland Trinity, Texas 57, Jal 41
    NMMI 57, Eunice 55
    Pecos 61, Mora 60
    Roswell 80, Artesia 60
    Santa Fe Waldorf School 42, NMSD 27
    Santa Teresa 44, Chaparral 29
    St. Michael’s 39, Pojoaque 29

  • Toppers come from behind to win

    SANTA FE — After one half of play, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was reeling.
    In the second half, however, the Hilltoppers found their feet and, in doing so, picked up a much-needed District 2-4A win.
    After managing just 13 points in the first half Tuesday night against the Santa Fe Demons, Los Alamos took a control of the contest in the third quarter, holding Santa Fe without a field goal for an 8-minute stretch to earn a 47-41 come-from-behind win at Toby Roybal Memorial Gymnasium.

  • Raw Video: Dog Rescued From Icy Colo. Water

    A dog was rescued from icy water in Lakewood, Colorado Tuesday. The dog's owner told KMGH that Gladiator Maximus was chasing a coyote across ice before falling in.

  • Mo. teen gets life with possible parole in killing

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A central Missouri teenager who confessed to strangling, cutting and stabbing a 9-year-old girl because she wanted to know how it felt to kill someone was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

    Alyssa Bustamante, 18, pleaded guilty in January to second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the October 2009 slaying of Elizabeth Olten in St. Martins, a small rural town west of Jefferson City.

    The judge also ordered the teen to serve a consecutive 30-year term in the armed criminal action charge.

  • Congress tries to give president line-item veto

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House is trying Wednesday to give President Barack Obama the line-item veto, a constitutionally questionable power over the purse that has been sought by both Republican and Democratic presidents.

    The legislation, expected to pass, allows the president to pick out specific items in spending bills for elimination. Currently, the president must sign or veto spending bills in their entirety.

    The president's choices for removal would then have to be approved by Congress.