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Today's News

  • LAFD hosts Frito pie fundraiser

    Los Alamos Fire Department (LAFD) personnel, which included Louisa Martinez (left), Marisha Greigo, Ana Martinez, Chief Doug Tucker, Norma Valdez, Justin and Charlie Grider, 4, served up bowls of Frito pie Tuesday afternoon at Los Alamos National Bank. The lunch was a fundraiser for Katelyn Collier, who has an extra electrical pathway in her heart that causes her to go into supra-ventricular tachycardia or a heart rhythm disorder. Collier’s mother, Renee, works for LAFD. The group raised $1,200 during its Frito pie sale to help cover expenses and is currently hosting a bake sale at the fire administration building on 195 East Road.

  • Pakistan suicide bombs kill 80 to avenge bin Laden--video extra

    SHABQADAR, Pakistan (AP) — A pair of suicide bombers attacked recruits leaving a paramilitary training center in Pakistan on Friday, killing 80 people in the first retaliation for the killing of Osama bin Laden by American commandos. The Taliban claimed responsibility, blaming the Pakistani military for failing to stop the U.S. raid.

    The blasts in the northwest were a reminder of the savagery of al-Qaida-linked militants in Pakistan. They occurred even as the country faces international suspicion that elements within its security forces may have been harboring bin Laden, who was killed last week in a raid in Abbottabad, about a three hours' drive from the scene of the bombing.

  • Running: Weeks has the top prediction Tuesday

    Bob Weeks predicted his finish time perfectly during Tuesday night’s Pace Race.
    This week’s Pace Race was held near Bandelier National Monument on the hills overlooking S-Site. In all, 19 runners and walkers took part.
    Weeks, running on the 1-mile course, called his finish time exactly to earn top honors this week. Daniel Romero was off by eight seconds and Ted Romero by 19 seconds on the 3-mile course.
    The fastest finisher on the 3-mile course Tuesday was Jamie Jablin, who finished in 20:50. On the 1-mile course, Charlotte Leouard had the best time, finishing in 10:16.
    The next Pace Race will be held Tuesday starting at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Race time is 6 p.m.

  • Football: Legality of free Fiesta Bowl tickets questioned

    PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate Ethics Committee review found some lawmakers may have violated state law by improperly accepting free football game tickets from the Fiesta Bowl, Chairman Ron Gould said Thursday.
    However, Gould told The Associated Press that he is temporarily refraining from taking further action because he doesn’t want to taint a criminal investigation being conducted by Maricopa County prosecutors.
    In a related development, Senate President Russell Pearce released copies of canceled checks and other documents that he said show a “clear pattern of compliance” with state laws restricting acceptance of gifts and of making reimbursements to the Fiesta Bowl for game tickets.

  • Softball: Piedra Vista wins big over Del Norte

    After Thursday’s play concluded, all of the top teams in the Class 4A softball playoffs were still alive in the championship bracket.
    The Class 4A playoffs continue through Saturday. The championship game will be played at Lobo Field in Albuquerque.
    Following the Del Norte Knights’ upset of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Thursday morning, they were thumped by the top-seeded Piedra Vista Panthers. The Panthers, quite possibly the best team in the state of New Mexico, romped to a 15-0 victory in Thursday’s second round.
    The Panthers are scheduled to play the fourth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers in the championship round Friday morning.

  • Softball: Toppers lose playoff game in extras

    RIO RANCHO — For a pair of very evenly matched teams, seven innings wasn’t enough to settle anything Thursday.
    In the first round of the Class 4A softball playoffs Thursday morning, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Del Norte Knights needed an extra inning to determine who would move on to the opening round of double-elimination play.
    But the Knights got the critical hit when they needed to Thursday at Rio Rancho High School. Clean-up hitter Gabby Moreno dropped a clean single into the outfield to score Deja Sisneros from third base to give her team a 5-4 extra-inning victory.
    The loss Thursday morning to ninth-seeded Del Norte eliminated eighth-seeded Los Alamos from the 2011 state playoffs.

  • County takes aim at permit woes

    Recommendations to improve Los Alamos County’s commercial building permitting process were presented to the council during Tuesday’s work session. 

    The permit procedure for something as simple as a sign to the complexities of building construction has come under fire from the business community in recent years, and has come to be viewed as a black eye for Los Alamos in relation to its overall demeanor in terms of being “business friendly.”  

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  • Valles Caldera gets first Senate hearing

    U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources. 

  • LANL expose' garners international award

    “Implosion at Los Alamos: How Crime Corruption and Cover-ups Jeopardize America’s Nuclear Weapons Secrets,” authored by former LANL security official Glenn Walp, tells the story of Walp’s efforts to expose theft and lapsed security at LANL in 2002.

    His book was among nearly 4,000 reviewed from the U.S., Canada and seven other countries for the 2011 IPPY Book Awards (Independent Publisher Book awards.)