Today's News

  • Sheehey bids for seat on council

    Pete Sheehey, who sits on the Planning and Zoning board, announced he will be running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council during the Democratic Party convention at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel Thursday night.
    Sheehey also launched a website (petesheehey.com) this week.
    “I care about the community in which I live, and about what our local, state, and federal governments are doing,” Sheehey wrote on the website. That’s why I continue to be active on issues at all levels of government.
    “At the 2011 Redistricting Special Session of the New Mexico Legislature, I worked with Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz, State Representative James Hall and others to keep Los Alamos County in a single legislative district.

  • TED2012 promises to razzle-dazzle

    TEDx PajaritoLive, a live simulcast of the Wednesday sessions being presented at TED2012 in Long Beach will take place between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. at the Hive, 134 State Road 4 in White Rock. 

  • Judge issues decision on House redistricting

    SANTA FE (AP) — The longest-serving member of the New Mexico House will be paired with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a newly consolidated north-central New Mexico district under a redistricting plan ordered Monday by a state district court.
    The latest map ordered by retired State District Judge James Hall meets a deadline set by the state Supreme Court for revamping a redistricting plan he developed last month but that was overturned by the justices.

  • Blast of wind and snow

    Winter struck again in Los Alamos ushering in strong winds and light snow Tuesday.  But the wintry weather should ease up by Wednesday driving temperatures into the upper 40s.

  • Civic Center location questions remain

    The White Rock Town Hall was packed with citizens eager to view conceptual designs for a new White Rock Civic Center. But in spite of public input and considerable discussion among themselves, the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) was unable to reach consensus about a location for the proposed facility.

    The two main designs under debate — both at a price tag of $16 million — were for a 35,685-sqare-foot facility at Piñon Park or a 36,470-square-foot complex at Sherwood Village. Both designs consolidate the library, senior center, youth activity center and communal space.

  • Police Beat 02-28-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    Feb. 16

    12:02 p.m. – A 12-year-old female, Los Alamos, was allegedly beaten at Los Alamos Middle School. A 14-year-old female was arrested in the incident.


    Feb. 17

    12:45 p.m. – A 15-year-old female, Los Alamos, was arrested for having marijuana at Los Alamos High School.

    2:07 p.m. – A 15-year-old male, Los Alamos, was arrested for having drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School.

  • Education reform inches along

    When did education become so complicated?
    Legislative hearings on education bills this year were knee deep in data and jargon, some of it borrowed from business: “value-added measures,” “human capital,” “formative observation,” “core competencies.”
    Pity the parent trying to follow these discussions.
    To cut to the chase, there are three overriding conflicts in the debate over education reform. Topping the list is testing. Teachers say they’re saturated with tests and object strenuously to any more because they’re not a reliable measure. The governor and her education staffers think we need more tests. Like them or not, standardized tests are costly, in money and time.

  • Toppers to take on Pirates Friday

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is that it made the playoff field.
    The bad news is the Hilltoppers will have to go against one of the premier teams in the state in round one.
    Los Alamos picked up the 16th and final seed in the Class 4A playoffs, necessitating it takes on the powerful Grants Pirates in the opening round. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in Grants.
    This is a rematch from the first round of the 2010-11 state tournament. Grants, the No. 5 seed last year, topped the No. 12 Hilltoppers 46-28 at Grants.

  • LA is seeded last in 4A playoff bracket

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has a tall order to fill in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament.
    Los Alamos picked up the 16th and final seed in the upcoming state playoffs. With the No. 16 seed, Los Alamos will have to face top-seeded Goddard in Saturday’s opening round.
    Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Roswell.
    The Hilltoppers (11-17), who finished third in the District 2 regular season and tournament, played Goddard’s Rockets (24-2) earlier this season. The Hilltoppers hung with the Rockets through the first half but the Rockets pulled away in the second half to earn a 59-45 victory in Roswell.

  • Toppers open season against Belen

    To say that the Four Corners area is like a home away from home for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is something of an understatement.
    Los Alamos will play nearly as many games this season in the Farmington area as it will in White Rock, starting with a tournament this weekend.
    But first up for the Hilltoppers, as they officially get going on their 2012 season, is a road game this afternoon at Belen.
    “We’re ready to go for the season,” said Los Alamos fourth-year manager Roger Anaya. “We don’t know what to expect out of Belen. They play in a very competitive district with Valencia and Moriarty…but it’ll be interesting to see how we do. They’re excited to get the season going.”