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Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Happy holidays

    This week, I have elected to continue promoting the efforts of youth is our community, through shopping.
    That’s right, many upcoming holidays, parties, vacations and events during this month lend themselves to gift giving.
    There is a strategy in place that says if you spend 66 of your holiday dollars locally, it will benefit the local economy and small businesses immensely.
    I’m going to take that idea one step further and ask if you can support the business of a local youth, too.
    The Small Business Development Center works annually to help young entrepreneurs start their own businesses and get their name out in public.
    Perhaps you would like to buy a hand made cross, a hand knitted scarf or portraits from a young photographer? If so, have I got a plan for you.
    Local youth like Leia Roach, Elise Koskelo, Derek Selvage, Esperanza Tapia and more have taken the time and weathered the process to become Youth Business Grant recipients.
    Need something cool for the teen in your life? Roach, of Mush Crafts, is happy to get crafty and provide you with a cool gift, at a hot price. Your tech-savvy skills should drive you to etsy.com/shop/mushcrafts.  

  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores

    Boys Basketball

    Atrisco Heritage 69, Del Norte 55

    Bloomfield 59, Navajo Prep 35

    Centennial High School 60, Hot Springs 17

    Dexter 61, Lovington 53

    Eldorado 60, Highland 32

    Espanola Valley 71, West Las Vegas 57

    Goddard 65, Portales 63

    La Cueva 105, Rio Grande 82

    La Cueva 105, Rio Grande 82

    Laguna-Acoma 89, Rehoboth 38

    Los Lunas 63, Santa Fe Indian 39

    Rio Rancho 75, Gallup 64

    Ruidoso 60, Artesia 56

    Santa Fe Prep 46, Escalante 37

    Santa Teresa 52, Alamogordo 42

    Shiprock 67, Aztec 43

    Silver 39, Chaparral 38

    St. Pius 55, Grants 35

    Tohajilee 72, Evangel Christian 36

    Valley 56, Valencia 29

    Girls Basketball

    Aztec 52, Cortez, Colo. 22

    Centennial High School 56, Hot Springs 27

    Cleveland 52, Piedra Vista 45

    Clovis 63, Lovington 39

    Goddard 52, Alamogordo 47

    Hobbs 49, Lubbock Estacado, Texas 43

    La Cueva 62, Rio Grande 33

    Laguna-Acoma 54, Rehoboth 31

    Las Cruces 76, EP Parkland, Texas 27

  • Tigers, Trojans will take on Hilltoppers at tourney

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball teams will compete in one of the toughest tournaments of the regular season starting Thursday.

    The Joe Armijo Invitational, hosted by Albuquerque Academy, gets going Thursday morning. The bracketed tournament includes some of the top boys and girls teams from the Albuquerque area.

    In the opening round, both Hilltopper teams could be tested. The Hilltopper girls will take on Los Lunas at 1:15 p.m. while boys will play the Las Cruces Mayfield Trojans at 4:45 p.m.

    Mayfield (3-4) is something of an unknown quantity at this point. Of their seven games played on the season, the Trojans have faced just one from New Mexico, Chaparral. The other six have been from the El Paso, Texas, area.

    The Trojans qualified for the Class 5A tournament last year with a 16-14 record but were bounced out in the first round by Eldorado.

    Neither Mayfield nor Los Alamos have been exactly blowing up any scoreboards this year. Los Alamos is averaging just 37 points scored per game while Mayfield has managed 43.6 points per contest.

    Los Alamos' girls down low will have a tough test Thursday as well. Los Lunas' Teige Zeller, who led the Grants Pirates to grabbing the No. 1 seed in last year's Class 4A playoffs, transferred to Los Lunas in the offseason.

  • LA falls at Belen, remains winless

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team couldn’t stop a long-range barrage from the Belen Eagles Tuesday night on the road.
    Belen hit 12 3-pointers against Los Alamos’ defense, which struggled to get through screens near the perimeter.
    Los Alamos fell to 0-6 on the year with a tough set of games coming up, falling at Belen 69-47.
    The 47 points scored by the Hilltoppers was actually their best output of the season, but head coach Fil Dominguez said he wasn’t impressed with his team’s defensive performance in its last two outings.
    “Our defense is really porous right now,” he said. “We’re not getting up to the shooters. Our kids need to take their defense personally. We work on defense every day in practice. We look good in practice but that’s not translating to the games.”
    Los Alamos surrendered 66 points against St. Michael’s last Thursday. Tuesday, the Eagles had the hot hands throughout.
    Los Alamos will take part in the very tough Joe Armijo Invitational starting Thursday. It will play Las Cruces Mayfield, a Class 5A team, in the opening round.
    So far this season, Mayfield has played mostly teams from around the El Paso, Texas, area.
    The Armijo Invitational is hosted by Albuquerque Academy.

  • 'Toppers topped by Huskies, 50-37

    In its biggest test of the season so far, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came out with less than glowing marks.
    The Hilltoppers were held to just 12 points in the second and third quarters, allowing the Hope Christian Huskies to take a big lead heading toward the finish. The Hilltoppers pushed back in the fourth quarter, cutting a 17-point deficit down to nine on two occasions, but the Huskies prevailed 50-37 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Hope Christian, a formidable Class 3A program, forced 16 Los Alamos turnovers in the first half, using mostly basic defenses mixed in with some full court pressure, and scored 16 points off fast break chances, that extending into the start of the third quarter.
    The loss for the Hilltoppers snapped a three-game winning streak, two of those wins coming against Class 4A opponents.
    Hope (4-1), which already has posted a win over a good Class 5A team, La Cueva, was one of the taller teams Los Alamos has faced this season. Interestingly, its big girls didn’t prove to be much of a factor, especially the 6-foot-1 Leala Longmire, who only played about seven minutes in the contest, struggling with foul trouble throughout.

  • County, NNSA modify fire protection agreement

    The National Nuclear Security Administration and the Los Alamos Fire Department have come to terms on a modified Cooperative Fire Protection Agreement to ensure emergency response capabilities for Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County.

    County Administrator Harry Burgess and Kevin Smith, manager of NNSA’s Los Alamos Site Office, signed the agreement last Thursday afternoon.

    The modifications will be in effect for the next nine months, with a renewal agreement targeted for completion in September 2013. The renewal agreement requires Los Alamos County Council approval.

    Under the modified agreement, NNSA provides significant funding for fire department salaries, facilities and major equipment. In exchange, the fire department commits to performance-based standards of emergency response, training, certification, security compliance and specialized hazardous event capabilities.

    The benefit to NNSA is reliable fire protection capability deployed in proximity to its facilities, which are widely scattered around Los Alamos County. The benefit to the county is that homeowners and non-laboratory enterprises are served cost-effectively by an exceptionally capable emergency response system.

  • Winter Storm Warning until 5 a.m. Sunday

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST SUNDAY. THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 6 TO 10 INCHES... WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ON HIGHER SLOPES AND RIDGES.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT BEFORE TAPERING OFF AROUND SUNRISE SUNDAY.

    * WINDS... NO WIDESPREAD SIGNIFICANT WINDS ARE EXPECTED.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL ELEVATIONS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... EXPECT SNOW PACKED AND ICY ROADWAYS. REDUCED VISIBILITIES IN SNOW ARE LIKELY... ESPECIALLY DURING THE PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW. EXPECT SNOW IMPACTS ALONG INTERSTATE 25 THROUGH GLORIETA PASS AND ON HIGHWAYS 64 AND 518.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS. ONLY TRAVEL IN AN EMERGENCY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL... KEEP AN EXTRA FLASHLIGHT... FOOD... AND WATER IN YOUR VEHICLE IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY.

    More Information

    ... WINTER STORM TAKING SHAPE OVER NEW MEXICO THROUGH TONIGHT...

  • Crews wrapping up work on Trinity Drive water main break

       DPU crews have been working all night repairing a 12-inch water line that ruptured along the eastbound lane in the 3700 block of Trinity Drive.

    “Crews were on sight immediately and they have been working all night,” DPU spokesperson Allison Majure said.  

    DPU's Julie Williams-Hill said the leak was repaired by 7:30 a.m. but crews were still working on road repairs as of noon today.

     

    Vicki Martinez of the Los Alamos Medical Center said she was unaware of any problems at the hospital, which is located nearby.

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  • Espanola man who killed teens on pilgrimage dies

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An Espanola man who pleaded guilty to killing a teenage couple during a religious pilgrimage in 2000 has died in an Albuquerque hospital.

    Department of Corrections Director of Public Affairs spokeswoman Christina Rodda says 32-year-old Carlos Herrera was taken to the hospital from a state prison on Dec. 4 and died Monday. Rodda tells the Santa Fe New Mexican that it appears Herrera died of natural causes.

    The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator plans an autopsy this week.

    Herrera pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Karen Castanon and Ricky Martinez in 2000. He was serving two consecutive 30-year life sentences.

    The 17-year-old teen sweethearts were participating in the annual Good Friday pilgrimage to Chimayo when they were killed.

  • Today in History for December 12th