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Today's News

  • Transit center set to open in July

    After a nearly nine-month delay, construction of the Española-based North Central Regional Transit District’s Jim West Transit Center’s parking lot is underway.

    District Executive Director Tony Mortillaro said while the building is nearly complete, swampy soil had delayed the construction. But now that the District’s contractor Stoven Construction is preparing to lay down soil-stabilizing materials in the parking lot, Mortillaro said the Transit Center’s construction should wrap up by July 1.

    Change orders delayed construction by more than half a year and will cost the District $732,926 more on top of the project’s $2.3 million price tag.

  • Building upkeep takes heat

    Los Alamos County Council addressed a request for two FTEs in capital projects and facilities to maintain new county structures and that met with opposition.

    “The issue is the long-term nature of maintenance and, after investing tens of millions of dollars in these facilities, the desire to maintain them in the best state possible, as well as the addition of new preventative maintenance plans in existing buildings,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.

  • Hearings turn contentious

    The issue of new full-time employees (FTEs) became a major point of contention at Tuesday night’s budget hearings.

    Departmental heads originally requested 30 new FTEs. County Administrator Harry Burgess asked directors to find other ways to meet their requirements, and then evaluated requests to determine critical needs.

    Burgess suggested 5.25 new full time positions: one for a new social services department, one for the Indigent Health Care (IHC) program, one to manage requests for public records, two in facilities maintenance and changing the position at the Overlook Park Convenience Center from three quarter time to full time to prevent illegal dumping.

  • Tales of the Pajarito Plateau

    The natural history of the Pajarito Plateau, home to Los Alamos, is as rare as its human history.
    Peggy Pond Church lived on the plateau for years in intervals, first with her father, Ashley Pond II, who founded the Los Alamos Ranch School and whose name is on Ashley Pond, then later with her husband, Fermor Church.
    In 1943, the plateau was a backdrop to suddenly different residents. The panorama is captured in sharply similar words from separate times.
    Peggy Pond, the fledgling poet and author, wrote  in 1914:

  • Should you adjust your tax withholding?

    Now that tax day has passed, chances are you’re either waiting patiently for your 2011 tax refund to arrive, it’s already been spent, or you just wrote the U.S. Treasury a check and are in budget-cutting mode.
    It’s difficult to calculate exactly how much you’ll owe in taxes unless your income and family situation are identical from year to year. But going more than a few hundred dollars above or below your final tax bill is not a good idea: A big refund means you’ve been giving the government an interest-free loan, while significantly underpaying means you may have to pay costly penalties and interest on the amount.

  • Cowboys meet Redskins on Thanksgiving Day

    IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys will get to spend a lot of time at home late in the season.
    While the Cowboys already knew they were playing in the NFL’s kickoff game Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the New York Giants, they now know where and when the rest of their games will be.
    The NFL released its full schedule Tuesday night, and Dallas will play five games at Cowboys Stadium in a span of six weeks before its regular-season finale at Washington. But that also means four road games in five weeks before that.
    The NFC East rival Redskins play at Dallas on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since 2002, potentially with Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III from Baylor as their quarterback.

  • Manning, Broncos face Steelers in Week 1

    NEW YORK (AP) — The last time the Steelers played, Tim Tebow sent them home from the playoffs with one stunning play.
    The next time Pittsburgh plays a game for real, it also will be in Denver.
    Tebow won’t be the opposing quarterback, though. Peyton Manning will be — and he’s certainly capable of an 80-yard TD pass in overtime.
    The entire nation won’t have to wait long to see Manning in a Broncos uniform. The only four-time league MVP will face the Steel Curtain in prime time on the opening Sunday of the NFL season.
    Folks in the Mile High city haven’t been this excited about their quarterback — no not even about Tebow — since John Elway was leading them to five Super Bowls, winning the last two.

  • Sports Update 04-18-12

    Atomic Man registration is open

    The 2012 Atomic Man Duathlon is scheduled for April 29. Registration is open online at active.com.
    The Atomic Man run-bike-run competition starts and ends at Piñon Elementary School. Participants may take part in either the Little Boy division (4K run, 15K bike, 4K run) or the Fat Man division (10K run, 40K bike, 5K run). The Little Boy race will start at 8 a.m. and the Fat Man at 8:30 a.m.
    For more information, visit triatomics.org.
    Rugby matches are Saturday

    Three rugby contests are slated for Saturday at Sullivan Field.
    A youth touch rugby match is scheduled for 8:45 a.m. Saturday, a girls match will be at 10:15 a.m. and a boys match is set for 11 a.m.

  • Boys track results from APS Relay meet

    Here are the Los Alamos Hillltopper boys track and field results from the Albuquerque Public Schools Relays Friday:

    6400 relay
    1. Los Alamos (Nick Hill, Colin Hemez, Zak Kennison, Sean Reardon), 19:01.60.

    400 relay
    Los Alamos (Ben Schilling, Alyx Jones, Simon Heath, Xavier Dennison), 46.50.

    3200 relay
    4. Los Alamos (Alexi Ortega, Zak Kennison, Colin Hemez, Nick Hill), 9:10.40.

    800 medley relay
    6. Los Alamos (Alxy Jones, Seth Drop, Xavier Dennison, Carson Weins), 1:47.52.

    800 relay
    4. Los Alamos (Ben Schilling, Simon Heath, David Stroud, David Knapp), 1:34.49.

    440 shuttle hurdles

  • Toppers pick up 7-2 win over Cardinals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team downed the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals in a dual contest Tuesday at home.
    Los Alamos took four of six singles contests and swept the doubles contests against the Class 3A Cardinals to win 7-2.
    Tuesday’s win comes on the heels of Los Alamos’ appearance at the Cheyenne Mountain Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo., last weekend.
    Colleen Fitzsimmons picked up a solid victory over Victoria Gomez in No. 2 singles and teamed up with Hannah Cunningham to trip up Robertson’s team of Kristen Herrera/Erika Baca in straight sets.
    Astrid Hengartner, Jing Xie and Bridget Daughton were also winners for the Hilltoppers in singles competition Tuesday.