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Today's News

  • Update 12-15-11

    Nature Center

    A public meeting is scheduled for tonight to review conceptual designs for the Nature Center, Council Chambers of Community Building.  Refreshments will be at 5:30 p.m. and the architects’ presentation will be at 6 p.m.

    Balderas visit

    U.S. Senate candidate Hector Balderas, also the New Mexico State Auditor, will be in Los Alamos to meet with residents from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. There will be beverages and hors d’oeuvres from the Hilltop House as well as a cash bar.

    Family Film Series

    The White Rock Family Film Series will present a free showing of “The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation” at 7 p.m. today at the White Rock Public Library.

  • Los Alamos tops pay scale study

    Los Alamos County continues to compile records as one of the wealthiest places in the state and the country.

    The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released a study that said the total compensation in Los Alamos County is the highest in the Southwestern United States.

    Los Alamos County, with the help of the lab, ranked first among 379 counties in the region with a total average annual compensation of $86,465.

    Foard County, Texas had the lowest average compensation at $29,117.

    Total compensation is the sum of wage and salary disbursements, and wage and salary supplements.

  • LAPS board hosts strategic retreat

    The Los Alamos School Board hosted a strategic planning retreat on Saturday.

    A variety of individuals attended the four-hour retreat, to include those from businesses, Los Alamos National Laboratory, parents and school staff.

    School Board President Melanie McKinley asked those attending to help map a path to make the school system even better. Specifically, she asked if those in attendance thought the efforts of the school were aligned with their identity. “Who are we?” she asked. “What do we want to become?” and “What do we want others to say about our school system?” McKinley asked.

  • Youth absent for Teen Center meeting

    Low turnout for Wednesday night’s public meeting on the proposed teen center may have been the result of bad timing. Fewer than 10 people were present, with no teens.

    Teen Center Program Director Michelangelo Lobato believes there were two factors working against teen turnout: the start of finals on Friday and a strong turnout for youth day at Leadership Los Alamos last week.

    “With teens, you can get them to about one meeting a month. I may have worked too hard to get them to the leadership meeting,” Lobato said.

  • LANL holiday drive a hit

    More than 1,100 children and seniors will have more gifts under their tree this year because of a holiday gift drive at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The lab’s annual holiday drive came to a close Wednesday with 1,130 gifts, including 35 bicycles of all colors and sizes being delivered to agencies partnering with LANL.

    “More than 1,000 children and seniors from around Northern New Mexico will have a brighter holiday because LANL employees enthusiastically participated in the holiday gift tag program,” said Tim Martinez of LANL’s Community Programs Office. “I’m so proud to be part of such a worthwhile program.”

  • Wyoming looking for second NM Bowl title

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming completed the majority of its game preparations before traveling to Albuquerque on Wednesday for the New Mexico Bowl, where the Cowboys will face Temple, coach Dave Christensen said.
    “We’re focused in and ready to go,” Christensen said, adding that he was pleased with the four practices held in Laramie since last week.
    The New Mexico Bowl is noon Saturday at University Stadium. It’s Wyoming’s second New Mexico Bowl appearance in three years. The Cowboys beat Fresno State 35-28 in double OT  in 2009.
    Both teams enter with 8-4 records, and Wyoming is looking for its first nine-win season since 1996.

  • State Notes 12-15-11

    Aggies open their homestand with win over Western

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University men’s basketball team opened a five-game home stand with a 92-65 win over Western New Mexico Wednesday night.
    The Aggies (6-4), who had dropped four of five contests heading into their game against Division-II Western, put four players in double figures. Senior guard Hernst Laroche and senior forward Wendell McKines paced NMSU with 18 points each.
    Laroche not only had a season-high scoring performance but also a season-best five steals.

  • Storms give Pajarito a push to open

    Ski season is finally here, and for skiers and for Pajarito Mountain alike, it comes just in time.
    Pajarito will open for the season Saturday, thanks to a pair of snowstorms that dropped more than a foot of snow Monday and Tuesday.
    There is still plenty of work to do, said Pajarito general manager Tom Long, prior to the opening, set for 9 a.m.
    “We’re still grooming the mountain,” Long said. “We’re getting the mountain dressed up, we’re getting the ramps for the unloading areas on the lifts. We’re putting up signs for the patrol area…just getting all that ready for Saturday.”

  • Sports Update 12-15-11

    Volleyball league starting up

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is currently accepting registrations for its adult coed volleyball league.
    League matches are played on a men’s height net (7 feet, 11 inches). Recreation and competitive divisions are planned, but at least four competitive teams are needed.
    Play is scheduled for Sundays at the YMCA gym starting at 11 a.m.
    The season is scheduled from Jan. 22-March 25 and ends in a tournament.
    Price for participation is $180 per team for YMCA members, $210 for nonmembers. There is a maximum of 10 players per team.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit www.laymca.org.

  • LA girls, boys shut out of hoops top 10

    Here are this week’s Class 4A boys and girls basketball coaches’ polls. Weekly polls are conducted by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. First-place votes are in parentheses.

    Class 4A Girls

        Team     Total pts.    Previous

    1. Kirtland Central (4)  104    1
    2. Grants (3)               102    3
    3. Gallup (4)                 95    2
    4. Roswell (1)               86    4