Today's News

  • Sports Update 01-04-11

    Registration closing soon for YMCA Jr. Wrestling program

    Registration for the Family YMCA of Los Alamos’ Junior Wrestling program will close Jan. 8.
    The Junior Wrestling program is a developmental league for boys and girls in grades 1-6. Practices will be held afternoons on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the YMCA. Practices start Jan. 10.
    The program is for youth of all abilities. A separate competitive league is also being offered.
    Price for participation in the Junior league is $55 for YMCA members, $82 for nonmembers and $83 for members and $123 for nonmembers in the competitive league. Financial assistance may be available.
    Registrations may be completed at the YMCA or online at www.laymca.org.

  • Toppers nipped by four points vs. Hawks

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team held a 4-point edge late against the Volcano Vista Hawks, but struggled in the final three minutes of Tuesday night’s contest.
    The Hilltoppers dropped the road contest to the Class 5A Hawks, 46-42.
    While the loss was disappointing, worse still for the Hilltoppers was a late injury suffered by Thomas Russell. Russell, one of the team’s premier players, rolled his ankle on a putback attempt in the fourth quarter.
    It was the second time Russell had injured the ankle, the first being in the preseason, but he stayed in to the contest long enough to sink two free throws to give Los Alamos a 4-point advantage.

  • Hawks knock off Hilltoppers at home

    The Hilltopper girls basketball team hosted the Volcano Vista Hawks Tuesday night at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hawks, one of the top teams in Class 5A, came away with a 61-39 victory. Volcano Vista (13-0) held Los Alamos to just five second quarter points and 13 first half points on its way to victory. Los Alamos (6-8), which has struggled against top-tier opponents in recent games, will have an important test Friday night when it hosts St. Pius X.

  • LA tennis team wins district

    A local United States Tennis Association men’s team pulled off an upset in the final round of the Northern New Mexico District League championship.
    Los Alamos’ team, composed of George E. Von Nieda, Thomas Kelley, Jerome Morzinski, David A. Shunas, Geoffrey B. Mills, Bob Nolen, James B. Harris and Sergey S. Kurennoy topped previously undefeated Highpoint Sports of Albuquerque, 2-1, to take the district championship last month.
    The district tournament was held at the Lobo Tennis Center in Albuquerque.
    With Los Alamos’ victory over Highpoint Dec. 11 in the 3.5 championship, the team qualified for the United States Tennis Association’s Southwest Sectional Tournament. That tournament will be played in early May in Surprise, Ariz.

  • More US women having twins; rate at 1 in 30 babies

    ATLANTA (AP) — More U.S. women are having twins these days. The reason? Older moms and fertility treatments.

    One in every 30 babies born in the U.S. is a twin — an astounding increase over the last three decades, according to a government report issued Wednesday. In 1980, only 1 in every 53 babies was a twin.

    "When people say it seems like you see more twins nowadays, they're right," said Joyce Martin, an epidemiologist who co-authored the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

  • Mexican cartel kingpin to plead guilty in US court

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mexican drug cartel kingpin Benjamin Arellano Felix will plead guilty to unspecified charges, the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego said Wednesday.

    Spokeswoman Debra Hartman said she could not elaborate in advance of the filing. Arellano Felix is expected in federal court Wednesday afternoon.

    Arellano Felix headed a once-mighty cartel that came to power in Tijuana, Mexico, in the late 1980s.

  • The irresistible resolve to control

    I feel one coming on, oh heck I feel a lot coming on. Oh no, I don’t want to do it but I can’t control the temptation.
    Yikes, here they come ... my New Year’s Resolutions.
    Ok, here goes. I resolve to grow my hair back in a month, my eyebrows in a week. I resolve to banish cancer from my body forever, and stop my husband nagging me.
    Oh hang on, but I have no control over any of those things, especially the last one!  Umm. What on earth am I going to do?
    Seems silly doesn’t it to try and control that which we have no power over, like our own health, but it’s often a reflex reaction when you’re diagnosed with cancer.

  • Hitting below the belt

    If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to eat right and trim down, be forewarned that medical science shows your brain has it in for you and will actively promote your failure on two different fronts.
    That’s not good news, of course, but you should know about it so you can strengthen your resolve as best you can.
    Here’s the scoop. It’s relatively easy – particularly if you are significantly overweight – to lose a few pounds by reducing the number of calories you consume each day.
    The problem is that your initial success will trigger a couple of responses in your body.
    First, as you lose weight a hormone called leptin, which is produced by your fat cells, will start to drop in concentration.

  • Sudden reunification could be trouble for Seoul

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A single, reunified Korea has long been a cherished dream of people on both sides of the world's most heavily fortified border. South Korea even has a Cabinet-level ministry preparing for the day.

    And while Kim Jong Il's death last month has raised those hopes higher among some in Seoul, few are eager to talk about the cold reality: Sudden reunification could be traumatic for both countries.

  • NM sheriff: Scientist was still working on bombs

    ESTANCIA, N.M. (AP) — A retired Sandia Labs scientist was apparently busy building bombs and possibly a new type of explosive at a rural eastern New Mexico home before he died.

    Torrance County Sheriff Heath White tells KOB-TV David O'Keefe, 81, spent his retirement on the outskirts of Estancia, 60 miles east of Albuquerque, continuing his work up until his death a few months ago.

    "He was trying to make a new type of explosive, so he was experimenting with different chemicals and different compounds to make that explosive," White said.

    O'Keefe's laboratory, inside a rented home, was elaborate and potentially deadly and put neighbors within a half mile in great danger, White said.