Today's News

  • Driving while intexicated

     DWI, Driving While Intexticated.  This cute buzzphrase is becoming more and more popular as more and more people are driving into more and more trees while texting their friends.
     But driving under the influence of phone is no joke.  Visiting the morgue to identify the body of your child underscores the somber reality of cell phone usage while driving.  Studies show that simply using a cell phone while driving impairs one’s ability as much as having had four bottles of beer. And texting while driving is far more dangerous.
     One of the more interesting studies comes from a most definitely-not academic oriented organization, Car and Driver.  They conducted their own road test to see the effects of texting.  Their results were “sobering” to say the least.  Their drivers performed better while drunk than they did while texting.
     Earlier this year, Chance Bothe, a college student, became the posterboy for the dangers of texting when he drove off a cliff seconds after texting “I need to quit texting.”  Miraculously, he survived, but sustained brain injuries and broke nearly every bone in his body.

  • Ski Report 11-23-12

    Angel Fire

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Enchanted Forest

    2-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.


    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    1-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.


    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Ski Santa Fe

    7-inch base. No new snow reported Will open when conditions permit.


    12-inch base. No newe snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Valles Caldera

    No base report. Will open when conditions permit.

  • State Notes 11-23-12

    Class 4A football playoffs continue
    The Class 4A state football playoffs continue today with the top four seeds seeing their first postseason action.
    Top-seeded Goddard, which has been the No. 1 team throughout the 2012 season, will take on eighth-seeded Moriarty tonight at the Wool Bowl. The winner between Goddard and Moriarty will face tonight’s winner between fourth-seeded Belen and fifth-seeded Deming in the Class 4A semifinal next week.
    There were four blowouts in the first round of the 4A playoffs last week, with none of the games being decided by less than 25 points.
    Santa Fe, the District 2-4A champion, had the worst go of it in the opening round, losing 63-13 at Aztec. Moriarty topped Farmington 45-20, Deming blanked Roswell 36-0 and Piedra Vista crushed St. Pius X 49-3.
    Also tonight, No. 2 seed Los Lunas will face Piedra Vista. Saturday, third-seeded Artesia will take on Aztec, the No. 6 seed.

  • LA's Ortiz picked for North All-Stars

    Los Alamos Hilltopper Danielle Ortiz earned a pair of volleyball honors for her performance in the 2012 season.
    Ortiz, a senior libero for the Hilltoppers, was named to the North All-Star team for her performance this season.
    In her senior year, Ortiz was credited with 436 digs in 78 sets played and committed just 41 errors in 1,237 service-receive chances this season.
    Ortiz was the only player from District 2-4A selected for the North All-Star team this year.
    The North and South All-Stars are selected by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. The 4A-5A All-Star Game is scheduled for July 29, 2013 at Bulldog City in Albuquerque.
    Oritz and three of her teammates were also named as first team All-District 2-4A selections this season. Seniors Savanah Romero and Erin Kirk, and junior Claire Stewart also picked up first team nods from Los Alamos.
    Kirk was among the top statistical hitters in 2-4A this season, earning a total of 255 kills and was successful on 32.7 percent of her attempts. Stewart was third among the Hilltoppers in total kills (163) and Romero earned 610 assists, averaging 9.4 assists per set played.

  • Church Listings 11-23-12

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is at 2390 North Road. 662-5151, bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour of classes for all ages. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant and a well-staffed nursery is provided.  All are welcome. Come Join the Family.

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Ask Fr. John: Sharing some thoughts on Black Friday

    What is your take on so-called “Black Friday?” — A. L. H.

    One’s desire to give gifts to loved ones is not problematic — at all. Also, the desire to get good deals and save money is not wrong. I say save where you can.
    After all, we are called to responsible stewardship and frugality. However, I think many Orthodox Christians find Black Friday problematic because it manifests certain materialistic tendencies in our secularized culture.
    What constitutes problematic materialism? Huge amounts of attention to material “stuff” and less concern for God and neighbor. It is not hard to observe that every major corporation and store has exploited “Black Friday,” making it into a veritable holiday.
    It is now advertised as the day we go out and spend more money to get better deals. On this day, many people will go to great lengths to get the last sale item.
    We may sacrifice peace of mind and soul. By risking encounters and even possible fights, just to get the last sale item, we risk upsetting the sense of fellowship that we attained at the Thanksgiving table. We all know the stories of our neighbor getting trampled and killed during the opening rush into a store to find the best deal. What is this?

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 11-23-12

    Charles L. Builta was found guilty in Los Alamos County Magistrate Court of battery against a household member. The original charge was aggravated assault.
    Builta was ordered to pay $73 in court costs and undergo two years of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation are defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested or indicted for any other charge during probation. Defendant will obey all court-ordered conditions of probation. Defendant shall not possess or consume alcohol during probation, or enter an establishment that serves liquor. Defendant shall not possess a weapon or destructive device during probation and defendant shall maintain contact with probation officer throughout the probation period. Defendant must also enroll in a year-long domestic violence class, as well as an alcohol treatment program for at least six sessions.

  • Public comment sought on Las Conchas project

    The public is being invited to comment on a proposal to reforest approximately 1,800 to 2,510 acres of national forest system lands that were burned during the 2011 Las Conchas Fire on the Jemez and Española Ranger Districts of the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The purpose of this project is to reestablish forest cover to areas severely damaged by the Las Conchas fire.

    This spring, approximately 425,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas Fir seedlings will be planted on 1,800 to 2,510 acres of land within the Las Conchas Fire perimeter located in the Jemez Mountains west and southwest of Los Alamos.

    Most of the project area is located on the Jemez Ranger District and a small portion, less than 10 percent, on the Española Ranger District. The trees will be planted with hand tools. Ponderosa pine will be planted at 222 trees per acre and Douglas Fir at 302 trees per acre.

    This project is categorically excluded from documentation in an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Areas more prone to regrowth with easy access were chosen for this project. Additional environmental analysis will occur in the future, as they continue to assess the burned area for more reforestation opportunities.

  • In Brief 11-23-12

    N.M. woman dies when Fla. dive boat capsizes

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A woman visiting South Florida from New Mexico died after a large wave hit a dive boat, causing it to capsize after a Thanksgiving Day dive trip.
    Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella says Nina Poppelsdorf died at a hospital shortly after the catamaran Coral Princess capsized Thursday afternoon. Three others were treated and released. A medical examiner will determine what killed Poppelsdorf.
    Officials say Poppelsdorf was in South Florida with her nephew.
    There were 23 people aboard the 45-foot boat as it returned from a dive trip Thursday. Officials say nearby boaters jumped into the water to pull people to safety. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue workers used personal watercraft to get to the site. The U.S. Coast Guard and other state and local agencies assisted in the rescue.

    Study: Mountain home boom adds to NM plague cases

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new study finds rustic home sites in the mountains east of Albuquerque and in rural Santa Fe County are adding to the number of people infected with plague.

  • Update 11-23-12

    PEO Chapter AK

    P.E.O. Chapter AK will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 26 at the home of Barbara deNevers. Karla Crane will act as co-hostess. The program will be a report of the projects.

    Film screening

    Friends of the Senior Centers  has purchased a new film for the Vision Challenged. The public is invited to the first showing of “Going Blind, Going Forward.” 10 a.m. Nov. 27  at the Betty Ehart Senior Center in the classroom. More information is available by calling 662-8920.


    Ward L. Hawkins, LANL program manager for Nuclear Testing Limitations, will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 27.  in Room 311 in the Education Building at the United Church, 2525 Canyon Road.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 27  in council chambers.

    Library Board

    The Los Alamos County Library Board holds regular meetings the first Monday of each month (excluding holidays) at 5:30 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Board Room or at White Rock Branch Library. The next meeting is Dec. 3.