Today's News

  • Ashley Pond redesign nears completion

    Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant Sites Southwest LLC will present the 90 percent design for the Ashley Pond Park Improvements project next week. 

    The review is the final step before the project is sent out for construction bids in late December. Staff expects to bring the bid to council by the end of January and issue the Notice to Proceed in February 2013.

    Improvements to the pond will provide expanded ADA accessibility, enhanced water quality and resolve storm water drainage issues. Additional design features include new sidewalks and bulkheads, landscaping, water features and a concert stage at the southeast corner of the pond with sound system infrastructure.

    The project budget is $2.2 million.

  • LANL security fix now at $41 million

    The news just got worse concerning the $213 million project to enhance security at Technical Area 55.

    It was supposed to be completed in June, but two weeks ago, it was announced it would cost an additional $21 million to $25 million.

    According to an internal memo from Lab Director Charlie McMillan, the project is going to be even more expensive. The fixes for an upgraded security system are now going to cost $41 million.

    “We have delivered a revised cost estimate for the project to NNSA. We believe the total project costs will rise from approximately $213 million to approximately $254 million,” McMillan wrote. “Because we are not authorized to make this type of change in funding, the project remains in suspended status until Congress or NNSA directs us otherwise.”

  • LAHS soccer teams fall in state semifinals

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team had a disappointing end to its season as it fell to Aztec 1-0 in overtime in the state semifinals at the APS Complex this afternoon.

    Jessica Kresl had the game-winner on an 18-yarder for Aztec in the first overtime period.

    Later Friday, the Los Alamos High boys soccer team fell to Chaparral 1-0 in the semifinals.

    Read more about the game in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Voter turnout drops to 62 percent in NM election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer New Mexicans turned out to vote in the presidential election than four years ago when New Mexico was considered a battleground swing state and attracted several campaign visits from the presidential candidates.

    About 62 percent of registered voters cast ballots in this year's presidential race, according to unofficial returns. That's down from nearly 70 percent in 2008, and it's the lowest turnout rate since the 2000 presidential election, when 61 percent of eligible voters participated.

    "I think this election did not reach the level of excitement and enthusiasm as four years ago on either side," Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff said Thursday.

    New Mexico was a highly competitive state in the 2008 and 2004 presidential contests as the Democratic and Republican nominees sought to nail down the state's electoral votes. The campaigns invested heavily in get-out-the-vote efforts to make sure their supporters went to the polls.

  • LA outlasts Los Lunas in 4A quarterfinals

    ALBUQUERQUE — The onus was on the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team’s defense to slow down the top scorer in Class 4A.
    And, aside for a breakaway early in the second half, the Hilltoppers were up to the task.

    Los Alamos limited the touches of Los Lunas striker Alejandro Garcia for much of Thursday’s Class 4A quarterfinal. Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers struck twice, once in the first half and once in the second half, to earn a 2-1 victory over Los Lunas’ Tigers and advance to the Class 4A semifinals.

    Los Alamos’ semifinal contest was scheduled for this afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex against second-seeded Chaparral.

    It was a rough game, however, with neither team being able to connect passes on their offensive ends.

    Prior to the win, the Hilltoppers had been on a layoff since Oct. 23. Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker said the time off had an effect on the team.

    “We didn’t play as well as we should’ve,” he said. “I’m grateful the team was able to pull this off and have another day at state.”

  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today (times in EST):


    He has to stand his ground against the GOP, and risk falling off the "fiscal cliff," or reach a compromise — and risk angering liberal Democrats. He'll make his case to the public at 1:05 p.m.


    A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day goes into effect in New York after the nor'easter.


    AP's Bradley Klapper says lawmakers are working on a new set of Iran sanctions that could prevent it from doing business with most of the world until it agrees to international constraints on its nuclear program.


  • Farmington bookstore adjusts to digital economy

    FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A local bookstore is teaming up with a major wholesaler to sell books online.

    Andrea Kristina's Bookstore & Kafé, at 218 W. Main St. in downtown Farmington, is selling books through a website backed by wholesaler Baker & Taylor.

    The bookstore and restaurant receives revenue from any books bought through Andrea Kristina's website at andreakristinasbookstorekafe.com.

    The books are shipped from Reno, Nev., and delivered to the customer's door in about three days.

    "I make the same profit whether they buy here or online," said Claudia Anderson, bookseller at Andrea Kristina's.

    The site also sells e-books along with movies on DVD and music — items not sold in the brick-and-mortar store.

    "It increases my inventory reach by a factor of not hundreds, but thousands," Anderson said.

  • Today in History for November 9th
  • Class 4A roundup: Academy, St. Pius boys fall in quarterfinal round

    ALBUQUERQUE — In one of the most stunning Class 4A state tournament results in recent memory, the eighth-seeded Capital Jaguars boys soccer team pulled off a gargantuan upset Thursday.

    The Jaguars knocked off the top-seeded Albuquerque Academy Chargers 3-1 in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs. The Jaguars scored twice in the opening half and picked up an insurance goal in the second half to advance to today's 4A semifinals.

    Neither Academy nor St. Pius X, two of the most powerful teams in the state, escaped the quarterfinal round at the Albuquerque Soccer Complex. St. Pius, the No. 5 seed, fell to No. 4 seed and defending state champion Farmington.

    The Scorpions (11-6) battled back from a 1-0 second half deficit to tie the score and send the contest into overtime. Jeremy Klepac and Naeem Begay netted goals for the Scorpions in the victory to topple St. Pius (12-8-2).

    For Capital's Jaguars (17-4), who finished as the runners-up to Los Alamos in the District 2 race this season, Diego Pichardo, Luis Rios-Olivas and Jesus Garcia both earned goals in their upset.

    Capital, which was scheduled to face Farmington this afternoon, split its two contests with Los Alamos this season.

  • Raw: Fla. Students Design Shoes to Walk on Water

    Students from Florida International University walked on water Thursday, while wearing special shoes they designed and built. The students had to make it to the other side of a 175-foot lake in order to get an "A" on the assignment.