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Today's News

  • Council approves realignment, budget

    The Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved County Administrator Harry Burgess’ recommendation for reworking some county departments and their functions Tuesday night.

    The reorganization involves:

    • Merging the Community Development Department and the Capital Projects and Facilities Department into a new single department — the Community and Economic Development Department.

    • Transferring the economic development function from the County Administrator Department to the new Community and Economic Development Department.

    • Transferring the Airport and Environmental Services function from the County Administrator Department to the Public Works Department.

  • LAPS bus loop panel chooses option seven

    After several revisions and pushback from the community, the committee charged with coming up with a new bus loop plan to submit to the Los Alamos Public School Board has made a decision.

    The committee made up of students, staff and community members recommended that the Board adopt “Option 7.” The plan was selected from nine options, including those that would unload students behind the school, to various locations along Diamond Drive and Canyon Road.

    According to a prepared statement from District Superintendent Gene Schmidt, “the revised plan separates buses from an area from parents to drop and pick up students as well as separates the student parking area from (Duane) Smith Parking Lot plan.”

  • More fallout from lab job cuts

    The fallout from lab director Charlie McMillan’s decision to cut 60 more jobs from the flexible workforce has begun.

    Two emails were sent to the Los Alamos Monitor and the author still is employed at the lab and feared retribution if his name was revealed.

    The email referred to the cuts of 60 jobs in the flexible workforce of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. And a fair amount of those involve people who are employed by COMPA Industries, Inc.

    “LANL handed golden parachutes to hundreds of *their* employees a month ago. They received regular updates and careful treatment.  But COMPA employees working right next to them received no-notice terminations. Pow. Gone. COMPA’s methods are simply cruel.”

  • Sports Update 05-03-12

    Bower Run is May 12
    The local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will host the Jerry Bower Memorial 5K May 12.
    The run will start behind the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Race time is 9 a.m.
    Registration forms are available at several different sites around Los Alamos County. For more information, visit the website or call 672-1639.
    Fuego to be in LA Sunday
    The Santa Fe Fuego professional baseball team will be at Bomber Field Sunday.
    The Fuego, which plays in the Pecos League, will visit Bomber Field from 1-4 p.m.
    The first game of the regular season for the Fuego is May 8 at Trinidad, Colo. The first home game is set for May 9 at Fort Marcy Park.

  • LA doubles teams advance at state

    Both of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls doubles teams survived the first round of the state Class 4A draw Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff/Madeline Margevicius topped Goddard’s Cassels/DuCharme to advance into this morning’s quarterfinal round at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center.
    While Hsieh-Ratliff/Margevicius is the No. 3 seed in the girls doubles competition, fourth-seeded Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido topped a team from Silver to move on to the quarterfinals. Fitzsimmons/Lucido was scheduled to meet up with fifth-seeded Bridget Flemming/Taylor Roach of St. Pius X this morning.
    Results from today’s matches were unavailable as of press time.

  • LA's Mang named player of the year

    Jared Mang of Los Alamos was named the District 2-4A Player of the Year for the 2012 baseball season.
    Mang, a sophomore, was selected as the top player in 2-4A this season by the district’s managers. Mang was also the most dominant player in district last year, but was probably passed over for the Player of the Year honor because he was only an eighth grader.
    The Hilltoppers placed five players on the All-District first team this season and put three more on the second team. Additionally, the Hilltoppers’ Mike Gill was named Manager of the Year.
    Los Alamos went 11-1 in 2-4A this season, winning the 2012 district championship.

  • LA faces unknown quanity in Patriots

    The 2012 regular season ended on a high note for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team. This weekend, the Hilltoppers will find out if they can sustain it.
    Los Alamos will take on the Miyamura Patriots in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos, the No. 7 seed in the 4A tournament, has the honor of hosting 10th-seeded Miyamura, a relatively new school in Gallup.
    One of the Hilltoppers’ challenges heading into the series is the fact they’ve been idle for the better part of two weeks. They’ve played just three games since April 21 and all three of those games were against winless Capital, a team they outscored 68-0.

  • VIDEO: Bin Laden's Last Words Go Online

    In letters from his last hideout, Osama bin Laden fretted about dysfunction in his terrorist network and the loss of trust from Muslims he wished to incite against their government and the West.

  • VIDEO: Today in History for May 3rd
  • Student left in cell 4 days recalls hallucinations

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A college student picked up in a drug sweep in California was never arrested, never charged and should have been released. Instead he was forgotten in a holding cell for four days and says he had to drink his own urine to stay alive.

    Without food, water or access to a toilet, Daniel Chong began hallucinating on the third day.

    He told The Associated Press in an interview Wednesday that he saw little Japanese-style cartoon characters that told him to dig into the walls to find water. Chong tore apart the plastic lining on the walls.