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Today's News

  • ‘How far we’ve come’

    The 48,000-acre Cerro Grande Fire of May 2000 began as a well-intended controlled burn effort on the part of the National Park Service to protect Los Alamos National Laboratory and the community of Los Alamos.

    Major devastation resulted from those intentions when high winds and drought conditions caused the fire to quickly grow out of control, crown and run across the face of the local mountain, damage and destroy structures at LANL and destroy hundreds of homes.

    The U.S. General Accounting Office estimated total damages at $1 billion.

    Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker was the deputy fire chief at the time of the fire, and Doug MacDonald, known by the community as “Chief Mac,” was the longtime fire chief.

  • Baseball: Artesia sweeps LA in first round of state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was knocked out of the state Class 4A tournament in the opening round this weekend.

    Los Alamos, the No. 12 seed, traveled to face the fifth-seeded Artesia Bulldogs Friday and Saturday. Artesia came away with 12-2, 12-2 victories to sweep the best-of-three series.

    The Hilltoppers, who won the 2011 District 2-4A title, finish the season with a record of 13-13.

    The Bulldogs will advance to play the fourth-seeded St. Pius X Sartans in the second round of state playoffs.

  • Golf: LA opens state 4A tourney Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team will get a first-hand look at its fellow state championship competitors in the first round of the Class 4A tournament.
    The state 4A championship tournament for both boys and girls starts Monday and continues through Tuesday at the University of New Mexico Championship Course in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers, who earned a No. 4 seed in the tournament, will get to tee off early Monday morning.
    Shelby Fellows of Los Alamos goes off with the first group of the day, teeing off from the 10th hole at 8 a.m.

  • Track and field: LA girls come up big at district meet

    Once again, the District 2-4A girls track and field meet turned into a runaway.
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a whopping 240.5 team points, nearly double the total of their next-closest competitor, Santa Fe. Only one other team, Bernalillo, even broke 40 points.
    The Hilltoppers won all but three events at the 2-4A meet, held in Bernalillo — the first time since 2000 that it wasn’t held in Los Alamos. In the three events it didn’t win, Los Alamos athletes finished second, assuring the team will have at least one representative in each event at this week’s state Class 4A meet.
    The state championship meet starts Friday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos is favored to win its third straight team title.

  • Track and field: LA boys dominate district meet again

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team won big at the District 2-4A championship meet and placed 12 new qualifiers into state.
    Los Alamos earned 198 team points at the meet this weekend, held in Bernalillo, more than twice as many as Santa Fe, which finished as the runner-up. Los Alamos picked up district titles in nine different events at the two-day meet.
    The Hilltoppers will now advance to the state 4A meet, which starts Friday in Albuquerque.
    The win at the district meet kept the Hilltoppers undefeated 2-4A streak alive. The Hilltoppers have won 12 straight district titles since joining 2-4A in 2000 and 19 straight district titles overall.

  • Softball: LA sweeps, grabs District 2-4A title

    In between games at Saturday’s Los Alamos-Santa Fe softball doubleheader, the Santa Fe Demons held a ceremony to honor their senior, during which they congratulated the Hilltoppers for winning the district title.
    While it wasn’t technically accurate at that point, the Hilltoppers made it so in game two.
    Los Alamos swept both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, taking game one 10-0 in six innings game two 12-1, also in six innings to clinch the District 2-4A title.
    Had Los Alamos lost the second game, it, Bernalillo and Santa Fe would’ve gone into a tiebreaker, which Los Alamos probably would’ve won anyway, unless it surrendered more than 18 runs.

  • Tennis: Toppers bounced in 4A team semis

    ALBUQUERQUE — Both matches came right down to the wire, but in both instances, the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams found themselves on the short end.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams were sent home a round earlier than expected Saturday. The Hilltopper girls fell to their arch-rivals, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the semifinal round of the Class 4A state team playoffs, while the Hilltopper boys were stung by the Farmington Scorpions.
    It was a wild finish in both team matches, particularly the boys match, which came down to the final game in the final match.

  • Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derby!

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby by a broken nose.

    An injury to Animal Kingdom's regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount and once he took the reins on Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner's circle.

    Animal Kingdom, who'd never raced on dirt before, reacted to his new rider the way a champion should, charging down the middle of the stretch to win by 2¾ lengths.

    Nehro was second and Mucho Macho Man was another neck back in third.

    Dialed In went off as the 5-1 favorite, but finished eighth.

  • Teen Pulse: Word on the Street--video extra

    What’s the weirdest thing you ever heard a teacher say?
    “Hey guys, we should all take drugs!” —Anna Carroll, junior

     

    What’s been your best vacation, so far?
    “My best vacation was to Germany and Austria.” — Daniel Hill,  sophomore

     

    What’s your favorite song?

    “I have a bunch of favorite songs because I really love music and everything about it.” —Monica Poston, junior

     

    What’s your most irrational fear?

    “People in those old-fashioned metal scuba suits.” —Megan Kelley, junior

  • As water inches closer, an agonizing wait in La.--see videos

    BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) — The final wave of holdouts has mostly packed up and left this Louisiana town as water from the swollen Atchafalaya River has inched toward their homes, with their frustration and hope painted on signs posted outside.

    "Nothing left worth stealing," read one. "Stay strong. Believe," urged another. "Our hearts are broken, but our spirits are not. We will come HOME," are the words Kip and Gwen Bacquet spray-painted on the plastic liner that covers the entire first floor of their house.

    Most had left Butte LaRose days earlier amid high tension as the water continued creeping toward the area, about 45 miles west of Baton Rouge.