Today's News

  • Cougar attacks raise fears

    The mountain lion attack that killed Gwennie, a 60-pound Foxhound, on Dec. 24 has raised safety concerns among Los Alamos County residents. Another cougar attempted to take a dog (unsuccessfully) in Quemazon on Jan. 2.

    Blake Swanson, conservation officer for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF), reported that NMDGF is working to either trap or track the cougar.

    Winter cold and habitat loss due to drought and the Las Conchas Fire may be factors in the lions’ incursion into town.

    “There was habitat loss due to the fire, especially near Bandelier. Animals are moving into areas where they can feed, and, unfortunately, that’s in town,” Swanson said.

  • LAHS Open House

    Los Alamos High School students and parents attended an open house Wednesday morning, where they were able to tour the new building, get schedules and find classrooms. Representatives from Josten’s and Summit Foods were also there. Classes resume Thursday after winter break.

  • LA stays whole in redistricting

    A state district judge has approved a plan for drawing new boundaries of state House of Representative districts that will pair two Republican incumbents in southeastern Mexico and two Democrats in the north-central part of the state.

    District Judge James Hall issued his redistricting order Tuesday.

    Rep. Jim Hall (R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval) said he received a text from a member of the Republican caucus Tuesday night saying the judge had adopted Executive Plan 3 “with a couple of changes.”
    Under Executive Plan 3, District 43 would be composed of all of Los Alamos County, Rio Arriba County precincts 25 and 30, Sandoval County precincts 7, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 51, 78 and 79 and Santa Fe County precincts 12 and 80.

  • Be There 01-04-12

    There will be a Salvation Army bell ringer thank you reception from 5-6 p.m. at the White Rock Senior Center. Celebrate the generosity and good will that graced the community this holiday season and thank the individuals that helped make it happen.

    Friday Forts at PEEC. Children can go to PEEC after school with their parents and build forts with other children until dark. Free, but parents must supervise children. No registration required.

    Los Alamos Little Theater presents, “A Thousand Clowns,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and also Jan. 13, 14, 20, 21 and at 2 p.m. Jan. 15. Tickets are available at CB Fox and at the door. Visit lalt.org for more information.


  • Event recognizes those with a can do attitude

    Seats are still available to the mini gala, also known as the Community Asset Awards. The event will be Saturday night at the Best Western Hilltop Hotel.
    The local program recognizes community residents with the can-do attitude that makes Los Alamos a better place to live and work.
    More than 40 will be recognized, ranging from student to senior and business to individual.
    While the event focuses on the community as a whole, youth take center stage with key roles in the festivities.
    The musical stylings of the Sage Street Saxtet will provide entertainment for the evening. The saxtet members include: Nate Hall, Adam Sayre, Doug Jones and Alex Martin.

  • Nothing can bring Poppy Cross down

    On New Year’s Eve, along with the standard resolutions to run iron man races and dislike butter and sugar, many of us renewed our commitments to sucking the marrow out of life, to being happier despite our imperfect, troublesome, sometimes very painful existences.
    Poppy Cross, the peppy protagonist of “Happy-Go-Lucky” offers one model  on how to do this.
    “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008), the next feature in the Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, allows viewers to spend a few weeks with 30-year-old Poppy (played by Sally Hawkins) as she teaches elementary school children, takes driving lessons and  takes flamenco lessons in contemporary Camden, England.

  • Michigan picks up win in Sugar Bowl, 23-20

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Brady Hoke trotted across the Superdome field, his Michigan players celebrating all around him, a big bucket of ice water suddenly came splashing down on the coach’s head.
    It had been quite a while since the Wolverines won a BCS bowl and they were going to enjoy it.
    “All the tough times we’ve been through makes it even more special,” senior defensive tackle Mike Martin said. “To be the fifth team that ever in Michigan history has won 11 games in a season, it means a lot.”
    Brendan Gibbons drilled a 37-yard field goal down the middle in overtime, lifting No. 13 Michigan to a 23-20 victory over 17th-ranked Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome on Tuesday night.

  • 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.