Today's News

  • Jail Passes Compliance Inspection

    Very good, neat and very clean is how councilors Fran Berting, Geoff Rodgers and Mike Wismer described the Los Alamos County Detention Facility during a Nov. 18 inspection.

    Acting Detention Supervisor Jesse Ortega and Los Alamos Police Capt. Randy Foster accompanied the councilors on the tour of the jail, which was remodeled two years ago.

    Ortega has been in charge of the jail since Detention Supervisor Mary Najar retired in October.

    “I’ve also worked at jails in Santa Fe and Española and I love working at the Los Alamos jail,” Ortega said. “For one thing you’re closer to the staff and also this jail has more cameras and more controls.”

  • Public comment sought on Trinity Site deal

    A tentative agreement between Los Alamos County and the North American Development Group (NADG) for the Trinity Site development project was introduced to council Dec. 20.

    Negotiations – which began last November – took longer than anticipated.

    “We’re not only trying to get commercial activity on that sight, we’re trying to generate revenue for the schools. So there are competing interests,” County Administrator Harry Burgess said.

  • Reveal all additives

    Innovation is the pride and lifeblood of our democracy. Innovation in business systems and industries’ products is vital and thriving. Unending resources go into more innovations, think R&D.
    Innovation in regulatory tools is as vital, but lags far behind. Why does filling a crucial need attract scant interest and effort? Custom perhaps. Blind spots?
    Our interest group took a timely occasion to campaign for regulatory innovation.    
    On Nov. 17, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) held a hearing on a narrow issue related to fracking.

  • Best deal of the foreseeable future

    It’s a lot easier to criticize a proposed project than it is to defend it. The Nattering Nabobs of Negativism against the Patient Visionaries.  
    To understand this, I think of it like statistical mechanics:  a system with many degrees of freedom, which is a fair analogy to a complicated project like the Trinity Site Redevelopment Project, can exist in any of a large number of states (at a given energy.)
    When it actually assumes one state, all the others are excluded even though they are equally probable.  

  • Cowboys drop Luck, Cardinal

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Oklahoma State has its chance to be in the national-championship conversation.
    All the Cowboys need now is a little help from Alabama.
    Surviving a missed field goal at the end of regulation and getting a big kick of its own in overtime, No. 3 Oklahoma State opened the door for the chance at a split national championship with a wildly entertaining 41-38 win over the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal on Monday night.
    “There is nothing we can do from here,” said Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, who tied the Fiesta Bowl record with three touchdown catches. “I do think we do have the best team in the nation.”

  • Sports Schedule Jan. 3-7


    Girls basketball: Volcano Vista at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Girls basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Moriarty Invite, 8 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos Invite, 9 a.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Sandia, C team, noon; JV, 1:30 p.m.; varsity, 3 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Santa Fe Prep at Los Alamos, JV, 2:30 p.m.; varsity, 4 p.m.

  • Ski Report 01-03-12

    Angel Fire
    31-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 64 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    36-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 35 trails open.

    48-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 33 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River
    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak
    51-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 34 trails and 5 lifts open.

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 31 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    36-inch base. No new snow reported. 54 trails and 9 lifts open.

  • Court Date

    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan looks to pass during the Hilltoppers’ Dec. 21 game against Kirtland Central while the Broncos’ Darla Woody defends. The Hilltoppers will be back in action tonight when they host the Class 5A Volcano Vista Hawks Game time is 7 p.m

  • Taliban strike deal with Qatar on office there

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban said Tuesday that they have reached a preliminary deal with the Gulf state of Qatar to open a liaison office there, in what could be a step toward formal, substantive peace talks to end more than a decade of war.

    Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid indicated the liaison office will conduct negotiations with the international community but not with the Afghan government — a condition that President Hamid Karzai has indicated he would reject. Mujahid did not say when it would open.

  • Los Angeles police probe motive in arson spree

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The arrest of a 24-year-old German man halted a series of overnight arson blazes that caused more than $3 million in damage and put Los Angeles residents on edge during the long holiday weekend.

    But police have said nothing about a possible motive in the fires set across Hollywood, neighboring West Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. A neighbor said the suspect's mother was having legal problems, but authorities wouldn't confirm reports that she may have faced deportation.