Today's News

  • Correction 12-02-11

    A press release in Thursday’s edition of “Diversions” incorrectly stated that Don Taylor will take photographs during the Santa Paws event from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at Pet Pangaea. Pet Pangaea will take the photos.

  • Time to get your tree

    Another trailer full of holiday spirit arrives at Delancy Street’s annual Christmas tree lot outside the Elk's Lodge Friday morning.

  • School officials fear more funding cutbacks

    Los Alamos Public Schools was tasked with trimming $600,000 from its budget this year and may be in for even more cuts.

    A meeting of the state Legislative Finance Committee, next week at the State Capitol, will determine if the budget issue will go to the Legislature during its upcoming session. The action has come about after the LFC and the Legislative Education Study Committee did a study on revising the school funding formula.

  • Stay healthy and be safe during extreme cold or snowy weather

    Check weather conditions before heading outdoors. That includes wind chill, which can greatly impact your body temperature.

    The wind chill is based on the rate of heat loss from exposed skin caused by combined effects of wind and cold. As the wind increases, heat is carried away from the body at an accelerated rate, driving down the body temperature. Animals are also affected by wind chill.

    During severe cold weather conditions, your best line of defense is to stay inside your home or vehicle.

    However, if you must be outside, avoid overexertion — such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car, or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor may cause a heart attack. Sweating could lead to a chill and hypothermia.

  • Lab names new weapons boss

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan announced the selection of Bret Knapp as the new principal associate director for Weapons Programs Thursday.  Knapp has been acting in that position since June 2011 when McMillan left the post to become laboratory director.

    As the head of LANL’s Weapons Programs, Knapp is responsible for the leadership, development, and execution of the Laboratory’s primary mission: ensuring the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. The programs have a $1.5 billion annual budget that is split between two directorates with a workforce of more than 1,400.  

  • Crews prepare for ‘fight’

    Snow removal is a demanding job.

    “Equipment operators have to drive, operate the plow, operate the sander and pay attention to what’s around them. And most of the time it’s in the dark,” Pavement Division Manager Tom Roach. said

    As the season’s first winter storm approaches, crews are gearing up for action. Any employee who might be activated has been notified, equipment is being checked for readiness and 750–800 tons of granular deicer (a mix of sand and deicer which is replenished after each storm) has been stockpiled.

  • Owner Fights To Keep Eatery

    Central Avenue Grill owner Min Sung Park had few alternatives left when he declared bankruptcy Aug. 12 in United States Federal Court in Albuquerque.

    Park has operated Central Avenue Grill, 1789 Central Ave., as well as his Osaka Grill and Seafood restaurant, 3501 Zafarano Dr., in Santa Fe under “debtor-in-possession” status since filing for Chapter 11 reorganization.

    Park’s attorney, George Moore said Thursday that Central Avenue Grill “will certainly remain open through December.”

    All holiday parties already booked at the restaurant will be honored, Park said.

  • LA girls' defense stifles Albuquerque Academy in win, 54-22

    Throughout the preseason, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has emphasized team play.
    The Hilltoppers ran it to near-perfection at home Thursday night.
    Los Alamos played swarming pressure defense throughout its contest against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday, forcing 17 first half turnovers, while doing all the little things to get open looks at the basket on the offensive end.
    The Hilltoppers jumped out to a big lead early in the contest and never looked back, taking a 54-22 decision over the visiting Chargers at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Toppers open season with a tough test at Rio Rancho

    The lament of the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program in recent years has been a lack of bodies to fill roster spots.
    The 2011-12 roster, however, has no such problem.
    Los Alamos will go into the season with a full slate of wrestlers, something it hasn’t had in many years, and before the outcome of a single bout has been determined, expectations have risen. Los Alamos finished No. 10 in the preseason Class 4A coaches poll, something that surprised Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer, and many already feel the team should push reigning District 2-4A champion Santa Fe for the crown in February.
    But, considering many of those wrestlers have little or no prep wrestling experience, is that getting a little ahead of the game at this point?

  • Unemployment rate dips as hundreds of thousands abandon job hunt

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell last month to its lowest level in more than two and a half years.

    The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate dropped sharply to 8.6 percent last month, down from 9 percent in October. The rate hasn't been that low since March 2009, during the depths of the recession.

    Still, 13.3 million Americans remain unemployed. And a key reason the unemployment rate fell so much was because roughly 315,000 people had given up looking for work and were no longer counted as unemployed.