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Today's News

  • 16 firefighters gain promotion

    A badge ceremony was recently conducted at the Crossroads Bible Church to recognize the accomplishments of local firefighters as they take the next step in their careers.

    One battalion chief, two captains and 13 driver engineers were formally promoted during the Jan. 24 event.

    Among those promoted was Los Alamos native Manny Pacheco who advanced from firefighter II to driver engineer.

    “My dad was a wildland firefighter so I always knew firefighting was in my blood and you know how we all want to be like our dads,” Pacheco said.

  • Council begins search for new county administrator

    Selecting a new county administrator took a step forward during the Los Alamos County Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Council approved directing county staff to issue a request for proposals (RFP) or a request for qualifications (RFQ) for an executive firm to conduct a national search for candidates to potentially fill the county administrator post.

  • Up to 100K for top plans

    Northern New Mexico technology companies have been using the Venture Acceleration Fund since 2006 to help bring their products to the marketplace.
    The fund, administered through Los Alamos National Laboratory, awards up to $100,000 to qualifying ventures.
    This year, the VAF is changing some of its rules: calls for ideas will be accepted year-round, and companies no longer must have a direct technology-transfer association with the lab — though some preference is given to those ventures.

  • Our Viewpoint: The importance of perception simply cannot be denied

    In any introductory philosophy or psychology class, one of the first lessons that’s taught is the importance of perception.
    Essentially, the lesson is this: what actually happened is not nearly as important as what people believe happened.
    It is in this lesson that Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County did not put their best foot forward during the recent natural gas shortage.

  • New drilling method opens vast oil fields in US

    A new drilling technique is opening up vast fields of previously out-of-reach oil in the western United States, helping reverse a two-decade decline in domestic production of crude.

  • Rep. Giffords speaks for first time since shooting

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords spoke for the first time since she was shot in the forehead, her spokesman said Wednesday, yet another significant milestone in her recovery from a traumatic brain injury.

    Giffords first spoke within the past few days and is speaking "more and more," spokesman C.J. Karamargin said Wednesday. He didn't know what her first words were, but said at breakfast one morning she asked for toast.

  • Football: Super Bowl is most-watched program ever

    NEW YORK (AP) — For the second year in a row, the Super Bowl has set a record for American television viewing.
    The Nielsen Co. said Monday that an estimated 111 million people watched the Green Bay Packers outlast the Pittsburgh Steelers in professional football’s ultimate game. That tops the 106.5 million who watched the 2010 game between New Orleans and Indianapolis.
    “M-A-S-H” had held the title of the most-watched TV show in the United States for 27 years.

  • Sports update 02-09-11

    LA-Academy girls hoops game canceled

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has one less game to worry about this season.
    Tuesday, Los Alamos High School announced the girls basketball game between Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy had been dropped from the schedule.
    The game was slated for Feb. 17, but Academy backed out, citing it had District 5AAAA games to finish before the end of the season.

  • Boys basketball: LA comes up just short in OT battle

    Thomas Russell’s steal late in the second overtime period might have been the play of the game.
    Thomas Russell’s right leg, however, decided to give up on him at the most inopportune moment.
    With the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team leading by one point with under a minute to play in the second overtime period, Russell stepped in front of a Santa Fe Demon pass about 12 feet from the timeline. Russell had a lane to the basket for, at worst, a trip to the foul line, but got a cramp in his right leg just as he started his shooting cycle.

  • Blizzard roars through US's snow-weary midsection

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A second powerful blizzard in a week roared through parts of the nation's midsection on Wednesday, bringing biting winds and dumping more than a foot of snow on areas still digging out from last week's major storm.

    As the system barreled through the Plains toward the Deep South, it blanketed parts of northeastern Oklahoma and northwestern Arkansas under a new layer of snow.