Today's News

  • Simulation shows dangers of distracted, drunk driving

    The following incident could happen anywhere and luckily for all those involved Wednesday at Los Alamos High School, this was just a simulation.

    A LAHS student faces 18 ½ years behind bars and more than $20,000 in fines after a drunk driving incident killed two of his classmates and injured several others.

  • Nuke Watch assails lab salary increase

    Nuclear Watch New Mexico is claiming that the salary of the Los Alamos National Laboratory director has tripled in the past six years in a report it released Wednesday.

    According to federal reporting on economic stimulus funding, Charlie McMillan, the LANL director, had a salary of $1,081,059 in 2011. In 2009, the salary was $800,348 and in 2005, the year before the management of the lab was awarded to Los Alamos National Security, LLC, a corporation including the University of California, Bechtel Corporation, URS and B&W, the salary was $348,000.

    Based on Nuclear Watch’s tabulations, the director at Sandia makes $1.72 million and the director at Livermore makes $500,522.

  • Lab boss to U.S. Senate: Delaying CMRR a mistake

    LANL director Charlie McMillan’s written testimony in Washington Wednesday provided a glimpse at the various issues he has dealt with in what is not quite his first year on the job.

    In his testimony submitted to the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, McMillan touched upon governance of the National Nuclear Security Administration, nuclear infrastructure, pit reuse, life extension programs, long-term science, looking ahead, funding issues and pension relief.

  • Burgess realigns county staff, names deputies

    Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess transformed what promised to be another contentious night of budget hearings regarding the addition of several full time employees (FTEs) with an unexpected announcement.

    “I’d first like to announce the appointment of two deputy county administrator positions,” Burgess said. “I have appointed Steve Lynne and Brian Bosshardt. I want to extend my congratulations to both of them.” Filling the positions was at Burgess’ discretion and not subject to council approval.

  • Girls track results from Cleveland JV meet

    Here are the results from the Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity girls track and field meet at Cleveland High School April 12:

    3200 meters
    Ruth Taylor, 14.31.35; Chloe Keilers, 16:03.78

    400 relay
    Los Alamos (Kayla Martinez, Beth Wilson, Christina Moore, Allie Hoog), 57.20.

    100 hurdles
    Destiny Fellers, 19.97.

    100 meters
    Beth Wilson, 15.31; Jessica Allen, 14.11; Megan Kuzmack, 14.65; Madi Whitacre, 14.74.

    800 meters
    Haley Butler-Moore, 3:07.30; Katey Thomas, 3:12.46.

    800 relay
    Los Alamos (Madi Whitacre, Sam Courtney, Jessica Allen, Miranda Honnell), 2:10.79.

    400 meters

  • LA comes back to win in extras

    ESPAÑOLA – Just two strikes away from losing the District 2-4A lead it had held for nearly a month, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team pulled off an improbable seventh inning rally to force extra innings Wednesday.
    But Los Alamos left fielder Kyle Parks lined a single into left field to keep the Hilltoppers alive in their final at-bat of regulation. From there, the Hilltoppers rallied for seven unanswered runs as they topped the Española Valley Sundevils 10-5 in eight innings.

  • Toppers win title with rout of Sundevils

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team wrapped up the 2012 District 2-4A championship with a big win Wednesday night in Española.
    Monika Teter threw a five-inning no hitter and was just one batter away from a perfect game as the Hilltoppers thumped the Española Valley Sundevils 11-0.
    Los Alamos (16-5 overall, 9-1 in 2-4A) claimed its fourth consecutive district title with the victory and, perhaps more importantly, the district’s automatic bid into next month’s state tournament. Los Alamos scored five runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth to close out the game in about an hour.

  • WRBC presents ‘Shadowlands’

    “A serious, thought-provoking work of substance, quality and class … ‘Shadowlands’ speaks of this world as being a prelude for what will follow and how pain is the inverse of joy …” said Jeff Lyons of CBS Radio, describing the British play written by William Nicholson.
    Nicholson, a former BBC documentary film producer, has written several award-winning screenplays.
    His first work for the stage, “Shadowlands,” won the 1990 London Evening Standard Best Play Award. This script is the basis for the 1993 movie featuring Anthony Hopkins and Deborah Winger.

  • Off The Hill 04-19-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Arts announces a video installation and exhibition of prints by Santa Fe artist Mitchell Marti. Also showing are works that reflect Baltimore artist Soledad Salameé’s passion for the Earth’s natural resources. The shows open April 27 and continues through May 18. The reception will be from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St.


    Lacuna Coil and Otherwise will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sunshine Theater. Tickets, $20, are available at sunshinetheaterlive.com.

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 28 at The Pavilion. Tickets, $27-$97, are available at ticketmaster.com.

  • Best Sellers 04-19-12

    The Los Alamos Monitor  has the inside scoop on what locals are reading. Otowi Station issued a current list of  popular books for Los Alamos readers.