Today's News

  • A lesson in recycling and compassion

    Having a sick child can take a toll on any family, but having a child that needs to be hospitalized is even more difficult. Especially if the hospital is in another town. The Ronald McDonald House in Albuquerque helps soften the blow for families by providing them with lodging while their children are hospitalized or going to doctors appointments.
    A group of Los Alamos and White Rock children are doing their part to help the families and the Ronald McDonald House by collecting aluminum can tabs. The youngsters from the Los Alamos Family Council’s Youth Activity Centers collect the tabs from soda cans at each center.

  • Who gets the prize?

    I spent a week, well, actually five days filling out a form. Every night I had to fill in the title, the author, and the amount of time spent reading on this form.
    It was called a reading log. It wasn’t my reading log, it was my kindergartner’s.
    But, since my K-Kid couldn’t write yet and I wasn’t about to take the time at the end of a long day to teach him how to fill out this form - I did it. Every night “we” filled it out. I lie.
    There were some nights that we didn’t read. So I faked it. Sometimes we got busy and by the time it was bedtime, I felt it better to get my kid in bed rather than read and of course I was the reader. So, I fudged sometimes.

  • Liberal fairy tale embraced

    Words matter.
    This week we consider 17 words from Sen. Tom Udall. We will consider what he really said (not much), his being wrong, and his continued embrace of the liberal Democrat fairy tale that is a huge obstacle to dealing with the coming national financial disaster.
    Note that conservatives have their fairy tale — no tax increase at all — but it’s Udall for this column.
    Udall was commenting on a proposal to change cost of living adjustments on federal entitlement programs to a chain-weighted approach. In early November he told the Albuquerque Journal, “While I would consider reasonable changes to the cost-of-living adjustment, pushing our seniors into poverty is a nonstarter.”

  • State Notes 11-27-11

    St. Mike’s, Lovington and Aztec win in football

    In baseball-like scoring contests, the St. Michael’s Horsemen and the Lovington Wildcats won in the Class 3A football semifinals and will advance to the state title game.
    That wasn’t the case in Saturday’s Class 4A semifinal, however, as the Aztec Tigers won a shootout over the Valencia Jaguars.
    The Tigers, the No. 2 seed in the 4A football playoffs, topped Valencia 47-41. They will face the top-seeded Goddard Rockets in the championship this weekend.
    The Rockets knocked off Artesia 28-10 to advance to the final. The game’s date and location hadn’t yet been announced by the New Mexico Activities Association.

  • NBA owners, players reach tentative deal

    NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern accepted some congratulations, headed for another short night of sleep, then planned to brief his owners on a deal that could change the way they do business.
    Players, looking beat and beaten, face a tougher healing process in approving an agreement that significantly limits their earnings.
    After a 149-day lockout, owners and players reached a tentative new labor deal early Saturday, one they expect will be ratified in time to start the season with a Dec. 25 tripleheader.

  • Sports Schedule Nov. 28-Dec. 3


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

    Girls basketball: LAMS at St. Michael’s, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.


    Girls basketball: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 5 p.m; varsity, 6:30 p.m.


    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Southwest Duals, 11 a.m.

    Diving: Los Alamos Invitational, 5 p.m.


    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho Southwest Duals, 9 a.m.; LAMS Invite, 8 a.m.

  • Toppers pull out win over Horsemen

    Apparently, there is something to be said for saving things until the last minute.
    That’s exactly what the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team did Saturday night and it paid off.
    Los Alamos trailed the St. Michael’s Horsemen by three points with under a minute remaining, but hit two huge late buckets to pull out a thrilling victory.
    With 48.5 seconds remaining, Erin Kirk hit her third 3-pointer of the game from the right side of the arc to tie the score. After Los Alamos forced a turnover, Anna Scott drained her only basket of the contest, a 12-foot jumper with :10 left, giving the Hilltoppers a 38-36 victory in their home opener.

  • Police step up DWI enforcement

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Director Michael Sandoval and Mothers Against Drunk Driving Executive Director Lora Lee Ortiz, alongside with Law Enforcement have kicked off the holiday season Winter Superblitz.

    The Winter Superblitz will run from Friday, November 18, 2011 through Sunday, January 8, 2012 and will correspond with the nationwide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities.

    The campaign, themed “You Drink, You Drive, You Lose!” will target young male drivers, who are the most common offenders.  During the Superblitz a new anti-drunk driving campaign will run on TV and radio.

  • Community supports young patient

    Six-year-old Brianna Engleman’s struggle with epilepsy and major surgery has touched many in the Los Alamos community, and the community has rallied in support.

    Efforts began at Aspen Mesa Elementary when Brianna’s seizures started becoming severe. Her first grade teacher, Sharon Allen, asked to have someone on hand to aid Brianna in the classroom, but no funding was available. So the teachers worked together to find a solution.

    For two and a half weeks before Brianna left for surgery, fifth graders alternated being Brianna’s “buddy” every half hour. The buddies helped her with the classwork if she was up to it, or took her for a walk or worked with her on the computer when she was not.

  • Update 11-27-11

    TAC meeting

    The Technical Advisory Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Nov. 29 at Pajarito Cliffs Conference Room.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Dec. 6 at council chambers in the Community Building.

    Court closed

    The Magistrate Court will close Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 for computer training for the judge and staff. Anyone who has court business may come to the court before or after those closing dates.

    Marketing study

    Hotel/Conference Center marketing study meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in council chambers.

    CIP meeting