Today's News

  • Caldera’s outlook brightens under NPS

    Increased economic benefits for local communities and better protection of the site are projected for the Valles Caldera National Preserve if managed by the National Park Service (NPS), according to a new report prepared by the Harbinger Consulting Group.

  • Technology returns home to LA

    Editor’s note: First of a two-part series.

    In 1963, local resident George Erickson made the first working model of a heat pipe at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), based on a concept by George Grover.

    That technology has traveled to the outer limits – providing thermal control for spaceships and satellites orbiting thousands of miles above the earth – and has now returned home to provide solar thermal domestic hot water (DHW) to the Justice Center and animal shelter. 

  • Police Beat 10-25-11

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    Oct. 13

    10:44 a.m. – Mason Tietjen, 26, of Los Alamos was arrested near Bryce Avenue and Rover Blvd., and charged with driving while license suspended or revoked.

    2:39 p.m. – A 15-year-old Los Alamos boy was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School and referred to the juvenile probation officer.
    Oct. 14

    6:45 p.m. – Delbert Romero, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested at 1060 Sioux St., and charged with battery.     

  • Sports Update 10-25-11

    Turkey Trot set for Nov. 20

    The annual Turkey Trot will return Nov. 20.
    The Turkey Trot is a benefit run for the local CROP organization. It will start at Los Alamos Middle School at 2 p.m.
    The run is 2.57 miles.
    The top 25 finishers will be recognized and all participants have a chance to win turkeys and pumpkin pies in a random drawing. Top participants from the 2011 Pace Race season will also be recognized.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit www.atomicrunners.com.

    Yum Run to return Saturday

  • Pretty In Pink

    Los Alamos’ Carli Downs goes high in the air during Pink Night at Griffith Gymnasium Saturday night. The Hilltoppers defeated the Española Valley Sundevils Saturday in their final home game of the regular season. Los Alamos will play its regular season finale Wednesday at Capital.

  • Topper boys will travel to Piedra Vista to open playoffs

    A week ago, Evan Gartz predicted his team would have to go on the road and would have to travel a few hours.
    He was right on both counts.
    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team was seeded 10th in the Class 4A state tournament.
    The 2011 boys and girls soccer playoff brackets were released Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. The first round of play in both state tournaments gets going this weekend at home sites before action shifts to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex in Albuquerque.
    Gartz, the Hilltopper boys head coach, said he wasn’t terribly surprised with where his team landed.

  • Voters with housing woes giving up on politicians

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Like just about everyone in the Phoenix area, Jen Pollock has lost several neighbors to foreclosure and short sales. And, like hundreds of thousands of others in Arizona, Pollock and her husband are upside down on their mortgage, owing about twice as much as their suburban house is now worth.

    They don't want to walk away from it. They just wish someone would let them renegotiate their mortgage.

  • Perry wants flat tax with some popular deductions

    GRAY COURT, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is rolling out an economic plan that includes a flat tax proposal, private retirement accounts for Social Security and a lower corporate tax rate.

    The Texas governor on Tuesday was outlining a proposal he calls "Cut, Balance and Grow" that is aimed at creating jobs and fixing the struggling economy, voters' top concerns heading into the 2012 election. Perry's plan sets a flat 20 percent income tax rate, but also gives taxpayers the option of sticking with their current rate.

  • US's biggest nuclear bomb dismantled in Texas

    AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — The last of the nation's biggest nuclear bombs, a Cold War relic 600 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was dismantled Tuesday in what one energy official called a milestone in President Barack Obama's mission to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

    Workers in Texas separated the roughly 300 pounds of high explosives inside from the special nuclear material — uranium — known as the pit. The work was done outside of public view for security reasons, but explosives from a bomb taken apart earlier were detonated as officials and reporters watched from less than a mile away.

  • Gov. Martinez picks 5 finalists for PRC vacancy

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three Democrats, a Republican and an independent are the finalists under consideration by GOP Gov. Susana Martinez for possible appointment to a vacancy on New Mexico's utility regulatory agency.

    The governor's office on Monday announced the finalists for a $90,000-a-year position on the Public Regulation Commission, which is made up of five elected members.

    Nearly 90 people submitted resumes in applying for the vacancy, which was created by the resignation of Jerome Block Jr. earlier this month.