Today's News

  • Toppers open their season at Academy’s Barney Relays

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams head into the pool Saturday morning for their 2011-12 season opener.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to their traditional jumping-off point, the Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will go into the season with plenty of new faces in the pool and only a few returners with state meet experience. The Barney Relays, which usually includes the top-finishing teams from the previous year’s state meet, should provide Los Alamos with a chance to see where it stacks up heading into the early part of its schedule.
    In the 2010-11 state title meet, the Hilltopper girls finished sixth overall, picking up 139.5 points, while the Hilltopper boys were 14th overall, earning 48 points.

  • Just A Wag 11-18-11

    Rumor has it that a jolly old elf is preparing to fly to town on his magical sleigh.
    The portly fellow with the infectious laugh and fluffy white beard will be at CB FOX from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 to meet with children of all ages.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Corporate value statements useless, perhaps harmful

    My odd experiences now include the strange exercise of an appeals hearing for state government employees. Everything favors the state. The hearing officer sits at a table facing the door. Flanking and facing the officer are two tables, one for the employee (and lawyer) and one for the bureaucrats, a lawyer and a paralegal. Spare. Empty. Surreal. Totally tilted to the state.
    Strip everything — nice words and thick employee manuals — and the room embodies a statement of ultimate values to state employees. Something like: We are all powerful; you are an insect.
    The context here — 10 reasons to not define corporate values — comes from Glenda Eoyang of Minneapolis, founding executive director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.

  • Saving for the future

    Halloween brought little witches and goblins and ghouls to our doors, scaring us with frightening blood stained scars, loose skin hanging from half eaten faces, and now and then even a knife impaling someone’s head.  
    One child proved to be the most frightening of all by wearing a Mitt Romney mask. I threw a bowlful of candy bars at him and pleaded, “Leave my dog alone!”
    Trick or Treat! Gimme gimme gimme candy!!! Ah, the sweet sound of young greed.
    Yes, another Halloween come and gone, another visit to the dentist to drill out cavities from ingesting all that sugar and chocolate (well, you’re lucky if there was actually any real chocolate in that stuff.)

  • Okla. St. women's coaches die in Ark. plane crash--video extra

    STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna were killed when the single-engine plane they were riding in during a recruiting trip crashed near a wildlife management area in central Arkansas.

    The university said the pair died in the crash Thursday night near Perryville, about 45 miles west of Little Rock. The Winona Wildlife Management Area is in steep terrain in the eastern Ouachita Mountains. A cause of the crash was not announced.

    In January 2001, 10 men affiliated with the university's men's basketball team died in a Colorado plane crash.

  • Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Visits LANL

    Admiral James A. Winnefield, the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Los Alamos National Laboratory Thursday.  Winnefield is a four star Navy Admiral, and as Vice Chairman is the second highest-ranking U.S. military officer.

    Winnefield was at Los Alamos to receive a wide variety of classified briefings that covered the broad spectrum of national security science at Los Alamos.  The Vice Chairman was briefed by the laboratory’s senior leadership including director Charlie McMillan, and Principal Associate Directors Bret Knapp and Terry Wallace.  The briefings included details of the laboratory’s Nuclear Weapons Program and Global Security portfolio.

  • Jammed lavatory door on flight sparks terror scare--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — A pilot accidentally locked himself in the bathroom aboard a flight to New York City and touched off a brief hijacking terror scare that underscored the fears about air travel that still linger more than a decade after 9/11.

    The captain of Delta Flight 6132 got stuck in the lavatory Wednesday during the flight from Asheville, N.C., to La Guardia Airport.

    When a passenger with an accent tried to alert the co-pilot in the cockpit, the co-pilot became alarmed and notified air traffic controllers, according to a recording of the radio exchange from the website LiveATC.net.

  • Be There 11-17-11

    The White Rock Family Friendly Film Series presents, “Winnie the Pooh,” at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall.

    The Authors Speak Series presents “David Stuart: People of the Pajarito Plateau,” at 7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda. The event is being held one week earlier due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The Los Alamos Democratic Party featured speaker will be  Donald Morris, a longtime Los Alamos Democrat. He will speak at 7 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. All are welcome to attend.   

    The Los Alamos County Republican Party will meet at 7:30 p.m. at the Hill Top House, third floor conference room.


  • Dog that survived death chamber finds new home in New Jersey

    NUTLEY, N.J. (AP) — The dog that survived an Alabama dog pound’s gas chamber has found a permanent home in New Jersey.

    Daniel, a beagle mix named by animal control workers in Alabama after the biblical figure who survived the lion’s den, joined four other rescued dogs last Thursday at the home of Joe Dwyer and his family in Nutley, about 10 miles west of New York City.

    “He’s in extremely good shape, especially in light of what he went through,” Dwyer said Wednesday after returning from a trip to the veterinarian. “His attitude is just incredible.”

  • Bake sale to raise funds for cancer research

    Cookies for Kids’ Cancer will host a bake sale to support pediatric cancer research from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday during the arts and crafts fair at Los Alamos Middle School.
    Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a not-for-profit organization committed to raising funds to support research for new and improved therapies for pediatric cancers.
    Through local base sales, Cookies for Kids’ Cancer provides the inspiration and support for individuals, communities and businesses to help fight pediatric cancer.