Today's News

  • Hot off the grill

    Bonnie McGahee, who works for Red Mesa Meat, cooks up some sausages at the Farmers Market Thursday.

  • Workplace fatalities decrease in N.M. for 2010

    The New Mexico Environment Department announces today that workplace fatalities in New Mexico decreased in 2010 from 2009, with a preliminary total of 38 work-related deaths in 2010 compared to a total of 42 work-related deaths in 2009, according to the state’s Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) study.  
    According to NMED Deputy Secretary Butch Tongate,
    “While a total reduction in workplace fatalities is good news, it is important that New Mexicans remain vigilant with workplace safety.”

  • VCNP to conduct executive director search

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is searching for a permanent executive director.
    The preserve posted a job advertisement on a government website Thursday. The posting comes about five months after Gary Bratcher resigned from the position. He had served as executive director since 2009.
    Preserve manager Dennis Trujillo has been filling the position on an interim basis.
    As of press time, Trujillo was unavailable for comment.
    The job posting runs through Nov. 18. Pay ranges from nearly $114,000 to $147,857.

  • Update 10-21-11

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the council chambers.

    Court closed

    Los Alamos Magistrate Court will close Oct. 25-27 for new computer system training.

    Benefit dinner

    Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) is hosting the Kids Ski Pajarito Benefit Dinner at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mountain Lodge.

    Drug dropoff

    Los Alamos police are hosting a prescription drug depository booth from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 29, in the Los Alamos Medical Center east parking lot.

    CRC meeting

    The Charter Review Committee meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Community Building Training Room to discuss voting methods.

  • Planning 'A Good Goodbye'

    Author Gail Rubin believes that death – like any “creative life cycle” – should be planned for.

    Rubin tells people, “Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead – and your family will benefit from the conversation.”

    Rubin – a Certified Celebrant specializing in funerals and memorial services– is the author of “A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die” (Light Tree Press). “A Good Goodbye” is also the title of Rubin’s talk at the Los Alamos Jewish Center Sunday.

  • Study: Valles would flourish under NPS management

    A new economic study has found that Valles Caldera National Preserve would create $11 million in economic activity and more than 200 jobs by 2016 if the preserve was managed by the National Park Service.

    The study also found greater economic growth and job creation under National Park Service management than under the U.S. Forest Service.

  • Hotel guests have reservations

    Guests have been lodging a number of complaints in recent weeks against the Ashley Hotel & Suites at 2175 Trinity Dr.

    Jay Patel said he owns 20 percent of the hotel and his partners in Roshni Ventures LLC hold the remaining ownership. The partnership owns several hotels throughout New Mexico including Santa Fe and Moriarty, he said.

    Patel explained during an interview from Santa Fe late Thursday that the hotel was in foreclosure when he got a call last year from a broker for GE Capital Bank in St. Louis.

    “I made an offer and they accepted it and we bought the hotel in December,” Patel said. “Then we were struggling with the bank to get a loan to make the repairs,” Patel said.

  • Busting Through

    Los Alamos’ Arnoldo Ortiz heads through a hole in the line of scrimmage during last week’s game against the Santa Fe Demons. The Hilltoppers can run their District 2-4A record to 3-0 with a win tonight against the Española Valley Sundevils. Ortiz has rushed for 585 yards in his last three games including 179 yards last week

  • Toppers score three times in shutout victory Thursday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a solid win in one of its postseason tune-up games Thursday.
    The Hilltoppers shut out a stout opponent in the St. Michael’s Horsemen, taking a 3-0 victory at Brother Abdon Field in Santa Fe.
    Hilltopper leading scorer Amy Neal had a goal and two assists Thursday to help the Hilltopers to the victory in their next-to-last game of the regular season. Los Alamos will play one more contest, Saturday at Aztec, before the Class 4A playoff seedings are announced Sunday.
    Katie Hemphill picked up an assist on Neal’s goal, while Neal handed out assists to both Naomi Movshovich and Leslie Guarello. Bryce Theesfeld earned the shutout victory in goal, stopping four Horsemen shots.

  • Sports Update 10-21-11

    Snow sports conditioning class starting

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a snow sports conditioning class.
    The class is designed to help winter sports participants get in shape for the ski and snowboarding season. The focus will be on cardio and strength training.
    Sessions start Monday and continue through Dec. 21.
    Sessions will run Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-7 a.m.
    The class is not geared for beginning exercisers.
    Price for participation is $100 for YMCA members, $135 for nonmembers.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100 or visit laymca.org on the Internet.

    Skateboard competition is Oct. 29 in White Rock