Today's News

  • LA can take big step toward clinching 2-4A vs. Spartans

    Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will have a chance to all but salt away the District 2-4A regular season title for 2011.
    Standing in its way, however, is Los Alamos’ toughest district opponent.
    The Hilltoppers will take on the Bernalillo Spartans Saturday night to open the second round of 2-4A matches. The Hilltoppers came through the first half of the district season unscathed and a win Saturday would put them just one victory from clinching their third consecutive 2-4A title.
    The Hilltopper-Spartan contest is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Gym.
    Bernalillo (11-2 overall, 3-1 in 2-4A), following its district-opening loss to Los Alamos, won three straight contests.

  • Toppers, Demons meet in huge 2-4A contest

    In a short time, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers have gone from a struggling football team to one that is knocking on the door of a district championship.
    Los Alamos, which limped through its first three games of the year, has won three of its last four contests and can take a big step toward clinching a District 2-4A title tonight when it faces the Santa Fe Demons.
    With a big 38-0 win over reigning district champ Bernalillo last week, Los Alamos cemented its position as the team to beat in 2-4A. With a win tonight at Ivan Head Stadium, the Hilltoppers can all but seal it.
    It will have to get by a Demons squad, however, that had been pegged as the district favorite and can wrench that title back with a win.

  • Cross country teams back in action Saturday at Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams return to action Saturday morning after a well-earned week off.

    The Hilltoppers will take part in the Rio Rancho Jamboree. Races at Rio Rancho, run on a virtually identical course to next month's state meet, will begin at 8 a.m.

    Los Alamos took a week off to rest up following the Twilight Cross Country Invitational. The invitational, held in Phoenix, showcased some of the top teams in the southwest.

    Against that caliber of competition, the Hilltopper boys and girls teams finished none-too-shabby.

  • Top GOP senator open to changes in military health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is recommending that a special committee searching for ways to slash the deficit consider some of President Barack Obama's proposed changes to health and retirement benefits for the military.

    In a letter to the bipartisan panel, Arizona Sen. John McCain signaled he was open to cost-saving steps in military benefits, a move certain to send shock waves through Congress and among powerful groups of retired officers and veterans resistant to change.

    The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter.

  • Park cleanup postponed, heartening NYC protesters--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — The official cleanup of a plaza in lower Manhattan where protesters have been camped out for a month was postponed early Friday, sending up cheers from a crowd that had scrambled to scrub the park on its own out of fear the effort was merely a pretext to evict them.

    Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the owners of the private park, Brookfield Office Properties, had put off the cleaning. Supporters of the protesters, including union members, had started streaming into the park in the morning darkness well beforehand in a show of solidarity.

    There was still skepticism even after the protesters were told they could stay, for now.

  • Sellers to become LANL deputy director

    Elizabeth (Beth) Sellers has been named the new deputy director of Los Alamos National Laboratory and is scheduled to start December 5.   Current Deputy Director Ike Richardson will be taking an overseas project leadership position with Bechtel to be announced next week.

    Beth Sellers comes to the Laboratory with nearly 30 years of management experience working for the U.S. Department of Energy and private industry, leading the integration and improvement of large, complex, and technically diverse environments.

  • State patrol: 5 kids, 1 man dead in Colo. crash--video extra

    KIT CARSON, Colo. (AP) — Five children and a sheriff's deputy who ran a group home where they lived were killed Thursday morning when his van collided with a livestock trailer.

    Howard Mitchell was taking 12 of the children from the home in Kit Carson to Eads at the time of the crash around 7:30 a.m. The school district in Eads, about 15 miles away, said on its website that the Mitchell family had close ties to the community.

    The children who died ranged in age from 4 to 17 and lived in the home for adopted and foster children, said Kiowa County Sheriff's office spokesman Chris Sorensen. Seven other children in the van were hospitalized, as well as the driver of the truck.

  • Tired campaign data

    In 2010, when then U.S. Rep. Harry Teague was running for re-election against Steve Pearce, I checked his campaign website, looking for a position statement on a certain issue.
    I couldn’t get past the front page. To get into the site, the reader had to sign in and provide an e-mail address.
    What? A candidate for public office won’t let an undecided voter look at his position statements?
    I checked again recently.  The “Harry for Congress 2010” website is still online, and you can now click a “skip” button and go to the site without signing in.
    The site doesn’t appear to have been updated since the 2010 election. It looks like a 2010 campaign office frozen in time – but now you can see it.

  • Exercise caution with sports, energy drinks

    This article may not be popular with approximately 100 percent of the adolescents I know.
    To get right to the point, a rigorous review of the medical literature over a nine-year period resulted in a recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which stated that caffeine and other stimulants have no place in the diets of children and adolescents.
    Sports drinks and energy drinks are big business worldwide. They are aggressively marketed towards children and adolescents, often for a variety of inappropriate uses.
    A separate study showed that many teens did not know the difference between these two types of drinks, yet they are clearly not the same product.

  • Make a splash this Halloween

    Get a jumpstart on Halloween at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The center will host a Halloween carnival and pumpkin splash on Oct. 23. Participants will have the opportunity to hunt for their favorite pumpkin in the pool and then get to decorate it, all while enjoying festive treats and playing carnival games throughout the building.
    The cost is $7 per pumpkin splasher, and admission includes participation in all carnival games, as well as one pumpkin and one decorating kit. All ages are welcome. Maximum participation is 150 people. Advanced tickets are being sold at the Aquatic Center.