Today's News

  • Top 10 Movies 11-10-11

    1.  “Puss in Boots,” weekend gross,  $33 million
    2.  “Tower Heist,”  weekend gross, $24 million
    3.  “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas,” $12.9 million
    4.  “Paranormal” $8.3  million
    5. “In Time,”  $7.4 million
    6.  “Footloose,” weekend gross, $4.4 million
    7.   “Real Steel,” weekend gross, $3.4 million

    8.  “The Rum Diary,” weekend gross, $2.9 million

    9.  “The Ides of March,” weekend gross, $1.9 million
    10.  “Moneyball,” $1.7 million
    Source: www.the-movie-times.com

  • Watch birds take flight in November

    It is fall again and more than 500 sandhill cranes have arrived at Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge with snow geese soon to follow, heralding the annual migration of wintering birds. The refuge is located on state highway 281, just east of the Las Vegas.
    The Annual Fall Wildlife Drive will be open to visitors from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each Sunday in November. This 4 1/2 mile self-guided drive will take adventureres through the short-grass prairie and past lakes, marshes and croplands that serve as habitat for a multitude of migratory birds, including a wide variety of waterfowl, geese, eagles, hawks and sandhill cranes.
    Volunteer roving naturalists will be on hand with spotting scopes to help identify birds.

  • Dripping faucets, homespun humor and murder

    Los Alamos’s own James D. Doss will sign his newest Charlie Moon mystery, “Coffin Man,” at 6 p.m. Friday at Otowi Station Bookstore.
    When Colorado rancher and part-time tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets a call from Wanda Naranjo, she’s panicked. Not only is her sink leaking, which Moon fixes, but her 16-year-old daughter Betty, has gone missing. For how long? Only a few hours, but she’s pregnant. So what about the father-to-be? It’s a good question and anybody’s guess. Betty has kept her lips sealed on the subject.

  • Series presents David E. Stuart

    David E. Stuart, the first student in the State of West Virginia to earn a degree in anthropology, came to UNM in 1967/68 where he earned a master’s degree, doctorate and later, an honorary doctorate from West Virginia Wesleyan College.
    He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Alaska, Ecuador and the American Southwest, where he continues to publish in both anthropology and archaeology.
    He served The University of New Mexico as a senior academic administrator for many years and still teaches the Archaeology of New Mexico.  
    He will speak on “Pueblo Peoples on the Pajarito Plateau” at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 as part of the Authors Speak series at Mesa Public Library.

  • An evening with Beethoven

    An evening with Beethoven would be just about any fan’s dream, but what could compare to that? Perhaps, Beethoven performed by pianist Per Tengstrand and Santa Fe Pro Musica. Tengstrand returns to  the stage by popular demand following his Beethoven performance last season.  (A short clip of this performance, and other videos, can be found on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Per-Tengstrand/231992701550).  

  • Penn St. campus is rattled

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — After nearly a half-century on the job, Joe Paterno says he is still getting used to the idea of not being Penn State’s football coach. So is the rest of the shaken campus, after one of the most tumultuous days in its history.
    In less than 24 hours Wednesday, the winningest coach in major college football announced his retirement at the end of the season — then was abruptly fired by the board of trustees.

  • LA goes 4-0 to open state play

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team opened the Class 4A postseason with a spotless mark in pool play.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed in the 4A tournament, advances to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs. They will take on the winner of tonight’s match between Piedra Vista and Bernalillo. The quarterfinal contest is set for 8 a.m. at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.
    “We looked really good today,” said Hilltopper outside hitter Erin Kirk. “The defense was really good. If a ball wasn’t touched by the blockers, it was dug up by someone.”

  • Toppers feel prepared heading into first round

    Few teams in the state are as hot as the Los Alamos Hilltoppers heading into the state Class 4A football playoffs.
    To stay there, the Hilltoppers will have to remain just as hot.
    Los Alamos will get its chance to prove its mettle Friday night when it takes on a tough Los Lunas Tigers squad. The two teams will meet in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs at Willie Chavez Stadium in Los Lunas.
    The Tigers (8-2) would’ve surely been a top-four seeded team this season had they been able to knock off cross-county rival Valencia in their final game of 2011. Instead, Valencia’s Jaguars won the 13-7 defensive struggle and earned the No. 3 seed.

  • Leisure pool referendum drowns in 'No' votes

     The Los Alamos County general obligation bond for a leisure pool at the aquatic center failed overwhelmingly Wednesday night as unofficial results were released at the Justice Center.

    Ballots were mailed out to residents who voted against the pool measure 3,851-2,239.

    Final design and construction costs were expected to be $6.1 million. The county had allocated $3.1 million from the General Fund. Citizens were asked to approve an increase in property taxes through a General Obligation (GO) bond of up to $3 million. The average increase in property taxes on a home valued at $300,000 would have been $32.35 annually, based on county estimates.

  • Collaborative Smart Grid Demonstration Project Breaks Ground in LA

    U.S. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and the Director General Hidekazu Takakura with Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) broke ground today for the construction of a two megawatt solar array on the Los Alamos capped landfill.  This is the first phase of the larger New Mexico/Japan Smart Grid Collaborative Demonstration Project in Los Alamos. 

    NEDO is teaming with Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Los Alamos project, and with the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM), Mesa Del Sol, and Sandia National Laboratories for a project in Albuquerque.  Both projects will demonstrate the viability of smart grid technology in New Mexico.