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Today's News

  • Alaska court refuses to overturn sen. vote results

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court delivered another stinging setback to Republican Joe Miller, refusing to overturn election results that favored his GOP rival, Lisa Murkowski, in the state's U.S. Senate race.

  • NKorea threatens 'sacred' nuclear war if attacked

    POCHEON, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korea beat the drums of war Thursday, with each threatening the other with immediate retaliation if attacked.

    Seoul has staged days of military drills in a show of force meant to deter North Korea, including live-fire exercises earlier this week on a front-line island shelled by the North last month. Angered by the exercises, North Korea threatened Thursday it would launch a "sacred" nuclear war if Seoul hit it and warned that even the smallest intrusion on its territory would bring a devastating response.

  • Boys basketball: LA picks up fifth at Lujan Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team picked up a victory Wednesday afternoon over the Taos Tigers to take fifth place at the Ben Lujan Invitational.

    Los Alamos, which led most of the way Wednesday at Ben Lujan Gymnasium, found itself trailing 28-27 after three quarters, but outscored Taos 21-11 in the final period to pick up a 48-39 victory.

    Following an opening-round loss to the host Pojoaque Elks, the Hilltoppers (3-8) bounced back to pick up wins Tuesday over Penasco and Wednesday against Taos, a former district rival.

  • TLC to operate under new name and management

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) took administrative action Dec. 8 and entered into a settlement agreement to close DR’s (Donny Robertson’s) TLC Driving School with sites in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Roswell and Ruidoso Downs for violations of state laws and regulations, according to NMDOT.
    NMDOT, in a combined effort with the Taxation and Revenue Department (TRD) and the University of New Mexico Institute of Public Law, launched an investigation after learning of illegal practices conducted at the school.  

  • Boys basketball: Toppers hold on to top Panthers at tourney

    JACONA — While Tuesday’s game may have gotten a little more interesting in the second half than the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team might have liked, it held on for a badly-needed victory.
    Los Alamos, playing in the consolation round of the Ben Lujan Invitational Tuesday, looked like it had its contest against Peñasco well in-hand after about 2-1/2 quarters, but the Panthers, led by scrappy shooting guard Gerrick Romero, clawed their way back into the contest.

  • Recharging the battery

    It’s that time of year once again.
    As a geologist, I’m not thinking of the holiday season when I note this time on the calendar.
    What’s impressed me lately is the clear start of the annual cycle in which we benefit from a recharging of the nation’s water supply.
    In late November, while I was digging my pickup truck out of 14 inches of snow, I had time to meditate on the importance of this time of year.

  • County settles muni building injunction

    Council members shed light Tuesday night on a seemingly mixed-up issue that has delayed construction of a new municipal building for months.
    Council voted 5-2 to settle a suit brought last month by local attorneys George and Christine Chandler. The suit called for an injunction and declaratory judgment in relation to a citizen petition that called for voters to decide whether the county should build a new municipal space or reconstruct a replica of the original at Ashley Pond.

  • Council awards muni contract to Jaynes Corp.

    In a 5-2 vote, the Los Alamos County Council approved a $19,536,868 contract with the Jaynes Corporation to construct the new municipal building during the final regular meeting of 2010 Tuesday night.
    Included in the approved general contractor lead design-build contract are the county records and historic archive facility, information technology expansion space and improvements to Iris Street.

  • Martinez picks reformer as public education head 


    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov.-elect Susana Martinez has made her pick for New Mexico’s next public education secretary — a woman who led school reforms in Florida.
    Under former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Hanna Skandera implemented reforms at middle schools and high schools aimed at improving accountability and giving incentives for high academic performance while ending social promotions.
    Martinez said reading scores in Florida
    schools went up dramatically.

  • Update 12-22-10

    Deadline extended
     

    The deadline for the Community Asset Awards has been extended until 5 p.m. Friday. On-line nominations can be made at www.AssetsInAction.info.
    For additional information call 661-4846. The program is sponsored by Assets In Action, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

    Just a wag