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Today's News

  • Toppers rally to top Eagles

    After scoring just one field goal in a more than five minute stretch in the first quarter, Los Alamos Hilltopper Thomas Russell sparked his team in the second quarter.
    Russell dropped in 10 straight points in the second quarter to rally the Hilltoppers over the Belen Eagles’ boys basketball team Tuesday night.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper defense was stout throughout the contest, holding Belen to single-digit scoring in three quarters to win 46-33.
    The win was an important one for the Hilltoppers, who not only topped a Class 4A opponent and snapping a three-game losing streak, but to give them some momentum heading into a very tough three-day tournament at Albuquerque Academy (see page 7).

  • Ski Report 12-07-11

    Angel Fire

    30-inch base of powder. 16 inches of new snow reported. Scheduled opening is Dec. 15.

    Enchanted Forest

    20-inch base of packed powder. Trace new snow reported. 100 percent of trails open.

    Pajarito

    24-inch base. 13-15 inches of new snow. Will open when conditions permit.

    Red River

    32-inch base of powder and machine-groomed snow. 15-18 inches of new snow reported. Will reopen Friday.

    Sandia Peak

    16-inch base. 12 inches of new snow reported. Scheduled opening is Dec. 17.

    Sipapu

  • Update 12-07-11

    Road closure

    Northbound 15th Street between Central Avenue and Iris Street will be closed for utility work for the new municipal building. Detour signs are posted. For more information, call 662-8112.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m.. Thursday. They have changed the location of the meeting from the Training Room in the Aquatic Center to Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room.

    LWV lunch

    Los Alamos County Water and Energy Conservation Coordinator Christine Chavez will be the speaker at the League of Women Voters’ Lunch with a Leader Thursday at Central Avenue Grill.

    LTAB meeting

  • Vets request Pearl Harbor burial

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lee Soucy decided five years ago that when he died he wanted to join his shipmates killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

    Soucy lived to be 90, passing away just last year. On Tuesday, seven decades after dozens of fellow sailors were killed when the USS Utah sank on Dec. 7, 1941; a Navy diver took a small urn containing his ashes and put it in a porthole of the ship.

    The ceremony is one of five memorials being held for servicemen who lived through the assault and want their remains placed in Pearl Harbor out of pride and affinity for those they left behind.

    “They want to return and be with the shipmates that they lost during the attack,” said Jim Taylor, a retired sailor who coordinates the ceremonies.

  • Former principal follows his dream

    A conversation with a student was the final straw for Principal Mike Katko to make a career change. The 12-year-old girl at the Sixth Grade Academy in Pojoaque where Katko was principal appeared depressed, he recalled, as she informed him that she intended to quit school as soon as she was old enough.

    “You can’t do that,” he said. “Stay in school so you can live your dreams.”

    Katko recalled that she thought about his words for several moments before asking, “What was your dream Mr. Katko?”

    He answered without hesitation, “A writer ... All my life I wanted to be a writer and live that lifestyle.”

  • Citizens speak out on NNSA's waste facility

    This week, the National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Site Office dotted its Is and crossed its Ts as it sent a 386-page Class 2 permit modification request for the addition of a new Transuranic Waste Facility at Technical Area 63 to the New Mexico Environment Department.

    In addition, the LASO office sent a 1,074-page document to the NMED, concerning a Class 3 permit modification request for the addition of open detonation units at TA-36 and TA-39.

    There were no public comments associated with the open detonation permit modification request.

    But that certainly was not the case with the Transuranic Waste Facility, with 30 different emails accompanying the request, all of them against LANL’s plans for the new facility.

  • Council approves consortium grant

    In a unanimous decision, council approved a request by the New Mexico Consortium, Inc. (NMC) for additional economic development support.

    The new ordinance grants the consortium $2 million for the construction of a new research laboratory facility and a grant of lot 6B-1 (estimated value of $640,000) in the Entrada Research Park. The grant will be paid for from approximately $9 million in New Mexico Local Economic Development Act (LEDA) funds available in FY 2012.

    The new ordinance nullifies an ordinance passed in June that granted NMC $1.5 million for laboratory infrastructure and equipment. That grant facilitated NMC’s recruitment of Dr. Richard Sayre, a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism, who joined the consortium in October.

  • 'Mythbusters' Cannonball Hits Family Home, Van

    A stunt for the TV show "MythBusters" sent an errant cannonball through a California family's house and into a parked minivan nearby.

  • Spaceport starts to pay off

    The people of New Mexico made an investment for the commercial space industry, which is now paying off.
    After receiving a substantial amount of national and international media coverage of Virgin Galactic’s dedication and naming of Spaceport America’s Terminal Hangar Facility as the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space, it’s important for taxpayers to know that the spaceport will be bringing millions of dollars into our economy, and it’s not just Virgin Galactic that’s spending money.

  • Finding joy this holiday season

    Here we are again at the most wonderful time of the year, where our thoughts turn to the celebrating the holidays and rearranging our schedule.
    For some people it may not be the most wonderful time of the year, it just might be a tiring, hectic, depressing time of the year.  I know that is how it once was for me.
    It was late one night as I sat by the glow of the Christmas tree, waiting for my husband to come home, when suddenly I realized I had it all wrong.
    The holidays were never meant to be so depressing. For Christians it is the time of the year to join in on the special lights, gatherings and giving gifts to love ones near and far and to prepare for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.