Today's News

  • Update 11-02-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m., Nov. 8 in the council chambers.

    Trash collection

    There will be no residential or commercial trash or recycling collection on Friday, Nov. 11 due to the Veterans Day Holiday.  Those whose normal collection day is Friday should have trash and recycling out by 8 a.m. Wednesday Nov. 9.

    15th Street to close

    Complete closure of 15th street between Deacon Street and the south Metzger’s driveway began Monday to allow the installation of the utility vault for the new Municipal Complex.

    Leisure pool

  • New Mexico State helps out in fire aftermath

    As New Mexico’s record-breaking 2011 wildfire season got under way last spring, New Mexico State University personnel found themselves involved in emergency response efforts around the state. Evacuation of livestock was a major priority, and NMSU’s involvement was primarily through the Cooperative Extension Service and the Southwest Border Food Safety and Defense Center.
    In the aftermath of the fires, a number of NMSU personnel and offices are involved in recovery assistance efforts of various sorts.

  • Broadband education continues

    Nearly 25 people crowded into a small room at the Mesa Library on Tuesday to learn more about the proposed Community Broadband Network.

    IT Project Manager John Jones said that major questions are still being researched: the range of options for systems and equipment, cost estimates, funding options and developing a business plan. Jones plans on having that information available in December, well in advance of presenting 60 percent design plans to council on Jan. 31, 2012.

  • Bookkeeper gets probation

     A judge has passed sentence on the Española woman indicted last March on charges that involved stealing money from her Los Alamos employer’s bank accounts.

    In Santa Fe District Court Monday, Judge Michael E. Vigil ordered Rebecca Serrano to serve five years probation and also banned her from entering gambling casinos in New Mexico or “anywhere else.”

    Serrano, 46, worked as the office manager and kept the books for Jemez Physical Therapy at 2101 Trinity Dr. According to court documents, she siphoned nearly $160,000 from the business between 2005 and 2008, utilizing fraudulent check schemes. She also failed to report her additional income or pay nearly $9,000 in state income taxes.

  • High-Scoring Hilltopper

    It wasn’t even close.

    She’s one of the most prolific scorers in Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer history and she still has a full playoff slate and another year to go.

    Hilltopper junior Amy Neal ran away with the Class 4A scoring title this season. During the regular season, Neal piled up 33 goals — more than all but three prep players in the state at any level — and had 19 assists, second among 4A players.

    The stats are impressive, but Neal doesn’t consider herself different than any other player on her team. When asked what she felt her role with the Hilltoppers was, she was puzzled.

  • UNM looks to move past hype

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two seasons ago, when New Mexico surged into the national spotlight behind coach Steve Alford and a gritty group of overachievers, it took many people by surprise.
    Now the Lobos are getting some preseason hype and Alford is relishing the opportunity to deliver on those projections when the regular season starts at home Nov. 11 against New Orleans.
    “There’s obviously some good expectations and when you look at us on paper, that’s kind of what we’ve told our guys,” he said. “Looking on paper, we look pretty good, but you have to go play the games and that’s what’s fun right now, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together and get your team right at both ends of the floor.”

  • LA could have tough road to state title game

    Having a week off can be a blessing heading into the playoffs, or it can be a mixed blessing.
    Whether a week’s worth of rest turns out to be the former or the latter for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team remains to be seen.
    On the one hand for the Hilltoppers, who will open the 2011 state Class 4A playoffs Thursday morning, they have had plenty of time to iron out some details. Their last game of the regular season was Oct. 22 and have nearly two weeks to get their game in top form.
    But time off from competition can mean rust. It can also mean momentum gained during the regular season can be lost.

  • Strife continues over remains of 9/11 victims

    NEW YORK (AP) — An emotionally laden debate over the future resting place of thousands of unidentified remains of Sept. 11 victims is lingering as the attacks' 10th anniversary recedes, with several relatives saying they aren't satisfied with a recent city effort to spread the word about a plan to house the remains in the forthcoming 9/11 museum.

    Under pressure from families who oppose the plan, the city outlined it in a letter sent last week to relatives of all the nearly 2,800 people killed at the World Trade Center. The letter came after 17 relatives sued the city to try to get addresses so they could poll the families themselves.

  • Bank of America backs down on $5 debit card fee--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is scrapping its plan to charge a $5 monthly fee for debit card purchases after outraged customers threatened an exodus.

    The about-face comes as customers across the country petitioned the bank and mobilized to close their accounts in favor of credit unions and community banks. The outcry prompted other major banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., to cancel trial tests of their own debit card fees.

  • LA girls will meet Piedra Vista

    The Class 4A boys and girls soccer championship tournaments shift to Albuquerque after last weekend’s opening round.
    Thursday, the remaining eight teams in each playoff bracket will head to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex on the extreme west side of Albuquerque to determine the 2011 state champions. Class 4A girls games start at 10:45 a.m. Thursday while boys games will get going at 1 p.m.
    The Los Alamos girls soccer team, the No. 2 seed in that tournament, learned it will face seventh-seeded Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round. Piedra Vista, which finished third in a very tough District 1, took a 1-0 decision over Del Norte, the tournament’s No. 10 seed Saturday in Farmington.