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Today's News

  • Lunar eclipse was once in a lifetime event

    Skywatchers got an early holiday present this year: A total eclipse of the moon. Hanging high in the sky, the moon slowly turned from bright silver into a red disk early Tuesday. And it could be seen in the Los Alamos area.
    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun’s rays that otherwise reflect off the moon’s surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

  • Former LA fire captain sentenced

    A former Los Alamos fire captain charged with videotaping a female firefighter in the shower area of Station 3 in White Rock Oct. 18 was sentenced this morning in Magistrate Court.
    Judge Pat Casados sentenced Aaron Adair, 36, to 364 days conditional probation.
    “He plead no contest to the two charges (voyeurism and tampering with evidence) and he was given a conditional discharge,” Casados said.

  • Hockey: LA, OutKast play to scoreless tie Friday

    Following a scoreless tie between it and the Albuquerque OutKast Friday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team slipped into second place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.
    Los Alamos (9-1-1) holds the edge in points over the Taos Ice Tigers (9-1), but is one-half game back after the Tigers topped the Santa Fe Blue Jackets and routed the Rio Rancho Rams this weekend.
    The NMIIHL goes on its winter break. Regular play resumes Jan. 14 for some teams.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers fall in Ben Lujan 1st round

    JACONA – What started out appearing to be its best quarter of the night turned into a struggle for the upset-minded Los Alamos Hilltoppers Monday night.
    In the first round of the Ben Lujan Invitational, the Hilltoppers erased a 3-point deficit at the half against the Pojoaque Elks and went on to grab a 25-23 lead. But the Hilltoppers were held scoreless in the final 4:07 of the third quarter as the Elks took full control of the ballgame.

  • New Mexico goes over 2 million population mark

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congratulations, New Mexico. U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday show the state's population has grown to more than 2 million residents in the last decade.

    The 2010 Census data listed New Mexico's population at 2,059,179 residents, reflecting a 13.2 percent increase over the population in 2000, which was 1,819,046.

    While the growth wasn't enough to help New Mexico secure a fourth seat in the U.S. House, the state won't lose any seats, either.

  • Census shows slowing US growth, brings GOP gains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican-leaning states will pick up a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation's population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.

    The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation's population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, a slower pace than the 13.2 percent population increase from 1990 to 2000.

  • Farolitos to set streets aglow

    The Los Alamos County Transportation Division will turn off the power to various streetlights to enhance the viewing of holiday farolitos.
    Due to the long holiday weekend, the streetlights will be turned off Thursday and will be restored on Monday.
    For safety purposes, the Transportation Division requests that all vehicles and trailers be moved to off-street parking while the streetlights are off.
    If this is not possible, it is recommended that the vehicles and trailers be silhouetted by farolitos.

  • WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY UNTIL 5 a.m. FRIDAY

    The National Weather Service issued the following Winter Storm Watch Thursday afternoon:

    A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST FRIDAY.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... EXPECT AN 2 TO 4 INCHES OF FRESH SNOWFALL OVERNIGHT... WITH AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2 INCHES OVER SUMMITS AND HIGHER SLOPES.

    * TIMING... SNOW SHOWERS DEVELOPING THIS EVENING WILL TAPER OFF BY EARLY FRIDAY MORNING.

  • Football: Favre knocked out, Bears beat Vikes to win North

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Only Brett Favre could get hurt in a game he was supposedly too beat up to play in.

    After Minnesota's battered quarterback walked off the snow-coated field with what he later called a concussion, Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears took back the division title Favre is so used to winning.

    Cutler's three touchdown passes and record-setting Devin Hester's dashing kick returns helped the Bears fly past the Vikings 40-14 on a frosty, hard-hitting Monday night to clinch the NFC North.

  • Strong earthquake kills 7 in southeast Iran

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Rescue teams managed to pull all survivors from under the rubble Tuesday after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck a remote area in southeastern Iran late the previous night, killing seven and injuring 33 people.

    Iranian state TV said the strong quake hit Hosseinabad, a small town of a few hundred residents in a sparsely populated Chah Malek region in the country's southeast late on Monday.