Today's News

  • LA's split decision: Boys win, girls lose against St. Pius X in soccer


    If you were 30 seconds late to Saturday night’s boys soccer game between Los Alamos and St. Pius X at Sullivan Field, you missed all the scoring.

    The Hilltoppers struck just 21 seconds into the game with a goal from Alexi Ortega and held on for a 1-0 victory.

    “We struck early and sometimes that wakes up the other team,” Los Alamos coach Evan Gartz said. “They came after us but we had possession most of the game though. We had quality chances and we had more than they did. I am really happy.”

  • 09-09-12 Cone Zone

    Public Works Projects:


    For more information about the projects listed below, email lacpw@lacnm.us, call

    662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.


    Pavement Preservation — Fog sealing continues in Quemazon and Western Area

    Fog sealing operations will continue in Quemazon on Monday finishing with fog sealing the full length of Quemazon Road. Crews will then move to Western Area: Ridgeway, 47th — Trinity to Ridgeway, 49th and the upper Trinity/Sandia loop.

    Flyers will be distributed 48 hours in advance of construction beginning in the various areas. Review the information in the flyer carefully and ensure that vehicles are parked off-street. Use caution in the work zone and try to avoid the wet asphalt.

    Work will continue in the townsite and White Rock over the next three to four weeks. This process is weather dependent and rain could easily cause schedule adjustments.

    Eastern Area 2 Concrete, Paving and Utility Project — Phase 1
    Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon is closed.

    Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.

  • Bandelier revives annual Fall Fiesta

    Bandelier National Monument is reviving the annual Fall Fiesta so visitors may enjoy Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park. The Fiesta was not held in 2011 due to recovery efforts from the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding. This year the event is set for Sept. 29.

    The Fiesta theme is “Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture.” Events will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry to Bandelier will be free that day, which is National Public Lands Day.

    Bandelier National Monument is making an effort to reach people from Hispanic communities in the area to invite them to the event, which is the final stop of a month-long scavenger hunt for youth from neighboring communities.

  • The Black Hole Set to Close

    The Black Hole is the store that made Cold War and Manhattan Project technology, gizmos and lab surplus available to anyone who had a few bucks in their pocket.  

    Now, after years of being woven into the unique fabric of Los Alamos, the iconic outlet will close its doors for good sometime in late September, said the store’s president, Barbara Grothus. 

    The store was operated for years by Barbara’s father, noted anti-nuclear activist Ed Grothus. Ed passed away in 2009, and ever since, it’s become increasingly difficult for his children to juggle demands of the business, as they have been busy with their own lives.

  • Reiss tackles another challenge

    Following three hours of opening statements, grilling by council and three rounds of votes, Rick Reiss was appointed to fill the council seat vacated by Ron Selvage in early August. 

    In his three-minute statement, Reiss said he stood out like a sore thumb among candidates with degrees in areas such as nuclear engineering and medicine. Rather than working for Los Alamos National Laboratory, Reiss is a small businessman who provides research and office space to LANL and its contractors. 

    “I’m so hands on that I mow the grass at Entrada Business Park, a development where I own lots. I change light bulbs and air filters at 999 Central, a building I developed and manage and owe a lot of money on.” Reiss said. “I am the little guy. I can’t delegate to others, because there are no others in my organization.”

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  • ‘Expendables 2’ is funny in its own way

    The tough guys are back with guns-a-blazing and a whole lot of attitude. “The Expendables 2” is one of those movies you don’t go and see because of its stellar acting, compelling story or technical achievements. 

    It’s simply one of those movies you go and watch for the fun of it. The movie starts almost instantly with a ridiculous intro. scene, featuring the cast shooting up some bad guys in a third-world Asian country, while riding in some ludicrous war machines bristling with weaponry. 

    The tough guys make their exit from the intro., flying out of a massive fireball in their HU-16 albatross. This is a movie for people who don’t care about stories, but only giant explosions and big guns. “The Expendables 2,” unlike its predecessor, “The Expendables,” is far better and more entertaining, simply because it doesn’t take itself seriously. 

  • 09-09-12 Word on the Street

    Teen Pulse staff members Sebastian Garcia and Alexandra Hehlen asked students, “Do you think bullying is a problem at LAHS?”


  • Pageant talk with Miss France 1961

    The first thing you notice when you see Madeleine Leuenberger is her long, naturally curly, golden blond hair. 

    It’s tied up into a high ponytail, with a bright red scrunchy that matches her earrings, high heels and the piping on the black ruffled blouse she designed herself. 

    For a woman her age, she may seem out of the ordinary, and she’s got a secret — she was Miss France in 1961.
    She wanted to be interviewed in her house, which is in a small town in the Swiss Alps, called Grächen. My younger cousin, also an aspiring journalist, came along, too. After giving us a tour of her home, we sat down at Leuenberger’s dining table in her white kitchen, where she began to tell us about her life in a mixture of German, Swiss-German and French.

  • 09-09-12 Births

    Los Alamos Medical Center reported the following births:


    Aug. 27: A girl, Maliyah Aubree Vigil, born to Melinda Lucero and Derek Vigil

    Aug. 21: A boy, William Michael Wheat, born to Angela and William Wheat
    • Aug. 25: A girl, Selena Veronica Truman, born to Maria and Edward Truman

    Aug. 26: A girl, Aniah Hope Trujillo, born to Esther Sanchez and Leonard Trujillo