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Today's News

  • Texas family rescued from snowdrift in NM

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rescuers on Wednesday pulled a Texas family from an SUV that had been buried in a snowdrift on a rural New Mexico highway for nearly two days.

    State police said rescuers had to dig through 4 feet of ice and snow to free the Higgins family, whose red GMC Yukon got stuck on U.S. 56 near Springer when a blizzard moved through the area Monday.

    Rescuers found David and Yvonne Higgins and their 5-year-old daughter Hannah clinging to each other and lethargic early Wednesday morning. The family is recovering at Miners Colfax Medical Center in Raton.

  • Alert parents save daughter's home, dog

    Alert parents saved their daughter's burning home at 3503 Pueblo from destruction Wednesday morning.

    The daughter was at work when her parents, who live across the street, saw smoke and heard the smoke alarm.

    "The parents opened the front door to their daughter's home and her dog came out," Acting Assistant Fire Chief Justin Grider said. "Their quick thinking saved the dog as well as the home, which in another five or 10 minutes would have been fully involved."

  • Utah man wins Lamborghini, crashes it hours later

    SANTAQUIN, Utah (AP) — A truck driver who won a $380,000 Lamborghini in a convenience store contest crashed the sports car six hours after he got it, and now plans to sell the 640-horsepower convertible because he cannot afford the insurance or taxes.

    "I already had offers on it. I'm going to sell it," David Dopp said Wednesday. "I have bills more important than a Lamborghini. I've got a family to support."

    Dopp, a 34-year-old truck driver for Frito-Lay, spun out of control just a few hours after taking the keys to the Murcielago Roadster that he won in a "Joe Schmo to Lambo" contest sponsored by Maverik convenience stores.

  • Hengartner is Rotary's student of the month

    The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Andrea Hengartner as the student of the month for December.
    Hengartner is the daughter of Nicolas Hengartner and Leticia Cuellar, both statisticians at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hengartner’s sister Astrid is a freshman at Los Alamos High School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • Hengartner is Rotary's student of the month

    The Los Alamos Rotary Club recently honored Andrea Hengartner as the student of the month for December.
    Hengartner is the daughter of Nicolas Hengartner and Leticia Cuellar, both statisticians at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hengartner’s sister Astrid is a freshman at Los Alamos High School.
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects a senior from Los Alamos High School to honor each month of the school year. The Rotary Student of the Month Committee selects students based on academic excellence, extracurricular involvement and service to the community.

  • Elks help out during Christmas

    The Los Alamos Elks provided gifts to more than 110 less fortunate children in Northern New Mexico. These gifts were purchased by the membership and delivered to St. Vincent de Paul in conjunction with the Catholic Daughters of the Americas and local elementary schools on Dec. 17. Pictured from left to right is the Elks Christmas Giving Tree Team: Jennifer Kieltyka, Dan Gerth, Natalie Dimitrick (chair), Lisa Harris,
    Dick Bjarke and Mark Harris.

  • Be There 12-21-11

    Friday
    Los Alamos Chapter #63, Order of the Eastern Star will be have the final sale of holiday cakes at Los Alamos National Bank from 9 a.m. until closing. For more information, call Nina Laird at 662-7580.

    Saturday
    The United Church of Los Alamos will have a 4 p.m. service on Christmas Eve followed by a live nativity. Residents are welcome to attend the service or stop by the live nativity for refreshments throughout the evening. The nativity will be at Central and Canyon, with a variety of animals. Those wishing to volunteer can call the church office at 662-2971.

  • Winter Solstice sunrise walk canceled

    With predictions of cloudy and snowy weather for the next few days, the Winter Solstice Sunrise Walk at Bandelier is being cancelled for this year.
    “The solstice walk is an opportunity for present-day people to stand in the plaza at the Ancestral Pueblo village of Tyuonyi and watch the sun rise over the cliffs, apparently in alignment with the village’s entryway,” according to Superintendent Jason Lott.  
    “With the great likelihood that the sky will be overcast for the next few days, we’ll all just have to try again next year.
    “Of course it will still be encouraging to see the days begin to get longer!”

  • Ordinance introduced to lease Trinity Site property

    County council approved the introduction of Ordinance 596, for which a public outreach campaign is in full swing.

    Ordinance 596 involves the lease of certain county owned land to NA Los Alamos Trinity LP, in which council would authorize the execution of a real estate ground lease and development agreement with the company.

    “This ordinance is probably one of the biggest issues this council will undertake,” said Council Chair Sharon Stover during Tuesday’s council meeting.

    NA Los Alamos Trinity LP intends to develop the leased premises in the Trinity Site Project to include commercial retail space, entertainment, restaurants, parking and retail concerns.

  • U.S. Senate candidate on the stump in Los Alamos

    U.S. senatorial candidate Hector Balderas discusses how he as the “underdog” candidate can actually win the race during a meet and greet event hosted by the Los Alamos Democratic Party at Fuller Lodge Tuesday. Read more about the Balderas event in Thursday’s Los Alamos Monitor.