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Today's News

  • Police promote senior officers

    Following extensive testing including two full days of simulated skill and knowledge assessment, five Los Alamos Police officers have risen in rank.
    Sergeants Jason Herrera and Preston Ballew have been promoted to the position of lieutenants.
    They replace Lt. Scott Mills who transferred to the Albuquerque Police Department and Lt. Reggie Briggle who will retire early next year, Capt. Randy Foster said Tuesday.
    Corporals Monica Salazar, James Rodriguez and Oliver Morris were promoted to the rank of sergeants.

  • New face at the county

    Seeing an idea be transformed into an actual building is one of the perks Bryan Aragon, 34, said he enjoys about his new job as a project manager for the Capital Projects and Facilities Department.
    “What’s really great about the work I do is I can drive down the road and say, ‘I helped build that building’ to family and friends,” he said.
    Aragon, who has worked in his new position for about a month, is already involved in bringing several projects into fruition.

  • Chief stops road rage incident

    While driving along N.M. 4 near Karen Circle early Tuesday afternoon, Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy came upon a scene resembling something out of an action movie.
    A truck was parked in the middle of the highway and the driver was wielding a 3-foot-long metal jack handle and waving it in the air. Torpy then caught sight of a cyclist who was clutching his bicycle in front of himself in a protective manner against the threatened blows from the rod.

  • Swimming and diving: LA girls finish second, boys third at preseason contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming and diving teams both took part in the preseason Barney Relays Saturday, with the girls finishing second and the boys third in team standings.
    The Barney Relays, hosted by Albuquerque Academy, is an annual event with some of the top teams in the state from the previous season invited. Schools form relay teams in each race instead of swimming in individual competition.

  • Boys basketball: LA falls in opener at Kirtland Central

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team lost its season opener, falling to the Kirtland Central Broncos Tuesday night.
    The Kirtland Central Broncos outscored the Hilltoppers in all four quarters Tuesday despite several comeback attempts throughout the game. The Broncos held on for a 67-55 victory, spoiling the head coaching debut of Matt King.
    Los Alamos had several chances to tie the score throughout Tuesday, cutting the lead down to just three points late in the third quarter, but couldn’t find the critical defensive stops when it needed them.

  • Airport lines move smoothly despite warnings

    CHICAGO (AP) — The lines of Thanksgiving travelers moved quickly and smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday morning despite an Internet campaign to get passengers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans.

    The Transportation Security Administration said very few passengers opted out. And there were only scattered protesters at some airports.

  • Report: Nuclear weapon drivers sometimes got drunk

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents hired to transport nuclear weapons and components sometimes got drunk while on convoy missions, a government watchdog said Monday. In an incident last year, police detained two agents who went to a bar during an assignment.

  • Consumers spend and earn more, layoffs slow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans earned more and spent more last month, and the number of people applying for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than two years. At the same time, demand for long-lasting manufactured goods fell off.

  • SKorea reports 2 civilian deaths in NKorea clash

    INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Rescuers found the burned bodies Wednesday of two islanders killed in a North Korean artillery attack — the first civilian deaths from a skirmish that marked a dramatic escalation of tensions between the rival Koreas.

  • Basketball: Irving, Smith lead No. 1 Duke to another win

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kyrie Irving didn't wait long to make his mark at Duke.

    The freshman guard scored 17 points and did an outstanding defensive job on preseason All-America Jacob Pullen and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 4 Kansas State 82-68 on Tuesday night to win the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.