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Today's News

  • Basketball: LA teams head to tough tourney at Academy

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will be facing stiff competition this week when they travel to one of the premier tournaments in the state.
    The teams will take part in the Joe Armijo Invitational, which starts Thursday and continues through Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.

  • Boys basketball: Topper boys pick up win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team earned its first victory of the season and the first victory of head coach Matt King’s career by outlasting the Belen Eagles.
    The Hilltoppers did a lot of good things Tuesday night to make up for their struggling shooting as they knocked off the Eagles on the road 35-29. The Hilltoppers had their best team defensive effort of the season and did well on the boards to limit the Eagles’ offensive chances.

  • Forget taxes, deficits, debt - it’s time for a family movie or two

    Nothing like Christmas to test our fragile American psyches.
    While times remain hard for millions of us, stores have amped up the gift-giving hype because, well, they’ve been hit by hard times, too. What better way to make up for a hard year than by sending us the message that if we really, really care for someone...kaching! Guilt makes the sales soar, si?

  • Spirits of budgets past

    All this talk about budget cutting conjures up images of Aubrey Dunn Sr. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee back in the 1970s, he kept a hatchet on the table to remind his committee members – and everyone else – what they were there for.
    I’m imagining two ghosts of budgets past hovering over Roundhouse deliberations – Dunn and the equally no-nonsense John Mershon, once chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee. Both hailed from Otero County, both were fiscally conservative Democrats.

  • Outcome of probe uncertain

    Los Alamos County Council did little Tuesday night to dispel the cloud of uncertainty over the fate of County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. Mortillaro has been the subject of an investigation on unspecified allegations for the past 12 weeks.

    Speculation and rumors escalated rapidly in the last week as the independent investigation came to a conclusion. First Line Resources, the outside firm that was hired to handle the probe, issued its 135-page report to county council last week.

  • Council schedules a special meeting for CIP projects

    To determine how to handle the 16 newest capital improvement project (CIP) applications, Los Alamos County Council agreed Tuesday night to hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in council chambers to further discuss the proposed projects.
    County Administrator Tony Mortillaro recommended to the council during their regular meeting to approve a budget amendment of $690,000 for fiscal year 2011 to fund phase one studies for:
    • Los Alamos Ice Rink bathroom, lift, station, parking, cover and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements – $240,000;

  • Beloved guinea pig returned

    Children rejoiced to find Violet, their beautiful classroom guinea pig, returned without a scratch after being kidnapped from Little Forest Playschool during a break-in Sunday.
    “One of our teachers put out the word on the Internet and Facebook that Violet had been stolen and a mother in town noticed and called to say that her son had come home with a guinea pig,” Executive Director Jeni Morris said. “The children had been devastated and were so happy to have Violet home safe and healthy.”

  • County personnel issues extend beyond top job

    The most visible outward signs of personnel issues within Los Alamos County government revolve around the seeming ongoing churn in county administrators. However, the tentacles that point to a trend appear to extend well beyond the county’s top spot.
    Several other senior county employees also have transferred, quit or been terminated in the recent past.
    • Former County Attorney Peter Dwyer was the subject of an independent investigation and is no longer with the county.

  • Update 12-08-10

    Fund set up to help White Rock barber

    A fund has been set up to help White Rock barber Julian Ortiz, who was recently released from the hospital. Those who wish to help Ortiz with expenses while he is out of work may make donations in person or over the phone at Los Alamos National Bank.

    Open enrollment

  • Be There 12-08-10

    Today
    Nate Downey will speak on permaculture and his new book “Harvest the Rain,” as part of the Winter Wednesdays Talk, at 7 p.m. at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3540 Orange St.

    Thursday
    The Los Alamos Chapter of Hadassah will hold the annual Hadassah Bake Sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank.