Today's News

  • LANL cancels monthly public sale

     Because of weather conditions and forecast showers and thunderstorms today, LANL's onsite monthly public sale of surplus items is cancelled. It's usually the third Thursday of every month. Weather conditions make it unsafe to conduct the sale today. Weather permitting, the next public sale is scheduled for Oct. 21.  

  • Unemployment benefit requests jump to 428K

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months.

    The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 428,000. The week included the Labor Day holiday.

    Applications typically drop during short work weeks. In this case, applications didn't drop as much as the department expected, so the seasonally adjusted value rose. A Labor spokesman said the total wasn't affected by Hurricane Irene.

    Still, applications appear to be trending up. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fourth straight week to 419,500.

  • Season could be delayed for NBA

    NEW YORK (AP) — The long looks on players’ faces and the anger in Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver’s voice made it obvious: There was no progress Tuesday in talks to end the NBA lockout.
    And with less than three weeks until training camps, the latest setback may be a tough one.
    “I think coming out of today, obviously because of the calendar, we can’t come out of here feeling as though training camps and the season is going to start on time at this point,” players’ association president and Los Angeles Lakers president Derek Fisher said.
    Still divided over the salary cap structure, owners and players decided to pass on talking again Wednesday.

  • LA dropped by La Cueva, 6-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had some breakdowns at the beginning and the end of its game Tuesday against the La Cueva Bears, falling at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex 6-1.
    The Bears took advantage of a pair of mistakes early in the contest, taking a quick 2-0 edge. Then, late in the game, the Bears went on a scoring frenzy, picking up three goals in the space of about five minutes to win going away.
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said it was a disappointing way to start the game, but his team picked it up afterwards and played fairly even with the Bears until a late-game mental breakdown.

  • La Cueva holds on to top LA at home

    A long, grinding week got off to a rough start for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team Tuesday night.
    The Hilltoppers got through an initial offensive push by the La Cueva Bears Tuesday at Sullivan Field, taking an early lead. But the Bears scored twice later in the first half and twice more in the second half. The Hilltoppers earned a late goal in the contest, but it wasn’t enough as the Bears held on for a 4-3 victory.
    The Bears, ranked No. 4 in last week’s Class 5A coaches’ poll, had the Hilltoppers back on their heels for most of the contest.
    Despite scoring three goals, the Hilltoppers (6-2) weren’t able to mount much of a sustained attack Tuesday.

  • Design within context

    In the Thursday story published in the Los Alamos Monitor, “Trinity Drive Still Hot Topic,” the reporter greatly simplified my blog comments on the relative value of separated bicycle facilities vs. on-street bicycle facilities.
    There are no good “one size fits all” solutions and I would not suggest, without context specific information, what type of bicycle facility I would recommend to the county council in my capacity as a Transportation Board member or for that matter, as a private citizen.
    Readers can refer to the blog for details (www.labikes.blogspot.com.)

  • Be There 09-14-11

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce FAN Club invites the public to celebrate National Assisted Living Week from 5:30-7 p.m. at Aspen Ridge Lodge Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, 1010 Sombrillo Court. For more information, contact Mary Yamada at 661-0066 or myamada@aspenridgelodge.com.

    Join the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board as they celebrate the award of a State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grant: The Los Alamos Youth Food Project. A brief celebration and check presentation will be from 3-3:30 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School, 2101 Hawk Dr. Look for the celebration near the entrance of LAMS, next to the Pledge Garden.

  • Seize the opportunity to engage youth

    There is so much to do that this week, we’ll have to give you two assets, so we can squeeze them all in during the month. Our focus this week is asset 22, school engagement and asset 23, homework.
     Research indicates that there is a need for youth to be actively engaged in learning, and that a minimum of an hour of homework each night might be the key.
     This week, there are two opportunities to engage kids in learning, while you get to be involved, too.
     The first is Thursday  from 6-7:30 p.m. at Chamisa Elementary. The school science night provides some hands-on opportunities to learn, mixed with a little fun.

  • Issuing of licenses to immigrants slowing

    SANTA FE (AP) — The flow of driver’s licenses to immigrants has slowed in New Mexico since the state tightened its application system last year, but the drop-off steepened after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office in January promising to end the licensing policy, according to a review of state records by The Associated Press.
    Martinez has unsuccessfully pressed the Democratic-controlled Legislature to repeal New Mexico’s immigrant license law, but fewer licenses are being issued to foreign nationals as the political debate intensifies.

  • CIP committee to meet in Council Chambers

    Los Alamos County’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) Evaluation and Oversight Committee will conduct a business meeting at 5:15 p.m., Thursday in Council Chambers. The agenda will include a request from Parks Manager Dick McIntyre for approval of additional scope of work on the North Mesa Ballfields Lighting project.
    The repairs proposed in the original capital project approved last year are completed, but it has been discovered that another area within the ball field complex now requires lighting and electrical repairs for safety reasons.
    The original lighting project came in under budget, so the Parks request is only for expanded scope. The additional work is projected to fall within the existing budget.