Today's News

  • The light bulb burns bright in Los Alamos

    A great idea is often symbolized with a light bulb. In Los Alamos, that light bulb radiates a whole new light; in fact, it seems to have a green tint.
    The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities was awarded the 2010 Energy Leadership Award from the New Mexico Association of Energy Engineers (NMAEE) Tuesday in Albuquerque. The award was in recognition of DPU Manager John Arrowsmith’s efforts in the Los Alamos Smart Grid demonstration project.

  • Russians side with firefighters union

    Who would have thought that a local battle between the firefighters’ union and county government would have international reach?
    Certainly not the Los Alamos County Council.
    In an unexpected move in front of the council Tuesday night, a visiting group of firefighters and policemen from Russia issued a statement supporting the local firefighters’ efforts to get higher pay and benefits.
    The visitors are from Sarov, Los Alamos’ Sister City in Russia. They were introduced to the county council as part of their visit.

  • Burning Our Own Fuels

    The Gulf oil spill has shown us just one of the downsides of petroleum.
    That makes the mind of even a geologist like me turn to several questions about the future.
    Could we Americans grow more of our own fuel – enough to run a number of our cars, trucks and airplanes?
    And, quite importantly, could we do so without displacing food crops like corn?
    Pretty much everybody from all sorts of political persuasions is interested in those issues.

  • 'Topper Notes: LA has homecoming work cut out for it

    Homecoming week is often a reason for the hosting football team to celebrate.
    Los Alamos will have a lot to celebrate if it pulls off what would be the biggest upset in the state this season should it knock off its homecoming opponent Friday night.

  • Volleyball: ´Toppers pick up pair of home sweeps

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team opened its 2010 home schedule with a pair of wins, including a sweep over one of Class AAAA’s most feared squads.
    In consecutive nights, the Hilltoppers topped both the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, usually a solid Class AAA program, and the Moriarty Pintos. The Hilltoppers dropped both the Cardinals and the Pintos 3-0 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The matches were the first two home appearances of the season for the Hilltoppers, who will bounce back-and-forth for most of the rest of the season.

  • NM jobless rate hits 8.3 percent in August

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's unemployment rate rose slightly in August to 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent in July.

    New Mexico's jobless rate was 7.6 percent in August 2009.

    State labor officials say New Mexico has lost 9,900 jobs since then.

    The national unemployment rate in August was 9.6 percent.

    The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions says more industries in the state are losing jobs than gaining them.

  • Auto racing: Bowyer's car fails inspection, driver docked 150 pts.

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Clint Bowyer's NASCAR championship chances were crippled Wednesday when his car failed a follow-up inspection and he was penalized 150 points after winning last weekend's first race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

  • Obama calls for Mideast peace in UN address

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Exhorting world leaders to push past years of cynicism and pessimism, President Barack Obama challenged the countries of the United Nations on Thursday to unite around peace efforts that he said could achieve agreement within a year to create an independent Palestine and a secure Israel.

  • Stocks take initial tumble on Wall Street

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks started lower Thursday on new signs of trouble in Europe's economy but trimmed their losses after slightly better news came out on home sales and leading indicators.

  • Missing woman found alive in Montana

    LAS VEGAS, N.M. – The New Mexico State Police have received word from authorities in Montana confirming that missing woman Robin Parrot has been found OK.

    New Mexico police will work with authorities in Montana to see how she ended up there and if criminal activity is involved.

    Parrot, 35, of Sapello, N.M. went missing in the Sapello area on or around Sept. 17.