Today's News

  • Sierra Club, PNM lawsuit settled

    The Public Service Company of New Mexico, BHP Billiton’s San Juan Coal Company and the Sierra Club have filed a settlement that would result in an additional, larger groundwater recovery system adjacent to the San Juan Generating Station and the San Juan Coal Mine near Waterflow.
    Filed Thursday with the United States District Court for New Mexico, the settlement needs court approval for the system to be constructed.
    Under the agreement, a new groundwater recovery system would be built to enhance the current water management system by capturing groundwater downstream of the generating station and the mine and incorporating a subsurface water barrier.
    The captured water then would be diverted to an evaporation pond at the power plant site.

  • ’Toppers romp past Demons

    Los Alamos second baseman Nick Baker squares for a bunt during the first inning of the Hilltoppers’ game against the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday. A big top of the first propelled the Hilltoppers to a big road win.

  • LAPD to crack down on distracted driving

    Even though Los Alamos doesn’t have a distracted driving ordinance on the books, the state does.
    The Los Alamos County Police Department is looking to ramp up enforcement, as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
    Thousands die each year as a result of distracted driving, which can include chatting on a cell phone, texting or playing with a toddler in the back seat, according to the National Safety Council.
    Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera said people are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident if they’re driving while distracted. And while Los Alamos hasn’t seen many accidents to warrant it’s own distracted driving ordinance yet, he said it’s still something to look out for.

  • Broadband will not go 'wireless'

    At the 60 percent review of a proposed Community Broadband Network, several residents advocated for extending wireless services, rather than creating a fiber optics network.
    When County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage made the motion to move the project forward to the 90 percent review, he also included a directive that staff conduct a study of a wireless option comparable to one gigabit (Gbps) of fiber, which would be in addition to, but not in place of, fiber.
    Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales and Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales returned to council with the results of the wireless study Tuesday night.

  • Some 401(k) advice

     In the past, many people stayed at one job, or at least one company, for almost their entire working lives. When they retired, they could typically count on a pension, the value of which was based on their years of service and earnings.
    But today, workers can expect to hold several different jobs in their lifetime, and to a great extent, pensions have been replaced by 401(k) plans, which place much of the funding responsibility on employees. So, assuming you will change jobs at some point, and you do have a 401(k), what should you do with it?
    Here are your basic choices:

  • How to change dumb laws

    SANTA FE — What do we do with dumb laws? There are so many on the books. Do we ignore them? Challenge them? Change them?
    The problem with changing dumb laws is that they were created to solve touchy problems So messing with them ventures into sometimes sacred territory.
    The latest example in New Mexico involves voter registration. Some yahoo with a cause registered his dog to vote. Nothing original with that stunt. We read about it in the papers every so often. The media treats it as a humorous prank. Nothing is said about consequences for the prankster or tightening of registration laws.

  • Sports Update 03-29-12

    Rugby match is Saturday

    The Los Alamos boys rugby team will host a home match Saturday.
    The match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field. Admission is free.
    Los Alamos is going into the match, against St. Pius X, off a 22-7 victory over Las Cruces. Mateo Cardiel, Isaac Koh and McKay Parkinson scored tris in the match and Parkinson also had a conversion.

    Roadrunners’ season starts April 3

  • Big 5th inning lifts LA to district win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team broke open a tight ballgame with a big rally in the fifth inning and capped off Wednesday’s contest with a big sixth inning.
    After falling behind 5-4 Wednesday at Santa Fe, Los Alamos pushed 13 runs across the plate in the next two innings to win 17-5 in a key District 2-4A contest.
    After struggling to get its offense going against a talented eighth grade pitcher, Alex Russell, Los Alamos strung together several base hits in the fifth inning. Those hits, combined with Santa Fe’s defensive miscues — following a nearly flawless first four innings — put the Hilltoppers up 11-5.

  • Toppers pummel Santa Fe's Demons

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team wasted no time jumping all over the Santa Fe Demon pitching staff Wednesday.
    Los Alamos pounded out seven hits in the top of the first Wednesday, pushing eight runs across the plate in the inning, setting the tone for a District 2-4A rout.
    The Hilltoppers finished with 14 hits in three innings as they closed out the Demons in the minimum five innings, winning 17-0. The victory improved the Hilltoppers 2-4A mark to 3-0.
    Currently, Los Alamos is sitting atop the district standings and can put some separation between itself and the other four 2-4A teams with a good showing at home this weekend.

  • Off the Hill 03-29-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Arts announces a video installation and exhibition of prints by Santa Fe artist Mitchell Marti. Also showing are works that reflect Baltimore artist Soledad Salameé’s passion for the Earth’s natural resources. The shows open April 27 and continues through May 18. The reception will be from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery, 435 S. Guadalupe St.

    2012 Music on the Hill Concert Series Benefit will be at 6 p.m. April 3 at Il Piatto, 95 W. Marcy St. Il Piatto will donate 20 percent of the evening’s restaurant sales to benefit 2012 Music on the Hill.

    Book sales