Today's News

  • LA volleyball team to clash with St. Pius in semifinals

     RIO RANCHO – Coming back from a slow start Friday morning, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team picked up some steam in the third set and kept right on rolling.
    Los Alamos trailed for much of the early part of the first set, then dropped the second set to the Piedra Vista Panthers. Then, after Piedra Vista took a three-point edge midway through the third set, Los Alamos settled in.
    Senior Alicia Rendon had 12 spike kills in the final set-and-a-half to lead the Hilltoppers to a 25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 25-18 win at the Santa Ana Star Center.

  • 11-11-11 brings hopes of good luck

    From China to New York, place your bets! Tie the knot! Make a wish!

    Friday marked the 11th day of the 11th month of 2011. Around the world, people celebrated the triple convergence of 11s with a splash.

    Some 1,000 ethnic Chinese couples exchanged vows across Malaysia on a date viewed as auspicious and romantic. In China, a special "1111" train started at 11:11 a.m. on the No. 11 line in Shanghai.

    "The numbers rhyme with one husband, one wife and one soul in Chinese and signifies a marriage that would last a lifetime," said nurse Pua Kim Giok, 25, who tied the knot with engineer Lee Chin Siong, 27. They were among 460 couples who got married at the popular Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

  • Seen at the Scene: Municipal Building Work
  • Stepping up to a bright idea

    At first I wasn’t sure I was reading the CNN report correctly. The story hinged on special pavement that uses the impact of human feet to generate electricity.
    That’s right. A young man in Britain has invented a device that harvests the energy from a footfall hitting the pavement to power things like LED lights.
    Talk about a bright idea. The “PaveGen” project is the brainchild of Laurence Kemball-Cook, 25. He’s an engineer who built a prototype of the device during his last year in school and is now working to make and market his creation.

  • Statehood events begin

    Most New Mexicans likely are aware that New Mexico celebrates its 100th birthday on Jan. 6.
    Few New Mexicans, at this point, seem aware that the centennial celebration already has started.
    That’s the way it usually happens. To avoid a one-day celebration, start early and keep it going for a year or more.
    New Mexico is no exception. Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the festivities in Las Cruces back on Aug. 28.
    That was followed by an executive order on Sept. 1 directing all state agencies to promote the centennial.
    Union Pacific is adding to the celebration by sending one of its vintage locomotives steaming through New Mexico Nov. 4-9 from Tucumcari to Lordsburg.

  • Veterans' Day observances scheduled across the state

    Governor Susana Martinez and New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services Cabinet Secretary Tim Hale invite New Mexicans to honor and thank the service and sacrifice of our Armed Forces veterans by attending a Veterans’ Day ceremony on November 11th.
    Governor Martinez will be the Keynote Speaker at an 11 a.m. ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans State Park in Angel Fire. Secretary Hale will be the main speaker at an 11am ceremony at the State Veterans’ Home in Truth or Consequences.
    NMDVS Deputy Secretary Alan Martinez will be a part of the 11am ceremony in Santa Fe at the Veterans’ Memorial located next to the Bataan Memorial Building.

  • UNM-LA funding supports IT upgrades

    The Los Alamos County Council approved $553,118 for the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (UNM-LA) on Tuesday. The allocation supports programing and a new IT infrastructure that increases opportunities such as video conferencing and supercomputing that benefits the entire Los Alamos community.

    Part of the funding is a carryover from the FY2011 budget hearings, when council put a placeholder for $250,000 for program support. Staff was directed to create guidelines for releasing those funds based upon guidelines for the Los Alamos Public Schools.  

    The policy was broadened to encompass UNM-LA and instituted in March 2011.

  • Update 11-10-11

    County Council

     The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 15  in the White Rock Fire House No. 3.

    WR Committee

    The public is encouraged to attend the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee at 6 p.m. Monday at the White Rock Town Hall.

    Fields Closed

    Spirio Field at Overlook Park is closed while parks crews refit the field with a new irrigation system, which involves extensive trenching. Work should be completed by the end of November. Bomber Field on North Mesa is closed to all activities until the refitting of lighting and repairs to the irrigation system are completed.

    Kiwanis Meeting

  • Missing LA man found dead

    Los Alamos Police located the body of missing Los Alamos resident Pat Turner at 10 a.m. today along Mitchell Trail.

    Turner, 55, had been the subject of an intensive search by local police and New Mexico and Los Alamos Search and Rescue personnel for several days.

    Turner went missing about noon Friday, according to friends and family, who on Monday asked for police assistance in finding Turner.

    On Wednesday, New Mexico State Police joined the search by helicopter, but were unable to locate the father of three who is a longtime Los Alamos resident and an employee at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Hilltoppers Defy The Odds

    In the locker room following practice, members of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football program are staring at the only light in the room: a projected image on the back wall.

    Before the projection, a clip of game film, even gets fully rolling; several of the Hilltoppers call out, “counter, counter!”

    They’re right. The Valencia Jaguars are executing a counter-tray against the Hilltoppers’ upcoming opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers.

    “You see that?” head coach Garett Williams asks no one in particular. “The defensive end stays there, he stays right there and he gets kicked out.”