Today's News

  • Los Alamos Big Band says thanks

    The Los Alamos Big Band, under the direction of Jan McDonald, will host a free community concert and dance from 7-9 p.m. Sept. 9 at Fuller Lodge.  McDonald, a renowned jazz musician and former director of the Los Alamos High School Marching Band, said, “Los Alamos has been good to us for so many years. We’d like to give back, especially now after the fire and evacuation. We want to provide an opportunity for the community to relax and have a good time. We thought this (free performance) would be a good way to say ‘thanks’ and lift everyone’s spirits after a difficult summer.”

  • Take a Sunday hike with PEEC on Anniversary Trail

    On Sunday, September 4th, Janie O’Rourke will lead a hike for the Pajarito Environmental Education Center at 11 a.m. Sunday, along the Anniversary.  This two to three-mile hike has steep sections and affords beautiful views.
    The Anniversary Trail was dedicated in 1993 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the town of Los Alamos. The east end of the trail follows the alignment of the original road constructed in 1921 for Los Alamos Ranch School and the homesteaders living on Los Alamos Mesa.  
    Forty years later, building materials for the Manhattan Project had to be hauled up to Los Alamos using the steep and narrow switchbacks that had been hewn into the mesa bluff.

  • Here comes the bogey man

    He thrashes his head from side to side, giant red lips opening and closing, as he moans and groans at the crowd. He flails his huge paper mache arms and sometimes flips the crowd the bird. He sports a different color of hair each year and his bowtie, cummerbund and cuffs are always a different color, too; something that onlookers have come to anticipate. Sometimes he wears earrings, other times his lobes are bare.
    The fire dancer taunts him with a torch, while dancing around the 50-foot effigy. He never knows when his flowing tunic will be ignited, sparking the end to his “life,” which in turn incites a roar of approval from the crowd, complete with whistling and chants of “Burn him! Burn him!”

  • Authorities raid pot farm at Bandelier--video extra

    BANDELIER – A Blackhawk helicopter used large baskets attached to long ropes to haul out 9,000 marijuana plants found growing in rugged terrain deep inside Frijoles Canyon at Bandelier National Monument Thursday.

    Authorities discovered the clandestine crop while conducting a flood survey of the area by helicopter following a heavy rainfall on Aug. 23. Officials launched the raid on the marijuana field at 4:40 a.m. Thursday and had dismantled the sophisticated operation by nightfall.

    The marijuana was taken to an undisclosed location and burned.

  • Keep Trinity Drive four lanes

    Sept. 6, 7 p.m., at the community building the county council will make a final vote on changing Trinity Drive to two lanes with nine roundabouts.  
    The cost is estimated at $40 million!  
    Please attend  this vital meeting.

    Phyllis B. Holland
    Los Alamos


  • Spirit is my sixth sense

    September is ovarian cancer awareness month, and, as a survivor, it always reminds me that life is definitely a journey.
    Most of us forget to value what we find most precious, and many just get lost in the day to day humdrum of the 24 hour cycle.
    Sometimes it just takes a good day to re-find our spirit. But other times it takes a miracle.
    It had been a tough couple of years. I often joked that when our container of possessions came over to the states from England in January 2001, a giant mirror must have broken on the ship, because it definitely felt like we were getting a lot of bad luck.

  • ACI scheduled to tee off Friday

    The 2011 Atomic City Invitational gets going Friday and continues through Monday at Los Alamos Golf Course.
    The ACI, one of the oldest match-play tournaments in the state, will hold its championship qualifying round for the men’s and senior’s divisions starting at noon.
    Elimination matches start at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    LAGC usually holds this tournament around the July 4 holiday, but had to postpone this year’s tournament due to the effects of the Las Conchas Fire in late June. This year, the championship flight will be limited to the top eight finishers in Friday’s qualifier — the title flight usually consists of 16 players.

  • Venue for Cernicek Invite still unknown

    The 2011 Louie Cernicek Invitational boys soccer tournament starts up in a few hours, although, as of press time Thursday, the venue for the first round hadn’t been determined.
    Los Alamos’ Hilltoppers will take part in the Louie Cernicek Invitational starting Friday morning. The tournament has been played every year since 1997, when it was known as the Mountain Top Invitational.
    The Cernicek tournament is usually among the toughest tournaments in the state during the regular season. This season looks to be no exception.

  • New-look LA boys open Saturday at UNM Invite

    Year in and year out, the goal for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team is the same: knock Albuquerque Academy off its perch.
    In 2011, it may take some extra work to accomplish that task, but extra effort isn’t something the Hilltoppers have ever shied away from.
    Los Alamos opens its 2011 season Saturday when it travels to the University of New Mexico Invitational. That meet, which has become Los Alamos’ traditional opening day event, usually attracts the top talent from around the state, a slate which includes the Hilltoppers’ arch-rival.
    The Hilltoppers finished last year the same way they’d finished eight of the previous 10 years: as the runner-up in the Class 4A championship meet to Academy’s Chargers.

  • Topper girls may be team to beat in 4A again

    There is no longer a question as to which girls cross country team is the heavyweight champion of New Mexico.
    That team is the Los Alamos Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers cemented that title in 2010 and there’s good reason to believe they can defend that title in 2011.
    Los Alamos will open its season Saturday at the University of New Mexico Invitational Saturday morning.
    The Hilltoppers picked up a historic win at the 2010 Class 4A state championship meet, earning their 15th team title, breaking a tie with the Gallup Bengals for most titles won by a program in state history.