Today's News

  • Let’s play ball!

    Keanna Cohen, who was recently honored as a Domenici Scholar at Los Alamos High School, throws the first pitch to catcher Taylor Jaramillo, a seventh grader, to commemorate the Los Alamos Little League opening day ceremony Saturday at North Mesa Baseball Fields (Majors Field). Gary Cooper sang the national anthem. Following the opening ceremony, two games were played as the Rockies took on the Dodgers and the Padres took on the Giants.


  • Public slams nuke dump plans

    POJOAQUE — It was evident about halfway through the public comment session Thursday night that not too many people were in favor of the Department of Energy wanting to build a nuclear disposal facility in Los Alamos or anywhere in New Mexico.

    In fact, one New Mexico resident had another alternative.

    “Build an above grade vault on the Mall at Washington, D.C. and mandate that all waste be sent there,” said Stuart Barger, who said he lives downwind from Los Alamos. “Make sure to use trucks and ship it there during a Congressional session.”

    The remarks drew laughs and applause from the majority of the crowd at the Cities of Gold conference room, but this was still serious business for all those in attendance.

  • Football: Lockout ends NFL’s wild week

    NEW YORK (AP) — From lockout to injunction to limbo and back to lockout — with a draft thrown in. Not even Super Bowl week gets that wild.
    Backed by an appeals court ruling, owners shut their doors once more, with players across the league trying to figure out where they stand — again.
    That includes veterans with contracts and free agents. It includes rookies drafted in the first round who took advantage of a small window Friday to meet with coaching staffs and get playbooks.
    And it includes players being drafted Saturday in the fourth through seventh rounds, plus any collegians not selected at all. They can have no such communication with their teams.

  • Basketball: James, Miami will battle Boston

    MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James planned to spend a large part of Saturday studying film, looking for any edge that the Miami Heat may use against the Boston Celtics.
    Film from this season, that is.
    No need to watch the Celtics inflicting past playoff wounds on him. Those remain fresh — and time has not yet healed them.
    The inability to beat Boston is one of the biggest reasons why James is now wearing a Miami Heat uniform. He’ll get a third attempt to top the Celtics in a postseason series starting Sunday when the teams collide in Game 1 of what may easily become an epic Eastern Conference semifinal.

  • Schedule for May 2-7

    Golf: District 2-4A championship, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Tennis: Class 4A individual tournament, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Tennis: Class 4A individual tournament, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Softball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, JV, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

    Track and field: District 2-4A championship at Bernalillo, 3 p.m.

    Tennis: Class 4A team tournament, boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Baseball: Class 4A tournament first round, TBA.


  • Boys track and field: LA earns a win in its finale Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team earned a victory in its final regular season contest and picked up a big state qualifying mark as well.
    The Hilltoppers grabbed 132 team points Saturday at the Los Alamos Invitational, picking up the team championship. St. Michael’s was second with 101.5 points and Santa Fe finished third with 74.5.
    Los Alamos will go into this week’s District 2-4A meet, which will be hosted by someone other than Los Alamos for the first time since the district was formed in 2000, as the heavy favorites to win another district title. Los Alamos has never been defeated at the district meet since the 2000 realignment.
    Saturday, Los Alamos earned a state Class 4A qualification time in the 400 meter relay.

  • Girls tennis: LA grabs doubles crown, team title

    SANTA FE — Bruce Cottrell made no attempt to hide his displeasure with his top doubles team early in its final contest Saturday.
    Española Valley’s team of Robyn Martinez/Arianna Espinoza took a game in the first set of the District 2-4A championship doubles match, something that didn’t sit well with Cottrell, the veteran head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team, and he let Colleen Fitzsimmons and Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff know it.
    But the team got the message and turned things around in a hurry, reeling off four straight games to close out the first set. Fitzsimmons/Hsieh-Ratliff cruised from there to a 6-1, 6-1 victory and the district doubles title.

  • Boys tennis: ´Toppers come up big at 2-4A tourney

    SANTA FE — A team like the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis squad runs heavily on emotion.
    After this weekend, those emotions should be running high.
    The Hilltoppers will return to the state Class 4A championship this week after another big showing in the district tournament. The Hilltoppers blanked the Española Valley Sundevils in Saturday’s team final as well as picking up the singles and doubles titles to close out their regular season.
    This weekend’s tournament capped a 2011 season that was filled with uncertainty going in. Los Alamos had lost its top two players off the 2010 state runner-up squad as well as head coach Giri Raichur.

  • 2012 GOP hopefuls bash Obama, but who will run?

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Eager but unofficial GOP contenders for the White House are focusing their criticism on President Barack Obama and taking a kid-gloves approach to one another.

    When the field does take shape, that will change. For now, it can wait.

    On Friday night in early-voting New Hampshire, five likely Republican candidates took pokes almost in unison at liberals, Democrats and Obama. They denounced taxes, vilified government regulations and promised to repeal the new health care law.

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney painted himself as a free-market champion and philosophical heir to the nation's founders.

  • Poles travel to Rome for John Paul beatification

    They slept in the aisles and celebrated Mass in the restaurant car.

    Eight hundred Poles boarded a special train Friday night for a 26-hour trip across Europe, bound for Rome and the beatification of the late Pope John Paul II. They were joining tens of thousands of Poles who are massing in Rome for Sunday's beatification, a major celebration for a nation overjoyed at seeing the Polish-born pontiff moved closer to sainthood.

    By Saturday afternoon, the pilgrim train was whizzing past Italian vineyards and church belltowers, after having crossed through Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria.