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Today's News

  • Small fire reported in Jemez Ranger District

    UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): The fire is now 3- to 4-acres and is now 40-percent contained.

    A small brush fire started about 12:30 p.m. today in the Jemez Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest.

    The 2- to 3-acre Guadalupe Fire is producing heavy smoke near Forest Road 376 and the smoke is visible as far south as Rio Rancho, according to Forest Service officials.

    Officials are asking travelers along FR 376 to be mindful of fire personnel and equipment in the area. The fire is burning through logging slash and pre-made piles.

    Three fire engines are reporting to the fire. A 10-person hand crew out of Santa Fe, knows as the “Returning Heroes” has been ordered to respond.

  • Electric vehicle donation sparks interest

    The electric vehicle “crew” – seven advanced auto shop students at Los Alamos High School – assembled in the dry cold of Wednesday morning outside the classroom/shop building.

    They were going to take their first look at the innards of Tony Tomei’s converted Honda Civic station wagon.

    Tomei had decided more than a year ago that his hand-assembled electric vehicle, or EV, a masterpiece of simplicity and silence, needed a home where it would do the most good.

    What better good than educating the future?

    Still, there’s a little bit of a feeling of loss, he said.

    “I’m a little sad. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of love. I’ve used it to promote the use of electric vehicles,” he said.

    Tomei’s neighbor, LAHS auto shop teacher Scott Pomeroy was one of those with access to students. Tomei also considered the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and Santa Fe Community College, he said.

    A long-time proponent of the EV movement, Tomei said he hoped to pass on the knowledge he had acquired in the ways a four-wheel vehicle powered by electricity by way of rechargeable batteries is different than one powered by gasoline from fossil fuels.

  • Candyman expansion heralded; more music, less gas

    When the Candyman – an iconic music store in Santa Fe – began stocking a few counters with guitar strings, reeds and other musicians’ necessities at the Los Alamos Music Academy on DP Road last year, the building’s light-filled foyer captured his imagination, said Rand Cook, co-owner along with his wife, Cindy.

    Light pours in from the two-story block of windows and plants thrive in the atrium.

    “I wanted to fill it with guitars,” Cook said.

    His vision has come true.

    Without displacing LAMA, the Cooks expanded the selection of items to include electric and acoustic guitars, ukuleles and banjos, cymbals and other percussion instruments, along with a broader selection of electronics.

    Room 102, which used to be a music room for students, now provides a visual feast of guitars and other stringed instruments.

    The expansion was completed recently, in time for holiday shoppers, and is actually the second time the Cooks have expanded at the location.

    Last spring, the store expanded its hours to help those looking for equipment and supplies outside of the hours open for LAMA students.

  • Health care options expanded for some New Mexico vets

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — Specialized care for some veterans in southern New Mexico will be more accessible thanks to a recent decision by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

    Members of New Mexico's congressional delegation say the agency is giving veterans in Alamogordo the new option to seek advanced care at the VA medical center in El Paso, Texas.

    Until now, veterans in Alamogordo needing specialized care have been referred to the Albuquerque VA hospital, which is more than three hours away.

    U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich urged VA officials to make the administrative changes after hearing from veterans who said they were delaying or foregoing care because the drive to Albuquerque was too difficult.

    Several members of the state Legislature also advocated for the change.
     

  • Diamond Drive closure today

    Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division will close the northbound and southbound lanes on Diamond Drive at the Los Alamos County Fire Department from 1-3 p.m. today to install new firetruck crossing signs

    Motorists are asked to proceed with caution through these work zones.

  • Shorthanded Hilltoppers drop home game to Hope

    For nearly a month, it has felt like the Los Alamos High School girls basketball team has been taking one step forward, and two steps backward. Momentum gained in one game doesn’t transfer to the next game, and the team has struggled to find an offensive identity.

    Tuesday’s game against Hope Christian High School, a 65-35 loss, was the latest example.

    The Hilltoppers entered the game with a sense of confidence. Saturday, in the finale of the Joe Armijo Classic in Albuquerque, LAHS defeated district rival Albuquerque Academy 47-35 to earn seventh place at the tournament.

    It was an important win for many reasons, not the least of which was that it stopped a three game losing streak.

    It also showed that the Hilltoppers were capable of competing against a district opponent, which will become important next month.

    However, the momentum once again stalled prior to the game against Hope Christian, which took second place at the Joe Armijo Classic.

    Three important Hilltopper players were not available for the game, or even dressed out: Ashley Atencio, Susana Gallegos and Serenity Maestes. With their absences, the team would be forced to rely heavily on girls who had not played as many minutes in previous games.

  • Batch of newly declassified nuclear test videos released

    Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory released 62 newly declassified videos Thursday of atmospheric nuclear tests films.

    The videos are the second batch of scientific test films to be published on the LLNL YouTube channel this year. The team plans to publish the remaining videos of tests conducted by LLNL as they are scanned and approved for public release.

    LLNL nuclear weapon physicist Gregg Spriggs is leading a team of film experts, code developers and interns on a mission to hunt down, scan and reanalyze what they estimate to be 10,000 films of the 210 atmospheric tests conducted by the U.S. between 1945 and 1962.

    With many of the films suffering from physical decay, their goal is to preserve this priceless record before it’s lost forever, and to provide more accurate scientific data to colleagues who are responsible for certifying the stockpile every year.

    “We’ve received a lot of demand for these videos and the public has a right to see this footage,” said Spriggs. “Not only are we preserving history, but we’re getting much more consistent answers with our calculations.

  • Batch of newly declassified nuclear test videos released

    Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory released 62 newly declassified videos Thursday of atmospheric nuclear tests films.

    The videos are the second batch of scientific test films to be published on the LLNL YouTube channel this year. The team plans to publish the remaining videos of tests conducted by LLNL as they are scanned and approved for public release.

    LLNL nuclear weapon physicist Gregg Spriggs is leading a team of film experts, code developers and interns on a mission to hunt down, scan and reanalyze what they estimate to be 10,000 films of the 210 atmospheric tests conducted by the U.S. between 1945 and 1962.

    With many of the films suffering from physical decay, their goal is to preserve this priceless record before it’s lost forever, and to provide more accurate scientific data to colleagues who are responsible for certifying the stockpile every year.

    “We’ve received a lot of demand for these videos and the public has a right to see this footage,” said Spriggs. “Not only are we preserving history, but we’re getting much more consistent answers with our calculations.

  • Hockey struggles at home against La Cueva

    Playing back-to-back home games for the first time this season, the Los Alamos High School ice hockey team stumbled a bit, earning a tie and a loss against La Cueva High School.

    The weekend marks the first setbacks of the year for the Hilltoppers after a perfect 3-0 start.

    La Cueva entered the weekend with the most points in the league, earning 11 points in eight games. The Bears, which play home games indoors, are able to start the season significantly earlier than the Hilltoppers, which play in an outdoor rink.

    Besides sporting the most points in the league, La Cueva also has three of the best, and most dangerous, players in the league: Alexander Furste, Jason Knoll and Benjamin Doughty.

    Furste entered the weekend with 18 goals, while Knoll had 13 goals and Doughty had 12 goals.

    As the weekend moved along, it was clear how good all of those players were, and how difficult they were to defend.

    Furste made his presence known immediately in the first game between the two teams, as he scored two goals early in the first period, staking his team to an early 2-0 lead.

    However, much like LAHS’ home opener against Taos a week earlier, facing a two-goal deficit seemed to wake up the Hilltoppers.

  • Boys basketball earns third at Belen tourney

    After playing just three games since Nov. 21, the Los Alamos High School boys basketball team kicked its season into high gear last weekend at the Belen Hub City Tournament.

    With three games in three days, the coaching staff got a good look at what this year’s team is capable of, and expectations for the season remain high after earning third place in the eight-team tournament.

    The tournament kicked off for the Hilltoppers with a game against charter school Mission, Achievement and Success Thursday afternoon. MAS, located in Albuquerque, will officially join the New Mexico Activities Association next school year in Class 2A.

    After one quarter, LAHS led 25-2, and at halftime the Hilltoppers led 42-10. The domination continued after halftime, as the team cruised to a 69-23 victory.

    That win allowed LAHS to advance to the winner’s side of the bracket, assuring at least a fourth place finish at the tournament.

    On Friday evening, the Hilltoppers took on Manzano High School.

    The game offered the greatest challenge of the young season so far, as Manzano entered the game ranked among the best teams in the state.

    The Monarchs started the game strong, jumping out to a quick 23-16 lead after the first quarter.