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Today's News

  • Schedule for Dec. 14-19

    Thursday

    Girls basketball: LAMS at Capshaw Invite, TBA.

    Friday

    Girls basketball: Piedra Vista at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at Capshaw Invite, TBA.

    Saturday

    Girls basketball: Aztec at Los Alamos, C team, 2 p.m.; JV, 3:30 p.m.; varsity, 5 p.m.; LAMS at Capshaw Invite, TBA.

    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Tucumcari Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.; LAMS at Santo Domingo, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Quad, 10 a.m.

  • Being a good neighbor

    “Be a good neighbor” is one of those fundamental virtues that we learn from our families and teachers at an early age. Unfortunately as life takes its toll on all of us we frequently forget to practice being a good neighbor. Business owners in small communities often perform the task of reminding us of this virtue by promoting a fundamental rule of commerce, “the customer is always right.”

  • Agency cites county for PCB contamination

    This shoe is usually on another foot.

    The New Mexico Environment Department, with major responsibiliies for environmental oversight at Los Alamos National Laboratory, occasionally issues notices or penalizes the nuclear weapons facility for violations of state surface water standards.

    This week, NMED cited Los Alamos County for allowing a discharge of the contaminant PCB into Los Alamos Canyon from the County Annex Building.

  • Area watersheds exceed state standards for PCBs and other metals

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Environment Department says watersheds in northern New Mexico's Pajarito (Pah-hah-REE'-toh) Plateau exceeded state standards for polychlorinated byphenyls, aluminum and other metals.

    The study primarily focused on storm water samples collected between 2004 and 2008 and represents the largest single surface water quality assessment conducted by the state agency.

    The Pajarito Plateau, on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains, includes watersheds that drain through the Los Alamos area to the Rio Grande.

  • Girls basketball: LA faces tough set of games starting tonight

    By this time Tuesday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team should have a pretty good idea how it stacks up against District 1.

    Starting tonight, the Hilltoppers will play three games in four days against opponents from the Four Corners area. These three important games, all at home, will be highlighted by a contest Monday against the Kirtland Central Broncos.

    Tonight, Los Alamos hosts the Piedra Vista Panthers. That will be followed by Saturday’s game against the Aztec Tigers.

  • Preserve celebrates New Year's Eve

    Valles Caldera National Preserve wants to create a new tradition for bringing in the New Year.

    The preserve’s  Fire & Ice New Year’s Eve Celebration runs from 6 p.m to 1 a.m.. 

    Fees include moonlit passes for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

    There will be complimentary hot beverages, a variety of refreshments, and more.   There will be campfires blazing at the Valle Grande staging area, Missing cabin and History Grove. 

  • Hot spots found in Pajarito watersheds

    For the third time in two weeks, officials of New Mexico Environment Department have raised an issue about water quality in Los Alamos.

    The latest report came in the form of a comprehensive assessment of surface water quality on the Pajarito Plateau, a collection of more than 29,000 data points from 78 stations, covering the period from 2004-2009.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like anything

    This is an interesting time of the year. Snowfalls paint a wonderful texture on the sagebrush, and the distant mountains become picturesque with their candle-dripped white caps. The mesas glimmer in the sunlight with their earth tone colors sporting ice floes. The entire landscape seems to yell out like a George Henry Durrie painting.

  • Gas leak to force closure on portion of Central Avenue Saturday

    Officials at the Los Alamos Department of Utilities have reported a gas leak in the vicinity of Central Avenue and 20th Street requires immediate repair and will shut down a portion of Central Avenue Saturday between 7a.m. and 5 p.m.

    Natural gas service will be unvailable to utilities customers in that area while the repair work is underway. As more is discovered, utility officials warn that the worksite may expand or change.

  • LANS earns $72.1 million for FY2009

    Los Alamos National Security, LLC, earned $72.1 million in fees for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2009, according to a brief summary released Tuesday.

    The lab earned 90 percent of the $80.2 million overall available fee.

    Of the “at risk” portion of the incentive fee for its contract with the National Nuclear Security Administration, LANS, the partnership that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory, earned $43.3 million, or 84 percent of the at-risk portion of the fee.