Today's News

  • Golf: Fees to increase at LAGC

    Golf enthusiasts will soon pay just a little more if they intend to use the Los Alamos County golf course.

    During Tuesday night’s county council meeting held in White Rock, council approved golf course fee increases for the 2009-2010 season, which were sponsored by Community Services Director Stephani Johnson and Recreation Division Manager Randy Smith.

    Councilors Ralph Phelps and Sharon Stover were not present for the weekly meeting.

  • Softball: LA tournament starts with Toppers, Tigers Friday

    The Los Alamos Softball Tournament starts bright and early Friday morning in White Rock.

    The two-day tournament, hosted by the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team, includes five teams playing in round-robin format. The tournament continues through Saturday.

    Los Alamos will open the tournament at 8:30 a.m. Friday when it faces Taos’ Tigers. Taos (0-3) is Los Alamos District 2AAAA rival.

  • Senate considers tax increase to fund schools

    Education surtax bill 346 cleared the House and is headed to the Senate with a week left in the legislative session.

    The bill proposes to raise taxes by nearly $400 million a year to finance public school improvements. It will increase the gross receipts tax by three-quarters of a cent.

    For a $100 purchase, the tax would go up 75 cents if the bill is enacted.

    Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Sandoval counties addressed the proposed measure this morning.

  • REDI plan outlined during council meeting

    Tuesday night’s county council meeting was not your typical meeting. County councilors dealt with a light agenda during the session at the White Rock Town Hall. In addition, they met in closed session prior to the 7 p.m. meeting and following the meeting, in order to discuss the acquisition or disposal of real property.

    Council was also missing two members, as Ralph Phelps and Sharon Stover were absent.

  • Ethics Commission Act unanimously passes House

    The State Ethics Commission Act bill unanimously passed the House of Representatives Tuesday.

    HB 151 proposes to create an independent State Ethics Commission, as 40 other states have, to oversee ethics education, training, advisory opinions and investigations throughout state government.

  • It’s fix-a-leak week

    Because minor water leaks account for more than one trillion gallons of water wasted each year in U.S. homes, the Los Alamos Deptartment of Public Utilities joins the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense in declaring this Fix-a-Leak Week.

    “We want to remind our residents and businesses to check their plumbing fixtures and their irrigation systems for leaks,” said Matthew Dickens, DPU’s conservation coordinator.

  • Softball: Pintos’ big 7th seals win over LA

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team hung with a very good Moriarty Pintos’ squad Tuesday for six innings.

    The seventh inning, not as much.

    The Pintos exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh to break Tuesday’s game wide open at Overlook Park en route to a 13-3 victory.

    Moriarty’s starting pitcher Morgan McWilliams hit a solo home run to lead-off the seventh Tuesday while the next five hitters following her reached base and came around in the inning.

  • Boys tennis: LA picks up title at Carlsbad Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team edged Lovington’s Wildcats to win the Carlsbad Invitational this weekend.

    Los Alamos finished with 22 team points while Lovington earned 17 team points at the tournament.

    The Carlsbad tournament was scheduled for two days, but Friday’s singles tournament was rained out. Saturday’s doubles tournament went on as scheduled, however.

  • Girls tennis: Toppers take 2nd place at Carlsbad

    This weekend's Carlsbad Invitational went pretty much the way Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis coach Bruce Cottrell thought it would.

    Los Alamos finished second in team standings behind the host Carlsbad Cavemen at the tournament. The tournament was scheduled for two days, but Friday's singles competition was called off due to rain.

    While the Hilltoppers were hoping to get the singles matches in, mostly for the benefit of their younger players, they did play some exhibition matches late Friday with Carlsbad.

  • Local scout leader earns the silver award

    The Great Southwest Council of the Boy Scouts of America honored local resident Sandy Jennings with the council-level distinguish service award, the Silver Beaver, at the annual recognition event held Feb. 21 in Albuquerque.

    The Silver Beaver is the highest award that can be presented by a local council for noteworthy service of an exceptional character to youth within the council.