Today's News

  • When is too much, too much?

    We do not - on the face of it - have any problem with a statue of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves here in Los Alamos. In fact, it would be a fitting tribute to two of the men who made Los Alamos.

    But we do wonder where the county keeps getting all this money.

    We have money to buy a $25,000 gift for Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary. We have money to put a mountain lion on the round-about. Now we have some $60,000 to buy a statue of Oppenheimer. Groves would - we guess - will be about the same.

  • Football: LA comes back from late deficit

    A lot of people were relieved when the red digital clock at Sullivan Field finally hit all zeroes, but none more than Bob Scott.

    “We’re just happy to win and get this game over with,” said Scott, the head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team after his squad’s 24-22 nail-biting win over the Bernalillo Spartans. “Maybe now we can settle down and get back to business.”

  • Volleyball: LA tops Spartans in three

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team made light work of the visiting Bernalillo Spartans Saturday night.

    The Hilltoppers picked up a pair of quick victories in the opening two games, then held on in game three of Saturday’s District 2AAAA match at Griffith Gymnasium to pick up the sweep.

    The 25-15, 25-9, 25-16 win upped the Hilltoppers’ district mark to 6-0, which clinched the district-runner up spot for the squad with just two matches remaining in the regular season.

  • Girls cross country: Reader caps an injury-laden year by taking fourth

    At this point in the season, even under the best of conditions, few cross country runners are feeling their best.

    But even before the long, grueling season began to take its toll, Megan Reader was having to deal with injury.

    Reader has struggled with an Achilles tendon injury since the preseason. While the worst inflammation in the tendon comes and goes, there haven’t been many races this season where it’s been feeling well.

    That’s something she said she’s just had to learn to get used to in 2008.

  • Boys cross country: Gilna wins big in final home meet of his prep career

    How good are the Albuquerque Academy Chargers?

    Curtis Beach, arguably the best all-around prep athlete in the state of New Mexico, was only the sixth-best runner on their team at Friday’s Los Alamos Invitational cross country meet.

    The Chargers put on an impressive performance Friday in taking top honors in the Los Alamos Invitational boys race, the final meet of the regular season for the 11 full teams involved. The meet was held at Los Alamos Golf Course.

  • Homeowners alert county to unlicensed contractor

    It appears a contractor operating without a license has collectively bilked at least seven Los Alamos homeowners out of some $46,000 in cash.

    “The county got complaints and code enforcement looked into it,” said County Code Enforcement Officer Marshall Smith during an interview Friday.

    “We did the leg work and turned the information over to the New Mexico Construction Industries Division (CID) and the local police.”

    Smith explained that he originally noticed work being done on a residence this summer.

  • New cycle for startups kicks in

    A troubled economy inspires people to have a few more irons in the fire or at least to begin considering some alternatives.

    In Los Alamos, it’s time for entrepreneurs and inventors to step forward and catch one of the next available waves for start-up business development.

    “But what exactly do you want to do?” asked John “Grizz” Deal, a serial entrepreneur and CEO of Hyperion Power Generation.

    Hyperion is raising funds for mass-producing its transportable nuclear power generator, but every company is different.

  • Memorial to honor loved ones

    Saying goodbye to a loved one who has died is not an easy thing to do, but the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses offers some assistance.

    From 1-3 p.m. Nov. 2, the Los Alamos Visiting Nurses will host its annual Memorial Service at Fuller Lodge.

    During the service, the names of people who were cared for at the organization are read aloud. As the names are announced, a rose is placed in a vase. This year, 140 names will be read.

    Families are encouraged to bring a memento or a picture to the ceremony.

  • Halloweekend to arrive in Los Alamos

    Think Halloween just lasts a day? Not this year; the ghoulish celebration spreads out the whole weekend. Halloweekend, begins with Trick or Treat on MainStreet from 5-7 p.m. Friday.

    Although this event has been held for more than eight years, Jeremy Varela, events and marketing coordinator for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corp., said a few new elements are being introduced to the program this year.

    “We’re really excited about this,” he said.

    The event will have a whole new atmosphere and everyone is encouraged to come and check it out.


    JOHN FREDERICK WEINBRECHT passed from this life on October 18, 2008 at the age of 91. He was born on May 10, 1917 in Terra Haute Indiana to Amelia and Albert Weinbrecht. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Rose-Hulman Polytechnic Institute, John served active duty in the Army Corps of Engineers from 1941 to 1952, including 3.5 years in the Pacific conflict during WWII. He ultimately attained the rank of Colonel, serving in the Army Reserve until 1967.