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Today's News

  • Soccer: Topper boys, girls rout Spartans

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams were big winners in a District 2AAAA doubleheader Tuesday.

    The two clubs outscored the Bernalillo Spartans by a combined 19-0 in two twilight games at Sullivan Field. The Hilltopper girls thumped the Spartans 9-0 in the opener Tuesday, while the Hilltopper boys needed less than three-quarters of regulation to knock off the Spartans 10-0 in the nightcap.

    Both teams improved to 4-0 in 2AAAA and are atop the district standings with one more round of district games to go.

  • N.M. counties to see increase in PILT payments

    Under a new law signed this week, Los Alamos County and other counties statewide will receive additional money in PILT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) payments through 2012.

    Los Alamos, however, will see a slight decrease in what it receives. It received $48,792 in June and $49,344 in 2007.

    PILT payments are funded to counties by the federal government for lost revenue on public land, and were included in the economic rescue plan passed by Congress and signed by President Bush last Friday.

  • Fire Prevention Week targets home fire prevention

    Recently released fire statistics show a civilian fire death occured every 153 minutes last year and a civilian fire injury every 30 minutes in the U.S.

    Also, home fires caused 84 percent of all civilian fire deaths in 2007, which is an 11 percent increase over 2006 and why this year's Fire Prevention Week theme is “Prevent Home Fires.”

    Fire Prevention Week runs through Saturday and Los Alamos Fire Department personnel are out in force visiting the schools and providing a variety of educational activities aimed at teaching home fire prevention.

  • NMED listening session prompts earful

    Los Alamos County officials and county residents got a few things off their chest Tuesday night at a meeting that was billed as a listening session.

    The New Mexico Environment Department held another in what they expect to be multiple sessions in communities in and around Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Hazardous Waste Bureau Chief James Bearzi, whose relationship with Los Alamos has mostly to do with enforcing a court order on environmental cleanup, heard a few things that don’t always get said in public meetings.

  • Ten 'Toppers are semifinalists in scholarship program

    A recent announcement of the 51 public school students to be named semifinalists in the 54th annual National Merit Scholarship Program reveals that Los Alamos Public Schools is at the top of the list with the most semifinalists in New Mexico.

    Ten Los Alamos students are semifinalists while La Cueva High School in Albuquerque has nine. New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica C. Garcia made the announcement.

  • Boys golf: LA finishes 3rd at Santa Fe Country Club

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team took third in a nine-team field at Monday’s tournament in Santa Fe.

    The Hilltoppers played at the St. Michael’s Invitational Monday, which took place at the Santa Fe Country Club. They finished with a team score of 363 shots.

    The host St. Michael’s Horsemen won Monday’s event with a team score of 307, easily outdistancing second-place Mesilla Valley Christian, which posted a 335.

  • Cross country: Both Topper JV teams win at SFIS

    The Los Alamos junior varsity boys and girls cross country teams both won at Saturday’s Santa Fe Indian School Invitational and both by nearly identical scores.

    Los Alamos’ girls finished with 22 total points at Saturday’s meet, run around the campus of SFIS, while the Los Alamos boys finished with 23 total points. Both teams finished ahead of the host Braves.

  • Health and fitness: Be inspired, not fooled by weight-loss shows on TV

    Another season of the television show “The Biggest Loser” has begun and once again we’re seeing people lose vast amounts of weight week after week. Like that, it seems, 15, 20, 25 or more pounds seem to come flying off people.

    While these shows can be entertaining and — hopefully — inspiring to those looking to lose weight, don’t be fooled by the big weight loss numbers these people are achieving. Losing weight isn’t always that easy or that fast.

  • Sebastien and Carlos clicked

    A Los Alamos scientist met a 6-year-old foster child at an adoption event last August.

    By the time the day’s activities were over, Sebastien Darteville, who set out that morning without the slightest thought of becoming an adoptive parent, had been captivated by the charm of an inquisitive youngster.

    The Adoption Express event that day in Santa Fe involved some games with a number of children and a train ride to the junction in Lamy.

  • United Way announces 2008 grant awards

    United Way of Northern New Mexico this year is issuing grant funding to nine out of 26 organizations that submitted proposal requests.

    The nonprofit organizations selected include the following:

    • Canones Early Childhood Center

    • Las Clinicas del Norte

    • La Clinica del Pueblo

    • Embudo Valley Library and Community Center

    • Rio Arriba/Los Alamos Foster Parent Association

    • San Martin de Porres Soup Kitchen

    • El Rito Library

    • YMCA Teen Center

    • Los Alamos Family Council