Today's News

  • School bus driver charged in drug case

    A swarm of undercover agents wearing SWAT-like attire, and black hoods revealing just their eyes, raided a Western Area home Thursday afternoon.

     Information developed through an investigation by the state’s Region III multi-jurisdiction drug interdiction task force led the agents to 738 43rd St. where they arrested James Kovalenko.

    They also confiscated 3 pounds of marijuana inside Kovalenko’s home for which he has been charged with one count of distribution of narcotics.

  • Boys basketball: LA knocks off top-ranked Sundevils on Upset Friday

    ESPAÑOLA – Most of the fans at Edward Medina Gymnasium Friday night were expecting a big win by the hometown heroes.

    Most of the fans left disappointed.

    In the biggest game of the District 2AAAA season so far for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team, the Hilltoppers stunned the homestanding Española Valley Sundevils.

  • Girls basketball: LA gets pocket picked by Devils

    It’s a safe bet that from now on, Ron Drake will be a little more measured when talking about his defense.

    Drake, a veteran basketball coach in northern New Mexico, started bragging a little bit about his team’s defense recently. Just a few hours later, the Española Valley Sundevils had their worst defensive showing of the season at Shiprock.

    “I was concerned,” said Drake, now in his second season as the head coach of the Sundevils. “You never have an off-night on defense.”

  • Swimming and Diving: LA boys take 3rd, girls 5th Saturday

    In one of the larger meets of its 2008-09 season and with an abbreviated roster, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swim teams still had enough to earn solid showings.

    Los Alamos’ girls finished fifth at Saturday’s Griffin Invitational, hosted by Santa Fe Prep and held at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center, while the Hilltopper boys took third place.

    In all, 24 teams were scheduled to participate in Saturday’s meet. Full team scores weren’t available as of press time.

  • Wrestling: Toppers struggle at Las Vegas invite

    Despite competing in a place well known to have some top-shelf wrestling talent, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers were hoping to have a better showing than they turned in this weekend.

  • Slim pickings in assignments

    Tom Udall, New Mexico’s newest U.S. senator, seems to have made a poor deal in his desire to be a  U.S. Senator.

    This week, his committee assignments were released and we are unimpressed.

    When he decided to run for the Senate – at the urging of state and national Democratic leaders – it seems that he did not hold out for much of a deal.

  • Stop pushing me, I know the divide key

    OK, a quick test ... what’s 44 percent of 25? Most adults know how to do this, but might have some trouble doing it in their head. 

    Now suppose you ask them to find 25 percent of 44. Ah, that’s a horse of a different math! 

    Virtually every adult knows that 25 percent is 1/4th and so 25 percent of 44 is 11. But percentage is simply a multiplicative factor. It means that you divide by 100.

  • Stimulus package could speed LANL cleanup

    There are some differences with special significance locally in the two versions of the stimulus package that is coming together in Washington.


    The House passed an $816 million version of the measure on Wednesday, containing $500 million for nuclear waste cleanup, one of the most obvious sources of extra funds at legacy nuclear weapons sites, like Los Alamos, which has struggled with funding shortages in recent years.


  • Phelps ready to get started

    It’s been said time and time again that whoever was appointed to Jim West’s seat on county council would have some big shoes to fill. Ralph Phelps was chosen during Tuesday night’s council meeting and, so far, seems to have welcomed the challenge.


    Phelps, a native of Manhattan, brings more than 35 years of experience in all phases of the electric power industry to council.



    Workers brave bitter cold wind late Wednesday as they work on the new Judicial-Police-Jail Complex next to the Los Alamos Police Department. Workers begin pouring concrete at the Complex construction site Thursday morning. The groundbreaking for the complex was held Oct. 28 at the site. The official start of construction came after council voted 6-1 in its Oct. 14 meeting to advance the project to construction with the award of Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) #1 to the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR), HB Construction for $2,656,758 plus tax.