Today's News

  • Equal pay bill clears U.S. Senate

    A significant breakthrough in the equal pay fight Thursday is another sign that the country is getting back on track. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and 60 of his colleagues approved legislation Thursday that will effectively overturn a Supreme Court decision that has limited American worker's abilities to seek recourse on pay discrimination.

    The Fair Pay Restoration Act bill now heads to President Barack Obama for signature.

  • Governor calls for health insurance reforms

    SANTA FE – Gov. Bill Richardson wants to put a cap on insurance companies’ share of health premiums and end exclusions for applicants with existing medical conditions.


    But reflecting current economic and political constraints, the administration’s bundle of piecemeal health care proposals that were announced Monday stop short of the comprehensive solutions that the governor has tried to pass in previous years.


  • Students rise to the nth power

    The number of budding scientists rose to the nth power on Saturday as the Los Alamos Public School District held the County Science Fair.

    Two hundred twelve students entered individual, team and classroom projects. Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School doubled their number of entrants compared to the 2008 event.

    Curriculum Coordinator Dawn Jalbert and her assistant Dawn Brown led a team of staff and volunteers to pull off the weekend event.

  • Boys basketball: ’Toppers dominant in second half

    BERNALILLO — On paper, Tuesday night’s boys basketball game was foreshadowed to be a thriller.

    But in the second half, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers slammed that book shut.

    Los Alamos traveled to Bernalillo to take on the Spartans, a dangerous and motivated opponent which, just three nights before had stunned the Capital Jaguars. A win over the Hilltoppers and the Spartans would have a share of first place in what’s shaping up to be a wild District 2AAAA chase.

  • Hockey: LA wins on road over Eldorado, 5-1

    Following an emotional win Friday night in its showdown against Santa Fe, the unbeaten Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team traveled to Albuquerque to face the Eldorado Eagles on Saturday.

    Although it was a little rockier of a road Saturday, the Hilltoppers came away with a 5-1 victory.

    In contrast to the disciplined effort Friday at home, the Hilltoppers were hit with several first period penalties and were forced to play shorthanded for much of the early part of the game.

  • Council to discuss letters of interest Tuesday

      After having received 11 letters of interest for the vacant council seat, County Councilors will discuss possible action on filling the councilor vacancy. If all goes well on Tuesday, a new councilor may be appointed. However, if more discussion and time is needed, it’s possible than an appointment could be put off until Feb. 3.

      Also on Tuesday night, councilors will proclaim 2009 as the 60th Anniversary of Los Alamos County. In addition, Feb. 6, 2009 will be designated as Tafelmusk Day and will kick off the yearlong anniversary celebration.

  • Board enacts school weapons policy

    School board members recognize that the presence of weapons in school creates unacceptable risks for injury and death and allows a climate that undermines the schools’ educational purposes.


    “The safety of all children is important and we can’t have one child compromise that,” said Board President Steve Girrens in a follow-up interview Saturday.


  • County marks 60 remarkable years

    This year, Los Alamos County marks the 60th anniversary of becoming a county.

    Claiming status as a county sounds like such a simple thing, but, in truth, there was nothing simple about it.

    Many of the “rights” that today’s independent-minded Los Alamos County citizens consider basic – voting in elections, owning a home with dependable utilities, having a County Council with real power – came agonizingly slowly, in a long, complex series of crises and decisions that reached to the very top of American government.

  • Vote for the future

    Dear Editor,

    I can’t believe that people who have been educated in some of the finest schools in our country are arguing about whether to support a school bond in Los Alamos – home to one of the finest national labs around!

    Of course we should support the school bond. And I say this as an absentee landlord who would pay higher taxes without reaping the direct benefits of this bond issue.

  • Oppenheimer documentary airs Monday

    “The Trials of J. Robert Oppenheimer,” a program of special interest to the Los Alamos community, will be broadcast Monday night at 9 p.m. on KNME, Channel 5.


    The 2-hour special, part of the Public Broadcasting Service series, “American Experience,” features Academy Award-nominee David Strathairn, who played Edward R. Murrow, the pioneer broadcaster, in “Good Night and Good Luck."