Today's News

  • Charter subcommittee: No mayor for LA

    It appears the current structure of Los Alamos government will remain unchanged, at least for the foreseeable future.

    After months of discussion and debate about transitioning to a mayor/council form of government, the Charter Review Structure of Government Subcommittee voted 8-1 Monday night to recommend that the Los Alamos County Council continue the charter discussions within the context of the current council/county administrator form with the potential for making some changes within that structure.

    There was no clear indication when council will formally hear the recommendation.

    Subcommittee member Skip Dunn was the sole opposition, voting by proxy since he could not attend the meeting.

  • Options to cuts do exist

    Are there alternatives to a government shutdown and the tidal wave of “budget cuts” proposed by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and by President Obama’s Budget Committee of last year?
    Yes! Here are some revenue raising and budget cutting options:
    •To better fund Social Security, Congress should remove the salary cap on FICA deductions that appear on payroll slips. FICA pays for Social Security.
    For some insane reason, no employee who earns more than $106,800 a year has to pay FICA on any income above this amount. Millionaires and billionaires should pay FICA on all income received from any source, without a “cap”.

  • County briefs 04-12-11

    DWI checkpoints to be conducted
    The Los Alamos Police Department is conducting DWI checkpoints through summer’s end.
    The public can help reduce the threat that drunk drivers pose to motorists by calling the Drunk Busters hotline anytime they spot a suspected drunk driver.
    The number to call from a cell phone: #-D-W-I or #-3-9-4. Citizens in Los Alamos also can call the Los Alamos County Police Department at 662-8222 to report drunk drivers in the community.

    Library to host animal nutritionist

  • Los Alamos employment rates stay strong

    Although the state’s unemployment rate increased .1 percent from December 2010 to January 2011 – 8.6 percent to 8 .7 percent – Los Alamos County’s unemployment continues to remain low, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
    The Workforce Solutions’ preliminary numbers for January show that Los Alamos’ labor force was 10,295. Those who were employed totaled 9,883 and its unemployed numbers totaled 412.  
    Despite a high employment rate, local employment was down and unemployment was up from December 2010. The Workforce Solutions revealed that in December, the employed number was 9,976 and the unemployed number was 403. Additionally, the labor force was higher in December 2010; it totaled 10,379.

  • Work at Fuller Lodge

    Workers recently prepared the ground near Fuller Lodge for the installation of the Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and General Leslie Groves statues. The dedication ceremony for the statues will be at 4:45 p.m. May 19 on the south lawn of Fuller Lodge. A reception will follow the ceremony.

  • Sports update 04-12-11

    Softball registration is Wednesday

    Los Alamos Little League softball will have an open registration session for the 2011 season Wednesday.
    The registration session will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Bun Ryan Field on North Mesa. Girls ages 6-14 are eligible to play LALL softball. For more information, call 690-4228.

    Pace Race set for tonight

    The Atomic City Roadrunners will hold a Pace Race of the season tonight.
    The race will start at 6 p.m. near the White Rock Y on the road to the Bayo Canyon sewage plant.
    For more information about the race or the Atomic City Roadrunners, call 672-1639.

  • Track and field: Ealey wins shot put at Meet of Champs

    Chase Ealey picked up her second straight victory in shot put at this year’s Marilyn Sepulveda Meet of Champions.
    The Meet of Champions, held Monday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex, is an invitation-only meet attended by the top athletes in the state, regardless of classification.
    Ealey threw 44 feet, 8 inches to defend her 2010 Marilyn Sepulveda victory. Ealey broke the meet record last year with her throw of 45-2 1/2.
    Ealey also finished second in the 100 meters Monday (12.04).
    In all, 10 Hilltoppers took part in the Meet of Champions.
    All four of the Hilltopper boys competing the in the meet finished with personal best marks.

  • Boys golf: LA holds off Raton for 2nd at Capital City

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished as the runner-up at Monday’s Capital City Invitational.
    Los Alamos held off Raton by one stroke in team competition to pick up the runner-up spot at the tournament, held at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.
    The Hilltoppers finished with a solid team score of 327 while Raton, paced by overall individual winner Joe Apache, earned a 328.
    Thomas Herrera, the Hilltoppers’ top player, finished fourth in the individual competition Monday. Herrera finished with a 2-over 74.
    Two-time defending Class 3A state champion St. Michael’s finished the tournament with a 302 to take the team title. Apache shot a red-hot 3-under par to win the individual title.

  • Girls golf: Toppers struggle in first tourney back

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team limped through its worst showing of the 2010-11 season Monday.
    Los Alamos opened up its spring half of the season at the Ruidoso Invitational, which continued today. In the opening round Monday, Los Alamos shot a 395, 40 shots above its worst score of the fall season.
    The tournament’s opening round was played at the Links at Sierra Blanca. Today’s round was scheduled for Cree Meadows Golf Course.
    Los Alamos, which qualified for the state tournament during the fall season, wanted to get a look at its potential opponents from the southern part of the state, many of which take part at the annual Ruidoso tournament.

  • Tennis: LA teams finish second at Academy

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams won three of four duals matches at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational this weekend.
    The Hilltopper squads knocked out some solid competition at the tournament, hosted by Academy’s Chargers Friday and Saturday, with both teams losing only to the likely No. 1 Class 4A seeds in the state.
    Los Alamos’ girls picked up arguably their biggest win of the season to date Friday, topping the Goddard Rockets 6-3 Friday.
     Los Alamos girls head coach Bruce Cottrell said a potential No. 2 seed at the state tournament hung in the balance in that contest — one of the most important determining factors in state seeding is head-to-head results.