Today's News

  • Track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve

    For the 55th consecutive year, millions of people all over the world over will be able to keep tabs on Santa as he treks around the globe delivering presents to good girls and boys. And scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory are again part of the effort! Los Alamos trackers will use state-of-the-art technology to mark the course taken by Old St. Nick and his reindeer; visit http://santa.lanl.gov beginning at 6 a.m. Dec. 24 to see his journey.

  • Va. man sentenced for violations at Bandelier

    In July 2009, law enforcement rangers at Bandelier National Monument, acting on an anonymous tip, initiated an investigation into the illegal collection of natural and cultural resources from National Park Service (NPS) lands. Based on that initial investigation a suspect, William Smith Sr., was identified and was alleged to have stolen property from multiple National Parks, including Bandelier National Monument, Yellowstone National
    Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Richmond National Battlefield Park.

  • Police Beat 12-21-10

    Items in Police Beat are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.
    Dec. 8
    8:27 p.m. – A 36-year-old White Rock woman reported that someone damaged the interior of a vacant house. The estimated damage is more than $1,000.

  • Council OKs Sullivan Field parking lot facelift

    Despite costing six coveted parking spaces, the Los Alamos County Council agreed during its regular Dec. 14 meeting to bring landscape features to Sullivan Field parking lot.
    Council approved the landscape design option at an estimated cost of $75,000-$100,000 and directed county staff to return with more developed plans, a cost estimate and a budget revision. Staff also was instructed to coordinate the effort with Los Alamos Public Schools, which owns Sullivan Field.

  • Lunar eclipse was once in a lifetime event

    Skywatchers got an early holiday present this year: A total eclipse of the moon. Hanging high in the sky, the moon slowly turned from bright silver into a red disk early Tuesday. And it could be seen in the Los Alamos area.
    A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth casts its shadow on the full moon, blocking the sun’s rays that otherwise reflect off the moon’s surface. Some indirect sunlight still pierces through to give the moon its eerie hue.

  • Former LA fire captain sentenced

    A former Los Alamos fire captain charged with videotaping a female firefighter in the shower area of Station 3 in White Rock Oct. 18 was sentenced this morning in Magistrate Court.
    Judge Pat Casados sentenced Aaron Adair, 36, to 364 days conditional probation.
    “He plead no contest to the two charges (voyeurism and tampering with evidence) and he was given a conditional discharge,” Casados said.

  • Hockey: LA, OutKast play to scoreless tie Friday

    Following a scoreless tie between it and the Albuquerque OutKast Friday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team slipped into second place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.
    Los Alamos (9-1-1) holds the edge in points over the Taos Ice Tigers (9-1), but is one-half game back after the Tigers topped the Santa Fe Blue Jackets and routed the Rio Rancho Rams this weekend.
    The NMIIHL goes on its winter break. Regular play resumes Jan. 14 for some teams.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers fall in Ben Lujan 1st round

    JACONA – What started out appearing to be its best quarter of the night turned into a struggle for the upset-minded Los Alamos Hilltoppers Monday night.
    In the first round of the Ben Lujan Invitational, the Hilltoppers erased a 3-point deficit at the half against the Pojoaque Elks and went on to grab a 25-23 lead. But the Hilltoppers were held scoreless in the final 4:07 of the third quarter as the Elks took full control of the ballgame.

  • New Mexico goes over 2 million population mark

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Congratulations, New Mexico. U.S. Census Bureau figures released Tuesday show the state's population has grown to more than 2 million residents in the last decade.

    The 2010 Census data listed New Mexico's population at 2,059,179 residents, reflecting a 13.2 percent increase over the population in 2000, which was 1,819,046.

    While the growth wasn't enough to help New Mexico secure a fourth seat in the U.S. House, the state won't lose any seats, either.

  • Census shows slowing US growth, brings GOP gains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican-leaning states will pick up a half dozen House seats thanks to the 2010 census, which found the nation's population growing more slowly than in past decades but still shifting to the South and West.

    The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that the nation's population on April 1 was 308,745,538, up from 281.4 million a decade ago. The growth rate for the past decade was 9.7 percent, a slower pace than the 13.2 percent population increase from 1990 to 2000.