Today's News

  • PUTTING ASSETS INTO ACTION: Igniting a few sparks in young people

    Dr. Peter Benson has written a book called “Sparks” to help parents, coaches, teachers and neighbors ignite the passion of whatever is of interest to youth.

    How often do we ask them to identify what brings them joy?

    This week, Los Alamos Middle School went that extra mile to find out what their teens want to learn.

    It’s an easy task actually – just ask. Our teenagers are ready, willing and able to name their interests and were tickled at the thought that someone would help them learn more about an area of interest.

  • Girls basketball: LA drops opener to Pojoaque Saturday

    JACONA — It was definitely the first game of the season for both the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and Pojoaque Elks Saturday afternoon.

    But the Elks, with their signature pressure defense, were able to hold on to a slim fourth quarter lead Saturday and take a 41-36 girls basketball victory at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

    Despite fast, frenetic action on both sides of the court, the teams combined to hit just 23 field goals in the contest.

  • Boys basketball: Big second half lifts LA to win

    It was a loss that bugged the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team for some time.

    Last season, the Hilltoppers seemed to be well on their way to knocking off the Santa Fe Demons in an early season road contest. But things started to fall apart in the fourth quarter and the Demons mounted a strong comeback.

    Instead of picking up what might have been a big road victory, Los Alamos had to settle for a 67-62 loss.

  • Schedule for Nov. 30-Dec. 5


    Boys basketball: Moriarty at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Girls basketball: LAMS at St. Michael’s, seventh-grade, 4 p.m.; eighth-grade, 5 p.m.


    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity, 4 p.m.


    Girls basketball: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.; LAMS at DeVargas Invite, TBA.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

  • Now is the time for fast reactors and recycled fuel

    A new evaluation of fast reactors and recycling spent fuel is badly needed; the time to start is now. To recycle spent light water reactor fuel and use the product to fuel a fast neutron reactor will solve at least two major problems – adequate electricity (with no emissions) for the indefinite future (millennia) and elimination of the current red herring, spent light water reactor fuel disposal. The power stations of the future, equipped with fast neutron reactors, burn everything – plutonium does not accumulate.

  • Demands fall due on big budget shortfall

    With Gov. Bill Richardson following his usual management approach to tough matters – leave town – the Legislative Finance Committee gathered in Santa Fe Aug. 28 for the latest report on what might be done to maintain the solvency of state government.

    The LFC got a first look at proposals to deal with the state’s shortfalls.

    Right. That’s plural, meaning two budget years, the previous one and the current one.

  • N.M. think tank advocates lobbyist contributions ban

    SANTA FE, N.M. — To help stop “pay-to-play” corruption, New Mexico should ban political contributions from lobbyists, governmental contractors and those seeking targeted taxpayer-financed subsidies, an independent think tank recommends.

    Think New Mexico’s proposals came in response to a series of recent public corruption scandals, including the convictions of two former state treasurers, a former state Senate leader and the indictment earlier this year of a former secretary of state.

  • LAPS invited to split costs

    Running separate elections will cost Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos $25,000 a piece in county clerk fees alone — but the alternative could potentially devastate the schools.

  • Locals battle education cuts

    SANTA FE — Superintendent Gene Schmidt, teacher’s union leader Karyl Ann Armbruster and a slew of other teachers and administrators from Los Alamos and around the state descended on the Round House Saturday imploring law makers to save education against cuts.

    Gov. Bill Richardson had called legislators into a Special Session at 3 p.m. for the sole purpose of balancing the state budget.

    Educators are struggling with an already “cut to the bone” budget and they fear further cuts during this Special Session.

  • Lightning strike disrupts power

    A lightning strike on Tuesday night affected electric power supply to North Community for nine minutes — from 8:31 to 8:40 p.m. — officials from the Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities reported.  

     On-call electric linemen from the DPU were dispatched upon report of the power failure.

    They patrolled and located the substation breaker that had opened and restored power.

    The brief outage affected about 1,498 customers in the North Community.