Today's News

  • Skate Park makes its mark

    Oohs, ahs and laughter rise above the steady rumble of Central Avenue’s constant flow of traffic. Nice weather has come back, at least for a little while, and the skate park is alive and buzzing with the sound of skateboard wheels hitting the concrete.

  • Future of Egypt unclear

    It seemed as though much of Egypt cheered after President Hosni Mubarak resigned Feb. 11. Protesters had been demonstrating for days and tension was high.

  • NASA is working to clean up trash floating in space

    “Space trash” and “space junk” are terms for the man-made litter that is floating in space or otherwise stuck there.
    Much of it orbits Earth. We know the problem is real when we hear about the Orbital Debris Program Office of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Johnson Space Center, Houston.

  • Speak before it is too late

    Some claim that roundabouts are much safer than current highway designs and push that we need them and bike lanes on Trinity Drive.
    I analyzed the traffic-load impact on the entire town, not just Trinity Drive, with regard to traffic redistribution and safety, if Trinity is changed from four to two lanes, using information I requested of and obtained from the Los Alamos County  traffic engineer and police department or drew from the CDM study.
    My analysis can be found at: www.swcp.com/~jmw-mcw/LATrafficSafety.htm.

  • Discovery arrives at space station for final time

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Space shuttle Discovery arrived at the International Space Station on Saturday, making its final visit before being parked at a museum.

    "What took you guys so long?" asked the space station's commander, Scott Kelly.

  • UK military planes rescue 150 from Libyan desert

    LONDON (AP) — British military planes entered Libyan air space in a daring rescue of more than 150 civilians from desert locations, officials said Saturday.

    The C-130 Hercules planes, carrying Britons and other nationals, safely landed in Malta after picking up the civilians from desert locations south of Benghazi, Defense Secretary Liam Fox said.

  • Boys basketball: Capital stuns Española Valley to win district crown

    The Capital Jaguars, the No. 2 seed in the District 2AAAA boys basketball tournament, upset the top-seeded Española Valley Sundevils 44-43 in overtime Friday.

    The win gives the Jaguars the 2AAAA championship. The Sundevils, who went 7-1 in 2AAAA play, were the regular season champs.

    After going more than three calendar years without losing a district game, the Sundevils have now lost two straight district contests, both of them at home. They were defeated by the Bernalillo Spartans in the regular season finale.

  • Muni building site options unveiled

    For months, the former Los Alamos Apartments site has been an empty space. With the apartments demolished and the rubble cleared away, a veritable blank canvas awaits a new municipal building.

    A picture of how the new seat of Los Alamos County government will be situated on the available land began to take shape this week as site options were discussed with the public.

    In all, five options were unveiled during two informal open houses, one Wednesday in White Rock and another in Los Alamos Thursday.

  • Winter storm heading out after dropping snow, rain

    PHOENIX (AP) — A fast-moving winter storm that brought snow and rain to much of Arizona and some parts of New Mexico over the weekend quickly moved east Sunday.

    It dumped as much as 10 inches of snow to northern areas of Arizona and shut down interstates 40 and 17 overnight. Snow also blanketed the mountains around Tucson in the southern part of the state, and heavy rain fell overnight in Phoenix.

  • House OKs 70% unemployment tax hike on businesses

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The House has approved a bill to increase taxes on businesses and trim jobless benefits to shore up the state unemployment compensation program.

    The measure raises taxes in January 2012 and will trim some benefits starting this summer.

    If nothing is done by the Legislature, the unemployment fund is projected to become insolvent early next year.

    The fund is being drained because of high unemployment — 8.5 percent in December.