Today's News

  • Bratcher named preserve director

    The governing board of the Valles Caldera Preserve held its last meeting of the year Thursday and most likely the final meeting for several trustees whose terms are ending early next year.

    Valles Caldera Trust Chair William Kelleher of Albuquerque announced that Gary Bratcher had been hired to fill the vacant post of executive director. Bratcher, an Artesia native, served as economic development secretary under former Gov. Gary Johnson from 1995-1998 and then was appointed to a vacancy on the New Mexico Lottery Authority.

  • Bringing the holidays to everyone

    The holiday season does not always evenly distribute its fruits to everyone. Fortunately, there are people in Los Alamos who recognize this fact and take action.

    Rae Douglas began the Christmas box program to collect items and food for people in Española Valley; partly as a result of her work and knowledge of people in the Valley, Los Alamos First United Methodist Church began its own Christmas box program 20 years ago.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers upend No. 1 ranked Chargers, 55-52

    ALBUQUERQUE — Trying to pull off an upset against the top-ranked team in the state on its home floor is a major undertaking under the best of circumstances.

    Trying to do it after spotting the top-ranked team 15 points nearing the half is considerably harder.

    But Thursday night in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team managed to pull of that exact feat. Los Alamos bounced back from a 33-18 deficit to upend the Albuquerque Academy Chargers 55-52.

  • Girls basketball: LA grabs first round win over Santa Fe Thursday

    In perhaps its best all-around performance of the season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a much-needed win Thursday night.

    Los Alamos led Thursday’s game, the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, virtually the entire way, taking a 54-43 victory over the Santa Fe Demons to advance in the championship bracket.

    The Hilltoppers were scheduled to take on the host Albuquerque Academy Chargers at 2:45 p.m. today in the tournament semifinals.

  • Hospital staff first-rate

    Dear Editor,

    I was fortunate to go to LAMC on Halloween Day this year and enjoyed the delightful costumes worn by the staff. The main entrance was populated by the characters from the storybook “The Wizard of Oz” beginning with Dorothy at registration and ending with the Wizard himself. What a great welcoming!

  • Unanimity is for autocrats, lemmings

    Dear Editor,

    I do not trust unanimity.  It seems to me that, usually, the only way to achieve it is when faced with dire need and/or only one option, or when in conversation with one’s self.  And yet...

     Recently, council was presented with an update on the animal shelter.  Councilors expressed a variety of concerns, some fairly serious, and engaged in lively debate.  Then they voted unanimously to proceed.

  • Bandelier made mistake

    Dear Editor,

    We wanted to thank you for running the article about the Bandelier logo contest, while also apologizing to the winner, Lily Fehler, for misspelling her name in the information we sent to you. 

    We’d also like to use this opportunity to thank the other young people who submitted their artwork to the contest:  Paris Lynch , Maren Gaussoin Woods, David Li , Andrew Li, Roxanne Grieggs, and Annika Katarina Oyler .   

  • Petition to stop JPJ Complex construction shot down

    Despite an effort by some local residents to stop construction of the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex, the show will go on.


    County Councilors voted 5-1 in favor of proceeding with construction of the complex. The only one who voted against it was Council Vice Chairman Robert Gibson.


  • Schools look at ethical use of technology

    Los Alamos Public Schools Technology Coordinator Dean Obermeyer and his staff are working with central office officials to upgrade the district’s policy on the ethical use of technology.


    “What we’re doing is bringing the policy to meet the New Mexico Administrative Code and procedures implemented in 2007,” Obermeyer said during his presentation at Tuesday night’s school board meeting in the district boardroom.


    “These are the initial steps to make sure the district is in compliance.”


  • Plague confirmed in Los Alamos cat

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Scientific Laboratory confirmed plague in a cat from Los Alamos Tuesday.

    “The owner said the cat wasn’t feeling well, it was lethargic and dehydrated,” said State Public Health Veterinarian Paul Ettestad Wednesday afternoon.

    “The cat didn’t have swollen lymph nodes and it didn’t have pneumonia but it had a high fever and the vet sent in a blood sample.”