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Today's News

  • 'Topper boys, girls return to action at home this weekend

    After getting a little bit of time off for finals, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will get back to action this weekend.
    Neither Los Alamos team has had a scheduled contest since Saturday, which was the final round of their two tournaments in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos’ boys will host the Rio Grande Ravens Friday night at Griffith Gymnasium. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Then, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the Hilltopper girls will host Artesia.
    This will be the second consecutive year the Hilltoppers and Bulldogs have played each other. Last season, Los Alamos’ last game at the Joe Armijo Invitational in Albuquerque was nixed due to travel conditions, leaving the team scrambling to find another game to fill a hole in its schedule.
    The only taker for Los Alamos’ rescheduled game was Artesia, which is in the extreme southeast part of the state. For last season’s game, the two teams split the travel difference and played that contest in Vaughn.
    This year, the Bulldogs are making the long trek to Griffith Gymnasium.
    So far, the Bulldogs are 4-1 heading into their Friday night contest at Belen. They have wins over two different Class 5A opponents, including having beaten Santa Teresa twice, as well as Moriarty.

  • Be There 12-18-14

    Today
    Science on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Sean Dolan, a graduate research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, will talk about obsidian and the work that archaeologists are doing with it.

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. 6:30 p.m. at White Rock Town Hall. “Arthur Christmas.” Come at 5:30 p.m. for arts and crafts projects.

    Candlelight Service. 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road. For more information visit bethluth.com.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.

  • Dangers of texting and driving

    Los Alamos High School Driver’s Education instructor Scott Pomeroy has students educating other students before the holidays with posters throughout the school. Students are encouraged to text friends #X to let them know they will be driving and won’t respond until it is safe.

  • Bandelier hosts Winter Solstice Sunrise walk

    Sunday is Winter Solstice. All over the world, people have kept track of the passing of the seasons with markers built into such things as structures, stones and the horizon.
    At Bandelier, there are several places that may mark the position of the sun on dates including the solstices and equinoxes.
    One of them is the entryway to Tyuonyi, the large pueblo in Frijoles Canyon.
    It will be the annual ranger-guided walk to watch as the sun rises over the canyon walls and casts shadows in alignment with Tyuonyi’s entry walls. 
    There is no way to be sure that the pueblo was built that way on purpose, but Winter Solstice is an important date to many cultures. 
    In the northern hemisphere, it is the day that the sun turns back northward and days begin to lengthen, promising the return of warm days and growing crops.
    The walk begins from the front of the Visitor Center at 7:15 a.m. and lasts about an hour; the trail is level and paved, and only about 400 yards each way. 
    No sign-ups are required.  Participants should dress warmly, in layers and with warm shoes. If the sky is overcast, the walk will be rescheduled for the next day. 
    For more information call the Visitor Center at 672-3861, ext. 517. 

  • What is PNM thinking?

    New Mexicans breathed a sigh of relief last year in hearing that PNM would be closing down two of the dirtiest coal-fired plants in the nation.
    Those two generators at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico are responsible for six million tons of carbon pollution in our skies every year, not to mention other pollutants like mercury, sulfur dioxides, etc.
    Unfortunately, our relief was short-lived. PNM has a backward plan to make up for its loss of generating capacity from closing half of the San Juan coal plant. Rather than making an investment in clean, abundant solar and wind power, PNM has stuck with what it knows best — dirty, expensive and dangerous coal and nuclear generators.
    PNM proposes to derive more than 40 percent of its total generating capacity from coal through 2053! In addition, it will increase its use of nuclear power (created at the Palo Verde site in Arizona) to 30 percent, while getting less than 4 percent from solar and no new wind.
    At a time when the rest of the world is in a race to develop the most efficient technologies to lead the world into a cleaner and prosperous energy future, the powers at PNM are stuck trying to extract every bit of profit from coal and nuclear.

  • Money management could ease personal spending woes

    A recent story from the Washington Post described Black Friday, and all the news coverage of that shopping extravaganza, as a spectacle of the poor performing for the entertainment of the rest of us.
    The writer likened Black Friday to “The Hunger Games,” the science fiction movie series. In that story line, the provinces that lost a war are forced to send their best young people to a competition where they are televised as they hunt and kill each other, for the amusement of the pampered dilettantes of the winning country.
    The story suggested people of higher income don’t have to bother with the frantic bargain hunting of Black Friday. Only poor people will fight each other for cheap television sets and video games.
    None of the news coverage I saw reported how much of that Black Friday shopping was done to purchase necessities, how much was spent for things not really needed, or how much was spent with borrowed money that the borrowers couldn’t afford to pay back.
    A few days earlier, the financial website Wallethub reported that New Mexico ranks third highest nationally in the amount of money individuals spend compared to their earnings.

  • Today in history Dec. 18
  • Winter weather advisory continues through 11 p.m.

    A winter weather advisory remains in effect for the area until 11 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.
    Snow accumulations are predicted of up to 3 inches above 7,500 feet and possibly even more accumulation at 8,500 feet and above.
    Travelers are warned that low-visibility conditions may also exist in the area.
    For road conditions, call 800-432-4269 or visit nmroads.com.

  • Surplus sale canceled

    Los Alamos National Laboratory's monthly surplus property sale which was scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled. Weather permitting, the next scheduled surplus property sale is Jan.15.

  • Police dept. honors its top performers of year

    The Los Alamos Police Department hosted its first awards banquet Saturday at Fuller Lodge to honor employees for their performance and service to the community.
    A total of 35 awards were handed out for those displaying outstanding customer service and initiative. Awards included recognition for developing programs to assist the homeless and victims of domestic violence, locating lost and injured hikers, solving several crime sprees, and maintaining excellence in various administrative duties.
    Further, LAPD recognized eight employees in seven different categories at the banquet for being the best in their fields for the year.
    Chief Dino Sgambellone, who handed out awards, said it was important to recognize those who went “above and beyond” while performing day-to-day operations.

    Here are the top awards given at the LAPD banquet:

    Civilian of the Year

    Connie Salazar, senior office specialist

    Public Service Aide of the Year

    Tom Beyer

    Detention Office of the Year

    David Bradshaw

    Dispatcher of the Year

    Angela Cordova

    Detective of the Year

    Ben Hinrichs

    Officer of the Year

    David Boe

    Supervisor of the Year

    Kate Stoddard, consolidated dispatch center and Sgt. Oliver Morris