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Today's News

  • WinterFest comes to LA this weekend

    Right about now, some residents are getting their floats ready for the annual Los Alamos Holiday Lights Parade. They are also making luminarias, and Santa is transforming the Sheriff’s Posse Lodge into his workshop.
    It’s that time of year again when WinterFest comes to Los Alamos. The festivities will begin this Friday with the Los Alamos LDS Church’s annual Creche Show. Nativity scenes featuring the Christ child, will be on display at the church starting Friday night. The event, which has been a crowd favorite for over 20 years, promises to delight attendees again this year. Nativity scenes from many different cultures across the world will be displayed. Those wishing to lend their creches for display are encouraged to visit the church early Friday morning. They can pick them up after the show ends on Saturday at 4 p.m. The event goes from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It will be at the Los Alamos LDS Church, 1967 18th Street.

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers outlast Pojoaque Valley

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team gained some needed momentum going into a rough stretch against high-caliber opponents.
    The Hilltoppers (2-1) won their second straight game by defeating Pojoaque Valley 47-43 on Saturday at Griffith Gym. On Tuesday, Los Alamos traveled to face Volcano Vista (after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline). Then, in a span of five days, beginning on Saturday, the Hilltoppers will host Valencia, Santa Fe and Cibola.
    Saturday’s win could give Los Alamos some confidence offensively, as it struggled to hit open shots in its first two games. But the Hilltoppers used its defense to find open transition opportunities and in return scored a season-high 47 points. Defensively, Los Alamos continues to press aggressively and capitalize from its team speed.   
    That team defense showed up early against Pojoaque, as the Hilltoppers didn’t allow a point until the 5:05 mark if the first quarter.

  • Catholic pro-life offices torched

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The FBI and Albuquerque Fire Department need help finding the person responsible for arson at a pro-life Catholic organization on Wednesday.
    Authorities say someone set several fires at the office of Project Defending Life, a Catholic-based ministry that offers help to pregnant women.
    The office and a chapel inside the building were damaged.
    Firefighters quickly put the blaze out and nobody was injured.
    The office is on San Mateo and Lomas boulevards.

  • Pope OKs priests to absolve ‘grave sin’ of abortion

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Saying nothing is beyond the reach of God’s mercy, Pope Francis told Catholics worldwide he is allowing all priests to absolve the faithful of abortion — women and health workers alike — even while stressing that it is a grave sin in the eyes of the church to “end an innocent life.”
    In an Apostolic Letter made public Monday, Francis said he was extending indefinitely the special permission he had granted to all rank-and-file priests during the just ended Holy Year of Mercy.
    “There is no sin that God’s mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled” with God, the pope wrote in the 10-page letter, signed Sunday, the day the Holy Year ended.
    But, he added: “I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life.”
    Because the Roman Catholic Church holds abortion to be such a serious sin, absolution had long been a matter for a bishop, who could either hear the woman’s confession himself or delegate it to a priest considered an expert in such situations, a potentially intimidating scenario for many of the faithful.

  • Pot farming becoming a big business

    By Bob Hagan

  • NM Dem chair won’t seek second term

    SANTA FE (AP) — Democrats in New Mexico will be able to get new leadership as the head of the party has announced she will not seek a second term.
    Democratic Party of New Mexico state Chairwoman Debra Haaland said Tuesday that she will step down in April, when the party will elect a new state leader.
    On Tuesday the party’s 24-year-old vice chairman, Juan Sanchez of Belen, declared his interest in the position.
    Haaland’s decision to step down comes after a number of Democratic victories around the state during this year’s election and a presidential election cycle where Haaland was accused of showing favoritism toward eventual nominee Hillary Clinton.
    State GOP Chairwoman Debbie Maestas has also announced she will not seek re-election.

  • US businesses cheer judge’s overtime ruling

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Businesses around the country on Wednesday cheered a court decision blocking the Obama administration’s sweeping new overtime rules, but many had already raised salaries or ordered managers to stick to a strict 40-hour workweek to avoid costs they expected to incur starting next week.
    An injunction issued Tuesday by the federal court in the Eastern District of Texas prevents the Department of Labor from mandating overtime pay for salaried employees who make less than about $47,500 a year — a dramatic jump from the old threshold of $23,660.
    More than 4 million workers would have been newly eligible for time-and-a-half pay under the rule, which now faces far more uncertainty from Donald Trump’s incoming administration.
    The ruling giving businesses a reprieve “is a little late for a lot of people’s taste,” said Tom Gimbel of Chicago-based LaSalle Network, a staffing firm that advised companies on how to prepare for the new rule.
    Wal-Mart, for example, raised entry-level managers’ starting salaries by $3,500 in September to stay above the threshold.

  • Thanksgiving Fire Safety tips from LAFD

    Los Alamos, New Mexico— Los Alamos Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. During this holiday season Los Alamos Fire Department wants to keep you and your loved ones safe with these important safety tips.

    • Make sure your smoke alarms are working (test them by pressing the test button- you should hear a loud beep) and replace batteries if needed. Smoke alarms should be installed in every sleeping room, outside each sleeping area, and on every level of the home. Smoke alarms should be placed on the ceiling or high on a wall. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms.
    • While cooking keep a close watch. Never leave food unattended.
    • Children are excited and curious about all the activity going on in their homes. Keep children at least 3-feet away from hazards including stoves, hot foods, hot liquids, lighters, matches, candles and knives. Keep cords from dangling over counters; these can be dangerous to a curious child. The steam or splash from hot foods or liquids could cause serious burns.
    • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop. In case of a grease fire, keep a lid nearby. Smother the fire by sliding the lid over the pan and turning off the stove. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cool.

  • Prep girl's basketball: ’Toppers tame St. Mike’s

    The Los Alamos girl’s basketball team improved to 1-1 on the season with a 39-36 win against St. Michael’s on Tuesday in Santa Fe.
    Senior forward Shannon Irwin gave the Hilltoppers a 37-36 lead, after hitting a free throw. Senior Ashley Logan provided the final points for Los Alamos with a pair of clutch free throws. Logan also came up with a big block in the final defensive stand.
    The Hilltoppers continued to use its strength on the defense, as they only allowed four points in the first quarter and two in the final quarter.
    However, the Horsemen outscored Los Alamos 18-8 in the second quarter to take a 22-19 lead at halftime. St. Michael’s continued to apply pressure taking a 34-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
    In the final eight minutes, Los Alamos outscored the Horsemen 9-2.
    Sienna Ahlers led the Hilltoppers with 14 points.  
     

  • Prep boys basketball: LA outlasts Valencia in opener

    Mike Kluk said that not many teams would match up in size with his Los Alamos boys basketball team.
    Tuesday was a good indicator of that, as the Hilltoppers outmuscled a small Valencia team to a 44-37 season-opening win at Griffith Gym.
    “The bigs did a good job passing in the interior,” Kluk said. “We had some first game jitters. But it was a good first game for us against an opponent that we should beat. We got to practice and see a lot of things.”
    After Valencia got off to an 8-0 start and a 14-9 first-quarter lead, Los Alamos dominated the second quarter defensively, not allowing a single point in the frame en route to taking a 21-14 lead at halftime.  
    “We got on a little streak there and got a big enough lead to hold without giving it away,” Kluk said. “The boys did a pretty good job controlling the ball and ran a lot of clock toward the end. We were trying not to force it but at the same time we were still trying to score.”
    The Hilltoppers continued the pressure on defense in the second half, holding the Jaguars scoreless until the 4:34 mark of the third quarter. Michael Naranjo led Los Almaos with seven points in the third quarter. A Cade Gastway bucket with five seconds left gave the Hilltoppers a 33-24 lead going into the final quarter.