Today's News

  • Gattiker has top prediction in race

    Katie Gattiker had the top prediction is this week’s pace race, which was held at East Park. Gattiker was only 3 seconds off of her predicted time.
    Sam Crooks and David Kratzer tied for next best prediction with a 5-second differential.
    Aurea Rojas was 10 seconds off her estimated time.
    On the 1-mile course, Mariela Saenz finished first in 10 minutes, 25 seconds.
    The top male participant, Brian Newnam, finished the mile in 10:48.
    Ted Romero finished the 3-mile course with a first-place time of 20:13.
    Nikol Strother was the first female to finish the 3-mile course, recording a 20:28.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The races will start just to the west of Chamisa Elementary at 205 Meadow Lane. For more information call 672-1639 or visit the club’s website, atomicrunners.com.


  • Today in history May 20
  • The Art of Ballroom Dance

    Since the start of school year, the dance students of Los Alamos High School have been learning and perfecting the art of Ballroom dance.
    The students are showing off what they have learned at the Spring Dance Show at 7 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free.
    LAHS teacher Natasha Barkhudarova teaches her students the fundamentals of dance and performance. The students dance everything from the convivial Quickstep to the passionate Samba. See student choreographed dances and artfully crafted formation dances, as well as guest performances by the LAHS Bollywood, Hip-Hop and Ballroom clubs, and guest-performers from New Mexico Dance Theater, DALA, Folklorico, YMCA Kathak and NMSU Hip-Hop.

    See this story in Diversions on Thursday.

  • Lockhart win triple jump to lead LA at state meet

    ALBUQUERQUE — After breaking Los Alamos’ school record in the triple jump time and time again this year, Elizabeth Lockhart can now add state champion to her list of accomplishments.
    “It felt really good,” Lockhart said about her state championship performance. “I’m really happy.”
    On her first jump at the state meet Saturday, Lockhart jumped 37 feet, 1/2 inch to break her previous record and take the early lead in the competition.
    Lockhart consistently jumped further than everybody else after that. She had three of the four longest jumps in the prelims and three of the four longest jumps in the finals. Her first jump, however, was her farthest leap and proved to be her gold medal performance.
    The Hilltopper girls stepped on the podium 11 times at the state meet while the Hilltopper boys had seven podium finishes.
    Lockhart, however, was the lone Hilltopper that got to stand on top of the podium.
    The Hilltopper girls finished fifth as a team with 32.5 points. Aztec (78) won the girls state title, followed by Los Lunas (48), Piedra Vista (47) and St. Pius X (45).

  • Fresh Meats and Produce

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market launched a Saturday farmers market, which made its debut last weekend despite rain showers and chilly temperatures. Camino de Paz representative Claire Crane, seen here at her stand, was on hand with goat and lamb meat. Tesuque Farms had blue corn flour, herbs, cheese and oils. The Saturday farmers market will go on weekly through October.

  • Union: two engineers are needed

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union for Amtrak’s locomotive engineers on Tuesday urged the railroad to put a second engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor, where a derailment killed eight people and injured more than 200 others.
    “The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit,” the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said in a statement. “There is no reason that rail employees and rail passengers’ lives should be viewed any differently.”
    Brandon Bostian, 32, was alone in the locomotive of Train 188 when it derailed May 12, about 10 minutes after departing Philadelphia for New York.
    Amtrak hasn’t had a second crew member in the locomotive of its Northeast Corridor trains since Congress ended the requirement in the early 1980s, the union said.
    The National Transportation Safety Board is looking into why the train was going more than double the 50 mph limit around a sharp curve. It is also investigating whether an object may have struck the locomotive’s windshield before the crash.
    The FBI said it found no evidence a grapefruit-sized fracture on the windshield was caused by a firearm and the NTSB said it was unsure anything had struck the vehicle.

  • State Briefs 5-19-15

    Law journal publishes special issue
    examining ‘Breaking Bad’

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A University of New Mexico School of Law student journal has published a special issue analyzing legal issues related to the story line of AMC-TV’s “Breaking Bad.”
    An edition of the New Mexico Law Review released this week looks at the war on drugs, the hypothetical arrest of Walter White, and questionable practices of defense lawyer Saul Goodman.
    Editor Matthew Zidovsky says students wanted to use the fictional hit television series to discuss serious legal issues like the Fourth Amendment and professional lawyer ethics.
    “Breaking Bad” follows former high school teacher Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston, producing methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman, played by Aaron Paul.
    Bob Odenkirk plays sleazy attorney Saul Goodman, who defends drug lords, criminals and those allegedly injured in minor traffic accidents.

    Flight service from Santa Fe to LAX to be dropped

  • On A String

    The annual Los Alamos Kite Festival was washed out for much of the weekend, but skies finally cleared up enough to get activities going on Sunday. Along with about 75 fliers at Overlook Park, there was also a kite desing workshop and even a “kite hospital” for kites that had a hard landing.

  • Update 5-19-15


    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a closed session at 3 p.m. Wednesday prior to its regular monthly meeting, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The closed session is expected to last until 5 p.m. Both will be at the municipal building.


    The Environmental Sustainability Board will have a plastic bag ban discussion at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature in the main pool will be turned up and an inflatable obstacle course will be set up. The Warm Water Weekend will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Farmers Market

    The Los Alamos Farmers Market is scheduled from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Science On Tap

    Science On Tap will present “Attack of the Drones!” Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room in Central Park Square. James Privette, operations lead for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss how the lab is working to counter the risk of drones. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.


  • Taking the Oath

    Los Alamos police officer Cpl. Brent Hudspeth was promoted to sergeant yesterday at the Los Alamos Magistrate Court. As friends colleagues and family looked on, Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados swore him in. At the ceremony, LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone said that he was glad to see that one of the police shifts was “going to be led by an exceptional officer.”