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Today's News

  • Fire treatment planned for Jemez district

    Fire managers on the Santa Fe National Forest are planning to conduct a prescribed burn on the Joaquin fuelwood unit on the Jemez Ranger District. Ignitions could begin as early as Friday, if conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and weather forecasts, are favorable.  
    Members of the public have helped clean up the 80-acre unit to prepare it for treatment. The Joaquin fuelwood unit is at the intersection of Forest Roads (FRs) 376 and 488 for approximately one mile to the north.
    The Joaquin fuelwood unit prescribed burn is designed to remove dead forest fuels, provide community protection and promote forest health.  Prescribed fires are managed with firefighter and public safety as the first priority.
    Smoke from the Joaquin fuelwood unit prescribed burn may be visible from NM State Highway 4, US Route 550, the Pueblos of Jemez and Zia, and the communities of San Ysidro and Gilman.
    Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems are encouraged to take precautionary measures.  Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found online at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website at nmtracking.org/fire.

  • LAHS Science Bowl team advances to nationals

    Last weekend, a team of science students from Los Alamos High School beat out 23 other teams from across the region to earn a spot in the annual National Science Bowl Competition.
    Principal Brad Parker was proud of his students and their team coaches.
    “To me this speaks to the hard work that team coaches Kathy and Stephen Boerigter, the students and their parents have put out. As usual, our science bowl kids have brought great credit upon Los Alamos High School.  Can’t wait to see how they will do at nationals!” Parker said.
    In the last rounds of the regional competition, LAHS dominated the top two slots.
    LAHS Science Bowl Team One advanced to the top of the regional competition by beating out their fellow teammates on Team Two.
    LAHS has won the regional competition seven times out of the past eight years.
    The winning team will now go on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., which takes place April 27 through May 1.
    The regional competition was held this weekend at Albuquerque’s Highland High School. Team One was coached by Kathy Boerigter and Team Two was coached by her husband Stephen Boerigter. Kathy teaches science at LAHS and Stephen is employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Prep boys basketball: Toppers crash out of district tourney

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team fell in the second round of the District 2-5A tournament to Del Norte Tuesday night in Albuquerque.

    Del Norte's 53-40 win sends the Knights to the district tournament semifinals, where they'll face Española Valley on Thursday in Española. The loss moves Los Alamos to 13-14 overall, which will likely be enough to send the Hilltoppers to the state tournament.

    Seeding selections for the state tournament will be made Sunday.

  • Prep girls basketball: LA falls in 2-5A tourney

    Back-to-back losses to Capital ended the Los Alamos girls basketball season.
    After losing to the Jaguars 42-32 Saturday in the regular season finale, the Hilltoppers fell in Santa Fe again Monday, dropping a 42-35 decision in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.
    Capital’s win on Saturday assured that it would host the district tournament first round, as Los Alamos fell to last place in the district standings.
    The Jaguars advanced to the second round against Del Norte, while the Hilltoppers end their season with a 6-21 overall record. Capital also topped Los Alamos in the team’s three meetings this season.
    The Hilltoppers will miss the state tournament for the first time in over a decade.
    Los Alamos will lose Elena Abeyta, Isabell Larribas, Sienna Ahlers, Casey Trujillo, Ashley Logan and Shannon Irwin to graduation.

  • Today in history Feb. 21
  • Los Alamos Ice Rink to close for season today

    The warm and sunny weather has caused the Los Alamos County Ice Rink to close early for the season. The rink will officially today at 5 p.m. today.  

    Public skating will run until 5 p.m. and then the 2016-2017 Ice Rink season is over.

    Staff will continue working at the rink over the next couple of weeks, removing the ice and preparing the facility for spring and summer activities.  For questions, call the PROS administrative offices at 662-8170.

  • Prep boys basketball: LA tops Academy in district tourney 1st round

    The opponent likely played a big part in the Los Alamos boys basketball team's offensive improvement.     

    Nonetheless, even without starting point guard Antonio Trujillo, the Hilltoppers cruised to a 63-39 win against Albuquerque Academy Monday at Griffith Gym in the first round of the District 2-5A tournament.

    "We didn't try to force as many crazy passes underneath," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We only had five turnovers the first half and that helped us get our lead. Hopefully we'll have another game (tonight) where we cut down on those turnovers." 

    Los Alamos advanced to play Del Norte in the second round at 5:30 tonight in Albuquerque.

    "Del Norte is good and quick offensively," Kluk said. "But defensively, we just kill ourselves when we play them. If we can be in control offensively and hit the big guys, we should be alright."

    In the Hilltoppers final two regular season games, the offense was sped up and was forced to make several mistakes by Capital and Espanola Valley's full-court press.

    Academy doesn't possess the same speed as the Jaguars and Sundevils, which allowed Los Alamos to set its offense and get the ball inside early and often.

  • Democrats push tax, budget plans to House floor

    By Bruce Krasnow

    The New Mexican

    An effort that had broad support to bring in more money to New Mexico government by taxing all internet sales has mushroomed into a measure to raise additional money from hospitals, trucking companies, nonprofit organizations and car buyers.

    Democrats say the amendments to House Bill 202, originally an effort to raise $30 million by expanding the gross receipts tax to out-of-state internet transactions, are necessary to restore cash reserves and put the state on better financial footing to avoid further cuts to school districts and another credit downgrade.

    With the changes, the bill is now expected to bring in $265 million in ongoing revenue. Some $1 million a year would come from the legislative retirement fund.

    A sponsor of the tax bill, Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, said lawmakers have cut spending, both during the 2016 session and again in an October special session. "We've swept up under every rock" to find the dollars needed to pay for public services, Trujillo said.

    What's left are tax increases. "This is a difficult thing to do, but I believe it's the responsible thing to do," he said.

  • Revised bill on aid in dying could get some GOP support

    By Andrew Oxford

    The New Mexican

    Several Republican members of the state House Judiciary Committee signaled late last week that they could support a bill allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives. But they raised concerns about whether the measure would provide enough safeguards for patients.

    The sponsor, Rep. Deborah Armstrong, D-Albuquerque, agreed during a committee hearing Friday to rewrite sections of House Bill 171 to address some of those concerns. She is expected to present a revised bill to the committee next week.

    HB 171 would change a 1963 law that makes it a fourth-degree felony for anyone to assist in a person's suicide and would allow medical professionals to prescribe lethal drugs to patients who meet certain criteria. The patients would have to be mentally competent, for example, and would have to administer the drugs themselves.

    Many New Mexicans living with serious illnesses have packed hearings on the bill to share their stories and plead for options in planning for the end of their lives.

    Elizabeth Whitefield, a retired family court judge from Albuquerque, recounted her painful battles with various cancers that have left her struggling to talk, walk and eat.

    Whitefield told the committee she expects her death will be slow and painful.

  • Dems: Popular vote should determine presidential winner

    By Milan Simonich

    The New Mexican

    New Mexico's five electoral college votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who received the most popular votes nationally, under a bill that state senators approved Monday in a party-line decision.

    All 26 Democratic senators voted for the measure and all 16 Republicans opposed it, perhaps a predictable outcome three months after Republican Donald Trump lost the popular vote but handily won the presidency in the electoral college.

    The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque, said the electoral college allows presidential candidates to ignore most voters because it largely functions as a winner-take-all system in individual states.

    "Candidates have no reason to pay attention to states where they are comfortably ahead or hopelessly behind," Stewart said.

    In addition, she said, minority-party voters in heavily Republican or overwhelmingly Democratic states believe that their votes don't matter because the electoral college takes precedence over the popular vote.