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Today's News

  • A white noise Christmas

    So, another Christmas is nearly upon us. The streets will soon be littered with drying Yuletide trees, the shipping industry busy with items being returned and neighbors taking bets on how long it will take that jerk across the street to take down his 54,000 watt solar-flare holiday display.
    Perhaps we should take a step back and remember what the true spirit of the holiday season is fear of losing sunlight! Winter Solstice is Sunday, the “shortest day of the year.”
    This is very confusing though. I own a rather nice stopwatch and I’ve carefully measured Solstice for several years running, and I’ve discovered that it is not the shortest day. In fact, it’s the same length, 24 hours. I’m going to have to do more research on this.
    Pagans, Druids, Wiccans and other Sun worshipers will gather at Stonehenge “hoping in earnest” that the Sun will rise again. As daylight hours continue to wane, the ancients would worry that the Sun had finally given up on human civilization and might decide to call it quits. Hence the celebrations upon the “return of sunlight” as the days would again begin to increase after Solstice.

  • Fishing Report 12-19-14

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  • Keeping Control

    Hilltopper Chris Romero works from off the top of his bout last week at Capital. Los Alamos’ wrestling team will be back in action Saturday when it heads to a tournament hosted by Piedra Vista. Piedra Vista is a top program in Class 5A.

  • 'Topper girls finish fourth in first 5A hoops rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team finished fourth in the first rankings of Class 5A teams for the 2014-15 season Thursday.
    Los Alamos, which is 7-1 heading into a game Saturday with the Artesia Bulldogs, is grouped with some quality company in the first rankings. Those top four teams have a combined three losses between them.
    The Hilltoppers lost their first game of the year Dec. 11 when they fell to the Los Lunas Tigers, which, heading into today actually haven’t played enough games on the year to qualify for a ranking, according to the website.
    Los Alamos actually picked up two wins on the heels of that loss in the second and third rounds of the Joe Armijo Invitational last weekend.
    The Gallup Bengals, who are a perfect 8-0, had the No. 1 ranking in the first poll of the season. Their bets win of the year, however, may have come in the first game of the season when they downed Shiprock 80-66 Nov. 22.
    Nevertheless, Gallup is the only girls team in the state that is currently undefeated.
    Following Gallup is Española Valley, ranked No. 2. The Sundevils are 7-1 so far and defeated the third-ranked Valencia Jaguars earlier this week, handing the Jaguars their only loss of the season.

  • Thoma invited to combine

    Former Los Alamos Hilltopper standout soccer player Andy Thoma has been invited to participate in the 2015 Major League Soccer combine.
    The MLS, the top professional soccer league in the country, will hold its combine Jan. 9-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The country’s top collegiate soccer talent will have the opportunity to make an impression in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs ahead of the 2015 SuperDraft, which is held for top college talent in the country.
    Thoma was the Class 4A Player of the Year in 2010 following the Hilltoppers’ state championship, their first since the mid-1980s.
    Following his career at Los Alamos, he played at the collegiate level, eventually transferring to the University of Washington, where he earned several honors from the Pac-12 conference, playing both at the wing and in the defensive third.
    He was named a second team All-Pac 12 performer and third-team All-American following the 2014 season.
    The Huskies advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last season.
    The MLS played its first season in 1996. The league will start its regular season in March.

  • Lava aimed at Hawaii market

    HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from an active volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island slowed slightly but still stayed on track to hit a shopping center in the small town of Pahoa below it.
    The molten rock was 1,200 to 1,300 yards away from the edge of Pahoa Marketplace on Thursday and had advanced about 165 yards from the previous day, said Darryl Oliveira, Hawaii County civil defense administrator.
    “We’re just watching the activity on the flow going forward and trying to remain optimistic that we might see a slow down or pause or stall,” Oliveira said.
    Lava from Kilauea Volcano is crossing flatter terrain, which may have partly caused the slackening.
    Gov. David Ige visited the community Thursday, meeting with impacted residents and teachers and taking an aerial tour of the flow.
    “I am amazed at the attitude of the citizens of Pahoa,” Ige told reporters late Thursday. “They are definitely upbeat; the community has really drawn together to work through this disaster.”
    During his visit, Ige received an update from Oliveira and took a helicopter tour of the lava flow, which he says changed his perspective on the situation.

  • Police Beat 12-19-14

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Dec. 16

    10:47 p.m. — Dustin Nelson, 25, of Los Alamos was arrested through a Los Alamos Municipal Court warrant at the Los Alamos Justice Center. The original charge was aggravated operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor at Canyon Road on May 18.

    Dec. 11

    10:22 p.m. — Kenneth Hagedorn, 33 of Los Alamos was arrested for aggravated assault in the 1000 block of Sioux.

    Dec. 12

    12:06 p.m. — A 59-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of criminal damage to property (less than $1000) at Dogwood Street.

    9:46 p.m. — A 17-year-old Farmington teen was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    10 p.m. — Gilbert Romero, 33 of Cordova was arrested for unlawful use of a license and driving when privilege to do so has been withdrawn. Defendant was arrested on Trinity Drive.

  • Jobless rate drops in state

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate is down as the state continues to add jobs.
    The state Department of Workforce Solutions reported Friday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 6.4 percent.
    That’s down from 6.5 percent in October and down from 6.7 percent in November 2013.
    The state’s economy added 14,100 jobs between November 2014 and November 2013, with the November 2014 increase of 3,600 jobs in total. nonfarm employment topping increases during all previous months since the Great Recession.
     

  • Ringing In the Season

    Energetic and entertaining bell ringers at Smith’s add to the Christmas spirit. Carmen Bouquin and Sophia Jeffery brought a fresh twist to the traditional bell ringer. More Salvation Army bell ringers are needed. Those interested should contact the Betty Ehart Senior Center for details.

  • Update 12-19-14

    Trash collection

    Next week, Los Alamos County will pick up curbside trash Wednesday for those whose regular collection day is Thursday. Customers should also put trash out Dec. 31 for those whose regularly scheduled collection day is Jan. 1

    Surplus sale

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s next scheduled surplus property sale will be Jan. 15, weather permitting.

    Walkup Center

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will have abbreviated hours for the upcoming holidays. Wednesday, the aquatic center will close at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until Dec. 26. It will also close at 5 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed on Jan. 1. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Christmas Run

    The final Los Alamos Triatomics Christmas Lights run is scheduled for Monday. The non-competitive run will start in the downtown area near the Fusion Multisport store. The run starts promptly at 6:15 p.m. and anyone interested may participate. For information, visit triatomics.org.

    LEGO League

    The Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League State Qualifier is 9 a.m. Saturday at Los Alamos Middle School’s gymnasium.