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Today's News

  • STORM WATCH Closures and Delays

    This list is being actively updated. Check back periodically for details.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

    The Laboratory is on a delayed opening Friday, January 6, 2017. Workers should report to work between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

    UNMLA

    The UNM-Los Alamos campus is on a two-hour delay due to inclement weather. Campus will open at 10 a.m.

    Atomic City Transit

    All buses running, all routes open

    Los Alamos County Ice Rink

    Call 662-4500 for more information.

    Courts

    Santa Fe First Judicial Court is closed all day. For Los Alamos Magistrate and Muncipal Court call.

    Magistrate Court: 662 2727

    Municipal Court: 662-8025

    Los Alamos County Services

    Los Alamos County government has no delays at this time. Call 311 or 662-8333 for more information.

    Bandelier

    Closed

    Valles Caldera

    Closed

  • No streaming for tonight's T-Board meeting

    Due to technical difficulties with Century Link, there will be no streaming for tonight's Transportaion Board meeting. Citizens are welcome to attend the meeting at 5:30 p.m. in room 110 of the municipal meeting.

  • LANS collects nearly $60M in performance pay

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — A company that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory has earned nearly $60 million in fees and performance pay for work done over the past fiscal year, a federal agency announced.
    Documents released Wednesday by the National Nuclear Security Administration gave high marks to Los Alamos National Security LLC.
    The annual performance evaluation came as LANL continues rebuilding its reputation after being blamed for a 2014 radiation release at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository more than 300 miles away in southern New Mexico.
    A drum of waste inappropriately packed at Los Alamos ruptured after being sent to the disposal site.
    Along with highlighting mismanagement and oversight lapses, the incident forced shipments of Cold War-era waste from federal sites around the country to be placed on hold.
    Work resumed this week at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, but officials are unsure when shipments will start again.
    The incident previously led to less-than-stellar evaluations for Los Alamos National Security and cost the consortium a contract extension. Its current $2.2 billion contract is set to end in 2018.

  • Today in history Jan. 5
  • Prep boys hoops: Toppers go 1-2 in Poe Corn tourney

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team got a good indication of how it matched up against other Class 5A teams.
    The Hilltoppers finished the Poe Corn Tournament in Roswell with one win and two tough losses.
    Los Alamos opened the tournament on Dec. 28 with a 44-33 loss against Belen. On Thursday, the Hilltoppers regrouped and downed Bloomfield 55-44 to setup a fifth-place game against Farmington on Friday. Los Alamos was unable to end the tournament on a high note, dropping a 55-39 decision against the Scorpions.
    Against Belen, the Hilltoppers were playing its best defensive game of the season, only allowing 22 points through the first three quartersl and didn’t allow a point in the third quarter.  With scored tied 22-22 heading into the fourth quarter, the Eagles pulled away and outscored Los Alamos 22-11 in the final eight minutes.
    The 55 points Los Alamos scored against Bloomfield was the most since the Hilltoppers scored 63 points in a win against El Paso High (Texas) on Dec. 10. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Los Alamos.
    The loss to Farmington assured that Los Alamos would finish 1-2 in a regular season tournament, like it did in the Hub City Tournament in Belen in the second weekend of December.

  • LA girls hoops head to Aztec tourney

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will have three opportunities to end its monthlong losing streak.
    The Hilltoppers will begin play in the Lady Tiger Rumble in Aztec on Tuesday against Monument Valley (Utah). Los Alamos goes into the tournament at 3-10 overall and riding an eight-game losing streak.
    Monument Valley is going through a rough patch of its own as it’ll go into the tournament with a 1-5 record. The Cougars lone win of the season was on Dec. 16.
    Thursday’s winner will face the winner of the Aztec and Crownpoint game on Friday. The tournament will conclude on Saturday and other first round matchups include Montrose (Colorado) vs. Piedra Vista and Durango High (Colorado) vs. Navajo Prep.
    Navajo Prep goes into the tournament with the best record at 7-1, while Montrose enters at 7-2. Three other teams in the field have records above .500.
     

  • Film series resumes Thursday with ‘Grizzly Man’

    Mesa Public Library will show the film “Grizzly Man” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting room.
    This is the first in a year-long series of free films that will be shown on the first Thursday of each month.
    The films for January, February and March have been chosen to reflect “The Best of the 2000s.”
    Communing with nature takes on a whole new meaning in the hands of expert filmmaker Werner Herzog, who has nearly 70 films to his credit.
    The film tells the story of bear lover and amateur naturalist Timothy Treadwell, who spent 13 summers living among grizzly bears in the Katmai National Park and Preserve.
    Herzog has taken much of the footage shot by Treadwell himself and blended it with interviews with Treadwell’s friends to create a complete, if enigmatic picture of a man who felt a special kinship with grizzly bears. Herzog wrote and narrated the film.
    Glorious nature photography from Katmai National Park and Preserve is interwoven with Treadwell’s views as one of the founders of the Grizzly People –  a group which disagrees with many Park Service regulations designed to protect wildlife. His ranting against the people who he felt would harm the bears is laced with profanity.

  • Assets in Action: Award nominations were best ever

    Happy New Year!
    I think a fresh start is something needed by so many people and start with a positive outlook.
    I am elated to say that the nominations for the Community Asset Awards was the best since the event started years ago. We have more nominations for youth and higher totals than we have ever.
    C’YA, the LANL Foundation and the LACDC will look forward to the Jan. 21 event and I believe almost all of the notifications have taken place…with the exception of a few people needing to return to work to find out. Truth be told, there was one person nominated with just a first name and an address,
    We have individuals, couples, clubs, businesses and our youngest is a fifth-grader.  Remember this is a project that is open year long, so once we hold the event in January, the nomination process will begin again.
    I have heard a number of people saying they won’t be making any resolutions this year, what’s the point?
    I say, there’s always something you can do to be better or make the world better and often you can do such small things that make a big different.
    My first hope is for folks to join the Assets movement! This isn’t just some neat, fun idea of mine, this is based on decades of research, shown to improve so many areas of life for young people.

  • Public schools to get boost from NM permanent funds

    SANTA FE (AP) — Funding for public education will get a nearly $60 million boost next fiscal year from New Mexico’s two major sovereign wealth funds thanks to strong investment results in 2016.
    The disbursement from New Mexico’s Land Grant Permanent Fund and Severance Tax Permanent Fund will increase to roughly $896 million during the fiscal year starting July 1, up from $838 million this fiscal year, state Investment Council spokesman Charles Wollmann said.
    The increased payout could help offset recent cuts to general fund spending on public education, as policymakers wrestle with a stubborn budget deficit.
    In October, the state cut $68 million from annual spending on public schools, and influential lawmakers say more cuts are likely next year if new sources of revenue cannot be found quickly. New Mexico’s oil-dependent economy is reeling from a downturn in energy markets.
    Disbursements from the permanent funds are determined at the end of each calendar year based on the funds’ market value, using a five-year average to avoid abrupt changes.
    The value of the two funds climbed to nearly $20 billion at the end of the year, with a return on investment of just over 7 percent during 2016, according to preliminary, unaudited results.

  • Lighting up the new year