Today's News

  • Science Fair Results

    Energy and Transportation
    Junior Division
    First place
    Haley Capon, Chamisa Elementary, Elks Participation award $10
    Second place
    Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Third place
    Evan Shipley, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, CB Fox $30 gift card, Kiwanis of Los Alamos $75
    Mikala Bucklin, Barranca Elementary, Barranca PTO $5, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Energy and Transportation
    Senior Division
    First place
    Simon Redman, Los Alamos High School, NNMASME Chamber Check $10, Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos $50
    Second place
    Kim Seungheon, Los Alamos High School, LANL Participation Award $10
    Engineering: Electrical/Mechanical
    Junior Division
    Junior Physical Science Grand Award
    First place
    Colin Hehlen, Los Alamos Middle School, Los Alamos Geological Society $10, IEEE $10
    Second place
    Noah McCabe, Los Alamos Middle School, AMS International/Los Alamos Chapter $30, NNMASME Chamber Check $10
    Third place
    Aaron Lauritzen, Chamisa Elementary, LANL Participation Award $10
    Third place
    Jerome Colletti, Los Alamos Middle School, LANL Participation Award $10
    Honorable Mention

  • Have Lunch with a Leader Feb. 14

    This month the League of Women Voters invites the community to their Lunch with a Leader with Steven Thomas, the new Mesa Library manager. He will not have to go far, since the event is from 11:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Feb. 14, upstairs in the Mesa Public Library. 
    Thomas grew up in Arkansas, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas. While he was at the University of Tennessee, he earned his master’s degree in library and information science and met his wife Lisa.
    His career has taken him all over the United States. He started in Brooklyn, N.Y., then went to Fayetteville, Ark. as director of operations, then went to Charleston, W.V., as assistant director of a system of 11 libraries. Just before coming to Los Alamos, he was the assistant director of the Washington County Library System.
    Although he was not really looking for a job change, when he and Lisa saw an advertisement for Mesa Public Library, they knew they wanted to move here. He said he immediately fell in love with Los Alamos, the library and its staff.
    He will talk about e-books and current trends in publishing, and how this is impacting libraries. He will also talk about relevant updates regarding the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act and libraries.

  • Be There 02-06-13

    Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy, will speak on “Securing a future with coal in New Mexico,” at the LASE/Sierra Club meeting at 7 p.m. in media room 203, building two at UNM-LA.
    Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m.

    The February meeting of the Los Alamos Master Gardeners will be in the training room of the Community Building, just down the hall from the Extension Office, at 7 p.m. Los Alamos Extension Agent Carlos Valdez will present a program on the Demonstration Garden. For information, call 662-4950.
    The Los Alamos Right to Life Committee presents Dauneen Dolce, executive director, from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 8 at Immaculate Heart of Mary’s McLaughlin Hall. Quizno’s and refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m. Pro-life friends welcome.

  • A look at the 'Rear Window'

    We never know what’s really happening behind closed doors, or even wide open windows. But that’s never stopped us humans from drawing our own conclusions about other people’s lives, about which we are sometimes much more interested than our own.
    The 1954 Alfred Hitchcock classic, “Rear Window” is not only a who dunnit, but a did anyone do it? And even the “it” is ambiguous: Was there a murder? Or did a lady take a train? Is a man a killer or simply in sales? And what’s going on with the little dog, anyhow?
    “Rear Window” stars James Stewart as professional photographer L.B. Jefferies, accustomed to traveling the world in search of the most gripping news stories. Because of a broken leg, he’s trapped in a wheelchair for seven weeks, with nothing to point his lens at but his neighbors’ windows.
    Jefferies has only one week left of his confinement and a beautiful girlfriend (Grace Kelly) to boot, but he’s cynical and prone to sinister imaginings, staring dejectedly at others who seem to actually be living, unlike, he seems to think, him.
    Eventually, he witnesses several pieces of odd behavior, which, taken together, can only suggest one of two possibilities. Either there is nothing going on, or a woman has been butchered into tiny pieces and packed into a trunk.

  • Licenses for illegal immigrants, plus shorter campaigns

    New Mexicans weary of the contretemps over illegal immigrants and drivers’ licenses, which has engulfed them since Susana Martinez hit the campaign trail back in 2010, were probably surprised to learn that a new law in Illinois permits immigrants without papers to apply for licenses in that state.
    So there are now four states that have such laws on their books: New Mexico, Utah, Washington and Illinois.
    Four states hardly a bandwagon makes, but with the almost decade-long blockade of anything smacking of immigration reform apparently coming to an end, a number of other states are also toying with the idea.
    California, with its huge illegal immigrant population, has long grappled with the problems of unlicensed drivers on its streets and roadways.
    Last month the Los Angeles Times reported on a recent study by the California Motor Vehicle Department that finds “Unlicensed drivers in California—the vast majority of whom are illegal immigrants—are nearly three times as likely to cause a fatal crash as licensed drivers.”

  • Knowledge of state's economy is vague

    Mythology provides the thread throughout discussions of New Mexico’s economy.
    By recently telling an Albuquerque real estate group (and no doubt many others) that we must “commit to diversifying our economy,” Gov. Susana Martinez also says our economy is not diversified.
    Another common line is that the federal government share of our economy depends on the decisions of some bureaucrat, one bureaucrat, that is, in Washington.
    The fear mongering desired image is that this one bureaucrat, sufficiently annoyed, could at a stroke close everything federal in the state.
    Early in her most recent Senate campaign, Heather Wilson explained the real world to me. For better or worse, it is nearly impossible to eliminate a government activity.
    Every activity has a constituency, she said. If you try to eliminate something, that constituency and all of its friends and relations appear from the woodwork to protest and delay. Nearly always the constituency wins.
    Three sets of numbers provide a vague idea of the structure of our economy and of what is happening. Emphasis on “vague.”

  • NM high court issues set back in prostitution case

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Supreme Court has dealt a blow to prosecutors' case against two aging college professors accused of helping run an online prostitution ring.

    The state's high court denied Wednesday prosecutors' requests to overturn a lower court's ruling that nothing in state law made the website illegal.

    A state judge in June ruled that the website "Southwest Companions" linked to former University of New Mexico president F. Chris Garcia and retired Fairleigh Dickinson University physics professor David C. Flory violated no laws.

    Both were arrested by Albuquerque police in June 2011 on charges of promoting prostitution after a yearlong police investigation into an alleged multistate operation.

    Michael Fricke, deputy district attorney for Bernalillo County, says prosecutors will reevaluate the case.

    Defense attorneys say they were pleased with the ruling.

  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores 02-06-13

      Boys basketball

    Alamogordo 42, Gadsden 41

    Albuquerque Academy 50, Moriarty 40

    Artesia 71, Goddard 62

    Bosque School 47, Laguna-Acoma 32

    Capitan 69, Mescalero Apache 45

    Carlsbad 69, Hobbs 66

    Cibola 71, Cleveland 54

    Clovis 67, Lovington 60

    Crownpoint 54, Newcomb 53

    Deming 63, Chaparral 39

    Desert Academy 63, Foothill 29

    Dexter 78, Eunice 39

    Dora 77, Floyd 55

    Fort Sumner 59, Elida 34

    Gateway Christian 73, Lake Arthur 47

    Hagerman 88, Cloudcroft 62

    Hondo 92, Vaughn 17

    Hope Christian 80, Los Alamos 44

    Jal 54, Tatum 47

    Manzano 65, Eldorado 62

    Mayfield 55, Onate 53, OT

    McCurdy 80, Coronado 56

    Mesilla Valley Christian 70, Cobre 22

    Monte del Sol 80, Penasco 75

    Navajo Prep 43, Navajo Pine 39

    NMMI 81, Loving 48

    Pecos 76, Santa Fe Prep 42

    Pojoaque 73, Santa Fe Indian 58

    Portales 55, Texico 54

    Robertson 71, Sandia Prep 66

    Roswell 70, Ruidoso 31

    Sandia 96, La Cueva 81

    Santa Fe Waldorf School 41, Graceway Christian 39

    Santa Teresa 48, Centennial High School 24

    St. Pius 71, Del Norte 55

  • 'Topper girls are 9th in new poll

    The Santa Fe Demons kept their hold on the top spot in girls basketball in this week’s MaxPreps.com state Class 4A rankings.
    The rankings were updated Sunday on the website, which is the information nerve center of most prep sports in the state.
    Santa Fe kept its spot at the top of the heap despite taking its first loss of the season. Santa Fe had been the lone team in the state, boys or girls, without a blemish, but fell Jan. 29 to a very tough Santa Fe Indian School team.
    In those ranking, the Los Alamos girls are in the No. 9 position, earning a strength rating of 15.6.
    Throughout this season, the top 4A girls team has enjoyed only the slimmest of power rating cushions throughout this season and this week is no exception. However, the team the Demons are keeping at bay has changed. Los Lunas now holds the No. 2 ranking in the state, while Gallup, which has lost three of its last five contests, tumbled to No. 4.
    The power rating difference between the Demons and Los Lunas’ Tigers is a miniscule .3 points.
    In the boys rankings, Los Alamos (1-19) remains the 26th and final team on the Class 4A charts. It is still in negative range in the overall strength ratings.

  • LA throttled 80-44 vs. Hope Christian

    The Hope Christian Huskies were consistent on offense throughout Tuesday night’s ballgame against the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.
    Los Alamos was consistent, as well, but the Hilltoppers’ consistency wasn’t nearly enough to keep them in the contest.
    Hope scored 22 points in the first and third quarters and was nearly as good in the second and fourth quarters, rolling to a 80-44 victory over Los Alamos in Albuquerque.
    Since the Hilltoppers’ lone win of the season Jan. 4, they have struggled in all phases of their game and have been on the wrong end of some lopsided scores. They have lost seven straight games by a margin of at least 23 points and have allowed both Capital Friday night and Hope Christian Tuesday night to hit the 80-point threshold, their two highest point totals allowed.
    Los Alamos will return to District 2-4A play Saturday when it travels to Bernalillo. Bernalillo (15-6 overall, 3-0 in district) will put its first-place status on the line when it plays at Española Valley (15-6, 2-1).
    For the Hilltoppers (1-20), Skyler Veenis scored 20 points against Hope, while Franklin Archuleta finished with 12 points and Simon Heath added 9.
    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for contributing to this report.