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Today's News

  • Stilwell paces the LASG Tumbler boys

    Caden Stilwell of the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics boys competitive team had a top-four finish at the Men’s Gold Cup Classic earlier this month.
    The Gold Cup Classic was Jan. 5-6 in Albuquerque. In all, 11 teams and 115 competitors took part.
    Stilwell finished fourth in the all-around competition in the Level 4 Junior Division for LASG.
    En route to the finish, he earned a silver medal on parallel bars (9.65), floor exercises (9.35) and pommel horse (8.2). He also took bronze on vault (9.5).
    In the Level 4 Senior Division, Dane Harris earned silver in the all-around with a 52.25. Harris won the vault competition with a 9.80, earned silver on floor (8.9) and pommel horse (8.20) and bronze on high bar (8.70).
    In Level 5, Philo Shelton was the Tumblers’ highest scorer, earning silver in the all-around for the Senior Division with a 50.75. For his part, Shelton earned silver medals on still rings (9.50), pommel horse (8.70) and parallel bars (8.35) and took bronze on floor (8.45).  
    Teammate Daniel Fryer placed fourth all-around in the Level 5 Junior Division with 46.15. Fryer earned a silver medal on vault (9.40) and bronze on floor (7.95).

  • LA crushes Bernalillo to open 2-4A

    BERNALILLO — Just like it needed to, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a big victory to open the District 2-4A season.
    Los Alamos held the Bernalillo Spartans to just two points in the first quarter and dropped in 23 points in the second quarter to breeze to victory.
    In the second half, the Hilltoppers liberally substituted their bench players but didn’t let the Spartans back into the contest.
    McKenzie Logan and Kiana Zerr both turned in big performances for the second straight game as Los Alamos cruised to a 58-24 victory.
    Logan and Zerr combined for 19 points in the first half as Los Alamos jumped out to a big lead early. Los Alamos opened the game on a 12-1 run, then in the second quarter, Zerr dropped in eight points to put the game on ice by the half.
    Los Alamos got 9 of its 10 roster players in the scoring column, which it was it was hoping for out of Tuesday’s contest.
    “That’s what we need to be successful in district,” said Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart. “We need to get lots of people involved and not get one-dimensional.”
    It was the second straight win for the Hilltoppers under Stewart, who has been head coach for just over a week.

  • Norway cheese fire shuts down road tunnel

    OSLO, Norway (AP) — A road tunnel in northern Norway will be shut for several weeks after a 27-ton truckload of sweet goat's milk cheese caught fire.

    Regional traffic department chief Geir Joergensen says flames engulfed the tunnel last week and gases from the melting, brown load hindered firefighters. It took four days to put it out.

    The driver was not hurt and no other vehicles were in the 3.6-kilometer (2.2-mile) tunnel at the time.

    Joergensen said Wednesday that the tunnel near the small Arctic municipality of Tysfjord, some 1,350 kilometers (840 miles) north of the capital, Oslo, likely will be closed for two more weeks.

    Goat's milk cheese, a sweet delicacy with a high sugar and fat content, is an essential part of many Norwegians' daily diet.

  • Today in History for January 23rd
  • NM high school graduation rate was 67.3 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government reports that New Mexico's graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That's below the national average of 78.2 percent.

    The so-called "average freshman graduation rates" indicate the percentage of 9th graders who go on to graduate within four years.

    The rates are being reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

    States' rates ranged from 57.8 percent in Nevada at the low end to 91.4 percent in Vermont at the high end.

  • Exit Polls: Netanyahu, Allies Win Israeli Vote
  • Police Beat 01-22-13

    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.

    Jan 10
    4:17 a.m. — Officials at the Los Alamos National Bank reported damage to property (less than $1,000) in the 2000 block of E. Jemez Road.

    5:11 p.m. — A 20-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police he was the victim of fraud (less than $100) in the 4900 block of North Sol.

    Jan. 11
    8:16 a.m. — Rusty Mock, 43, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass at 41st and Urban Street.

    2:38 p.m. — A 50-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police she had been the victim of a larceny (over $2,500 but less than $20,000) in the 100 block of North Rey Drive.

  • Update 1-22-13

    Guild meeting

    The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild meeting will be at 7 p.m. today in the side room at White Rock Baptist Church.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. today in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.

    PEEC talk

    Come to PEEC to learn the links between obsidian deposits, archaeology, and forest fires from Dr. Anastasia Steffen, at 7 p.m. today.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Authors Speak

    Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series kicks off a brand new group of authors in the monthly series, at 7 p.m. Thursday with Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate Jon David. 

  • A muni building in search of a name

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Executive Director Cedric Page is fully supportive of a motion introduced by Los Alamos County Councilor Frances Berting to name the new municipal building for late New Mexico State Representative Jeannette O. Wallace. The county is currently seeking public comment on the proposal.

    “I think the more we acknowledge the contributions of Rep. Wallace and others in the future, the better. We really need to personalize some of our facilities. I’m very supportive of her (Berting’s) efforts to have the community weigh in on that,” Page said.

    “It’s part of that inclusiveness. You have to put the question out there for people to really reflect on and decide whether that building is worthy of that individual who was a significant contributor to this county. I think they’ll find there’s support in the community for taking that step.”

    Under the guidelines of county code, County Administrator Harry Burgess is currently selecting a committee to hear public comment and make a recommendation to council.

    A few people have already weighed in on the idea. One suggested naming the building after former County Administrator Max Baker. However, county code stipulates that an individual must be deceased at least six months and Baker is still alive.

  • Clerk releases bond update

     The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office reports as of Friday, there have been 4,000 ballots received for the Special School Bond Election. On Jan. 8, the clerk’s office mailed out 13,826 ballots. Officials at the clerk’s office would like to remind registered voters about some do’s and don’ts:
    • Do sign the outer envelope. If there is no signature on the outer envelope, the ballot cannot be counted.
    • Don’t have someone sign your ballot on your behalf. If you cannot sign the outer envelope, an ‘X’ is acceptable as your signature. Although it is not required, someone may witness you signature. Bottom line and most important, is that if the ballot is not signed, it cannot be counted.
    • Do affix adequate postage. A first-class stamp is required to mail the ballot back to the clerk’s office; however, registrants may also drop off their completed ballot at the clerk’s office located at 2451 Central Ave., Suite D. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Jan. 29.
    • Do come by the clerk’s office if you have not received your ballot.