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Today's News

  • Atomic City Transit celebrates five years

    Atomic City Transit quietly marked its five-year anniversary at the end of September. During that time, the transit system has exceeded most expectations.

    When Los Alamos County began operating the bus system in October 2007, ridership was estimated to be between 40,000 and 70,000 a year. ACT expected to increase those numbers to 100,000 a year.

    In the first year, one-way fares surpassed 250,000. Those have increased annually to reach a high of 562,226 fares in 2012. Ridership to date has exceeded 2.1 million.

    ACT now operates five neighborhood fixed routes, a downtown circulator, dial-a-ride paratransit service, five afternoon express routes, special event services and Bandelier and Ski Hill shuttles. Many of the services were implemented sooner than anticipated.

    The transportation division attributes these achievements to a number of factors, including the involvement of the New Mexico Department of Transportation, high gas prices and an environmentally-conscious community.

    Many believe a key element to success was the initial planning for the system. The county hired a consultant to conduct a Transit Feasibility Study that evaluated the existing transit system and the mobility needs and desires of the community. The consultant made recommendations for a transit plan with a five-year implementation strategy.

  • Locals react to massacre

    Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut may have happened on the other side of the country, but emergency and school officials here in Los Alamos seemed to know right away that the event hit too close to home for some residents, especially those with children.

    On Monday, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt issued two statements, one to his staff and one to the community at large, about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    His staff memo emphasized how important it is to be in touch with what the students may be feeling about the event, which due its horrific nature and death toll, was a large part of the 24-hour-a-day news cycle all weekend.

    “It’s very likely that over the course of the day, students will look to adults for support and comfort in their efforts to understand why events like this happen,” Schmidt said in his statement. He also urged staff members to give him a call.

    “Know that I care for each and every one of you,” he said in the statement. “As such, take care of yourselves. If this tragedy strikes you hard, I encourage you to talk with a friend, school counselor or give me a call.”

    Schmidt’s second statement was mainly directed to parents as well as the community-at-large.

  • Safety continues to be LAPS' top priority

    It is important for the community to know that Los Alamos cares very deeply for the safety and security of our students and staff in our schools. To help ensure this safety, school administration works closely with students and staff to be in a state of readiness by practicing a variety of emergency lockdown drills. In addition, the district works closely with Los Alamos County police, fire department, and emergency medical to be in a constant state of readiness. Nevertheless, in view of recent events in Newtown, Conn., the district will conduct a review of our current safety practices this week in an ongoing effort to be prepared for an emergency.
     Some of those reviews have already begun. Members of the Los Alamos Police Department toured Chamisa Elementary to re-familiarize themselves with the school today. I contacted Captain Randy Foster, LA Police Department, to request these walk-throughs of all schools. Captain Foster went on to share that the police will have an increased presence at school sites this week. He states there is no credible threat but his officers were interested in stopping by during the school day and during bus loading times to meet and speak with students, staff, and families.

  • Help on your credit report

    When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions, getting into good shape financially ranks right up there with losing weight and eating healthier. All three goals require discipline and planning; and, as you’ve no doubt experienced, it’s not unusual to encounter setbacks along the way.
    Don’t let losing a minor battle here or there convince you to surrender on the bigger war. You’ll probably have more success if you start out taking small steps, learning from your mistakes and gaining momentum as you go.
    Here are a few suggestions for better managing your personal finances in the New Year:
    The first step on the road to financial health is to create a budget you can live with. If you’re new to budgeting or haven’t been successful in the past, start slowly. For a few months write down every cent you spend: mortgage/rent, utilities, food, gas, medical copayments, credit card interest – the works. You’ll be surprised where you money goes.
    At the same time, compare money coming in (income) to money going out (expenses). If you’re just breaking even or losing money each month, you need to boost your income and/or aggressively trim spending. Try these strategies:  

  • Ski Report 12-18-12

    Angel Fire
    20-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 4 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest
    14-inch base of packed powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 25 trails open.

    Pajarito
    10-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. Tentative opening day is Friday.

    Red River
    25-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 14 trails and 5 trails open.

    Sandia Peak
    6-inch base. No new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.

    Sipapu
    18-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 11 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache
    10-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 2 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe
    39.5-inch base of powder. No new snow reported. 4 lifts open.

    Taos
    24-inch base of powder. 1 inch of new snow reported. 11 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera
    No report.

  • LA wins final tourney contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team held the Albuquerque Academy Chargers to just two points in the second quarter and four points in the fourth quarter to win in a rout Saturday.
    Los Alamos snapped a three-game losing streak by pummeling the Chargers 41-19 in the seventh-place game of the Joe Armijo Invitational.
    Despite holding Academy to just 8 points in the first half, Los Alamos (4-4) didn’t pull away until the second half. Los Alamos led by four points at the break but outscored Academy 19-7 in the third quarter.
    Academy (0-7) didn’t break into double-digits in any quarter.
    For Los Alamos, Erin Kirk had a game-high 11 points and Hayley Each added 8 points in the win. Amber Logan and McKenzie Logan both had 7 points.
    It was the second win of the season by the Hilltoppers over the Chargers. They defeated the Chargers 41-30 Dec. 6, also in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos lost its first two games of the tournament, falling 77-45 to Los Lunas and 44-22 against Cibola to drop into the seventh-place game.

  • Dickey traded to Blue Jays

    NEW YORK (AP) — Eager for a new challenge and certainly a better chance to win, R.A. Dickey broke the news of his trade even before the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Mets.
    A few minutes ahead of the teams announcing the seven-player swap Monday that sent the NL Cy Young Award winner to Toronto, he tweeted his thanks to Mets fans and added he was all set to pitch for the Blue Jays.
    “Now that its official, I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support,” Dickey posted on Twitter. “Thank you for making me feel wanted.”
    “Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays,” he wrote.
    Toronto acquired the 38-year-old knuckleballer and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas. The Mets got top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud and veteran catcher John Buck, plus minor league right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra.
    “It was an extraordinary privilege for us to be part of his career,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said about Dickey. “The final chapter has not been written.”
    Dickey and the busy Blue Jays agreed to a new contract, clearing the way for the Mets to send him to a team that’s spending a lot of money trying to join baseball’s elite.

  • Sports Update 12-18-12

    Golf course closed, pro shop on shortened schedule

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced Monday it will shut down play for the season.
    Snowfall from Friday’s storm will close the course for play. Additionally, the LAGC pro shop will operate on an abbreviated schedule until Friday.
    The pro shop hours will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the remainder of the week and will be closed Saturday and Sunday.
    More information can be obtained by calling 662-8139.

    Final Christmas lights run is Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Triatomics multi-sport club will host its final Christmas Light Run Wednesday night.
    The run will start at the San Ildefonso Road roundabout. The non-competitive run is 5.75 miles and starts promptly at 6:15 p.m. The run is free and anyone interested is invited to attend.
    More information on the Triatomics can be found by visiting triatomics.org. Late schedule changes can be found by visiting facebook.com/triatomics.

    Lobos hosting baseball camps

  • Colo. Police: 911 Caller Fatally Shot on Phone

    Four people were found dead Tuesday in Colorado after a woman called police to report a shooting and was apparently shot to death. Officials say dispatchers heard the woman scream "No, no, no," and then heard a gunshot.

  • Winter Storm Warning in effect until this evening

    A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM MST THIS EVENING.

    * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 2 TO 4 INCHES AT ELEVATIONS BELOW 7000 FEET WITH 4 TO 8 INCHES OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS TO AROUND ONE FOOT ARE POSSIBLE OVER THE SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS AND NEAR THE COLORADO BORDER.

    * TIMING... SNOW WILL EXPAND EASTWARD THIS MORNING FROM THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND INTO NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES BUT IS EXPECTED TO TAPER OFF OVER WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO THIS AFTERNOON... THEN DIMINISH THIS EVENING NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST AS THE STORM EXITS.

    * WINDS... SOUTHWEST INCREASING TO 20 TO 35 MPH THIS MORNING. WINDS WILL SHIFT TO THE NORTHWEST AS GUSTS TO 45 OR 50 MPH DEVELOP.

    * SNOW LEVELS... TEMPERATURES WILL BE COLD ENOUGH FOR SNOW AT ALL LEVELS.

    * LOCAL IMPACTS... STRONG AND GUSTY WINDS COMBINED WITH SNOWFALL WILL CREATE AREAS OF POOR VISIBILITIES IN BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. ROADS WILL BECOME SNOW PACKED AND ICY AND TRAVEL MAY BECOME DIFFICULT OR HAZARDOUS. SOME HIGHWAYS WHICH MAY BE AFFECTED INCLUDE U S 550 FROM CUBA TO CHAMA... AND U S 64 FROM TRES PIEDRAS TO TIERRA AMARILLA.

    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...