Today's News

  • MOWW meeting Tuesday

    The Major General Franklin E. Miles Chapter 229 of the Military Order of World Wars announces that Bryan Huysman will present a talk, “Life at the MSFC,” during the Feb. 19 MOWW Chapter 229 dinner meeting. Huysman’s talk has been rescheduled from the November 2012 meeting that was unavoidably canceled.
    The meeting will be at the Hilltop House, third floor and will begin with a social period at 6 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m.
    Huysman’s presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m. The dinner entrée is meatloaf with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, sautéed zucchini, salad and roll. Cost of the dinner is $23 per person.
    The Military Order of the World Wars dinner meetings are open to the general public for the dinner and program, or the program only at no cost.\
    Note that a dinner reservation made is a commitment to the chapter to pay for the reserved dinner(s).
    RSVP for the dinner is needed by today. Call Lt. Col. Gregg Giesler AUS retired, chapter commander at 662-5574 or email g.giesler@computer.org; or Lt. Col. Norman G. Wilson USAF retired, chapter adjutant, 662-9544, email NrmWil5@cs.com.

  • La Leche League meeting

    La Leche League of Los Alamos will discuss “Networks of Support” at their monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Teen Room at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr.
     All interested, pregnant or breastfeeding women are welcome to learn and share, through mother-to-mother support, the basics and benefits of breastfeeding. A lending library with books and audio tapes concerning childbirth, breastfeeding, parenting and nutrition is available. Nursing babies and toddlers who have difficulty separating, are welcome.
    For more information, contact Cathleen at 661-4033 or Gina at 661-8740.

  • Washington, D.C spring break trip

    This is the last call to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. at the current price. The price will increase next week due to an increase in airline flights. The trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school eighth grade students. It’s a private trip and not school-sponsored. It has been a three-decade tradition for eighth graders in Los Alamos .
    The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Md. Highlights of the trip include the White House, the International Spy Museum, the National Aquarium, the Walter Reed Medical Museum, a Capitol tour, the Washington Monument, the Holocaust Museum, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo, Arlington Cemetery, night tours of the Presidential Monuments, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Korean Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the Newseum, the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and much more.
    The trip will be four days and three nights in duration. The group will stay at the Hilton Mark Center in Alexandria, Va., minutes from the Washington, D.C. area and sightseeing opportunities.

  • LA wins at FLL State Championship


    On Jan. 26, two Los Alamos First Lego League teams competed in Albuquerque for the State  FLL Championship. 

    Team one was the Atomic Flying Pickles, comprised of sixth grade Girl Scouts, under the direction of Susannah Rousculp and Scott Doebling.   

    Team two was a mixed fifth and sixth grade girl team (also Girl Scouts), under the direction of Karen Doebling and Vicki Erikkila, called the Banoona Skunk Band. Their teams competed against 27 other mixed teams from across the state and one from Durango, Colo.   

  • CIP projects on table

    Faced with an estimated $9.5 million shortfall in projected revenues for FY2013 and with further budget contractions anticipated for upcoming years, the Los Alamos County Council voted to defer as much as $12.5 million in capital improvement project spending for up to four years.

    The decision was made during mid-year budget hearings. On Tuesday, council makes the tough choices about which projects to put on hold.

    The hearing takes place at 7 p.m. in council chambers. The format calls for staff presentations followed by councilor clarifying questions, with public comment after that. Each individual will have up to three minutes to address council.

    Council will then review the input and vote to adopt the revised list of projects.

    The projects that may be affected were all approved in 2012. They are Ashley Pond Park Improvements, Teen Center, Nature Center, Eastern Area Sound Wall, Golf Course Improvements, White Rock Civic Center, Canyon Rim Trail and Ice Rink Improvements.

    Council’s decision on Tuesday is simply to prioritize when projects move forward. Projects will not be revisited for a reduction/change in scope of work.

  • Buyer reportedly emerges for troubled Hilltop House Hotel

    The Hilltop House Hotel will remain open, at least for now.

    Owner Ron Selvage said Saturday that he has a buyer for the hotel, which has been in foreclosure proceedings with the Los Alamos National Bank.

    Selvage would not reveal the name of the buyer or the purchase price and the transaction is contingent upon a number of factors. Selvage, though, did say that the papers were signed Friday night.

    The deal is contingent upon bank approval, an appraisal and a two-thirds vote of agreement from the investors’ group.

    “I am confident the deal will go through,” Selvage said. “It’s going to be on a fast track and I am hopeful we can get it done in a month.”

    Back in September 2005, managing partner Ron Selvage and Hilltop House LLC took out a mortgage of $4.8 million. Selvage had the backing of a team of local investors, who pooled their funds and came up with $600,000.

    When asked if the investors would get their money back, Selvage said, “unfortunately, no.”

    Selvage and his wife Kim Selvage are personally on the hook for the mortgage and Selvage said negotiations are ongoing for the balance of the loan if the sale is approved.

  • State Roundup: Friday prep basketball scores


    Boys Basketball

    Alamogordo 48, Onate 34

    Albuquerque Academy 46, Moriarty 45

    Belen 66, Miyamura 46

    Capital 69, Bernalillo 62

    Cibola 54, Cleveland 40

    Clayton 60, Tucumcari 51

    Cliff 71, Animas 24

    Clovis 63, Lubbock Estacado, Texas 61

    Cobre 57, Hatch Valley 46

    Desert Academy 49, Alamo-Navajo 28

    Dexter 90, Eunice 38

    Eldorado 67, Manzano 46

    Espanola Valley 89, Los Alamos 62

  • Today in History for February 16th
  • Raw: Dramatic End to Deadly Chase

    Authorities have identified a man killed in an Indianola crash that injured a child and ended a high-speed chase.

  • State reaches deal on San Juan plant

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has brokered an agreement with federal regulators and the state's largest utility that aims to settle more than a year of wrangling over the best way to curb pollution from a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration and Public Service Company of New Mexico unveiled details of the agreement Friday. It calls for shutting down two units at the 1,800-megawatt San Juan Generating Station by the end of 2017 and replacing them with a new natural gas-fired plant capable of producing at least 150 megawatts of electricity.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had initially ordered the utility to equip the plant with certain technology to cut pollutants that cause haze and visibility issues in national parks and wilderness areas in the Four Corners region. The order sparked a round of appeals and lawsuits by the state and PNM. One of the chief concerns was that the cost of the federally mandated upgrades would result in higher electric bills for customers.

    Martinez said in a statement Friday that much work went into crafting a solution that would address air quality, utility rates, conservation of the state's water resources and jobs in the region.