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Today's News

  • Romero, Ortiz named to All-State team

    A pair of Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball players were named to the All-State team for the 2012 season.
    The All-State Class 4A team, which is selected by the coaches from around the state and tabulated by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association, included libero Danielle Ortiz and setter Savanah Romero among the top 4A performers of the year.
    Ortiz and Romero, multi-year starters for the Hilltoppers, are both graduating seniors and were both vital to the success of Los Alamos’ program during their prep careers.
    Romero averaged 9.4 assists per set in her senior year and committed just 14 errors from her setter position. Oritz had 5.6 digs per set and her dig total of 436 was more than any other two Hilltoppers this season, and Los Alamos scored 214 points with her at the service line, which also led the team.
    This was the second statewide postseason honor for Ortiz, who was also named to the North All-Star team earlier this month.
    State Class 4A champion St. Pius X put three players on the 4A first team. Piedra Vista also had two first team selections to go along with three second-team selections.

  • NRA Calls for Armed Police Officer in Schools

    The nation's largest gun-rights lobby called Friday for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings."

  • NM governor orders flags at half-staff for Lujan

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has ordered flags around the state to fly at half-staff in honor of former House Speaker Ben Lujan.

    Lujan died late Tuesday at age 77 after a long battle with lung cancer. He was one of the most powerful and longest serving state legislators in New Mexico history and the father of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

    Under Martinez's order, flags will be lowered from sunrise on Saturday through sundown on Dec. 29.

    A public visitation for Lujan will be held Dec. 27 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. A second visitation will be held the following evening in Pojoaque.

    A funeral Mass is scheduled for Dec. 29 at The Basilica Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe. Burial will follow in Nambe.

  • End of the world postponed

    A traditional Mayan ceremony at Guatemala's Temple of the Giant Jaguar marked the end of a cycle on the ancient Mayan calendar. The calendar has sparked numerous doomsday theories, although other Mayan calendars stretch far into the future.

  • Today in History for December 21st
  • 10 things to know for Friday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about Friday:

    1. WHEN IT'S TIME FOR 'PLAN C'

    Facing a revolt by the rank and file, House Republicans scuttle plans to vote on the so-called Plan B, a proposal to avoid the "fiscal cliff."

    2. A WEEK LATER, REMEMBERING SCHOOL SHOOTING VICTIMS

    Many plan a moment of silence at 9:30 a.m. Friday, and buildings in Connecticut with bells have been asked to ring them 26 times.

    3. WHERE CHRISTMAS WILL BE WHITE, AND ROADS TREACHEROUS

    Whiteout conditions in the Midwest are closing interstate highways and canceling flights of holiday travelers.

    4. SYRIA'S CIVIL WAR DESTROYS HOSPITALS, CLINICS

  • Boston Student Wins Miss Universe
  • Be There 12-20-12

    Friday
     Los Alamos Chapter 63, Order of Eastern Star, is selling fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes, from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. Contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797 or goldienm@comcast.net; Nina Laird, 662-7580; or Betty Robertson, 662-5185, for more information.
    Saturday
    The Los Alamos Little Theatre hosts “The Truth About Santa,” (PG-13) a melodrama about troubles at the North Pole, performed by the Southwest Rural Theatre Project. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Admission is by donation.

    Christmas Tubas will play a mix of sacred and secular carols, with arrangements specifically created for a tuba-euphonium choir at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. The concert is free.
    Dec. 24
    There will be a living nativity staged in the United Church parking lot at 5 p.m. Greet the holy family, the shepards and kings and pet the stable animals. There will also be a candlelight service at 4 p.m. and one at 11 p.m. with the Christmas choir and communion will be served.
    Dec. 27

  • Celtic Christmas celebration

    Tessa Dowell helped out  Jonathan Dowell and Wendy Songe, also known as the Appalachian and Celtic folk music group, Dually Noted, at the Crossroads Bible Church Saturday. They played a combination of Appalachian and Celtic folk music in a concert benefitting the United Way of Northern New Mexico. There was also a silent auction in the lobby.

  • Council members honored

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Sharon Stover and councilors Mike Wismer and Vince Chiravalle participated in their final council meeting Tuesday.

    The county presented each of them with a photograph by Leslie Bucklin and a commemorative Nambé plate recognizing their service.

    Stover acknowledged Wismer first.

    “Your integrity, your fortitude, your conviction to proceed … There were some challenging, stressful moments that we served together and I always felt that I knew your integrity was above all.”

    In recognizing Chiravalle, Stover said, “We didn’t always agree on stuff, but your energy and your commitment … when others were going one way, you stood up for what you believe in and I always respected that and appreciated that you served your community well.”

    “For me, this has been absolutely the finest group of professionals I’ve worked with on council. It’s really been a pleasure to work with everyone,” Wismer said and acknowledged each member of the council for their personal contributions.