Today's News

  • Voters OK bond issue

    Los Alamos voters gave the green light for the Los Alamos Public School System to spend another $20 million in general obligation bonds, according to the county clerk’s office.

    The unofficial ballot count shows residents approved the measure 4,283 to 1,784.

    The bond funds will allow continued construction and renovation to go on at the Los Alamos Middle School as well as allow planned renovations and construction take place at Aspen Elementary over the next five years. Other priorities will be design plans for new music and choral facilities at Los Alamos High School, completing the Los Alamos Middle School courtyard, as well as design plans for the new middle school gym.

    Earlier this month, 13,826 ballots were mailed to registered voters in the county, but only 6,186 were returned to the clerk’s office by the deadline of 7 p.m. Tuesday. Of the 6,186 ballots, 6,067 were validated as of Tuesday night.

    A number of residents braving the cold to shop at Smith’s Tuesday took time out to voice their opinions about the bond vote.

    “I voted ‘yes,’ ” resident John Roberts said. “I voted ‘yes’ because it is going to be spent on school facilities.”

  • Udall makes his mark on Washington

    SANTA FE – What happened to the big filibuster reform New Mexico’s U.S. Sen. Tom Udall was going to introduce on the first day of this session of Congress?
    We were told that the motion had to be acted on during the first day of a congressional session when changes to a chamber’s operating rules are in order and can be changed by majority vote rather than the 60 percent vote so often required these days.
    The answer is that Udall got his rule change introduced with 14 cosponsors, including New Mexico’s new senator, Martin Heinrich. The rules change awaited action for three weeks because the legislative day never changed.
    How could that be? Congress and many state legislatures have rules requiring a waiting period between certain actions on bills. But sometimes they want to rush a bill through so they save some legislative days early in a session.
    Legislative days in New Mexico begin and end at noon – theoretically. In actuality, they begin and end when the speaker of the House or majority floor leader of the Senate deems it convenient for moving bills along. It is called “rolling the clock.”
    The majority leader of the chamber will rise and say, “It now being 11:59 of the 1st legislative day, I move we adjourn until 12:01 of the 2nd legislative day.

  • Be There 01-30-13


    In Search of Dominguez and Escalante. Come to PEEC to hear photographers/authors Siegfried Halus and Greg MacGregor speak about their book, which follows the 1776 expedition of Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante. 7 p.m. Free, with books available for purchase. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The deadline for receiving proposals for plays to be performed in the 2013-14 Los Alamos Little Theatre season is Jan. 31. Look for the information sheet on the resources page at lalt.org for instructions.

    The LAHS NJROTC will host brisket night from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Posse Lodge. A $10 donation includes barbecue pork, potato salad, baked beans, corn, a cookie and drink. Proceeds go toward competition travel.

    The Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-11 a.m. at the Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road. The menu includes plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip, special variety of the month pancakes and sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 and younger.
    Feb. 4

  • FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workshop

    A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation will be at Los Alamos High School to help students and parents complete the Financial Aid Application at the FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workship, from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, in the Mac Lab.
    By attending a FAFSA Workshop and completing the FAFSA, students could win a $500 grant to help them with their college expenses. To reserve a space in the Mac Lab, contact Connie Goettee at 663-2595 or email c.goettee@laschools.net.
    Parents and students will need to bring several important documents to complete the FAFSA, including a 2012 Federal Income Tax Return, W-2 forms, birthdate, Social Security Number, any 2012 business and investment mortgage information, business farm records, stock, bond and other investment records, and current bank statements.
    To be eligible for the FAFSA Fast Five Grant, you need to be a U.S. citizen, a New Mexico high school senior and resident, attend a FAFSA Fast Five Grant Workshop and submit your FAFSA application during the event and attend a U.S. college or university the Fall of 2013.
    Student participants will be required to complete an online application and survey on NMknowledge4college.org website.
    The deadline to submit a 2013-2014 FAFSA application and complete the online application and survey is April 1. 

  • Brown recognized for work

    The Los Alamos County Science Fair, with the help of coordinator Dawn Brown, runs like a well-oiled machine. In fact, some may say that she’s helped make the fair an event worthy of praise.
    The praise was heaped upon her last weekend, when volunteer, and husband, Art Brown was asked to stop the awards ceremonies for a brief pause, as Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt acknowledged Brown before the crowd.
    “Dawn Brown is terrific,” Schmidt said. “Under her guidance and direction, participation in the science fair has become the thing to do. What makes her special is her ability to stay in perpetual motion. As a community, we need to offer one giant collective thanks.”
    Brown, along with committee members Andy Erickson, Mary Ethel Plotner, Ryan Ross, Randy Ryti, Eva Abeyta, Heather Coy, Barb Musgrave, Katie Tauxe, Becky Steritz, Becky Littleton, Amy Gilbert, Debbie Smith and Susan O’Brien, work behind the scenes for months, to pull off the day’s events.
    More than 321 students represented 309 projects on Saturday, filling Los Alamos High School with science, technology and more volunteers than can possibly be named in a single story.

  • LA wins 2 of 5 at Aztec Duals

    After going over the final results, Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling coach Bob Geyer learned the results for his team this weekend weren’t quite as bas as he’d thought.
    But the results weren’t as good as he’d hoped, either.
    Coming off a tough weekend at Aztec, Los Alamos is preparing for another challenge this weekend when it travels to Las Vegas for the Robertson Invitational. Robertson, much like Aztec, is among the most successful programs in the state.
    This week, the Hilltoppers have been working on simply getting out quicker, particularly when working off the bottom, something Geyer said he’d seen improvement on a week earlier at Pecos but not so much at Aztec.
    At the Aztec Duals, the Hilltoppers went 2-3 in their pool, topping Farmington and Shiprock handily, but getting soundly defeated by Bloomfield and St. Michael’s. Los Alamos lost a tight 42-39 contest to Kirtland Central.
    Individually, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds, went a combined 10-0 on the day. Cory Geyer, at 160, finished 4-1, while Chandler Lauritzen (132), Diego Madrid (195) and John Dermer (285) all finished with overall records of 3-2.

  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores 01-30-13

     Boys basketball

    Albuquerque Academy 71, Sandia Prep 62
    Artesia 66, Lovington 43
    Aztec 54, Bloomfield 52
    Bernalillo 59, Capital 58
    Farmington 57, Shiprock 48
    Grants 43, Valencia 37
    Hobbs 108, Goddard 71
    La Cueva 91, Cleveland 73
    Las Cruces 72, Mayfield 35
    Los Lunas 79, Gallup 68
    Oñate 46, Alamogordo 37
    Peñasco vs. Santa Fe Prep, ppd.
    Roswell 90, Carlsbad 79
    Sandia 69, Rio Rancho 56
    Santa Fe 67, Pojoaque 59

    Girls basketball

    Alamogordo 50, Oñate 47
    Albuquerque Academy 43, Sandia Prep 25
    Artesia 41, Santa Teresa 36
    Eldorado 71, St. Pius 57
    Floyd 51, Dora 50
    Hobbs 36, Lovington 27
    La Cueva 68, Cleveland 32
    Los Lunas 62, Piedra Vista 36
    Roswell 42, Carlsbad 33
    Santa Fe Indian 65, Santa Fe 34
    Shiprock 40, Page, Ariz. 32
    Socorro 47, St. Michael’s 38
    Tularosa 65, Cobre 30
    Volcano Vista 52, Del Norte 38

  • LA falls at home to Española Valley

    With just one game remaining in the first half of the District 2-4A regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team continues to struggle.
    Los Alamos, desperately seeking a victory to get some momentum going into its final five games of the year, was trounced in the second half against the always-tough Española Valley Sundevils.
    Española Valley executed a swarming full-court press in the second half that led to a dozen Hilltopper turnovers and some gimme baskets on the other end of the floor.
    The Sundevils broke open what had been a tight ballgame in the second half to win going away, 58-34.
    To avoid dropping to 0-4 with just 4 games remaining, Los Alamos will have just three days to prepare for Capital, which had been tabbed as the team to beat in 2-4A this season.
    Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Española Valley are all speedy teams and that speed served to give Los Alamos trouble. Española Valley’s press, in particular, gave Los Alamos fits.
    “It’s honestly the first press that’s bothered us,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “We lost our focus. We’ve got to make quick decisions against the press. Are they 25 points better than us? I don’t think they are.”

  • Raw: Giant Sinkhole Gobbles Up Building in China

    Two buildings in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou vanished into a sinkhole on Monday. China's state television reports no one was hurt in the collapse, but 300 local residents had to be evacuated.

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