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Today's News

  • Swiss Pilots Plan Solar-powered US Flight

    On their journey to become the first pilots of a solar-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the globe, night and day, two Swiss aviation pioneers are planning to fly cross the continental United States in 2013.

  • Today in History for December 13th
  • N.H. Store Owner Frets Over 'Fiscal Cliff'

    David Pastor, the owner of an appliance store in southern New Hampshire, worries that the fiscal cliff debate is hurting his sales.

  • Under the sea with ACCT

    Atomic City Children’s Theater invites the public to their premiere performance of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”  
    Dive into the sea and meet Ariel (Evelyn Wolbier) who wants to be human.
    Torn between her love for Prince Eric (Jamie Cull-Host) and her life under the sea, Ariel turns to the evil sea witch, Ursula (Nora Cullinan) for help.  
    Meet Ariel’s undersea friends including Sebastian (Joseph Sarrao), Flounder (Kezia Tripp) and King Triton (Johnathan Hood), as well as a host of mermaids, gulls and other sea creatures.  This production features many songs from the Disney motion picture, including “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls” and “Part of Your World.”
    Show times are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.  Goodies to benefit Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School students attending the Junior Theater Festival with ACCT in January will be sold at intermission.
    ACCT is part of the Los Alamos Public Schools District.  The play features LAPS fifth- and sixth-grade students.  Another production of “The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” featuring middle school students is scheduled for Feb. 22 and 23.
    Admission is free.

  • Video: In honor of 12-12-12
  • Most Googled in 2012: Whitney, PSY, Sandy

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver.

    Whitney Houston was the "top trending" search of the year, according to Google Inc.'s year-end "zeitgeist" report. Google's 12th annual roundup is "an in-depth look at the spirit of the times as seen through the billions of searches on Google over the past year," the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

    People around the globe searched en masse for news about Houston's accidental drowning in a bathtub just before she was to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards party in February.

    Google defines topics as "trending" when they garner a high amount of traffic over a sustained period of time.

    Korean rapper PSY's "Gangnam Style" music video trotted into second spot, a testament to his self-deprecating giddy-up dance move. The video is approaching a billion views on YouTube.

  • Local Courts: On the Docket 12-12-12

    Dec. 4

    Daniel Rodarte was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate Court of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
    Rodarte was ordered to pay $215 in court costs and another $100 in bench warrant fee and was ordered to undergo a year of supervised probation.
    Conditions of probation include obeying all laws and not be arrested or convicted of any other offense while on probation. Defendant will comply with all conditions of probation. Defendant will also enter and participate in all alcohol and drug screening programs, with at least six sessions recommended. Defendant shall also participate and complete DWI school within 90 days. The defendant shall also enter and successfully complete the Victim Impact program within 90 days.
    The defendant shall also obtain an ignition interlock license and have ignition interlock devices installed on all cars defendant will be driving for one year.  The defendant shall not enter an establishment that buys or sells alcohol. Defendant shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon. Defendant must meet with probation officer within seven days and maintain contact. Defendant must also perform 24 hours of community service within three months.

  • Update 12-12-12

    Swearing in

    The public is invited to attend the official swearing in ceremony for newly elected officials at 10 a.m. Dec. 21. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Justice Center. A reception with light refreshments will follow in the lobby of the Justice Center.

    'Topper alumni

    The Hilltopper Alumni Society’s holiday social will be from 4-7 p.m. today at Dixie Girl, 1789 Central Ave. This is an opportunity for graduates of Los Alamos High School to mix and mingle. All Hilltopper Alumni are welcome to attend.

    County Council

    County Council will meet at
    7 p.m. Dec. 18 in Council Chambers.

    Film series

    The White Rock Family Friendly Series presents “Brave,” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the White Rock Town Hall.

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  • Apple farm dispute goes to hearing

    SANTA FE (AP) — The operators of a historic New Mexico apple orchard that was destroyed by fire and flooding last year are locked in a battle with the state over the future of the land.
    The longtime operators of Dixon’s Apple Orchard began efforts Monday to resurrect a previously rejected plan to lease the farm to San Felipe Pueblo, the Albuquerque Journal reported Tuesday.
    Becky and Jim Mullane appealed State Land Commissioner Ray Powell’s rejection of their $2.8 million lease proposal involving the pueblo and hope ongoing hearings on the issue might bring a reversal.
    Powell, in rejecting the pueblo lease deal, said continuing the 75-year lease agreement reached with the farm by then-Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons in 2007 is not a good deal for the state land trust, which benefits public schools and other entities.
    The leased property includes 8,500 acres adjacent to the orchard for which the Mullanes pay just $100 a year, a rate that would be locked in for decades if the lease assignment with the pueblo is accepted, Powell noted.
    Former state District Judge James Hall is scheduled to hear testimony this week and will make a recommendation in the form of a report to Powell, who can accept or reject the findings.

  • Parents hear school traffic survey results

    Parents who have children attending the Canyoncito Montessori School recently got a briefing by the county’s transportation board on the results of the board’s latest traffic survey.

    The board conducted the survey in response to a Nov. 2 car accident that involved an out-of-control-vehicle that ended up crashing in the school’s parking lot.

    No one was injured in the one-car accident, but to many parents and school officials, the accident was just one incident in a long line of warnings that the school may need the board’s help.

    Sandwiched between Rose Street and Canyon Road, school officials and parents have been complaining for years about drivers ignoring posted speed limits, as well as the fact that many drivers seem to be oblivious that there is a school operating in the area.

    “Drivers using Canyon Road between 15th Street and Central Avenue are likely unaware that the Canyoncito Montessori School is located along this stretch of the road, and many travel at higher speeds,” concerned parent David Clark said through a statement he presented to the board.

    During the meeting, board officials updated the parents on what the traffic survey outside the school revealed and what it means as far as their children’s future safety and welfare is concerned.