Today's News

  • T-Board urges clean energy plan

    After a series of discussions on alternative fuels for the Los Alamos County fleet, Transportation Board members have a recommendation for council: move forward.

    The conversation began in June with a presentation on compressed natural gas by Board Chair Eugene Dougherty.
    Based on a study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory titled, “Business Case for Compressed Natural Gas in Municipal Fleets,” Dougherty concluded that “a moderately-sized fleet, such as the one deployed by the county, (Atomic City Transit and refuse vehicles) would see a six-year payback on investment.”

    That six-year payback is based on an average price of $1.20 per gallon through 2025. The low cost of natural gas could also produce considerable savings in the long run. Initial studies also indicate lower maintenance costs for CNG vehicles.

    The initial investment is steep, with the fueling station alone costing $2 million to $6 million. The county would also have to invest in CNG designed vehicles.

    Jon Bulthuis reported on his experience with Santa Fe Trails’ CNG fleet at a meeting in July. Santa Fe Trails has been using CNG for 20 years and “have seen the good and the bad of it.”

  • LA schools receive $138K

    The Los Alamos Public Schools got a nice surprise recently when it learned the state has awarded four of its schools $138,000. The schools are Los Alamos High School, Piñon Elementary, Barranca Elementary and Mountain Elementary.

    LAHS received $65,958.03; Mountain received $26,700.90; Barranca received $23,448.38 and Piñon received $22,283.53.

    According to New Mexico’s Public Education Secretary Designate Hanna Skandera, the funds were part of Gov. Susana Martinez’s “Real Accountability, Real Results” legislation to improve the state of New Mexico’s public school system. The law, passed in 2011, is designed to help schools that need improvement as well as reward those that are doing well. One of the key components of the law was assigning each school in New Mexico an easily identifiable letter grade.

    “The bottom line we said that since the school grades law was passed we want to champion success, and this is our opportunity,” Skandera said.

    The funds will be used to invest directly in the students through either the purchase of educational software, books or other teaching aids that would directly benefit the students.

  • Police Beat 10-23-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Oct. 11

    5:30 a.m. –– A 38-year-old Española man reported to police that his car was broken into in the 500 block of Central Avenue.

    11:25 a.m. –– A 62-year-old Los Alamos woman reported to police that she was a victim of aggravated stalking in the 1400 block of Camino Redondo.

    1:20 p.m. –– Austin Cox, 19, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant in the 1900 block of 24th Street.

    2:32 p.m. –– a 14-year-old Santa Cruz girl reported to police that she was the victim of a larceny of less than $250 in the 1300 block of Diamond Drive.

    3 p.m. –– Samantha Rust, 20, of Los Alamos was served a summons for battery against a household member in the 900 block of San Ildefonso Road.

    9 p.m. — A 47-year-old Los Alamos man reported to police his car had been broken into in the 2100 block of Central Avenue.

  • Don't forget amendments, bonds

    You’ve probably decided by now how you’re voting on candidates at the top of the ballot, but how about farther down? Here are a few thoughts on some of those.
    Changes to the state Public Regulation Commission, long overdue, are in Amendments 2, 3 and 4, and deserve our support.
    Amendment 2, to increase qualifications and require continuing education for commissioners, is particularly important. Currently, the state doesn’t even require a high school diploma.
    Candidates in District 1 and a few sitting commissioners oppose this amendment. That’s because they know squat about utilities, energy, rates or any of the other complex issues that come before the PRC.
    As somebody who’s sat through rate hearings, I can say there’s nothing worse than watching inept commissioners pretend they understand technical language and issues and then stumble toward a decision. New Mexico has urgent business, and we don’t have time for on-the-job training.

  • Lobo men's hoops picked 3rd in MW

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team, which won both a share of the regular season title and the conference tournament title, was picked to finish third in the official Mountain West Preseason Media Poll.
    The media poll was released Monday.
    The Lobos were picked behind No. 20 San Diego State and No. 19 UNLV.
    The conference also released the preseason All-Mountain West teams, and for the third straight year, UNM is represented on the squad. Kendall Williams, a junior guard from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., is one of four juniors on the five-man preseason All-Conference team.
    Williams joins Chase Tapley and Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State, Deonta Burton of Nevada, and UNLV’s Mike Moser. Franklin was named Preseason Player of the Year and his teammate Dwayne Polee II was named the Co-Newcomer of the Year, along with Bryce Dejean-Jones of UNLV.
    UNLV’s Anthony Bennett was named Preseason Freshman of the Year.
    The Lobos picked up 122 points in the poll of 18 media members from around the Mountain West, two members from each of the nine media markets of the league.
    San Diego State received 10 first place votes to edge UNLV in the voting 153-151.
    The Rebels took the other eight first place votes.

  • Hilltoppers, Jaguars face off for district title

    It might have been the defining play of the 2011 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team. It was certainly the most significant.

    With the District 2-4A championship on the line, the Capital Jaguars' main offensive threat, Jason Alarcon beat the Hilltopper defense to a long through-ball. Backpedaling to intercept Alarcon was Henry Steinkamp while coming forward full throttle was Los Alamos goalkeeper Lorenzo Venneri.

    The two never saw each other and Venneri plowed into Steinkamp, allowing not only the goal that would ultimately give the Jaguars the tiebreaker for the district title, it would dislocate Steinkamp's shoulder, knocking him out of the playoffs two weeks later.

    Today, the Hilltoppers will head back to Jaguar Field in a very similar position. Except, in 2012, it's the Hilltoppers in second place looking up to the Jaguars, who defeated the Hilltoppers at Sullivan Field earlier this month.

    The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. It's the regular season finale for Los Alamos.

    Los Alamos will have to beat Capital, which is a perfect 8-0 at home this year, to have a shot at the district title.

    Steinkamp, the engine that makes the Hilltoppers go, has had an outstanding senior year. All he's worried about, he said, is picking up a victory.

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  • Giants blast Cardinals, head to World Series

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After all the Giants had overcome to get back to the World Series, a late shower wasn't about to dampen their celebration.

    All right, it was a driving downpour.

    So reliever Sergio Romo danced through the raindrops, Tim Lincecum helped lead a soaked victory lap around the ballpark and Angel Pagan stayed on the field with his daughter long after his teammates took the party indoors.

    Hunter Pence got the Giants going with a weird double, Matt Cain pitched his second clincher of October and San Francisco closed out Game 7 of the NL championship series in a rainstorm, routing the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 on Monday night.

    "The rain never felt so good," series MVP Marco Scutaro said. "We're going to the World Series, this is unbelievable."

    San Francisco won its record-tying sixth elimination game of the postseason, completing a lopsided rally from a 3-1 deficit.

    The Giants, who won it all in 2010, will host reigning AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander, Triple Crown slugger Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 on Wednesday night.

    Verlander is set to pitch Wednesday's opener at AT&T Park. Giants manager Bruce Bochy insisted before Monday's game he had not planned any further in advance.

  • 10 things to know for Tuesday

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


    In final debate, Obama and Romney both stress support for Israel, and both oppose sending U.S. forces to topple Assad.


    The AP's Calvin Woodward examines Obama and Romney's claims, separating fact from fiction.


    Police say Radcliffe Haughton didn't have to wait for a background check, because he bought his weapon from a private individual.


    With the public getting its first look at the device Tuesday, many details are already known — except what it will cost.

  • Today in History for October 23rd