Today's News

  • LAMS students show LA they care

    On March 10, the Los Alamos Middle School Student Council put on a fundraising event. Communities members piled into the Reel Deal Theater in the early morning to watch Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax.” The council raised almost $600 and then donated the money to LA Cares.

  • Applications being accepted

    The Building Kindness Program of Habitat for Humanity is now accepting applications for its home repair program. Applicants must provide proof of need, own or pay a mortgage on their home, be willing to help the volunteers, reimburse Habitat for materials and live in the areas of Española or Los Alamos.   
    Drop by the Habitat ReStore in Española at 726 N. Riverside Dr. for an application, or call 505-901-7689 for more information.
    Applications are also available in Los Alamos at Self Help 662-0107.

  • Be There 03-29-12

    CANCELED: The LAHS NJROTC will host a barbecue brisket dinner from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Posse Lodge on North Mesa. Dinner includes brisket, potato salad, vegetable, a roll, drink and dessert fro $10 per plate.

    Fish fry from 5-7 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Dinner includes fried fish, coleslaw, rice and dessert. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children and may be purchased at the door or through the IHM Youth Office. Proceeds benefit the IHM Honduras Missionaries, the Knights of Columbus and the Youth Work camp.


  • Update 03-29-12


     Environmental scientist Chick Keller will discuss PEEC Earth Day events scheduled April 21 and the Nature Center capital improvement project at the weekly Kiwanis meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Masonic temple.

    Bulk pickup

    Brush and bulk item collection will take place from 8 a.m. April 2 to 4 p.m. April 6. Items must be out by 8 a.m. April 2 for townsite residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service.

    March on Hunger

  • Sierra Club, PNM lawsuit settled

    The Public Service Company of New Mexico, BHP Billiton’s San Juan Coal Company and the Sierra Club have filed a settlement that would result in an additional, larger groundwater recovery system adjacent to the San Juan Generating Station and the San Juan Coal Mine near Waterflow.
    Filed Thursday with the United States District Court for New Mexico, the settlement needs court approval for the system to be constructed.
    Under the agreement, a new groundwater recovery system would be built to enhance the current water management system by capturing groundwater downstream of the generating station and the mine and incorporating a subsurface water barrier.
    The captured water then would be diverted to an evaporation pond at the power plant site.

  • ’Toppers romp past Demons

    Los Alamos second baseman Nick Baker squares for a bunt during the first inning of the Hilltoppers’ game against the Santa Fe Demons Wednesday. A big top of the first propelled the Hilltoppers to a big road win.

  • LAPD to crack down on distracted driving

    Even though Los Alamos doesn’t have a distracted driving ordinance on the books, the state does.
    The Los Alamos County Police Department is looking to ramp up enforcement, as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.
    Thousands die each year as a result of distracted driving, which can include chatting on a cell phone, texting or playing with a toddler in the back seat, according to the National Safety Council.
    Lt. Jason Wardlow-Herrera said people are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car accident if they’re driving while distracted. And while Los Alamos hasn’t seen many accidents to warrant it’s own distracted driving ordinance yet, he said it’s still something to look out for.

  • Broadband will not go 'wireless'

    At the 60 percent review of a proposed Community Broadband Network, several residents advocated for extending wireless services, rather than creating a fiber optics network.
    When County Council Vice Chair Ron Selvage made the motion to move the project forward to the 90 percent review, he also included a directive that staff conduct a study of a wireless option comparable to one gigabit (Gbps) of fiber, which would be in addition to, but not in place of, fiber.
    Information Technology Project Manager Estevan Gonzales and Acting Administrative Services Director Laura Gonzales returned to council with the results of the wireless study Tuesday night.

  • Some 401(k) advice

     In the past, many people stayed at one job, or at least one company, for almost their entire working lives. When they retired, they could typically count on a pension, the value of which was based on their years of service and earnings.
    But today, workers can expect to hold several different jobs in their lifetime, and to a great extent, pensions have been replaced by 401(k) plans, which place much of the funding responsibility on employees. So, assuming you will change jobs at some point, and you do have a 401(k), what should you do with it?
    Here are your basic choices:

  • How to change dumb laws

    SANTA FE — What do we do with dumb laws? There are so many on the books. Do we ignore them? Challenge them? Change them?
    The problem with changing dumb laws is that they were created to solve touchy problems So messing with them ventures into sometimes sacred territory.
    The latest example in New Mexico involves voter registration. Some yahoo with a cause registered his dog to vote. Nothing original with that stunt. We read about it in the papers every so often. The media treats it as a humorous prank. Nothing is said about consequences for the prankster or tightening of registration laws.