Today's News

  • Civic Center location questions remain

    The White Rock Town Hall was packed with citizens eager to view conceptual designs for a new White Rock Civic Center. But in spite of public input and considerable discussion among themselves, the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee (WRMPIC) was unable to reach consensus about a location for the proposed facility.

    The two main designs under debate — both at a price tag of $16 million — were for a 35,685-sqare-foot facility at Piñon Park or a 36,470-square-foot complex at Sherwood Village. Both designs consolidate the library, senior center, youth activity center and communal space.

  • Police Beat 02-28-12

    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.

    Feb. 16

    12:02 p.m. – A 12-year-old female, Los Alamos, was allegedly beaten at Los Alamos Middle School. A 14-year-old female was arrested in the incident.


    Feb. 17

    12:45 p.m. – A 15-year-old female, Los Alamos, was arrested for having marijuana at Los Alamos High School.

    2:07 p.m. – A 15-year-old male, Los Alamos, was arrested for having drug paraphernalia at Los Alamos High School.

  • Education reform inches along

    When did education become so complicated?
    Legislative hearings on education bills this year were knee deep in data and jargon, some of it borrowed from business: “value-added measures,” “human capital,” “formative observation,” “core competencies.”
    Pity the parent trying to follow these discussions.
    To cut to the chase, there are three overriding conflicts in the debate over education reform. Topping the list is testing. Teachers say they’re saturated with tests and object strenuously to any more because they’re not a reliable measure. The governor and her education staffers think we need more tests. Like them or not, standardized tests are costly, in money and time.

  • Toppers to take on Pirates Friday

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team is that it made the playoff field.
    The bad news is the Hilltoppers will have to go against one of the premier teams in the state in round one.
    Los Alamos picked up the 16th and final seed in the Class 4A playoffs, necessitating it takes on the powerful Grants Pirates in the opening round. That game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in Grants.
    This is a rematch from the first round of the 2010-11 state tournament. Grants, the No. 5 seed last year, topped the No. 12 Hilltoppers 46-28 at Grants.

  • LA is seeded last in 4A playoff bracket

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has a tall order to fill in the opening round of the Class 4A state tournament.
    Los Alamos picked up the 16th and final seed in the upcoming state playoffs. With the No. 16 seed, Los Alamos will have to face top-seeded Goddard in Saturday’s opening round.
    Saturday’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. in Roswell.
    The Hilltoppers (11-17), who finished third in the District 2 regular season and tournament, played Goddard’s Rockets (24-2) earlier this season. The Hilltoppers hung with the Rockets through the first half but the Rockets pulled away in the second half to earn a 59-45 victory in Roswell.

  • Toppers open season against Belen

    To say that the Four Corners area is like a home away from home for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is something of an understatement.
    Los Alamos will play nearly as many games this season in the Farmington area as it will in White Rock, starting with a tournament this weekend.
    But first up for the Hilltoppers, as they officially get going on their 2012 season, is a road game this afternoon at Belen.
    “We’re ready to go for the season,” said Los Alamos fourth-year manager Roger Anaya. “We don’t know what to expect out of Belen. They play in a very competitive district with Valencia and Moriarty…but it’ll be interesting to see how we do. They’re excited to get the season going.”

  • Hearing set for suspect in Ohio school shooting

    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) — Classes will fully resume Friday in the school district where a student is accused of opening fire in a cafeteria, killing two students and wounding three others, authorities said.

    A juvenile court hearing for suspect T.J. Lane is set for Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Cleveland suburb is trying to heal by offering grief counseling to students, staff and others at area schools, officials said at a news conference.

  • Romney fights to avoid home-state embarrassment

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Mitt Romney is fighting to avoid an embarrassing home-state loss in a high-stakes Michigan primary that will not decide the Republican presidential contest but could scar the former Massachusetts governor just a week before Super Tuesday.

    Rival Rick Santorum is calling upon an unusual coalition of tea party activists, religious conservatives and Democrats to help topple Romney and reclaim the momentum in the increasingly heated nomination battle.

  • Santa Fe school board ousts superintendent

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe school board has ousted Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the board voted late Monday to end Gutierrez's contract before it was scheduled to expire June 2013.

    The move followed a closed-door session that lasted more than two hours.

    Last spring, Gutierrez came under fire from new board members after Lynn Vanderlinden, the district's director of assessment and accountability, released a questionable report detailing increases in student proficiency.

    Critics said Gutierrez asked Vanderlinden to rig the report to play up increases without taking into account data on students whose proficiency actually decreased.

  • VIDEOS: Amazing Crashes at Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Well, NASCAR certainly knows how to make a prime-time impression.

    Rain, fire and Tide laundry detergent all factored into a Daytona 500 that will go down as the most bizarre in NASCAR history.

    And Brad Keselowski tweeted most of it live. From his race car. Then he provided another update minutes after crashing at 190 mph.

    And oh, yeah, Matt Kenseth picked up his second Daytona 500 title.

    "You would think after 65 years and running all the races that NASCAR has run ... that you've seen about everything," NASCAR President Mike Helton said. "You do think about, 'Oh, my gosh, if that can happen, what else can happen?'"