Today's News

  • Prescribed burns common at this time of the year

    Smoke drifting through the canyons in Los Alamos usually puts residents on alert, for fear that there might be a wildfire close by. After the Cerro Grande fire a few years ago, the threat of another fire of that magnitude is a real concern for Atomic City residents; and rightfully so. There are certain times of the year, however, when smoke floating in the air is a common occurrence and can be expected. From late October to early March, Open Space Specialist Craig Martin and his team go about Los Alamos intentionally setting fires.

  • Ebinger's Aguinaldos examines Spanish Christmas customs

    Virginia (Ginny) Nylander Ebinger has authored a new book about Christmas customs, food and music of the 19 Spanish speaking countries in the Americas as well as those of New Mexico called “Aguinaldos.”

    “It’s a big pretty book for Christmas,” said the longtime Los Alamos music teacher. “I started writing a small piece about little known Christmas music, then began writing about the Spanish speaking countries in the Americas and it just grew to include customs and food.”

  • District benefits from police presence

    Police officers residing in mobile homes on Los Alamos Public Schools' properties is a deterrent that benefits the district, said the district's Director of Business Services John Wolfe during an interview Monday.

    Wolfe explained that their presence helps stave off potential vandals when police officers residing in homes at Aspen, Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools and Los Alamos Middle School are seen making the rounds of the properties and parking their cars in their driveways.

  • NASA needs help naming rover

    Hey kids, listen up!

    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration needs your help to name a rover that’s going to Mars in October.

    Right now it’s called the Mars Science Laboratory.

    If you can come up with the coolest name: Game on.

    NASA, in cahoots with Walt Disney Studio’s loveable star robot WALL-E, hopes you can do better. They want your ideas.

  • Wintry conditions expected for Thanksgiving

    The National Weather Service in Albuquerque indicates that a winter storm is expected across portions of western and northern New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day.

    An upper level system churning in the eastern Pacific will continue to migrate toward the southwestern United States during the next 24 to 48 hours. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque indicates that a winter storm is expected across portions of western and northern New Mexico on Thanksgiving Day.

  • County staffer is seeing green

    At the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network’s November meeting, Steve Brugger, Housing Program manager with the Los Alamos County Community Development Department described a new and innovative initiative that the County is currently constructing to assist residents with home improvements including energy efficiency upgrades.

  • Boys basketball: LA thumps KC in opener, 70-35

    The debut for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team went about as well as it could’ve hoped for.

    The Hilltopper defense allowed no more than 10 points in any quarter Tuesday night, and the Hilltopper offense was able to handle full-court pressure and create fast break chances as Los Alamos thumped the Kirtland Central Broncos 70-35 in the Four Corners area.

    Los Alamos led by double-digits after one quarter and upped its advantage to 22 points by the half, holding Kirtland Central to just 17 first-half points.

  • Get ready to go to the fair

    The annual Los Alamos County Science Fair will take place on Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School cafeteria. The public is invited to view the projects between 12:30-2 p.m.

    Students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade will display their projects in elementary class, junior and senior divisions.

    The elementary projects are divided into three categories. The students in junior and senior divisions will compete for first, second and third place in 17 categories.

  • Swimming and Diving: Barney Relay results

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltopper swimming and diving teams’ results from Saturday’s Barney Relays meet, which was held at Albuquerque Academy’s Natatorium.


    Team scores

    1. Los Alamos, 138; (tie) Academy, 138; 3. La Cueva, 118; 4. Eldorado, 88; 5. Rio Rancho, 86; 6. Sandia, 64; 7. Sandia Prep, 46; 8. Farmington, 20.

    Individual results


    4. Lisa Ann Hendricks, Laura Bucklin, 282.50.

    400 medley relay

    3. Alisa Romero, Victora Maqueda, Monica Clodius, Alex Hamada, 4:21.97.

  • Hockey: LA ties with Santa Fe in first road game Sunday

    Los Alamos goaltender Dylan Stupka survived a barrage of shots Sunday to preserve a tie against the Santa Fe Blue Jackets Sunday.

    Santa Fe outshot the Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team Sunday afternoon at Genoveva Chavez Community Center by a 2-1 margin, but thanks to 31 saves from Stupka, the Hilltoppers held on for a 3-3 tie to remain undefeated in New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League play.

    Santa Fe, led by its star, Peter Bessone, scored a pair of goals with just over three minutes remaining in regulation after dominating the final period.