Today's News

  • The state's only spirits distillery

    After persevering through a maze of bureaucracy for nearly three years, Ron and Olha Dolin now have the distinction of owning the only licensed distillery in New Mexico. “We’re the first people in the state’s history to be licensed,” Ron said during a recent distillery tour. “Los Alamos County and the county council were very helpful and put up no roadblocks.”The Dolins’ Don Quixote Distillery is located on the grounds behind their Pajarito Acres home in White Rock.

  • Softball: Burditt inks with Western Nebraska

    With an important decision about her future needing to be made, Megan Burditt wasn’t going to rush into anything.Burditt could’ve signed her National Letter of Intent in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon along with four other Hilltopper student-athletes, but she wanted to take an extra day or so and decide for sure if she was doing the right thing.It turns out she was.Burditt signed to play softball with Western Nebraska Community College, making her decision official Thursday.

  • Girls basketball: LA comes up big, tops Taos 49-37

    The District 2AAAA regular season title is within arm’s length for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls varsity basketball team.Los Alamos earned a 49-37 decision Friday night in Taos, improving its district mark to 5-0, and can clinch at least a share of the 2AAAA title with a win Wednesday at home against Española Valley.

  • Swimming and diving: Lake leads LA to win at open

    It might have seen like a long time coming, but Colton Lake wasn’t complaining.With just one chance remaining to qualify for the state swim meet in the 50-yard freestyle, Lake blazed his way to a 23.18 finish in the event at Saturday’s Los Alamos Open, more than two-tenths of a second below the qualifying mark of 23.39.Lake was the sole member of the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys swimming team to break the very difficult qualifying time in the event for the 2007-08 season.“I’m just really happy all the hard work finally paid off,&rd

  • Wrestling: LA takes second at home invite

    Now is the time to get right.With the prep wrestling season coming to a close, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers went into Saturday’s Northern New Mexico Invitational hoping to get some momentum built up for district and state tournament runs.And for most of the Hilltopper squad, it seemed to work.Los Alamos finished second at its home invitational, held at Griffith Gymnasium, behind a powerful Rio Rancho squad, which was about half junior varsity and half varsity.In all, five Hilltopper wrestlers finished in the top three Saturday, with Kory

  • Boys basketball: Toppers pick up third straight win

    The big man is back.How big of a role he plays in for the next few games is, at this point, very much in question, however.Alex Kirk, hobbled by an ankle injury Jan. 29 against Capital, was on the floor for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys varsity basketball team.

  • Our View: Are you kidding us?

    As Democrats prepared to examine about 17,000 provisional ballots that would determine a winner in New Mexico’s presidential caucus, many were very critical of Democratic Party officials for how they managed the election.

  • Time to say good-bye, and hello to a new owner

    After 37 years of running Farmer’s Insurance Group agency, Melvin O’Shea decided it was time to call it quits – and time for Kathy Steck to become the new owner. Before taking the reins, Steck worked in the customer service department at the company for about five years. Previously, she worked at the Cerro Grande Fire Assistance doing customer service and claims review. Additionally, Steck worked at the Los Alamos National Bank for 12 years. She officially became the new owner Feb.

  • The unfairness of the fair funding formula

    SANTA FE – A bill reforming the state school funding formula passed the House of Representatives by a 52-16 margin last week and then quickly won a “do-pass” ticket through its first committee in the Senate on Friday.The bill is of concern to Los Alamos because the proposed changes affect local schools in reverse. While the bill is meant to increase funding for state schools, and does appear to increase state-funded program costs of 86 of the 89 school districts in the state, Los Alamos would lose nearly $1.9 million annually if the formula were

  • Los Alamos Concert Association presents wind quintet

    The Musical Fireworks continue Feb. 23, when the Los Alamos Concert Association brings the Imani Winds, a wind quintet to Los Alamos. Imani Winds will present a master class at 11 a.m. at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and a concert at 8 p.m. in Duane Smith Auditorium. A reception will follow the concert.Imani Winds, founded in 1997, is an American wind quintet based in New York. The quintet comprises flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, and bassoon, and is known for its adventurous programming.