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Today's News

  • Tourniquets added to LAPD equipment

    The Los Alamos Police Department has new piece of equipment in its arsenal that has already helped save a life. 

    During Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, it came to light during a recognition ceremony that LAPD Sgt. Chris Ross applied a tourniquet to a man’s arm in order to save his life. 

    Jan. 11 was the first time officers used the device, according to LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone.

    Ross was just two blocks away when a call came in around 9 a.m., saying a man had accidently shot himself with a handgun. When Ross arrived at the man’s house, he saw through the window that the victim was bleeding. He kicked the door in and applied the tourniquets immediately. Sgt. Ben Irving and Cpl. James Keane joined him. Together they helped stabilize the patient until paramedics from the Los Alamos Fire Department arrived.

  • Bill calls for lifting cap on New Mexico’s film incentives

    ALBUQUERQUE — Incentives aimed at attracting more filmmakers to New Mexico would get a boost under legislation supported by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as neighboring Texas and other states contemplate similar proposals to sweeten the draw for production companies.

    Lujan Grisham was flanked by fellow Democrats and representatives of the film industry as she unveiled the legislation during a news conference Friday at the state capitol.

    The governor gave a nod to work done over the years to build up the state’s television and film industry.

    “Now we will help that viable industry transform into something greater. This legislation represents a return to the right kind of attitude about New Mexico’s film and television industry,” she said.

    The measure would eliminate the state’s cap on rebate payouts for the industry and make other changes that supporters say would result in more productions coming to the state.

  • County taps new concert vendor

    Los Alamos County announced late Friday the winning bidder to host what the county has dubbed its “Summer Concert Series” after ousting the Gordon Family after nearly 30 years.

    In an email to local media, Los Alamos County announced it had awarded a bid to “Sancre Productions” and its strategic partners Taos Mesa Brewing New Mexico, SoundWorks and Development Consultant Monica Griego. The county said it was a major supporter and the contract manager for the summer concerts would be its Community Services Department.

    “We are excited to bring great music to Los Alamos again this summer,” said Brian Brogan, Community Services director for Los Alamos County, in a press release.

    Brogan said the county was lining up a variety of “family-friendly, fun high-energy performances that were “sure to please crowds” at Ashley Pond Park on Friday evenings in the summer.

    Weekly concerts are set to begin in May and continue through September. Each show is set to start at 7 p.m. and is expected to be preceded by downtown events or special promotions with local businesses.

    Free bus service will be offered through a grant by the DWI Council, in coordination with Atomic City Transit, according to the county press release.

  • New Mexico bill making media delete 'irrelevant' info pulled

    SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico lawmaker who faced questions about spending public funds before being elected pulled a bill Friday that would have forced media outlets to delete "irrelevant" material from their archives.

    State Rep. Andrea Romero withdrew a measure she called the "Right to Be Forgotten Act" after she was hit with harsh criticism and accused of attacking the First Amendment.

    Under the proposal, news organizations would have been required to take down information a person deemed "inaccurate, irrelevant, inadequate or excessive," or face steep fines.

    The person could demand the material be removed if it was "no longer material to current public debate or discourse," according to the bill's language.

    The bill drew strong reactions from media groups and transparency advocates for allowing the state government to potentially decide what information could remain on news sites.

    New Mexico Foundation for Open Government executive director Melanie Majors compared the proposal to walking into a library and destroying books.

  • Los Alamos County names new summer concert operators

    Los Alamos County announced late Friday the winning bidder to host what the county has dubbed its “Summer Concert Series” after ousting the Gordon Family after nearly 30 years.

    In an email to local media, Los Alamos County announced it had awarded a bid to “Sancre Productions” and its strategic partners Taos Mesa Brewing New Mexico, SoundWorks and Development Consultant Monica Griego. The county said it was a major supporter and the contract manager for the summer concerts would be its Community Services Department.

    “We are excited to bring great music to Los Alamos again this summer,” said Brian Brogan, Community Services director for Los Alamos County, in a press release.

    Brogan said the county was lining up a variety of “family-friendly, fun high-energy performances that were “sure to please crowds” at Ashley Pond Park on Friday evenings in the summer.

    Weekly concerts are set to begin in May and continue through September. Each show is set to start at 7 p.m. and is expected to be preceded by downtown events or special promotions with local businesses.

    Free bus service will be offered through a grant by the DWI Council, in coordination with Atomic City Transit, according to the county press release.

  • Bill calls for lifting cap on New Mexico's film incentives

    By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Incentives aimed at attracting more filmmakers to New Mexico would get a boost under legislation supported by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham as neighboring Texas and other states contemplate similar proposals to sweeten the draw for production companies.

    Lujan Grisham was flanked by fellow Democrats and representatives of the film industry as she unveiled the legislation during a news conference Friday at the state capitol.

    The governor gave a nod to work done over the years to build up the state's television and film industry.

    "Now we will help that viable industry transform into something greater. This legislation represents a return to the right kind of attitude about New Mexico's film and television industry," she said.

    The measure would eliminate the state's cap on rebate payouts for the industry and make other changes that supporters say would result in more productions coming to the state.

    Lujan Grisham's predecessor, Republican Susana Martinez, had signed legislation in 2011 imposing a $50 million annual limit as a way to provide budget certainty and protect state finances while New Mexico struggled through the economic downturn.

  • Nevada senators want classified briefing on secret plutonium

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's U.S. senators are asking Energy Secretary Rick Perry for a classified briefing on the secret shipment of weapons-grade plutonium to a nuclear security site north of Las Vegas.

    Democrats Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen expressed their "continued outrage" over the Trump administration's handling of the radioactive material in a letter to Perry Friday.

    The department revealed this week that it trucked 1,000 pounds (453 kilograms) of plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada sometime before November when Nevada sued to block the shipments.

    The department insists appropriate notice was provided in August when it approved plans to temporarily store plutonium in Nevada to meet a court-ordered deadline to remove it from South Carolina by 2020.

    The senators say department officials lied to a federal judge about the status of the shipments during a Jan. 17 hearing in Reno.
     

  • Hilltoppers lose final non-district game

    In the final non-district game of the season, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team faced its toughest test yet as the La Cueva Lady Bears invaded Griffith Gymnasium. Though LAHS put up a good fight, La Cueva proved why it is one of the top teams in the state as the Lady Bears defeated the Hilltoppers 56-38. 

    La Cueva entered the game with a record of 14-2, ranked near the top of the Class 5A standings. The Lady Bears have been dominant at times this season, with multiple scoring threats on the floor at all times. 

    That scoring ability was certainly on display Saturday against LAHS, as La Cueva showed an ability to score from anywhere on the floor. 

    Early on, though, LAHS’ size advantage was key, as the Hilltoppers jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead, with all of the points coming from junior forward Becca Green, who dominated under the basket. 

  • LAHS hockey impresses at home against Cibola

     Facing one of the top teams in the Rio Grande Hockey League, the Los Alamos High School hockey team went 1-0-1, strengthening its position in the standings as the season inches toward its conclusion. 

    The Hilltoppers faced off against the Cibola Cougars at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, winning in convincing fashion Friday night 10-2 and earning a hard-fought 5-5 tie Saturday morning. 

    LAHS took control of Friday’s contest early and never let go. The Hilltoppers went up 3-0 in a hurry on goals by Jacob Dunwoody, Connor Cook and Tyler Weiss. After Cibola scored a goal late in the period, LAHS’ John Charles answered back with his second goal of the season as LAHS entered the first intermission up 4-1. 

    The Hilltoppers extended the lead to 7-2 in the second period with a pair of goals by Carson Schramm and a goal by Sean Mitchell. 

    In the final period, LAHS continued to add on, winning 10-2. Third period goals came from Dunwoody, who collected his second, Ray Guffee and Schramm, who finished with a hat trick. 

  • Hilltoppers drop district game against rival Sundevils

    Even in years when the boys’ basketball teams aren’t state title contenders, the rivalry between Española Valley and Los Alamos High School remains fierce and competitive, with every game seeming like the most important of the year. That’s how it felt inside Griffith Gymnasium Tuesday night, as the Sundevils invaded the home of the Hilltoppers and walked away with a hard-fought 73-58 victory. 

    Long before the game began, the stands inside Griffith Gymnasium were packed with fans of both teams, creating the most electric atmosphere in the building since these same two teams met a year ago. 

    Early on, it was clear the Hilltoppers were feeding off the crowd, as senior guard David Owen and junior forward Gavin Campos ran up and down the floor in transition throughout the first quarter, picking up 4 points apiece. Junior guard Matthew Owen also provided a spark, knocking down a three-pointer. 

    The Sundevils led 12-10 after the first quarter thanks to a pair of three-pointers from Brian Martinez and 7 points from star senior guard Ryan Trujillo.