Scientists monitor air as fire burns near N.M. lab

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — As crews fight to keep a New Mexico wildfire from reaching the nation’s premier nuclear-weapons laboratory and the surrounding community, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. Their effort includes dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as well as a “flying laboratory” dispatched by […]

Los Alamos nuclear lab under siege from wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — A wildfire burning near the desert birthplace of the atomic bomb advanced on the Los Alamos laboratory and thousands of outdoor drums of plutonium-contaminated waste Tuesday as authorities stepped up efforts to protect the site and monitor the air for radiation. Officials at the nation’s premier nuclear weapons lab […]

Los Alamos evacuation ordered because of wildfire

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — Authorities ordered Los Alamos evacuated Monday as a fast-growing and unpredictable wildfire bore down on the northern New Mexico town and its sprawling nuclear laboratory. The blaze that began Sunday already had destroyed a number of homes south of the town, which is home to some 12,000 residents. It […]

Los Alamos KOs Curry County from LL losers bracket

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Clarence Plank Los Alamos pitcher Matt Frye doubled and pitched seven innings to knock Curry County out 13-1 from the losers bracket Sunday night at Bell Park in Clovis state junior Little League baseball tournament. Tyler Romero scattered two hits in the game as Curry County failed to push more than one run across the […]

Business feature: Duo in doughnut business

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Sandy and Thane Floyd own Daylight Donuts. The business has been serving Portales little round glazed circles of joy for 25 years. Sandy said her husband has been working in the doughnut business since he was a sophomore in high school in Los Alamos off and on. “When he graduated from high school he worked […]

ENMU signs volleyball player

Freedom New Mexico Vanessa Espinoza, a 5-foot-5 defensive specialist from Los Alamos, has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball next season at Eastern New Mexico University. Espinoza lettered for four years at Los Alamos, earning all-district first-team and Class 4A second-team all-state honors last fall and helping the Hilltoppers to the 4A […]

Lady Rams take fifth at Roswell

Freedom Newspapers The Portales Lady Ram volleyball team placed fifth in the annual Zia Invitational volleyball tournament in Roswell over the weekend. The Lady Rams (7-3) were dropped into the consolation bracket immediately after losing to Los Alamos in the first round in five games; 21-25, 25-22, 12-25, 25-23, and 15-13. Portales head coach Ruth […]

Long bomb lifts Lady Rams to win

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer The Los Alamos Hilltoppers wouldn’t go quietly into the night, despite everything host Portales was doing against them. Though the team fell behind early, Los Alamos held off every chance by Portales to seal a blowout and made it a seven-point game as Bryanna Richins hit a putback in […]

Rams in hole after first day at state golf

Freedom Newspapers Freedom Newspapers GRANTS — The Portales High boys golf team finds itself in a big hole in the state Class 1A-3A tournament — in part because of Mesilla Valley Christian. The tiny Las Cruces-based school, with only four players, shot a team score of 290 to open a 14-stroke lead over New Mexico […]

Portales girls win at St. Michael’s tournament

SANTA FE — The Lady Rams took care of business early, beating Los Alamos 53-36 in the first round of the Lady Horsemen Invitational Christmas Tournament at St. Michael’s High School. Portales (5-2) maintained a comfortable lead throughout en route to its fourth win in five games. The Lady Rams only had two players in […]