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  • Today In History, April 23
  • Los Alamos student Cole Kendrick finishes second in supercomputing challenge


    The duo of Eli Echt-Wilson and Albert Zuo from La Cueva High in Albuquerque, proposed a unique model that simulates deciduous tree growth at the level of individual branches and leaves based on underlying biological processes. Their project, called Modeling Tree Growth and Resource Use with Applications won the top award at the 24th New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge Tuesday at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    “The goal of the yearlong event is to teach student teams how to use powerful computers to analyze, model, and solve real-world problems, said David Kratzer of Los Alamos’ High Performance Computer Systems group, and executive director of the Supercomputing Challenge. “Participating students improve their understanding of technology by developing skills in scientific inquiry, modeling, computing, communications, and teamwork.”

    Second place winner and four-time finalist winner, Cole Kendrick of Los Alamos High School developed a computer model to investigate the formation and life cycle of classical novae. His project is called 3D Hydrodynamic Simulation of Classical Nova Explosions.

  • Art competition deadline looms

    Congressman Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District announced today that entries in this year’s Congressional Art Competition will be displayed in an exhibit open to the public at the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery May 2 and May 3. Luján will announce the winners of the competition during a reception on Saturday.
    “Every year, I am impressed with the quality and creativity of the high school students who participate in this competition, and I am sure this year will be no different,” Luján said. “I am excited that we will have the opportunity to show off their fine work in the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery for all to see.”
    The annual competition allows members of Congress to display the talent and creativity of their high school constituents. The first-place entry from each Congressional district will be displayed as part of an exhibit in the United States Capitol for one year.
    The winner will travel to Washington, D.C. for a reception honoring the national winners. Artwork that places second through seventh will be displayed in Luján’s district offices across northern New Mexico.

  • Update 04-22-14

    County Council

    Council will hold the second of its budget hearings at 7 p.m. today in council chambers in the Municipal Building.

    Dog Jog

    The 2014 Dog Jog. 8 a.m. Saturday at the White Rock United Methodist Church. $25.


     The certification and preparation of the Absentee and Election Day Voting Machines will take place at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the County Clerk Warehouse, 1000 Central Avenue.


    * “Adventures with Ed.” 5:30 to 7 p.m. PEEC today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Jack Loeffler will give a talk on Edward Abbey.
    • Brown Bag Lecture: Terry Fox, “What I Learned from Trees and Flowers.” Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Museum.


    Book and Gift Fair. 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Doctor’s Lobby Area. Benefits the LAMC Auxiliary.  

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  • Budget hearings underway

    Los Alamos County budget hearings got underway Monday night with a summary and report on the county’s financial outlook.
    County Administrator Harry Burgess began the meeting with some recent news. The Government Finance Officers Associations of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the county the Distinguished Budget Presentation for the 22nd year in a row for its FY2013 budget. The county also received special recognition for its capital presentation in the budget from GFOA.
    These awards are in addition to two awards announced in January, the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (also 22 consecutive years) and an Audit Accountability Award from the New Mexico Association of Counties.
    The county expects as much as a two percent increase in revenues in FY2015, approximated $1.3 million.
    “Last year, when we adopted the FY2014 budget we were projecting a half million dollar deficit,” said Deputy County Administrator/Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne. “So that’s a fairly good turnaround to go from a half million dollar deficit to $1.3 million surplus.”

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