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  • Broncos, Bulldogs favored in football

    The Broncos of Boise State were among the original BCS busters, winning big bowl games and forcing themselves into the national-title conversation.
    That was under Chris Petersen.
    Now, he’s gone and so is the BCS.
    Filling Petersen’s shoes will be Bryan Harsin, the former Broncos player and offensive coordinator who will lead Boise State into the College Football Playoff era.
    “There’s an expectation and a standard that’s been set here,” Harsin said. “I’d much rather come into that than inherit a rebuild, because your players know that. So we will embrace the past, but we can’t rely on that because it’s already happened. What are we going to do about it?”
    Petersen had been at the helm in Boise since 2006 and put together the most successful run in school history, going 92-12 while winning a pair of BCS bowls before leaving this offseason to become the head coach at Washington.
    To keep the momentum rolling, the school brought back Harsin, who helped create the Boise State juggernaut as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator from 2001-10. He spent two seasons as offensive coordinator at Texas and one as the head coach at Arkansas State before returning to his alma mater.

  • LA Monitor Exclusive: Foster resigns from Los Alamos school board

    Long time school board member David Foster recently announced his resignation from the Los Alamos School Board. According to School Board Secretary Matt Williams, the District 3 resident cited the selling of his house and moving out of the district as his reason.   He was elected to the school board in 2010.

    Williams said that Foster’s energy and dedication to his position will be missed by the board.

  • Exclusive: Crews make rescue at Pueblo Canyon

    Rescue crews were on the scene Wednesday as they rescued a person from the bottom of Pueblo Canyon.

    Officials said a  man took a walk with his dog and he got turned around at the bottom of the canyon. According to fire officals, the hiker set out at 10 a.m. 

    The man was discovered by an animal control officer around 2 p.m., who then alerted rescue crews.

    They brought the man out in the 4000 block of Sandia Drive.

    An official said the man was dehydrated and was then transported to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was expected to make a full recovery.

  • Wild pitch dooms Topes


    The Albuquerque Isotopes let Tuesday night’s game get away, along with their 2014 season.

    The Isotopes gave up two runs in the ninth inning to the Tacoma Rainiers, the first one of which was set up by a wild pitch on a third strike, as they fell 7-5 in Albuquerque.

    Robert Carson nearly retired the side in order, but the wild pitch that allowed Xavier Avery to get to first would be the difference in the game. Two batters later, Avery scored on a triple by James Jones for the go-ahead run.

    With Tuesday’s loss, Albuquerque (54-64) slips to 11 games behind division leading Las Vegas with just 25 games left on its schedule.

    Perhaps the only saving grace for the Isotopes is they will play a five-game series with Las Vegas starting Thursday.

  • Next Big Idea expands


    The Next Big Idea Festival, has joined forces with the Los Alamos National Laboratory to expand into a weeklong event called the “Los Alamos ScienceFest.” Instead of a single-day event, the Los Alamos ScienceFest begins on Friday, Sept. 5 and continues through Saturday, Sept. 13, featuring a wide range of activities and ending with a large scale, family-friendly Expo Day on Sept. 13, which planners hope will attract out of state visitors.

    “The Los Alamos ScienceFest will feature a full week of interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and dynamic speakers to engage adults, kids, and families on a broader scale, while also attracting more community and regional partners,” said Suzette Fox, Executive Director of Los Alamos MainStreet. “The hope is that the Los Alamos ScienceFest keeps growing and raises awareness of the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.”

  • Briefs 08-06-14


    Plame, SGR to appear


    On Tuesday, Aug. 12, women from across the state will join to celebrate Los Alamos’ Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, with special guest Valerie Plame. 

    Plame is a former career covert CIA operations officer, who worked to protect America’s national security and prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, in particular nuclear weapons.

  • N.M. 4 Corridor Study is underway


    On July 23, the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) held its first public meeting on an N.M. 4 corridor study currently underway. 

    Huitt-Zollars is conducting the study, which is currently in phase 1. Huitt-Zolars Project Manager Scott Eddings stressed that phase 1 is an information gathering stage. 

    “We’re trying to identify deficiencies that exist out there today and put pencils to paper and come up with estimates of what those may cost,” Eddings said. 

    No funding has been identified for the project as yet, but this phase is one of the preliminary steps for obtaining federal and state moneys. 

    Eddings also noted that with the number of different agency lands NM 4 passes through (including national park, national forest, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos and Sandoval counties), there could be opportunities for pooling resources for specific projects. 

    Major reconfigurations−such as redesigning the hairpin curves−are not under consideration.

  • New teacher reception draws a crowd
  • Protesters call for lab closing, abolition of nuclear weapons


    This past Saturday, a small group of people quietly gathered at Ashley Pond, the site where the first nuclear weapon was built. They then proceeded to don sackcloths and spread ashes on the grass near the site to sit on.

    Not too many people visited Ashley Pond noticed, though a few honked as they drove by on Trinity, and some hung within earshot of their group discussion, curious about who these people were, dressed in their sackcloths who were spreading ashes on the ground. 

    “It’s the oldest form of protest known to man, and we have come here to day to pray for the abolition of nuclear weapons and the closing of this laboratory (Los Alamos National Laboratory),” said Father John Dear, Ambassador of Peace for Pax Christi USA, a Catholic group that strictly adheres to the philosophy of non-violence as they feel was practiced by Jesus Christ. 

  • Energy secretary Moniz to visit N.M. next week


    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s trip to New Mexico next week will include a visit to the federal government’s underground nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad.

    Moniz will be in Santa Fe for a meeting Monday morning and then will travel to Carlsbad for a town hall focused on recovery efforts at the troubled Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.

    Moniz will wrap up his trip Tuesday with a visit to the site, which will mark his first time there since a reaction sent radioactive particles into the air above the repository and contaminated 22 workers with low levels of radiation.