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  • LANL employees raise $327K for scholarship drive

     

    Los Alamos National Laboratory employees pledged a record $327,000 during the recently completed 2014 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) drive. The drive encourages lab employees, retirees, and subcontract personnel to donate to a fund that awards college scholarships to Northern New Mexico students. Further, more employees donated to the fund this year than in past years.

    “Our employees know first-hand that education can unlock opportunity for these talented students who hold the promise to be future leaders in government, industry, or the non-profit sector,” said Los Alamos’ Environmental Programs Director Jeff Mousseau, this year’s LAESF scholarship drive champion. “This scholarship program provides an opportunity for employees, contractors and retirees to play a valuable role in helping our region’s high school and college academic stars attain their higher education goals.”

  • Kirk visits YMCA basketball camp

     

    Lobo and Los Alamos resident Alex Kirk stopped by a basketball clinic at the Los Alamos YMCA to shoot some hoops and sign some autographs Tuesday.

  • P and Z approves community garden

     

    Last week, the planning and zoning commission unanimously approved both a special use permit and a site plan for a Community Education Garden on North Mesa. 

    The Family YMCA proposed the new garden, which will be located on the south side of the horse stables, near Kwage trailhead and tennis courts. It will be just under an acre in size. 

    According to YMCA Senior Program Director Diana Martinez, the community garden is an outgrowth of the Los Alamos Youth Food Project (LAYFP), which was initiated in 2011 by a Los Alamos Middle School science teacher who wanted an outdoor classroom where her students could experience hands-on learning opportunities through garden-based curriculum. 

  • Diego Fire grows but little impact expected on LA area

     

    While it’s true that Los Alamos has frequently getting smoke from the wildfire burning near Coyote, fire officials on the scene as well as here said residents shouldn’t worry too much about it coming here.

    Be vigilant says Los Alamos Fire Department Deputy Chief Justin Grider, but don’t worry too much. 

    “There’s still a lot of unburned fuel between us and the fire,” Grider said. “It’s about 20 to 25 miles away but we do have the Las Conchas and the Thompson Ridge burn scars between us and it. So, the likelihood of it reaching us is relatively low,”

  • Today in history July 2
  • Belgium tops U.S. in World Cup

     

    SALVADOR, Brazil (AP) — They captured the hearts of America — from coast to coast, big towns and small, all the way to the White House.

    Capturing the World Cup will have to wait.

    Just like four years ago, the United States is going home after the round of 16, beaten when Belgium scored twice in extra time Tuesday and then held on for a 2-1 win.

    "Thirty-one teams get their heart broken," goalkeeper Tim Howard said. "It has to end sometime. It ended a little bit early for us."

    Playing the finest game of his career, Howard stopped a dozen shots to keep the Americans even through regulation and force an additional 30 minutes. He wound up with 16 saves — the most in the World Cup since FIFA started keeping track in 2002.

    Before exiting, the U.S. showed the spunk that won America's attention. The Belgians built a two-goal lead when Kevin De Bruyne scored in the 93rd minute and Romelu Lukaku in the 105th.

    But then Julian Green, at 19 the third-youngest player in the tournament, stuck out his right foot to volley in Michael Bradley's pass over the defense in the 107th, two minutes after entering.

    "I was sure that we would make the second goal and we would go to the penalty shootout," Green said.

  • Nadal, Sharapova ousted at Wimbledon

     

    LONDON (AP) — Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon, losing to a brash, big-serving, between-the-legs-hitting 19-year-old kid who might just be a future star.

    Maria Sharapova, somehow, seemed on the verge of a turnaround despite a flurry of unforced errors, saving six match points before finally succumbing on the seventh with — what else? — a missed shot.

    And in the most striking sight of a memorable day of departures by past Wimbledon champions, Serena Williams couldn't get the ball over the net in a doubles match with her sister Venus, stopping after three games because of what was called a viral illness.

    All in all, Tuesday was chock-full of significant events, and the most noteworthy winner had to be 144th-ranked Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who used 37 aces and a have-no-fear approach to beat Nadal 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3 for a quarterfinal berth.

    "I was in a bit of a zone out there," said Kyrgios, the lowest-ranked player to beat the No. 1 man at any Grand Slam tournament in 22 years.

    "You've got to believe you can win the match from the very start, and I definitely thought that," the 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Kyrgios said. "I'm playing some unbelievable tennis on the grass."

    That's for sure.

  • County Briefs 07-01-14

     

    44h Army Band to perform in LA

     

    The New Mexico Army National Guard’s 44th Army Band will culminate its Northern New Mexico summer tour of free concerts this week with performances in Santa Rosa, Los Alamos and Albuquerque.  

    The 44th, led and conducted by Chief Warrant Officer 4 Wendy Reyes and 1st Sgt. Ralph Harris, will perform in Santa Rosa at the Courthouse Gazebo at 7 p.m. today;  Los Alamos downtown at Ashley Pond,  at 7 p.m. Wednesday. and in Albuquerque for a July 4 Independence Day patriotic concert at the Veteran’s Memorial Park on Louisiana at 5 p.m. 

     

  • Airport offers free round-trip flights for completing survey

     

    During July, Los Alamos County Airport (LAM) is teaming up with Atomic City Transit to promote the new commercial air service being offered between Los Alamos and Albuquerque. 

    LAM will give away five free-round trip flights on New Mexico Airlines, the company under contract to the county that provides commercial airline service between LAM and Albuquerque’s Sunport.

    To enter, individuals riding the free Atomic City Transit buses to/from the Kiwanis Fireworks show at Overlook Park on Independence Day will need to complete a short survey, which is also the entry form. 

    The airport will print 2,250 surveys asking a few questions about the individual’s use or knowledge of the airline service.

  • Central Avenue Construction

     

    Starting today, Central Avenue between 15th and 20th will consist of one lane of westbound traffic. Eastbound Central traffic will be detoured to 20th Street, to Trinity, and back to eastbound Central at 15th Street.  Pedestrian access will be on the north side of Central. On-street parking on Central will be closed, please use alternate parking in the area. The contractor plans on working a day and night crew in an effort to complete this section of the project within the first 60 days of the construction. When possible, use alternate business entrances including those along Deacon, 15th Street, and 20th Street.