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  • Unusual dark space found by LANL, NASA


    By looking at the dark spaces between visible galaxies and stars the NASA/JPL CIBER sounding rocket experiment has produced data that could redefine what constitutes a galaxy.

    “What was very surprising is the brightness of many fluctuations that appear between stars and galaxies,” said Los Alamos scientist Joseph Smidt, part of the data analysis team that studied the data from CIBER. “These fluctuations are having us rethink what goes on between stars and galaxies. The data suggests that galaxies shed many more of their stars into the intervening space than was originally thought.”

    Results from two of four CIBER flights, launched from White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico in 2010 and 2012, appear in today’s issue of the journal Science.

  • LA girls roll to another title


    RIO RANCHO – The only thing that might have given anyone pause when trying to figure out Los Alamos’ chances to win its sixth straight state title was a hiccup two weeks earlier at home.

    But, as it turned out, it was indeed nothing more than a hiccup.

    Los Alamos rose to the occasion once again Saturday, scoring a solid victory over all comers to make it an even half-dozen consecutive state championships. Los Alamos scored just 46 points, 12 points better than Albuquerque Academy. The Hilltoppers’ other big challenger, St. Pius X, finished comfortably back in third place.

    The Hilltoppers poured it on in the second half of the race, with Maddy Foley, Sophia Galvez and Zoe Hemez pulling away from the main pack to help secure the win.

    “It felt really good,” said Hemez afterward. “Running with Talia (Dreicer) was really helpful to me. We were feeding off each other’s energy.”

    Along with Los Alamos going for some program history Saturday – trying to top its former best of five consecutive state crowns – Hilltopper Maddy Foley went into the race with a real shot to vie for the program’s first individual state champ since 2005.

  • LA boys claim fourth straight Class 5A state cross country title


    RIO RANCHO – It’s getting to the point where it can hardly be called an upset anymore.

    Los Alamos not just defeated, but crushed all comers at Saturday’s Class 5A boys championship race.

    Once again, Los Alamos’ boys went in as the underdogs against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, and once again defeated the Chargers, this time by a wide margin.

    Greg Ahlers led the victory march Saturday, posting a blazing fourth place finish, keeping close watch with the front of the pack, which included some of the best runners in the state.

    Ahlers, who had hip trouble late in the season, showed no signs of it Saturday. At the halfway point in the race, he kicked things into high gear, passing a pack of runners, including some from Academy, toward the front of the race.

    Los Alamos finished with 43 points easily topping second-place Academy with 61 points. Miyamura, which featured state individual champion Nile Thomas, was a distant third.

    It was the fourth straight state team championship for Los Alamos, and for three years of those four, the Hilltoppers have come in as the underdogs.

    This year’s win came as no surprise to Ahlers.

  • News Briefs 11-07-14

    Main Hill Road lane closure set for Saturday

    To enable the safe de‐electrification and demolition of a water booster station along the Main Hill Road lane of traffic will be closed on Saturday from 8 a.m.–1 p.m., according to officials at the Los Alamos Dept. of Public Utilities.
    Weather permitting, electric crews will be bringing down power poles and power lines which traverse the Main Hill Road just west of the White Rock Y. The DPU crews will need to close a lane to do this. The electric linemen will arrange for advance signage to warn motorists of the lane closure and maintain two‐way traffic with a flagging operation, while closing N.M. 502’s eastbound lane. For more information contact DPU at 662‐8333 or dpu@lacnm.us.

    Ex-New Mexico
    lawman indicted

  • Top Scarecrows

    Scarecrow Contest Results 2014:
    Best Overall — Aspen Copies: Milton Waddams-Office Space (left)
    “Breaking News” Award — “Los Alamos Monitor,” Joe Carrier (right)
    Scarecrow with Most Dedicated Fans — Family YMCA Pumpkins & Boos at the YMCA
    Best Business Traditional — LARC: Dorothy-girl scarecrow in dress
    Best Business Contemporary — KRSN- DJ Pumpkin
    Best Organization Traditional — LA Volunteer Association, “Old before your time”
    Best Organization Contemporary — The Ark Development Center Mrs. Darth Vader
    The “Facing the Abyss” Award — Canyoncito Montessori: “The Unknown”
    “BFF” Award — Betty Ehart Day Out Program: Frank & his friend Beetle Juice
    “Most Dapper Dude on Central Ave. Award — AGF Services, LLC, Jack Skellington
    “Flower Power” Award — Flowers by Gillian, The Flower Lady
    “Awesome Acrobatics” Award — LA School of Gymnastics- Female Gymnast
    “Gold Medal Bars” Award — LA School of Gymnastics- Male Gymnast on Bars Courtesy

  • ABQ council OKs police agreement

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Albuquerque City Council has endorsed an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department aimed at overhauling the troubled police department of New Mexico’s most populous city amid accusations of excessive force.
    The council approved the plan on an 8-0 vote during a special meeting Thursday evening. City officials are to sign it next week.
    City and department officials last month announced the deal to overhaul Albuquerque’s police department, which calls for new training and protocols for investigating officer shootings.
    It also calls for the agency to dismantle some units, including the troubled Repeat Offender Project unit. Federal officials say the unit had morphed into a separate tactical operation with little supervision.

  • Update 11-07-14


    Habitat for Humanity of Los Alamos and Española will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the ReStore, 726 N. Riverside Dr. in Española. Free bouncy house for kids, special activities in the stores and food will be available. For more information call 505-747-2690.

    School board

    A special school board meeting will be 4:30 p.m. today in the Los Alamos Public School Board Room, 2075 Trinity, Suite V. The agenda items for the Special School Board Meeting are progress being made on the superintendent search; discussion of search committees and clarification of superintendent search process for school board members.


  • Transit plan angers WR riders

    Recommendations for a new five-year transit plan raised protests from White Rock riders at Thursday’s Los Alamos County Transportation Board meeting.
    The protests arose over the most significant route change proposed by LSC Transportation Consultants, Inc., who conducted a comprehensive study to assess the current system. LSC Principal A.T. Stoddard III presented the firm’s recommendations to the board and a standing room only crowd.
    The consultant’s recommendation would eliminate the Main Hill Road route to White Rock. That route, known as 2M, is currently paired with 2T, which rotates between White Rock and the transit center via the truck route (East Jemez Road).
    In the LSC plan, 2M would be replaced with a modified 2T route. At the transit center, the bus running that route would become the Route 3 bus, carrying passengers to downtown Los Alamos.
    This proposal would increase ride times between White Rock and downtown Los Alamos from 15 or 20 minutes to 40 minutes. Those who currently utilize the 2M route, either from White Rock to Los Alamos or vice versa, adamantly opposed the plan.
    Resident Victor Rutherford spelled it out.

  • Sampling detects contamination at WIPP

    CARLSBAD (AP) — A pair of air samplers at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository detected low levels of radioactive contamination after workers restarted one of the fans at the facility in southeastern New Mexico, officials said Thursday.
    They confirmed the contamination was well below levels that would affect the environment or workers at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant.
    “At no time were employees, the public or the environment at risk,” the U.S. Department of Energy’s Carlsbad Field Office said in a statement.
    The fan, which is part of the underground ventilation and filtration system, was restarted in late October as part of the lengthy process of bringing the plant back online after a canister of waste from Los Alamos National Laboratory leaked inside a storage room.
    That radiological release in February contaminated 22 workers and forced closure of the plant.
    Officials had expected some residual contamination in the adjacent ductwork and interior workings of the fan since it was running for two months following the incident.
    As a precaution, workers took shelter inside buildings before restarting the fan last month and stayed in place for 30 minutes until it was determined to be safe.

  • New loaned sculpture on the way

    The Los Alamos Creative District this week announced the upcoming installation of a new loaned sculpture scheduled for delivery on Monday. The bronze sculpture is on loan from Shidoni Foundry and Galleries, located in Tesuque. The artwork titled “Wally with Bench” features an elderly man sitting on a bench. The Creative District infrastructure subcommittee oversaw the process of finding the art, securing the funding and locating placement for the statue. The committee worked closely with Philip Kunsberg, the owner of Central Park Square and a Creative District advisory committee member. Kunsberg offered to provide space on his property and generously paid for the installation. The stature will be located on Main Street near the roundabout. It will be delivered and installed at 11 a.m. Monday. The Los Alamos Creative District is a designation of the New Mexico Arts and Cultural Districts. The Creative District focuses on sharing the unique creative heritage of Los Alamos with residents and visitors by curating and providing local cultural programming