Today's News

  • Animal shelter 5-31-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:


    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.

    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Annie — A 9-year-old, spayed, female who needs a peaceful indoor home. She came into the shelter several years ago as one of a kitten litter being cared for by a big gentle cat. That “mama” cat turned out to be a gentleman. Both he and Annie became part of a household. Because of medical care now needed by their owner, Annie had to come back to the shelter, now as a grown-up girl.

  • Commencements, causes and campus free speech

    When my daughter told me that Mark Ruffalo — an actor and leftist activist — would be receiving a prestigious prize at her 2015 commencement at Dickinson College, I was dismayed but not surprised.
    Dickinson, an elite liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania, is a hotbed of “sustainability” which permeates virtually everything it does, from curriculum to architecture to what’s featured in its quarterly magazine. It came as no shock that Dickinson chose Ruffalo to receive its $100,000 prize for “global environmental activism.”
    My dismay came from the sinking suspicion that the commencement experience was likely to be a series of unending left-wing bromides. On this score, neither Ruffalo, nor Sam Rose, who introduced him, disappointed. Rose, the prize’s benefactor, claimed that man-made climate change, not ISIS nor terrorism nor illegal immigration nor [fill in the blank], is the main threat to humankind.
    He was dismayed, too, that there’s anyone on Earth who doesn’t wholeheartedly accept the left’s premises about climate change. So, argued Rose, we need to bring people around, “by hook or by crook,” to recognize these indisputable truths. In other words, when it comes to saving civilization from itself, the ends justify the means.

  • Word on the Street 5-31-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Katherine Wang asked graduating students,“What are your plans after high school?”

  • Staff seniors look to the future

    On Saturday, the 2015 class of Los Alamos High School graduated, a first of many stepping stones in their adult lives.
    Marking the completion of the last four years of standard education, they will now continue to make their way in the world. Three Teen Pulse seniors shared their experiences and their plans for the future.
    Melissa Wysocki looks forward to college as the first step in her adult life. “I think college will be freeing, and allow me to be more independent than I ever have been,” she said. At Fort Lewis College she will study to become an exercise science specialist.
    Her favorite part of high school was seeing the person she became over those four years. To Wysocki, working toward something that she would enjoy and find fulfilling is more important than doing something for other benefits. “Income is not my priority,” she said. Wysocki wants to be either a health or physical education teacher, fulfilling her desire to help others become active.
    She participated in track in high school, as well as many other clubs and activities. She was involved in Evolvement, Spanish Club, Student Council, Gay-Straight Alliance and Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (NJROTC).

  • Isotopes break out 12 runs to rout Omaha

    Opening an eight-game homestand, the Isotopes (20-29) unleashed a 12-run outburst in a 12-3 rout of the Omaha Storm Chasers (24-25) at Isotopes Park Friday night.
    Left fielder Matt McBride turned in a 3-for-4 evening with three singles and three RBI, while designated hitter Ryan Casteel went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and four RBI.
    Albuquerque jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on a McBride RBI single only to have Omaha tie it in the top of the third. That tie wouldn’t last long, though, as the first eight batters reached for the Isotopes in the bottom of the third, allowing five runs to score.
    The big knock of the inning was a two-RBI double by Casteel. The ’Topes would go on to tack on two runs in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to put the game out of reach.
    Isotopes Park has been very friendly to Casteel this season. He is now hitting .453 (24-for-53) at home. He also has seven doubles, a triple, three homers and 19 RBI at The Lab.
    McBride, meanwhile, did what Matt McBride does best Friday night: hit. The left fielder now has hits in 18 of his last 21 games, 13 of which are multi-hit performances. During that span, McBride is hitting .412 (35-for-85) with 17 runs, eight doubles, four homers, 14 RBI and three walks. He has also raised his average from .178 to .331.

  • LA cross country meeting Tuesday

    The Los Alamos cross country coaches are having a meeting for incoming freshman athletes and their parents and other newcomers to the high school program.
    The meeting will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the high school’s Speech Theater — the entrance is by the outdoor basketball court, so attendees should park in the Griffith lot and walk toward the round library.
    The coaches will share information about high school cross country in general, summer practices, physicals, training calendars and more.
    For eighth-graders who already have an older sibling who runs high school cross country, attendance isn’t necessary.
    Those who cannot attend are asked to contact the coaches, Rob and Kathy Hipwood, at losalamosxc@gmail.com.

  • Competitors blow up targets

    Young athletes from across New Mexico shot International Bunker Trap in the cold and rain on May 16 at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club.
    In international trap, there is a trap bunker that has three machines in front of each shooting station that launch clay targets. Competitors may use any 12-gauge shotgun that holds two rounds — two shots are allowed for each target. The 110-millimeter targets are thrown roughly 75 yards at 65 miles per hour.
    The competition was a qualifying event for the Junior Olympic national shotgun competition, which will be held in Colorado Springs July 20-26.
    Los Alamos participants at the event included Kes Luchini, Josh Smith, David Smith, Chris Bond and Sam Bond. Joining them were Shanna Moss and Jourdyn Rino from Aztec, Lauren Williams and Savannah Williams from La Plata and Garit Graham from Texico.
    Chris Bond won men’s gold. Bond and Josh Smith, however, were tied after regulation and needed a 15-shot shootout to determine the winner. Bond won the shootout to take gold and Smith had to settle for silver.
    Graham took bronze.
    The women’s gold went to Luchini. Savannah Williams won the silver while Moss beat Rino by one target to win the bronze.

  • Game and Fish kills cougar in Raton

    RATON (AP) — New Mexico Department of Game and Fish officers have killed a cougar in a Raton neighborhood after it reportedly attacked a puppy on a woman's front porch.

    The woman called 911 on Thursday night, saying she saw a small cougar attack her puppy.

    She later told officers that she had lost another puppy a few days before and also was missing several cats.

    Officers found cougar tracks and blood near the woman's porch and say the cougar climbed a tree near the home.

    A subsequent necropsy confirmed that the young female cougar recently had eaten a puppy.

    Conservation Officer Clint Henson said the cougar might have been drawn to the woman's house because a neighbor was feeding feral cats.

  • Today in history May 30
  • State Briefs 5-29-15

    Martinez announces 20 percent jump in math, science ed funds

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has announced a 20 percent increase in funding aimed at bringing math and science teachers to schools in rural and impoverished areas.
    Martinez told a group of math and science teachers on Friday in Albuquerque that the state now is providing $2.4 million for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program, or STEM.
    The extra money will provide professional development for teachers in rural and low-income schools.
    Overall funding provides $5,000 stipends to recruit and retain math and science teachers in rural and underserved areas.
    Martinez said better math and science teachers will help New Mexico’s children compete for high-tech jobs in the future.

    New Mexico reports its first case of West Nile virus in 2015