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Today's News

  • Edwards receives award for security work

    Dena Edwards, a security professional in Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Associate Directorate for Mission Assurance, Security and Emergency Response, was named Outstanding Contractor Security Professional of the Year by the Department of Energy.
    “Dena is a true professional who has made a visible and valuable positive difference in our laboratory and our community,” said Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan.
    Edwards was selected for spearheading the lab’s Active Shooter and Work Place Violence Awareness Program. She provided training and exercise support to various organizations to ensure all employees know what they need to protect themselves and their co-workers.
    Her work was recognized throughout the DOE enterprise and she was a key subject matter expert, providing expertise to other DOE facilities to improve their workplace violence programs.
    Edwards is also the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Security Contractor Professional of the Year.
    This is the fifth year in a row and the sixth time in seven years that the laboratory has won the NNSA award.

  • LIGO observations confirm theory on heavy elements

    Astrophysicist Chris Fryer was enjoying an evening with friends on August 25 when he got the news of a gravitational-wave detection by LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory.
    The event appeared to be a merger of two neutron stars — a specialty for the Los Alamos National Laboratory team of astrophysicists that Fryer leads. As the distant cosmic cataclysm unfolded, fresh observational data was pouring in from the observation — only the fifth published since the observatory began operating almost two years ago.
    “As soon as I heard the news, I knew that understanding all of the implications would require input from a broad, multi-disciplinary set of scientists,” said Fryer, who leads Los Alamos’ Center for Theoretical Astrophysics.
    Fryer’s colleagues, Ryan Wollaeger and Oleg Korobkin, outlined a series of radiation transport calculations and were given priority on Los Alamos’ supercomputers to run them. “Within a few hours, we were up and running.”
    They soon discovered the LIGO data showed more ejected mass from the merger than the simulations accounted for.

  • Federal budget clears the Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans' promised tax legislation.
    Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year's end, an ambitious goal that would fulfill multiple campaign promises but could run aground over any number of disputes. Failure could cost the GOP dearly in next year's midterm elections.
    The budget plan, which passed on a near party-line vote late Thursday, includes rules that will allow Republicans to get tax legislation through the Senate without Democratic votes and without fear of a Democratic filibuster. Nonetheless, the GOP's narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate will be difficult for leadership to navigate, as illustrated by the Republicans' multiple failures to pass legislation repealing and replacing "Obamacare."
    The final vote on the budget was 51-49 with deficit hawk Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky the lone opposing GOP vote.
    Trump insisted over Twitter on Friday that Paul would be with him in the end on taxes, even though the senator has been critical of the tax package as it's emerged thus far.

  • Brenner’s lawyer files motion in IPRA suit

    An attorney for former Los Alamos County resident Patrick Brenner fired back a countermotion to the Los Alamos County Council’s motion requesting a First Judicial Court judge examine a councilor’s emails before making them public.
    Brenner is requesting the emails under the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act. Brenner is alleging Los Alamos County Council Vice President Susan O’Leary abused her position as a public official by using county email to destroy his reputation and business. He said she allegedly did so by releasing to the public an email he wrote to the county council on May 15 that expressed his displeasure over a $20 million general obligation bond sale county residents were going to vote on later that May.
    In late May, the county held a countywide election on whether or not the county should raise $20 million through a general obligation bond sale to pay for five recreation projects. Brenner campaigned actively against the recreation bond.
    He was puzzled as to why she and the council were requesting the review. “I’m not sure why she’s asking a judge to do that,” he said. “Her asking a judge to review her private email is no different from her reviewing her own private email. I couldn’t answer that question as to why she wants a judge to review it.”

  • Overpass Crash

    a 2013 Nissan Sentra crashed into the overpass on Diamond Drive at about 4 p.m. Thursday. According to officials on the scene, the Sentra experienced mechanical failure prior to the crash. The driver of the vehicle, a woman, and her infant were both transported to the hospital.
     

  • Crash on Ridgeway

    Los Alamos Police Commander Preston Ballew and an investigator look through the wreckage of a head-on collision on Ridgeway Drive around 1 p.m. Thursday. Two people, both in the red Suburu, were taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center. No citations had been issued. A single person was in the Ford Explorer.
     

  • PED flip-flops on science standards

    Following a crowded, eight-hour public hearing on Monday, the state Public Education Department’s secretary designate decided proposed science standards should include the age of the Earth, after all.
    The proposed science standards for kindergarten through 12th grade were based on nationally developed Next Generation Science Standards, known as NGSS or Next Gen, but tweaked and edited by the state public education department and introduced in mid-September.
    Some of the edits and omissions have drawn fire from a host of New Mexicans, including 61 science and engineering fellows at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Alamos school board, students and teachers.
    Secretary Designate Christopher Ruszkowski issued a statement Tuesday night via the department’s spokeswoman’s IPhone, stating he had listened to the “thoughtful input received and will incorporate many of the suggestions into the New Mexico Standards,” following the hearing.
    The statement also pushes back at some of the criticism leveled at the hearing and in written public comments.

  • Boy’s soccer wins district finale

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team is heading into the state tournament with momentum, as it defeated district rival Capital High School 2-1 at home Thursday to finish the regular season.
    It was an important game for the Hilltoppers, currently ranked fourth in Class 5A, as it solidifies the team’s chances of earning a top-four seed in the state tournament. In the tournament, the top four seeds receive a bye directly to the quarterfinals, leaving them three games from a potential championship.
    The bracket for the state tournament will be revealed this weekend.
    While head coach Ron Blue does not yet know where his team will end up in the tournament, he said he is proud of the way his players have performed this season to be in consideration for a top seed.
    “It shows that we really do have talent in this group, and the depth is pretty impressive,” Blue said. “We have had a ton of guys step up big this year, and it shows what kind of character we have.”
    From the opening whistle, it seemed the Hilltoppers understood the importance of Thursday’s matchup. The team kept good possession in the early going, and was able to get good runs toward goal, as Capital had a difficult time stopping the duo of Tristan Semelsberger and Arthur Steinkamp.

  • UNM men’s b-ball picked 9th in MW

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team has been tabbed to finish ninth in the Mountain West this season, the conference announced Wednesday morning. Defending regular-season and tournament champion Nevada has been predicted to repeat.
    

The Mountain West preseason poll is comprised of votes by conference media members and was announced by the league at the 2017-18 Media Summit, being held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas.
    The Wolf Pack received 19 of a possible 24 first-place votes and 257 points to earn the top spot.


    Nevada was followed by San Diego State which garnered two first-place nods and 229 points while Boise State also received two first-place votes, 211 points and landed in third place.


    Fresno State collected 188 points for the fourth spot in the poll followed by Colorado State (5th, 154), UNLV (6th, 138), Wyoming (7th, 133) and Utah State (8th, 102). UNM (93), San José State (41) and Air Force (38) rounded out the poll.

Under first-year head coach Paul Weir, the Lobos return just five players from last season’s squad that finished 17-14, 10-8 MW, and welcome nine talented newcomers that include six transfers.

  • UNM volleyball falls to Wyoming

    Lauren Twitty posted her ninth double-double of the season and Carly Beddingfield set an all-time career high in kills, but it wasn’t enough as the University of New Mexico volleyball team fell in four sets to Wyoming Thursday evening.
    Despite the strong offensive effort, which included a 43-assist performance from freshman setter Sarah Lobo, the Lobos (11-11 overall, 3-6 Mountain West) couldn’t hold off the Cowgirls (12-9, 7-2) in Johnson Center as they fell by set scores of 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 25-18.
    “I think we battled and fought really well,” Lobo said after her first collegiate start. “The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but I think we went for balls we knew to go for. Wyoming got kills, and it happens, but that’s part of the game. I’m not upset with how we played.”
    Between Twitty’s and Beddingfield’s kills and Lobo’s setting, New Mexico’s offense roared to its best showing in over a month.
    “This game was a little nerve-wracking,” Lobo said. “I tried not to think about it, just tried to stay out of my head and just play volleyball.”