Today's News

  • Lab physicist honored for national security work

    Associate Director for Experimental Physical Sciences Mary Hockaday of Los Alamos National Laboratory was the recipient of two significant honors this week.
    Hockaday earned a 2014 fellowship from the Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and also a Distinguished Alumni Award from the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Alumni Association.
    “I have been truly surprised, humbled and honored by these awards,” Hockaday said. “I greatly appreciate the folks who took to undertake my nominations.”
    Hockaday’s AAAS recognition comes for “exemplary leadership at Los Alamos National Laboratory in support of the nation’s nuclear security and in realizing the technologies to foster that security,” according to the AAAS awards committee site.
    The accomplishments of the new Fellows will be celebrated at the 2015 AAAS annual meeting, convening next year under the theme “Innovations, Information, and Imaging.”
    At the Annual Meeting, the new Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin Feb. 14 at the AAAS Fellows Forum in San Jose, California.
    Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.
    Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications.

  • Drug dealer's driver earns probation

    Daniel Hoth, 29, a Los Alamos resident, who was driving a drug dealer around White Rock last year to do drug deals, was sentenced recently in Rio Arriba County District Court.
    Even though the events, which according to court documents happened between Oct. 1 and Nov. 6 of last year, happened in Los Alamos, Hoth was sentenced in Rio Arriba County because of another case occurring in Los Alamos County District Court that day.
    Hoth who was sentenced in mid-November, received three years of supervised probation with drug court.
    He, along with Albuquerque resident David Simmons, were arrested by police on Nov. 6 of last year. They were picked up at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 after police observed them acting suspiciously.
    A search of Hoth’s car turned up methamphetamine and assorted drug paraphernalia. The two were arrested, and Hoth was charged with trafficking controlled substances (distribution, narcotic or meth, first offense), conspiracy to commit trafficking (by distribution, narcotic or meth), possession of a controlled substance (felony, narcotic drug) and use or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    As part of his plea agreement, Hoth agreed to waive his right to a trial. If he violates his probation, the original penalties will be reinstated. If happens, Hoth could face a maximum nine years in prison.

  • Light Bright

    Runners joined the Los Alamos Triatomics for its Christmas Lights Run around the Denver Steels and Western Area Wednesday night, passing a house on the corner of Sandia and Diamond Drives, displaying several inflatable decorations. Runs are scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays through Dec. 22.

  • 'Live' bites the dust

    After months of what Councilor Frances Berting called an “overwhelmingly negative” response to trying to sell Los Alamos using the strapline “Live Exponentially,” council voted on Tuesday to reject the phrase.
    Council revisited the issue at Councilor Pete Sheehey’s request, after a contract with Atlas Advertising, LLC, for implementing the branding strategies developed by North Star Destination Strategies was approved by a 5-1 vote on Oct. 10.
    At that time, council chose to follow North Star’s recommendations, including adopting the line “Live Exponentially.”
    The tone of this meeting was very different and ended with the line’s rejection.
    Instead of developing three logos to illustrate the phrase “Live Exponentially,” Atlas will be directed to develop two logos based on one of seven other tagline options proposed by North Star or “Los Alamos — Where Discoveries are Made.” The third logo will be designed with no strapline connection.
    The decision comes after months of backlash by the community, including numerous emails to councilors, letters to the editor and posts on social media.
    Many of the issues with the phrase came out during extensive public comment at Tuesday’s meeting.

  • Top talent being discussed at MLB's Winter Meetings

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.
    Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as his talks on the free-agent market move forward.
    “I’m not sure Kershaw is relevant,” agent Scott Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings, “because he’s not a free agent.”
    Jon Lester became the first top-level, free-agent starting pitcher to reach an agreement this offseason, a $155 million, six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs that came together late Tuesday night and still must be finalized.
    Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid $144 million from 2015-20.
    Kershaw, meanwhile, has the largest contract for a pitcher in total dollars and has the sport’s highest average salary at $30.7 million.
    “The prominent pitchers that have signed, (Justin) Verlander or (Felix) Hernandez or Kershaw, were not free-agent players,” Boras said. “And certainly if you put a performance like Kershaw into a free-agent market, you’re going to get a much, much different calibration of value.”

  • 'Topper hockey will host Santa Fe in home opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team ended its unbeaten streak just ahead of this weekend’s home opener.
    Los Alamos will finally get its home season going Friday when it takes on the Santa Fe Blue Jackets. Los Alamos, which plays at the county’s outdoor arena, must wait for conditions to be suitable for playing before it can get its season going and, as such, is almost invariably the last team to get its home schedule started.
    Friday’s game is set for 8 p.m.
    Prior to the game, however, there will be a ceremony honoring former Hilltopper head coach Craig Wermer. Wermer was a longtime coach of the team before this season, when he was replaced by his former assistant, Kevin Brake.
    Wermer coached current Hilltopper seniors Hudson Davenhall, Jason Martinez and Trevor Matuszak, throughout the prep careers until this season.
    The Hilltoppers were originally supposed to play three games this weekend at home to get their schedule rolling, but Saturday’s game, against Rio Rancho, was postponed due to standardized testing. That game has tentatively been rescheduled for February.
    Sunday, Los Alamos will host archrival Taos. Game time is 11 a.m.

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  • SF foundation funds healthy choices for teens

    The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  
    According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.
    “Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable healthy choices. We aim to build personal skills, enhance positive values, connect youth to their community through service and outreach opportunities, and support education. This support from the Santa Fe Community Foundation, which we are so grateful of, will further this important work,” The Y’s Executive Director Linda Daly said.   
    “By hiring positive adult role models who counsel and befriend youth, this ‘safe haven’ helps teens to reach their full potential,” she said.
    The center addresses health through programs that include preventative and behavioral health classes on teenage sexuality, substance abuse, psychological health (depression, suicide, bullying) and addiction prevention.

  • Light a candle of rememberance

    The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement group, and its Los Alamos chapter will have its 18th Annual Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday at the Ashley Pond bandstand.
    The Worldwide Candle Lighting is now believed to be the largest mass candle lighting on the globe. The event began in the United States in 1997 as a small Internet observance.
    Since 1997 it has increased to include the entire world, moving from time zone to time zone, as a 24-hour wave of light. In addition to the formal services, thousands of families will participate privately in their homes. It is a gift to the bereavement community from The Compassionate Friends — a quiet remembrance of children who have died, but will never be forgotten.
    The Los Alamos chapter was established about a year and a half ago.
    The Compassionate Friends and allied organizations are joined by local bereavement groups, churches, funeral homes, hospitals, hospices, children’s gardens, schools, cemeteries and community centers. Services have ranged in size from just a few people to nearly a thousand.

  • Be There calendar 12-11-14

    Aaron’s Kids Closet, a free store, will be open 6:30-8:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. Available items are clothing, shoes and coats for school aged children. For information on how to donate, call the church office or Michelle at 660-0340.

    Poetry gathering. 6:30 p.m. in the Southwest Room at Mesa Public Library.

    “Sacrifice and Service: The American Military Family.” Exhibit runs daily through Jan. 2 at the upstairs art gallery at Mesa Public Library.  

    Affordable Arts. On display through Jan. 3 at Fuller Lodge Art Center. With 124 artists participating — the vast majority from northern New Mexico and more than 50 Los Alamos artists.
    The Los Alamos Chapter No. 63, Order of Eastern Star will sell Collin Street Bakery holiday fruitcakes, apricot pecan and pineapple pecan cakes from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (or until sold out) in the Los Alamos National Bank lobby. For more information, contact Judy Goldie, 662-3797, email judygoldie1@gmail.com, or Nina Laird, 662-7580.