Today's News

  • Boys basketball: 'Toppers knock off Hawks, 65-47

    While having more turnovers doesn’t usually equate to scoring more points, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had that exact thing happen to them late in Tuesday’s ballgame.

    With the visiting Volcano Vista Hawks trailing in the second half of Tuesday’s game, the Hawks switched defensive tactics, applying full-court pressure to the Hilltoppers.

  • Teen spending preferences revealed

    Three teens took an idea, persevered all semester and produced an in-depth report detailing the buying trends of local youth.


    Los Alamos High School juniors Emi Weeks, 16, and Josh Dolin, 16 and senior Annie Chroninger, 17, surveyed 899 local youth to ascertain where they get their money, how much they get, where they spend it and on what.


    The teen spending survey show the largest number of teen respondents spend $11-$20 weekly and at the high end, some 80 respondents said they spend an average of $91 a week.


  • Police Beat 12-11 to 12-17-08
  • Resisting negative pressure

    This week we look at Asset #35, Resistance Skills. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they can resist negative peer pressure, and dangerous situations.

    According to data for the nation, only 46 percent of youth report having this skill.

    If I could tell you in a 700-word column how to solve this problem, I’d be a wealthy woman.

    This is one of those skills that must be acquired over time and doesn’t just happen because they reach the magical age of 18 or 21.

  • Quick Hits

    Thoma’s soccer team wins at showcase

    Soccer player Andy Thoma’s club team, Elite FC Gladiator, took first place at the Disney College Showcase last week.

    The U16 team based in Albuquerque picked up a third-place ranking in the nation and a first-place ranking in Region IV with its win at the showcase tournament.

    Thoma is a sophomore at Los Alamos High School and was a second team All-District selection in the 2008 season.

    Koski takes top lifting honor to close out 2008

  • Boys basketball: LA drops two at Poe Corn

    Several miscues in the Poe Corn Invitational third-place game Saturday proved to be costly for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team.

    Los Alamos turned the ball over 20 times, many of which were converted into points on the other end, and missed 7 of 11 free throws as it fell to District 2AAAA rival Capital 69-65 in overtime Saturday.

    The loss came just a day after the Hilltoppers dropped a semifinal contest to the Goddard Rockets after seemingly having the game under control at the break.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers dominate at home

    It may have been the first half the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has been looking for the entire 2008-09 season.

    Just three days after one of its worst offensive opening halves of the season, the Hilltoppers punished the visiting Santa Fe Demons, scoring 41 points in the first half Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium. Los Alamos cruised in the second half, holding Santa Fe to just five points in the final quarter to win 64-39.

    Los Alamos’ 41 first half points equaled or bettered its total in seven full games on the season.

  • FRIED LIGHT: Looking at Chu

  • Lab and NMED share a rocky road

    While there are indications of an improved relationship between Los Alamos National Laboratory and the New Mexico Environment Department, there are continuing strains as well.

    Some of them are beyond the abilities of the parties themselves to control.

    In the laboratory’s performance evaluation report for this year, the Los Alamos Site Office credits itself and lab environmental management staff for having spent “much time with improving the regulatory relationships.”

  • Roadrunner speeds to the front

    Los Alamos National Laboratory captured top spot in the global supercomputer derby with its new Roadrunner machine by IBM.


    LANL’s computer won the Top500 competition in June, only weeks after it became the first computer in the world to break the petaflop speed barrier. Roadrunner was clocked at slightly more than one quadrillion petaflops, or a million billion floating point operations per second, according to a standard benchmark used by industry.