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Today's News

  • Today in history July 26
  • Regional Coalition elects officers

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities held a business-oriented meeting on Thursday that included the election of officers.
    City of Española Mayor Alice Lucero was reelected chair of the coalition. Town of Taos Councilor Andrew Gonzales was elected vice chair. Gonzales has been serving as secretary/treasurer. Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales was elected secretary/treasurer by a 4-2 vote over Taos County Commissioner Tom Blankenhorn.
    Lucero announced that the Pueblo of Jemez has decided to join the coalition. The agreement is currently being finalized.
    The board approved both a work plan and a budget. Both can be viewed in the July 24 agenda packet at regionalcoalition.org.
    Los Alamos County Councilor Frances Berting and Deputy County Administrator Brian Bosshardt will join Lucero and coalition Executive Director Darien Cabral in Las Vegas, Nev., July 30-Aug. 1 for the Energy Alliance Communities Peer Exchange. The focus of the conference is nuclear energy and includes a tour the National Nuclear Security Site.

  • Hazmat Challenge set for next week

    Fourteen hazardous materials response teams from New Mexico, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma will test their skills at the 18th annual Hazmat Challenge July 29 through Aug. 1 at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    “The challenge provides hazardous materials responders the opportunity to test their skills, share best practices with other response agencies, and learn new techniques through realistic hazardous materials release scenarios in a safe, non-hazardous environment,” said Chris Rittner of the laboratory’s Security and Emergency Operations Division.
    Held at Los Alamos’ Technical Area 49, the event requires participants to respond to simulated hazardous materials emergencies involving a rail car, a clandestine laboratory, various modes of transportation, industrial piping scenarios, a simulated radiological release and a confined space event.
    The finale of the Hazmat Challenge is a skills-based obstacle course; teams are graded and earn points based on their ability to perform response skills through a 10-station obstacle course while using fully encapsulating personal protective equipment.

  • Update 07-25-14

    Pet Adoption

    Mobile pet adoption sponsored by Friends of the Shelter. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in front of the new Smith’s Marketplace.

    Clarification

    Police chief Dino Sgambellone said that commander Preston Ballew has been disciplined after his case was resolved last week. It was reported Thursday that Ballew had not been disciplined.

    Beer Fiesta

    The Los Alamos Beer Co-op presents the Second Annual Beer Fiesta. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito Mountain. Hiking, biking, beer and live music from Felix y Los Gatos. $10. Shuttles from Sullivan Field every half until 7 p.m. For more information, visit losalamosbeer.coop.

    Spotlight

    Scientists in the Spotlight. 5-7:30 p.m.today at the Bradbury Science Museum. Meet the scientists from the Los Alamos Scientist Ambassador Academy program, who will offer up informal demonstrations and conversations covering topics like sea ice melting, static electricity and space travel that are appropriate for any age.

    Concert

    Gordon’s Summer Concert Series presents Ray Wylie Hubbard, with opening act the Bill Hearne Trio. The concert will be at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.  

  • Driving on the range

    Sam Fisher, 13, practices his golf swing at the Los Alamos Golf Course earlier this week.

  • Acoustics to be featured in Frontiers in Science series

    Dipen Sinha of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices group will discuss acoustics and its applications, including how it is possible to use sound to solve problems in health, national security and for industry, in a series of Frontiers in Science Lectures beginning July 29 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos.
    “I take advantage of the nature of sound waves and often manipulate these waves to solve technically challenging problems related to energy and national security,” Sinha said. “How an object vibrates also tells a lot about it. Sound can exert force on objects. By carefully manipulating acoustic forces it is possible to create novel structures and even unique materials that are otherwise not possible with conventional fabrication processes.”
    People are immersed in a universe filled with sound and experience it daily through hearing and vibration, according to Sinha. Sound is created by vibration and travels as waves through any medium in a number of ways. Observing how these waves interact with any medium can help researchers identify the medium even if it is hidden inside sealed containers, he added.
    All Frontiers in Science lectures begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations:
    • Tuesday at the Crossroads Bible Church, 97 East Road, Los Alamos

  • Lab to close 'Y' parking lot next week

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Environmental Programs will close the east side of the parking lot at the “Y” at the interchange of N.M. 4 and N.M. 502 from Monday to Aug. 4.
    The closure is part of resumption of work necessary for crews to safely close three formerly used monitoring wells, part of a multi-year program to properly plug and abandon characterization boreholes and wells.
    Plugging and abandoning boreholes and wells that are no longer needed keeps the remaining holes from turning into pathways to groundwater.
    “We appreciate everyone’s patience as we complete this important work,” said Corrective Actions Program Director Dave McInroy.
    “It is as important to close wells safely as it is to construct them in a way that is protective of the environment.”
     

  • Flood advisory until 4:30 p.m.

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ALBUQUERQUE HAS ISSUED AN

    * ARROYO AND SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR... NORTHWESTERN LOS ALAMOS COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO SOUTH CENTRAL RIO ARRIBA COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO EAST CENTRAL SANDOVAL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL NEW MEXICO

    * UNTIL 430 PM MDT

  • Sports Briefs 07-27-14

    Kirk to sign autographs Saturday

    Alex Kirk, former Los Alamos and University of New Mexico star, will host an autograph session at Chili Works Saturday.
    The autograph session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday. Those interested in getting an autograph are encouraged to bring their own items to sign.
    The session will go until noon at Chili Works.

    Wrestling clinic starts Monday

    The Family YMCA of Los Alamos is offering a wrestling skills clinic starting Monday.
    The purpose of the course is to help youth participants develop wrestling fundamentals.
    The clinic is for boys and girls ages 5-12. Wrestlers will be matched with other wrestlers who have similar abilities.
    Price for participation is $40. The clinic continues through Friday.
    For more information, call the YMCA at 662-3100.

    Baseball tryouts set for Aug. 9-10

    The Albuquerque Baseball Academy will hold fall tryouts Aug. 9-10. The tryouts will be at Lobo Field on the University of New Mexico campus
    The Aug. 9 tryout will be for high school freshmen and sophomores, while the Aug. 10 tryout will be for juniors and seniors.
    Players selected for the team will compete in several tournaments around the Southwest region.
    For more information, email Ryan Brewer at abafallinfo@gmail.com.

  • LA softball heads to regional

    The Los Alamos junior softball All-Star team will advance to the southwestern regional playoffs this coming weekend.
    Los Alamos’ juniors — comprised of 13-14 year olds — will take on a team from Colorado in the opening round of the tournament Saturday.
    The tournament will be played at Alto Park in Santa Fe.
    For the regionals, the host district’s champion gets an automatic bid into the tournament. Los Alamos plays in District 1 along with Little Leagues representing Santa Fe, Española and Pojoaque. Los Alamos advanced after Española couldn’t field a team to play for the District 1 title.
    Along with Los Alamos’ All-Stars, two teams from Texas and a team from Louisiana will also be vying for the regional title. Also taking part is Las Vegas, which won the New Mexico state title this year.
    The winner of the southwestern regional playoff will advance to the Little League World Series.
    If Los Alamos wins its opener, scheduled for 10:30 a.m., it will play again at 1:30 p.m. If not, Los Alamos will play an elimination game at 10 a.m. Sunday.
    The tournament is double-elimination format and continues through Wednesday in Santa Fe.

    Here is the roster for the Los Alamos junior softball All-Stars: