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Today's News

  • Science fair winners announced

    The results of last weekend’s Los Alamos County Science Fair were announced by the Los Alamos Public Schools Friday.
    Among the top winners at the ceremony was Elise Anne Koskello, a junior at Los Alamos High School, who won in the senior division physical sciences.
    There were winners in both physical and life science categories in the upper and lower grades.
    Also in the senior division, Priyanka Velappan, a LAHS freshman, won in the life science division.
    The two junior division winners were Lillian Petersen for physical science and Rockwell Leikness for life science.
    Petersen is a seventh grader at Los Alamos Middle School and Leikness is a sixth grader attending Aspen Elementary School.

  • Enviromental law is Powers' forte

    Newly hired Associate County Attorney Kevin Powers and his wife Kristin chose Los Alamos before the job chose him.
    The couple was living in Albuquerque with their three children — 9-year-old Clancy, six-year-old Desmond and three-year-old Amelia — when Kristin attended a librarian conference in Los Alamos.
    She came back talking about this “hidden jewel.” Powers calls what happened after that “almost providence.”
    “We came up here to visit one time. We went to church that day and we met somebody that was willing to rent us a house. And we were like, that’s a big sign, isn’t it? We probably are destined to be there,” Powers said.
    Their lease just happened to be ending, so the couple made the move in June 2014.
    Several factors made the decision easy.
    Powers was working as Assistant General Counsel for the New Mexico Environment Department, and Los Alamos would provide a shorter commute to Santa Fe. He was also able to work a few days in the Los Alamos field office.
    The quality of the Los Alamos Public Schools was attractive, as were the other assets the county had to offer.

  • Update 1-30-15

    County Council

    The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Los Alamos County Council is Feb. 6. It will be a noon session at the council chambers.

    Plastic bag movie

    League of Women Voters and Sierra Club presents, “BagIt, the Movie.” 7 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Tickets are $5 adults. Children under 18 are free.

    Cowboy breakfast

    There will be a Cowboy Breakfast from 7-11 a.m. Sunday at the Los Alamos Sheriff’s Posse Lodge. Price is $7 adults and $4 children 10 years and under.

    School board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos School Board is scheduled for Feb. 10. The meeting will be at the LAPS administration board room. Meeting time is 5:30 p.m.

    Field users

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m. Please bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.

  • DOE announces renewal of funds for Innovation hub

    The U.S. Department of Energy announced today it would renew funding, subject to congressional appropriations, for the Consortium for the Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an Energy Innovation Hub established in 2010 to develop advanced computing capabilities that serve as a virtual version of existing, operating nuclear reactors.
    The move, according to the DOE, “would help enable the role that nuclear energy has in providing dependable and affordable energy to America while advancing innovative research in an energy source central to achieving the president’s goals for a low-carbon energy future.”
    Under the funding plan, the Hub would receive up to $121.5 million over five years, subject to congressional appropriations.
    Over the next five years, CASL researchers would be directed to focus on extending the modeling and simulation tools built during its first phase to include additional nuclear reactor designs, including small modular reactors.

  • Romney won't run for president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.
    “After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney told supporters on a conference call.
    The exit of Romney, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, comes after several of his former major donors and a veteran staffer in the early voting state of Iowa defected to support former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
    Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would have served as Romney’s most likely rivals for the support of the Republican Party’s establishment-minded voters.
    In his call with supporters, Romney appeared to take a swipe at Bush, saying it was time for fresh leadership within the GOP.
    “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well-known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee,” Romney said. “In fact, I expect and hope that to be the case.”

  • Early voting for school board and UNM-LA ends on Friday

    Friday is the final day of early voting for the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos advisory committee and the Los Alamos School Board.
    Polls will be open for early voting through 5 p.m. Friday. On election day, which is Tuesday, polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
    At Tuesday’s Los Alamos County Council meeting, County Clerk Sharon Stover said that 160 people have voted in the school board election during early voting.
    Election day voting centers are at the municipal building and White Rock Fire Station No. 3.
    Election results will be streamed live from council chambers beginning at 8 p.m. election day.
    Information on the election can be found on the county clerk’s web page losalamosnm.us/clerk.

  • On Schedule 2-1-15

    Tuesday

    Boys basketball: Del Norte at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m., varsity, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Del Norte, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m., varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Capital, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m., varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Albuquerque (West Mesa pool), boys and girls, 9 a.m.

    Boys basketball: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team 10 a.m.; JV, 11:30 a.m.; varsity, 1 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Capital at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m., varsity, 7 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 2-1-15

    Senior Games will start in March

    The 2015 Los Alamos Senior Olympics Games will be held locally from March 13 through April 13 with a variety of events offered.
    Participants must be 50 years old or older to qualify for the Games. Local participants can qualify for the State Senior Olympics Games which will be held in Roswell in June.
    Registration forms are available at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos. Registration is open through Feb. 28. The registration fee is $20.
    For more information, call 662-3526.

    Field users meeting is Feb. 11

    Los Alamos County’s recreation department is holding its Spring Field User Meeting Feb. 11 at the Parks Division Conference Room, located on 101 Camino Entrada Bldg. 5.
    Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.
    Those planning to attend are asked to bring all schedule request and Liability of Insurance to the meeting.
    For more information, call Kim Trujillo at 662-8159.

  • Word on the Street 2-1-15

    Teen Pulse staff writer Melissa, Wysocki asked students,”What is your favorite type of car?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-1-15 to 2-7-15

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

    Monday: Birthday board

    Tuesday: Air hockey (Los Alamos), Foosball tournament (White Rock)

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Twister challenge

    Friday: Valentine’s Day coloring contest

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.
    Memberships are free and open to all third and eighth
    graders.