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  • Assets in Action: Dating violence a tough issue for teens to report

    This week, I chose to tackle a topic that is tough in many ways. The issue is dating violence. The most recent data shows that 14 percent of students have reported not just dating violence, but sexual dating violence.
    The topic is a hard one to approach with young men or young women. While it is probably true young women are on the receiving end, we shouldn’t be jaded to think it can’t happen to young men too.
    According to data from the Love Is Respect website, “81 percent of parents surveyed either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don’t know if it’s an issue.”
    If you don’t know if it is an issue, but you are willing to broach the subject, then we are headed in the right direction. If you just choose to believe it is not an issue, I beg you to have the conversation. If I’m, wrong, so be it. If I am right, you could save a lifetime of troubles for that little boy or little girl that lives inside and is afraid to take the first step.
    The website also states that, “57 percent of teens know someone who has been physically, sexually or verbally abusive in a dating relationship,” and “only 33 percent of teens who were in an abusive relationship ever told anyone about the abuse.”

  • Reclamation award shows range of ways to heal land

    Ernie Casias stood beside a clear cylinder that was tumbling sand mixed with foam. Not just any foam – engineered foam. “It’s like mixing shaving cream and sand,” he explained.
    Engineered foam and cellular concrete are just two materials used in reclamation of abandoned mines and other disturbed lands.
    Exhibitors at the annual conference of the National Association of Abandoned Mine Lands Programs, meeting last week in Santa Fe, displayed such a range of expertise and products, I wished everyone could see it because it might change the conversation about development of all kinds.
    Images of the leaking Gold King mine and other eyesores come readily to mind, but most people don’t realize how sophisticated environmental science has become. Regulations play a role, but it’s become an arena for entrepreneurs with new ideas for reclaiming a construction site, a tailings pile or a drill pad.
    Casias represents ConDeck Corp. of Albuquerque, which uses a process developed by Aerix Industries, of Colorado, to make lightweight “cellular concrete.” Imagine mixing ugly mine tailings with foamy concrete and pumping the stuff back in a mine as fill or support.

  • Cybersecurity, video analytics deals among LANL moves

    Technologies wander from our national laboratories and become companies employing people. But in the view of David Pesiri and his bosses at Los Alamos National Laboratories, far too few have wandered from the laboratory and, of those, far too many have escaped New Mexico.
    One wanderer, Decision Sciences International Corp. of Poway, Calif., near San Diego, was briefly mentioned by The Economist in an article headlined, “The Nuke Detectives.” The firm’s “revolutionary and disruptive technology, originally invented” by LANL physicists, scans for contraband including nuclear threats.  
    David Pesiri is changing things. Pesiri, a chemist with 21 publications under his belt, leads LANL’s Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.
    “As a model, ‘technology transfer’ is dead,” Pesiri told the New Mexico Industrial Development Executives Association at IDEA’s September meeting in Los Alamos. The old passive sounding model had something to do with LANL getting patents and posting notices about the patents.
    Last year Pesiri wrote about the new way for Innovation magazine.

  • LA boys soccer stays on top of district

    Seven different Hilltoppers scored to help Los Alamos’ boys soccer team take down Bernalillo, 7-1, Saturday.
    “We were the better team and played like it all facets in the game,” Los Alamos head coach Ron Blue said.
    The win helped Los Alamos stay undefeated in District 2-5A. Los Alamos is now 2-0 in the district and 9-5-1 overall. It was also scheduled to plat Del Norte (1-11, 0-1-1 2-5A) Tuesday as this paper was going to press. “We should be able to get a result,” Blue said. “We just have to get out there and prove it.”
    Bernalillo, meanwhile, is 4-5-1 overall and 0-2-1 in the district.
    “They have some nice players, they just don’t have the depth,” Blue said.
    DC Kim, Eric Burnside, Daniel Castaño, Andreas Runde, Levon Wiggins, George Steinkamp and Alex Csanadi all scored for Los Alamos against the Spartans.
    Burnside also assisted three goals.
    “It was good to see guys put the ball in the back of the net,” Blue said.
    Los Alamos also had a few goals negated by off side penalties. The ’Toppers got called off sides 11 times in the game.

  • LA girls soccer scores two shutouts

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team scored a pair of shutouts over the weekend. The Hilltoppers shut out Highland, 6-0, Friday and then blanked Bernalillo, 3-0, Saturday.
    “They’re playing really good,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said. “They’re passing the ball and they’re starting to find the back of the net.”
    The shutouts were in large part due to the team’s defenders and it possession up front. Goalkeeper Anna Lemke didn’t have to make a save in either contest.
    “The defense is really playing strong,” Ahlers said.
    Sienna Ahlers scored three goals to lead Los Alamos’ offense against Highland. The ‘Toppers also got goals from Katie Hopkins, Maria Sandoval and Charlotte Leonard.
    Abby Schmalz, meanwhile, assisted three of those goals. She also assisted two goals against Bernalillo. “Those assists are big,” coach Ahlers said. “She can find those open people in those open spots.”
    Sophie Wood, Alix Haily, Jennifer Paige, Sandoval and Hopkins also had assists.
    Emily Hopkins also had another good game against Highland. “She’s a very decisive and controlling player,” coach Ahlers said. “She has great vision.”

  • Hilltopper girls golf gets second state leg

    Wind and rain made conditions tough for Los Alamos' boys and girls golf teams Monday at the Grants Coyote Invite.
    "I was very proud of both teams for simply sticking it out and finishing the round," Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. "The weather was absolutely horrendous... at many times it was a torrential downpour."
    Despite the rough weather, Los Alamos' girls golf team shot their second state qualifying leg of the season. The Hilltopper girls shot a 381 to earn the state leg. They also tied with Piedra Vista for first-place in the team competition.
    "The girls getting a qualifying leg was a remarkable achievement," Ainsworth said.
    Jennifer Necker led the Hilltopper girls once again. Necker qualified for state with a 91 — her third state-qualifying leg in the team's third tournament of the season.
    Emily Moulton finished right behind Necker with a 92 and earned her first qualifying leg with the score.
    "Individual legs by Emily and Jennifer showed some real toughness," Ainsworth said.
    Elizabeth Lockhart (98) and Leah Mountain (100) rounded out Los Alamos' team score while Sophia Sivils (132) also competed.
    Piedra Vista's Chantalle Kovacs won the individual title with an 82.

  • On Schedule 10-5-15

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Football: Capital at Los Alamos, junior varsity, 4:30 p.m.

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Hope Chritian, boys junior varsity, 3:30 p.m.; girls junior varsity 5 p.m.

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants, boys and girls varsity, 8 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, junior varsity 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 6:30 p.m.; junior varsity 5 p.m.; C-team 4 p.m.

    Soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, boys junior varsity, 4 p.m.; girls junior varsity 6 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Capital, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Cross Country: Los Alamos at Fountain, Colo., varsity and junior varsity, TBA

    Boys Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 11 a.m.

    Girls Soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 1 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 1 p.m.; junior varsity, noon; C-team, 11 a.m.

  • Game of the week, Oct. 5 - 11

    Los Alamos’ girls soccer team will look to strengthen its grip on first-place in District 2-5A with a pair of district contests next week.
    On Tuesday, the ‘Toppers will travel to Del Norte to take on the Knights at 3 p.m.
    On Saturday, Los Alamos will welcome Capital to town. That game will start at 6 p.m.

  • News for Retirees Oct. 2-Oct. 9

    Oct. 3-Oct. 9, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Grilled Pork Chop
     1 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Lemon Cod
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45 p.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise

  • Community calendar 10-4-15

    Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Posse Cowboy Breakfast. 7-11 a.m., Sheriff’s Posse Lodge, 650 North Mesa Road, near the stables, plain, blueberry, banana, chocolate chip and seasonal surprise pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs, juice and coffee. Cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 years old and younger. Proceeds benefit the Sheriff’s Posse.

     Lecture. Acting Los Alamos National Laboratory Theoretical Division Leader Jack Shlachter discusses the history of Jews in T Division during the Manhattan Project in a special presentation at 3 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum. Free and open to the public.

     Planetarium Show. Enjoy 180 degrees of entertainment in the planetarium. Check peecnature.org for show details. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 2 p.m. More information at peecnature.org.

     The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 2 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.