Today's News

  • Speech and debate teams seeking volunteers for upcoming tournaments

    Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht, Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz, Jemez Mountain Home School coach Carolyn Connor are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges. Judges have to be 18 or over, in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.

    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed and 30 coaches who will be volunteering their time at the state tournament. Donations of disposable plates, silverware, and napkins are also welcome and appreciated. Food and drink donations are needed at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each of the three days of the tournament. Register at http://bit.ly/1z4Gpmw to donate food for the state tournament.

     “The Los Alamos Speech and Debate community is thrilled to host the State Speech and Debate Championships. With our outstanding judge pool and supportive community, we know the tournament will be a success,” said Batha, Hilltalkers and president of the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Association.

  • State briefs

    Martinez appoints new director of stream commission


    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped an engineer to serve as the next director of the Interstate Stream Commission.

    Deborah Dixon's appointment was announced earlier this week. She'll take over as director March 16.

    She most recently worked as a senior vice president with Bohannan Huston, Inc. in Albuquerque, where she managed operations for a technical water group and served as the principal-in-charge on water-related projects.

    The nine-member Interstate Stream Commission is charged with protecting New Mexico's right to water under several interstate compacts.

    In addition to water planning, the commission also has broad powers to investigate, conserve and protect the state's waters.



    Atari games left in landfill brings $56K to New Mexico city


    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — What some have called the worst video game ever made is still bringing in thousands of dollars for a city in New Mexico.

    KRQE-TV reports that Alamogordo officials say old "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges have brought $56,000 to the city. And officials say they still have around 500 games to sell.

  • Late-term abortion ban clears House committee

    SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico panel of legislators voted along party lines Friday to approve two abortion bills, one banning late-term abortions and another requiring minors to notify parents within 48 hours before ending a pregnancy.

    The House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 — with Republicans in the majority — after a more than five-hour hearing to prohibit abortions after five months' gestation and if the doctor determines the fetus is viable.

    Another two hours later, the committee passed the parental notification bill.

    The bill is designed to bring New Mexico in line with 42 other states, supporters said.

    Earlier in the day, the committee heard from Jesse Clifton, who told them that he and his wife declined the advice to abort their daughter, Twila.

    Holding his 3-year-old daughter as she breathed with the help of an oxygen tube, Clifton said doctors told him and his wife that a genetic condition she would be born with would mean severe physical and mental disabilities.

    After his testimony Friday before the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee considering two abortion-related bills, Clifton said, despite "much trouble and hardship, (Twila) is easily twice the joy."

  • Top U.S., Iranian nuke officials join talks

    GENEVA (AP) — Top nuclear officials of Iran and the United States joined seven-nation talks Saturday in a move that may help resolve technical disputes standing it the way of a deal meant to curb Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

    Technical experts for Iran and the six nations it is negotiating with have been meeting alongside senior political officials. But Saturday was the first time that Iranian Atomic Energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz also joined in.

    Western officials say the U.S. decided to send Moniz only after Iran announced that Salehi will be coming. Still, their presence could improve chances of a deal by fast-tracking complex technical details of constraints on Iran's nuclear programs that are acceptable to Tehran.

    They were expected to discuss the number of centrifuges Iran can operate to enrich uranium; how much enriched material it can stockpile; what research and development it may pursue related to enrichment, and the future of a planned heavy water reactor that could produce substantial amounts of plutonium — like enriched uranium, a potential pathway to nuclear arms.

  • Academic seeks death certificate for outlaw Billy the Kid

    SANTA FE (AP) — An academic is asking a New Mexico court to order a death certificate for Billy the Kid to settle questions about whether the infamous outlaw was actually killed in 1881.

    Robert J. Stahl, a professor emeritus at Arizona State University, filed a petition Wednesday in state District Court and says a death certificate would end tales that the Kid wasn't fatally shot by Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

    According to the official story, the brother of the outlaw's love interest tipped off Garrett, who eventually gunned down the 21-year-old Kid at the woman's Fort Sumner home.

    "Quien es?" the outlaw asked before he was shot. "Who is it?"

    Garrett later collected a $500 reward, indicating that territorial officials accepted the lawman's account.

    For decades, Billy the Kid has been an important figure in New Mexico's Old West past and any story mentioning him often generates a lot of attention, as well as a lot of disagreements over historic detail

    Some claim Garrett shot someone else, and Billy took up ranching and farming or escaped to Texas, living under an assumed name.

  • Word on the Street 2-22-15

    Teen Pulse Student Editor Tom Hanlon asked students, “What class are you most excited about taking next year?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-22-15

    Monday: Ping Pong tournament

    Tuesday: “Name the President” trivia contest

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Knock-Out (weather permitting)

    Friday: Staff’s choice game or activity

    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.

  • Book review: A macabre yet entertaining journey

    “Assassination Vacation” brings the reader tales of the past and present through stinging, shocking, and completely irreverent humor, not to mention a wealth of knowledge and criticism.
    Sarah Vowell shares her travel experiences as she explores the history, outrageous politics, and personal stories behind the murders of three United States presidents — Abraham Lincoln, James A. Garfield, and William McKinley. One chapter is devoted to each president, with equal attention given to victim and assassin.
    Interspersed, Vowell provides copious numbers of modern-day anecdotes and accounts of the famous (and obscure) memorials raised to honor the dead past, from the Lincoln Memorial to a remote prison in the Dry Tortugas.
    She has traveled all over the country and beyond to visit John Wilkes Booth’s final resting place, scale the mountain where Theodore Roosevelt received news of McKinley’s demise, and contemplate the ocean where Garfield spent his final days.
    Of course, she also had to see Lincoln’s blood spattered on a very old pillowcase. Along the way, questions of morality, uncanny coincidences, and unseen connections all lie in wait. For example, the unfortunate Robert Todd Lincoln, Lincoln’s first son, was ill-fated enough to witness all three of these presidential assassinations.

  • LAHS hosts AP Night for students, parents

    Los Alamos High School hosted its annual Advanced Placement (AP) Night on Feb. 11. The event gave students and their parents, insight into the 21 AP courses offered every year, including foreign language, science, English, history, art and music.
    The LAHS AP program is available to challenge sophomores, juniors and seniors who want to learn more in depth material about the subjects they love. Courses are not offered to freshman. The classes often place teens in environments that mimic what they will experience in college.
    Students who participate in the AP program are noted to do better at the university level.
    At the end of each school year high school students take AP exams for the courses they applied for to test how well they understand the material. The test is scored on a scale from one to five with one being the lowest, five being the highest. Depending on the school a student applies to, he or she is often able to get college credit as long as he or she passes the test with a score of three or higher.
    Students who tackle AP courses must have self-discipline and drive. “I expect my AP students to work hard and have their eyes wide open to learn about how to survive at the college level with a rigorous college curriculum,” AP German teacher Anita Boshier said.

  • News for 2-22-15 to 2-28-15

    Feb. 22-28, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m. Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)    
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Chile cheese dog
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.    Variety training
    10 a.m.    Low vision/hearing             support
    11:30 a.m.    Lunch: Hot turkey             sandwich
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.    “Friends” meeting
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.    Table tennis

    8:30 a.m. Tax preparation (call)
    8:30 a.m.    LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.    Cardio Plus Exercise