Today's News

  • Theory turns Big Bang on its head

    Thinking about the universe and its creation can be pretty mind-blowing.
    Dr. Alan Guth of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has a theory about the creation of the universe, however, that starts at mind-blowing and continues on from there.
    Guth is the speaker at this year’s J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Lecture, which is scheduled of 7:30 p.m. Monday. The 45th annual lecture will be at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    Guth is an award-winning theoretical particle physicist who will speak about the theory of inflationary cosmology. He will talk about how the existence of a multiverse, as opposed to the universe we know, is entirely possible.
    One of the key components of his talk will be about inflationary cosmology, which may explain the uniformity in types of background radiation in the universe, as well as why the universe is expanding at an increased rate.
    According to Guth, theories point to the possible existence of repulsive gravity in space, which is pushing objects away from each other instead of pulling them closer together.
    As Guth told the Los Alamos Monitor, the Big Bang, as many people envision it, was likely a much smaller event that involved a tiny amount of matter.

  • Engagement: Veenstra Ott-O’Neal


    Kathleen Veenstra, of Los Alamos, announces the engagement of her daughter, Emily Veenstra-Ott to Kevin O’Neal, son of Larry and Katherine O’Neal, of Albuquerque.
    The future bride graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2002 and continued with a bachelor’s of arts degree in psychology, a bachelor’s of science degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in library science.
    She is employed as a technical services and collection development librarian at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
    The future groom is a senior master automotive technician for Ford Motors and has received master level certification in his field. He is employed at Steamboat Motors in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
    The couple met while living in Albuquerque in 2014 and relocated to Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2015 for the bride-to-be’s career.
    A July 2016 wedding is planned and the couple will continue to reside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

  • Engagement: Bonner-McNulty

    Charles and Deirdre Bonner, of Los Alamos are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Elisa Rachelle Bonner to Stephen Douglas McNulty, son of Douglas and Elizabeth McNulty of Chester, New Jersey. The couple met and currently work at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.
    A September wedding is planned in Angel Fire.

  • Update 7-26-15

    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will have a regular meeting Tuesday in council chambers. Meeting time is 7 p.m.

    Football practice

    The official opening of preseason football for Los Alamos High School is Aug. 3. Anyone in grades 9-12 may play. Interested players must have completed a physical examination before being eligible to participate. For more information, contact Garett Williams at ga.williams@laschools.net.

    Basketball camp

    Registration is open for the Alex Kirk Basketball Skills Camp. The camp scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Griffith Gymnasium. The camp will be in two sessions, one from 1-3 p.m. (age 8-12) and one from 3-5 p.m. (ages 13-18). Price of the camp is $75. For more information, email pakirk@msn.com.


    Atomic City Children’s Theater Summer Workshops will start Monday at Los Alamos High School. The workshops continue through July 31. Any students entering grades 4-10 may participate. For more information visit laschools.net/acct.

    Personnel board

    Los Alamos County will have a personnel board meeting Tuesday at the municipal building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.

  • Open Forum will close on Monday

    Los Alamos County’s Open Forum question on the rules concerning dogs in parks will close at noon Monday.
    Those wishing to comment the issue can go to the county’s webpage and submit their opinions.
    The matter was taken up at a special meeting of the county’s Parks and Recreation board earlier this month. Rules were brought to the attention of the board by concerned residents who use parks, including Community Soccer Field, who questioned the safety and cleanliness of those areas.

  • Staff is excited as library opening nears

    The movers have come and gone. Most of the books are on the shelves, computers and other electronic equipment are being set up and staff is putting the finishing touches on the new White Rock Library.
    Patrons can to start enjoying Los Alamos County’s newest amenity this week. The grand opening is 11 a.m. Friday, but library Manager Steven Thomas plans to have a soft opening Tuesday or Wednesday, as soon as all systems are up and running.
    “The building looks and works great, with just a few loose ends to tie up before opening,” Thomas said. “We’re really excited to share the space with the community as soon as we possibly can.”
    Despite numerous hours of hard work, Thomas and other key staff cannot stop smiling.
    “I am giddy. I feel like I’m dreaming a couple of times. I have to pinch myself and say, it’s really happening,” branch Manager Veronica Encinas said. “The moment I first walked in the building and saw all the books on the shelves, I said, it’s real. It’s a real library, and it’s just beautiful.”
    Library Specialist Monique Archbold, who just joined the library in April, cannot believe her good fortune.

  • Sacramento rallies to beat Isotopes

    A five-run eighth inning propelled the Sacramento River Cats (44-56) to a 7-2 victory against the Albuquerque Isotopes (45-55) Friday night at Isotopes Park.

    The first seven innings of Friday night’s game proved to be a pitcher’s duel, but the eighth was the deciding frame for Sacramento. Entering the eighth tied at two, Albuquerque committed a pair of errors in the inning that led to five River Cat runs, only one of which was earned.

    The Isotopes only offense came via a solo home run by Roger Bernadina in the second inning, and a Trevor Story RBI single in the fifth.

  • People in the News 7-26-15

    Los Alamos High School 2011 graduate, Edward Dai, at the age of 18, recently graduated from Stanford University with university distinction.
    He earned a bachelor’s of science degree in the mathematics honors program and a minor in economics, as well as a master’s of science degree in management science and engineering.
    Dai spent four years in Stanford, holding several positions in the university, such as teaching assistant in the Computer Science Department, the head of teaching assistants, president of the Stanford University Mathematical Organization, director of the Stanford Mathematics Tournament, deputy director of the Mathematics Tournament China 2014, and the co-founder of a Stanford dance club.
    Edward Dai and his parents, William Dai and Anna Zhang, would like to take this opportunity to praise the quality of education at Los Alamos, and thank the teachers in Mountain Elementary School, Los Alamos High School, and the Los Alamos Schools District, particularly then-superintendent Dr. Mary McLeod who initiated the accelerated program for talented students at Los Alamos when Dai was at his elementary School.
    Dai has recently started his employment at Google Incorporation. He will travel to Beijing in August to organize the Mathematics Tournament China 2015.

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  • Be There calendar 7-26-15

    Valles Caldera Preserve Days Celebration. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Banco Bonito Staging Area. A 15th birthday celebration. $20/vehicle entry permit (valid for 7 days). Free entry with all federal public land passes

    (This) Ability: Trisha Ebbert. Through Aug. 1 at the Portal Gallery.
    Nature Playtimes at the Nature Center. 10-11 a.m. Kids aged 0-5 and their caregivers come to the Los Alamos Nature Center to explore the natural world. Children rotate through themed centers inside and outside, with story time to start them off. Free. More information at losalamosnature.org.Fourth Friday Downtown: Under the Microscope. Explore the natural world through the eyes of microscopes. Examine pond water, plants, fiber, pollen and more. 4-6 p.m. at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Inflationary Cosmology: Is Our Universe Part of a Multiverse. 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Free. The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee presents Professor Alan Guth, Victor F. Weisskopf professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Professor Guth will speak on the subject, followed by reception at Fuller Lodge.

  • News for retirees July 26-Aug. 1

    July 26-Aug. 1, 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
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken pot pie
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beef taco
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:45 a.m.        Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chef salad