Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Thanks in order for those who helped

    I want to use the space this week to say thank you.
    The Assets In Action program has run an intergenerational event called Cookies & Conversation for a good number of years.
    The Betty Ehart Senior Center brings the loveliest of seniors out to the middle and high school to have lunch and fun conversation for young adults and the elders of our community.
    The conversations are light hearted topics about life experiences, best holiday vacations, favorite book or movie and of course, favorite cookie.
    This year, the program ran out of funding and two local community groups and a handful of individuals stepped up to benefit my program and some others as well.
    The congregation of Bethlehem Lutheran and the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club donated a variety of cookies to pull us through the next several months of programming. Lots of local families added to the kindness cupboard, too.
    The Cookies and Conversation program is off and running thanks to the kindness of so many.
    You might realize I have a fondness for seniors and the Betty Ehart Senior Center and particularly their Director, Pauline Powell Schneider. We have two wonderful events that benefit both our nonprofits, The Festival of Chocolate, which was Nov. 14, and the Festival of Trees, which is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

  • Today in history Nov. 18
  • Turkey Trot on Sunday

    The annual CROP Turkey Trot Run will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday.
    The race will take place at the Los Alamos Middle School. There will be 2.56-mile and 1.7-mile routes available. Both routes will begin and end at the middle school.
    Runners and walkers can sign up for the event beginning at 1 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
    Anyone who fills out a chance ticket will be eligible to win turkeys or pumpkin pies.
    Donations to CROP will be accepted. CROP T-shirts will be available for those who wish to contribute. A pot luck will also be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com

  • Tumblers begin season

    The Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers opened their season Nov. 7 with a meet in Santa Fe. The team had five first-place finishers and swept the awards in several divisions.
    The team’s high scorer of the day was Chantel Biebeault. Biebeault scored a 37.60 to win the silver junior division. Biebeault won the vault (9.30), bars (9.50), beam (9.50) and floor (9.30) to win the overall title. Anika Lovato finished second in the same division with a 35.50 and Deeanna Foster placed third with 34.085.
    In the silver children’s division, Danielle Trellue took first with 35.55, Colette Biebeault placed second with 34.95 and Alexandra Simakov took third with 31.70.
    In the silver senior division, Cyra Bishop placed first with a 34.50, Sarah Hutchens took second with 34.20 and Sara Gardner took third with 34.00.
    In the gold competition, Kayli Lincoln finished first with 35.10, Faith Koh took second with 34.95 and Addie Richie finnished third with 34.85. Lincoln won the vault (8.90), beam (8.70) and floor (9.00) while Koh took first on on the bars (8.90).
    In the platinum division, Emily Cox took first with 36.80, Anna Clark was a very close second with 36.75 and Brianna Fryer took third with 34.20. Cox won the beam with a 9.40 while Clark finished first on the vault (9.30), bars (9.20) and floor (9.30).

  • Time to Ride: New Mexico's ski season begins

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort spun its lifts Saturday, Sunday and Monday to once again kick off New Mexico’s ski season. The mountain had its main lift at the base, Lift 1, running to carry skiers up the hill and one route for them to ride down. The mountain is closed for a few days to make more snow and will reopen Friday through Nov. 29. With a few days to make snow and 22 inches dumping on the mountain Monday night, additional terrain is expected to be open Friday.
    The storm hit other New Mexico resorts as well. Pajarito received well over a foot of new snow up top while Taos Ski Valley reported 24 inches in 24 hours Tuesday morning.

  • ’Topper athletes commit to colleges

    In the last week, five athletes from Los Alamos committed to colleges to play sports next year.
    On Tuesday, four of those athletes signed letters of intent at the high school during a ceremony. Sarah Lott signed with the University of Utah to swim for the Utes. Lane Saunders signed with Eastern New Mexico University to play baseball for the Greyhounds. Ashlynn Trujillo signed with New Mexico Highlands University to play basketball. Brianna Montaño also signed with Highlands. Montaño will play volleyball for the Cowgirls.
    Connor Mang, meanwhile, committed to the University of New Mexico’s baseball team last week.
    Lott had several offers from Division I schools, including New Mexico, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Tennessee and others, but decided to compete in the PAC-12 against many of the sports’ powerhouse teams. She got athletic and academic scholarships to the school.
    “Going out there, I loved the school and everyone I got to meet,” Lott said.
    Lott’s main strokes are the 100-yard and 200-yard freestyle. She won state two years ago in the 100 free with a time of 52.07 seconds.

  • Today in history Nov. 16
  • Sun Path grant funds EMS program at UNM-LA

    A $15 million grant is helping University of New Mexico-Los Alamos and 10 other two-year colleges educate a workforce to fulfill the growing demand for healthcare professionals in New Mexico. The grant, awarded in October 2014, is funding equipment, faculty and staff to support the students served in the Emergency Medical Service program that qualifies for funding under the grant.
    Funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training, the grant is going by the acronym SUN PATH. The mission of the New Mexico Skill Up Network is to expand and improve the ability of community colleges in New Mexico to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less. SUN aims to prepare program participants to succeed in acquiring the skills, degrees, and credentials needed for high-wage, high-skill employment while also meeting the need of employers in New Mexico. Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare is about the focus on preparing students for a career in health care by teaching the necessary skills to do the job while strengthening reading, writing, and math abilities.

  • MOWW meeting Tuesday; McDuff to speak

    The November meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Los Alamos Research Park, second floor conference room.
    This month’s speaker is Dr. Glen McDuff. McDuff was a professor at Texas Tech University before coming to LASL to work in the weapons program. Since joining LASL in 1979, Glen participated in virtually every major DOE programmatic failure that unfolded during his long and highly questionable tenure at the Laboratory. He is retired from the Laboratory, but continues to serve as a consultant to the Weapons Division and to the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Nuclear Weapons School at Kirkland AFB.
    Dinner follows at 6:25 p.m. with presentation at 7:15 p.m. Open to all interested citizens with RSVP by Nov. 15. Hot Rocks Java Cafe will cater dinner of fajitas.
    Cost is $25 per person. Call LTC Gregg Giesler, 662-5574 (email g.giesler@computer.org) or Eleanor Pinyan, 672-3750 (email depinyan@cybermesa.com).

  • Births 11-15-15

    Oct. 26 — A boy. Antonio Malaquias Duran. Born to Ashley Botelho and Robert Duran.
    Nov. 3 — A girl. Claire Elaine Wexler. Born to Catherine and Jonathan Wexler.
    Nov. 6 — A boy. Andrew John Work. Born to Sarah and Peter Work.