Today's News

  • Moseley repeats in triathlon, Uhl leads women

    Clay Moseley defended his title at the 41st annual Los Alamos Triathlon Saturday. All of his event times were among the best, but Moseley didn’t have the fastest bike, swim or run in the race. His transitions from event to event, however, were fastest and helped him outpace the competition. His winning time in the sprint triathlon was 1 hour, 1 minute and 15.09 seconds.
    For the women, Santa Fe’s Mary Uhl took top honors. Her winning time was 1:12:40.77. Like Moseley, all three of Uhl’s times were near the top while her transitions were the fastest.
    Liz Miller, the three-time defending champion, didn’t compete this year.
    After the bike, Moseley was just under a second out of the lead. Another local, Hugh Selby, had the fastest time in the 20K bike, finishing the first leg in 32:16.05. Those two athletes were three minutes faster on their bikes than anyone else.
    In the transition from bike to swim, which many consider the fourth event in a triathlon, Moseley had his shoes off his feet before he even jumped off of his bike and gained almost 30 seconds on Selby. The 42.96 seconds it took him to get off his bike and into the pool was faster than any of the teams, as well.

  • Synergy to make boys soccer team formidable

    Los Alamos has had some good boys soccer teams over the years. This year’s team, however, might be the best one it’s fielded in a few years.
    “We look better than any year that I’ve been here,” senior Alex Csanadi said.
    Ralph Archbold, a senior who transferred to Los Alamos from California, echoed Csanadi’s viewpoint. Archbold, who watched several practices from the sideline while he recovered from a hurt groin, seemed excited about his new team. “I like the way we look,” Archbold said.
    Part of the reason the team looks good is the way they play together.
    “Most of the guys have been playing together for a long time,” Csanadi said. “I think the synergy is there; we work well together.”
    Besides playing soccer together, the players do team-bonding activities every week.
    “We’re pretty tight friends,” Csanadi said.
    The team’s midfield is another reason why the team looks good. It will operate out of a 3-5-2 formation to take advantage of its strong middle.
    Senior Eric Burnside said the way the midfield holds and distributes the ball is what makes it tough.
    “Probably our biggest strength is our passing,” Burnside said.

  • Strong core returning to lead girls soccer team

    With the majority of the team returning that went 14-7 last year, the Los Alamos girls soccer team is excited about the new year.
    “As a whole, our team wants to go far in the state tournament,” senior captain Emily Hopkins said. “I think we have the potential to go far, we just have to work to get there.”
    “Our team dynamic is really good,” senior captain Jordan Henson said. “We all know each other and we all know how each other play.”
    Isabelle Runde and Charlotte Leonard are the other two seniors playing for Los Alamos.
    Melissa Teter, who is also a senior, tore her ACL recently. She wanted to stay involved with the program, however, so she’ll work as the team’s manager.
    After playing together since the sixth grade, the girls certainly know each other well. The girls said it’s one of their biggest strengths.
    The girls also know their new head coach, Gary Ahlers, pretty well, too. He has coached most of them before.
    Before taking last year off, Ahlers was the team’s junior varsity coach.
    “We’re all very familiar with coach Gary,” Hopkins said. “He’s really attentive and is dedicating a lot of time to the program.”

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  • Police issue statement to parents

    Los Alamos Police Department issued a statement this afternoon in response to some local children being reported missing earlier this week.
    According to the statement, the LAPD is encouraging parents to ensure their children’s safety in between school and home.
    “LAPD recommends that if their children are using the Atomic City Buses for school transportation, that the parents ride with their children on the bus for a couple of days to ensure the kids know where to get on and off the buses at and which buses to transfer to,” the statement read. “This is very important for new time riders to the Atomic City Bus system, as the routes can be confusing for young children.”
    LAPD is asking parents to remind children about basic bus and traffic safety, such as crossing the street and being aware of their surroundings.
    It is also recommended by police “that parents convey to their children that if their child does not feel comfortable ridding the bus, to stay at school and wait for their ride to come pick them up.

  • Police, fire department respond to fire

    At 3:45 p.m. today (Wednesday), police and fire personnel responded to a kitchen fire inside an apartment at 501 Central Avenue. No one was injured, and damage, mostly caused by smoke, was minimal.

  • Matter vs. Antimatter topic of Science on Tap

    Science on Tap: Matter over Antimatter: From Dirac to Sakharov and Beyond will be presented 5:30 p.m. Aug. 20 at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    Vincenzo Cirigliano of Los Alamos National Laboratory's Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group will discuss "Matter over Antimatter."

    Every fundamental particle in nature has a corresponding antiparticle, as first predicted by Paul Dirac in 1928.  When particle and antiparticle meet, they annihilate into a burst of radiation.  Since in the aftermath of the Big Bang, particles and antiparticles were produced in equal numbers. As the primordial soup cooled, they should have wiped each other out leaving behind an empty universe. Fortunately, that's not what happened. An excess of ordinary matter survived over the antimatter from which everything in the universe was formed. 

  • County needs more time in lawsuit

    In a lawsuit over whether Los Alamos County needs to honor a former employee’s long term benefit claim, the county has asked for more time to produce documents and evidence going all the way back to 2005.
    In February, former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy, 57, opened a lawsuit against the county for allegedly discontinuing his long-term disability benefits.
    In a response to his lawsuit, the county said it needs more time to gather documents for its defense, saying that much of the dispute stems from alleged misunderstandings Torpy had concerning his benefits as a Los Alamos County employee when he was hired to be the Los Alamos’ police chief in 2005.
    “This case involves events that occurred around March 2005,” a statement from the county read. “Much of the information relevant to LAC’s (Los Alamos County’s) defenses is likely contained in 10-year-old documents that aren’t readily available…Similarly, key witnesses may be difficult to locates, as they may be employees of the insurer or a consulting firm retained by LAC in 2005, or they may be longer employed by the county.”
    In an effort to identify and get a hold of some of those documents, Torpy is due to give a deposition sometime next week.

  • Council OKs site for park's temporary visitor center

    On Friday, the Los Alamos County Council unanimously approved a proposal to establish a temporary visitor center for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park in the former National Forest Service offices at the community building.
    The proposal was presented by Linda Matteson, assistant to the county manager, who is assigned to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Committee. The committee is charged with helping the county prepare for the new park.
    This is the committee’s first recommendation.
    “(Victor Knox) indicated that department of the interior has a moratorium on new construction, and he asked the communities to get creative in finding space that could house a visitor center and the park service staff,” Matteson said. Knox leads the joint National Park Service/Department of Energy team overseeing the establishment of the park.
    “He asked us all to realize that with the new parks coming online, there will not be a typical type of visitor center that we’re used to. There may not be a visitor center or it may look completely different than what we’re used to,” Matteson said.

  • Relay for Life starts Friday

    There are 11 teams that have raised $16,000 so far, and there’s still much more to do.
    Los Alamos is hosting a “Relay For Life” event 6 p.m. this Friday at Ashley Pond Park and there’s still time to get involved.
    Donations are being accepted at relay.acsevents.org and teams can still be organized for those that want to help out.
    According to Tonya Sprouse-Mullins of Relay For Life’s “Team Hope,” people can even join a team at the time of the event if they prefer. She said they have six members already, but they and other teams could always use more.
    “My hope it to get the public out and support all of the teams and any on-site fundraising that they might be doing,” said Sprouse-Mullins. “All proceeds raised go directly to the American Cancer Society.”
    The kickoff for the event is 6 p.m. Participants from all teams will be taking turns walking around Ashley Pond Park, or doing the outer loop that includes Trinity Drive and Central Avenue. Participants are expected to walk all night and into Saturday morning.
    Closing ceremonies will be at 10 a.m. Saturday. Door prizes and giveaways will given away at the event and there will also be live music and a dunk tank with members of the Los Alamos Police Department and the Los Alamos Fire Department.