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Today's News

  • Update 10-14-14

    Farmers Market

    7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    JJAB meeting

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. Wednesday in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site.

    Viewing Party

    The “Manhattan” TV series viewing party and discussion is scheduled for 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Downtown Dogs

    A weekly walking group for dogs and humans. The walk starts from Pet Pangaea at 6 p.m. on Thursday nights for a stroll around downtown Los Alamos.

    Lecture

    Los Alamos Historical Society Made in New Mexico Lecture Series. 7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Technology Transfer at LANL: A 70-year perspective with Dr. David Pesiri. He reviews the laboratory’s history of transitioning world-changing technologies to the private sector.

    Game Night

    5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.  

  • Four Corners methane hotspot points to coal-related sources

    A large, persistent methane hot spot has existed over the Four Corners area of the U.S. Southwest for almost a decade, confirmed by remote regional-scale ground measurements of the gas.
    “A detailed analysis indicates that methane emissions in the region are actually three times larger than reported by EPA. Our analysis demonstrates that current EPA inventories are missing huge methane sources in the region,” said Manvendra Dubey, a Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist on the project. “We attribute this hot spot to fugitive leaks from coal-bed methane that actually preceded recent concerns about potential emissions from fracking,” Dubey said.
    A team of LANL, NASA and University of Michigan scientists reported these results in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Methane is very efficient at trapping heat in the atmosphere and, like carbon dioxide, it contributes to global warming.
    The hot spot, near the Four Corners intersection of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, covers about 2,500 square miles (6,500 square kilometers), or half the size of Connecticut.

  • Renovated Aspen almost ready

    If all goes to plan, students will be moved and settled in at the new Aspen Elementary School on Nov. 12.
    According to site project coordinator David Wharram, the school is about ready for occupancy.
    At a recent school board meeting, Wharram noted that already, carpet is being laid in key areas of the school, including the administration area.
    “Carpet is a good sign on a construction site. When the carpet goes in, that’s a sign that there will be no more dirty work going on in that area,” he said at a recent meeting to the board.
    Currently, the students are attending school in a campus of portable buildings next to where the school is being rebuilt on 33rd Street. Move-in day for the teachers and staff will take place over a three day period at the beginning of November, with the moving period beginning Nov. 6. and continuing through Monday. Doors will officially open Nov. 12. (Veteran’s Day is Nov. 11).
    School principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom is in the process of arranging daycare for parents who need it through the Los Alamos YMCA for Nov. 6, 7 and 10 when the move is taking place.

  • Mountain School begins anti-bullying campaign

    Rachel Barber’s sixth grade Language Arts Class hold up high their anti-bullying posters they made themselves as well as the posters of their classmates Friday at the start of their month-long anti-bullying campaign. For all of October, the school has many activities planned, including signing pledges to take a stand against bullying and “Mix It Up At Lunch Day,” where students will be sitting with different peers at lunch and ask “getting to know you” type questions.

  • Solar home units raise issues

    Second in a two-part series.

  • Girls cling to 2-1 win at Capital

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team didn’t have as easy a time handling the Capital Jaguars the second time around as it did the first.
    Los Alamos had a battle on its hands Saturday afternoon at Jaguar Field. In what is a very rare occurrence, Los Alamos had to come back from being down in a district game, giving up an early goal to the Jaguars.
    The Hilltoppers would come back to tie the score shortly afterward in the first half, then score again in the second half to escape with a 2-1 victory over the Jaguars.
    It was a surprisingly close outcome for Los Alamos (11-6 overall, 4-0 in 2-4A), which rolled to a 10-0 victory over Capital (6-9-1) in their first meeting Sept. 23 at Sullivan Field.
    “This was probably our worst performance in seven or eight games,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said. “We certainly didn’t play our ‘A’ game, but we understand we need to do better next time.”
    Herrera said he didn’t know if his team looked past Saturday’s game, but even though it netted just one goal in the second half, he said his team’s performance was considerably better in the final 40 minutes than the first 40 minutes.

  • 'Toppers blanked by Jags in critical contest

    SANTA FE — Going into Saturday night’s big District 2-5A boys soccer game, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers had plans to make a big impression.
    The Capital Jaguars, however, had much different plans. Theirs worked out better.
    The Hilltoppers needed a win, preferably a big one, to keep any realistic shot of a district title alive this year, but the Jaguars, one of the hottest teams in the state right now, kept their hot streak going with a decisive 3-0 win at Jaguar Field.
    Things got worrisome for Los Alamos early, when Pedro Limus headed in a textbook corner kick from Jose Encina for the first score of the ballgame. Then the Jaguars all but finished off the contest with a goal early in the second half with Alexis Romo, who had a big goal in their first meeting of the season, scoring on a breakaway chance.
    Now, Los Alamos (7-8-2 overall, 2-2 in 2-5A) can finish no better than second in the district race and is in a position where it can’t afford another district loss without risking the possibility of losing out on the upcoming playoffs altogether.

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