Today's News

  • LA track and field athletes hit state marks

    Numerous Los Alamos athletes hit state-qualifying times or distances in the team’s second track meet of the season, the Cleveland Kickoff, on Saturday.
    The boys team had two individuals and its 4x400-meter relay hit state-qualifying marks.
    Skyler McCall cleared 6-feet even in the high jump, winning the event while punching his ticket to the state championships.
    Jonathan Shueler also qualified in discus with a fifth-place throw of 132-feet, 6-inches.
    Alexi Ortega, Buddy Weaver, Cameron Staples and Miroslav Betts, meanwhile, combined forces to qualify in the 4x400. They finished second in 3 minutes, 32.35 seconds.
    Two Hilltopper girls also qualified for state. Chelsea Challacombe won the 100-meter hurdles in 16.69 to qualify.
    Sophia Galvez qualified with a 12:06.27 in the 3200. She finished fourth in the event.
    The meet had 16 teams competing in it, and the majority of them were from Class 6A schools.
    The Hilltopper girls finished seventh with 25 points, placing ahead of 5A foes Albuquerque Academy (12th, 12 points) and Del Norte (14th, 4 points).
    Cleveland (91) finished first, followed by La Cueva (64), Eldorado (53), Volcano Vista (53), Cibola (39) and Rio Rancho (30).

  • LA golfers return to links in first spring tournament

    The Los Alamos boys and girls golf teams played in its first tournament of the spring Monday. The golfers competed in La Cueva’s tournament, which was held at Albuquerque’s Arroyo del Oso course.
    “We were definitely knocking some rust off as we have had a very limited two weeks of practice heading into the event,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “I was happy with the way we competed as a team. I believe we will be a much-improved team this spring.”
    The Hilltopper boys shot a 371 to finish sixth as a team.
    Sean Ray led Los Alamos with an 86. Jonathan Osden shot a 91, Nicholas Quartieri shot a 94 and Nick Koskelo rounded out Los Alamos’ score with a 100. Hunter Gustafson also competed and finished at 106.
    Hope Christian’s boys won the tournament with a 297. La Cueva and Albuquerque Academy tied for second at 302.
    Academy’s Ben Albin won the individual title with a 69.
    Twelve boys teams competed in the event, but only eight posted team scores.
    Even though the tournament was Los Alamos’ first of the spring, Jonathan Osden has already qualified for the state championships. He qualified during the fall golf season. Rau shot one qualifying leg in the fall, now just needs one more this spring to make it to state.

  • The Richardson papers go to Texas

    Bill Richardson’s decision to donate his accumulated papers to the University of Texas at Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History has raised eyebrows and ruffled feathers in certain quadrants of New Mexico politics.
    Which only stands to reason. Richardson’s political career began in the early 1980s with his election to the U.S House of Representatives from the state’s 3rd Congressional District and culminated, so to speak, in 2002 when he was elected to the first of his two terms as governor of New Mexico.
    Along the way he rose to a position of leadership in Congress, served as President Bill Clinton’s Ambassador to the United Nations and as U.S. Energy Secretary in the Clinton administration.
    Throughout it all, Richardson gained a national reputation and a measure of celebrity as a gifted diplomatic trouble-shooter and negotiator called upon by Democratic and Republican presidents alike to aid in the release of American hostages in such countries as North Korea, Sudan and Iraq.
    Indeed, such was Richardson’s reputation for diplomatic wizardry that just days after taking his first oath of office as governor, a delegation of North Korean emissaries appeared on his doorstep in Santa Fe seeking his counsel on their dealings in Washington.

  • Early Bird registration on now for Dog Jog

    Early Bird registration for the Los Alamos Dog Jog is open from now through April 5.  
    Early registrants can save $5 off of the entry of the first child or adult household member’s registration.
    Every registered individual will receive an event T-shirt with a logo designed by local fifth grader Bella Robertson and a packet filled with entertaining and educational dog related information. Humans without dogs and would like to have one for the race, dog rentals may be available.
    Dogs and their human companions will gather at Rover Park in White Rock on April 25 to run the 5-kilometer course or walk the 2-mile course in the annual Dog Jog. Race prizes and awards will be given for the fastest runners, walkers and dogs in all manner of categories.  
    Coordinated by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club, the Mountain Canine Corps and the Atomic City Roadrunners, the Dog Jog is a fundraising event for the Friends of the Shelter.  
    Friends of the Shelter is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains shelter volunteers and helps purchase needed items and vet services for the dogs, cats and other animals at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

  • Be There calendar 3-18-15

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

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Steven Brooks, Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinator for the State of New Mexico will speak about DMC 101 and trends in the state and in Los Alamos County.

    Valentina Devine: Knit One, Crochet Two, a solo exhibit. Daily through March 21.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Wetland Restoration in New Mexico Desert Grasslands. 7 p.m. Karla Sartor will discuss the birds and plants of desert grasslands in southern New Mexico. The important habitat is threatened by historic overgrazing and climate change. Learn techniques to restore habitats, and how these practices can be applied locally on the Pajarito Plateau. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

  • Los Alamos CAP cadets participate in ceremony at Roundhouse

    Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol cadets participated in a ceremony honoring the contributions of New Mexico’s World War II Civil Air Patrol (CAP) members. The ceremony took place at the State Capitol in February.
    The ceremony was part of the Legislature’s annual Military Appreciation Day.
    Los Alamos Civil Air Patrol Cadets served as a color guard during the ceremony.
    Civil Air Patrol was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal in a Washington ceremony last December, as Congressional leaders presented the medal to CAP’s national commander and to 46 living CAP veterans of World War II. The honor recognizes CAP’s founding members’ role in protecting the American homeland and carrying out numerous wartime missions.
    The award had earlier been approved by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
    Families of three of New Mexico’s World War II CAP members received bronze replicas of the gold medal at the Roundhouse ceremony. These replicas are identical to those presented to living veterans at the Washington ceremony. The wartime service of the late CAP members Robert S. Chamberlin, John F. Davis and James Taylor were recognized.

  • Vet up on terrorism charges

    NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Air Force veteran and former airplane mechanic charged with attempting to join the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded not guilty Wednesday to terrorism charges.
    A bearded Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, wearing prison-issued khaki pants and a blue short-sleeved shirt, repeated his full name when asked but said nothing else before Judge Nicholas Garaufis in a New York federal courthouse. His attorney, Michael K. Schneider, entered the plea on his behalf. He declined to address reporters after the brief court appearance.
    Pugh, 47, of Neptune, New Jersey, was indicted Tuesday on charges of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group and obstructing justice.
    He was stopped at a Turkish airport in January carrying a laptop containing information on Turkey-Syria border crossing points as well as 180 jihadist propaganda videos, including one featuring an Islamic State prisoner beheading, according to an indictment.
    In a letter addressed to a woman investigators believe is Pugh’s Egyptian wife, Pugh declared: “I will use the talents and skills given to me by Allah to establish and defend the Islamic States,” according to court papers.
    “There is only two possible outcomes for me,” said the letter.

  • Decision close on San Juan future

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico regulators are close to making a decision on what experts have called a watershed case that could influence energy policy in the state for years to come.
    In response to federal pressure, the state’s largest electric utility, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and others negotiated a plan to shut down two units at the San Juan Generating Station by 2018.
    The plan has been the subject of numerous hearings and hours of expert testimony. Another public meeting is scheduled Wednesday in Albuquerque.

    Here are things to know as the state Public Regulation Commission considers whether to sign off on the proposal:

    Curbing pollution
    San Juan produces electricity for more than 2 million people in the Southwest. While a $320 million investment was made in pollution controls in recent years, the plant stands to violate regional haze standards established by the federal government. The Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) says shutting down part of the plant and installing more pollution controls on the remaining units would bring it into compliance as well as reduce carbon-dioxide and mercury emissions by as much as 50 percent.

  • Microalgae will be discussed Thursday

    Amanda Barry, who works in engineering and microalgae for biofuel production at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will give a presentation for the Bradbury Science Museum’s On Tap series Thursday.
    The presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the UnQuarked wine room at Central Park Square.
    The On Tap series is every Thursday evening. Science is the topic of discussion on the third Thursday of every month. Other weekly topics include nature, art and history.
    Microalgae has been eyed as a potential source of renewable domestic fuel source and the optimization of microalgae for biomass and lipid production in a biofuel production pond environment could be a highly desirable resource.
    In her talk, Barry will focus on the development of strain-specific molecular toolboxes in order to engineer algae for optimized biofuel production.
    This series begins each evening with an informal 10- to 15-minute lecture followed by a group discussion.

  • Local economy is topic at breakfast

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce will host a business breakfast Thursday to discuss potential economic development issues within the county.
    The breakfast will feature a panel discussion on the outlook for businesses. It’s scheduled for 7:30 a.m. at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, room 230.
    The panel will include Patrick Sullivan, the executive director of the LACDC, Eric Vasquez, Regional Economic Development Imitative manager for the Regional Development Corporation and Jeffrey Mitchell, UNM’s director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
    Mitchell has been with UNM’s economic research bureau since 2003. His work with the bureau has consisted of economic planning, statistical analysis and strategy development.
    Vasquez works with communities through Northern New Mexico through REDI, focusing on long-term planning for the region.
    Sullivan was named the LACDC director in 2014, taking over for Scott Randall.
    Tickets are $15. Those interested in attending can register on the events page of the Chamber of Commerce website losalamoschamber.com/events.
    For more information on the chamber breakfast, call 661-4816 or email Nancy Partridge of the LACDC at nancy@losalamos.org.