Today's News

  • The Keystone XL decision, climate change, some political realism

    PH.D. Greener Research, Los Alamos

  • Hanson to perform at ‘Night in Manhattan’

    Matt Hanson, a member of New Mexico’s film industry, has been given the opportunity to re-score a classic film for re-release through New Mexico’s film workers union. During Saturday night’s “A Night in Manhattan” at Fuller Lodge, Hanson will perform an original arrangement of Chopin, with Juanita Madland playing piano in accompaniment.
    Earlier this year, Hanson was introduced to Jon Hendry, the head of the International Alliance of Theater and Stage Employees union and asked to re-score the music for Salt of the Earth, a 1954 classic movie about Mexican-American workers who protested unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts at New Mexico’s Empire Zinc Mine in Silver City.

  • Los Alamos soccer players honored by District 2-5A

    District 2-5A recently honored Los Alamos girls and boys soccer players for their performances during the teams’ successful seasons.
    Los Alamos’ Ralph Archbold, Eric Burnside, Kayla Parker and Sienna Ahlers were all named district players of the year.
    Archbold and Parker led the teams’ defenses and were both big keys to their respective club’s success.
    Capital’s Victor Lazoya was named the boys’ district offensive player of the year. Lazoya led Class 5A with 84 points, scoring 34 goals and assisting 16 for the Jaguars.
    After scoring two goals against St. Pius X to help Los Alamos reach the state semifinals, Burnside was added to the player of the year list. He was the team’s leader in goals and assists.
    Ahlers led the district in scoring and was one of the state’s top scorers, as well. She finished the season with 23 goals and 12 assists.
    Los Alamos also had six boys and six girls make the district’s first team.
    The boys’ first team honorees were Archbold, Burnside, goalie Seth Hailey, midfielders Alex Csanadi and George Steinkamp and forward Levon Wiggins.
    Capital had four first-team players, Bernalillo had two and Del Norte had one.

  • Sipapu to open top-to-bottom Saturday

    Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort will kick off New Mexico’s ski season for the 13th consecutive year Saturday.
    The mountain will have Lift 1 — its main lift at the base — spinning to carry skiers and riders up the hill.
    The route down will begin at the top pitch of Gamble and then hook onto Sasafras. The route will then drop down Loose Caboose, Thumper and cross over to Don Diego around Tower 2.
    No beginner terrain will be open and neither of mountain’s magic carpets will be running.
    The mountain also doesn’t expect to open right at 9 a.m. Saturday.
    Sipapu has received 12 inches of natural snow this year and it began making snow Nov. 5 to get ready for the upcoming season. The mountain’s crew had been working around the clock to get the ski area ready for Saturday’s opening. At 3 a.m. Wednesday, however, the crew encountered an unexpected snag. A tree fell down at the ski area and took out its transformer, knocking out its electricity and phones. The power outage cost the crew 14 hours of potential snowmaking time and put it a little behind schedule, but the crew has remained committed to opening Saturday. The opening time will just depend on how much snow it’s able to make before then and how quick it can push that snow onto the route.

  • LA volleyball advances to state quarterfinals

    RIO RANCHO — Los Alamos head coach Sharleen Espinoza described the state volleyball tournament as “a mental game.”
    “The competition is up there,” Espinoza said. “You have to expect to play hard and have tough games. It comes down to who’s the tougher team.”
    After finishing second in its pool, Los Alamos was able to refocus and advance in state tournament.
    In its first-round game, Los Alamos spiked Santa Teresa in three sets to advance to the Class 5A state quarterfinals. Los Alamos beat the Desert Warriors, 25-23, 25-15 and 25-14.
    The No. 5 seeded ’Toppers will now play No. 3 Centennial at 9:45 a.m. today.
    Centennial took first in Pool C with No. 6 Piedra Vista and No. 10 Artesia to make the quarterfinals.
    Los Alamos started the tournament with a tough draw in its pool-play matches. The ‘Toppers beat No. 9 Moriarty, 25-14 and 25-20, but fell to No. 4 Los Lunas, 25-15 and 25-23, to finish second in Pool D.
    Los Alamos beat Moriarty earlier in the season and carried that confidence into Thursday’s match.
    “I think we carried the momentum the majority of the game,” Espinoza said. “That’s easy to do with a team you’ve beaten.”

  • Today in history Nov. 12
  • Off the Hill 11-11-15

    Art exhibits
    “Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography and Time.” Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe. Photographer Adriel Heisey re-photographed some of Southwest’s most significant archeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his wife, Anne, photographed in 1929. Exhibit runs through May 2017.

    Museum of Spanish Colonial Art exhibit: “Starry Night – A Nativity Tableau set in the hills of Northern New Mexico” at 750 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.  
    Art tours
    Allan Houser Studio and Sculpture Garden Tours. Arranged by appointment. The Sculpture Gardens are located 20 miles south of Santa Fe, and the tours last approximately two hours. There is a $25/person fee for the guided tours. To schedule, call 471-1528. David Rettig, curator of Collections for the Allan Houser Estate will lead a tour for collectors and special guests.

  • Trick-or-Treat mocumentaries due Nov. 13

    Those who braved the crowds and the weather to film Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Los Alamos on Halloween are encouraged to edit videos down to 10 minutes or less and submit them via Vimeo or YouTube by midnight, Friday  to qualify to win cash prizes from local contest sponsors.
    The members of Pajarito Film Club are on standby to answer questions and teens ages 13-19 may access the post-production instruction and equipment at the new Los Alamos Teen Center through Friday.
    From Friday through Dec. 3, Pajarito Film Club members will screen the film shorts and post semifinalists on social media. Finalists will be featured during WinterFest weekend (Dec. 4-6) at special showings at the Nature Center planetarium and at the Reel Deal Theater. The Trick-or-Treat on MainStreet Mockumentary contest is sponsored by Pajarito Film Club.

  • Teens spend an average of nine hours a day with media

    NEW YORK — Teenagers spend nearly nine hours a day absorbing media and despite all the new options, music and television remain the favorites.
    Common Sense Media released an exhaustive survey Tuesday outlining how young people spend screen time. One concern: the number of youngsters who feel comfortable multi-tasking while doing homework.
    Two-thirds of teenagers said they listen to music every day, and 58 percent said the same about watching television, the study said. By contrast, 45 percent reported using social media every day and only 36 percent said they enjoyed that activity “a lot”; twice as many said they really enjoyed their music.
    Television is the favorite activity of preteens, with 62 percent of respondents aged 8 to 12 saying they watched every day, the study said. Tweens said they spend just under six hours a day of media time.
    Exactly half of the time teenagers spend with video involves watching a TV program at the time it originally airs. The rest is parceled out among time-delayed viewing, DVDs or online video, the study said.
    Boys are much more likely to play video games than girls. The survey found male teenagers spent an average of 56 minutes a day gaming, while girls devoted only seven minutes. Girls spent more time on social media or reading.

  • Albuquerque museum unveils dinosaur fossil

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Paleontologists in New Mexico unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.
    Scientists cut open the giant plaster jacket that protected the skull of the rhinoceros-like, plant-eating dinosaur as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
    They revealed the shield-like part of the dinosaur’s skull, some teeth, an arm bone, a rib and what looked like a vertebrae, but museum curator Spencer Lucas said there’s still much work to be done.
    Now, technicians will begin the painstaking work of digging out the fossils from the rock in which they have been encased for some 70 million years.
    The process will take many months, but the public will be able to watch from windows that offer a view into the museum’s preparation room.
    Hundreds of people, including parents with their children, lined up along the windows during a free public viewing last week. Some children got an up-close look as museum staff showed off the find, while other visitors held up their smartphones on the other side of the glass.