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Today's News

  • Senior captains lead the way for LAHS boy's soccer

    Being a captain for a team is no easy task, especially in high school sports. It adds another layer of responsibility on top of an already hectic schedule that includes excelling in the classroom and on the playing field. 

    Instead of just worrying about their own performance, captains are the players who are relied upon to be the leaders on the field and make sure everyone is doing what is necessary to succeed.

    Having strong leadership is often the difference between an excellent team and an average team, and the impact of that leadership never appears on the box score or in the headlines.

    Perhaps no team at Los Alamos High School has benefitted more this year from strong leadership than the boy’s soccer team, which has three captains.

    The three players, Ben Rees, Andreas Runde and Tristan Semelsberger, have proven to be a great trio on the field, leading the team to a 10-4 record in their non-district schedule, but they could not be more different off the field.

    All three of them look at the game of soccer in a different way, and find enjoyment in different aspects of their experience.

    Put simply, Semelsberger is the ultimate soccer fanatic.

    It consumes nearly every aspect of his life, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Family Night at Nature Center set for Oct. 10

    The next Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is Oct. 10.

    Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The Nature Center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.

    This October’s Family Night will be the last of the season to have a campfire and make s’mores, one of the most popular features of warm-weather Family Nights.

    And mark your calendars – the second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center.

    Thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all. Next month’s Family Night will take place on Nov. 14.

    For more information about this and other programs offered by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), visit peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org, or call 662-0460.

  • Los Alamos Family YMCA to host discussion on nonprofits Oct. 19

    The public is invited to join the Los Alamos Family YMCA for a panel discussion on “Attracting and Nurturing Volunteers: A Conversation,” from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 19 at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos in the Lecture Hall, building 2.

    The discussion will be led by Diana Martinez, of the Los Alamos Family YMCA, and Todd Nickols, of the Los Alamos Historical Society.

    These are leaders of two local organizations with robust volunteer programs. The speakers will discuss the joys (and pains) of engaging the community in nonprofit efforts. Among the topics will be:

    • How to recruit and retain volunteers for your organization

    • Different ways to recognize the work of your volunteers

    • Identify resources for developing or strengthening your own volunteer program

    • How to engage youth volunteers

    • Recruiting volunteers to help with programming

    • Preparing for group volunteer activities.

    Martinez and Nickols will begin the discussion with their experiences and insights, but they hope to engage the audience with their questions and comments.

    Bring ideas and questions regarding this lifeblood of any nonprofit organization.

  • Pet of the Week

    No doubt about it, Whiskers likes to be top dog, even though he’s a cat. This is according to volunteers at the Los Alamos Animal Shelter, where Whiskers currently resides.  
    Whiskers, who is about 4-years-old, doesn’t like to be around other cats. Adult cats maybe, but he tends to bully kittens. He loves humans, though, and he is on the hunt for his forever home.
    His previous owner had to give him up, as Whiskers couldn’t live in an assisted living facility. Whiskers is an American Shorthair with orange-and-white markings. If adopted, Whiskers is guaranteed to shower his new owner with all the attention they give him back.
     He’s neutered and chipped.
    Whiskers has had all his shots, and is negative for the FeLV-FIV virus. He does have one awesome medical anomaly though, he has a bent tail. It doesn’t seem to bother him, and he seems to be rather proud of it. For more information, call the shelter at 505-662-8179 or email the shelter at police-psa@lacnm.us.
    Photo By Paulina Gwaltney Photography, (910) 333-6362, Gwaltney’s studio is located at 3500 Trinity Drive.

  • United Blood Services taking donations for Las Vegas victims

    Los Alamos-area residents who are seeking to donate blood in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting can do so at United Blood Services offices.

    United Blood Services’ Santa Fe Office is accepting blood donations to help its Las Vegas office for those injured in the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

  • WR woman accused of embezzling funds from football, cheerleading league

    A White Rock woman accused last week of embezzling funds from a nonprofit children’s football and cheerleading league faced a similar charge in 2005, according to a Los Alamos Police detective investigating the current allegation.

    Tabatha Jones, 34, was accused in a case of missing money 12 years ago, according to a police report he found, said Det. Ryan Wolking.

    Apparently, the case against Jones, who had a different last name at the time, was not pursued by the District Attorney’s Office in Santa Fe at the time, said Wolking.

    Jones was arrested last week and charged with embezzlement over $2,500 and under $20,000, a third-degree felony, according to records available at the New Mexico Courts website. Following an appearance in Magistrate Court in Los Alamos, Jones was released.

    Once a board member for the Los Alamos Youth Football and Cheerleading League, Jones began facing questions regarding fees and other financial issues in August, said Annmarie Villegas, executive director of the league’s nonprofit umbrella organization, Northern New Mexico Children’s Football League.

  • Homecoming 2017
  • Sniper in high-rise hotel kills at least 58 in Las Vegas

    By SALLY HO and REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino rained heavy fire down on a crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival, turning the expanse into a killing field from which there was little escape. At least 58 people died.

    It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. At least 515 people were injured.

    The FBI discounted the possibility of international terrorism, even after the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. But beyond that, the motive remained a mystery, with Sheriff Joseph Lombardo saying: "I can't get into the mind of a psychopath at this point."

    Concertgoers screamed and ran for their lives Sunday night outside the 44-story Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino after hearing what at first sounded like firecrackers but turned out to be dozens of bullets in rapid-fire bursts, perhaps from an automatic weapon.

    SWAT teams using explosives stormed the gunman's hotel room in the gold-colored glass skyscraper and found he had killed himself. The attacker, Stephen Craig Paddock, a 64-year-old retiree from Mesquite, Nevada, had as many as 10 guns with him, including rifles.

  • LANL engineer looks for partners for cheap space flight

    Joseph Archer wants to start a company to take ordinary citizens into space.

    With all the millions of dollars spent on space tourism today, the Los Alamos National Laboratory radiological safety employee has a plan to do it more efficiently, and cheaper.

    His first step is to get a group of investors together who are genuinely enthusiastic and interested in the idea.

    “If I were to go out and say ‘invest in this idea’… I don’t generally subscribe to that. You should invest in things you have a say in,” Archer said.

    Archer, of Hernandez, New Mexico, is hoping that lab retirees and others who have harbored the same dream he’s had all these years will invest in his idea.

    He is looking for10 to 20 investors who will also serve on a board. All members will have equal say.

  • WIPP officials expect rock fall within a month

    Waste Isolation Pilot Plant officials assured the public Thursday that they’ve planned accordingly for a rock fall event in one of the facility’s underground storage rooms. The fall is expected in Room 6 in Panel 7.

    According to equipment monitoring the situation, the rock fall should come from the ceiling, and could happen within four to six weeks. The room has been off limits for a year, and it only has radiologically contaminated equipment in it.

    “We have the geo techs and the engineers all looking at that, and we feel very comfortable that by having the brattice cloth and the chain link (at strategic locations) we shouldn’t have an issue,”  Nuclear Waste Partnership President Bruce Covert said. 

    Officials have also been talking with workers who work in panel 7 of what will happen when the fall occurs.

    “Now, we’ll probably will have a little spread of contamination coming, but again, we’re anticipating that and we’ve been reworking the operations plan to when we do have the rockfall, what will be the reentry plan,” Covert said.

    WIPP contains eight waste panels with seven rooms each. Each room is 300-feet long, 33-feet wide and 13-feet high. The pillars separating the rooms are about 100-feet thick.