Today's News

  • Today in history Sept. 17
  • LA inducts Hall of Fame class

    Los Alamos High School inducted its second Hall of Fame class during Homecoming weekend. It also retired its first athlete’s number. No ’Topper football player will ever wear No. 76 again — the number Walt Arnold wore for Los Alamos.
    Arnold told the crowd gathered for Los Alamos’ Homecoming game against Moriarty that there was a simple reason he wore No. 76 — he had big shoulder pads and 76 was the only jersey that fit. Arnold was a 6-foot-3, 253 pound tight end in the NFL. Arnold, however, said he was proud to wear No. 76 because he graduated from Los Alamos in 1976.
    Arnold, a fullback in high school, also played baseball and basketball for the Hilltoppers.
    After graduating from Los Alamos, Arnold played both football and baseball for the University of New Mexico.
    Arnold then played eight seasons in the NFL as a tight end. He caught 99 passes for 1,053 yards and seven touchdowns for the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs.
    The 2015 Hall of Fame class also included Steve Myers, Ric Rojas, Robert Scott, Brian Corrie, Tracy Shipman Henderson and Paul Maley.
    Myers was the boys and girls swimming coach during his time at Los Alamos. He led the teams to 11 state titles during his tenure.

  • LA golf teams ready to swing into season

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls golf teams both won district titles last year. Two girls and one boy also qualified for the state championships.
    This year, both squads are hoping their entire team can make it to state.
    “Our main goal is to qualify for state as a team,” Los Alamos girls head coach Jordan Pollard said. “I’m pretty sure we will.”
    “We’ve won the district two years in a row so I think it’s time we started thinking about getting a team to state,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “The boys are out there working hard and they’re into it. We’re trying to get back to the glory days (when Los Alamos was the state champion).”
    Last year the girls’ team had two qualifying legs, but needed one more to get to state. A state leg is the course ranking, multiplied by four, plus 120 for girls and plus 45 for boys. A Class 5A boys team of four, for instance, needs to shoot a 319 on the Los Alamos Golf Course to get a state leg.

  • Girls soccer team battles Academy, sickness

    Albuquerque Academy wasn’t the only opponent the Los Alamos girls soccer team had to fight Tuesday. About half of the team was also battling a respiratory infection.
    “I think if we would have been healthy we would have been able to get to the through balls and finish,” Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    Los Alamos subbed players in and out constantly in the game, which helped some, but not enough to chase down the long balls.
    Time and time again the ’Toppers got behind the Chargers’ defense, but were unable to catch up to a pass before it rolled out of bounds.
    Academy ended up winning the game, 2-0.
    “We’re still climbing, but we’re getting better,” Ahlers said. “Albuquerque Academy is a class team and we hung with them.”
    Los Alamos had actually had a slight advantage in shots during the game, 9-7, but it was unable to finish.
    After Los Alamos fell behind by two goals is when the team put the most pressure on Academy. Claire Ticknor fired a long direct kick on target and it almost bounced into the upper corner, but was saved. Later Emily Hopkins fired a shot, but it just missed high. Numerous other ’Topper shots were blocked before they reached the goalkeeper.

  • US stocks rise; Anheuser-Busch jumps on deal proposal

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher in late afternoon Wednesday as investors waited to hear from the Federal Reserve and worked through company news. Beer companies gained on word of a possible deal between two giant brewers and energy stocks rose sharply following a big jump in the price of oil.

    KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average rose 122 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,721 as of 3:17 p.m. Eastern. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 15 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,992 and the Nasdaq composite added 21 points, or 0.4 percent, to 4,882.

    FED FOCUS: Investors are closely watching the Federal Reserve and the start of its two-day policy meeting Wednesday. The central bank could raise its benchmark interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade after the meeting.

    Investors' opinions are mixed on the chance of a rate increase.

    "I just don't think the economy is strong enough and inflation remains too low to justify a rate increase," said Tom di Galoma, head of fixed income rates trading at ED&F Man Capital.

  • Today in history Sept. 16
  • Fiesta Time
  • Community calendar 9-16-15

    United Way of Northern New Mexico invites the public to kick off the season of philanthropy today from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ashley Pond. Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and catered by Blue Window Bistro. Music will be provided by The Craig Martin Experience, cream sodas from De La Crème, and the company of many community philanthropists. For more information, visit UnitedWayNNM.org, or call 662.0800. RSVP preferred but not required.

     Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting with a presentation by climber Steve “Crusher” Bartlett. Social and reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m., with talk starting at 7:30 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.  

    Conversations in Clay. Through Sept. 19 at the Portal Gallery at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    Business After Hours. United Way is holding a kick-off celebration today, sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank and the Blue Window Bistro. Enjoy a live performance from The Craig Martin Experience and an Italian Soda from de la crème, Cream Soda Creations. The community is invited to join in the celebration at the Ashley Pond Pavilion from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. For more information call 505-662-0800 or visit unitedwaynnm.org.

  • Community Briefs 9-16-15

    Scientist Ribeiro to speak about HIV Thursday

    Scientist Ruy Ribeiro, of the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group, will discuss why it has been so difficult to conquer human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) Thursday during a Science on Tap discussion at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square at 5:30 p.m.
    Currently there are still over 35 million people living with HIV in the world. These grim numbers make this one of the most devastating infectious diseases in memory. However, very significant steps have been made in understanding and combating this disease.
    Ribeiro has been working on understanding the virus and the immune response against it for over a decade. He will talk about why now there is reason for cautious optimism.
    Science On Tap happens every third Thursday of the month, featuring a new topic each week. Sponsored by the Los Alamos Creative District and hosted by the Bradbury Science Museum, this series begins each evening with an informal 10 to 15-minute lecture followed by a lively group discussion. “On Tap” is a way for people to get out and about in the community, learn something new, and meet people with similar interests.
    Admission is free and open to the general public.

  • Expert to speak on ISIS, US policy

    The public is invited to a special lecture Thursday by national security expert Emile Nakhleh about “ISIS, the Middle East, and US Policy: Regional Reflections Since the Iran Agreement.”
    The event starts with refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the talk at 7 p.m., at Fuller Lodge. The League of Women Voters and American Association of University Women are sponsoring the talk, which is free and open to the public.
    Nakhleh is a government consultant on national security issues, particularly Islamic radicalization, terrorism, and the Arab states of the Middle East. He is a retired senior intelligence service officer, a research professor and coordinator of national security programs at the University of New Mexico, a National Intelligence Council/IC associate, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
    The talk will highlight the continuing threat from ISIS, the factors that drive it, and its apparent resiliency.
    The presentation will also focus on U.S. regional policy and the threats and challenges it faces in the coming decade in light of the Iran agreement and the integration of Iran in the international community.