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Today's News

  • Young people need to learn about importance of voting

    As the 2016 United States presidential elections grow closer and candidates begin their campaigns for the highest office, members of the graduating classes of 2015 will be voting for the presidency for the first time.
    To be a part of the election of a national leader such as the president is a great responsibility, however young people do not seem to be treating it as such.
    According to U.S. News and World Report, voter turnout is a constant issue in the U.S., particularly among the young.
    U.S. News and World Report went on to say that voter turnout decreased in the 2014 midterm elections in most states. The drop in turnout can be partly attributed to the fact that young voters often have an extremely low midterm voter turnout rate.
    Something that needs to be considered when talking about young person voter turnout is whether communities and educators around the country are doing a good job when it comes to teaching the youth about their right to vote.
    Turnout is usually lower during a midterm election, but this finding uncovers what could be a possibly dangerous trend regardless of the type of election.
    One of the primary reasons the United States was first considered a free nation is that its citizens were given the right to elect their own leaders.

  • Sports Briefs 5-24-15

    Hall of fame
    nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website, or can be picked up in the athletic office. There are three categories for nominations: former athlete, former coach and a contributor to LAPS athletics.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1.

    Pace race
    The Atomic City Roadrunners club are meeting on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County now through early October.
    This Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on the Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock. The races will start just to the west of Chamisa Elementary at 205 Meadow Lane.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the atomicrunners.com.

  • Raft season heating up

    When temperatures start to rise this summer, one of the best ways to enjoy nature without over heating is to go float down the Rio Grande.
    The river is diverse enough to accommodate adventure seekers of all ability levels. People looking for nice and easy trips can go on a mellow float. Long sections of big rapids are around for seasoned boaters and adrenaline junkies while a few other sections, like the Race Course and La Junta, have smaller, class two and three, rapids to keep people on their toes without intimidating them.
    The Race Course, which is about 45 minutes from Los Alamos, is the most popular section to float around.
    “It’s great for families and beginners looking for a whitewater experience,” Kokopelli River Adventures owner/manager John Seiner said. “For people looking for more adventure, we recommend inflatable kayaks.”
    Inflatable kayaks, aka funyaks or duckies, provide more of a challenge than rafts because people ride in them alone; they’re in charge of propelling and steering the boat by themselves. Since the boats are smaller, riders also get wetter in them. Rafters, on the other hand, can ride with a guide who helps steer the boat.
    People can also ride Stand Up Paddleboards, but flatter water is best to begin SUP and find your balance on.

  • Police Beat 5-22-15

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 14

    7:14 a.m. — Phillip Thomason, 22, of Jemez Springs was arrested through a magistrate court bench warrant at the University of New Mexico. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance, Nov. 26, 2014.

    May 16

    Patricia MacMillan, 31, of Los Alamos was arrested through a warrant from another jurisdiction at the Los Alamos police station.

    May 17

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 17-year-old Los Alamos female was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

    1:39 a.m. — A 16-year-old Los Alamos male was arrested for marijuana possession (less than one ounce) at West Road.

  • Update 5-22-15

    Plant Sale

    There will be a Second Chance Plant Sale Saturday at 811 Tiffany Court on North Mesa. The sale, which is hosted by the Los Alamos Garden Club, will be from 8 a.m.-noon.

    Artists Market

    There will be an Artist Market Saturday at the visitor center in White Rock. The market will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 661-4836.

    Warm Water

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. It will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 662-8170 for more information.

    Authors Speak

    Anne Hillerman, the author of “Rock Wing Wings” and the daughter of mystery author Tony Hillerman, will be the guest at the Authors Speak Series. The talk is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 28 in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library.

    Co-Op Market

    The Los Alamos Cooperative Market will have its farmers market Saturday on Entrada Road. The market will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Mental Health

  • LAPS computer technician receives certification

    Dean Obermeyer, the technology coordinator at Los Alamos Public Schools, recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a certification exam.
    The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), was awarded for Obermeyer’s mastering “the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems,” according to the district.
    “Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this ever-changing field of education technology,” said Keith Krueger, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of CoSN.
    To receive certification, the candidate must demonstrate experience in the education technology field and pass a comprehensive two-part examination based on the 10 skill areas in CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO.
    Once the CETL certification is earned, the professional must complete 60 hours of professional development activities every three years to maintain the designation.

  • Local Briefs 5-22-15

    MPNHP committee meets Tuesday

    Los Alamos County announced the next meeting of the newly-established Manhattan Project National Historical Park Advisory Committee will be Tuesday.
    The advisory committee is comprised of political, community and business leaders, as well as members of the public at-large. The committee is tasked to advise the county council on action to make preparations for next year’s opening of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
    The meeting will be from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the county’s municipal building. The committee has not yet determined a time, date and location for its future regular meetings.
    The public is invited to attend Tuesday’s meeting. Residents can also sign up to receive an informational newsletter to track the progress of the committee. That can be done at the county’s website, losalamosnm.us/Pages/Subscribe.aspx.

    YCC to host meeting at its garden

  • Lab scientists earn major award

    Outstanding performance in two vital mission areas resulted in prestigious awards for two Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists this week.
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced a select list of U.S. scientists and engineers as recipients of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award.
    The honor is conferred for their contributions in research and development that supports the Energy Department’s science, energy and national security missions.
    “This year’s announcement of E.O. Lawrence Awards for two of our staff members serves to confirm the vibrant, mission-critical work being done at Los Alamos,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. “Eric Dors, in the area of space-based nuclear nonproliferation, and Chris Fryer, in high-energy and computational multi physics, are outstanding representatives of the capabilities Los Alamos provides in national-security science. We are united with Secretary Moniz in recognizing the essential contributions they have made to global security applications and basic science.”

  • Gray leads Isotopes past Express in series opener

    Albuquerque Isotopes (17-24) right-handed pitcher Jon Gray dominated the Round Rock Express (25-14) for nearly seven innings as the Isotopes cruised to a 5-1 win at Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Texas. Gray allowed just one unearned run through his 6.2 innings of work.
    THE TURNING POINT: The key to Gray’s starts all season has been limiting first inning runs, and he managed to work around trouble in the opening frame Thursday night. He was spotted a two-run cushion thanks to a Ryan Casteel RBI single in the top of the first. After opening the bottom half of the frame with a strikeout, Gray walked Tomas Tellis on five pitches and Josh Hamilton doubled to put runners on second and third with just one out. The 23-year-old righty then induced back-to-back groundouts to strand a pair of runners and keep Round Rock off the board in the first.
    MR. McBRIDE: The hottest Isotopes hitter of late has been first baseman Matt McBride, and he continued his good work on Thursday. He turned in a 2-for-4 evening with a double and two runs scored. He now has eight straight multi-hit games. During that stretch, McBride is batting .563 (18-for-32) with 12 runs scored, four doubles, three home runs, six RBI and a walk. He also has hits in 12 of his last 13 games overall.

  • UNM upsets Nevada at MW tournament

    The University of New Mexico baseball team was not happy with the way the Nevada Wolf Pack celebrated their Mountain West regular-season title on Lobo Field a few weeks ago. The Lobos wanted a chance for revenge with Nevada in the conference tournament.
    They got Nevada.
    They routed Nevada.
    The Lobos (31-25) used the 10-run rule for the second time in as many games in the Mountain West Tournament as they defeated the host and top-seeded Wolf Pack 14-4 in seven innings on a rainy night. It was the most runs scored against Nevada at home all season.
    “We’re a young team with lots of injuries and lots of things to deal with, but these guys are battling,” UNM head coach Ray Birmingham said.
    Lane Milligan drove in four runs for the second consecutive game, while three Lobos recorded three hits. Every UNM starter had at least one, and all nine reached base safely at least twice. The offense backed a tremendous start by Toller Boardman, who moved to 9-3 on the season by pitching 6.2 innings and falling just one batter short of a complete game.
    It only took the Lobos just four pitches to take a 1-0 lead. Sam Haggerty smacked a 1-0 pitched past Nevada’s third baseman for a double, and Milligan knocked an 0-1 pitch over the first-base bag for another double that brought in Haggerty.