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Today's News

  • Roundup: JV splits a twinbill

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper junior varsity baseball team took a split over the Bernalillo Spartans at home Thursday.
    Los Alamos lost the first game of the doubleheader 4-2, but came back to win the second game 7-2.
    The split puts the Hilltoppers at 8-7 on the season.
    Along with Thursday’s doubleheader, the Hilltoppers also played a doubleheader April 11 against Capital, winning those two games handily. The Hilltoppers picked up an 11-4 decision in game one against the Jaguars, then crushed the Jaguars 15-0 in the nightcap.
    Los Alamos’ JV has won five of its last seven contests. The Hilltoppers will host Santa Fe Tuesday.

    JV softball team drops home doubleheader

  • LA baseball earns No. 7 4A ranking

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a No. 7 ranking in this week’s MaxPreps.com ratings of Class 4A baseball teams around the state.
    Los Alamos, which has won eight straight games, more than all but one 4A team in the state, is 14-6 on the season heading into a doubleheader against Bernalillo Saturday. It is also at the top of the District 2-4A standings.
    The 4A baseball rankings have only been published sporadically by the website this season.
    Piedra Vista is No. 1 in 4A baseball despite having a rather pedestrian 12-9 season record, although it has the best strength-of-schedule in the classification.
    In 4A softball, Los Alamos, which has been rated as high as No. 10 this season, finished 15th in this week’s rankings. Los Alamos is 10-10 on the season and trying to keep pace with Bernalillo and Santa Fe in the district standings.
    The Hilltopper softball squad will also be at Bernalillo for a doubleheader starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
    In baseball, following Piedra Vista’s Panthers, the Goddard Rockets (11-3) are ranked No. 2, followed by Valencia, Farmington and defending state champ St. Pius X in the top five.
    Immediately ahead of the Hilltoppers is the Albuquerque Academy Chargers (10-7) in sixth place. The Chargers defeated the Hilltoppers 8-3 in March.

  • McClellan is tops at Pace Race

    Laura McClellan had the best prediction in this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, is a weekly event. Races are Tuesday evenings at various sites around Los Alamos County.
    This week’s race started and finished at the county’s ice rink in Los Alamos Canyon.
    It was a good night for predictors, as five competitors were within 25 seconds of calling their actual finish times.
    McClellan picked up the win, as she was just 9 seconds off her actual time. She beat out Heidi Bjorklund (18 seconcs), Liz McDonald (21 seconds), Nikol Strother (22 seconds) and Roy Cope (24 seconds).
    The fastest finishers on the 1-mile course were Patricia Burnside, who had a time of 8:59, and Paul Elkins, who finished in 14:12. On the 3-mile course, the top finishers were Strother (21:22) and Bill Rice (24:13).
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday. It will be run on Cañada del Buey Trail in White Rock, starting near Chamisa Elementary School.
    Starting time is 6 p.m.
    For more information on next week’s race, call 672-9243 or 672-1639. More information can also be found by visiting the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com. 

  • Avs win in overtime

    DENVER (AP) — Patrick Roy showed as much boldness behind the bench as he once did as a Hall of Fame goaltender.
    The first-year Colorado coach made some daring moves late in the game — like pulling his goaltender with 3:01 remaining — and yet the ploy worked out.
    It’s been that kind of season for Roy and his youthful squad.
    Paul Stastny scored 7:27 into overtime after tying the game with 13.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Avalanche to a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild in the opener of the Western Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
    “We believe in ourselves,” said Roy, who won two Stanley Cup titles for the Avalanche as a player and helped guide the team back to the playoffs for the first time in four years.
    “Sometimes, you’re not playing your best game, but the quality of our team is we found a way to win this game. That’s what you want in the playoffs.”
    Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn also added goals for Colorado.
    Stastny beat Ilya Bryzgalov with a close-in wrist shot in overtime, the same type of play Stastny used to tie the game in regulation.
    Not that the Avalanche were too surprised by the late rally because, “we’ve done it all year,” Stastny said.

  • 7.2 earthquake shakes Mexico

     

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake at about 9:30 a.m. (10:30 a.m. EDT; 1430 GMT) was centered on a long-dormant faultline northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday.

    It was felt across at least a half-dozen states and Mexico's capital, where it collapsed several walls and left larges cracks in some facades. Debris covered sidewalks around the city.

  • Astronomers discover Earth-like planet

     

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it's not too hot and not too cold for life.

    The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

    "This is the best case for a habitable planet yet found. The results are absolutely rock solid," University of California, Berkeley astronomer Geoff Marcy, who had no role in the discovery, said in an email.

    The planet was detected by NASA's orbiting Kepler telescope, which examines the heavens for subtle changes in brightness that indicate an orbiting planet is crossing in front of a star. From those changes, scientists can calculate a planet's size and make certain inferences about its makeup.

    The newfound object, dubbed Kepler-186f, circles a red dwarf star 500 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. A light-year is almost 6 trillion miles.

  • Heinrich on upcoming wildfire season
  • Supercomputing challenge set for Monday

    More than 250 New Mexico students and their teachers will be at Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday and Tuesday for the 24th annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge expo and awards ceremony.
    “The goal of the year-long competition is to increase knowledge of science and computing, expose students and teachers to computers and applied mathematics, and instill enthusiasm for science in middle- and high-school students, their families and communities,” said David Kratzer of the laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.
    About 70 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are expected at the event.
    While at the laboratory, students will present their projects and take part in tours, talks and demonstrations with laboratory scientists.
    Student projects will be recognized during an awards ceremony from 9 a.m. to noon, April 22 at the Church of Christ Auditorium, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.
    More than $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded to student participants, along with many plaques and cash awards.
    The Challenge is project-based learning geared to teaching a wide range of skills: research, writing, teamwork, time management, oral presentations and computer programming.

  • Hunting We Will Go

    Children scramble to gather Easter eggs at the last year’s Los Alamos Elks Lodge #2083 Annual Easter Egg Hunt for the community. This year’s event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ashley Pond. There are three age groups: four and under, five to seven, and eight and up. The Easter Bunny and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department will be at the event, as well as the Elks mascot, Elroy the Elk.

  • Update 04-17-14

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at UNM-LA Room 608. The topic of the meeting will be “Local Issues.”

    Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. today in a special session in council chambers.

    Banquet

    The annual Phi Beta Kappa Los Alamos chapter banquet featuring guest speaker Dr. Doug Dunston and honoring the outstanding 2014 LA High School graduates will be 5:30 p.m. April 27 at Fuller Lodge. There is a deadline for the members who did not receive an invitation as of Wednesday call 672-0249 or 667-8927 if they would like to attend.

    Dem meeting

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos will have its monthly meeting from 7-8 p.m. today in Building 2 at UNMLA.

    Movie time

    White Rock Family Friendly Film Series. “Smurfs 2,” 6:30 p.m. today at White Rock Town Hall.