Today's News

  • Home-school College Day at UNM-LA

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will host Home-School College Day from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 13. The event is open to students in grades seven through 12, and their families. College officials ask that those planning to attend to RSVP in order to ensure there will be sufficient food and information packets on hand.
     The event begins in the Student Center, with a welcome speech from Executive Director Dr. Cedric Page. Students and family will take a tour of campus and sit in on mini-lectures from the professors of some of the classes UNM-LA offers regularly.
     The College Day will take place along with a Student Government mixer for UNM-LA students, called “Explore Your Future.” At this mixer, faculty will have displays and information from their departments on the degree programs offered and the career paths in each field. A wide variety of studies will be represented: fine arts, fire science, business, math, health science, engineering, computer technology, communications and applied technologies.
     Advisors from UNM in Albuquerque will also be on campus to meet with students pursuing bachelor’s degrees.
     Questions and RSVPs can be made by calling Grace Willerton at 661-4690.
    From a press release

  • Briefs 01-25-13

    NM proposal for concealed handguns in schools

    SANTA FE (AP) — Schools in New Mexico could allow an employee to carry a concealed handgun on school property under a proposal by a Republican legislator.
    State law prohibits guns on school premises except in limited instances, such as by police and school security guards.
    The legislation by Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort of Sandia Park comes a month after a Connecticut school shooting that claimed the lives of 26 children and school workers.
    Under Beffort’s proposal, a school could designate one of its workers to bring a loaded, concealed handgun on campus if the individual was licensed to carry the weapon.
    The National Rifle Association has advocated placing armed guards in all schools. President Barack Obama has proposed gun law changes, including a ban on assault-style weapons.

    Rain and snow forecast for New Mexico this weekend

  • Update 01-25-13

    Blood drive

    United Blood Services will host a blood drive from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Los Alamos High School’s speech theater.

    'Show Some Class'

     Fuller Lodge Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Show Some Class,” will open with a reception from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the art center.


    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will present “Messiah” by George Frederick Handel, from 3-6 p.m. Sunday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.

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    Ice rink closure

    The Los Alamos County Ice Rink will close one hour early on Feb. 15 to accommodate a private group.  Public skating will be from 1:45-6 p.m. Contact the Ice Rink at 662-4500 with any additional questions.

    Science fair

    The Los Alamos Community is invited to view County Science fair projects from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Los Alamos High School.  

  • Board puts landscaping up for bids

    The Los Alamos Board of Education recently opted to put the landscaping piece of the middle school construction contract out for bid after officials realized they could probably get more for the taxpayers money if they did so.

    Originally estimated at $240,000, the price tag had to be clipped to $125,000 to make up for underestimates that cropped up in other parts of the construction project.

    “When the overall cost of the project came in, we wanted to reduce that by about $115,000,” said Los Alamos Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt. “Then the question between the schools and builder became if you take $115,000 out of that landscaping, how much landscaping do you have left?”

    According to Schmidt, there was a “decent amount, but the hope of the board was to have a great landscape.”

    When the high school was being renovated and rebuilt, the board did the same thing, Schmidt said, a move that accomplished all their landscaping goals but for $40,000 less.

  • Martinez: NM high school grad rate up seven points

    RIO RANCHO (AP) — New Mexico’s four-year high school graduation rate jumped to 70 percent just a year after federal data showed the state’s 63 percent rate was one of the worst in the nation, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Thursday.

    Speaking in front of students from Rio Rancho High School, Martinez called the seven-point spike a “mile marker” and said the improvement in just a year’s time was evidence that New Mexico schools could provide the needed services to help students graduate.

    “While we have a long way to go ... I do believe the schools all across our state have taken on the challenge of keeping our young people in high school,” Martinez said. “And I think our students are responding well to the high expectations.”

    Martinez said the state’s “A through F” grading system paired with preventative measures helped schools improve student achievement.

    In addition to an overall graduation rate spike, state officials reported that graduate rates also increased for Latino and American Indian students and students with disabilities. For example, Latino students had a graduation rate of 68 percent, an eight point jump from 2011. Meanwhile, Native American students saw a graduation rate of 65 percent and a nine point increase.

  • Scientists develop detection technique for live pathogens

    Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers have developed a technique for quick detection of live pathogens in the field. The advance could prove to be a game-changer in terms of being able to rapidly identify the source of food-borne illnesses such as E. coli. Identification of bacteria in a complex environment is currently scientifically challenging.

    Current detection and diagnostic techniques are inadequate in major public health emergencies, such as outbreaks of food-borne illness. Finding the source of live pathogens in the suspected food supply requires days of laboratory culture.

    LANL’s new method eliminates the need for laboratory culture and speeds the process. The technique relies on bacteria being critically dependent upon the key nutrient iron. The bacteria synthesize and release sequestering agents, called siderophores, into their environment to bind iron tightly for subsequent uptake. This process occurs only in live, intact bacteria.

    The LANL team created a method to use bacterial siderophores for selective, rapid identification of viable bacteria in their surroundings.

  • Smith's exec meets local retailers on development

    In the lead-up to council’s approval of the Trinity Site contract, one hotly debated issue was whether having a Smith’s Marketplace as the anchor store would prove to be a benefit for local retailers or drive them out of business.

    Those fears intensified when the North American Development Group backed out and Smith’s/Kroger assumed the contract.

    As Smith’s/Kroger officials prepare to present design plans for county approval, it is working to alleviate those fears. To that end, Vice President of Public Affairs Marsha Gilford met last Wednesday with those who could be most impacted by the development.

    “Our approach, and our true philosophy, is that there is so much business that’s leaking out to Santa Fe and Albuquerque that this store will keep a lot of that business and retail shopping activity in Los Alamos. And if we can do that, then all the smaller businesses are going to thrive as well,” Gilford said.

    “We don’t expect that we’re going to have everything that people need and want. We think we’ll have a great selection and we intend to make this just an exciting store for the Los Alamos customers. We have a lot committed to this store and want it to be fabulous.

  • Raw: Massive Croc Escape at S. Africa Farm

    About 7,000 crocodiles escaped a crocodile farm when the gates on a dam were opened this week to alleviate pressure created by rising flood waters. About 2,000 have been recaptured, the Beeld newspaper reported Friday.

  • 'Brain Pacemakers' Try to Zap Alzheimer's
  • Dual in the Four Corners

    Peter Brewer, going for a pin against Tierra Encantada’s Jorge Marquez, and the Hilltoppers will take part in the very tough Aztec Duals Saturday. Most of the top teams from the Four Corners area will be in action. Los Alamos is coming off a win at last week’s Pecos Invitational, at which Brewer finished second in the 220-pound weight division.