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Today's News

  • Lab accounts for $3 billion to state economy

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is crucial to New Mexico’s economic health, creating a $2.9 billion impact on the state’s economy and supporting about 24,000 jobs, according to a new University of New Mexico study.

    In fiscal year 2009, the Lab directly injected $1.6 billion into New Mexico’s economy, with an additional $1.3 billion resulting from indirect economic spending.  The indirect impacts are the ripple effect of LANL vendors purchasing goods and services and LANL employees and vendors’ employees spending their earnings in the region.  UNM calculated the Lab’s economic impact based on employee compensation, purchases of goods and services, construction expenditures, taxes, and other outlays.

  • Practical Money Matters: For Mother’s Day, help Mom get organized

    Mother’s Day is May 8. In addition to traditional gifts like candy and flowers, consider spending a few hours helping your mom organize her financial, legal and medical records so she – and you – know where she stands.
    Being prepared will make it much easier to take appropriate actions should an issue ever arise.
    Here are a few key areas to sort out:
    Gather documents that address retirement income sources so your mom will know better how much income will be available throughout retirement:
    • If she’s still working, your mom should already receive an annual statement from Social Security showing estimated benefits at varying retirement ages.

  • Teens raise money for movie project

    Samantha Filer, 14 (left), and cast members in her film, “The Sword of Arundel” recently held a fundraiser in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank. They worked to raise $1,700 for Filer Films, her production company, to film “The Sword of Arundel.” An account at the bank is open to finance the film, which, among other places, will be filmed in the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Homework needs to be done

    Several of my friends have written letters to the Los Alamos Monitor objecting to reducing Trinity Drive from four to two lanes. Others object to the entire concept of traffic roundabouts.
    I for one haven’t decided which side is right. The main I agree it is intuitive that reducing from four lanes to two would cause a traffic jam at peak hours, but I got to wondering how we know this.  
    In short, most people don’t know much about traffic and so have written their opinions, and while opinions can be correct, we need something more substantial.   
    What do we really know about efficient traffic and other benefits of two lanes vs four?

  • Topes Notes 04-27-11

    Isotopes top Zephyrs 13-8 to win series

  • Sports update 04-27-11

    Pasta dinner will benefit baseball program

    The Los Alamos High School baseball program will hold a pasta dinner Thursday at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    The dinner is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. Dinner includes pasta, bread, salad, dessert and drink.
    Tickets for the pasta dinner are $6 in advance or $7 at the door.

    LAHS boys soccer team holding meeting May 4

    Los Alamos High School’s boys soccer team will hold an informational meeting  May 4.
    The meeting will be at Sullivan Field starting at 6 p.m.
    Players and parents of players interested in participating in the LAHS boys soccer program for the fall 2011 season are encouraged to attend.

  • Golf: Woods out with knee problems

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods has a minor injury to his left knee and Achilles’ tendon that will keep him out of the Wells Fargo Championship next week, raising more questions that his health might be the biggest obstacle in his chase of Jack Nicklaus’ record.
    Woods said on his website Tuesday that he hurt himself hitting a shot during the third round of the Masters.
    It’s the fourth time he has missed a tournament because of his left knee. Woods did not say when he might return.

  • Boys track and field: JV results from LA home meet

    Here are the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys junior varsity track and field results from its home meet Thursday.

    400 relay
    5. Los Alamos (Patrick Doyle, Corrie Theesfeld, Quill Chase-Daniel, Topher Owens), 48.50.

    110 hurdles
    Ben Nelson, 21.65.

    100 meters
    Corrie Theesfeld, 11.93; Topher Owens, 12.28; Michael Hemphill, 12.31; Quill Chase-Daniel, 12.31; Patrick Doyle, 12.46; Praneeth Gudoor, 12.81.

    1600 meters

  • Girls golf: Toppers finish second at 2-day Kirtland Central Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team showed signs of getting back in the swing of things this spring season at this week’s Kirtland Central Invitational.
    Los Alamos, which struggled in its first two tournaments of the spring 2011 season, had its best showing so far in Tuesday’s round of the Kirtland Central tournament. The tournament was hosted by the Kirtland Central Broncos, regarded as one of the teams to beat in the upcoming Class 4A championship.
    In less than ideal weather conditions Tuesday, the Hilltoppers posted their best score since the fall season.
    The Hilltoppers carded a 368, a full 50 shots better than their total a week earlier at their home tournament.

  • Stocks waver as investors await Fed speech

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wavered between modest gains and losses Wednesday ahead of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's latest assessment on the health of the U.S. economy.

    Bernanke is expected to discuss the job market, inflation and the prospects for economic growth in a news conference following the conclusion of the Fed's two-day policymaking meeting. Investors want to know when the Fed will begin raising interest rates. They also expect the Fed to confirm that its $600 billion bond-buying program will end as scheduled in June.