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Today's News

  • LA is in third place in NMIIHL

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team is sitting in third place in the prep standings this week after dropping a pair of games to El Paso, Texas, Coronado.
    Los Alamos (8-4-1) has 17 points on the season, third-best total in the current New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings. It trails Coronado’s T-Birds and Cibola.
    The NMIIHL doesn’t have games scheduled for this weekend owing to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.
    Coronado (13-1) is atop the standings, but actually trails Cibola (13-1-2) by two points overall. Coronado’s two wins over Los Alamos in week 11. Coronado topped Los Alamos 5-2 in one game and 7-2 in the other.
    The Hilltoppers did beat the La Cueva Bears 3-2 during week 11.
    Individually, Hilltopper goaltender Zealand Walterscheid is statistically the No. 4 backstop in the league. Walterscheid, who has appeared in all 13 of Los Alamos’ games to date, sports a 2.41 goals-against average – third-best in the NMIIHL – and has made 132 total saves.
    Cibola continues to lead the league in scoring with 117 goals for. Zach Prigge (26 goals, 20 assists) leads four Cibola players in the top six among scorers this year.
    Cibola and Coronado are also tied for top defenses, having given up just 31 goals so far. Los Alamos has allowed 37 goals on the year.

  • Griego to leave LASO post

    Juan Griego will be leaving his post as the Los Alamos Site Office acting manager in March for a two-year stint with the New Mexico National Guard.

    Griego, a native of Espanola and a Los Alamos High School graduate, made the announcement to LASO employees earlier this week.

    And the NNSA Los Alamos Site Office released a statement this morning, confirming his departure in March.

    “I have been blessed with the opportunities to serve with both the Department of Energy/NNSA here in Los Alamos for over 26 years, and the New Mexico National Guard for over 30 years.    Recently, the New Mexico National Guard requested my service as the Deputy Adjutant General on a full-time basis, for up to a two-year period,” Griego said.

    “I have always valued both my military and civil service, and am honored to be considered to serve as the Deputy Adjutant General for the New Mexico National Guard.   This request has been vetted through the NNSA up to the administrator level and approved, reflecting the value that NNSA places on military service contributions by federal civil-service employees.

  • Raw: Woman Thrown on Philly Subway Tracks

    Philadelphia transit police say a suspect has been arrested for throwing a woman on the subway tracks Tuesday afternoon. The woman was able to escape and suffered only bumps and bruises.

     

  • Today in History for January 18th
  • Armstrong admits doping to Oprah

    CHICAGO (AP) — He did it. He finally admitted it. Lance Armstrong doped.

    He was light on the details and didn't name names. He mused that he might not have been caught if not for his comeback in 2009. And he was certain his "fate was sealed" when longtime friend, training partner and trusted lieutenant George Hincapie, who was along for the ride on all seven of Armstrong's Tour de France wins from 1999-2005, was forced to give him up to anti-doping authorities.

    But right from the start and more than two dozen times during the first of a two-part interview Thursday night with Oprah Winfrey on her OWN network, the disgraced former cycling champion acknowledged what he had lied about repeatedly for years, and what had been one of the worst-kept secrets for the better part of a week: He was the ringleader of an elaborate doping scheme on a U.S. Postal Service team that swept him to the top of the podium at the Tour de France time after time.

  • Up Close With Lincoln's Bible
  • Veenstra molds psyches and clay

     

    Kathleen Veenstra is probably most well known for her many years of work with the Los Alamos Public Schools as a counselor, but fewer people are probably familiar with her as an artist. 

    Veenstra is a ceramicist/potter and also a fine artist, painting landscapes and portraits. When asked about how she was able to develop to a professional level in all three areas, Veenstra explained that her first love was art and the career as a counselor evolved somewhat circuitously from there.

    Veenstra remembers painting as a child, encouraged by her father, a frustrated painter. She was proficient as a portrait painter by the time she entered college and had her first formal training. There, she discovered that the combination of feeling and light, which shape landscape paintings fulfilled her artistic desires. She went on to receive a master’s degree in studio art. 

  • Hecker to give talk Saturday

    Siegfried Hecker, a former Los Alamos National Laboratory director, will talk about Los Alamos and Kazakhstan at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1967 18th St.
    Hecker, who currently works for the Center for International Security at Stanford University, has given numerous talks on North Korea.
    But this one promises to be different.
    In 1992, the Russians pulled out of their former huge nuclear test site at Semipalatinsk, now in the newly independent Republic of Kazakhstan. Los Alamos scientists were concerned about what the Russians may have left behind that could pose a nuclear proliferation or nuclear terrorism problem.
    “After 14 years of intense efforts to mitigate these potential problems, we are now allowed to tell the story of the key role Los Alamos played,” Hecker said.
    The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Lawry Mann at 662-4590.
     

  • Take another look at Watergate

     Politics are not everyone’s cup of tea, but the subject is sometimes hard to ignore — especially when it involves scandal.
    Most people would probably say that the Watergate scandal was not only one of the most corrupt times in political history, but also left a black smudge on the face of American politics that won’t be forgotten. And while most people have probably put that time period in the backs of their minds, there are some that still feel that former President Richard M. Nixon got off easy.
    Directed by Courtney Lounsbury and produced by Kate Ramsey and Brad Lounsbury, Los Alamos Little Theatre’s latest production, “Frost/Nixon” tackles the aftermath of the Watergate scandal and one media personality’s aspirations for fame.
    Grady Hughes portrays the sharp, witty, sometimes humorous, almost always sarcastic, Nixon. Don Monteith portrays the suave, silver-tongued talk show host and ladies man, David Frost. Together, they take the audience through Nixon’s struggle with reality after his resignation and Frost’s hopes of getting the politician to admit his guilt in the Watergate scandal on television.

  • Update 01-17-13

    Coalition meeting

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities will hold its business meeting from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Friday at the Ohkay Casino Conference Center.

    Boy Scouts

    The Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society Inc. will hold a community-wide meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 in the upstairs meeting room, over the Fabulous 50s restaurant, at the American Legion Post 90.

    Kiwanis

    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday at the Masonic Temple, on Sage, near the intersection of 15th and Canyon. On Jan. 22, Katherine Gauntt of the Walkin N Circles Ranch, Inc., in Edgewood, will speak on the ranch’s horse rescue program.

    Zumba canceled

    The LAHS NJROTC Booster Club and instructors have canceled the Zumba event scheduled for Friday at the Pueblo Complex Gym.

    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.