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Today's News

  • Waterman brings council experience

    First of a series.
    Roger Waterman’s three terms on council in the 1980s helped motivate him to run now. “I found it very challenging and one of the most interesting and long-term learning experiences of my life,” Waterman said.

    Waterman served from 1982 to 1988, when councilors were elected for two-year terms. “That was an exciting time for the community, but so is now,” Waterman said.

    The county had very little money then. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Atomic City Assistance payments comprised a third of the budget.

    “We were in a situation where we didn’t have any money to do repair streets, to do any capital improvements.”

  • Environmental data now viewable by the public

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s database of environmental monitoring data is now directly viewable by the public.

    “Intellus New Mexico,” the new, web-based application, will display the same internal data that Laboratory scientists and regulatory agencies see and use for environmental analysis and monitoring of the LANL site.  The new system contains more than 9 million records, including historical data as well as a near-real-time view of ongoing data collection activities.

    Intellus NM replaces an older database of lab-related environmental data, known as RACER.

  • Spring storm blankets area

    Los Alamos residents woke up to a spring snow wonderland Tuesday as more than six inches of the white stuff fell overnight.

    Plows were out early, doing their best to clear roads. And in the morning, business owners were out in full force clearing snow.
    A winter weather advisory for moderate to occasional heavy snow was cancelled shortly after noon.

    Residents of Pajarito Acres, in White Rock, meanwhile, have been without power since 8:30 p.m. Monday.

  • Report shows state lags in literacy

    More than 60 percent of 12th graders leave high school without the advanced reading and writing skills needed for college.

    That’s according to a newly released report from the Alliance for Excellent Education.

    The report notes that while the share of jobs in the United States that require postsecondary education has increased from 28 percent to 60 percent in the 1970s, the literacy performance of 17-year-olds has remained the same. A

  • Clean up the racing industry

    Some people were shocked by the revelation that five New Mexico race tracks had the worst safety records in the nation.
    According to the New York Times, trainers here “illegally pump sore horses full of painkillers to mask injury” and race them; if they’re caught the penalties are minimal. In the last three years, some 3,600 horses died at state-regulated tracks nationwide. In just 13 days in 2010, nine horses died racing at Sunland Park, five were hauled away, and two jockeys were hospitalized, one in critical condition.
    The March 24 story features a photo of a dead racehorse at a Ruidoso dump, its broken front leg visible, and a video interview with Jacky Martin, a New Mexico jockey paralyzed after his horse went down.

  • Keep businesses safe from hackers

    Many business owners fear computer data breaches, but they don’t know where to start protecting themselves from information-highway robbers. Some wonder why they should spend money on sophisticated security systems when hackers can get around them. But a business doesn’t have to spend a fortune to introduce basic IT security measures that can significantly reduce its vulnerability.
    Know the enemy
    Small-business owners assume hackers only seek big money from big businesses. But hackers like small ventures because most have minimal security. Hackers likewise prey on business travelers who use unprotected mobile phones and electronic devices to send sensitive information.

  • LA boys golf finishes 6th Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys golf team finished sixth in Monday’s Bernalillo Invitational, while Emma Haines just missed out on an individual qualifying leg for the Hilltopper girls.
    Monday’s tournament was played at the Santa Ana Golf Club in Bernalillo.
    The Hilltopper girls brought just three players to the event, not enough to earn a team score, but Haines shot a 100 on the day, just missing the qualifying leg cutoff of 99. Haines got hot early in her round as she flirted with her first leg of the 2011-12 season.
    Emily Stearns was the only other member of the Hillltopper girls to complete her round. She finished with a 123.
    For the Hilltopper boys, Johnny Osden led the way with an 88 as the Hilltoppers finished with 446 strokes.

  • Turning it Around

    Katya Skurikhin performs a one and a half jump turn during her gold medal floor exercise at the NAWGJ meet March 3. Skurikhin won the Level 7 all-around championship for Los Alamos School of Gymnastics, taking first place in vault, uneven parallel bars and in floor exercises

  • No. 2 singles, doubles girls advance to final

    Los Alamos’ No. 2 singles player Laura Whicker and its No. 2 doubles team of Bridget Daughton/Jing Xie advanced to the championship round of Saturday’s Los Alamos Invitational tennis tournament.
    The tournament was held at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
    The tournament included teams from Cleveland, Hope Christian, Taos and defending Class 4A champion Farmington, as well as most of the teams from District 2-4A.
    The Hilltoppers were playing Saturday’s tournament without most of their top players.

  • Girls track results from Saturday's invite

    Here are the Los Alamos girls track and field team’s results from Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational:

    Team scores
    1. Cleveland, 116; 2. La Cueva, 111; 3. Los Alamos, 74; 4. Eldorado, 73; 5. Cibola, 37; 6. Sandia Prep, 16; 7. Albuquerque Academy, 11; 8. Bosque School, 8; (tie) West Mesa, 8.

    3200 meters
    5. Miranda Barraza, 12:23.72; 6. Liz Turner, 12:25.75; Amanda Mercer, 12:46.26.

    400 relay
    3. Los Alamos (Laura Wendelberger, Amy Neal, Morgan Schake, Chase Ealey), 50.64.

    100 hurdles
    3. Laura Wendelberger, 16.49; Chelsea Chalacombe, 18.64; Hallie Thayer, 20.76.

    1600 meters