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Today's News

  • Supercomputing challenge slated for this next week

    More than 200 New Mexico students and their teachers will convene at Los Alamos National Laboratory April 23 and 24 for judging and the awards ceremony in the 22nd annual New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    More than 60 teams of students from elementary, middle, and high school are participating in the event, said David Kratzer of the Laboratory’s High Performance Computer Systems group and LANL’s coordinator of the Supercomputing Challenge.

    While at LANL, students will present their projects and take part in tours, talks, and demonstrations with Laboratory scientists and researchers. Student projects will be recognized during an awards ceremony from 9 to 11:30 a.m., April 24 at the Church of Christ, 2323 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos.

  • Fire info session sizzles

    Despite an afternoon snow, dozens of people attended the fire prevention informational session hosted by the Los Alamos Fire Department Saturday in council chambers

    The session was the first since the Las Conchas fire that wiped out 156,593 acres last summer in the Jemez Mountains southwest of Los Alamos.

    Deputy Fire Chief Justin Grider said between 50 and 100 people attended the event aimed at informing residents about ongoing fire mitigation efforts, how they can protect their own homes and show them the damage from last year’s fire.

    “It was a learning experience by all,” he said adding that the public came with great questions.

  • Budget hearings progress smoothly

    Los Alamos County Council’s first night of budget hearings progressed relatively smoothly Monday.

    After an overview of the proposed budget and a discussion of long range planning by County Administrator Harry Burgess and Assistant County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Steven Lynne, council tentatively passed budgets for the following departments as follows:

    • County council, municipal court, county assessor, county clerk and county sheriff: passed 6-1, with Councilor Vincent Chiravalle voting no.

    • County attorney: passed 6-1, with Chiravalle voting no.

    • Fire department: passed 7-0

    • Police department: passed 7-0

  • Police Beat 04-17-12

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt.

    April 6

    4:11 a.m. – A caller on 11th Street reported that people were running up and down the stairs at her apartment complex. Police were unable to locate the subjects.

    1:45 p.m. - Kendall Frye, 44, Los Alamos, was arrested on charges of battery against a household member.

    3:07 p.m. – An unidentified 28-year-old Los Alamos male reported that he has been the victim of larceny between $2,500 and $500.

  • Johnson now a contender

    Gary Johnson hasn’t forgotten who he is.
    Maybe our former governor couldn’t elbow his way into Republican presidential debates, but he hasn’t been ignored by the media.
    Recently, he was even on the Comedy Channel’s “Colbert Report,” where he held his own with comedian-satirist Stephen Colbert – no easy feat. I once harpooned Johnson’s rambling speeches and off-topic digressions, but today’s he’s a poised speaker who communicates clearly and stays on message. The political caterpillar has become a butterfly.

  • State lacks Billy the Kid statues

     Now that New Mexico finally has a statue of Pat Garrett, our state’s best known lawman, Lincoln County War researcher Mike Pitel notes that the score on Billy the Kid statues is Texas: 2, New Mexico: 0.
    We recently mentioned San Elizario, Texas, just down the river from El Paso, has erected a Billy the Kid statue in its business district designed to increase tourist traffic to the village. Then there is a statue of the Kid and a small museum in Hico, Texas and a grave marker in nearby Hamilton, Texas.

  • LA's boys, girls finish in the top three on Monday

    Both Los Alamos Hilltopper golf teams finished in the top three at their home invitational Monday.
    Los Alamos had its second home event of the 2011-12 season at Los Alamos Golf Course. In all, 14 schools participated in the tournament.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with 434 strokes, although they were well back of tournament winner Santa Fe, which had a 388 and earned a qualifying leg toward the state Class 4A tournament.
    Jayme Quintana of West Las Vegas had the best round of the day, shooting a 77, holding off Taylar Jaramillo of Belen by one shot. Bernalillo’s Shanelle Tafoya finished with an 86.
    For the Hilltoppers, Emma Haines and Emily Stearns both finished with 103s to pace the team. Bri Sanderson finished with a 104.

  • LA girls split two district duals

    Without most of its top players this weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team still managed to hold on for a victory over the Bernalillo Spartans.
    The Hilltoppers, using mostly their junior varsity lineup, split a pair of duals in the pre-District 2-4A tournament Saturday in Santa Fe. The Hilltoppers nipped the Bernalillo Spartans 5-4 in one of the two duals, but fell to the Española Valley Sundevils in the other, 6-2.
    Most of Los Alamos’ top players were in Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend for the Cheyenne Mountain Invitational.
    The pre-district tournament is used to determine seedings for the 2-4A playoffs. That tournament is April 27.

  • LA, Española Valley face off Wednesday

    Wednesday’s diamond contests at Española Valley could go a long way to determining the outcome of this year’s baseball and softball district races.
    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper teams have big games Wednesday when they face the Sundevils. The two games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
    Currently, both Hilltopper teams are sitting atop District 2-4A. In softball, the Sundevils are the Hilltoppers’ final major challenger in district.

  • Hilltoppers sweep district twinbill vs. Demons

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team swept the Santa Fe Demons at home Saturday to remain on top of the District 2-4A standings.
    Los Alamos closed out Santa Fe early in both games of the doubleheader, earning a 13-3 victory in five innings in game one and a 15-5, six-inning decision in the nightcap.
    The Hilltoppers got their offense back on track after a couple of sluggish recent performances, scoring four runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out that contest early and exploding for six runs in the fifth of game two.
    “We came out more aggressive,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “The kids were focused Saturday, even with how cold and windy it was. That was about as focused as I’ve seen them.”