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Today's News

  • ´Toppers pick up big sweep Saturday

    BERNALILLO — Heading into game one of Saturday’s doubleheader, the pressure was squarely on the shoulders of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers.
    Following Saturday’s action, however, the pressure is on the rest of District 2-4A to catch them.
    The Hilltopper softball team earned two huge victories Saturday in Bernalillo, knocking off the Bernalillo Spartans, who had to be going into Saturday the district favorites. Instead, the Hilltoppers earned a wild 8-5 victory in the opener and picked up a 6-0 shutout in the second game.

  • 'Toppers take 2 from Spartans

    BERNALILLO — The District 2-4A season could’ve scarcely started better for the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team.
    The Hilltoppers, playing on the road, took a tight 5-3 ballgame in the opener of their district twinbill with the Bernalillo Spartans, then exploded for 12 runs in the final three innings to pick up a victory in the nightcap, 14-1.
    Los Alamos and Bernalillo have slugged it out for several seasons for control of 2-4A. In 2012, the early advantage goes to the Hilltoppers.
    “It was big,” said Los Alamos pitcher Steven Williams, who threw a gem in game two. “We really wanted to show them what we were made of. We have never played them too good, but we made sure we gave them a game this time.”

  • LANL Foundation announces scholarship winners

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation (Foundation) announced the 2012 scholarship recipient awardees this week.  Sixty-eight students were awarded a total of $401,000 in scholarships.  The recipient of the top Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) $30,000 Platinum award is Scott Carlsten, a Los Alamos High School senior and burgeoning career scientist.

  • County to test CodeRed Thursday

    Los Alamos County will conduct a test of its CodeRED emergency notification system at approximately 2 p.m. Thursday. The county contracted with Emergency Communications Network to license its CodeRED high-speed notification solution in November of last year. The CodeRED system provides county officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county.

  • Legal questions raised about candidate filings

    SANTA FE — Attorney General Gary King's office offered a legal defense Friday for the Senate's top leader and several other candidates to remain on the primary election ballot despite the omission of some required information from their filing papers.

    In a memo to the state's top election official, King's office said past legal rulings suggest that a New Mexico court would not reject the candidates because of a technical problem in the nominating petitions submitted by the candidates when they filed for office earlier this week.

    Secretary of State Dianna Duran had asked King whether she should exclude Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and 11 other candidates from the June ballot.

  • LANL begins enhanced security procedures

     Los Alamos National Laboratory began implementing several changes to its security procedures on Friday, March 16.   The most prominent change is the increase of random inspections of all vehicles transiting the Laboratory, to include West and East Jemez Roads and roadways leading to the main Laboratory administrative area, Technical Area 3.  The changes are a result of recommendations made during a recent review of Laboratory protective measures by a joint Department of Defense and Department of Energy security assessment.

  • Economy bumping along

    News, good, bad and of no significance, came in the latest job numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics and the state’s Department of Workforce Solutions.
    The insignificance in the changes from January 2011 to January 2012 was both in terms of size—the changes being small—and statistics—the changes also being too small to matter.
    For example, we added all of 300 people to the labor force between December and January, the BLS said, bringing the January labor force total to 920,800 on a seasonally unadjusted basis. The change is both small and statistically insignificant.
    That the labor force grew, however slightly, was a switch, a bit of good news.

  • What's in a word?

     Thomas Jefferson once said, “The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.”  Of course, he could have said, “when one suffices.”  Oh well, word up!  What’s in a word?
     Years ago, my wife and I were playing Scrabble with her father and my wife laid down the word “zit” for 32 points (Z on a triple letter score).  Her father promptly objected, complaining that “zit” wasn’t a real word.  It wasn’t in his extremely large dictionary (the Merriam Webster 1953 Edition) and so it couldn’t be a word.

  • Ushering in spring

    Chamisa Elementary students got ready for the first day of spring Tuesday. Cheetah Oliver Danielson waters some freshly planted herbs for the school.

  • Chamber promotion fair

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce held its annual marketing and promotions fair at the Coffee House Café, home of the Coffee Booth, Wednesday.