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Today's News

  • Sports Schedule, Oct. 17-22

    Tuesday

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Capital, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Capital, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Volleyball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Taos, 6 p.m.

    Thursday

    Football: Escalante at LAMS, 4 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at St. Michael’s, varsity, JV, 4 p.m.

    Friday

    Cross country: Los Alamos Invitational, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

  • ´Toppers upend Spartans

    What was shaping up to be a classic district battle between Nos. 1 and 2 heading in fizzled out quickly Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium.
    In a critical District 2-4A volleyball contest for both teams, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers and the Bernalillo Spartans met for the second time this season.
    The Spartans and the Hilltoppers played a nip-and-tuck first match Sept. 28 at Bernalillo, in which Los Alamos prevailed 3-1 but the sets were close throughout. And with the Spartans trying to cling to the hope of wrenching the 2-4A title from the Hilltoppers, it seemed Saturday’s match was going to be more of the same.
    Instead, however, the Hilltoppers put together a dominant second set and never looked back, winning 25-22, 25-12, 25-17.

  • Sports Update 10-16-11

    Nelms named top AD in 4A

    Los Alamos Public Schools announced Friday that Vicki Nelms was named Athletic Director of the Year in Class 4A.
    Nelms, who has been athletic director at Los Alamos since 2007, was voted the top Class 4A AD by the New Mexico Athletic Directors’ Association. Nelms was honored at the New Mexico Activities Association Awards Luncheon last Monday.

  • Girls XC takes 2nd at Jamboree race

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country has been so dominant against Class 4A opponents this season it may now be seeking a Class 5A nemesis.
    The Hilltopper girls, getting back into action after a week off, finished second at the Rio Rancho Jamboree meet Saturday morning. Los Alamos finished with 81 points, behind only one of the dominant programs in Class 5A, Eldorado.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls took part in the Rio Rancho Jamboree, held at Rio Rancho High School on the same course the Class 4A championship race will be run in three weeks.
    Eldorado finished the girls race with 78 points.

  • ´Toppers pick up huge district win

    SANTA FE – Things got plenty hairy at the end, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team hung on to win a crucial District 2-4A contest Friday night.
    Despite craziness at the end of the contest, the Hilltoppers earned a 30-20 victory Friday night at Ivan Head Stadium and are now just two wins away from their first district title since 2008.
    Los Alamos scored four touchdowns, each by four different players, to earn the victory, but Los Alamos had to sweat things out at the end.

  • Troubled PRC in need of a big makeover

    How is the best way to pick our leaders? It is a problem every democracy wrestles with. In our country, we try it two different ways.
    At the federal level, we elect a president and he chooses everyone else. If one of them messes up, the president is responsible so the appointee usually is gone quickly. The result is a team effort.
    At the state level, voters choose a governor, secretary of state, attorney general, auditor, treasurer, land commissioner and five corporation commissioners.
    If one of them messes up, that person is responsible. The governor usually is not well acquainted with the individual. Few voters are acquainted with the individual either. They likely voted based on party line.

  • We are failing children

    When Gov. Martinez came into office back in January, among her top priorities was to turn New Mexico’s failing educational system around.
    To say that it is “failing” sounds harsh, but it describes reality.
    The problem is that, having had two opportunities to move towards fixing the problem, the legislature has thrown up roadblock after roadblock in a (so-far successful) attempt to keep the status quo in place.
    First, the problem: According to the “Diplomas Count 2011” report from the Education Research Center, New Mexico’s real graduation rate is 57.1 percent.

  • LANL celebrates International Year of Chemistry

    In order to bring attention to and celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to civilization, the General Assembly of the United Nations passed a resolution declaring 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry.

    The year 2011 was selected because it coincides with the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize in chemistry and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Chemical Societies (now IUPAC, the International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry).

    The Chemistry Division and Los Alamos National Laboratory are doing their part.

    They are celebrating the International Year of Chemistry through a series of activities, lectures, and events, many of which are open to the public.

  • Lab gets help in saving water

    A project funded by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will provide the resources that will help Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) triple the lab’s capacity to save water.

    The upgrade of LANL’s Sanitary Effluent Reclamation Facility (SERF), a $16.1 million project, meets a Department of Energy and NNSA requirement for recycling water and reducing the consumption of potable water use. The 4,350-square-foot facility treats effluent water from LANL’s sanitary sewer system and meets a standard equivalent to drinking water which is ultimately recycled for industrial reuse. Using treated sanitary effluent in the cooling towers reduces LANL’s use of potable water, derived from the regional aquifer, for such purposes.

  • Update 10-16-11

    Council meeting

    The County Council will hold a work session at 7 p.m., Tuesday at Fire Station No. 3 in White Rock.

    Training and Tour

    The Department of Energy and the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, are holding Electronic Public Reading Room training and a tour of the Hard copy Public Reading Room. There are two sessions: 11 a.m.-noon or 5-6 p.m. Tuesday

    LTAB meeting

    The Lodgers Tax Advisory Board will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Chamber Conference Room, 109 Central Park Square.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at 170 Central Park Square.

    ESB meeting