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Today's News

  • District does budget balancing act

    The clock is ticking for Los Alamos Public Schools. The budget is due to the state on May 25 and with help from Los Alamos County, it looks like the district might just be able to trim approximately $600,000 from its budget.

    During Tuesday’s meeting at Pajarito Cliffs Site, the school board reviewed and approved the budget with a 5-0 vote.

  • Waste commitment needed

    About five years ago, I was introduced to the concept of an “energy corridor,” more of an “energy circle” in truth, centering on Hobbs and including Eddy County and Texas communities such as Andrews and Midland.
    Much has happened since. An example is the bold, three-dimensional signs at the Hobbs city limits. Corporate lodging has appeared. North of the Marriott Fairfield is a large apartment development, addressing the desperate housing shortage of 2006.
    “EnergyPlex” has become a Lea County trademark.

  • Living life on a different clock

     It’s obvious that miners focus on the highest concentration of gold or copper they can find. And geologists like me are always on the lookout for unusually high concentrations of metals in veins and rocks.
    We go where the best stuff is, and make a living helping to bring it to where it’s used in everything from the lead and zinc in your car battery to gold crowns for your teeth.  
    I know the geological perspective about resources pretty well. But recently I had the chance to think about how some very different actors approach the question of the raw materials they need.

  • Football: NFL players' helmets rated low

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 40 percent of NFL players last season wore a helmet model that got the second-lowest rating for reducing the risk of concussions in a study by Virginia Tech researchers.
    Riddell’s VSR-4 helmet received just one star in a study of football helmets led by Virginia Tech professor of biomedical engineering Stefan Duma and released Tuesday.
    Another Riddell model — the Revolution Speed — was the only helmet that earned five stars, the top rating.
    Five models — two made by Riddell, two by Schutt and one by Xenith — received four stars.

  • Sports Update 05-11-11

    Softball game will be on KRSN

    The Los Alamos-Del Norte Class 4A state tournament softball game will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490.
    The game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers,” will broadcast the game live from Rio Rancho High School.
    The game will also be streamed on KRSN’s website, krsnam1490.com.

    Sullivan Field sod is for sale

    Los Alamos High School will be selling sod from Sullivan Field May 20-21.
    Sullivan Field is being renovated and artificial surface will be installed to replace the grass field. Renovation is scheduled to start Thursday.

  • State Roundup 05-11-11

    Aggie softball clinches WAC title

  • Softball: LA's Teter named district's top player

    Monika Teter of Los Alamos has been named the 2011 District 2-4A Player of the Year in softball.
    Teter, a junior pitcher, helped lead the Hilltoppers to a district title this season on the mound and at the plate.
    The All-District 2-4A selections were released Monday. Los Alamos placed four players on the first team and four more on the district’s second team.
    Also for the Hilltoppers, Roger Anaya was named Manager of the Year. Anaya has guided the Hilltoppers to three consecutive 2-4A titles in his three years at the helm.

  • Golf: Topper girls are fifth at 4A tourney

    ALBUQUERQUE — Greatly improved weather conditions didn’t greatly improve scores in the second day of the Class 4A golf championship.
    For the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team, there was some improvement from the opening round, but not enough to make a move into the top three. In fact, the only team in the 4A tournament that made a major move was the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, who actually surpassed Los Alamos for fourth place in the final team tallies.
    The Hilltopper girls finished with a two-day total of 773. They were nine shots better than Monday, but that improvement didn’t gain them much ground in their attempt to move up to the third position.

  • Santa Fe Opera announces 2012 five-opera season

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera will open its 2012 season with a production of Puccini's "Tosca," which was last performed by the opera company in 1994.

    General director Charles MacKay announced next season's repertory on Tuesday.

    The company will for the first time perform Bizet's "The Pearl Fishers," Rossini's "Maometto II," and Szymanowski's "King Roger."

    There also will be a new production of Strauss' "Arabella," which was last done by the Santa Fe Opera in 1997.

    The 2012 season runs from June 29 through Aug. 25.

  • Baseball: LA falls in opening round to Artesia

    There were only two minor upsets in this weekend’s Class 4A state baseball playoffs. Unfortunately, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers weren’t among the two teams pulling off those upsets.
    Los Alamos was knocked out of the 2011 state playoffs Saturday. It lost two straight games in the best-of-three opening round against Artesia. Artesia took both games by counts of 12-2.
    The two losses ended the Hilltoppers’ season. The Hilltoppers, who qualified for the tournament with their District 2-4A championship, ended 2011 with a record of 13-13.