Today's News

  • LA Science Bowl team makes history

    The Los Alamos High School varsity Science Bowl team made New Mexico history in its trip to the National Science Bowl. Facing the best and the brightest that America has to offer, the team made up of Scott Carlsten, Micha Ben-Naim, Lorenzo Venneri, Kevin Gao and Alexandr Wang, placed ninth in the nation. This was the first time a New Mexico team has broken round-robin play and made double-elimination. The students would like to thank their coaches: Paolo Venneri, Barbara Jo Mullis, and Kathy Boerigter.

  • Researchers test theory of planets

    Recent research by Jarrett Johnson and Hui Li of LANL’s Nuclear and Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology group suggests that the first planets in the universe formed well after the first generations of stars.

    The scientists calculated the minimum metallicity that must be present in the dusty disks surrounding newborn stars in order for planets to take shape.
    Astronomers use the term “metallicity” to refer to elements heavier than hydrogen and helium, such as oxygen, silicon and iron. Because the heavy elements required for assembling the cores of planets were not produced in the Big Bang, they must have been produced instead by fusion reactions within early generations of stars and supernovae.

  • Gov unveils wildfire warning system 

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and state forestry officials on Monday unveiled a new statewide email notification system for alerting residents of potential dangers from wildfire.

    Martinez said the effort is aimed at raising awareness about the high fire danger around the state. With last year being the worst fire season in New Mexico’s recorded history with hundreds of square miles charred, she said access to timely and accurate information will be key for limiting the risk this year.

  • Analyzing Laffer's Curve

    In 1974, Arthur Laffer, a University of Southern California economist, drew a curve on a cocktail napkin.
    “I have a weakness, like Janis Joplin, for Southern Comfort – but just three times a week,” he told me in 1996, when he was here to speak at a benefit.
    As a member of President Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, Laffer argued that tax rates had risen to the point that they weakened incentives to work, save and invest; as a result, both economic activity and government tax revenues were suffering. Tax cuts, he argued, would spur growth without being inflationary because they would yield higher tax revenues and increased savings to offset the initial drop in the government’s tax take.

  • Gattiker, Rees are top predictors

    A pair of runners finished tied for best prediction on the long course of last week's Atomic City Roadrunners' Pace Race.

    The Pace Race is a weekly event hosted by the Roadrunners. It is held at various locations around Los Alamos County during Daylight Savings Time.

    In all, 30 runners and walkers took part in last week's race, which was held Tuesday evening. It started at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    The winners of the weekly races are determined by who comes closest to predicting their actual finish time. Pace Races consist of both 1- and 3-mile courses.

  • LA wins both ends of 2-4A track meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams were both winners at the District 2-4A championship meet this weekend.

    Los Alamos' girls finished with a total of 209.5 points, nearly as many as its next three district opponents combined. The Hilltopper boys had their closest finish in district in several seasons, but still prevailed by 62.5 points.

    This year's district meet was hosted by Santa Fe.

    Both teams will take part in the Class 4A state meet which is scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque. Field events start at 8 a.m. Friday.

  • Topper baseball, tennis teams fall at state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team made an early exit from the Class 4A state tournament this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers (19-8) weren’t able to bounce back from an opening-game loss in their best-of-three series with the Miyamura Patriots in the opening round of the 4A baseball playoffs. The Patriots, who shut out the Hilltoppers 4-0 in Friday night’s Game 1, picked up a 5-2 victory at Bomber Field in Game 2 of the series to advance to the state quarterfinal round where it will face Artesia.
    Los Alamos, the No. 7 seed in the tournament, never led in 14 innings of play at Bomber Field.
    It was the final appearance in the careers of Hilltopper seniors Austin Aslin, Nick Baker, Kyle Parks, Thomas Russell, JD Weiss and Zeke Zumbro.

  • Hilltoppers hold on to top St. Pius, 5-4

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team survived the first round by surviving the final inning of Saturday’s Class 4A playoff contest.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 6 seed in the 4A playoffs, had a 5-1 lead heading into the seventh inning against the 11th-seeded St. Pius X Sartans. But the Sartans rallied and had the tying and go-ahead runs in scoring position Saturday at Overlook Park.
    However, Los Alamos ace pitcher Monika Teter retired the final two batters to preserve a 5-4 decision and send her team to the second round.
    By hanging on, the Hilltoppers will advance in the tournament for the first time since 2009. They will take on the Los Lunas Tigers Thursday morning at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho.

  • Hobbs picked as site of scientific ghost town

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of Hobbs, N.M., says his city has been chosen as the site for a $1 billion scientific ghost town where researchers will be able to test everything from renewable energy innovations to intelligent traffic systems and next-generation wireless networks.

    Mayor Sam Cobb confirmed to The Associated Press that the southeastern New Mexico community was selected prior to a news conference Tuesday with Gov. Susana Martinez and the investors developing the Center for Innovation, Technology and Testing, or CITE.

  • Absentee voting starts in NM primary election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voting is getting under way in New Mexico's primary election although Election Day is not quite a month away.

    Absentee voting begins Tuesday, but Democrats and Republicans also can start to cast ballots in person.

    Voters often return absentee ballots by mail, but they can go to their county clerk's office or a nearby designated location, obtain a ballot and cast their vote in person.

    Early voting will be allowed at satellite polling sites in many counties starting May 19.