Today's News

  • 'Bully' brings message to Los Alamos students

    Last week, the movie, “Bully” came to Los Alamos. Jim and Kate O’Donnell of the Reel Deal Theater, brought the movie to town to bring enlightenment to students, parents and teachers about the results of bullying.
    Ruby Selvage, a sixth grade student at Piñon Elementary, along with mom Kim, saw the documentary-style film in Santa Fe and again in Los Alamos.
    “I think the Bully movie is going to bring more awareness to teachers, students and parents,” Ruby said. “This movie didn’t affect me in the greatest way, but I think it could help other people and if it helps just one person, it would be making a huge difference.”

  • Update 05-08-12

    School board

    The School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. today in the LAHS Speech Theater. Agenda items include the 2013 budget, the LAHS bus loop, recognition of outstanding teaching, science fair winners and the TOTH Lunch Team.

    Council forum

    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Los Alamos Monitor have invited all County Council candidates to participate in a forum set for 6 p.m. May 17. Watch for more details in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    'Cowboy Poet'

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents, “Cowboy Poet,” at 7:30 p.m. May 19, with a 2 p.m. Sunday matinee May 13. Tickets can be purchased at the door or at CB Fox. For more information, visit lalt.org.

  • Chiravalle prioritizes attracting families and high tech

    Of the three councilors whose terms end this year, Councilor Vincent Chiravalle is the only one seeking reelection.

    Chiravalle’s main priorities are enacting a fiscally conservative budget, creating more high tech jobs, expanding retail sources, increasing revenues for public schools and creating more affordable housing.

    Chiravalle moved to Los Alamos shortly after receiving a degree in aerospace engineering from Princeton University in 2003. He accepted a position as scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), where he works on engineering and physics related issues. In addition to serving on council, he is a lector at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

  • Stayin' Alive

    Los Alamos’ Kristin Christensen leaps into the air as she crosses the plate following her solo home run Saturday. Los Alamos earned a trip to Thursday’s quarterfinal round of the state Class 4A tournament by topping St. Pius X 5-4 at Overlook Park.

  • 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.