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Today's News

  • McMillan: Laboratory cuts 60 contract jobs

    In a memo circulated to all Los Alamos National Laboratory employees earlier this week, director Charlie McMillan outlined further budget cuts.

    As part of meetings with the Lab Integrated Stewardship Council, McMillan said that Carl Beard, Principal Associate Director of Operations has begun the process of reducing the flexible workforce by 10 percent.

    McMillan said that translates into 60 jobs, which will be lost by May 1.

  • ABQ Student Wins Supercomputing Challenge

    Jordan Medlock of Albuquerque’s Manzano High School took the top prize in the 22nd New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his computer algorithm that automates the process of counting and analyzing plaques in magnetic resonance images of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The program vastly speeds up the process of identifying the very small and difficult to see plaques.

    For his project, “Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease Plaques in a Transgenic Mouse Brain Using Image Analysis of SPION-Enhanced Magnetic Resonance Images,” Medlock received a check for $1,000.

  • State political newcomer takes on Senate powerhouse

    The state senate primary election is just around the corner and political newcomer Alfredo Montoya (D-Ohkay Owingeh) is challenging three-term incumbent Richard Martinez (D-Española) for the District 5 Senate seat, which covers parts of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe and Sandoval Counties.

    Montoya isn’t a complete political neophyte as he’s served on the Rio Arriba County Commission for five years, as a state Game and Fish Commissioner, Española Public School Board member as well as numerous other boards and commissions.

  • Creative District gets council nod

    By a 6-0 vote, Los Alamos County Council passed a resolution adopting the Creative District Plan and its proposed boundaries as a state authorized designated Arts & Cultural District.

    Senior Planner Martha Perkins, Economic/Marketing Coordinator Kelly Stewart and Los Alamos Community Development Corporation Executive Director Kevin Holsapple presented the resolution.

    The district currently has provisional status from the state, but the state is receiving new applications from other communities and has asked for a commitment from the county. Some grant deadlines have already been missed due to delays in adopting the plan.

  • Interstates offer exotic sightings

    Few of us live in the vicinity of Interstate 10 west of Las Cruces. Some notes from our drive on I-10 from Arizona back to New Mexico offer an update. Road highlights included land along I-10, a Range Rover driver, and, on I-25, a taxi and Bobby Olguin’s burgers in San Antonio.
    Along the way from Phoenix to Tucson, a flamethrower seemed the landscaping instrument of choice. The terrain transcended mere desert. The final few miles of I-10 in Arizona offered a fitting end to our visit. The road seriously needs replacement. We were pleased to re-enter New Mexico and travel a road tended by the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

  • Straight talk on the budget

    Generally, the Rio Grande Foundation focuses primarily on state and local policy issues. Nonetheless, given New Mexico’s status as one of, if not the, most reliant states on federal spending within its borders, the perilous condition of the federal budget must be of concern to all New Mexicans.
    Particularly in this political season, the tendency is for the media and politicians to ignore what then- chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, called, “The biggest threat we have to our national security is our debt.” After all, no one running for office wants to be seen as taking government benefits away from people.  

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  • Sports Update 04-25-12

    Bower Memorial run is May 12

    The Atomic City Roadrunners will host the Jerry Bower Memorial 5K Run/Walk May 12.
    The run will start behind the Betty Ehart Senior Center in Los Alamos. Race time is 9 a.m.
    Registration forms are available at several different sites around Los Alamos County or can be obtained online at atomicrunners.com. For more information, visit the website or call 672-1639.

    Duathlon registration still open

  • LA boys tennis splits duals this week

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team split its final two regular season duals at home Monday and Tuesday.
    Los Alamos doubled up against Santa Fe Monday, taking a 6-3 win, then dropped a tight 5-4 decision to St. Michael’s Horsemen, 5-4.
    The victory over the Demons Monday clinched the Hilltoppers’ overall No. 1 seed heading into this weekend’s 2-4A tournament. The winner of that tournament in the team, singles and doubles qualifies to move on to next week’s state Class 4A championship tournament.
    Against St. Mike’s, the Hilltoppers went 2-4 in singles competition. They needed to sweep the doubles contests but came up one match short in doubles to snatch the victory against the Horsemen, a tough Class A-3A squad.

  • Toppers rally in final at-bat to top Broncos

    Down to its last at-bat, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team could’ve easily packed things in against a battle-tested Kirtland Central Broncos unit.
    Instead, with the game on the line, the Hilltoppers came up big.
    Kiana Zerr’s lead-off double in the seventh, followed up by a pair of Kirtland Central errors and a scratch infield hit to bring home the winning run propelled the Hilltoppers to an important Class 4A victory Tuesday at Overlook Park.
    Los Alamos prevailed 5-4 to earn the win over Kirtland Central, which plays in the toughest district in Class 4A and arguably the toughest district in the state regardless of classification, District 1.