Today's News

  • Fundraiser goes to the dogs (and cats)

    A fundraising pancake breakfast was held at the Posse Shack on April 1, to benefit Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. The event raised more than $3,000 that will go toward FOS programs. In addition to the breakfast, shelter pets were onsite for adoption. There was also a kissing booth, at which patrons could get a “kiss” from one of the dogs at the event.

  • County health ranks top in state

    Los Alamos County leads the state in positive health outcomes, according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a study published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
    Results of the study were released just in time for National Public Health Week (April 2–8).
    The study – in its third year – has ranked Los Alamos number one three years in a row. Thirty-two of New Mexico’s 33 counties are included in the survey. The Rankings are based on the latest publicly available data.

  • LAPD probes lab thefts

    Two incidents of theft at Los Alamos National Laboratory were reported last week and in one of the incidents a $1,200 computer monitor went missing.
    Los Alamos Police Department dispatch logs show that on March 26 an unidentified woman called at approximately 10:52 a.m. from TA 3 Building 1888 stating that she had purchased a 30-inch Dell computer monitor for $1,229 for her office, which was delivered on March 23.
    The monitor was left in its packaging over the weekend in the reception area, however when the woman returned on Monday the package and the monitor were missing.

  • Final workday at lab for 557 who took VSP

    For the 557 employees who decided to take the voluntary separation program at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, today was the final day of work.

    “I would like to thank each and every employee who volunteered for the program,” said LANL Director Charlie McMillan. “Some of them devoted their entire careers to serving the nation during a truly historic time for the country and the lab. They set the example that we will continue to follow.”

    McMillan said during an all-employee meeting last week that LANL will not file an involuntary separation plan for the regular workforce this fiscal year.

  • More colorful characters

    SANTA FE — As part of this column’s centennial coverage, I am pleased to write about colorful legislators. I may miss a few from the early days before I arrived on the scene.
    I begin with Louise Coe, the first woman elected to the state Senate. Her political rise was not easy. Women had attained the right to vote only six years earlier. Coe went on to become president pro tem of the Senate. She is the only woman ever elected to that position.
    A strong, determined woman, Coe married into a Lincoln County ranching family that included George and Frank Coe who rode with Billy the Kid. Her husband Wilber Coe stayed home to run the Coe’s Ranch on the Ruidoso, the title of Wilbur’s autobiography.

  • Resurrection of faith

    Cancer and Faith, particularly religious faith, is a complicated and empassioned subject, one I usually steer clear of. But a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, by Lawrence Krauss, questioned what faith really is, given our ever increasing knowledge of cosmology and quantum mechanics.
    It’s a subject which is especially soul searching for cancer survivors, who are forced to address their own mortality and the meaning of their lives frequently. For some, it reaffirms their religious faith in which they find solice. For others, it reawakens years of separation from their faith as they start to understand their God’s plan. And for the rest of us it raises many unresolved questions.

  • Sports Update 04-05-12

    ’Topper baseball game postponed Wednesday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team’s game with the Capital Jaguars, which was set for Wednesday afternoon, was postponed. No make up date has been announced.
    Los Alamos manager Mike Gill reported Wednesday around noon that Bomber Field still had big clumps of snow, some as deep as three inches, in spots. The snows were from storms on Monday night and Tuesday morning .
    The Hilltoppers are currently sitting at 4-1 in District 2-4A play (12-6) overall. They split a doubleheader against Española Valley Saturday but are still one game ahead of Española Valley in the 2-4A standings.

    Chamber golf tourney is May 11 in Española

  • JV girls track results from APS

    Here are the results from the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls junior varsity track and field team from the Albuquerque Public Schools meet March 23:

    3200 meters
    Ruth Taylor, 14:30.96; Chloe Keilers, 15:35.96.

    400 relay
    Los Alamos (Becky Martin, Samantha Courtney, Megan Kuzmack, Jessica Allen), 57.88.

    100 hurdles
    Destiny Fellers, 18.07.

    100 meters
    Jackie Cooke, 13.64; Isabelle Coons, 14.16; Meryl Delano, 14.33; Maddy Whitacre, 15.04; Eva Huaszar, 15.42; Katey Thomas, 15.53; Keiko Tanski, 16.84; Sarah Tripplehorn, 17.14.

    1600 meters
    Rosa Durrer, 6:18.01; Katie Bowman, 6:36.34; Alex Chavarria, 6:51.04; Ruth Taylor, 7:08.97; Chloe Keilers, 7:16.28.

  • Membership issues creep up again as Masters starts

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Jabbed, prodded and poked repeatedly about a topic that never really goes away, Billy Payne wouldn’t budge.
    Faced with questions at his annual news conference about when a woman would become a member at the home of the Masters, the Augusta National chairman gave different variations of the same answer: That’s our business, not yours.
    The topic was on the front burner again Wednesday, the eve of the year’s first major, because one of the club’s longtime sponsors, IBM, has a new CEO — Virginia Rometty. The last four CEOs at IBM, all male, have been invited to be members.

  • LA moves to 6-0 in district

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team ran its District 2-4A record to a spotless 6-0 with just six games to play.
    The Hilltoppers thumped the Capital Jaguars Wednesday at Overlook Park. They scored five runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the bottom of the second en route to a 16-0 victory in 4-1/2 innings.
    Alyssa Mojica, batting in the cleanup spot, hit a three-run home run in the first inning to get the rout started, while Los Alamos (12-4) pounded out 10 hits in four trips to the plate against the hapless Jaguars.