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Today's News

  • Valles Caldera to take part in national competition

    A nationwide competition focused on “breathing new life into America’s most spectacular public places” selected the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) as the site best suited to represent the Inter-Mountain Region.
    The Van Alen Institute is launching the Parks for the People: A Student Competition Reimagining America’s National Parks in collaboration with the National Park Service, the National Parks Conservation Association, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Parks for the People is a culminating project of Designing the Parks — a public-private partnership to promote well-designed public parks in America.

  • Scientists spy on ions using neutrons

    A Los Alamos National Laboratory research team has harnessed neutrons to view for the first time the critical role that an elusive molecule plays in certain biological reactions. The effort could aid in treatment of peptic ulcers or acid reflux disease, or allow for more efficient conversion of woody waste into transportation fuels.
    In a paper appearing this week in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Los Alamos researchers join an international team in describing the role played by the elusive hydronium ion in the transfer of protons during enzyme-catalyzed reactions.

  • Resident Questions State Funding of Trinity Project

    At last week’s Transportation Board meeting, resident Patricia Max introduced a letter from Kathy Bender, deputy secretary of the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). The letter was in response to an inquiry by Max concerning the NM 502 Corridor Study for Trinity Drive.

    Max – who is opposed to the Trinity Drive options under consideration – had detailed her concerns in a letter to NMDOT Cabinet Secretary Alvin Dominguez dated July 8, 2011.

    The bulk of the response concerned a NMDOT corridor study for NM 502/Trinity Drive from Knecht Street to Tewa Loop. In 2007, after gathering public input, NMDOT selected a preferred alternative for that segment of roadway and dedicated $4.5 million to the project.

  • Muni Building site plan approved

    Los Alamos County has been without a municipal building since 2008, when the 40-year-old municipal building adjacent to Ashley Pond was declared unsafe and demolished. After years of planning and legal maneuverings, groundbreaking for a new municipal building is in sight.

    The Planning and Zoning commission approved a site plan for the new structure by a vote of 8-1 at Wednesday night’s meeting.

    The new municipal building will be located on a 3.75 acre site at 1000 Central Avenue. The three story building – which has been called a “one-stop customer service shop” – will encompass 64,400 square feet.

  • Denver, Dallas face off

    Following the long spring and summer lockout, the National Football League will be back in action tonight.
    The first preseason games of 2011 will start this evening, including the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys, who will meet tonight at Cowboys Stadium. Game time is 6:30 p.m. MDT.
    Other games set for tonight include Jacksonville at New England (5:30 p.m.), Baltimore at Philadelphia (5:30 p.m.), Seattle at San Diego (6 p.m.) and Arizona at Oakland (8 p.m.). Seattle at San Diego will be televised on ESPN while Denver at Dallas will be broadcast on KASY channel 50.
    The 2011 season opener is scheduled for Sept. 8. It pits the last two Super Bowl champs, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers.

  • Topes Notes 08-11-11

    Homestand closes with loss
    The Albuquerque Isotopes ended a dismal homestand with a loss Wednesday night to the Salt Lake City Bees.
    With the Isotopes trying to tread water in the PCL American South division with about three weeks remaining in the regular season, they could only manage three wins in eight games at Isotopes Park, including Wednesday night’s 10-7 loss.
    Albuquerque still has eight games remaining with division-leading Round Rock, five of them at home, but trail Round Rock by nine games.

  • Romero, Fiorina win and advance to final

    Nancy Romero and Chanet Fiorina survived the semifinal round of the New Mexico State Amateur Championship tournament Wednesday.
    The match play tournament concluded today at Los Alamos Golf Course. Today’s results weren’t available as of press time.
    Romero and Fiorina met this morning in the championship after picking up wins in Wednesday’s semifinal round. Romero nipped defending state champion Marisa Bautista 2 and 1 while Fiorina picked up a solid 4 and 3 victory over Rosemary McKeown.
    Fiorina closed out her first round opponent, Kathy Smith, early Tuesday, winning 3 and 2, while Romero needed extra holes to top Susan Daniels in the first round.

  • LA blanked in 4A preseason rankings

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team appears to have something to prove to the rest of Class 4A this season.
    The Hilltoppers, who open their season Aug. 27 at Pojoaque, didn’t garner a single vote in the first New Mexico High School Coaches Association poll of the year. The polls were released Wednesday.
    Los Alamos, which is coming off a 4-6 season, went 3-1 in District 2-4A, finishing second in that race but failed to make the state playoffs. However, some unanswered questions about the team, most notably how it will fill the quarterback spot after the departure of Kory Balog, remain heading into the 2011 season.

  • Early season games are moved to WR

    Things are still progressing at Sullivan Field, but not quite as quickly as was hoped.
    Los Alamos High School has had to move some early fall season games from Sullivan Field to White Rock, but athletic director Vicki Nelms said she thinks work should be completed in time for one of the school’s premier fall events.
    Sullivan Field, the longtime home of Los Alamos’ football and soccer teams, is getting its old natural grass surface replaced with artificial surface.
    Work began on Sullivan Field just days after the 2010-11 sports season finished.

  • Top 10 Movies 08-11-11

    1.  “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” weekend gross,
    $54.8 million
    2.  “The Smurfs,”  weekend gross,
    $20.7 million
    3.  “Cowboys and Aliens,” weekend gross, $15.7 million
    4.  “The Change-Up,” $13.5  million
    5. “Captain America: The First Avenger” weekend gross, $13 million
    6.  “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” weekend gross, $12.4 million
    7.   “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” weekend gross,
    $12 million

    8.  “Friends with Benefits,” weekend gross, $4.6 million

    9.  “Horrible Bosses,” weekend gross, $4.5 million