Today's News

  • Pet supply drive

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory wrapped up its pet supply drive for local animal shelters Friday. Debbie Wersonic organizes supplies at the Del Norte Credit Union. And Nancy Ambrosiano, who works in the communications department, donated her horse trailer to take the supplies to Espanola. A pickup truck was filled with supplies and taken to Santa Fe. According to LANL, there were more than $1,500 in donations, 500 pounds of dry dog food, 100 pounds of dry cat food, 700 pounds of kitty litter, 150 rolls of paper towels, 150 bags of rawhide chews (approximately 20 in each bag), more than 200 dog/cat toys, and more than 1,500 cans of dog and cat food.

  • Education chief talks about move to grading system while in LA

    New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera had breaking news at a luncheon hosted by the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union yesterday at the Central Avenue Grill.

    The United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan had just announced a plan to grant waivers to states proposing alternate evaluation methods for No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Skandera has been formulating a plan she intends to put forward.

  • LANL honors inventors

    The 13th Annual Outstanding Innovation Technology Transfer Awards reception honored laboratory inventors of patented, licensed, and copyrighted technologies for their important role in transferring science and technology from Los Alamos National Laboratory to industry. The awards reception took place Thursday at Fuller Lodge.

    The commercialization of technologies developed at the Lab helps to strengthen U.S. economic security by creating jobs and enhancing U.S. industrial competitiveness.

    As Secretary of Energy Steven Chu said recently about technology transfer, “This is part of the reason we are being funded…now, more than ever, scientists, both in research universities and national labs will need to come to the aid of our country.

  • Zachek paces state amateur qualifier

    Darian Zachek took a solid victory Monday in the qualifying round of the New Mexico State Amateur Championship tournament.
    Zachek shot a 3-over 75 Monday to pace the qualifying tournament, winning by three strokes over Chanet Fiorina and Nancy Romero.
    Los Alamos Golf Course is hosting the women’s state tournament, which started with single-elimination match play this morning. The tournament continues through Thursday.
    The top seven finishers in Monday’s qualifier advanced to the championship flight of the match-play event. The 2010 state amateur champ, Marisa Bautista, got an automatic bid into the tournament, although she didn’t need it, finishing sixth in the stroke-play qualifier.

  • LAFC's Webb earns a C-ranking at tourney

    A pair of Los Alamos Fencing Club epeeists turned in impressive performances at the Santa Fe Roasters competition.
    The Santa Fe Roasters fencing competition was held July 30 at the New Mexico Fencing Foundation.
    Club newcomer Patrick Webb had a big showing at the tournament in the men’s open epee division.
    For his part, Webb finished in third place, losing only to eventual champion Gavin Medeley, a collegiate competitor at Ohio State University.
    For his finish in the tournament, Webb earned a ‘C’ rating — he went into the weekend unranked.

  • Sports Update 08-09-11

    Fall sports meeting is Wednesday

    The fall sports meeting for Los Alamos High School will be held Wednesday at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
    All athletes competing in a fall sport and their parents must attend this meeting or schedule a make-up meeting with Los Alamos High School athletic director Vicki Nelms. The meeting will start at 6 p.m.
    Following the conclusion of the fall sports meeting, athletes will attend sports-specific meetings with their head coaches.
    For more information, call 663-2531.

    Final Splash N Dash of season set

    The final Splash N Dash of the season will take place Wednesday starting at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The event starts at 7 p.m.

  • Topes Notes 08-09-11

    Bees sting Isotopes, 9-6

    The Albuquerque Isotopes dropped the second of its four-game home series to the Salt Lake City Bees Monday night.
    The Bees scored five runs in the fifth inning, four of them charged to starter John Ely, to win Monday’s contest 9-6.
    The two teams meet again tonight at 7:05 p.m. The series and the current Istopes homestand wraps up Wednesday.
    Salt Lake City finished with 16 hits in the game, 11 off Ely (6-5), who lasted just 4-1/3 innings.
    Albuquerque dropped the series opener to Salt Lake City, 11-8 Sunday. It trails Round Rock by nine games in the PCL American Southern division with 25 games remaining in the 2011 season.

  • Pushing the Pace

    Competitors running in Saturday’s Firecracker 5K race (l-r) Tim Wermer, Kevin Hemphill and Ryan Fenton lead the pack at the halfway point. Fenton would eventually pull away and win the race with a time of 15 minutes, 14.44 seconds. Over 150 runners took part in Saturday’s run.

  • Bad processes make for bad laws

    Blackmail rarely produces any good.  
    Never was that more apparent than last week when Congress passed and the president signed legislation pulling the United States back from the brink of defaulting on its debts.
    Heretofore, the debt limit had routinely been raised in a straightforward manner, with Congress hiking the limit without other encumbering legislative attachments to frustrate the process.   
    That is not how it was this time, thanks to the intransigence of that large class of freshman House Republican who demanded that any hike in the debt level must be accompanied by commensurate cuts in spending.

  • The markets and your nest egg

    Whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, or whether you like it or not, what’s going on in the financial markets affects us all.
    On Aug. 4, we saw the Dow Jones Industrial average drop more than 500 points, the worst one- day drop since December 2008.
    Not even a better-than-anticipated jobs report released the next day allayed fears — the market at one point dropping by as much as 200 points and ending in positive territory only when good news about the Italian economy was announced.
    But last week’s overall market loss has the unwanted distinction of being one of only three weeks since World War II that has had a weekly decline of this magnitude.