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Today's News

  • Congress marks up energy funding proposals (correction)

    Congressional panels approved two preliminary appropriation proposals with subtle implications for Los Alamos National Laboratory’s budget prospects

     

    The full House Appropriation Committee, typically a step ahead of their Senate counterparts, approved their funding proposal Tuesday evening, while the Senate Energy and Water subcommittee was just beginning a similar process on the other side of the Capitol Wednesday morning.

     

  • BUT I DIGRESS...Holy Hatchechubbee, Batman!

    By John Pawlak

    Having been in Blue Ball, my wife and I soon found ourselves passing through Intercourse. Naturally, we ended up in Paradise. Okay, if you've ever visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, you know that those are towns in the area. Much like when we found ourselves driving through Dog Face, California, we've always been amused at the amusing and often questionable names given to towns around the country. By the way, Hatchechubbee is not Robin's exclamation for dicing up a fat man. It's a small town in Alabama (population 564).

  • Trail management plan OK'd

    It’s no secret that outdoor activities are important to Los Alamos County residents. Trails provide residents with an outlet for hiking and walking and a way to keep fit while having fun.

    During Tuesday’s meeting, council voted 5-0 to adopt the trail management planning documents, which include the trail management plan, the trail policy plan and the trail standards.

    According to county documents, the Trail Management Planning package is divided into three parts.

  • Creeping up on a big black hole

    There are probably few scenes of violence in the universe that can compare to what goes on in the energetic activity of an accretion disk spiraling down around a monster black hole at the center of a large galaxy.

    This appears to be especially true of the largest galaxies, like the giant elliptical galaxy named M87, a luminous and highly evolved system in the Constellation Virgo.

  • Showering love on the community

    First Baptist Church of Los Alamos has found a way to connect with the county and offer some tangible relief and assistance in these less than favorable economic times.  

    For the past two summers, they have encouraged church members and fellow neighbors to collect their gently used clothing and household items in order to offer a free garage sale to the city of Los Alamos.  

  • Baseball: LA Juniors roll to District 1 crown

    The Los Alamos Junior All-Stars capped a dominant run through the District 1 tournament Thursday by blasting the Pecos All-Stars 25-1 to capture the district title.

    With Thursday’s win, Los Alamos will now advance to the state tournament, which starts July 24 in Deming.

    Los Alamos rolled through the District 1 tournament, outscoring its three opponents 51-4 in its three victories.

    “Generally, they performed well,” Los Alamos manager Bill Cooper said. “We hit the ball real well. We fielded the ball real well.”

  • Sports briefs

    Gilna highlighted in Sports Illustrated

    Local runner Gareth Gilna isn’t just a face in the crowd, he’s also one of the “Faces in the Crowd.”

    Gilna is in this week’s Sports Illustrated, listed in the magazine’s “Faces in the Crowd” feature for his recent sweep of the distance events at the Class AAAA state championship meet.

  • Predictions were off the mark at Tuesday’s pace race

    It was tough going on the trail and in the prediction department at this week’s pace race.

    The pace race, a weekly event sponsored by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held Tuesday starting from behind the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. In all, 38 runners and walkers took part.

    In Tuesday’s race, the 1-milers had an option of running on pavement or on the Bench Trail but confusion about a turnaround on the pavement trail made predictions tougher.

  • 'La Traviata,' a prima donna’s delight

    Soprano Natalie Dessay’s highly anticipated first outing as Violetta (the title character in “La Traviata,”) opened the season at the Santa Fe Opera Friday night. Verdi’s consumptive Camille is required to progress from stratospheric fioritura in the first act, to lyrico spinto fullness by the middle of the second; two extremes difficult to encompass in one voice. Nevertheless, “Traviata” is finally and utterly a prima donna vehicle and even admittedly mediocre vocalists have made a success on sheer strength of personality.

  • State retirement changes disputed