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Today's News

  • New leadership for LDS church in WR

    A new bishopric was called to preside over the congregation of the White Rock Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    A bishopric consists of a bishop and two counselors and is called to oversee the congregation of the membership of a ward and administer the temporal affairs and spiritual and social enrichment of the group. The callings are non-paid positions and normally last several years. Bishop Steven Harris, with counselors Terrill Lemke and David Gartz, take the place of Bishop Steven Stokes, with counselors Robert Parker and Steve Painter, after five-and-a-half years of service in White Rock.
    The change was announced during last Sunday’s Sacrament meeting under the direction of the Santa Fe Stake President Michael Zollinger. 

  • Thingamabobs and Whachamacallits

    People adept at Scrabble use some pretty strange words. My wife’s vocabulary is “slightly” better than mine and when we are Scrabbling, I might play a word like “rock” and then she’ll play one like “ozaena.” I’ll challenge her play, claiming that such a word doesn’t exist. She shrugs and tells me that it means having a fetid discharge from the nostrils. That’s usually more than I want to know and so I won’t bother asking her what “fetid” means.
    In the morning, do you wake up with rheum? You know, eye gunk or eye sleepers? Ever get an itch on your popliteal fossa? That’s the indented back of your knee. When you ran track in high school, were you ever preantepenultimate? That means fourth from last. Now there’s a word you can use every day!
    That white half-moon shaped area at the base of your fingernails is called the lunula (as in lunar). When the moon is crescent shaped, do you know what that shape is called? That’s a lune. No, not like your brother-in-law. That’s “loon.” Try not to get them confused.
    If you want to impress your doctor, call that blood pressure instrument by its official name ... a sphygmomanometer. And if you can pronounce it correctly, even better!

  • Strother wins Pace Race

    Nikol Strother was the big winner at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was Tuesday evening in Pajarito Acres.
    Unlike most Pace Races, Tuesday’s race, held on a fairly flat, 1-mile loop, had runners and walkers choose how many loops they wanted to do within 45 minutes and guess how long it would take them to do those loops.
    In all, 24 people took part.
    Strother, who ran 6 miles, was only 11 seconds off her predicted finish time. David Krazter was 13 seconds off for five miles. All finish times were adjusted for a 3-mile course, the normal length of a long Pace Race course.
    The next Pace Race will be Tuesday starting at 1287 San Ildefonso Road in North Mesa. Anyone interested in participating may attend.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit the Roadrunners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Rams control contest in win over LA

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team couldn’t get much going on offense Thursday against one of the top programs in the state.
    The Hilltoppers managed only four shots in Thursday’s contest against the Rio Rancho Rams. The Rams, a Class 6A school, have been very impressive during the first month of the season and their game against the Hilltoppers was no exception.
    Rio Rancho (9-2) dominated possession against Los Alamos. It attacked the goal efficiently during the first half then, after scoring in the 15th minute, took its foot off the accelerator, but still hung onto the ball most of the way.
    The Rams earne a 3-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos (4-6) went into this week’s play hoping to pull off a pair of wins against two solid programs, but instead dropped both those contests. Los Alamos was nipped Tuesday at Albuquerque Academy.
    While it’s hard to argue with the results, the Rams’ offensive strategy was interesting against the Hilltoppers.
    During the first part of the game, the ball rarely left the Hilltoppers’ side of the field. The Rams moved the ball efficiently, employing mostly 1- an 2-touch passes that kept the Hilltoppers scrambling.

  • Aggies know what's at stake on Saturday

    ALBUQUERQUE — The carrot, the tease, the motivation New Mexico State University head coach Doug Martin dangles in front of his Aggies have a silver lining of postseason implications.
    “If we don’t lose two games in a row for the rest of the season, we are 7-5 and we are in a bowl game. That’s how important that is for your football program,” Martin said of avoiding losing streaks.
    What Martin is challenging his Aggies to do is beat the University of New Mexico Lobos Saturday in Aggie Memorial Stadium and set a season’s precedence of avoiding a losing streak, which would make NMSU bowl-eligible.
    That’s one way to get Aggies up for Saturday’s game.  Another way is to say, “The Lobos are coming.” 
    That usually does it for this Rio Grande Rivalry game that provides football bragging rights for a season. Martin also could remind his Aggies of their 66-17 loss to UNM last year on Branch Field.
    The Aggies are an improved football team from 2013.  They are 2-1, but they’re coming off a 42-24 loss to the UTEP Miners, who beat the Lobos 31-24 in late August.
    NMSU, like UNM before it, was not happy with its offensive production against the Miners.

  • Storm takes right turn

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Much of New Mexico remains under a flash flood watch thanks to remnants from Tropical Storm Odile.
    But not Los Alamos or northern New Mexico.
    The forecast today for Los Alamos calls for sunny skies with temperatures in the 70s. The National Weather Service said there is a chance of a thunderstorm Friday.
    The National Weather Service says remnants of Odile took a right turn overnight, with a corresponding shift in the heavy rain forecast.
    The storm system’s center approached New Mexico on Thursday bringing threats of flooding and possible mudslides in areas previously affected by wildfires.
    The New Mexico Department of Transportation says Highway 152 in the southwestern part of the state was closed indefinitely Wednesday after severe weather damaged portions of the road.
    Doña Ana County officials say overnight rainfall water-logged several communities and around 250 sandbags were sent to Sunland Park overnight.
    In Luna County, authorities say deputies saved a 78-year-old motorist Tuesday after his vehicle was swept away by a strong current of flood waters.
     

  • Update 09-18-14

    Features

    The Los Alamos League of Women Voters presents candidate forums. 7 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge. Invited are candidates for county assessor, county sheriff, magistrate judge, municipal judge and New Mexico House District 43.

    GOP meeting

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will meet at 5:30 p.m. today at party headquarters, 1362D Trinity Drive. Note the earlier than normal starting time. Final campaign efforts will be planned. For more information, call Robert Gibson at 662-3159 or Bill McKerley at 672-1067.

    Alzheimer's walk

    Alzheimer’s Walk. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Register, opening ceremony, kids run, adult run/walk and basket raffle and silent auction.

    Alzheimer's talk

    Alzheimer’s Talk: “Dementia Won’t Stop the Music.” 5:30 p.m. today at Bradbury Lecture Hall. Presenters will be Mary Yamada, Community Outreach Coordinator for Los Alamos Retirement Community and Pauline Schneider, Hospice Music Therapist for Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services.

    Homecoming

    Homecoming Parade. 2:30 p.m. Friday. Starts at 4th Street and Central Avenue.  

  • 'Toppers look to right the ship for homecoming

    There has been no shortage of bad news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to start the 2014 season.
    There were some injuries in the preseason, compounded by injuries in the team’s first three games, it has struggled on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and head coach Garett Williams has been missing for the last two games with few people talking about where he might be or when he might be back.
    But there is a bit of good news heading into the 2014 homecoming contest: the Hilltoppers will also be facing a struggling squad.
    Los Alamos will meet up with the Kirtland Central Broncos Friday night at Sullivan Field. The Hilltoppers and Broncos go way back — for many years under the tenure of former head coach Bob Scott the teams opened their seasons against one another.
    The Hilltoppers dropped all three of their games so far this season, having been outscored by a combined 94-19 in those three games.
    Despite the early season issues, the Hilltoppers have shown some signs of life. Quarterback Clay Singer had a solid game last week against the Moriarty Pintos, throwing for 115 yards and moving the ball into Moriarty territory consistently through much of the contest.

  • Board tweaks 'super' plan

    With an eye toward picking the best candidate possible, Los Alamos School Board members Kevin Honnell and Jim Hall presented a revamped superintendent search plan at Tuesday night’s special board meeting.
    The major change in the plan will be instead of starting with a regional search before expanding into a national search, the board has opted to “go national” from the start.
    “Last Tuesday night, at the regular meeting, the board voted to proceed directly with a national search and commissioned Jim and I to update our initial recommendations, which is the point of this meeting tonight,” said Honnell to the board. Honnell, who is also the board’s vice president, referred to their new plan as “Superintendent Search 2.0.”
    Key points in their timeline are:
    • Formulating a bid proposal by Sept. 26
    • Establishing advisory committees by Sept. 30
    • Establishing qualifications for the job by Oct. 23
    • Identification and/or selection of a search firm by Oct. 17
    • Job posted, applications accepted in the month of November
    • Having search firm narrow down the selection of candidates from roughly 12 to six by Dec. 17
    • Board to then narrow down that selection from roughly four to two by Jan. 16

  • Middle school unveils Wall of Awesomeness

    Los Alamos Middle School Student Council members, along with some WEB Crew Leaders recently assembled the Wall of Awesomeness. As part of their suicide prevention awareness activities, LAMS students answered the following questions; What make you awesome? What makes life awesome? Many responses included the importance of family, teachers, friends and chocolate. Today (World Prevention & Awareness Day) staff will add their responses to the same questions.