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Today's News

  • Senior services may be in jeopardy

    Seniors, take note: A state agency is about to terminate the contract of the organization that provides senior services to most of New Mexico.

    The termination demand has already been delivered, but a transition is in place, through Feb. 1. The organization that got axed is complying with the transition process while also fighting the decision.

    This potentially affects roughly 70,000 seniors who receive services such as meals at senior centers, home delivered meals, transportation, and caregiver respite care through government-authorized programs delivered by local providers.

    The state assures us services to seniors will not be disrupted. But a number of officials, including a few state legislators and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan, are crying foul and demanding that the state rescind its decision. They do not believe the state’s assurance of uninterrupted services to seniors. Lujan’s office said he will ask the relevant federal agency to investigate.

  • New ways scientists can help put science back into popular culture

    BY CLIFFORD JOHNSON
    University of Southern California, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

    How often do you, outside the requirements of an assignment, ponder things like the workings of a distant star, the innards of your phone camera, or the number and layout of petals on a flower? Maybe a little bit, maybe never. Too often, people regard science as sitting outside the general culture: A specialized, difficult topic carried out by somewhat strange people with arcane talents. It’s somehow not for them.

    But really science is part of the wonderful tapestry of human culture, intertwined with things like art, music, theater, film and even religion. These elements of our culture help us understand and celebrate our place in the universe, navigate it and be in dialogue with it and each other.

    Everyone should be able to engage freely in whichever parts of the general culture they choose, from going to a show or humming a tune to talking about a new movie over dinner.

    Science, though, gets portrayed as opposite to art, intuition and mystery, as though knowing in detail how that flower works somehow undermines its beauty. As a practicing physicist, I disagree.

  • PEEC debuts new fractals, ‘Sea Monsters’ show

    An updated fractal show will play in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 7 p.m.  Jan. 26 and the full-dome “Sea Monsters” film is screening at 2 p.m.
    The fractal show incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music. “Sea Monsters” is a film that uncovers a time when prehistoric sea creatures come to life.
    For more information, visit peecnature.org/planetarium. To reserve tickets, call 662-0460.

  • ‘God of Carnage’ continues

    Los Alamos Little Theatre’s production of “God Of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza, continues this weekend at the Performing Arts Center, 1670 Nector St. in Los Alamos. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. through Jan. 27, along with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
    More information can be found on the LALT website lalt.org.

  • LALT seeks laptop donation

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre Library Database Committee is looking for a donation to replace an approximately 15-year-old iBook G4 they’ve been using to maintain the group’s catalog of more than 1,600 plays. 

    The venerable iBook is on its last legs. Either a Mac or PC would be compatible with the database.

    Anyone who has a machine to donate or knows of one, can contact DS Magid at
    MagidMagidMagid@gmail.com, or Jim Sicilian at JimSicilian@comcast.net.

  • Science Fair today at middle school

    Los Alamos Public Schools will hold the Science Fair this weekend and Eva Abeyta along with a cadre of staff and volunteers are working hard behind the scenes to get ready.

    “This is the perfect opportunity to come support our wonderful talented students and see their hard work up close,” said Abetya. “We have 345 participants which was an increase from last year.”

    Abeyta is very proud to work in a community who volunteers their time for Science Fair and finds it heartwarming to see the community come together and support our youth.

    “I would like to thank all of the people who donated to the Los Alamos District Science Fair,” Abeyta said.

    The Science Fair will be held at the Los Alamos Middle School today (registration) and Saturday. The community is welcome to visit from 1-2 p.m. in the gymnasium, cafeteria, and library.

    The awards assembly for the Elementary Division will take place at 4:30 p.m. and Junior/Senior Division at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The 2018 t-shirts were designed by E&E Sports and Graphics in Española.

  • Wallstrom to represent state in D.C.

    Los Alamos High School student Miriam Wallstrom has been selected as one of two New Mexico students to represent the state in Washington, D.C. during the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program in March.

    Wallstrom will join student Aaron Braddock of Carlsbad, who was also selected from among the state’s top student leaders to be part of the 104 national student delegation. The students will also each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

    Wallstrom and Braddock will join Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) during the special week March 3-10.

    The USSYP was created by Senate Resolution 324 in 1962 and has been sponsored by the Senate and fully funded by The Hearst Foundations since inception.

    Originally proposed by Senators Kuchel, Mansfield, Dirksen and Humphrey, the impetus for the program as stated in Senate testimony is “to increase young Americans’ understanding of the interrelationships of the three branches of government, learn the caliber and responsibilities of federally elected and appointed officials, and emphasize the vital importance of democratic decision making not only for America but for people around the world.”

  • Atomic Tumblers begin season on high note

    Los Alamos Atomic Tumblers opened their competitive season this past weekend in Rio Rancho. Over 400 gymnasts from 15 New Mexico teams competed throughout the weekend.

    In the Xcel competition, Los Alamos’ Diamond team walked away victorious.  Chantel Bibeault took the all-around gold with a 36.15. She also took silver in all four individual events with, 9.00 on vault, 8.95 on bars, 9.05 on beam and 9.15 on floor. Hannah Gram took gold on bars and beam with 9.05 and 9.10 respectively. Gram turned in bronze performances on vault, 8.80 and floor 8.65.  Her all-around total of 35.60 netted her another bronze. 

    In the Platinum Division, Colette Bibeault took bronze in the all-around with 36.15.  Colette also brought home silver medals for her 9.15 floor and 9.00 bar performances. Sara Gardner brought home a bronze medal for her 8.85 vault routine.  Gardner was fifth all around 33.55 and Danielle Trellue was sixth with 32.70.

    Los Alamos Gold team took second place in the team competition.

    In the younger Gold Division, Kylee Lovato brought home a gold medal for her 9.35 floor routine. Lovato also earned silver for a 9.15 on bars. She was fourth on beam (8.60) and in the all-around (35.45). 

  • Hilltoppers split weekend home games

    In the team’s last chance to prepare for the District 2-5A season, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team split a pair of home games over the weekend, defeating Artesia High School and falling to Lovington High School.

    Friday night’s contest was a rematch from the Roswell Poe Corn tournament, held in late December. In that game, LAHS held a 30-15 halftime lead, before watching it slip away in the second half en route to a 52-43 Artesia victory.

    Much like the first matchup, the Hilltoppers shot the ball well early, and jumped out to a 15-10 first quarter lead.

    Shooting 3-pointers were a big part of the early success, as Ramon Roybal, Gavin Campos and Michael Naranjo all knocked down deep shots in the opening quarter.

    The offense dried up in the second quarter for the Hilltoppers, however, as the team managed just 4 points, while allowing 13 points to Artesia. Much of Artesia’s success in the quarter came from Chaney Hardt, who went 6-6 from the free throw line.

    Heading into halftime, Artesia led 23-19.  Campos was the only Hilltopper to contribute more than 4 points in the opening half, scoring 7 points in the first quarter.

  • Lobos play first outdoor winter classic in Los Alamos

    The University of New Mexico ice hockey team visited the Los Alamos County Ice Rink Saturday afternoon for its first ever outdoor Winter Classic.

    The Lobos and Dallas Baptist University took a break from a series of games in Albuquerque for an exhibition game in Los Alamos, which Dallas Baptist won 6-3.

    Among the Lobo players were two Los Alamos locals, Isaac Dunwoody and Niko Meneakis.

    Both players called the Los Alamos County Ice Rink home for years before going to UNM.

    Dunwoody played as a goalkeeper for the Hilltoppers, but has switched to playing as a forward this year for the Lobos.

    Meneakis plays as a defender for the Lobos.

    In the series in Albuquerque, the Lobos and Dallas Baptist split a pair of games.

    Dallas Baptist won 7-6 in the first game of the series, and the Lobos won 9-3 in the second game.