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Today's News

  • The power of one: Growing an environmental business

    North Wind, Inc. has grown from a single employee to a staff of 35 in Los Alamos since 2005.

     

    The once solitary figure who was there at the beginning and who was recently named a senior vice president of the company is Pete Maggiore, former New Mexico environmental secretary under Gov. Gary Johnson.

     

    “I worked out of the house,” he said of the company’s early days in Los Alamos. “We’ve grown steadily since then.”

     

  • Airport Basin Project on schedule despite weather

    The Airport Basin Site Project seems to be moving along at a steady pace, despite the recent cold weather and snow that Los Alamos has experienced.

     

    Guaranteed Maximum Price #3 was approved during the Dec. 16 County Council meeting, however, it did not include the price of asphalt.

     

    Despite that, Hensel Phelps, county staff and design firm WH Pacific are working to keep the project on schedule and within the approved budget.

     

  • Importance of outdoor education, leadership

    Imagine you’ve grown up in a city. Your haunts are public transportation and the shopping centers; you’ve never spent a night outside in your life.

    Now imagine you travel hundreds of miles, all by yourself, to explore the “wild:” you enroll in a wilderness canoe trip in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. You join eight strangers and set of for a week paddling across the border lakes, bringing with you only what you can carry, sleeping in tents, going to the bathroom in the woods, cooking over a fire.

  • ‘Toppers attend MTNA division competition

    Two Los Alamos students, Catherine Chen, pianist and Jennifer Kwon, violinist will represent New Mexico in the senior division at the Southwest Divisional Competition of the Music Teachers National Association.

    The contest will be held in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday and Sunday. The Los Alamos students competed for first place on their specific instrument and the honor of representing the state at the Professional Music Teachers Conference, which was held Nov. 14-15 in Los Alamos.

  • Wrestling: LA drops a pair of duals Tuesday

    ALBUQUERQUE — Those who helped themselves over the break had it show Tuesday night at Del Norte. Those who didn’t, well, that showed, too.

    It came as little surprise to Los Alamos Hilltopper head coach Eric Sorenson that his wrestlers who stuck around and worked out during the winter break at the Hilltoppers’ wrestling room did well in Tuesday’s triangular meet. Those who were out of town didn’t fare as well.

  • Boys basketball: 'Toppers knock off Hawks, 65-47

    While having more turnovers doesn’t usually equate to scoring more points, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team had that exact thing happen to them late in Tuesday’s ballgame.

    With the visiting Volcano Vista Hawks trailing in the second half of Tuesday’s game, the Hawks switched defensive tactics, applying full-court pressure to the Hilltoppers.

  • Teen spending preferences revealed

    Three teens took an idea, persevered all semester and produced an in-depth report detailing the buying trends of local youth.

     

    Los Alamos High School juniors Emi Weeks, 16, and Josh Dolin, 16 and senior Annie Chroninger, 17, surveyed 899 local youth to ascertain where they get their money, how much they get, where they spend it and on what.

     

    The teen spending survey show the largest number of teen respondents spend $11-$20 weekly and at the high end, some 80 respondents said they spend an average of $91 a week.

     

  • Police Beat 12-11 to 12-17-08
  • Resisting negative pressure

    This week we look at Asset #35, Resistance Skills. According to the Search Institute, “Youth are more likely to grow up healthy when they can resist negative peer pressure, and dangerous situations.

    According to data for the nation, only 46 percent of youth report having this skill.

    If I could tell you in a 700-word column how to solve this problem, I’d be a wealthy woman.

    This is one of those skills that must be acquired over time and doesn’t just happen because they reach the magical age of 18 or 21.

  • Quick Hits

    Thoma’s soccer team wins at showcase

    Soccer player Andy Thoma’s club team, Elite FC Gladiator, took first place at the Disney College Showcase last week.

    The U16 team based in Albuquerque picked up a third-place ranking in the nation and a first-place ranking in Region IV with its win at the showcase tournament.

    Thoma is a sophomore at Los Alamos High School and was a second team All-District selection in the 2008 season.

    Koski takes top lifting honor to close out 2008