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Today's News

  • Softball: LA tops Espaola Valley

    A three-run rally in the bottom of the fifth Wednesday made an already tangled District 2AAAA softball race that much more interesting.

    With the score knotted at 2-2, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers pushed three runs across in the bottom of the fifth, while pitcher Monika Teter shut down the Española Valley Sundevils the rest of the way to give the Hilltoppers a 5-2 win at Overlook Park.

    Wednesday’s game was a must-win for the Hilltoppers, who, after being swept this weekend by the Bernalillo Spartans, were fighting to keep their playoff chances alive.

  • Concerns over lab’s plutonium project in memo

    A memo from a frustrated official in Washington earlier this year raised questions about management of a $13 million plutonium project at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    A program manager from the Department of Energy Office of Radioisotope Power Systems urged Los Alamos Site Office Manager Don Winchell at the beginning of the year to correct “the laboratory’s chronic poor performance on this program.”

  • Step into the spotlight

    Grab your rodeo gear, whiskey bottle and siren-red dress!  The Los Alamos Little Theatre is hosting auditions for its September production of the Sam Shepard one-act dramedy “Fool for Love.”

    LALT veteran Corey New will direct the play and former LALT president Jennifer Wadsack will produce it.  

  • Giving advice for the tough teen years

    “Adolescents cannot feel the future,” was the best take-home message from Dr. Abagail Baird and the Teen Brain Symposium sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, earlier this month.

    Humor and insight were the order of the day as Baird provided perspective into why teenagers do “stupid stuff.” The truth is there are physical differences in the adolescent decision making process, which make it unique.

    The short answer is that the portion of the brain called the frontal lobe hasn’t fully developed yet.

  • Fair promises to be the best one yet

    Saturday, the 42nd annual Spring Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on the lawn at Fuller Lodge. This year’s fair will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Los Alamos Arts Council has presented the spring fair since 1967 and this year’s event will be one of the best ever.

  • State film subsidies remain an issue

    During the recently completed legislative session, one of the issues that bubbled below the surface was the state’s generous subsidy programs that are designed to attract moviemakers to set up shop in New Mexico.

    New Mexico’s film subsidies – the primary components of which are a 25 percent subsidy for film producers doing business in New Mexico and up to $15 million in interest-free loans – have resulted in some big-budget films being made in the state.

    But the program costs taxpayers approximately $60 million annually.

  • How smart will computers get?

    In recent years the ability of computers has grown dramatically.  Many are predicting that machines (computers) will soon be smarter than people.  How realistic is this?

    If it is a realistic possibility how soon might it happen?

    Smart is a poorly defined term in this context, so let’s start with some clarification.  For humans the concept of IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is well established and numerous kinds of IQ tests have been devised and used.  

  • School board weighs final budget

    The Los Alamos School Board met briefly Tuesday at noon to discuss a remaining gap in the budget before its next meeting Thursday, when they plan to vote on finalizing the school budget for the coming year.

    A drop in enrollment and a $30 reduction per student in the state equalization formula has created a $2.5 million shortfall in revenue for the 2009-10 school year.

  • Budget hearings over for another year

    Los Alamos County is done with its budget hearings for another year. The hearings related to the proposed biennial budget for FY 2010 concluded Tuesday night in council chambers.

    The Tuesday meeting had been tentatively scheduled in case talks did not wrap up on April 23.  During last night’s meeting, budgets for the Public Works Department, as well as the Administrative Services budget, were discussed.

    In addition, financial policies and a request for funding from UNM-LA were also discussed.

  • Teaching the art of dance to the younger generation

    Dance Arts Los Alamos will present its annual Early Childhood Recital at 10 a.m. Saturday at Piñon Elementary School in White Rock.

    Audience members will have the opportunity to bid on a piano in a silent auction. Admission is free and a reception to honor the dancers will follow.

    DALA’s Early Childhood program is designed to introduce dance in a fun and supportive environment with the goal of instilling a life-long love of dance and movement.