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Today's News

  • Survey's problem shows path forward

    My phone rang in its best business voice. The person asked if I would answer questions in an environmental survey hired by Company X. I said sure.

    The survey pertained to environmental sustainability. The term means a large-scale system that helps keep itself working well. This quest plays a big part in what follows.

    Who hired the survey doesn’t matter. With any name or none, the same story emerges.

    The first question brought out the usual snare that surveys have. That is, each answer had to fit into a set box.

  • Council passes capital budget

    Los Alamos County Council has adopted the proposed Long Range Financial Plan for capital improvements with the proviso of reviewing the plan every six months. Councilors have also shaved $150,000 from the county administrator’s budget that had been earmarked for community branding.

  • Every 15 minutes: Mock crash seeks to alert students to DWI dangers

    Underage drinking was addressed head-on this morning in front of Los Alamos High School. In anticipation of prom night and graduation, LAHS Student Council in conjunction with the Los Alamos County DWI Program, conducted the nationally recognized Every 15 Minutes program with a staged crash scene.

    “I’ve seen a lot of scenarios like this that were real – especially around prom,” said Lt. Steve Branch, who’s been with the Los Alamos Fire Department for 21 years. “Death is sad and it affects the young and everyone around them.”

  • Supercomputer winners announced

    A pair of students, one from St. Pius X High School and the other from La Cueva High School, won first place in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    Erika DeBenedictis and Tony Huang took the top prize for their simulation of the shockwave in rarified gas from an object moving through the upper atmosphere. Their project used a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo program, which they had analyzed as the best way to solve the problem.

  • Lab hosts small biz encounter

    How do you get a foot in the door with a national laboratory? And if you do have a foot in the door, how do you take full advantage of the opening?

    An event that brings together officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory and aspiring small business suppliers is dedicated to answering that question.

    There are only a couple of chances each year. The next one takes place from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    The small business forum is hosted by the laboratory’s Acquisition Services Management Division.

  • Students perform well at national science fair

    The American Indian Science and Engineering Societys (AISES) science fair was held in Albuquerque March 27-29 at the convention center. Participating were two sixth-graders from Mountain Elementary School, Morgan Irish and Chance Butler.

    They not only participated, but Irish and Butler earned high marks on their projects; they placed high in their division and both won medals.

    Students of Native American heritage are eligible to enter into this national competition and to do so must meet exacting standards of scientific rigor prior to the event.

  • The Yoga Diary: A dancer endures a week of hot yoga

    Spring break, for me, means the ballet studios are closed and I have to find some other way to contort myself. Thanks to the suggestion of a friend, I found one in Los Alamos’ newest, hottest thing: Bikram yoga.

    Day One

    I went in kind of cocky. I can touch my toes easily. I can do the splits. But Bikram’s Yoga College of India – Los Alamos, the new studio located in the old Ed’s Market, offers something I’d never done: yoga in a humid, 105-degree setting.

    The temperature makes the news more often than owner Melissa Theesfeld wishes.

  • White collar crime's a dirty business: FBI battles a state load of public corruption

    ALBUQUERQUE — Public officials who are successful, well-respected family men and women risk it all the day they act out of greed. When they cross that line, chances are better than good they will come to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    The abuse of power by public officials goes back a long way in this state, said Special Agent Marcus B. McCaskill, with the FBI’s White Collar Crime Program. Their motivation is a desire for more money, more power or both, McCaskill told participants at the FBI Citizens’ Academy Tuesday.

  • Sports schedule

    TuesdayTrack and field: LAMS at Pojoaque, boys and girls, 3 p.m.Baseball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV 4 p.m.Softball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, JV 4 p.m.

    WednesdayBaseball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 4 p.m.Softball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, varsity 4 p.m.

    ThursdayGolf: Los Alamos at Eldorado Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.Track and field: Los Alamos JV Invite, boys and girls, 3 p.m.

  • Tennis: Toppers look impressive in district sweep

    SANTA FE — There wasn’t much left to chance this weekend.Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls tennis teams took part in the pre-District 2AAAA tournament Friday and Saturday hoping to leave no doubt as to which teams would get the top seeding in the 2AAAA championship tournament in two weeks.And the Hilltoppers came through in impressive fashion.Both teams soundly defeated the Española Valley Sundevils at home Friday and both scored impressive wins over Capital and Taos Saturday at Capital’s home courts.The s