Today's News

  • Beep, beep! Roadrunner supercomputer laps the field

    A supercomputer under development by Los Alamos National Laboratory and IBM in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. has zoomed past the petaflop speed barrier. Measuring sustained and peak speeds higher than a quadrillion calculations, a thousand trillion operations-per-second, the high-performance Roadrunner has opened a new dimension of computing.

  • Hilltoppers rank among the best and brightest in the nation

    Los Alamos High School continues to rank among the top schools in the nation, according to separate reports released this week by Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report.

    Academic data from more than 18,000 public high schools was analyzed by U.S. News and World Report to determine which schools were “the very best across the country." The data analyzed came from the 2006-2007 school year.

  • At play in the fields of the mind

    His work, a colleague said, encourages people to touch, explore, think and imagine. He brought a toy to his job interview.

    “A work in progress,” Gordon McDonough called the toy, the kind of progress that seldom rests because the concept is about play, which is interactive and implies that something is in motion.

  • LAPS Foundation awards six scholarships

    This year, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation provided scholarships to six Los Alamos High School graduates who are either pursuing college or vocational training.

    Each recipient chose an Educator of Distinction, a teacher or education professional who had the greatest impact on them while attending Los Alamos Public School.

    The recipients included Rebecca Boerigter, Elyse Dinehart, Noopur Goyal, Jeremy Kasik, Allen Pittman and Kelsey Souza.

  • Thinking Makes It So:Ode to hairspray, hairballs and other useless instruments

    Since March, since China, my trips have taken me into the past, no Delorean required. A couple of weeks ago, I revisited the Adirondacks I knew when I was 7, accompanied by the best music, the best adventures, the best family dog.

    Then last week, I mentioned high school. I touched lightly, like a ballerina landing a huge jump so quietly because she has the light bones of a great hawk. I didn’t go into any serious detail, because most of my readers have been to high school and already know how the details add up.

  • Sports update

    Memorial golf tourney set for June 27

    The 17th annual Benito Garcia Memorial Golf Tournament will be held June 27 at the Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe.

    The scramble-format tournament is a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Teams consist of A, B, C and D players and grouping is determined by Links officials.

    Price for participation is $100 per player. The entry fee includes cart, greens fees and lunch.

    Proceeds from the tournament go to the Benito Garcia memorial scholarship fund, which awards two $1,000 scholarships annually to Pojoaque High School students.

  • Community: Franklin takes over as YMCAs sports director

    Heading one of the biggest, fastest-paced sports departments in the county seems like it might have a steep learning curve for a newcomer.

    But in less than a month, Quanni Franklin feels she’s gotten a pretty good grip on it.

    Franklin is the new sports director at the Family YMCA of Los Alamos. Franklin took over the post for Joanna Davis May 12 and said she’s enjoying her new surroundings and her new gig.

    She has coached track and soccer on the collegiate level but was looking for something different when she applied for the YMCA job.

  • Memorial: Richard K. van Vleet

    VAN VLEET – A memorial service for Richard K. van Vleet will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2008 at Pajarito Masonic Lodge, located on the corner of 15th Street and Canyon Road. Interment will follow at Guaje Pines Cemetery. Following the interment, refreshments will be served at the Lodge, courtesy of OES Chapter 63. Call Rick Garland at 663-1426 for more information.

  • Home & Garden: Help for those large projects

    Los Alamos residents looking for home improvement ideas got a taste of what area businesses had to offer Saturday at the Re/Max of Los Alamos Home and Garden Show.

    An assortment of products, including cabinets, tiles, indoor and outdoor furniture, art, windows, countertops, portable storage and an assortment of “green” items, were on display at the Central Park Square parking lot.

  • Anderson leaves his mark on Los Alamos

    Expressions of appreciation for retiring Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent James Anderson have poured into the Monitor from colleagues, community members, civic officials, business leaders and members of New Mexico’s Congressional delegation.

    “Our town has been blessed to have Jim Anderson all these years,” said business leader Roger Waterman. “We have a lot of problems in this town but the quality of education is not one of them and that doesn’t happen by accident.