Today's News

  • A team on a mission

     When the Los Alamos High School boy’s soccer team is on the field together, it appears that they have been playing alongside each other their whole lives.

    That’s because, in many cases, they have been.

    They may not be the biggest or the fastest team. But every player knows his role, and can anticipate where their teammates are going to be at any given time, because the majority of them have been playing together since they were 6 years old.

    Tristan Semelsberger, a senior midfielder and captain said that playing together since elementary school is a factor this is hard to capture on the score sheet.

    “It just gives us a greater team chemistry together,” Semelsberger said. “I think we know each other’s play style very well, which definitely helps us.”

    Ben Rees, a senior defenseman and captain, said that the familiarity also helps when things start to go poorly.

    “A lot of it just has to do with getting along with each other in the sense that when things get tough and people start getting frustrated, that it’s not toxic and aggressive to the team atmosphere,” Rees said.

    What they lack in size and speed, they make up for in precision.

  • New Mexico Lottery earns $37.8M for scholarships in 2017

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Lottery officials said Wednesday that less money will be transferred to the state’s lottery scholarship program this year and they’re blamed legislative changes aimed at shoring up the struggling financial aid program.
    A total of $37.8 million in proceeds earned during the 2017 fiscal year will be going to the scholarship fund. That presents an $8.5 million decline from the previous year.
    “This news is very troubling for both students and lottery players as it not only represents a decline in scholarship assistance, but also resulted in less winnings for players,” Lottery CEO David Barden said in a statement.
    Barden contends that opportunities for generating more revenue have been hampered by an increase in contract fees as well as a requirement that calls for 30 percent of proceeds to be funneled each year to the scholarship fund.
    Barden said New Mexico has one of the lowest prize payouts in the nation for Scratcher games and that interest in games such as Powerball and Mega Millions has waned due to what he called jackpot fatigue — all resulting in fewer ticket sales and less revenue.

  • State’s economy may be turning around; indicators remain troubling

    Is it possible that New Mexico’s economy is finally starting to revive? If you follow the numbers in the last couple of months, you could get whiplash.

    Some major indicators are up dramatically, but they’re both heartening and concerning. Bear with me for some statistics.

    We’re finally on a good list. The U. S. Bureau of Economic Analysis recently clocked a healthy surge in gross domestic product for the first three months of 2017. New Mexico’s growth was 2.8 percent, the nation’s third highest. The leading contributor was oil and gas.

    In late July the Legislative Finance Committee brought joy to state bean counters with the news that recurring revenues in May were up 32 percent ($141 million) from May 2016.

    More good news is that gross receipts tax revenue in May was $39.3 million higher than the year before, and year-to-date it was up 6.2 percent. This means, among other things, that people are out spending money. For five months in a row, revenues have surpassed the same months in 2016.

  • 9-year-old wants to be ‘planetary protection officer’

    TRENTON, N.J. — A 9-year-old New Jersey boy who described himself as a “Guardian of the Galaxy” is hoping to add the real-life NASA title “Planetary Protection Officer” to his resume.

    NASA received an application for the position from fourth-grader Jack Davis, who asked to apply for the job. In a letter the agency posted online , Jack acknowledged his youth, but said that will make it easier for him to learn how to think like an alien. He said he has seen all the space and alien movies he can see, and he is great at video games.

    “My sister says I am an alien also,” Jack wrote in the hand-written letter dated Aug. 3.

    Jack received a letter from NASA Planetary Science Director James Green encouraging him to study hard so he can one day join them at the agency.

    “We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us,” Green wrote his response, which was also posted online. Green told Jack the job is about protecting other planets and moons “from our germs” as the agency explores the Solar System.

    Jack also received a phone call from NASA Planetary Research Director Jonathan Rall thanking him for his interest.

  • What’s a total solar eclipse and why this one is so unusual

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Total solar eclipses occur every year or two or three, often in the middle of nowhere like the South Pacific or Antarctic. What makes the Aug. 21 eclipse so special is that it will cut diagonally across the entire United States.

    The path of totality — where day briefly becomes night — will pass over Oregon, continuing through the heartland all the way to Charleston, South Carolina. Those on the outskirts — well into Canada, Central America and even the top of South America — will be treated to a partial eclipse.

    The last time a total solar eclipse swept the whole width of the U.S. was in 1918.

    No tickets are required for this Monday show, just special eclipse glasses so you don’t ruin your eyes.
    Some eclipse tidbits:

    What’s a total solar eclipse?

  • US in rare bull’s-eye for total solar eclipse on Aug. 21

    AP AErospace Writer

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — It will be tough eclipsing this eclipse.

    The sun, moon and Earth will line up perfectly in the cosmos on Aug. 21, turning day into night for a few wondrous minutes, its path crossing the U.S. from sea to shining sea for the first time in nearly a century.

    Never will a total solar eclipse be so heavily viewed and studied — or celebrated.

    “We’re going to be looking at this event with unprecedented eyes,” promises Alex Young, a solar physicist who is coordinating NASA’s education and public outreach.

    And the party planning is at full tilt from Oregon to South Carolina.

    Eclipse Fests, StarFests, SolarFests, SolFests, Darkening of the SunFests, MoonshadowFests, EclipseCons, Eclipse Encounters and Star Parties are planned along the long but narrow path of totality, where the moon completely blots out the sun.

    Vineyards, breweries, museums, parks, universities, stadiums — just about everybody is getting into the act.

  • A Mountaineer’s Story: Big wall climbing

    Come to the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting on Aug. 22 at the Nature Center to hear from adventurer Forest Altherr about his rock climbing experiences in Yosemite.

    The presentation will begin at 7:15 p.m. The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. and cover information about upcoming outings.

    Forest Altherr has explored the cracks, crevasses and faces of Yosemite’s largest granite slabs since 2008. Inspired by the valley’s iconic monoliths, Altherr initially dedicated himself to the craft of honing the intellectual, psychological, and physical skills necessary to climb many of the classic routes on El Capitan. While primarily a rock climber with a taste for big routes,

    Altherr enjoys all aspects of climbing. Not only is the sport thrilling, but it also provides a sense of connection among dedicated climbers worldwide.

    Altherr will explore the contrast between dichotomous styles of big wall climbing: vertical camping and speed climbing.
    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meetings are always free to the public, and no registration is required.

  • Malone garners $2,500 scholarship

    The money they gave Jamy Malone was very important, but even more important to her was the belief members of the White Rock Presbyterian Church had in her.

    That’s what one of the recipients of a $2,500 “Julie’s Helpers” scholarship told the crowd at the Helpers annual picnic July 30.

    “The check was not the most beautiful thing. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited when I got it… but the most beautiful thing was that you saw value in me and that made the biggest difference,” Malone said to the crowd. “I will carry that with me forever. You guys could have given me $100, but it was the words that really touched my heart and gave me more strength to keep going and be an inspiration for my children, to be the rock they need, because sometimes, they’re my rock.”

    A single mother of three, Malone has traveled a tough road.

    She wasn’t expecting the scholarship, she told church members. She applied with the hope that she would get it.

    “So, when I got the phone call saying that I got it, I almost started crying,” she said.

    Malone’s parents divorced when she was in the first grade, and then her education suffered.

  • Los Alamos County Fair & Rodeo Schedule

    Pool Tournament, Ehart Senior Center – 8 a.m.
    County Fair Exhibits, Mesa Public Library – 5-8 p.m.
    Gordon Summer Concert to present Dale Watson, an Americana, roots rock and roll superstar at 7 p.m. at Ashley Pond.

    Festival & Fair, Ashley Pond Park – 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Arts & Crafts Fair, Fuller Lodge Lawn – 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
    County Fair Parade,  Central Avenue – 10 a.m.
    County Fair Exhibits, Mesa Public Library – 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Rodeo – Brewer Arena – 2-5 p.m.
    Cowboy Dinner and Western Dance, Posse Lodge – 5-9 p.m.

    Rodeo – Brewer Arena – 1-5 p.m.

  • Residents air code grievances

    Los Alamos Residents who were angry with how the county addresses property code enforcement met with County Councilor James Chrobocinski Friday.

    Though many did not want to be pictured or identified, they did want to voice their grievances.

    One parent said that she knew of a neighbor who was given a citation for having bicycles in the front yard.

    “As a parent, I think that’s absolutely ridiculous. I want my kids outside, not on video games,” she said.

    She also said some of her neighbors had been cited for things that weren’t visible from the street. They also talked about a resident abusing the Community Development Office’s anonymous reporting page to get back at neighbors.

    “This anonymous reporting is really being abused, absolutely being abused,” the same resident said. “By law, you’re allowed to face your accusers, so how does that correlate with ‘please here’s a website, report anonymously, nobody will ever know it’s you.’”

    She also said the page was turning neighbor against neighbor.

    “How does having a tattletale page create a sense of community?” she said.

    One resident said of the anonymous reporting that it “It makes me scared of everyone I see that I walk by.”