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  • LANS earns DOE bonus for environmental management

    SANTA FE (AP) — Los Alamos National Security has received a $9.1 million bonus for reaching environmental goals in its operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The New Mexican reports that the U.S. Energy Department says the contractor excelled in a number of projects to remediate areas of environmental concern during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The company earned 90 percent of the maximum $10.1 million award.
    Decades of improper waste disposal have caused toxic and radiological contamination at the lab and are expected to cost nearly $4 billion to clean up over the next 25 years. The Department of Energy says in a report that the lab has made progress addressing an underground chemical plume that is creeping toward a major aquifer and in cleanup at Technical Area 21.

  • LA boys fall at Taos

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a road game to Taos 49-46 on Tuesday night.
    The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos and it was the first since Dec. 30, 2016.
    Taos scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to drop the Hilltoppers record to 8-7 overall. The Tigers improved to 7-8 and remained unbeaten at home this season.
    It was evenly matched for the full 32 minutes, as the teams went into halftime tied 22-22. Taos outscored Los Alamos 17-12 in the third quarter and the Hilltoppers were unable to hit open shots in the fourth quarter.
    This was Taos’ first win against Los Alamos since Jan. 3, 2015.
    Los Alamos failed to capitalize on a quality opportunity to go into District 2-5A play with an affirmative winning streak. Now, the Hilltoppers will travel to the Southeastern part of the state to face Artesia at 7 p.m. tonight and Lovington at 2 p.m. Saturday.     
     

  • ‘Toppers wrestling splits pair of 2-5A duals

    Capital came away with two wins in the opening District 2-5A duals of the season at Griffith Gym.
    The Jaguars opened the duals with a 53-27 victory over Albuquerque Academy, before concluding Wednesday night by downing Los Alamos 55-15.
    Against the Hilltoppers, Capital garnered seven pins in weight classes 120, 126, 132, 130, 170, 180 and 195. Los Alamos didn’t score until Trevor Brown pinned his opponent to cut the Jaguars lead to 27-6. After Brown’s pin, Capital rallied to score 25 unanswered points to take command of the match.
    Los Alamos managed to get a victory after defeating Academy 46-30. The Hilltoppers got pins from Brown, Devin Atencio, Dylan Irish, Sam Harvey and Milo Light in their win against the Chargers.
    Academy got a 12-9 lead when 126-pounder Clay Cosby pinned Israel Gellis. Neil Deherrera tied 12-12, before the Chargers regained the lead in the 138-pound match.
    A 9-0 performance by Reyes Mendez, coupled with Dylan Irish’s pin, gave Los Alamos a 28-18 lead. But the Chargers didn’t faze and took a 30-28 lead after a pin in the 182-pound match. Harvey and Light secured the Los Alamos victory by pinning their opponents, while Patrick Irish won by forfeit.

  • Whooping cough cases in infants increase in New Mexico

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough in infants has increased.
    The Health Department is investigating four infant cases reported in December. The cases are from Eddy, Curry, Rio Arriba and San Juan counties.
    The agency says this is the largest cluster of whooping cough cases investigated by the state since August 2013.
    Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher says the best way for parents to protect against the illness is to get their children vaccinated. She also encourages women to get vaccinated during pregnancy.
    Symptoms of infection may include coughing fits. In infants, another possible symptom is apnea, where there is a pause in the child's breathing pattern.
    About half of babies younger than one year of age who get the disease are hospitalized.
     

  • Today in history Jan. 12
  • LANL contractor earns DOE bonus for environmental management

    SANTA FE (AP) — Los Alamos National Security has received a $9.1 million bonus for reaching environmental goals in its operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The New Mexican reports that the U.S. Energy Department says the contractor excelled in a number of projects to remediate areas of environmental concern during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. The company earned 90 percent of the maximum $10.1 million award.

    Decades of improper waste disposal have caused toxic and radiological contamination at the lab and are expected to cost nearly $4 billion to clean up over the next 25 years. The Department of Energy says in a report that the lab has made progress addressing an underground chemical plume that is creeping toward a major aquifer and in cleanup at Technical Area 21.

  • Prep girls hoops: LA outlasts Taos, 42-31

    When playing Taos, teams just have to worry about limiting Aaliyah Quintana.

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team did that in the second half en route to a 42-31 victory against Taos on Tuesday at Griffith Gym.

    Quintana scored 12 of the Tigers (8-6) 14 first-half points but the Hilltoppers (5-12) limited her to only seven in the final 16 minutes.

    "We had some scouting film on her," Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. "She had set the state record (for points in a game) for a couple days. We knew that she was an offensive threat. Our goal was to deny her as much as possible.

    "She had been averaging 28 points a game, no matter who they've played. I have to give it to Los Alamos because she didn't go for 28 on us and we got her a little frustrated."

    Los Alamos had a tougher time containing Quintana in the opening half, as the Tigers took a 7-6 first quarter lead. The Hilltoppers did manage to stop other Taos players from contributing and used a 16-point second quarter to garner a 22-14 halftime lead.

  • Mrs. Los Alamos search begins

    Applicants for the title of Mrs. Los Alamos are now being accepted.
    The winner will advance to represent the community in the Mrs. New Mexico Pageant to be held July 1 at the African American Performing Arts Center in Albuquerque.
    Applicants must be at least 18 years old (no age limit), married at the time of competition and a New Mexico resident, no performing talent required.
    To request the official application or for information, contact Sheree, New Mexico’s State Director at 720-549-0440 or mrsnewmexicoamerica.com.
    —Staff

  • Community Calendar 1-1-17

    THURSDAY
    Chamber Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos. County Manager Harry Burgess will present the County’s annual report. He will be reviewing the county’s accomplishments in the past year and looking forward to the coming year. Reserve a seat online.

    Nature Yoga from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members. More information at peecnature.org.

    Los Alamos Genealogical Association meeting at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.  The program will be “Fantastic Lesser-Known Genealogical Sources and Where to Find Them,” and will include videos, viewgraphs and opportunities to share personal success stories with finding lesser-known genealogical source records. The traditional no-host social dinner preceding the meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the China Moon Restaurant.
    FRIDAY
    Take Out Talk at noon in the Chamber Conference Room. Bring your Take Out (or brown bag lunch) and come hear a talk for free. Financial Advisor Trish Gallegos will present a talk on personal and small business owners financial planning. Reserve a seat online.

  • Pig and Fig hosts special wine dinners

    Pig and Fig’s owner, Chef Laura Crucet Hamilton, has hosted over 60 wine dinners over the past few years. Every one of them has sold out in less than two hours.
    Luckily, there are four more scheduled in the next two months. But diners have to be on the email list to get a table.
    The dinners often feature California, Washington or Oregon wineries specializing in Rhone varietals. “It’s just a very food friendly style of wine,” said Crucet Hamilton.
    Although she has no formal wine training she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, and while she was living in Paris, her love of wine took off.
    But the story of her wine dinners doesn’t start in Paris. It starts in White Rock, where she got together with sort of an underground group of hard core wine nerds, and big time wine collectors.
    This group, which includes Tom Hill and Glenn Magelssen, has been getting together for years just to taste wines and see what they go well with. “From there the idea for these wine dinners started,” said Crucet Hamilton. “They’ve just taken off, and now I’ve got all these people advising me and helping me and supporting me.”