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Today's News

  • World's largest single crystal of gold verified at LANL

     When geologist John Rakovan needed better tools to investigate whether a dazzling 217.78-gram piece of gold was in fact the world’s largest single-crystal specimen — a distinguishing factor that would not only drastically increase its market value but also provide a unique research opportunity — he traveled to Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Lujan Neutron Scattering Center to peer deep inside the mineral using neutron diffractometry. Neutrons, different from other probes such as X-rays and electrons, are able to penetrate many centimeters deep into most materials.
    “The structure or atomic arrangement of gold crystals of this size has never been studied before, and we have a unique opportunity to do so,” the Miami University professor said.
    Revealing the inner structure of a crystal without destroying the sample—imperative, as this one is worth an estimated $1.5 million—would allow Rakovan and Lujan Center collaborators to prove that this exquisite nugget, which seemed almost too perfect and too big to be real, was a single crystal and hence a creation of nature. Its owner, who lives in the United States, provided the samples to Rakovan to assess the crystallinity of four specimens, all of which had been found decades ago in Venezuela.

  • Nominations sought for Golden Apple Award

    Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico is accepting nominations for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2015.
    Nominations are due online or at the Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico offices (PO Box 40469, Albuquerque, N.M. 87196) by April 30.
    Teachers will be selected first and foremost on the basis of the quality of their teaching. Teachers receiving the award will also demonstrate a commitment to the profession of teaching and to their own professional growth as well as that of their colleagues.
    Nominated teachers will complete a comprehensive application describing their teaching methods, professional development experiences, community volunteerism, and other aspects of their teaching philosophy. Applications are read and scored first by teachers who have won the Award in past years and then by a selection committee composed of active and retired educators.
    In the final stage of the selection process, a three-member team of the selection committee will conduct a full-day site visit at each finalist’s school. The team will observe the teacher in the classroom and interview the principal, other teachers, parents, students, and the finalist.

  • Aces deal Isotopes another loss

    The Reno Aces sent the Albuquerque Isotopes home with a second straight loss Thursday night.
    Albuquerque’s late rally fell short in Reno. With one out in the inning, Isotopes Miguel Rojas and Walter Ibarra came through with back-to-back run-scoring hits in the top of the ninth to chop Reno’s lead down to just one run, but the two were left stranded on base.
    Reno held on for a 5-4 victory, the second straight loss for Albuquerque as it travels back to New Mexico for its home opener.
    The Isotopes (4-3) will face the Tacoma Rainiers, whom they faced in their season-opening series in Tacoma, for four games starting tonight. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
    One night after ace pitcher Stephen Fife got thumped in the early innings, Albuquerque’s No. 2 starter Matt Magill also ran into trouble quickly. The Aces (4-4) put up three runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-0 at the time.
    Albuquerque’s Nick ‘Chili’ Buss had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.
    Rojas had a pair of hits in four at-bats Thursday. 

  • 'Toppers blanked in Santa Fe

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team didn’t get any players into the championship or consolation rounds of last weekend’s Los Alamos Invitational.
    Although the Hilltopppers were the host of the tournament, play was at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
    In team competition, the Farmington Scorpions were the big winners. The Scorpions, who had won three straight Class 4A titles before they were upset by Los Alamos in the final round of the state tournament last season, finished with 23 points, which placed them 4 points ahead of runner-up Santa Fe in the team standings.
    In the top singles flight, Hilltopper Lauren Fugate advanced to the semifinals, knocking off teammate Lauryn Anaya in the quarterfinals 5-4 (2), 5-3 — all rounds but the semifinals and finals were short-set scoring.
    Fugate, however, fell to eventual flight champion Brandee Fulgenzi of Santa Fe.
    Fulgenzi swept Fugate in two sets, then went on to top No. 2 seed Sydney Schumacher of Farmington 6-1, 6-0.
    In the No. 2 singles flight, Hilltopper Kiersten Temple advanced to the consolation final round, but was topped in her last match by Arielle Martinez.

  • Got To Keep On Moving

    Derek Selvage of the Los Alamos Nukes tries to evade a tackle during a match against Rio Rancho. Selvage scored a pair of tries against Rio Rancho to lead the team to a 33-5 victory. The Nuke will be at home this evening for a contest at Sullivan Field. Match time is 7 p.m. and admission is free. 

  • LA's boys results from Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team finished 19th out of 24 entries at last weekend’s meet at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
    Los Alamos earned two points at the event, which was actually hosted by the Rio Rancho Rams. The meet was won handily by Rio Rancho’s cross-town rivals, the Cleveland Storm.
    The Storm finished with 112 points, just slightly less than half of the total of runners-up Rio Rancho and Volcano Vista.
    The highest-finishing Class 4A team was Albuquerque Academy, which finished with 29 points, which tied it for fifth place with Cibola. Valencia finished seventh.
    Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca said the meet was a warm-up for the state 4A meet, which is scheduled for next month, also at UNM. Despite some of the team being unavailable last weekend, Baca said he liked the performance of many of his athletes who did attend, noting they picked up 14 personal best marks including Hayden Walker, who shaved about 47 seconds off his 3,200 meter time and finished in 10:24.05.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished seventh out of 22 schools. Los Alamos earned 25 points, second among competing 4A schools, right behind sixth-place Valencia.
    Cleveland was also the winner in the girls team competition with 88 points, just nipping second-place Eldorado.

  • Masters champ Scott digs his role

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — For some, the burden of defending a championship can be overwhelming.
    For Adam Scott, it was pure joy — at least for a day.
    With a green jacket already in his collection, Scott felt a sense of calm that carried over to the golf course. The result: a 3-under 69 that got the laid-back Aussie off to just the kind of start he was looking for at the Masters.
    Now, to keep it going for three more days.
    “Having won last year, in some ways, has taken a little pressure off me,” Scott said. “I kind of felt like what was the worst than can happen? I’m still going to be a Masters champion.”
    Bill Haas was leading a major for the first time, shooting a 68 Thursday that left him one stroke ahead of the last guy to win the Masters (Scott), the guy who won it two years ago (Bubba Watson), and the guy Watson beat in a playoff (Louis Oosthuizen).
    On a warm, sunny morning, Kevin Streelman had a couple of early birdies to crack the second-round leaderboard Friday. Oosthuizen stumbled a bit with a bogey on the fourth hole, while Watson was getting ready to tee off. Haas and Scott have afternoon tee times.

  • Church Listings 04-11-14

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., at 9:45 a.m. we have classes for every age — new to 90+ with coffee and doughnuts served in the Gathering Space for The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!

    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Celebrations for Holy Week

    Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will celebrate Holy Week and Pascha (Easter), beginning with the end of Great Lent on Lazarus Saturday. Orthodox and Western Christians celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection on April 20 this year as Gregorian and Julian Calenders mark the same day.
    At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Liturgy for the Raising of Lazarus will be celebrated.  
    Beginning Palm Sunday morning, worship moves to the expectation of Christ the Bridegroom. Each evening at 7 p.m. from Sunday throughout Holy Week services focus on the events of Christ’s Passion.
    At 6:30 a.m., Holy Thursday, Liturgy will be celebrated as the initiation of Holy Eucharist.  Thursday evening readings from the Gospels continue to guide worship on the path of Our Lord’s Passion. Holy Friday, the body of Christ is symbolically taken from the Cross and carried in procession as though the event, beyond time, were taking place in our time. Vespers will be sung at 4 p.m. Friday with the procession of the Holy Shroud a part of the evening Matins service.
    At 10 a.m. Saturday Liturgy of Saint Basil with Old Testament readings is celebrated in anticipation of the Resurrection.

  • Pet Talk: Alternatives to debarking surgery

    Debarking surgery is quite the controversy in pet news today. Is it inhumane? Do the possible risks outweigh the perceived benefits? These are viable questions to ask when considering debarking surgery to control your dog’s chronic barking. However, with April being the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, it is also important to recognize the numerous available non-surgical alternatives that are said to be safer and even more effective by veterinarians and trainers alike.
    As decipherable from the name, debarking surgery is the act of surgically disabling your dog from producing a loud, barking sound. “Although the procedure is called ‘debarking,’ it does not result in the inability for the dog to produce any sound at all,” said Dr. Kelley Thieman, a clinical associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Instead, the dog has a muffled quality to its bark, and in time could even regain the ability to bark.”