Today's News

  • DOE, other agencies renew energy MOU

    The U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Department of the Army for Civil Works announced Tuesday that the three agencies have extended their partnership to advance hydropower development for an additional five years.
    The renewal agreement signed today commits the agencies to a specific, ambitious agenda for hydropower, building upon their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for hydropower signed exactly five years earlier.
    At a signing ceremony at the Department of the Interior, the agencies celebrated the accomplishments of the first five years of this partnership and recognized the value of continued collaboration driven by a detailed, shared action plan.
    The partnership is designed to help meet the need for reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable hydropower by strengthening a long-term working relationship, sharing priorities, and aligning ongoing and future renewable energy development efforts across the agencies.
    Th MOU renews the agencies’ commitment with a second phase of collaboration. This action plan aims to support the Obama administration’s goals for doubling renewable energy generation by 2020 and improving federal permitting processes for clean energy as called for in the President’s Climate Action Plan.

  • Planning underway for Manhattan Project Park

    The establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park — signed into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act in December 2014 — promises to be an economic boom for Los Alamos County.
    However, the influx of an estimated 200,000 visitors a year could also pose challenges to the county’s infrastructure, transportation system and quality of life.
    In January 2014, the county’s liaison during the legislative process, Los Alamos Historical Society Executive Director Heather McClenahan, convened a committee to begin identifying various issues that must be addressed in order to prepare Los Alamos for the park. The committee worked closely with County Manager Harry Burgess and former councilor Frances Berting.
    McClenahan presented the committee’s findings at the Los Alamos County Council work session Tuesday.
    “Don’t expect any answers coming out of this report about what the park is going to look like,” McClenahan said. “There are so many moving pieces right now, it’s worse than a Tetris video game.”
    Much of the county’s planning will hinge on decisions made by the National Park Service and the Department of Energy, both individually and through a Memorandum of Agreement being negotiated now.

  • Volunteers can help with mitigation

    “Wildfire 2015,” the event the county hosts every year to educate residents about the dangers of wildfire and how they can prepare themselves for the upcoming wildfire season, may have a few surprises this year.
    One of those surprises may be about where the next wildfire may start up and, according to the Los Alamos Fire Department, residents need to look no further than their own backyards.
    That’s because while the county’s Interagency Wildfire Management Team, which includes the Los Alamos Fire Department, has been keeping a close eye on identifying and mitigating fire hazards in the open areas through controlled burns and cleanups, there is one area that the LAFD hasn’t been able to go, and that’s residential areas. Over the years, due to neglect or residents just not being aware of the danger, these areas have slowly risen to the top of the priority list.
    The department has received some requests from residents, especially those who cannot physically help with debris removal, even though they know there’s a problem. However, the fire department simply is not allowed by law to carry out clean-ups on residential property.

  • Minor League Baseball announces new pace of game regulations

    Minor League Baseball recemtly announced rules and procedures aimed at improving the pace of play in games at the Triple-A and Double-A levels.

    The procedures, created in partnership with Major League Baseball, will monitor the time taken between innings and pitches, and will limit the amount of time allowed during pitching changes. Umpires will continue to enforce rules prohibiting batters from leaving the batter’s box between pitches.

    Timers have been installed at all Triple-A and Double-A parks in plain view of umpires, players and fans to monitor the pace of play and determine when violations occur. The month of April will serve as a grace period, with players receiving warnings for infractions. Beginning May 1, rules will be enforced as written. The regulations and penalties for non-compliance are listed below.


    -Inning breaks will be two minutes, 25 seconds in duration. The first batter of an inning is encouraged to be in the batter’s box and alert to the pitcher with 20 seconds left on the inning break timer. The pitcher must begin his wind-up or begin the motion to come to the set position at any point within the last 20 seconds of the 2:25 break.

  • ’Topper track teams rising to challenge

    The Los Alamos track teams competed with mostly bigger schools again Saturday at the Buddy Robertson Invite in Albuquerque.
    Both teams were up to the challenge.
    The Hilltopper boys finished fourth in the team race with 66 points, just 1 point behind Manzano and 2 points behind Volcano Vista.
    Cleveland (129) took first. Highland (63) finished fifth, followed by La Cueva (25), Valley (20), Del Norte (13) and Bosque (3).
    “The kids just performed well,” boys head coach Larry Baca said.
    The Hilltoppers girls, meanwhile, finished third out of the nine teams with 65 points.
    Cleveland (133) finished first, followed by La Cueva (86), Los Alamos, Volcano Vista (61), Highland (41), Valley (30), Del Norte (28), Manzano (5) and Bosque (2).
    “We’re holding our own against some powerhouses,” girls head coach Paul Anderson said. “It was just a good overall team effort.”
    Greg Ahlers set a new personal record to win the high jump with a state-qualifying height. He cleared 6 feet, 4 inches.
    Skyler McCall cleared 5-8 to take fourth.
    The team’s distance runners also came up big in the mile. Hayden Walker won the race in 4 minutes, 44.71 seconds. Conner Bailey finished second in 4:54.62 and John Rees took fourth in 4:56.74.

  • LA lacrosse optimistic after first two games

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team lost its first two games of the season on Saturday, but is feeling optimistic after its performances.
    “We only had 11 practices before our first game and they’d been playing two months so the ceiling is high,” coach James Miller said.
    The ’Toppers lost their first game 13-6 against the undefeated Sandia Matadors (5-0).
    The 6 goals Los Alamos scored, however, were as many as Sandia had given up in its four other games combined.
    “Our offense is humming,” Miller said.
    Charlie Christensen, Hudson Davenhall, Welsey Skidmore and Griffin Matuszak led Los Alamos’ attack over the weekend.
    The ’Toppers played the Rio Rancho Raptors (4-2) next, but lost the back-and-forth battle 16-14.
    “It was a dog fight,” Miller said.
    Most of the goals Los Alamos gave up were in its transition defense which also had some trouble clearing the ball. On set plays, however, the ’Toppers were able to do a good job shutting their opponents down.
    Trevor Matuszak also had some “awesome hits” and “tenacious ground ball work” against Rio Rancho, Miller said.
    “I was very proud of the effort we put forward,” Miller said. “We might be small, but we can run.”

  • Today in history March 25
  • Be There 3-24-15

    A chapter of The Compassionate Friends will meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the northeast side of the new YMCA Annex, Central Park Square, Suite 140. Co-led by Eric Ferm and Valerie Wood. The organization offers non-denominational grief support after the death of a child. Bereaved parents and grandparents are welcome regardless of age. For more information visit compassionatefriends.org.

    Los Alamos Public Schools Student Art Show. March 1-27 in the Upstairs Art Gallery of the Mesa Public Library.
    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Middle school Battle of the Books. 6-8 p.m. at Mesa Public Library, Youth Services. Seventh and eighth graders who read the Battle of the Books titles are invited to test knowledge. Snacks and prizes for the competitors will be available. Family and friends are invited.

    Authors Speak Series. Richard Ruddy. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.
    Sing-a-long with old, familiar songs. 3 p.m. Fridays at the White Rock Senior Center. Song sheets will be provided.

  • Historian featured at Authors Speak Series

    Albuquerque historian Richard Ruddy is the featured author at Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series at 7 p.m., Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s Upstairs Rotunda.
    Ruddy is the author of a biography of Edmund G. Ross, “Edmund G. Ross: Soldier, Senator, Abolitionist.” Ross also served as a Territorial Governor of New Mexico.
    The name of Edmund G. Ross has receded into history, but is remembered because of the crucial role he played as United States Senator at the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson, where he, as a Republican Senator from Kansas, defied his party and cast the decisive vote to acquit Johnson.
    One of Ross’s greatest points of pride was the establishment of New Mexico’s three institutions of higher learning — the University of New Mexico, New Mexico School of Mines and the New Mexico State University.
    Ruddy became a serious student of Albuquerque history in 2002, giving lectures about prominent Albuquerque residents.
    He’s a board member of Historic Albuquerque Inc., and a member of the Historical society of New Mexico. In 2005, Ruddy began a six-year study of Ross’s life that led to the publication of the book.

  • Assets In Action: Local program honors living treasures

    Those of you who know me, know that I love seniors!
    While yes, a part of that does include the lean, mean, Hilltopper green class of 2015, I’m talking about senior citizens.
    Our community has lost another icon and we’re losing our seniors at a heavy pace.
    Our local seniors are novels of community history, they are pillars of the community, our seniors are the folks we think of as Living Treasures.
    One local program works to acknowledge these folks and capture the history that we may put off until another day.
    The Living Treasures of Los Alamos became an official nonprofit in 2006 and seeks donations throughout the year. If possible, we should support their work in the hopes that they might consider adding a fall awards ceremony to their slate activities.
    Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1065 in Los Alamos, N.M. 87544. I’m not sure if they need any volunteers, but I’m sure if you wrote them or called the senior center, they could let you know.
    Many individuals contribute to the project financially, which can be seen on the website. It can be viewed at livingtreasureslosalamos.org
    Lou Pierotti and Bun Ryan were two of the first recognized in 1999. The next ceremony will be 2 p.m. April 12 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.