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  • On the dotted line
  • UNM has tough road test

     Even though the game has lost a big chunk of its meaning, Mountain West Conference men’s basketball fans are salivating over Saturday’s matchup.

    The two top teams in the MW, the University of New Mexico Lobos and the Colorado State Rams, will meet for a big conference battle Saturday afternoon at Colorado State.

    Going into the week, the Lobos were clinging to a 1-game lead in the MW over Colorado State, which has been one of the big surprises in the conference this year.

    The game in Fort Collins has been one of the hot-ticket contests of this season. The home allotment of 2,500 student tickets was gobbled up by fans in about three hours Wednesday morning despite freezing temperatures.

  • LA hockey team wraps up with two games


    The New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League will conclude its regular season this weekend, as will the Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team.

    Along with the NMIIHL games, the league will host its All-Star Game and Skills Competition this weekend in Albuquerque. Saturday, Los Alamos will play the St. Pius X Sartans at 11:15 a.m., followed by the Cleveland Storm at 2:15 p.m. 

    The St. Pius contest will be at the Outpost Ice Arena and the Cleveland contest will be all the way across town at Blades Arena in Rio Rancho. Both those games will be broadcast on KRSN AM 1490.

    In the current NMIIHL standings, Los Alamos holds a 4-point lead over St. Pius for third place. St. Pius could catch Los Alamos in the standings if it were to sweep both the Saturday game against Los Alamos and its Friday night game against La Cueva and the Hilltoppers drop both of their Saturday contests.

  • NNSA completes recapitalization effort


    The National Nuclear Security Administration announced the successful completion of the Facilities and Infrastructure Recapitalization Program. 

    FIRP was created to reduce a substantial accumulation of backlogged facility maintenance, repair and demolition projects across NNSA’s eight sites. 

    As a result, NNSA has enhanced mission reliability, improved safety and working conditions and reduced operating costs across the national nuclear security enterprise. 

    “One of the primary goals of FIRP was to demonstrate NNSA’s commitment to being an effective steward of the taxpayers’ money while we move beyond the Cold War,” said NNSA Associate Principal Deputy Administrator Michael Lempke.

  • County presents final options for White Rock’s A19a

    Final concepts for residential and commercial development on parcel A-19-a in White Rock will be presented at 6 p.m. Monday night at the White Rock Fire Station #3. The White Rock Implementation Committee and the county’s Community and Economic Development Department staff will host the meeting featuring a presentation by Dekker Parish Sabatini, the consultant charged with developing the A-19-a Master Planning Study for the past three years.

    The meeting will start with an open house, providing the public the opportunity to view the concepts and talk to consultants one-on-one. At 6:30 p.m., DPS consultants will give a brief presentation of the history of the master planning study to date, as well as the renderings of the development options currently under consideration and next steps in the process. 

    The public is invited to ask questions and provide input via comment cards.  The county will post the information and renderings on its new Open Forum to provide those not able to attend the meeting the opportunity to submit comments until 5 p.m. March 4. Access Open Forum on the county’s website home page at losalamosnm.us.

  • Stover relishes new role

    The two months since Sharon Stover relinquished her role as chair of the Los Alamos County Council and took up the duties of county clerk have been anything but dull. In addition to learning what her new position entails, she has overseen two elections and joined other county clerks in lobbying during the state legislative session.

    “I’m really amazed at how much really goes on in the office,” Stover said. “Everyone thinks of the clerk’s office as having an election, and if you’re not doing an election, just what are you doing? Well, there’s a tremendous amount of recordation, recording of various documents. Because of the system, the clerk’s office holds all these documents. It’s just a hub of where information is held.

    “People will be looking for a marriage license; they’ll be looking for mortgages. We get public information requests. There’s always some sort of activity going on there.”

    The county clerk is also the clerk to the probate judge, with staff serving as probate deputies. They are responsible for signing letters of testamentary or administration.

  • Computer model shows how Hepatitis C drug works

    A study by researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and a multinational team reveals how daclatasvir, a direct-acting antiviral agent in development for the treatment of hepatitis C virus, targets one of its proteins and causes the fastest viral decline ever seen with anti-HCV drugs — within 12 hours of treatment.

    Chronic infection with hepatitis C virus affects about 150 million people worldwide. It is the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver transplants and results in some 350,000 deaths worldwide every year.

    The team’s work reveals that daclatasvir has two primary modes of action against HCV and also provides a more accurate estimate of the HCV half-life. Until 2011, treatment options were limited and offered modest effectiveness; fewer than half of treated patients were fully cured of the virus. In the last decade, active research on understanding the mechanisms of HCV replication resulted in the discovery of direct acting antivirals targeting all stages of the viral replication process.

  • House OKs state budget

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration will receive money to establish a merit pay system for teachers under a proposed state budget approved Thursday by the House despite objections from Democrats.

    The House approved the financial blueprint on a 53-16 vote on Thursday, and sent it to the Senate for consideration. Only Democrats voted against the bill.

    The measure will allocate nearly $5.9 billion for public schools, colleges and state government programs — ranging from prisons to health care — in the fiscal year starting in July. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent, or $239 million.

    The budget leaves $19 million available for additional increases by the Senate and to offset possible tax cuts. The governor has proposed $47 million in tax reductions next year, including cutting the corporate income tax rate.

    The largest share of the budget — nearly $2.6 billion or a 4.6 percent increase — will go for public schools, the Public Education Department and other educational programs.

  • School Board members sworn in


  • PF-4 concerns Rodgers

    Los Alamos County Council Chair Geoff Rodgers, Councilors Pete Sheehey and Fran Berting, along with administrator Harry Burgess, will travel to Washington, D.C. at the end of the month.

    Rodgers said they are still finalizing plans, but he did say “it will be a meeting-packed agenda.”

    One of the people that Rodgers is hoping to talk to is Neile Miller, the acting head of the National Nuclear Security Administration.

    In fact, Rodgers wrote a letter to Miller, expressing his concerns about a new safety risk analysis made pubic by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

    The DNFSB was reviewing data related to the Plutonium Facility (PF-4) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

    The Safety Board is particularly concerned about “the potential for very high offsite dose consequences” under a scenario in which a severe earthquake caused the collapse of PF-4.