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Today's News

  • Eventually, it adds up

    Today’s column marks my 200th submission of “But I Digress” to The Los Alamos Monitor.  
    While this might seem an astonishing feat, it doesn’t take people who meet me long to recognize that my spouting off 200 opinions is anything but surprising.
     I was born with a speech defect and couldn’t talk until I was 11 years old.  After an operation on my throat corrected a windpipe abnormality - Presto!  I could talk!
    And I haven’t shut up since.
    Anyway, I asked my friends what I should write about to commemorate 200 rants.  I got some great suggestions, but ultimately my wife nailed it by saying I should just write about my one true passion.
    Yeah, of course.  Math.  What else?
    And what’s not to love?  The history of math reads like an epic saga of gladiatorial battles to conquer the universe of numbers.  It’s full of herculean efforts by early giants to understand the geometric symmetry and algebraic aesthetics of the world around us.
    Mathematics is harmony incarnate.  When early mathematicians saw amazing patterns in numbers (like the sum of cubes equaling the square of the sum of the numbers), they would say,
    “This can’t be a mere coincidence.  The gods are trying to tell us something!”

  • Renegades return to LA

     For the second year in a row, the New Mexico Renegades ice hockey team will venture up to Los Alamos for an outdoor contest.

    The Renegades, a Junior A team who play their home contests in Rio Rancho, are a member of the Western States Hockey League. The event is dubbed the Winter Class Fusion Series 2.

    Saturday, the Renegades will face the Wichita Thunder at Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Pregame starts at 4 p.m. and game time is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

    Last February, New Mexico hosted the Cheyenne Stampede in the first ever official outdoor game in WSHL history — the league was founded in 1994. The event was a successful one and New Mexico elected to make a return trip this season.

    The upcoming game is the second of a 3-game series between New Mexico and Wichita, who face off tonight and Sunday in Rio Rancho.

    This is the fourth year of existence for the Renegades, who are being guided this year by new head coach Mike Stanaway. Stanaway has led the team to a 12-19-0 record so far, which places them fifth in the six-team Mountain Division, 45 points behind the El Paso Rhinos, who are running away with the division crown.

    In the 2012-13 season, the Renegades have been paced offensively by Dakota Beaulieu. Beaulieu has tallied 22 goals and 9 assists on the season.

  • LA standout Reardon inks with Adams State Grizzlies

    Like everything he’s accomplished in his prep career, Sean Reardon set out a goal for himself and worked hard to earn it.
    He met his biggest long term goal officially today, as Reardon signed his National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track for Adams State University.
    Reardon, a senior at Los Alamos High School, became, in what seemed to be a relatively short time, one of the elite distance runners in the state. He burst into the state spotlight with a strong finish in the 2011 Class 4A cross country championship, but was elevated to premier status with his huge showing at the 2012 state track meet, which included a stunning victory over Jackson Thomas of Del Norte in the 1600 meters.
    Now, he will become part of one of the most successful cross country programs in collegiate history as he joins Adams State’s Grizzlies. He said his first contact with the Grizzlies made a big impression on him.
    “I’ve been thinking about Adams State for two years now,” Reardon said. “’We went up there to their camp when I was a sophomore. I was like ‘these guys really know what they’re talking about.’”

  • Kennison to run next year with Colorado Mesa Univ.

    A roster chock full of young athletes looking to make a name for themselves doesn’t seem like it would be an ideal fit for an incoming freshman.
    Zak Kennison would disagree.
    Kennison, a standout distance runner at Los Alamos High School, was one of two graduating seniors from the Hilltopper cross country and track program to sign his National Letter of Intent today. Kennison inked with Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to run with the Mavericks.
    It wasn’t an easy decision for Kennison, who placed eighth individually at the Class 4A cross country championship race this season.
    In fact, it took a lot of introspection for Kennison as to whether he wanted to run at the collegiate level at all. However, he decided that things seem to go along much more smoothly when he’s training and competing than when he’s not.
    And the decisive victory his team took at the state cross country meet really sealed the decision for him.
    “We had a really successful year,” he said. “We didn’t make it to nationals. We were a little bummed about that, but it was a great experience. Building bonds with my teammates was fun.”

  • LA hockey faces Cleveland tonight

     After a grueling weekend, with three games in two days, the Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team will surely welcome its lone scheduled game for week 13.

    Los Alamos will take on the Cleveland Storm at home Friday night. Game time is 8:15 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers went 2-1 in their games last week, topping the Taos Ice Tigers 7-1 at home Feb. 1 and nipping the Albuquerque OutKast 3-2 in its first game Feb. 2.

    In their third game of the weekend, however, the Hilltoppers had little left in the tank playing the No. 2 team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.

    Cibola, hosting Los Alamos in the Hilltoppers’ final game, won in an 8-2 rout.

    Los Alamos is currently 11-6-1 in NMIIHL standings, which is good enough for third place behind El Paso (Texas) Coronado and Cibola.

    Coronado clinched the NMIIHL regular season title with its 7-0 win over La Cueva last weekend. Coronado has lost just one game in 21 outings this season.

    Cibola (15-1-2) cannot be caught for the runner-up slot. Los Alamos, meanwhile, is neck-and-neck with St. Pius X (10-6-1) for third in the standings.

  • Fishing Report 02-08-13

    Northwest

  • Ski Report 02-08-13

     Angel Fire

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 72 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    Conditions not reported.

    Pajarito\

    20-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 32 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River

    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    16-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    34-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    28-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. 22 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    43-inch base of powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 69 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos

    45-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 110 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera

     4-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 9 trails open.

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  • Former LANL Emergency Division Leader faces assault, battery charges

    Anthony Stanford, formerly the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Operations division leader, was charged with two counts each of assault and battery Monday.

    Stanford, 56, of Santa Fe, was charged after he allegedly sexually harassed a female co-worker for several months at the lab.

    Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said, “Mr. Stanford is not currently an employee of the laboratory.  As general policy, because of employee privacy, the laboratory does not discuss personnel matters.”

    Attorney Kate Ferlic, who is representing the woman along with attorney John Day of Santa Fe, said, “To demonstrate the severity of the harassment: it’s a rare thing when the police file criminal charges against the perpetrator.”

    Stanford’s attorney Laurie Gallegos said her client retired from the lab last month.

    Gallegos said in a written statement, “We understand that information regarding allegations made by an employee of the laboratory, who did not work directly for Mr. Stanford, have been released to the news media.