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  • McMillan talks 'Moneyball'

    Los Alamos National Laboratory director Charlie McMillan spent the good portion of his week in Washington and one of his stops was Capitol Hill where he testified at a hearing before a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.

    McMillan used an interesting analogy when it came to describing the budget scenario at LANL.

    “You may have seen the film 'Moneyball,' based on the book of the same name. When I lived in the Bay Area, the Oakland A’s turned baseball’s conventional wisdom on its ear," McMillan said in his testimony.

  • Today in History for May 11th
  • 'Toppers close out Aztec, advance in state playoffs

    In the bottom of the fifth of a tight ballgame Friday, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers exploded. The Aztec Tigers imploded.

    Los Alamos pushed eight runs across in the bottom of the fifth to close out game one of the best-of-3 series in the first round of the Class 4A baseball tournament Friday. Los Alamos had three hits in the inning and Aztec committed five errors including a wild throw to the plate that brought home Trevor Pacheco to close out the contest early.

    The Hilltoppers won Friday’s game at Bomber Field 11-1.

    The Hilltoppers closed out Aztec Saturday with a 9-4 victory as it rallied from a 4-0 deficit at Bomber Field by scoring four runs in the fourth inning and adding five more in the fifth.

    Los Alamos likely will play top seeded Piedra Vista Thursday at LaCueva High School. Jake Downs got the win for the Hilltoppers, going the distance giving up eight hits.

    Friday’s game had all the earmarks of a pitcher’s duel early, with Tanner Moore retiring five straight to open the game – he struck out Los Alamos leadoff batter Connor Mang to open the first but Mang reached base on a passed ball. Moore probably didn’t realize it at the time, but that passed ball would be a harbinger of things to come.

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  • SF Children's Museum unveils STEM exhibit

    Change is in the air at the Santa Fe Children’s Museum, thanks to a collaboration between SFCM and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI), funded by a grant from the Delle Foundation. The result — a collection of new exhibits entitled “The Science of Cities” — will be unveiled to the public from 3-6 p.m. Saturday at the museum.
     In celebration, admission is free after 2 p.m., snacks will be provided by Dr. Field Goods Kitchen and DJ Eric Davis will be broadcasting live on KBAC 98.1.
    In 2011, SFCM received a $150,000 grant from the Delle Foundation to increase its appeal to older kids in the 10- to 14-year-old age range and to strengthen learning in STEM — science, technology, engineering, and math. SFCM partnered with SFI to create new exhibits based on or inspired by SFI research.
    The exhibits were designed and built by SFI’s exhibit partner, the Program in Interactive Technology, an intensive exhibit design class offered biannually by the New Mexico Highlands University Media Arts Department in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. PICT is an immersive class that provides media arts students with the opportunity for real world museum experience.
    According to Jacobs, a Santa Fe resident and frequent museum visitor with her two toddlers Eliot and Kieran:

  • Drought worsens in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Major stretches of river have already gone dry, farmers are leaving their land fallow, and cities are clamping down on water use, but things in New Mexico just went from bad to worse Thursday.
    The latest map from federal forecasters shows exceptional drought has spread from a quarter of New Mexico to nearly 40 percent in just one week. At this time last year, less than one-tenth of the state was affected by what is considered the worst category of drought.
    New Mexico — the nation’s fifth largest state — is in the worst shape of any state, and conditions have only intensified over the past seven days.
    This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor shows a swath of red and dark red across New Mexico, indicating extreme and exceptional drought conditions. The ominous colors stretch up through the Midwest, showing conditions have also worsened over the past year in parts of Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
    “These kinds of conditions will certainly persist for a while,” said Tim Shy, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Albuquerque. “Even if we do get repeated rains over a long period of time, for them to crack the threshold and get us back out of the deep brown color is going to be pretty difficult indeed.”

  • Los Alamos salutes Holsapple

    A large crowd attended a “good luck” party for Kevin Holsapple on Thursday, to celebrate his retirement as executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation. Holsapple held the position for 15 years.

    “It’s been fun to do,” Holsapple said. “We have an excellent staff and I’ve worked with a lot of great people over the years.”

    Holsapple has already started enjoying more free time by traveling to Peru with his wife, Kris Raber, and backpacking at Valle Vidal with his sons.

    “I haven’t been able to make time to do that forever,” Holsapple said.

    Holsapple is also looking forward to freelancing and expanding his horizons.

    “I am looking forward to not being so bound by the local geography,” Holsapple said.

    Holsapple plans to stay involved locally, especially with projects he has been involved with.

    “If the community shows an interest in making projects like the creative district happen, I’ll be there helping.”

  • Fire call

    There was a lot of commotion on Trinity Drive around lunchtime Thursday. A furnace was turned on, and immediately blew a lot of smoke into the hallways of the medical professionals building located at 3250 Trinity Drive. Officials said it was either due to a slipped belt or a blown fuse in the furnace.

  • Update 05-10-13

    Bird count

    The Bandelier Park Biologist, Steve Fettig, will be organizing a county-wide bird count in the park and other parts of Los Alamos County Saturday; contact him at 672-3861 ext. 706 for participation details. No additional fee.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet in a special session at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers.


    Julie Habiger, communications and public relations administrator for Los Alamos County, will speak on the opening of the new Municipal Building at noon Tuesday at the Masonic Temple.

    Pancake breakfast

    The LAHS Hilltalkers is hosting an all-you-can-eat Waffle Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the Pajarito Mason Lodge. Tickets are $6. 

  • Spotlight: Teen entrepreneurs get boost

    Summer is close at hand and students looking for something to do should start with some planning now.
    The Youth Business Grant or YBG is gearing up to receive applications from students between the ages of 13 and 19.

    Los Alamos Business Assistance Services would like to work with local and regional youth to develop their entrepreneurial skills and build relationships to help them start their own businesses.

    The program celebrated its 27th year in 2012 with a record number of 25 applications.

    “We were able to award 18 grants to young entrepreneurs. It was amazing to watch these young entrepreneurs grow and learn what it takes to start and run a business,” Katie Stavert, a local business advisor who oversees the program said. “Everyone learned valuable lessons about business and themselves. I really enjoyed watching them transform into business owners.”

    The YBG welcomes individuals and businesses to contribute small donations to fund the program. A volunteer committee holds interviews with students to determine funding, but more donations would mean additional success for youth.