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Today's News

  • Visitors rescued in two different Bandelier incidents

    Monument staff, supported by county resources including the Los Alamos Police and Fire Departments, were involved in two rescues in the last two weeks - one of a couple on Saturday May 4 and the other of a group last Friday.

    In both cases, the lost parties were rescued safely. Around midnight on Saturday, the Los Alamos Police Department’s dispatch received a call from a couple in Bandelier’s backcountry. The couple had planned to hike the 15 mile loop from Ponderosa campground to Yapashi Pueblo and back to Frijoles Canyon where they had parked a second car. They hiked through the strenuous Alamo and Lummis Canyons before sunset but as it got dark the couple realized they could not find their way without flashlights and called 911.

    After the call was received, police officers contacted the monument’s Chief Ranger and crews gathered in Frijoles Canyon to begin the search. Before hiking to the couple, police were able to get in touch with them on their cell phone. They were in good condition with food and water but were getting cold. Searchers were able to deduce that the couple was on the trail between Lummis and Frijoles Canyon. Around 1:15 am two Los Alamos County police officers hiked into the backcountry and made contact with the couple at 2:28 am.

  • Orb rallies to win Kentucky Derby

     

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, coming from way back in the pack and giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic.

    When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win.

    Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.

    Normandy Invasion faded to fourth.

  • Brotherly love makes a stop in Los Alamos

    Art Gonzalez will do anything for his sick brother; even give up his most prized possession.

    Gonzalez, who is from Socorro, has traveled all over New Mexico with his 1967 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 442 in tow, raffling off tickets to anyone who wants a shot at owning the rare automobile. The “442” represents the size of the engine, four speed transmission and dual exhaust.

    On Friday, he was at the Smith’s gas station in Los Alamos selling tickets. If you buy less than 40 tickets, they’re $3 a pop, more than 40, $2.

    “I’m traveling everywhere, because I want to give everyone a chance to win it,” he said.

  • Family files suit against lab

    A family is suing the Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the company that runs the lab, alleging it was responsible for allowing one of its employees to drive drunk and kill Bruce Mondragon in a 2010 crash.

    Andrew Trujillo, who was 28 at the time of the April collision that killed Bruce Mondragon, 25, of Medanales, has since pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was sentenced to eight years in prison in the New Mexico Department of Corrections.

    The accident occurred about 10 a.m., while Trujillo was driving his 1996 Toyota Camry north on N.M. 30 in Española when he ran a red light at the U.S. 84/285 intersection and struck a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by Mondragon.

  • Hilltopper girls win big at final regular season meet

    Perhaps the one thing that separates the Los Alamos’ running programs from most others is the ability to peak at the right time.
    In the final meet of the regular season, Los Alamos’ ability to do so was once again on display.
    Los Alamos closed out the 2013 season at home Friday, hosting a quadrangular meet which included St. Michael’s and District 2-4A opponents Capital and Santa Fe – Taos was also invited but was a no-show.
    The Hilltopper girls dominated the meet at Sullivan Field, scoring 183 points, 95 more than St. Michael’s. St. Mike’s Horsemen won the boys competition, while the Hilltopper boys were second overall, 5.5 points behind.
    Along the way, Los Alamos’ girls won all but five events, while Los Alamos’ boys won six events on the day.
    With just this week’s district meet and the state Class 4A meet the following weekend, the Hilltoppers are quickly approaching top form and both teams feel ready to make a serious title run again.
    “Being a senior, it’s definitely coming down to trying to focus more,” said Hilltopper Brady Stokes, who had one of the best meets of his career Friday. “It’s exciting. I’m definitely excited about these last two meets.”

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  • Students to attend RoboRave

     

    Three teams consisting of nine students will attend the RoboRave in Albuquerque on Saturday. The Avengers, The Duct Tape Dragons and Rar Goes the Dinosaur all from Chamisa will compete at RoboRAVE 2013, a competition for teams of 3rd-12th graders who have designed, built, and programmed an autonomous robot. The event will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center with opening remarks at 8 a.m., followed by a parade, competition and an awards ceremony. 

    BERNADETTE LAURITZEN/For the Monitor

  • LANL improves biofuels process

     

    One of the more promising roads to energy independence leads away from crude oil and into the forests and fields. 

    For years, scientists have been seeking efficient means to convert non-food based biomass into fuels and chemical feedstocks, reducing fossil-fuel dependence and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To that end, Los Alamos scientists and collaborators from The University of Guelph in Canada published an article in the scientific journal Nature Chemistry this week that could offer a big step on the path to renewable energy.

    The April journal article, “The hydrodeoxygenation of bioderived furans into alkanes,” describes how to take building blocks that are derived from glucose or cellulose (a carbohydrate that is a constituent of woody biomass and the most common organic compound on Earth) and couple them with other bio-derived building blocks to give new molecules that have between eight and 15 carbons in a row.