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  • Kirk invited to U.S. team tryouts

    The summer just got a whole lot busier for three University of New Mexico Lobos, including former Los Alamos standout Alex Kirk.
    Kirk and Kendall Williams have been selected as two of 48 players to try out for the United States squad that will compete in the World University Games, to be held in Kazan, Russia, July 6-17.  
    Along with them, Cameron Bairstow will head back to Australia to try out for the Australian team to compete in the same event.
    The United States tryouts will take place in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 24-30, with head coach Bob McKillop of Davidson College coaching the team that travels to Kazan.
    Should Williams or Kirk make the squad, they would head to Russia via Istanbul, Turkey, July 1, then return to the U.S. right after the World University Games.
    Assistant coaches on the team are Michigan head coach John Beilein and South Carolina head coach Frank Martin.
    Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is the chair of the USA Junior National Team Committee and finalized the list of invitees.

  • Smith, Latah win Dog Jog

    Leanne Smith and Latah were the top finishers in the 2013 Los Alamos Dog Jog.
    The Dog Jog is a fundraiser for the Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter. Approximately 250 humans and 250 dogs took part in this year’s event, held in the Chamisa Elementary School area in White Rock.
    The event consisted of a 5K competitive run and a 2-mile non-competitive run/walk.
    Smith won the contested race with a time of 21 minutes, 22 seconds, topping runner-up Andrew Sutton by 7 seconds.
    Here are the top finishers from Saturday’s Los Alamos Friends of the Shelter Dog Jog 5K race:

    1. Leanne Smith, 21:22; 2. Andrew Sutton, 21:29; 3. Sven Vogel, 22:11; 4. Vikki Saga, 22:23; 5. Kyle Butler-Moore, 23:51; 6. Steven Russell, 24:04; 7. Christopher Fontes, 25:24; 8. Meghan McDonald, 26:07; 9. Genevive Salas, 26:09; 10. Duncan Fuehne, 27:47;

    11. Catie McDonald, 28:18; 12. David Telles, 28:35; 13. Jacob Mendez, 28:42; 14. James Clifford, 28:45; 15. Frank Merrill, 29:03; 16. Duncan Hammon, 29:10; 17. Rebecca Hammon, 29:26; 18. Brian Boyer, 29:58; 19. David Kolman, 30:58; 20. Suzette Williams, 31:04;

  • Today in History, May 3rd
  • NM firefighters battle blaze in Sandia Mountains

    BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A wildfire is burning in the Sandia Mountains just north of Albuquerque.

    The fire began around 2:30 a.m. Thursday and grew to an estimated 50 acres by the evening.

    Officials say no structures are in danger and the cause of the blaze near the historic village of Placitas is unknown.

    Albuquerque health officials issued a health alert due to wildfire smoke until Friday morning.

    Firefighters battled the blaze on the ground and from the air, with helicopters and planes dropping water and fire retardant on the flames.

    Among the firefighters are two hand crews made up of 20 men and women who are part of the state's Veteran Fire Crew Pilot Program. This is the crew's first assignment since being established earlier this year by the New Mexico State Forestry Division.

  • Native American Beats Rock Jazz Fest

    Native American drums and chants are amping up New Orleans' Jazz Fest this year. Dancers and performers in colorful feathers stomped to native beats as DJ trio A Tribe Called Red mixed the traditional with techno.

  • Cleanup Los Alamos

    Volunteers gather Saturday at Ashley Pond after taking part in Cleanup Los Alamos Day. 

  • Vara promoted in Hawaii

    Bank of Hawaii Corporation has announced its shareholders have elected Raymond Vara, a former CEO of the Los Alamos Medical Center, to serve on its board of directors, effective Friday.
    Vara is the president and chief executive officer of Hawaii Pacific Health, the state’s largest health care provider and parent company of Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Pali Momi Medical Center, Straub Clinic & Hospital and Wilcox Memorial Hospital (Kauai).
    “On behalf of Bank of Hawaii, I am delighted to welcome Ray Vara to our board,” said Peter Ho, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Bank of Hawaii Corp. “Ray is a veteran of the health care industry whose extensive accomplishments and expertise will provide valuable insight and perspective. As a highly respected member of the community, Ray’s intimate understanding of the needs and concerns for the future of Hawaii make him a great match and significant addition to our board.”
    “I am honored to join the board and look forward to working with the team of professionals at Bank of Hawaii,” Vara said.
    Vara joined Hawaii Pacific Health in 2002 as executive vice president and CEO of operations, and assumed the role as president and CEO in 2013.

  • Talking about Mars

    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist Roger Wiens talks about the NASA Mars Curiosity rover, its journey to Mars and some of its discoveries on the Red Planet thus far in a series of Frontiers in Science presentations beginning May 7 in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School. After the talk, Wiens will sign copies of his book “Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity.” Wiens also plans to sign copies of his book from 11 a.m., to 2 p.m., Saturday at CB Fox Department Store on Central Avenue in Los Alamos.

  • Update 05-02-13

    Arts and Crafts

    The Los Alamos Arts Council will host its annual arts and crafts fair at 9 a.m. Saturday on the Fuller Lodge lawn.

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    County Council

    Los Alamos County Council will meet at noon May 10 in council chambers.

    Pancake breakfast

    A Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast will be held from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Adults are $6, seniors (over 60) and students (12-18) $5, youth (4-11) $4 and kids (under 4) free.

    DPU charter

    The Department of Public Utilities Charter Review Committee’s next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 6 in the Training Room of the Community Building.  

  • Los Alamos schools climb in national ranking

    Los Alamos High School made a significant leap in a national poll recently when it was revealed the school went up more than 80 spots in U.S. News and World Report’s ‘Best High Schools’ rankings list.

    In 2012, the school was ranked 638. In this year’s poll, the school is at 556, advancing 82 places since last year’s poll.

    The poll, with help from the American Institutes for Research, analyzed three main factors in 21,035 U.S. high schools.

    The first factor examined whether the school’s students were performing better in reading and math than average for students in their state.

    Then they factored in the school’s percentage of “economically-disadvantaged” students, and whether or not they were performing at a better-than-average rate.

    For schools that passed those two tests, the schools were then judged on how many “advanced placement” (college level) courses it provides, the variety of courses, how many students in the school are signing up for them and how many are getting a passing grade.

    It’s this factor that Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said was a determining factor in the school’s advancement in the rankings this year.