Today's News

  • 'Shave it off'

    During the Aspen Elementary annual Spring Fling Festival April 19, students were able to enter a drawing to “shave Mr. Lloyd’s head.” Jeff Lloyd is the school’s librarian. Second grader, Lilly New was the winner. The proceeds from the drawing support the Los Alamos Parent-Teacher Organization

  • Much appreciation on this first week in May

    Oh My Goodness, May is here.
    It seems like just a few weeks ago the Back to School supplement was out and we were underway, in a new school year.
    It is almost time to get ready for summer, hooray and some time off for so many.
    Last night, a pride of the Mountain Lions parent population attended an internet safety session to prepare for some additional free time.
    Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre and Assets In Action provided some information on tips to consider for elementary, middle and high school parents.
    Simple guidelines now can help parents for the long technology road ahead.
    If you would like some Internet Safety information for yourself, just give us a call.
    The first full week of May should be duly noted on your calendar. May 6-10, is Teacher Appreciation week.
    The elementary school parent organizations always seem to have their finger on the pulse for this, but it gets a little trickier in the upper grades.
    Check out and see if your schools are doing something to acknowledge the staff. You can ask your student if they have a staff member they would like to do something special for, or at least if you know, drop them an email or a card.

  • Be There 04-30-13

    • At 5:30 p.m., Steve Roller will lead a Ruby K’s Community Hour discussion about specific strategies Los Alamos businesses can use to sell more, and how Los Alamos can sell itself as a community. Roller is a web copywriter, travel writer and an expert on what motivates people to buy. Ruby K’s Bagel Café is located at 1789 Central Avenue, Suite 2.
    • Los Alamos Tuff Riders Mountain Bike Club, 5:30 p.m. at the Sullivan Field parking lot. For more information, go to tuffriders.losalamos.com.
    • Expedition Caving Basics talk sponsored by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. Learn what it’s like to spend a week living and working underground. Local caver Beth Cortright will provide details, pictures and video of a typical caving expedition. 6 p.m. at Mesa Public Library. Free. Contact PEEC or MPL for more information.
    • National Day of Prayer. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Drive. 662-6277 or 662-6979. For more information visit NationalDayOfPrayer.org.

  • Nation's security relies on science

    The occasional neighborhood forest fire is one difference between Los Alamos National Laboratory and its offspring, Sandia National Laboratories, which was born in 1945 as LANL’s Z Division. A rich literature is another.
    One book that makes my list of essential New Mexico books, required reading for understanding the state, is Richard Rhodes’ The Making of the Atomic Bomb.
    While Los Alamos remains in the national defense and nuclear business, it, like Sandia, does much more. Web site wandering at lanl.gov uncovers some of the diversity.
    LANL’s most recent point of pride is Mustomo Inc., a start-up working with the University of New Mexico Hospital on a breast-cancer ultrasound system that produces “three-dimensional images of virtually every fraction of tissue being examined,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.
    LANL.gov states the mission as “scientific inquiry supporting nuclear deterrence, reducing global threats, fostering energy security.” The Science and Innovation tag on the top left of the lanl.gov home page lists a dozen “capabilities.”

  • When glittering job creation deals tarnish

    It seemed like a good idea at the time.
    That’s a phrase that we can apply to all of life’s situations that didn’t quite pan out — impulse purchases, former marriages, job decisions, bad investments. It takes on a different flavor when it comes to our sometimes desperate efforts to create jobs.
    We’ve seen two economic development disappointments lately, and these things have two stages — the cost of the mistake itself and the fallout and recrimination that follow.
    First, there is Clovis, where a new cosmetics company was supposed to begin operations after the city provided $2 million to bankroll the deal in hopes of adding 350 jobs. Now the city is hunting the entrepreneur — and its cash — in Guatemala.
    How did the guy slip under everybody’s radar? I have in the past interviewed Chase Gentry, Clovis’s economic developer, and he’s shrewd and experienced. I’ve also interviewed banker Kent Carruthers, a board member of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., and he’s nobody’s fool either.
    Boards of economic development organizations are usually a Who’s Who of a town’s major players. If these people could be snookered, it could happen anywhere.

  • UNM wants Alford to shell out

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A University of New Mexico official says former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is willing to pay a $200,000 buyout for leaving the Albuquerque school to take a job at UCLA.
    But Alford said he won’t pony up the $1 million payment that New Mexico wants.
    According to the Albuquerque Journal, an email written by a university lawyer says Alford is offering to comply with terms of his previous contract with New Mexico.
    Alford on March 18 signed a term sheet agreeing to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that included a $1 million buyout.
    The contract was to take effect April 1, two days after Alford announced his resignation to take over the program at UCLA.
    New Mexico contends it’s owed the $1 million buyout because the previous contract required a 30-day notice of termination. 

  • LA girls take 3rd at Harper

    The Los Alamos girls track and field team was the top finishing Class 4A team at an important late-season benchmark this weekend.

  • Stewart gets full-time job as girls basketball coach

    Ann Stewart is interim no more.
    Los Alamos High School announced Monday it has hired Stewart as its regular girls basketball head coach, a position Stewart adopted during the middle of the 2012-13 season.
    It didn’t come as much of a surprise that Stewart was selected after the position was opened up following the conclusion of the girls basketball season.
    Stewart was brought in to replace Tarah Logan in mid-January after her abrupt resignation. At approximately the same time, two members of the Hilltopper roster, both starters, left the team.
    “I’m just excited for the opportunity,” Stewart said. “I hope we can build a tradition, something the kids can be excited about and the commuity can get behind.”
    Despite the whirlwind surrounding the team when Stewart was named interim coach, the Hilltoppers rebounded under Stewart to finish third in a very tough District 2-4A race and earn a postseason at-large bid. The Hilltoppers then traveled to Deming for the first round of the postseason and upset the Deming Wildcats 62-45.

  • Williams' grand slam helps clinch LA's 5th straight title

    ESPAÑOLA — With one crack of the bat, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team busted open what early on appeared to be another tight ballgame between it and arch-rival Española Valley.
    Hilltopper first baseman Steven Williams belted a grand slam home run over the wall in left-center during the top of the second inning. Williams’ blast helped propel the Hilltoppers to their fifth consecutive District 2-4A title.
    Los Alamos routed Española Valley’s Sundevils in the opener of the two-game set in the valley, 17-3, then prevailed in the second game, 7-3.
    The win in the opener clinched the 2013 district title for Los Alamos (16-9), which has just one game remaining on its schedule, that coming Wednesday against lowly Capital.
    Los Alamos skipper Mike Gill has steered the team through all five straight district titles. He said the Hilltoppers, who were hungry for another district title all season long, didn’t panic after a big bottom of the first inning by the Sundevils.
    “Our goal is to win each inning,” Gill said. “They scored three, but we still won the inning. Whether you win it by four runs or by one run, it’s still a win.”

  • Environment agency warns of N.M. dust storms

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Forecasters say New Mexico's parched landscape and cold front packing gusty winds could combine to create harmful dust storms.

    The National Weather Service says near-record warmth Tuesday will give way to blustery cold wind Wednesday in much of the state. Forecasters warn the winds are increasing the risk of wildfires in north and central New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Environment Department says winds sweeping along the middle and lower Rio Grande Valley Wednesday into Thursday could stir up dust as well.

    The agency says while dust storms may be common in the state, they can still cause or exacerbate health problems. The department suggests those prone to respiratory problems should avoid going outside or hard exercise.