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  • Moniz tapped for DOE

    The Obama Administration Monday nominated three people to fill open spots on the president’s second term cabinet. Among them, Ernest Moniz was tapped to head the Department of Energy.

    Reportedly well known and respected in scientific circles, Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace outgoing DOE Secretary Steven Chu. The following biographical information was published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, director of the Energy Initiative, and director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1973. He served as head of the Department of Physics and as director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His research focus is energy technology and policy, including a leadership role in MIT interdisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas, and solar energy in a low-carbon world.

  • 106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma

    BEVERLY, Mass. (AP) — Fred Butler was married for 65 years, raised five children, served in the Army during World War II and worked for years for the local water department, but the fact he never earned a high school diploma always bothered him.

    Not anymore.

    The 106-year-old was awarded his honorary diploma Monday during an emotional ceremony attended by school officials, state lawmakers and Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon.

    "I thank everybody who is responsible for this," he said, wearing a mortar board hat and tassel and holding the prized document in his hands. "I certainly appreciate it."

    Butler dropped out of school before the ninth-grade to accept a full-time job at a print shop to support his mother and five younger siblings.

    Daughter-in-law Cathy Butler says he regretted dropping out and always emphasized the importance of education to his children and grandchildren.

  • LA drops two games at Piedra Vista

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team fell big in both ends of its season-opening doubleheader Saturday.
    Playing one of the top programs in the state, the Piedra Vista Panthers, Los Alamos was held to just 1 run in the doubleheader, played at Ricketts Park in Farmington.
    Piedra Vista (2-0) opened with a 12-0 victory in the first game, then earned a 9-1 win in the nightcap.
    The two games opened a tough first week of the season for the Hilltoppers (0-2), who open at home this afternoon against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    Following today’s game, the Hilltoppers will compete in the always tough St. Pius X Invitational, taking on El Paso (Texas) in the first round Thursday afternoon.
     

  • 'Toppers will settle into a new rotation to start year

    Jumping into the season with both feet is challenge enough as it is, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will be doing so without several of its key personnel.
    Today, the Hilltoppers will open their season at Overlook Park, taking on the Class 4A Belen Eagles at 4 p.m.
    That game will be the first of six contests in this first week of the regular season. Along with Belen, which started off the season with a big 12-4 victory over Sandia Prep Friday, Los Alamos will also see heavyweights in Cleveland, a well-respected Class 5A team and Piedra Vista, the 800-pound gorilla of Class 4A.
    Los Alamos will have to do so without the services of Erin Kirk and Kiana Zerr, two regular starters, among others who are still playing basketball and could continue for two more weeks.
    The absences have limited the Hilltoppers’ workouts a little bit, Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said, but he said there’s been plenty to drill on during the preseason.
    “We’ve been concentrating a lot on defense the last three or four weeks,” said Anaya, who is going into his fifth year steering the Hilltoppers. “Batting’s been a little challenging early this season because it’s been pretty cold, but as the weather has warmed up, we’ve had some good batting practice.”

  • LA, Deming face off Friday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team didn’t miss having its first round playoff game at Griffith Gym by much.
    But not missing it by much doesn’t mean it gets to stay close to home in the opening round.
    Los Alamos (16-12) will face the Deming Wildcats in the opening round of the Class 4A playoffs. Los Alamos travels to Deming for a Friday night contest.
    The playoff schedule was announced Sunday by the New Mexico Activities Association. Brackets were released online on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org.
    Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart said she wasn’t terribly stunned her team slipped down to the No. 9 slot – the highest seed in the 16-team bracket that isn’t awarded a home game – but was scratching her head a little bit that it was Deming that was given the No. 8 spot.
    “I was surprised Deming got a higher seed than us,” she said. “We’d been ranked ahead of them for most of the season.”
    The Wildcats (17-9) finished as the District 3 champions this season. They were the only District 3 team invited into the playoff field.

  • Class 4A basketball playoff schedule

    Here are the schedules for the first two rounds of the Class 4A boys and girls basketball playoffs.

    Girls

    First round

    (all games are Friday at home of top seed)

    (16) Goddard at (1) Los Lunas, 7 p.m.
    (9) Los Alamos at (8) Deming, 7 p.m.
    (12) Grants at (5) Española Valley, 7 p.m.
    (13) Miyamura at (4) St. Pius X, 7 p.m.
    (14) Kirtland Central at (3) Santa Fe, 6 p.m.
    (11) Albuquerque Academy at (6) Valencia, 7 p.m.
    (10) Artesia at (7) Gallup, 6 p.m.
    (15) Piedra Vista at (2) Roswell, 7 p.m.

    Quarterfinals

    (March 12, The Pit, times TBA)

    Los Alamos-Deming winner vs. Goddard-Los Lunas winner
    Grants-Española Valley winner vs. Miyamura-St. Pius winner
    Kirtland Central-Santa Fe winner vs. Academy-Valencia winner
    Artesia-Gallup winner vs. Piedra Vista-Roswell winner

    Boys

    First round

    (all games are Saturday at home of top seed)

  • Bio on Ernest Moniz, Obama's nominee to head DOE

    The Obama Administration yesterday nominated three people to fill open spots on the president's second term cabinet. Among them, Ernest Moniz was tapped to head the Department of Energy.

    Reportedly well known and respected in scientific circles, Moniz, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace outgoing DOE Secretary Steven Chu. The following biographical information was published by the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.

    Moniz is the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director of the Energy Initiative, and Director of the Laboratory for Energy and the Environment at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has served on the faculty since 1973. He served as Head of the Department of Physics and as Director of the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. His research focus is energy technology and policy, including a leadership role in MIT interdisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas, and solar energy in a low-carbon world.

  • Today in History for March 5th
  • Raw: HS Hoops Player Sinks 55-Foot Buzzer Beater

    This buzzer beater is going to be tough to beat just three days into March. Khalil Edney grabbed a loose ball and made a 55-footer as time expired to give New Rochelle a 61-60 win over rival Mt. Vernon in a New York sectional final on Sunday.

  • Obama nominates MIT scientist as DOE Secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama signaled his willingness to tackle climate change with his pick of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three major appointments he announced Monday.

    A 25-year veteran of environmental policy and politics, McCarthy has worked for Republicans and Democrats, including Obama's presidential rival, Mitt Romney, who tapped her to help draft state plans for curbing the pollution linked to global warming. Along with McCarthy, Obama nominated MIT nuclear physicist Ernie Moniz to lead the Energy Department and Wal-Mart's Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the budget office.

    McCarthy, 58, a Boston native, has led the EPA's air pollution division since 2009, ushering in a host of new rules targeting air pollution from power plants, automobiles, and oil and gas production.