Today's News


    Ed Ferdinand, age 78, from Los Alamos, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2008, after a brief but courageous battle with cancer.

    Born on July 6, 1930, he is survived by his wife of 52 years Jo Ferdinand, sons Kevin from Katy, Texas, and Mike from Longmont, Colorado, and daughter Denise Harris from Stephenville, Texas.

  • Boys soccer wins two; volleyball results are late

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team bounced back from an opening round loss Thursday to win two straight contests at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational.

    Los Alamos finished fifth in the Academy tournament, which started Thursday and concluded Saturday. Los Alamos knocked off Farmington 4-0 in the consolation semifinals Friday, then topped Las Cruces 4-1 in the fifth-place game Saturday morning.

  • Girls soccer: LA wins two at Academy

    With the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team in a scoring funk, head coach Jiri Kubicek is hoping a couple of good solid offensive outings will help set things straight.

    Those came in the final two games of the weekend.

    Los Alamos scored a combined eight goals in Friday’s and Saturday’s contests en route to a fifth-place finish at the Albuquerque Academy Invitational.

  • Cross country: Boys finish 2nd behind Academy in Colorado

    In the state of New Mexico or outside of it, one thing seems to be certain: Los Alamos and Albuquerque Academy are among the best around in boys cross country.

    As they did a week earlier at the heavily-attended University of New Mexico Invitational, Academy and Los Alamos went 1-2 at the Liberty Bell Invitational. That meet was held at Littleton, Colo., Friday.

    Los Alamos’ boys finished with 114 team points, second only to Academy’s 72. Both finished well ahead of third-place Regis’ (Colo.) 169 points.

  • Football: LA rolls to second win

    SANTA FE – It was another decisive win at the top end of the season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.

    That’s not to say there isn’t plenty to work on, however.

    The Hilltoppers picked up their second big road win in as many chances Friday, thumping the Santa Fe Demons 50-27 at Ivan Head Stadium.

    But for the second straight outing, the Hilltoppers gave up a quick, early touchdown and struggled to convert point-after attempts following their own scores.

  • LANL showcases exploratory research

    Some 90 exploratory research projects at Los Alamos National Laboratory had at least a few moments in the spotlight this week during two days of poster sessions and reviews.

    Bob Kraus, the deputy director of the Laboratory Research and Development Program, oversees these relatively smaller research projects that are a reason many scientists and experimenters come to work at Los Alamos.

    Under review during the “ER Poster Dayz” were the first year projects, expected to be off the ground by now and with something to show.

  • Star light. Star bright. First star

    Not long after the beginning, as cosmologists currently explain it, some of the first and largest stars the universe has ever known ended their lives in the most powerful thermonuclear explosions in all of nature.

    “What we really want to find, is literally the first supernovae,” said Daniel Holz, a cosmologist and member of a team of exploratory researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory who are pursuing “the First Cosmic Explosions.”

    There are many reasons to want to find representatives of this first population of stars.

  • Bowl for a good cause

    For this upcoming fundraiser, no formal attire or physical training is required; in fact, all that is needed to participate in the United Way of Northern New Mexico’s People Matter Bowling Event is some bowling shoes and a $30 donation.

    With these few requirements, participants can bowl from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Big Rock Bowling Center in Espaola.

    In addition to helping out United Way in the current campaign to raise funds for its 18 agencies, people will also be awarded door prizes, giveaways and prizes for the highest and lowest scores.

  • Looking to the stars

    Editor’s Note: This is a personal account of the Star Gazing on the Preserve event.

    At first the sky over the caldera was empty, except for a good-size wedge of the moon, which illuminated a pearl-gray light. But as the sky darken, it seemed as though a curtain was pulled back to the infinite amount of wonders the heavens contain.

    For those of us participating in the Star Gazing on the Preserve event, a handful of these features were seen in a closer view.

  • Tight times ahead

    While fuel prices are slipping down, $3.60 a gallon for gasoline is still a stiff burden. And it will only go back up.

    Also, if there is a cold winter – and it looks like there will be – heating one’s home will not be cheap this year as natural gas prices are sure to rise.

    And it will get only tougher as the county approved increases in electric and water rates.

    We have to understand that government is like any business, it too has costs and expenses that it has to meet. And it can only lose money for so long before something gives.