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Today's News

  • Football: LA taking on its toughest opponent in quarterfinals

    A team that has on its roster the leading rusher in the state is a team to be leery of. So is a team with the leading passer in the state.

    The Aztec Tigers have both.

    Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will face an offensive juggernaut in the Aztec Tigers. The two face off in the Class AAAA quarterfinals at 2 p.m. The game will be held at Fred Cook Stadium in Aztec.

  • Cross country: LA teams will travel to Arizona for NCN regional

    For those who didn’t get their fill of the rivalry at the Class AAAA state championship two weeks ago, fear not. The second round of what has turned into one of the best prep rivalries in New Mexico will be held Saturday.

    As if New Mexico wasn’t big enough to contain it, however, the venue will shift to Tempe, Ariz.

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team will square off against arch-rival Albuquerque Academy at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional Saturday in Tempe.

  • Football: Toppers sweep All-District honors

    Los Alamos football stars Raul Rodriguez and Zach Mang were named the top players in District 2AAAA this season, and head coach Bob Scott was named top coach for 2008.

    Rodriguez, a senior running back, earned District Offensive Player of the Year honors when All-District awards were announced this week.

    Meanwhile, the District Defensive Player of the Year honors went to Mang, a senior safety for the Hilltoppers.

  • Skate park real plus!

    Dear Editor,

    Amidst all the build-up to the elections we had a glorious moment in Los Alamos. It took place on Oct. 29th right in the middle of our community with quite a few onlookers and quite a lot of participants. That moment happened when a ribbon was cut and a mass of our residents, ages 4 to 40, poured onto the sculptured curves and smooth surfaces of our new skateboard park. Instantaneously, there was a tsunami wave of joy washing over those on wheels AND those on the sidelines.

  • Be safe and smart on a bike

    Dear Editor,

    Returning from a road trip on Monday evening, I was waiting cued up behind another car about to make a right on red from Central onto Diamond. At the last minute, the lead driver stopped short, and I saw two dark shadows zip past on Diamond heading north – bicyclists riding in the dark. The lead cyclist had no lights at all, and the second one had a tiny, nearly worthless and dim light.

    Frankly, I’ve been keeping a mental tally lately of nighttime cyclists and have seen about ten lightless cyclists for every one I’ve seen lit up.

  • How bond to affect taxpayers

    During his year-long campaign for a county council seat, Mike Wismer found that funding for Los Alamos Public Schools was one of the primary issues raised by residents.

    “It’s very important to property owners,” said Wismer, who was elected Nov. 4 to one of three vacant seats. “They want to know how much it will cost them and what they can expect in terms of facilities upgrades should the bond pass in January.”

  • Student reaches for the sky

    Airports are always great places to be. The sprawling buildings of tramways, moving sidewalks and gift shops are the start of a great adventure. They’re the kick off to a journey, whether it is a vacation or business trip. The anticipation and excitement for what lies ahead clings inside an airport’s walls.

    For Matthew Simmonds of Los Alamos, an airport represents the beginning of a different type of an adventure; it’s the start of his career.

  • LANL Roadrunner remains on top

    It was a cliffhanger, but the Roadrunner beat Wile E. Coyote again, even disguised as a Jaguar.

    Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Roadrunner won another victory by a nose in the latest Top500 supercomputer rankings.

    LANL’s IBM-built supercomputer, which was the first in the world to break the petaflop barrier, held on to its title as fastest in the land, beating Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Cray XT5, known as “Jaguar,” by .046 petaflops

    A petaflop is one quadrillion floating-point operations per second.

  • Global nuclear partnership hearing Thursday

    Los Alamos residents are invited to participate in a public hearing Thursday related to an environmental impact statement on the Department of Energy’s Global Nuclear Energy Partnership plans.

    The Draft Global Nuclear Energy Partnership Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement will be discussed 7-9 p.m. at the Hilltop House Best Western, 400 Trinity Dr.

    The only hearing in the northern part of the state, it follows similar meetings in Hobbs, Carlsbad and Roswell.

  • The heaviest turkey ever

    No one wants to eat alone on Thanksgiving, not even girls with pink hair and neck tattoos, who are really just daughters, after all.

    In Peter Hedges’ sweet 2004 drama “Pieces of April,” April Burns (Katie Holmes) has invited her suburban family to her Lower East Side apartment to celebrate the holiday. It will mark the first time her family has visited her new apartment, the first time she has cooked the family dinner, and, she hopes, the first time she and her family have enjoyed each other’s company.