Today's News

  • Our View: Sharing a boat with the MVD

    Have you been to the Motor Vehicle Department lately? No?

    Neither has anybody else.

    When you go to the MVD, you don’t know whether the staff will have the answers to your assorted registration-related questions. You can’t say whether you’ll pass the vision test. As you set out on your journey to the department’s office on Central Avenue, you know only one thing for sure: You’ll have to wait your turn.

  • Teens behaving admirably

    Sunday night’s graduation ceremony of Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) participants was all about being a positive force and leading by example with character and conviction.

    “There are leaders and there are those who help leaders to lead,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told the teens at Central Avenue Grill. “And then there are snipers – those who sit in the weeds, hide in the background and write in the blogs ... These snipers do nothing to contribute to others.”

  • Thinking Makes It So: Give the Americans the mixed green stuff

    “Soft fried chicken cubes.” “Fungus with onions.” “Fried fish in squirrel shape.”

    Even when translated into English, the menus don’t read like a list of entrees so much as a table of contents in a book of poetry: “Fried celery with salty pork.” “Mixed green stuff.” “Local snack.”

  • Tennis: Topper teams file postseason rosters

    Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams submitted their postseason lineups to the New Mexico Activities Association before Sunday's deadline.

    There were no big surprises in the lineups the Hilltopper teams submitted. The submitted lineups will be what all teams will have to stick with throughout the postseason, barring doctor-confirmed injuries.

    The District 2AAAA tournament starts May 2 at Taos, the Class AAAA team tournament will be played the following weekend and the individual state tournament the following weekend.

  • Survey's problem shows path forward

    My phone rang in its best business voice. The person asked if I would answer questions in an environmental survey hired by Company X. I said sure.

    The survey pertained to environmental sustainability. The term means a large-scale system that helps keep itself working well. This quest plays a big part in what follows.

    Who hired the survey doesn’t matter. With any name or none, the same story emerges.

    The first question brought out the usual snare that surveys have. That is, each answer had to fit into a set box.

  • Council passes capital budget

    Los Alamos County Council has adopted the proposed Long Range Financial Plan for capital improvements with the proviso of reviewing the plan every six months. Councilors have also shaved $150,000 from the county administrator’s budget that had been earmarked for community branding.

  • Every 15 minutes: Mock crash seeks to alert students to DWI dangers

    Underage drinking was addressed head-on this morning in front of Los Alamos High School. In anticipation of prom night and graduation, LAHS Student Council in conjunction with the Los Alamos County DWI Program, conducted the nationally recognized Every 15 Minutes program with a staged crash scene.

    “I’ve seen a lot of scenarios like this that were real – especially around prom,” said Lt. Steve Branch, who’s been with the Los Alamos Fire Department for 21 years. “Death is sad and it affects the young and everyone around them.”

  • Supercomputer winners announced

    A pair of students, one from St. Pius X High School and the other from La Cueva High School, won first place in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge.

    Erika DeBenedictis and Tony Huang took the top prize for their simulation of the shockwave in rarified gas from an object moving through the upper atmosphere. Their project used a Direct Simulation Monte Carlo program, which they had analyzed as the best way to solve the problem.

  • Lab hosts small biz encounter

    How do you get a foot in the door with a national laboratory? And if you do have a foot in the door, how do you take full advantage of the opening?

    An event that brings together officials from Los Alamos National Laboratory and aspiring small business suppliers is dedicated to answering that question.

    There are only a couple of chances each year. The next one takes place from 8 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Pojoaque.

    The small business forum is hosted by the laboratory’s Acquisition Services Management Division.

  • Students perform well at national science fair

    The American Indian Science and Engineering Societys (AISES) science fair was held in Albuquerque March 27-29 at the convention center. Participating were two sixth-graders from Mountain Elementary School, Morgan Irish and Chance Butler.

    They not only participated, but Irish and Butler earned high marks on their projects; they placed high in their division and both won medals.

    Students of Native American heritage are eligible to enter into this national competition and to do so must meet exacting standards of scientific rigor prior to the event.