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  • Bandelier revives annual Fall Fiesta

    Bandelier National Monument is reviving the annual Fall Fiesta so visitors may enjoy Pueblo and Hispanic cultural demonstrations, games, traditional dancing and arts at the park. The Fiesta was not held in 2011 due to recovery efforts from the Las Conchas Fire and subsequent flooding. This year the event is set for Sept. 29.

    The Fiesta theme is “Celebrating Nature through Art and Culture.” Events will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry to Bandelier will be free that day, which is National Public Lands Day.

    Bandelier National Monument is making an effort to reach people from Hispanic communities in the area to invite them to the event, which is the final stop of a month-long scavenger hunt for youth from neighboring communities.

  • The Black Hole Set to Close

    The Black Hole is the store that made Cold War and Manhattan Project technology, gizmos and lab surplus available to anyone who had a few bucks in their pocket.  

    Now, after years of being woven into the unique fabric of Los Alamos, the iconic outlet will close its doors for good sometime in late September, said the store’s president, Barbara Grothus. 

    The store was operated for years by Barbara’s father, noted anti-nuclear activist Ed Grothus. Ed passed away in 2009, and ever since, it’s become increasingly difficult for his children to juggle demands of the business, as they have been busy with their own lives.

  • Reiss tackles another challenge

    Following three hours of opening statements, grilling by council and three rounds of votes, Rick Reiss was appointed to fill the council seat vacated by Ron Selvage in early August. 

    In his three-minute statement, Reiss said he stood out like a sore thumb among candidates with degrees in areas such as nuclear engineering and medicine. Rather than working for Los Alamos National Laboratory, Reiss is a small businessman who provides research and office space to LANL and its contractors. 

    “I’m so hands on that I mow the grass at Entrada Business Park, a development where I own lots. I change light bulbs and air filters at 999 Central, a building I developed and manage and owe a lot of money on.” Reiss said. “I am the little guy. I can’t delegate to others, because there are no others in my organization.”

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  • Raw Video: High Water Rescue in Arizona

    Several drivers had to be pulled from their vehicles around Phoenix by fire crews.The National Weather Service issued flash flood warnings Friday for parts of Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix. Video silent from source.

  • Hilltoppers fall at Farmington 28-0

    Los Alamos coach Garrett Williams was anxious to see how his Hilltoppers would fare on the big stage.

    The Toppers, fresh off a big win against in Pojoaque in their season opener, hit the road to take on Farmington, which also opened with a mercy-rule win against Gallup.

    It would be a good test for Los Alamos. 

    As it turned out, the Toppers have some work to do. Farmington’s defense shut down Los Alamos and Essiel Carrasco scored on two long touchdown runs en route to a 28-0 victory Friday night.

  • Raw Video: Md. Trooper Hit by Truck

    Maryland State Police say a trooper is recovering from being hit by a tractor-trailer as he stood along Interstate 70 near Hagerstown. A spokesman said Friday that Trooper David Avila suffered shoulder, back and leg injuries.

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  • Hilltoppers football team hits the road

    Garrett Williams thinks the Los Alamos High School football team can be a force to be reckoned with in the state.

    The Hilltoppers opened their season last week with a resounding 55-14 win against Pojoaque.

    It was a game of retribution for the Toppers, who were scorched in Pojoaque the previous week.

    “We played with confdence and intensity and we did a great job on both sides of the football,” Williams said this morning. “I was extremely pleased with the way we executed.”

    A tough task, however, awaits Williams and the Hilltoppers tonight.

    Los Alamos will travel to face Class 4A power Farmington. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game can be heard on KRSN-AM 1490.

  • LA soccer teams to host St. Pius X

    It promises to be a big weekend of sports for Los Alamos High School.

    Headlining the weekend will be a couple of soccer games as perennial power St. Pius X comes to town.

    The girls game is at 4 p.m. and the boys follow at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

    The Los Alamos girls team comes into the game with a 3-0 record after drilling Moriarty 10-0. In three games, the LA girls have scored 19 goals.

    The boys are coming off just their second Cernicek tournament championship since 2004. In the title game against Farmington last week, the Hilltoppers came away with a 2-1 victory.

    “We have great spots of passing,” Hilltopper coach Evan Gartz said after Saturday’s game. “We need to make those turn into more minutes of great passing. If we improve that, we’ll be special.”

    The Los Alamos volleyball team also is back in action as it takes part in the Moriarty tournament. The Lady Toppers lost a tough four-set match to St. Pius X on Tuesday.

    St. Pius X came back on Thursday to end Pojoaque’s 37-game win streak.

    And Pojoaque will make a visit to Los Alamos on Tuesday.