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  • Pair of tumblers win their divisions

    Nicole Aldaz and Brianna Fryer were the big winners for the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics at its meet late last month.
    LASG’s Atomic Tumblers competed in the Zia Trick or Treat Meet Oct. 27-28 in Santa Fe.
    Fryer won the Xcel Bronze child division competition at the meet, tying for the top spot or winning outright all four disciplines — balance beam, parallel bars, vault and floor exercises. Fryer finished with an all-around score of 36.70, topping teammate Kayli Lincoln in the same division. Lincoln had an all-around score of 35.15.
    Aldaz, meanwhile, was the winner in the Level 4 senior division. Aldaz won the vault, bars and finished second on the balance beam and the floor.
    She posted an all-around score of 35.60.

    Here are the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics results from the Zia Trick or Treat Meet. Scores for individual participants are as follows: all-around place, all-around score; vault place, vault score; parallel bars place, parallel bars score; balance beam place, balance beam score; floor exercises place, floor exercises score.

    Level 4, Senior

    Nicole Aldaz, 1, 35.60; 1, 9.10; 1, 8.40; 2, 9.05; 2, 9.05.
    Zoe Mathis, 5, 33.45; 4, 8.90; 3, 8.25; 3, 8.70; 8; 7.60.

    Level 4, Junior

  • Toppers pick up sweep in first round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Class 4A state tournament with a 3-0 win Thursday.
    Los Alamos, which finished second in pool A Thursday morning, swept the No. 11 seed, Farmington, 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 to move on in the tournament.
    Friday morning, the Hilltoppers faced the seventh-seeded Roswell Coyotes. The winner of today’s contest was scheduled to play the winner between Los Lunas and St. Pius X Friday afternoon.
    The Class 4A tournament, which is being played at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, concludes Saturday afternoon with the championship match. Los Alamos last won a state title in 1996 and made its most recent finals appearance in 2001.
    It appeared that with Los Alamos’ second place finish in pool play, it might end up on the opposite side of the bracket as St. Pius, which has knocked the Hilltoppers out of the playoffs each of the last four years.
    Instead, the Sartans only managed a second-place finish in pool D and had to play an opening round contest – the top four teams coming out of pool play got byes into the quarterfinals. The Sartans topped the Valencia Jaguars 3-0 Thursday afternoon.

  • 'Tis the season
  • PED seeks nominations

    The Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department is seeking nominations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act  State Advisory Panel. 

    The PED maintains the IDEA State Advisory Panel, as required by the IDEA, for the purpose of providing advice and guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in New Mexico. The IDEA State Advisory Panel membership is renewed every year for three-year terms.

    The PED is only seeking nominations of candidates who work in the field of higher education. The PED strives to have membership representative of the state population. The State Advisory Panel must be composed of individuals involved in, or concerned, with the education of children with disabilities. The SEB is seeking individuals who can serve a three-year term until June 2015.

  • X-mas tree permits on sale Monday

    Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos and Las Vegas will begin selling personal-use Christmas tree permits for $10 beginning Monday, through Dec. 24. 

    Permit holders may also cut their tree(s) on Monday. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, purchase your permit ahead of time because all Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. 

    Permits can be purchased at the following locations.

    • Los Alamos Historic Society and Gift Shop, 1921 Juniper, 662-4493;

    • REI, 500 Market Street, Santa Fe, 982-3557

  • BPU passes sewer rate hike

    The Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities voted unanimously on Wednesday to endorse an increase in sewer rates proposed by the Department of Public Utilities.

    The hike is necessary to cover the costs of repairing and replacing the 50- to 60-year-old infrastructure. The proposed ordinance increases overall sewer rates but also simplifies residential customers’ bills to a restructured flat fee every month. 

    It removes the variable rate that is based on the amount of potable water consumed during winter months. The ordinance also includes continuing annual rate increases of eight percent for the next four years beginning in June 2013 to meet the critical future capital expenses of the sewer collection and wastewater treatment systems.

  • Police pursue charges against local man

    Santa Fe Police Captain Aric Wheeler said Thursday night that animal cruelty charges are expected to be filed against Los Alamos restaurateur/realtor Jake Smith, soon.

    Wheeler said the police have been in contact with the Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office about the appropriate charges after the decomposed bodies of two dogs that apparently starved to death were taken from Smith’s Santa Fe apartment earlier this month.

    The police and DA are working to determine whether to file felony or misdemeanor charges.

    “There is cruelty to animals at different levels and we are looking at previous case law,” Wheeler said. “We have to determine what type of cruelty to animals case this falls under.”

    Wheeler and the police department want to file felony charges but it is not their call.

  • Park design gets favorable response

    Final design plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations received a largely positive response from approximately 25 residents who attended an informational meeting Wednesday. 

    Los Alamos County Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and project consultant George Radnovich, a principal of Sites Southwest, LLC, presented the design plans and responded to a wide range of questions. 

    The main purpose of the redesign is the restoration of Ashley Pond, which is in the early stages of eutrophication — a depletion of oxygen in the water. The pond will be completely reconstructed with new aeration systems and wetlands as well as landscape buffers and drainage solutions to decrease runoff — all focused on improving water quality.

    The 90 percent design review included modifications based on feedback from earlier meetings. The pond will retain a fountain at the center and a new waterfall that will help with aeration has been relocated to the western side of the pond, away from the location for a permanent stage.

    The sidewalk between the new stage, which projects out over the pond. and a dance platform was widened to 18-feet to provide better access around the pond during concerts.

  • Probe points to lax practices

    First in a series

    A recently released 116-page federal report said the accident involving Technetium-99 at the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Neutron Center was “entirely preventable.”

    The federal report detailed how on Aug. 20, a LANL worker at the Neutron Science Center unknowingly opened a canister, which contained an uncontrolled radioactive substance.

    It was quickly determined that the contamination had spread offsite and response teams were immediately brought in. 

  • Petraeus believed terrorists behind Libya attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus told lawmakers during private hearings Friday that he believed all along that the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya was a terrorist strike, even though that wasn't how the Obama administration initially described it publicly.

    The retired general addressed the House Intelligence Committee in his first Capitol Hill testimony since resigning last week over an extramarital affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell, but he did not discuss that scandal except to express regret about the circumstances of his departure.

    Lawmakers said Petraeus testified that the CIA's talking points written in response to the assault on the diplomat post in Benghazi that killed four Americans referred to it as a terrorist attack. But Petraeus told the lawmakers it was removed by other federal agencies who made changes to the CIA's draft.