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Today's News

  • Sheriff: 3 dead in New Mexico school shooting

    AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A shooting at a New Mexico high school left two students and the suspect dead Thursday, authorities said as schools throughout the small town shut down for the day.

    Police did not release any details about the shooter but confirmed the other two people who were killed attended Aztec High School. No other injuries were reported, officials said.

    "The families of the victims were notified immediately. They are in our thoughts and prayers," state police said in a statement on social media.

    State and federal authorities are investigating what led to the shooting and did not immediately release any details about the circumstances. A news conference was planned.

    The school of about 900 students was cordoned off as authorities cleared the campus and teens were taken to another location.

    A crowd of nervous parents gathered outside City Hall in the moments after the shooting to wait for more information as officers tried to reassure them about the safety of their children.

    Despite the closure of all schools in Aztec, authorities said there were no other credible threats to students at the high school or other schools in the neighboring communities of Bloomfield or Farmington.

  • Hilltoppers win Bill Hudson Memorial Meet

    Divers compete well Friday evening

    The Bill Hudson Memorial Meet kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Friday evening, and the Hilltoppers immediately made their presence known.

    Of the 24 divers that participated, 11 were from Los Alamos High School, five boys and six girls.

    Four girls finished in the top five, led by Cyra Bishop, who was the runner-up. She finished with a score of 177.65.

    Also scoring well for the Hilltoppers were Anna Clark, who finished in third place with a score of 158.2.
    Emme Mooday was the fourth place finisher with a score of 157.75, and Bailey Nasise finished in fifth place with a score of 152.40.

    Addie Richie and Katie Wingo finished in seventh and eighth places, with scores of 143.25 and 141.35.

    The overall winner for the girls was Elianna Christienson from Farmington High School, who scored 206.2.

    The Hilltopper boys also performed well at the diving competition, with three boys finishing in the top five.
    LAHS’ top diver was Mychael Garcia, who ended up in third place with a score of 189.35.

    Kyle Hatler finished right behind him with a score of 178.5, and Griffin Stidham rounded out the top five with a score of 177.45.

  • Hockey defeats rival Taos in comeback fashion

    The Los Alamos High School ice hockey team waited a long time to make its season debut at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    And even as the date of the home opener arrived, the team had to wait a little longer.

    The Hilltoppers were scheduled to debut Friday evening against the Taos High School Ice Tigers. However, an issue with the rink’s ice compressor caused the game to be canceled, and pushed the home opener back to Saturday evening.

    When LAHS finally took the ice, the team did not disappoint, defeating Taos 7-3 with an impressive offensive display over the final two periods.

    The game did not start well for the Hilltoppers, as LAHS only put two shots on goal in the first period despite having two early power play opportunities. Movement in the offensive zone was unorganized, and players were coming up empty on scoring opportunities in front of the net.

    Taos had 10 shots on goal in the opening period, and scored the game’s first goal with just six seconds remaining in the period, giving the Ice Tigers a 1-0 lead.

    The Hilltoppers were more aggressive to begin the second period, with more pressure in front of the net.

    The pressure paid off, as Jacob Rutten tied the score at 1-1 off of an assist from Jacob Dunwoody just under three minutes into the period.

  • LAHS basketball rolls past St. Michael’s

    Heading into Friday night’s home opener for the Los Alamos High School boys basketball team, much uncertainty surrounded the team. Earlier in the week, Bernalillo High School blew out the Hilltoppers 70-39, with many of LAHS’ leaders playing minimum roles.

    Even more uncertainty arose during pregame warm-ups Friday, as senior Jack Stewart was nowhere to be found inside Griffith Gymnasium, and a member of the coaching staff confirmed he was no longer with the team.

    Despite the questions surrounding the team, LAHS played one of its most complete games in recent memory, defeating St. Michael’s High School 73-61.

    “I thought they played with a lot of intensity,” LAHS head coach Michael Kluk said.

    From the very beginning, the Hilltoppers came out firing, as guards Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo had open looks from the perimeter that they were not afraid to take. Roybal played especially well in the opening quarter, knocking down three shots and scoring 7 quick points.

    Trujillo provided the game’s top highlight at the end of the first quarter, knocking down a half-court buzzer beater that gave the Hilltoppers a 17-14 lead after one quarter.

    Freeing up those shots on the outside were forwards Ivan Balakirev and Michael Naranjo, who Kluk praised for their efforts.

  • Office parties sober up

    BY MARLEY JAY
    AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK — ‘Tis the season to keep that office holiday party from adding to the list of workplace sexual misconduct scandals.

    With the names of Weinstein, Spacey and Lauer likely getting more mentions this year than Dancer, Prancer and Blitzen, employers are making sure their year-end staff merrymaking doesn’t generate more inappropriate conduct.

    There will be less booze at many. An independent business organization has renewed its annual warning not to hang mistletoe. And some will have party monitors, keeping an eye out for inappropriate behavior.

    TV and movies often depict office parties as wildly inappropriate bacchanals or excruciatingly awkward fiascoes, if not, horrifyingly, both. But even a regular office party can be complicated because the rules people normally observe at work don’t quite apply, which makes it easier for people to accidentally cross a line – or try to get away with serious misbehavior. Especially when too much drinking is involved.

  • Tree lighting, parade thrills crowds

    The holiday tree lighting ceremony at the County Municipal Building Saturday was one for the record books.

    This year’s key attraction was a 23-foot blue spruce from the Jemez Mountains, picked and decorated by employees from the Los Alamos County Public Works Department. The big buildup, leading up to the lighting, which included a concert from Schola Cantorum Choir and Mountain Elementary, did not disappoint.

    “This was the first time I’ve attended an actual lighting ceremony, and I thought the singing was beautiful too”, Los Alamos County Councilor Antonio Maggiore said. “It was very nice.”

    County Councilor Rick Reiss led the tree lighting, thanking residents “for coming out tonight to see the lighting of our tree, our community tree.”  He had the crowd do a backward countdown from 10 before flicking on the tree’s lights.

    There were plenty of “oohs” and “ahs” and applause at the critical moment, as the tree’s silver and blue ornaments caught the lights just right.

    Reiss also thanked Public Works for making the trek out into the Jemez to bring the tree back.

    “It’s just as beautiful this year as it was last year, we are lucky to have it,” he said.

  • Dive-in movie at aquatic center Friday

    Join the crowd this Friday, for a dive-in movie at the Walkup Aquatic Center. 

    Float in the warm water while watching “Despicable Me 3” on the big screen.

    The movie ticket, snacks, popcorn, drinks and glow necklaces will be provided for the low cost of $5. 

    Tickets are now on sale at the Aquatic Center or can be purchased on-line or at the door the night of the event. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the movie will starts at 7 p.m. 

    For any questions, contact the Walkup Aquatic Center at 662-8170.

  • Oregon's high school grad rate remains 3rd-worst in nation

    PORLAND, Ore. (AP) — New figures show Oregon once again has the third-worst high school graduation rate in the country.

    The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the National Center for Education Statistics says Oregon, for the second straight year, ranks 48th in the nation in students graduating from high school.

    Oregon ranked No. 47 for two years before that, but sank a notch when Alaska raised its success rate.

    The only states with lower rates than Oregon are Nevada and New Mexico.

    The new rates are for the class of 2016. Oregon got 74.8 percent of students in its class of 2016 to earn diplomas within four years of starting high school.

    Oregon plans to release graduation rates for the class of 2017 in late January.
     

  • Assets in Action: LA Retired and Senior Organization is an asset

    This week, I am writing about a community asset that is an asset in a very different way, but like a person that is an asset, may go unnoticed by many. The Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization and staff.

    You might need to sit down for the next bit of information I am about to share with you. Ready? You can join the Los Alamos Senior Center at the age of 50. Sure, the older you are the better the benefits and resources, but yes, just 50 years old.

    I want to highlight one program today, their wonderful home-delivered meal program. Los Alamos and White Rock have a fabulous staff and some pretty great volunteers, too.

    As winter approaches, maybe you would prefer that mom or dad doesn’t head out on those snow-covered roads during the next few months. While hot lunches are served at both senior centers during the week, maybe you didn’t know that those meals could come to the door.

    If you, a family member or friend are not able to cook for themselves sometimes due to a life situation, long or short term, good nutrition is imperative in healthy outcomes. Their meals not only have the ability to arrive compliments of a friendly driver, but also include milk, juice, an entrée, sides and dessert. 

  • Music at Mesa Library Saturday

    The public is invited to an afternoon of holiday songs by Shashi Light Charles at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    Her program will include holiday songs and some original work, all presented in her unique jazz-folk fusion style.

    Light fell in love with music at an early age, which beckoned her into singing (badly but passionately) and plinking on the piano and plucking on the guitar.

    She spent several years traveling around the country playing music and ended up in Nashville, where she played at places like The Nashville Palace, The Commodore, The Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner, The Broken Spoke, etc. She loves to share her music with others, so join her for an afternoon of some Christmas favorites, other fun tunes, and an original or two.

    Performing with her will be Bill Waganaar on acoustic guitar and Joy Charles on cello.

    Seating is limited in the Upstairs Rotunda, and people will be turned away when the room capacity is reached, so come early and enjoy the show! For more information about events at the library, visit losalamoslibrary.org