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Today's News

  • Candidates file campaign finance reports

    Candidates for local and statewide office filed their first campaign finance reports April 11. Candidates are required to file reports detailing their contributions, expenditures, loans and in kind contributions four times during the primary season and four times for the general election.
    Reports from the two candidates for the New Mexico House of Representatives District 43 revealed some contrasts.
    Incumbent Stephanie Garcia Richard (D) has raised $18,668 to date. Garcia Richard received $1,000 from the Committee to Elect Brian Egolf and had an opening balance of $2,151.53. The rest came from 98 individual donors, the majority giving between $50–$250. One donor gave $500 and two others contributed $1,000 each.
    Garcia Richard had $7,064 in expenditures. Her largest expenditures were three totaling $3,861 to Voter Research, Inc. and $2,000 to the New Mexico House Democratic Campaign Committee. Her campaign also donated $500 to the Family YMCA. Most of her other expenditures were to ActBlue for processing fees.
    Garcia Richard’s Republican challenger, Sharon Stover, raised  $9,575 and spent $70.65 for a post office box and checks.

  • Foley commits to NMHU

    Los Alamos senior Sierra Foley signed her national letter of intent Tuesday to play college volleyball for New Mexico Highlands University. Foley led Los Alamos with 313 kills last year, averaging 4.1 kills per set. She also served 38 aces and blocked 28 shots to help Los Alamos finish 19-4 and reach the Class 5A state quarterfinals. She’ll join teammate Brianna Montaño on Highlands’ volleyball team.
     

  • Nukes Rugby Club reaches the state finals

    The Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club scored a pair of playoff wins Saturday to earn a spot in the state finals.
    The Nukes beat El Paso Cathedral, 27-22, and then the Cibola Cougars, 17-5, in the semifinals.
    Los Alamos will now play the San Juan Spartans in the 10-man final at 11:45 a.m. Saturday.
    San Juan is a new a club this year, comprised of players from Farmington, Aztec, Piedra Vista and Shiprock.
    The two squads met earlier in the season and Los Alamos pulled out a 12-5 victory.
    Now they’ll play for the blue trophy. The game will be streamed online on Rugby Saturday USA’s website.
     

  • Softball secures second place

    The Los Alamos softball locked up second place in District 2-5A Saturday by splitting its doubleheader against Del Norte.
    Los Alamos won the first game 6-5 in 10 innings and lost the second game, 13-3.
    “I was a little disappointed that we lost the second game, but the main thing was we needed to split to get second place and we did that,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    In the first game, Los Alamos scored one run in the third and two in the fifth.
    Del Norte, however, rallied late. The Knights scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to tie it, 3-3, and send the contest into extra innings.
    Neither team scored in the first two extra innings, but then Del Norte put the pressure on Los Alamos with a pair of runs in the top of the tenth.
    With their backs against the wall, Los Alamos scored three runs to get the key victory. Taylor Collins drove in the winning run for Los Alamos.
    “We didn’t hit the ball as well as we have been hitting lately, but we got key hits when we needed them,” Anaya said.
    Madeline Lockhart pitched all 10 innings for Los Alamos to get the win. She struck out 13 batters while only walking one.
    Makaela Jones had an RBI and scored three times. Hannah Mojica drove in two runs and scored once.

  • Baseball sweeps Del Norte to lock up title

    The Los Alamos baseball team just needed to win one game Saturday against Del Norte to win its eighth consecutive district title.
    The ’Toppers won both games, 8-1 and 9-4, to lock up the title.
    Both contests, however, were closer than the final scores.
    The first game was scoreless entering the bottom of the third inning. Some big hits and a little bit of luck, however, helped Los Alamos score three runs. James Neal walked to start the inning and then Connor Mang hit a triple deep into right field to bring him home.
    The next batter struck out, and then Mang headed home on a pitch. The batter, however, missed the sign to bunt and Mang was trapped in a pickle. It looked as if Mang would be tagged out, but Del Norte’s third baseman overthrew his catcher and Mang was able to run home and put Los Alamos up, 2-0.
    Later in the inning, Lane Saunders scored on a Zealand Waltersheid single and Los Alamos went up, 3-0.
    A throwing error after a dropped third strike helped Del Norte score in the fifth inning.
    In the bottom of the sixth inning, Los Alamos put the game out of reach with five base hits.

  • Hilltoppers shine in home track meet

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ track teams defended their home turf Friday, winning both titles at the Los Alamos Invite.
    The Hilltopper girls finished first with 189 points, followed by Santa Fe (78), St. Michael’s (64), Taos (46), Pojoaque (39), Española Valley (12) and Capital (3).
    The Hilltopper boys scored 132 points to take first, followed by Taos (122.5), St. Michael’s (56), Capital (42.5), Española (36), Pojoaque (30) and Santa Fe (15).
    The 1600-meter medley relay led the way for the girls’ team, running the fastest state-qualifying time in Class 5A so far this season.
    Sienna Ahlers and Sophie Wood ran 200s, Elena Abeyta ran the 400 and Talia Dreicer anchored the team in the 800, combining to finish first in 4 minutes, 18.89 seconds.
    Wood also qualified for state in the triple jump, jumping 33 feet, 4 inches to take second behind teammate Elizabeth Lockhart (34-0).
    The boys’ 4x400 relay also punched its tickets to the state championships. Nathaniel Ortega, Hayden Walker, Koby Cotter and Miroslav Betts finished third in 3:31.08 to qualify for state.
    Macklin Cunico also improved his previous state-qualifying mark in the javelin.
    “It feels good to get improvements instead of just plateauing,” Cunico said.

  • Tennis teams score 2-5A titles

    The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ tennis teams both earned the No. 2 seed at the Class 5A state championships after dominating performances at the District 2-5A championships.
    The Hilltopper boys shut out Española Valley, 9-0, to win the district while the girls beat the Sundevils, 8-1, to win their championship.
    The top-three singles players and doubles duos also qualified for state, and Los Alamos grabbed 10 out of those 12 spots.
    The Hilltopper boys claimed the top-three spots in both the singles and doubles tournaments.
    Thomas Chadwick won the district’s singles title, beating teammate JD Downing in the finals. Junseo Kim finished third to grab the district’s final spot at the state meet.
    In the doubles tournament, George Margevicius and Andrew Tang finished first, beating teammates Andrew Aboshousha and Alex Csanadi in the finals.
    Donald Poston and Martin Naud finished third to also qualify for state.
    The Hilltopper girls had four individual qualifiers, finishing first and third in both the singles’ and doubles’ tournaments.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff won the singles bracket, beating Bernalillo’s Rachel Layden in the finals, 6-4, 6-0.

  • Venture to change regulating

    By JOHN BARTLIT
    New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air & Water

    The time has come for regulation to be more businesslike. A healthy dose of market zeal has been missing for too long.
    Regrettably, politicking will not bring needed change.  
    One old campaign banner says regulation is the scourge of free markets. But that reading forgets that large-scale “free” markets owe their steady success to regulations.
    Long-thriving markets are built on the bedrock of rules that standardize weights and measures, rules of contracts, and rules to enforce both.
    After government had established these necessary parts, trade could reach across regions.   
    Another old snapshot says regulation stifles innovation. Whether it was true at one time, it is distinctly untrue today. Regulation today is a storehouse of unmet needs for inventions.
    In the Digital Age, entrepreneurs search far and wide for new markets. The searches skim past regulation, as if it were fine as is. It is not fine.
    Good prospects to innovate are overlooked, which leaves regulation encumbered with hobbly methods that innovations crowd out of other fields.

  • Shelter Report 5-1-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    CATS
    Juan—A big tomcat that was trapped a few weeks ago. He’s still adjusting to life at the shelter, but two very dedicated Friends of the Shelter volunteers have been working with Juan to help him relax. He’s finally learning that people can be nice and gentle, particularly when they have treats! Check back in a few weeks for more information about Juan!

  • Pajarito gearing up for summer after strong winter

    Pajarito Mountain officials touted a successful winter season and announced plans for a robust summer season filled with mountain biking and festivals.
    Pajarito Mountain and its sister resort, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort, experienced a combined 23 percent increase in skier visits over the previous year.
    Pajarito opened for ski season on Nov. 27, one of the earliest starts in recent history, operating a total of 87 days, also the most for the resort in recent years.
    Pajarito offered skiers and snowboarders a consistent operating schedule of five days a week, a schedule that will continue again next winter.
    “Going into this winter, our team had several goals: to fill the pond, open Pajarito on ‘White Friday,’ expand our operating schedule and, most importantly, to provide the best skiing possible to every guest that visited this mountain,” Tom Long, General Manager of Pajarito Mountain, said. “I’m proud to announce we were able to accomplish all of those objectives. While we continue to make huge strides, we only see more opportunities to expand upon those accomplishments and we’re eager to continue taking our operations to the next level at Pajarito.”