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Today's News

  • LAHS boys soccer advances to state semifinals

    It was a dominant showing for the No. 4 seed Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team in the state quarterfinals, as the Hilltoppers defeated No. 5 seed Roswell High School 3-0.

    It was a rematch from the regular season, as LAHS defeated Roswell 2-0 earlier this season at the Albuquerque Academy Tournament on Sept. 9.

    After falling to the Hilltoppers, Roswell went undefeated through the rest of the regular season, going 8-0 down the stretch, including a 6-0 record in district play.

    Much like the first matchup between the two teams, the Hilltoppers were highly aggressive early, sending balls toward the Roswell net at every opportunity, as senior captain Tristan Semelsberger was able to dictate the pace at the beginning of the game with his ball-handling ability.

    The Hilltoppers’ aggressiveness paid off quickly, as LAHS scored the game’s opening goal in the 6th minute. LAHS senior defender Ben Rees made a nice play near the sideline to keep a ball in play, and sent a pass toward the goal over to sophomore Samuel Cirigliano, who took a quick shot and sent it into the back of the net. The Hilltoppers led 1-0.

  • LAHS girls soccer advances to state semifinals

    The No. 6 seed Los Alamos High School varsity girl’s soccer team pulled off an upset in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state tournament, defeating No. 3 seed St. Pius X High School 3-2 in double overtime.

    Heading in, it was expected to be a highly competitive matchup, as the Hilltoppers had defeated the Sartans at Sullivan Field earlier this season 2-1.

    However, the Sartans had put together a great regular season, compiling a record of 11-5-1, and going 7-0-1 in district play.

    The game did not start out well for the Hilltoppers, as LAHS surrendered a goal just three minutes into the contest after the Sartans were set up with an early corner kick. Though the corner kick was not on target, the redirected shot by Miranda Hart was. Hilltopper goalkeeper Ashley Atencio had no chance to stop the shot, which gave St. Pius X a 1-0 lead.

    Much of the early action took place in the Hilltopper defensive zone, as the Sartans tried over and over to get the ball onto the feet of Hart, who was St. Pius’ leading scorer this season. During the regular season, Hart scored 27 goals.

  • University of New Mexico names 1st woman president

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The University of New Mexico Board of Regents made history Thursday as it named Garnett Stokes the first woman president to lead the state's flagship school.

    Stokes, the provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Missouri, was among five finalists chosen as part of a national search. She is scheduled to begin her new job in March.

    The announcement was made during a special regents' meeting that marked the culmination of a 10-month process that included surveys, public forums, listening sessions and other meetings between the finalists and members of the university community and administration.

    Stokes, 61, accepted a five-year contract with a salary of $400,000.

    She takes over as the University of New Mexico and other New Mexico colleges grapple with funding shortages and enrollments that have generally trended downward. The University of New Mexico also faces accusations of financial mismanagement in its athletics department.

    "This is a transformational time at UNM, and Dr. Stokes brings the experience, skills and vision that UNM needs in a president to drive UNM beyond just its potential," Regents' President Rob Doughty said in a statement.

  • Rematches await both LAHS soccer teams in quarterfinals

    The matchups are set for the quarterfinal round of the Class 5A soccer championships, and regular season rematches await both teams from Los Alamos High School.

    The girls advanced to the quarterfinal round following a 10-0 first round victory over Grants High School Saturday morning.

    The team was led by a hat trick from Elsa Gram, and two goals apiece from Alix Hailey, Katie Hopkins and Kaitlyn McGrane.

    The team will now face St. Pius X High School Thursday at 9:30 a.m. On Aug. 29, the Hilltoppers defeated the Sartans 2-1 at Sullivan Field as Hailey and Gram both scored second half goals to overcome an early 1-0 deficit.

    The Sartans enter the game with a record of 11-4-1, and a near-perfect district record of 7-0-1.

    In the team’s most recent game, St. Pius lost to top-ranked Albuquerque Academy 1-0.

    The winner of Thursday’s contest will advance to the semifinal round to face the winner of the Los Lunas vs. Aztec matchup.

    The Hilltopper boys received a bye in the first round of the state championship tournament after being awarded a top-four seed by the New Mexico Activities Association.

    The team will face off against Roswell High School Thursday at 1 p.m. in the quarterfinal round.

  • LAHS cross country qualifies for state meet

    The Los Alamos High School  boys and girls cross country teams successfully qualified for the state championships at Friday’s district meet held at Española High School.  

    The Hilltoppers were the runners up to defending state champions Albuquerque Academy in both divisions.  

    Six runners were presented with All-District awards based on their top 10 finishes.

    For the boys, that included freshman standout Rafael Sanchez, junior Shawn Williams, and senior Kevin Parkinson.  

    For the girls, junior Marin Kelly, freshman Mabel Pyle and sophomore Abby Beus earned All-District.

    “The course was challenging, but fun and included long stretches of sand and hills, plus a loops on trails near the school with a lot of sharp turns and steep climbs and descents,” said head coach Kathy Hipwood. “With the state meet being one week away, we asked the kids to approach the race with an appropriate amount of caution.  We felt they managed the situation very well.  They definitely ran hard and competed, but shouldn’t have to deal with recovering from excessive race fatigue.”

    The girls ran without front-runners Lidia Appell and Norissa Valdez, who were rested in preparation of this week’s state championship.  

  • Football completes another comeback against Sundevils

    For the Los Alamos High School varsity football team, completing improbable comebacks over Española Valley High School has become an annual tradition.

    Almost exactly one year ago, the Sundevils entered the fourth quarter with a double-digit lead and watched it slowly slip away, capped off by a Hail Mary touchdown pass from Nick Quartieri to Kevin Maresca with no time left on the clock. The Hilltoppers walked away with a 35-34 win, and Española Valley and its fans walked away in stunned silence.

    This year’s game followed a similar script. The Sundevils’ lead was just five points entering the fourth quarter, but the team’s sense of control was just as strong. With two minutes left, Española Valley had the ball and the lead, needing just one more yard to run out the clock.

    Instead, everything that could go wrong for the Sundevils did go wrong. The Hilltoppers got the ball back, and with exactly one minute left on the clock, Kayden Rivera connected on a pass with Jack Stewart, who walked into the end zone for a 19-yard game-winning touchdown. The Hilltoppers won 21-20, and the Sullivan Field crowd erupted in a stunned celebration.

    For the second year in a row, the Sundevils walked away empty-handed.

  • Study: N.M. not prepared for recession

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico is not prepared to withstand another recession — should it come — given its depleted financial reserves, according to the findings in a new study.
    A “stress test” by Moody’s Analytics that looked at New Mexico’s current state of finances was published earlier this month, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported .
    The state needs to have 10 percent of its budget in reserve in order to make it through a moderate recession without resorting to many significant tax hikes or cutting back services, according to the analysis.
    The study also determined the state would need 17.1 percent in reserves to stay afloat in a severe recession.
    With budget shortfalls pushing lawmakers to move money from the reserves to cover various areas of need, New Mexico currently doesn’t come close to the bar set by the analysis.

  • Report: LANL comes up short on emergency drills

    LOS ALAMOS (AP) — A federal nuclear safety panel says Los Alamos National Laboratory has come up short during drills intended to show how the New Mexico lab would respond to potential emergencies such as radioactive leaks or earthquakes.

    A letter and lengthy report sent this month by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board to U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry says the board found numerous weaknesses dating back to 2014.

    While the board did not issue any final recommendations regarding the weaknesses, it detailed its findings in the report in hopes of helping the Energy Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration as the federal agencies address the lab’s issues.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that among a long list of criticisms and findings in the report, lab crews regularly failed at establishing adequate incident command capabilities during the simulated emergencies. There was a lack of understanding of roles and responsibilities, ineffective coordination and inadequate communication, among other things.

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  • Immigrant plan: Public ed regardless of status

    Los Alamos Public Schools board members continued to explain a proposal intended to protect the privacy of students’ immigration status.

    Members of the public continued to comment.

    At a work session last week at the Middle School, Board President Jenny McCumber explained that as a public school district, LAPS must admit all school-age students who live within the boundaries of the school district, as well as those out-of-district students who meet acceptance criteria.

    McCumber cited a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case called Plyler v. Doe, which found that “no public school district has a basis to deny children access to education based on their immigration status, citing the harm it would inflect on the child and society itself, as well as the equal protection rights of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.”

    The statement is also part of the board’s proposed policy.

    McCumber noted, as does the proposed policy, that there “is no state or federal law that mandates that local school districts must assist ICE (Immigration and Customers Enforcement officers) in the enforcement of immigration laws.”