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Today's News

  • Crews take down trees at Pajarito

    Crews are working on the Cañada Bonita trails accessed from the Pajarito Ski Area trailhead through Wednesday, felling hazard trees in the burn area from the 2011 Los Conchas Fire.

    In coordination with the Santa Fe National Forest, the Southwest Nordic Ski Club contracted with the non-profit American Conservation Experience to perform the work along the original road and on the trail loops above the main trail.

    Post-fire erosion, higher-than-normal moisture and wind are bringing weakened trees down in large numbers. The main trail to Cañada Bonita is open, but hazard tape and signage warn users to be cautious if they continue on the trail.

    Recreationists who choose to hike the Cañada Bonita trails this weekend are advised to stay on the main trail, keep dogs on leash and watch for crew members guarding the work area on both ends of the trail segment. Users may be directed to wait if a tree is coming down in the vicinity.

  • Cone Zone 8-30-15

    For more information about the projects listed below, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us.
    Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution within construction work zones.
    The information provided is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may be subject to change.

    Western Area Improvements Phase 3

    Roadwork continues on 44th Street south and 43rd Street north. Utility water line work also continues on 43rd Street. Expect flagging operations during ongoing project.

    20th Street/Fuller Lodge Improvements

    The southbound lane will remain closed until Thursday. The contractor plans to switch traffic control on Thursday to allow for southbound travel.
    The northbound lane will be closed to allow for the demolition of curb and gutter, asphalt and sidewalks on the east side of 20th Street.
    Pedestrians will need to use the west side of the street.
    Work hours will be Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Services such as mail delivery, emergency services, trash and recycling collection will be maintained.

    Sherwood Blvd. /La Vista Drive

  • Girls soccer mercy-rules Moriarty; Boys beat Clovis in OT

    Los Alamos boys and girls soccer team both got into the win column in their home openers.

    The Hilltopper girls shut out Moriarty, 10-0, Thursday night to improve to 1-1-1.

    Sierra Ahlers led Los Alamos with four goals, including a first-half hat trick. Katie Hopkins scored twice, including the walkoff goal, while Abby Schmalz, Allison Haagenstad, Jaci Linn and Maria Sandoval also scored in the contest.

    Boys soccer

    The Hilltopper boys (1-0-1), meanwhile, needed overtime to take down previously unbeaten Clovis (3-0-1) in the first round of its home tournament Friday morning.

    The Hilltoppers led 1-0 after Levon Wiggins scored in the 24th minute. The score stayed that way until the 79th minute when Clovis found the equalizer to sent into overtime.

    Wiggins, however, came up big again and scored the goalden goal in the first overtime.

    Los Alamos will now play the winner of Piedra Vista / Goddard in the tournament's semifinals at 10 a.m. Saturday.

  • Hilltoppers begin football season tonight

    The 2015 season will kick off tonight for both the Los Alamos Hilltopper and Pojoaque Valley Elk football teams.
    Tonight’s game will be played in Jacona. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
    The Hilltoppers and the Elks will both go into tonight’s game with something to prove.
    Los Alamos enters this season looking to turn a corner that it has struggled to turn for the last several seasons. Los Alamos has taken its lumps since its last postseason appearance in 2010, including last year when it won just one game, that coming against Española Valley late in the season.
    The Hilltoppers will go into tonight’s game with a new starting quarterback, their third different opening day starter in three seasons, in junior Nick Quartieri. Quartieri is listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds.
    Quartieri will be asked to guide the Hilltoppers’ option-based offense, aided by fullback Derek Selvage and returning running back Diego Diaz.
    Pojoaque Valley is at a crossroads, too, after losing several key players to graduation last season.
    Like Los Alamos, the Elks’ roster is short. As of earlier this week there were only 25 players on Pojoaque’s active roster, the bulk of them juniors and sophomores.

  • Importance of good school attendance

    As September arrives, we discover National Attendance Awareness Month and Los Alamos Public Schools is excited to engage the entire community as to the importance of good attendance.
    “School is more fun when you have good attendance,” said Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent. “It is easier to understand the assignments, the learning makes better sense, you are caught up, there is more time to ask questions, you are able to ‘stay on top’ of the work and it is easier to make good friends.”
    As part of Steinhaus’ back to school welcome message, he reminded students and families of key items that are important to student success including taking care of yourself, getting involved, planning, making good decisions, asking for help when you need it, having a good attitude and being true to yourself.
    While the ideas are meant for students, the message could also apply to community members. When youth see adults with role model behaviors like taking care of themselves and having a good attitude, the lessons are absorbed like a sponge and can create behaviors or patterns for a lifetime.

  • EMT course helps students complete degree

    Life-sized mannequins, piles of medical equipment and extensive checklists filled the testing room during the last day of University of New Mexico-Los Alamos EMT-Basic class recently as students endeavored to diagnose and treat their “patients.” They were taking practical and written tests to finish the 10-credit core course that enables them to sit for the National Registry Exam to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians or EMTs.
    The EMT certification is a stepping-stone to become a paramedic or other medical professional, and EMTs can work in pre-hospital environments, such as patient transport, fire departments and police departments. EMT-Basic is a core class of UNM-LA’s Associate of Science degree, and also serves students pursuing bachelors and medical degrees, or individuals who need emergency responder skills.
    “My test scenario was a man with shortness of breath having an anaphylactic reaction,” said student Holly Erickson, a junior at Clemson University in South Carolina, describing her final exam in EMT-Basic. “I found out he was allergic to peanuts and gave him epinephrine.”

  • Harvest Festival set for Saturday

    The Los Alamos Co-op Market is holding a Harvest Festival Saturday to celebrate local food, including Colorado peaches and organic green chile from Seco Spice.
    Triny Vigil, the interim general manager will grill green chile cheeseburgers using local beef from Sweet Grass Co-op in Colorado. They will also offer veggie green chile cheeseburgers.
    Most activities will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. including chair massages by Trish Walk-Hopkins, from Mariposa Body, and the children’s bouncy house, donated by Little Forest Playschool.
    Dr. Wendy Van Dilla, of naturopathic physician and owner of Holistic Health Care will offer demonstrations of low-level laser therapy from
    9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
    In addition to food and relaxation, Tim Martinez, a local farmer from Velarde, will share his knowledge of farming in the Rio Grande Basin.
    For more information about the co-op’s Harvest Festival, visit the co-op’s website losalamos.coop.
    The Los Alamos Co-op Market provides the community with access to a wide variety of local, natural, and organic foods and can be found at 95 Entrada Dr.
    Check the website losalamos.coop, or call the co-op at 695-1579 for more information.

  • Church listings 8-28-15

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at bethluth.com. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9:30 a.m. followed by fellowship time with refreshments starting at 10:45 a.m. Preceding worship is our Christian Education hour which begins 8:30 a.m. The preaching is biblical by our Pastors Bruce Kuenzel and Nicolé Ferry, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. Ben Partin.
    Christian Science
    1725 17th St. 662-5057.
    Church of Christ

  • Bible Answers: What does the Bible say about ethics?

    “What does the Bible teach me about being ethical?” — Stephen

    What is “ethical?” The discipline of ethics seeks to define how one “ought” to act in a given situation.
    Classical ethical thinking considers the particulars of the cultural ethos, standards of commonly accepted behavior, and traditional values.
    Going deeper, ethics also seeks to identify the source(s) of authority that establish the rules of normative behavior.
    Ethics raises questions about the reality of objective truth, whether one can know the “highest good,” and how one chooses from among many options that which is right and best.
    One distinctive function of Scripture is that it portrays God, known most clearly in the person of His Son Jesus Christ, as the norm for thoughts, words and behaviors. He is the highest authority for what is ethical. He, not man, is the standard for what is ultimately good.
    The Bible goes on to paint a portrait of a humanity that is at least capable of choosing to act rightly. People, created in the image of God, possess intellectual, volitional, empathetic, relational and spiritual capacities (Gen. 1:26ff). We are, therefore, capable of being moral agents. To deny this capability and its attendant obligations is to deny our humanity.

  • EPA to start regulating water in your own backyard

    Unless a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction, the definition of the “Waters of the U.S.” will change, as of today — giving the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate the water in your backyard. Even, according to West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, “any area where agencies believe water may flow once every 100 years.”
    Thirty-one states, in four districts, have filed motions with the federal courts to block the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) from beginning to enforce the new “Waters of the U.S.” rule (WOTUS), which represents a new interpretation of the Clean Water Act (CWA).
    WOTUS was published in the Federal Register on June 29 and will become effective today.
    The CWA used to apply to “navigable waters,” which now, as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently said, “include almost any piece of land that gets wet and puddles.”