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Today's News

  • LAHS suffers fourth quarter collapse in loss to Academy

    After leading by as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter against Albuquerque Academy, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team watched the game slip away in a heartbeat, falling 72-71.

    Heading in with a 0-5 record in District 2-5A, the Hilltoppers recognized that this game was the best chance to earn a district win this season, with matchups against Española Valley and Capital looming next week.

    Academy entered the game with a 1-4 district record, with its lone win coming last month in Los Alamos, a 71-60 victory over the Hilltoppers.

    If LAHS were able to win the rematch by 12 points or more, it would have earned the tiebreaker over the Chargers in the upcoming district tournament. And though that seemed likely at times during the game, Academy had other ideas.

    It was a game of scoring runs, and that started from the very beginning. The Chargers appeared unstoppable in the first few minutes, scoring the first 8 points of the game and forcing three turnovers from LAHS’ Antonio Trujillo.

    The Hilltoppers settled down after digging the deep hole, and climbed back into the game with a pair of 3-pointers from Trujillo, and another from David Owen. Michael Naranjo also played a key role in the quarter with 6 points.

  • Renovations planned for select county playgrounds

    Because of the importance of playgrounds to adults and children in the community, the Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Department will renovate some select playgrounds in Los Alamos and White Rock as part of a $20,000 upgrade project.

    Upgrades are expected to be completed by June.

    Los Alamos County Parks and Recreation Department has targeted several neighborhood playgrounds for renovation. They include three playgrounds in Los Alamos. Those include the tot lots in Walnut Park, the 37th Street Tot Lot and the Ridgeway Drive Tot Lot.

    Also on the list are Overlook Park in White Rock  and Urban Park in Los Alamos. Twelve-thousand dollars has been allocated for improvements at Urban Park, and Parks and Recreation plans to spend $14,000 on improvements to the concession stand at Overlook Park. The department also plans to spend $18,000 on Overlook Park’s playground.  

    Most of the work will be to make all of the parks more accessible to the disabled by removing safety hazards and upgrading some of the fencing around play areas.

    Also, Parks and Recreation will make the parks more attractive to a wider variety of age groups.

  • Georgia holds on this time to finish No. 1 in recruiting

    Georgia was not about to blow this lead.

    The Bulldogs, who let a 13-0 halftime advantage get away in a national championship game loss to Alabama, finished their 2018 recruiting class with a flourish and laid claim to the No. 1 ranking on national signing day.

    Georgia loaded up in the new early signing period and came into Wednesday’s start of the traditional signing period with the top-rated class, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. Coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs put the finishing touches on the recruiting championship by flipping a pair of four-star linebackers, one who had been committed to Michigan (Otis Reese) and another who had been committed to Alabama (Quay Walker), and grabbing a highly touted wide receiver from Texas (Tommy Bush).

    Georgia also beat Miami and Alabama for star cornerback Tyson Campbell from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida.

    “It’s ridiculous,” said Mike Farrell, the national recruiting coordinator for Rivals. “The average star ranking is near historic levels.”

  • Lobos drop home game to Boise State

    The University of New Mexico women’s basketball team had three players reach the 20-point mark, but couldn’t slow down Boise State as the Lobos fell 91-85 Wednesday night at Taco Bell Arena.
    Jaisa Nunn (25 points), Tesha Buck (25 points) and Cherise Beynon (24 points) combined for 74 of UNM’s 85 points, however Boise State shot a blistering 53.2 percent from the field (33-for-62) – including 7-for-15 from 3-point range (46.7 percent) and 18-for-20 from the free-throw line (90 percent) – to avenge a 100-83 loss to the Lobos earlier this season in Albuquerque.

    UNM led for much of the first half and by as much as nine points in the second quarter after a Beynon basket with 7:37 left in the quarter. The Lobos’ lead slowly was trimmed down to one with less than a minute remaining before Boise State’s Tess Amundsen scored just as the buzzer sounded to give the Broncos a 41-40 lead at the half.

    The lead swapped back and forth nine times in the third quarter alone with Buck finding Beynon cutting on the baseline for a basket to give the Lobos a 62-61 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
    After a Boise State basket gave the Broncos the lead again, Tesha Buck drained one of her five 3-pointer to give UNM a 65-63 lead with 9:41 left. Unfortunately for UNM, it would be its last lead.

  • Hilltoppers come up short in overtime against Chargers

    Despite strong offensive efforts from Becca Green and Susana Gallegos, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team blew an 8-point fourth quarter lead, falling to Albuquerque Academy 42-38 in overtime.

    The game was a hard-fought battle throughout, with the teams fighting for every loose ball and forcing more than a dozen held-ball calls. Nearly every trip down the floor resulted in at least a few players tangled up on the ground.

    Gallegos set the tone in the game early, as she drove hard to the basket every time she got the ball in her hand, earning three trips to the free-throw line in the first quarter. She went 3-6 from the line, and added a layup, scoring 5 of the team’s 9 points in the quarter.

    Thanks to her strong play, and Academy’s inability to knock down shots throughout the first eight minutes, LAHS led 9-7 after the first quarter.

    Green took over for the Hilltoppers in the second quarter, putting up 7 points, as she took advantage of her size advantage on the inside, which gave her an easy lane to the basket.

    The Chargers hung around throughout the half, and gained a big boost from a late 3-pointer from Mercy Moya that kept Academy within striking distance as LAHS led 20-14 at halftime.

  • 2018 State Legislature: Regional Air Center economic district bill passes House

    The New Mexico House of Representatives approved House Bill 197 Thursday, a plan developed by Roswell-area legislators to allow local governments to create industrial air center special economic districts. 

    The bill passed 64-3.

    The bill is sponsored by Reps. Candy Spence Ezzell (R-Roswell), Bob Wooley (R-Roswell), James Townsend (R-Artesia) and Greg Nibert (R-Roswell).

    HB 197 allows municipalities to partner with their home counties to form industrial air center special economic districts. These districts would manage the operations of the special economic district, have the power to issue revenue bonds and make any facility improvements necessary to attract business tenants.   

    “The regional air center economic districts proposed by this bill would be dedicated to the development of abandoned military bases,” Ezzell said. “Converting these sites to productive use will stimulate economic activity in our communities. It is especially important for the City of Roswell and Chaves County to take advantage of the assets left at the old Walker Air Force Base.” 

    HB 197 will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.  

  • Dow industrials drop another 1,000 points as selling spreads

    By MARLEY JAY, AP Markets Writer

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks plunged again Thursday, and for the second time in four days the Dow Jones industrial average sank more than 1,000 points.

    The two best-known stock market indexes, the Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500, have dropped 10 percent from their all-time highs, set Jan. 26. That means they are in what is known on Wall Street as a "correction," their first in almost two years.

    Stocks fell further and further as the day wore on and suffered their fifth loss in the last six days. Many of the companies that led the market's gains over the last year have struggled badly in the last week. Those included technology companies, banks, and retailers and travel companies and homebuilders.

    After huge gains in the first weeks of this year, stocks started to tumble last Friday after the Labor Department said workers' wages grew at a fast rate in January. That's good for the economy, but investors worried it will hurt corporate profits and that rising wages are a sign of faster inflation. It could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at a faster pace, which would act as a brake on the economy.

  • State Forestry: State could see worst fire season in decade

    DENVER (AP) — One of the most important reservoirs in the southwestern U.S. will likely collect less than half its normal amount of spring runoff this year because of a warm, dry winter across much of the region, forecasters said Wednesday.

    Lake Powell, which straddles Utah and Arizona, is expected to get 47 percent of its average inflow because of scant snow in the mountains that feed the Colorado River, said Greg Smith, a hydrologist with the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Smith said there is only a 10 percent chance that enough mountain snow will fall during the rest of the winter and spring to bring inflows back to average. It was the seventh-worst forecast for Lake Powell in 54 years.

    “Things are looking pretty grim” along some of the tributaries that feed the Colorado River, Smith said during an online conference on the spring outlook for Lake Powell.

    Powell, along with Lake Mead on the Nevada-Arizona border, helps ensure the Colorado River system has enough water to get through dry years. The river supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles (16,000 square kilometers) of farmland in seven states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

  • Secret City Kitchen to expand operations at UNM-LA

    Since the Secret City Kitchen opened a café in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Student Center in November 2016, students, university employees and community members have enjoyed the convenience of having a restaurant on campus.

    Owner Jeremy Varela’s menu of breakfast and lunch items has a regular following of customers, and draws new customers every day.

    Initially, the Secret City Kitchen operated the café as a satellite service, with their main catering kitchen in a different location. Recently, Varela centralized his operations at UNM-LA.

    “I chose to locate the Secret City Kitchen on the UNM-LA campus to make an investment in the community,” explained Varela. “It was a way to fill a need for food service at UNM-LA, and also to complement their facilities rental program by offering on-site catering.”

    “This is the best place in Los Alamos to host meetings,” Varela continued.

  • Community Calendar 2-9-18

    TODAY
    The Jemez House Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood in White Rock will have a Bag Day sale from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walk at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center.A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Jemez House Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood in White Rock will have a Bag Day sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Astronomy Show: Water Worlds at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Join Dr. Rick Wallace on a journey to discover and explore watery worlds. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Exoplanets
at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system: Exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. 2:00 PM Admission: $6/adult, $4/child. More information at peecnature.org.

    The Jemez House Thrift Shop at 13 Sherwood in White Rock will have a Bag Day sale from 9 a.m.-noon.