Today's News

  • PEN&INKee^POSSIBILITIES:The younger generation shows its stuff

    It seems a common misconception that there is a limitation for what young people can do. Adults are known for saying “You’re only a child,” or “You’re too young,” as though the amount of capabilities only grow as a person’s age increases. However, teenagers have a knack for proving this misconception wrong.

  • Playing with the big dogs: Junior handler invited to AKC

    Jennifer Necker, a Piñon Elementary School fourth-grader, has made good on a promise that she would one day show a dog at the American Kennel Club National Championship Dog Show. Necker, a member of the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club and the English Setter Association of America, will be showing an English Setter at the show in Long Beach, Calif., Saturday.

  • Wrestling: LA is short on bodies to start

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling program has some high hopes for its individual wrestlers, in team competition it’s going to struggle this season.

    And at this point, there isn’t much the Hilltoppers can do about it.

    The Hilltoppers are heading into the start of the 2008-09 season minus three weight classes. While an eighth-grade wrestler might be brought after the Los Alamos Middle School season concludes this weekend to fill one of the vacant spots, it will still be an uphill battle for the Hilltoppers.

  • Wrestling: LA has a solid early showing

    Los Alamos Hilltopper head coach Eric Sorenson was reasonably pleased with his team’s first outing of the season Wednesday.

    The Hilltoppers went 11-5 on the mat against a pair of teams Wednesday at Bernalillo, although because his squad was missing five weight classes in duals with Bernalillo’s Spartans and West Las Vegas’ Dons, the team scores suffered.

    Los Alamos split with Bernalillo in eight bouts, going 4-4. Against the Spartans, three of Los Alamos’ top wrestlers won their contests while the fourth, Kory Nelson, was idle.

  • Group offers potion of sounds for tough times

    This is a big week for Patrick Longmire, a guitar player whose main gig is geochemistry at Los Alamos National Laboratory. His band, the “Hot Club of Santa Fe,” will release its first CD Friday with a performance and party at the 2nd Street Brewery in Santa Fe.


    Behind every band there are a few dozen stories, but one of the tip-offs about this one is the name “Hot Club,” a reference to the original “Quintette du Hot Club de France.”


  • Community generosity recognized by United Way

    Key individuals and organizations received praise and appreciation during a special recognition banquet Monday evening at De Colores Restaurant.


    The collective generosity of contributors this year raised more than $2 million for United Way of Northern New Mexico during the “People Matter” Campaign, which ran from Aug. 20 through Oct. 31.


  • ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’ supports the community

    The New Mexico Dance Theater Performance Company (NMDT-PC), directed by Susan Baker-Dillingham, wishes to thank the Los Alamos community for its support during the recent NMDT-PC production of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

    Baker-Dillingham invited three other nonprofit organizations to work in artistic conjunction with three main characters from the ballet.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers hang on after late Eagles rally

    It was a wild finish to a wild contest, but the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team made the plays it had to make down the stretch Tuesday.

    Los Alamos appeared to have a win all locked up at home Tuesday night against Belen, but an 18-5 scoring run spanning about 4-1/2 minutes by Belen got it back within a point late.

    However, Hilltopper center Alex Kirk hit a short jumper with :31 remaining and connected on both ends of a 1-and-1 chance from the free throw line to preserve a 67-62 win over Belen’s Eagles at Griffith Gymnasium.

  • Basketball: Academy tournament schedule

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams will take part in the very competitive Joe Armijo Tournament starting Thursday.

    The Hilltopper boys will take on the host Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday at 7 p.m., while at that same time the Hilltopper girls will meet Santa Fe.

    The tournament continues until Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.



    Hope Christian vs. St. Pius X, East Gym, 1 p.m.

    Cibola vs. Clovis, East Gym, 2:45 p.m.

    Sandia vs. Rio Rancho, East Gym, 5:15 p.m.

  • Oil drop good only for short-term

    As oil prices waver near to three-year lows as investors weighed falling global demand and a government report showing an unexpected decline in U.S. crude inventories, New Mexico faces a real budget crisis.

    We will admit that it is nice to drive to Albuquerque and buy gas for $1.69 a gallon. But while it may be good for drivers in the short-term, it is disasterous for the state in the long run.