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  • Party for Kubicek set for Thursday

    The public is invited to a celebration in honor of former Los Alamos girls soccer coach Jiri Kubicek Thursday in White Rock.

    The event will take place at Rover Park from 5-8 p.m.
    Among his longtime involvement in local soccer, Kubicek was the Hilltopper coach from 1991-2013, winning state titles in 1998 and 2003 and earned a national honor in 2003 from the National Soccer Coaches Association.
    He retired from that position in January.
    Those interested in attending the celebration are asked to bring a side dish to share, including vegetables, fruit salad, appetizers or dessert. 

  • New courses chosen for state golf tourneys

    The New Mexico Activities Association announced today it has selected new venues for the 2015-2017 state golf championships.

    The new courses include the Canyon Club at Four Hills in Albuquerque, Piñon Hills in Farmington and Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River in Roswell. Those courses will be part of an annual rotation between Classes A-4A, 5A and 6A championship tournaments.
    Los Alamos will join Class 5A next year for the next two years. Class 5A is scheduled to play in Roswell for the 2015 state tournament, which will be May 11-12.
    “Each of these courses is known for their first class facilities yet challenging layouts,” NMAA executive director Sally Marquez said in the announcement. “This makes them a perfect fit for the state high school golf championships.” 
    The Canyon Club has never hosted a state tournament. Spring River was played in 1998 and Piñon Hills was last played for state competition in 2004.
     

  • LA athletes will take part in elite, multi-state track meet

    Several current and former Los Alamos High School athletes will take part in a big, region-wide track and field meet in Albuquerque this weekend.
    A pair of boys and three girls from Los Alamos are scheduled to attend the Great Southwest Track and Field Classic. The invitational meet will run from Thursday through Saturday at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex in Albuquerque.
    As its name implies, GSW involves some of the top prep-level athlete from around the region. Representatives from California, Colorado, Kansas, Washington and Arizona, among other states, will be in attendance.
    This will be the 39th year of the GSW. All of the meets in recent history have been in Albuquerque.
    Among those set to compete from Los Alamos include Simon Bailey and Greg Ahlers. Both athletes were multi-discipline competitors for the Hilltoppers last year and both will take part in the decathlon this weekend.
    The decathlon is a 10-sport competition which includes several different events, such as high jump, sprints, throws and distance events.

  • Rangers, Kings set for series

     LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers have played 41 combined postseason games over the previous six weeks, they still have ample energy for the big finale to their epic playoff chase.

    "No, you don't get tired right now," said Kings forward Marian Gaborik, the former 40-goal scorer for the Rangers. "All you think about is winning the Stanley Cup."

    When they meet at Staples Center on Wednesday night to begin the first New York-L.A. Cup final in NHL history, the Rangers and Kings are prepared for one more exhausting series in a spring filled with two-week sagas, nail-biting finishes and Game 7 heroics.

    No team in NHL history had made it to the Stanley Cup finals after going seven games in each of the first two rounds — until New York and Los Angeles both did it this spring. The Kings even went one longer, playing the maximum 21 games.

    Yet neither team will be satisfied without one more achievement. The Rangers haven't won the Stanley Cup since 1994, while the Kings are just two years removed from their only NHL championship. Two franchises long familiar with losing have the chance to raise the Cup again, and the players already felt the energy building when they went through practices Tuesday.

  • Details scarce in pool incident

    Details are scarce concerning the five-year-old boy, who was lifeflighted to the UNM Children’s hospital in Albuquerque Wednesday morning after an apparent drowning incident at Barranca Mesa Pool.
    Los Alamos police still is conducting its investigation and there is no word on the boy’s condition.
    The Los Alamos Fire Department made a medical report, which is not a public record, according to county spokesman Julie Habiger. Habiger added the police department is still talking to witnesses and will release a report when it is ready.
    Pool association president Martin Pieck issued a statement Wednesday afternoon.
    “At this point, our foremost concern is the wellbeing of the child. Our thoughts and prayers are with the child and go out to his family.
    “The Barranca Pool staff and board members are fully cooperating with the 
Los Alamos Police Department in order to reconstruct the sequence of events. Due to the ongoing investigation and to protect the privacy of the
victim’s family, we are unable to provide any additional information.”


    However, Thursday evening, Pieck issued a statement saying that the pool will reopen Friday, after spending the past two days providing couseling to the staff and lifeguards who were on duty at the time of the accident.

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  • King wins Dem nod for governor race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two-term Attorney General Gary King won New Mexico's Democratic gubernatorial contest Tuesday for the right to challenge Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the general election.

    Martinez, who's favored to win re-election, is a rising star in GOP circles as the nation's first female Hispanic governor. The first-term governor had no primary election opponent.

    King defeated four other candidates with a little over a third of the vote, according to unofficial incomplete returns. He led in the vote-rich Albuquerque metropolitan area and large swaths of the rest of the state, including ranching and oil-producing regions.

    "This is the battle for the future of New Mexico — and this starts tomorrow," King told cheering supporters in a victory speech.

    He pointed out that a recent report ranked New Mexico worst in the country in child well-being.

  • County Council race set after primary; Rodgers tops Chiravalle in District 43 GOP race

    David Izraelevitz, Mary Susan O'Leary, Michael Redondo and Andrea Cunningham will be on the Democratic ballot for the County Council election in the fall.

    They will join James Chroboscinski, John Bliss, Rick Reiss and Billy McKerley, who ran unopposed in the GOP council race.

    According to the N.M. Secretary of State website,, Geoff Rodgers defeated Vince Chiravalle 53 percent to 47 percent in the District 43 House GOP race with all precincts reporting.

    Chiravalle issued the following statement early Wednesday, conceding defeat.

    "I wish to congratulate Geoff Rodgers," the statement said. "He has my support in the general election. I want to thank the members of my committee for all their work: Jim Hanlon, Gerard Kendall, Mary Early, Demetri Cardiel, Patrick Nakagawa, Heath Davis, Lisa Shin, Mandy Marksteiner and Marie Chiravalle. I would also like to thank all those who collected signatures for me, all those who donated to my campaign and all those who supported me with their vote."