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  • On The Docket 03-05-14

    Feb. 26

    Teri L Scott-Nixon was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    Marion K. Davis was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    John S. Loughead was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and ordered to pay $65 in court costs.
    Feb. 27

    Kenneth G. Hegedorn was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of not displaying the current, valid registration plate and not having proper car insurance. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $130 in court costs.

    Randy C. Mock was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal court of failing to pay.
    Sentence deferred until March 28. Defendant was ordered to pay $65 in court costs.

    David Martinez was found guilty by the Los Alamos Muncipal Court of having an expired license plate while parked. He was fined $25.

    Joseph C. Harris was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of careless driving. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine, as well as $65 in court fees.

  • Update 03-05-14


    Chamber of Commerce March Business Breakfast, with a presentation by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op.The event is 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at UNM-LA Lecture Hall 2 in the student services building. Free to Chamber members, $10 for non-members.

    GOP dinner

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos will hold a fundraising dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 26, at the Research Center, 4200 W. Jemez Road. Secretary of State Dianna Duran will be the keynote speaker. Price is $50 per person. Checks should be made payable to Republican Party of Los Alamos and mailed to P.O. Box 832, Los Alamos. For more information, contact Robert Gibson, 662-3159.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet in a work session at 7 p.m. March 18 at White Rock Fire Station No. 3.


    “Precious Life” film screening as part of the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival. 4 p.m. Sunday at the Reel Deal Theater.

    Photo show

    The 19th Annual Los Alamos Photographers Show. Daily through March 28 at the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Art Gallery.  

  • N.M. Teacher of Year Honored

    New Mexico’s Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres (fourth from right) and Buddy Espinosa (far right), general manager of Beaver Toyota stand by a brand new 2014 Toyota Corolla. Beaver Toyota is paying for a two-year lease for Torres to help her with her travels throughout the state. As New Mexico’s Teacher of the Year, she will be speaking to many organizations throughout the country on her success in the classroom.

  • Union awaits info on WIPP leak

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A union representing some 200 workers at the nation’s only underground nuclear waste dump said Tuesday its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak that exposed at least 13 people.
    The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad has been off-limits to most workers for nearly three weeks. Only essential workers have been called to duty and others have been using the down time to keep current with regular training requirements at an off-site training center, said officials from United Steelworkers of America.
    Union officials said they’re waiting for more information from the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Waste Partnership LLC, the contractor that runs the repository.
    “What we’re trying to understand is what happened, where this contamination came from and then understand how to correct this problem and make certain that something similar is not going to happen again,” said Jim Frederick, assistant director of the union’s health, safety and environment department.
    Some of the 13 workers who were exposed during the Feb. 14 night shift were union members. Another 140 employees showed up for work the following day, and union officials say if there’s any doubt about whether they were exposed, more tests should be done.

  • LA author, historian dies

    Dorothy Hoard, who is best known for her research and writings about Los Alamos history, died Monday after a brief illness. She was in her early 80s.
    Those who knew Hoard believe her loss will reverberate throughout the community.
    “She was just a treasure. This is a real blow to lose her,” said Ron Wilkins, president of the Los Alamos Historical Society.
    Hoard’s career was as a chemist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, but most people know her for her unofficial roles as a local historian and naturalist.
    Hoard was named a Los Alamos Living Treasure in 2002, in recognition of her many contributions to the community.
    Hoard also received a Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation for a project she undertook with Betty Lilienthal to document Los Alamos County petroglyphs. The two not only collaborated on “Sentinels on Stone,” a book based on that research, but also got the sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    One of the many projects Hoard was working on when she died was revisiting each of those petroglyphs sites to map GPS coordinates to augment the earlier research.

  • Board still mum on Schmidt's resignation

    One would think in the wake of the superintendent’s resignation Monday, there’d be some tension at Tuesday night’s Los Alamos School Board meeting.
    However, except for a few grumbles about the media and a request from a resident to the board about the issue, interactions between the superintendent and the board were smooth, cordial and professional as they carried out the people’s business.
    One of the first items on the agenda was picking a new slate of officers, which was completed in about 10 minutes. Judy Bjarke-McKenzie was elected president, Kevin Honnell vice president and Matt Williams was re-elected secretary.
    At the meeting, Jim Hall, as his last act as president, handed a statement to the press regarding his personal opinion on media coverage, what went on during the executive sessions regarding Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt and plans to hire a new superintendent.

  • Softball opens vs. Cleveland

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team will start its 2014 campaign at home this afternoon.
    Los Alamos will take on Rio Rancho Cleveland, a very solid Class 5A program, today at Overlook Park.
    There are a lot of new faces around the Hilltopper program this season. More than half the team’s opening day roster is sophomores and the team will be looking to fill some key roles early.
    Among the biggest questions for Los Alamos is which players will step up on the offensive end following the departure of some of its biggest run-producers like Micaelea Christensen and Erin Kirk.
    Los Alamos scored at a healthy 8 runs-per-game clip last season en route to a 14-11 overall record. It went 10-2 in District 2-4A play, including winning 7 games in a row in one stretch, to earn the district title and advance to the state playoffs.
    Today’s game will also be the season opener for Cleveland, which also went 14-11 last season.
    Cleveland, interestingly, is even younger than Los Alamos, with just three seniors, one junior, and a combined eight freshmen and eighth graders.

  • Big late innings lift Hilltoppers to 10-1 rout

    JACONA — A tight ballgame between the Los Alamos Hiltoppers and the Pojoaque Valley Elks finally got broken open in the top of the fifth inning.
    After that, the Hilltoppers kicked that door in even further.
    After scraping together a couple of runs through the first four innings and holding on to a 2-run lead, Los Alamos scored five times in the top of the fifth, added a run in the sixth, then came up with four more runs in its final at-bat to win going away, 10-1 at Jacona Field.
    Jared Mang had back-to-back RBI doubles in the sixth and seventh innings to help Los Alamos secure its first win of the 2014 season.
    It took awhile for the Hilltoppers’ offense to get on track Tuesday. Los Alamos center fielder Colin Kitts said that may have had more to do with the team’s two games the weekend before.
    “We definitely saw some pretty fast pitching,” Kitts said of the team’s contests at Piedra Vista Saturday. “From seeing PV (throwing) maybe around 80 and their breaking ball around 70, coming over here and (the Elks’) fastball being like 70 and breaking balls around 60, it’s something where you’ve got to learn to adjust. Every team’s going to be different.”
    Kitts, like much of the rest of the batting order, was able to make the adjustment.

  • Today in history March 5
  • Herrera named girls soccer coach

    Los Alamos High School filled one of its fall coaching vacancies Tuesday with the hiring of AJ Herrera.
    Herrera, who was the head coach for one season with the Los Alamos boys program, will take over the Los Alamos girls program, it was announced by the LAHS athletic department.
    Herrera ran the Hilltopper boys program for one season, 2006, and led it to a berth in the state Class 4A semifinals. He left following that season to take over the program at Santa Fe.
    “That made me a better coach,” Herrera said, noting that Santa Fe and Los Alamos are very different environments in which to run a program.
    With his hiring, Herrera officially takes over the reins from longtime head coach Jiri Kubicek, who stepped down in January after more than 20 years of leading the program.
    Along with his experience coaching the Demons, Herrera was also a collegiate soccer player at Maryland and was one of the top prep players New Mexico has ever produced.