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Today's News

  • Police arrest 2 youths in graffiti incident

    Officers with the Los Alamos Police Department recently arrested two 15-year-old boys for a spray-painting incident that occurred at Aspen Elementary School and the surrounding neighborhood in early October.

    Police were notified of the incident Oct. 8. When they arrived they noted graffiti on the music room portable, the school office and the north door of room 120. According to the report, they observed that the spray paint that was used was brown. Room 120’s door had a painting of a marijuana leaf and the phrase “WeeD 4:20.” On the office was painted a smiley face and the letters RSD on it. The music room had a similar smiley face on it, as well as the word “HOOD.”

    According to the report, most of the damage occurred to portable classrooms and buildings, as Aspen School is currently in the midst of a $12 million renovation.

    That’s not all the investigators found. Leading out through a walkway to Villa Street, police found more graffiti along a walkway and the fence of a private residence.

    Police concluded their investigation and left a card for the resident to call them.

  • Player bounces back from serious injury

    More often than not, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ soccer team saves its best showing for last.

    The Hilltoppers host a first round game of the Class 4A playoffs Saturday.

    At the forefront of their hopes for making a run in the playoffs is their star forward, Catie McDonald.

    McDonald is the featured scorer for Los Alamos and the one the other teams will have to find a way to slow down in the 4A tournament. But for the Hilltopper sophomore, the past year has been a challenging one.

    Last October, on a routine run toward the goal during what should’ve been an unremarkable game against Bernalillo, McDonald went headlong into the steel post at Sullivan Field.

    McDonald was taken by ambulance to the hospital and was diagnosed with head trauma, whiplash and a serious shoulder injury.

    Instead of being the tag-team partner of one of the most prolific scorers in program history, Amy Neal, on the way to what may have been a run at the state title, McDonald was suddenly relegated to the bench and Los Alamos was bounced in the state semifinals.

    While someone suffering a similar injury would be given a pass for downshifting their game, McDonald said that’s not the way she wants to play.

  • TRU-Waste shipments resume

    According to a statement from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, all environmental subcontracting companies have been recalled and shipments of TRU waste started again as of Oct. 21.

    Operations were suspended for processing and shipping transuranic (TRU) waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad Oct. 6 because of the threat of a government shutdown.

    The lab said at the time four shipments already loaded would be completed. Nuclear material was secured and facilities were put into a “safe standby” condition.

    The laboratory directed approximately 200 subcontractors on the TRU project to stand down and report back to their companies. These are mostly EnergySolutions subcontractors. Certain other environmental monitoring operations, including those supporting the Santa Fe water utility and chromium pump test, continued.

    On Oct. 21, the TRU shipping campaign restarted and the subcontractors were recalled after Congress reached an agreement to end the shutdown and increase the nation’s debt ceiling.

  • Church Listings 11-01-13

    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; bethluth.com. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during the Education Hour of classes for all ages. 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.

    Buddhist
    Kannon Zendo, 35 Barranca Road. kannonzendo.org. Henry Chigen Finney, 661-6874. Meditation in the Zen tradition will be offered Wednesday evenings at the Kannon Zendo in Los Alamos.

    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., worship and a study of the Biblical Jesus as He relates to people in our look at the Gospel of Exodus.

  • Bible Answers: Christians tend to debate Halloween?

    “Halloween seems to be a matter of debate among Christians. Any thoughts?”—Tony

  • Does Obama have courage to pursue peace with Iran?

    Settling the nuclear controversy with Iran peacefully will require courage on President Barack Obama’s part. Does he have what it will take to resist those who prefer war?
     While Obama has yet to stake out a promising unequivocal position, if he does, the obstacles would remain formidable. The two biggest are the United States Congress and the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu.
     Even as positive signs emanated from Geneva, where talks took place last week, the war party in Congress was pushing new economic sanctions against the long-suffering Iranians, who have gone without needed consumer goods, including medicines, because the U.S. government has cut Iran off from the international trading system.

  • A day full of solemn solemnity

    Blood sucking vampires. Spell casting witches. Eyeball oozing ogres walking up to your doorstep and yelling, “Trick or Treat!”
    Yesterday, scary and frightening creatures of the night haunted the streets (sidewalks actually), demanding candy under the threat of incurring juvenile wrath.
     Actually, you can have lots of fun with the kids when they yell “Trick or Treat!” You can respond, “Oh, I have plenty of treats. I’ll take the trick. Show me one.”
     It doesn’t take much to confuse a young zombie.
     But Halloween is over and the world is back to normal. If you want to be scared, just turn on the evening news and watch it for five minutes.
     Halloween is Hallowed Eve, the Eve of All Saints Day.
     All Saints Day is today, the Solemnity of All Saints, known or unknown. A day to remember the saints.
     Why not give each saint his or her own day?
     Each saint does in fact get associated with a given day of the year. But since the Catholic Church recognizes more than 10,000 saints, most people simply can’t afford a Hallmark card for each saint.

  • LA boys, girls open state playoffs at home

    The Class 4A boys and girls soccer playoffs are this weekend for the teams left standing around the state.
    For Los Alamos, both the Hilltopper boys and girls will be in action Saturday. And while the Hilltopper teams are both No. 6 seeds facing off against No. 11 seeds, the scenarios are quite different.
    Los Alamos’ boys will take on Centennial, a school that’s only been open for just over a year, while Los Alamos’ girls will meet Piedra Vista. Saturday’s boys game is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the girls will play at 1 p.m. at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos’ boys could have a test on their hands against the upstart Centennial Hawks. The Hawks, a team comprised mostly of underclassmen, has been one of the surprises in 4A this season.
    Centennial, which is located in Las Cruces, put together a nice season, going 13-7 and was involved in a three-way tie at the top of the District 3 standings. However, Centennial finished third in the tiebreaker and, as such, dropped down to the No. 11 seed.
    Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz was quick to note, however, that in the final MaxPreps.com rankings, the Hawks were rated one place better than the Hilltoppers.

  • Volleyball team faces Farmington Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team will close out its 2013 regualar season Saturday afternoon on the road.
    The Hilltoppers will face the Farmington Scorpions in a nondistrict match in the Four Corners.
    It’s a tough test for Los Alamos (13-7) in its regular season finale. It’s also a match that could affect seeding in the upcoming Class 4A playoffs.
    The Scorpions (13-5) are the No. 4 team in the 4A rankings this week and four of its five losses this season came against the No. 1 team in the state, the Piedra Vista Panthers.
    Los Alamos will host the semifinal match of the District 2-4A tournament Thursday night.

  • Bernalillo tops Santa Fe, LA still alive in 2-4A football race

    It’s still anybody’s ballgame in District 2-4A football.
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers can take a half-game lead in 2-4A with a win tonight at Capital. Game time is 7 p.m.
    Los Alamos got one of the breaks it needed in the district race when the Bernalillo Spartans upset the Santa Fe Demons Thursday night.
    The two teams duked it out through four quarters and were knotted at the end of regulation, but in overtime, Santa Fe scored a touchdown but couldn’t get into the end zone on a 2-point conversion.
    Bernalillo scored on its try and kicked the point-after to take a 43-42 win.
    Santa Fe (3-6 overall, 2-1 in 2-4A) dropped Los Alamos 28-9 Oct. 18 and was in the driver’s seat in the district until the loss against Bernalillo (2-7, 2-1) which seems to be surging in the late going of 2013.
    But the playoff scenario for the three teams is clear heading into tonight’s game. Los Alamos needs to win tonight and have Santa Fe lose to Capital next week for it to be district champion.