Today's News

  • LA girls blow by Capital

    The Los Alamos girls’ basketball team doubled up Capital Friday, beating the Jaguars 76-38.
    Los Alamos led 17-10 after the first quarter and took a 41-24 lead into halftime. The Hilltoppers kept the pressure on in the third, winning the quarter 23-10, and then cruised to victory.
    Ashlynn Trujillo and Kayla Salazar, who lead the district in scoring according to MaxPreps, led Los Alamos’ offense in the game. Trujillo finished with a double double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in the game while Salazar added 16 points.
    Eight other ’Toppers scored as well, including Ashley Logan with nine points and Makaela Jones with six.
    Salazar currently leads the district with 17.0 points per game. Trujillo is second with 16.7 PPG, but she leads the district in steals (4.1), rebounds (8.1) and assists (4.0).
    Los Alamos is now 18-5 overall and 4-1 in District 2-5A. Capital slipped to 4-19, 0-5.
    The Hilltoppers’ next game will be Saturday at Española Valley. Española (18-4, 3-1) was scheduled to play Del Norte (11-10, 3-1) Tuesday in a battle between the other two teams tied for first in the district.

  • Capital beats LA to hold on to first place in 2-5A

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team welcomed the No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars to town Saturday. Los Alamos made it a game early, but the Jaguars dominated the second half to win the game, 65-34, and hold on to first place in District 2-5A.
    The first half featured big runs by both teams. Capital had a slim, 9-7 lead in the first quarter. The Jaguars then sunk a pair of 3-pointers and added some transition buckets to go on a 12-0 run and eventually take a 21-9 lead into the second quarter.
    Capital made the first two field goals of the second quarter, but then Los Alamos roared back and scored 14 of the game’s next 16 points.
    Antonio Trujillo started the rally by draining a three. Cade Gasway added a bucket and then Jack Stewart made a turnaround jumper, a three and another field goal. Trujillo also added a pair of free throws and Los Alamos was able to claw its way back into the game.
    After trailing by 16, Los Alamos headed into halftime only down 29-23.
    The second half, however, belonged to the Jaguars. Capital picked up the pressure on defense and forced Los Alamos to make lot of hurried passes into traffic. The Jaguars then turned many of those turnovers into quick, transition baskets.

  • Taos hangs on to North Star trophy

    Los Alamos and Taos squared off for the second time this season Friday with the North Star trophy on the line.
    Taos beat Los Alamos in their first meeting to take the trophy away from the Hilltoppers. Taos then scored a second win in the series, 3-2, Friday to keep the trophy.
    A fast start helped the Ice Tigers win the game. Early in the first period, Los Alamos couldn’t clear the puck out of its territory. The puck was bouncing around in front of its goal and Taos smacked it in the net. Taos added a second goal at the end of the period to go up 2-0.
    Los Alamos picked up the pace in the second period, out shooting Taos 12-3 to cut the lead in half.
    Los Alamos had a two-on-one opportunity early in the second. Griff Matuszak charged down the ice with the puck and then passed to a teammate for a one-timer, but the shot was saved.
    Carson Schramm then took a pass in front of the net and fired a shot. The shot was saved right before Schramm and a Taos defender crashed through the goal.
    The ’Toppers kept applying pressure and eventually Cory Schramm was able to score. Schramm knocked a loose puck in the goal.

  • LA swim teams dominate district meet

    SANTA FE — The Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ swimming and diving teams dominated the District 1 championships Friday and Saturday at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center.
    The Hilltoppers won 14 of the 24 contested events and had an athlete finish in the top-three in every other event.
    The Hilltopper girls scored 630 points to easily win the team race. Santa Fe High School finished second with 252 while Piedra Vista took third with 238.5.
    The Hilltopper boys won their team title with 514.5, followed by Santa Fe Prep (297) and Farmington (231).
    While it was the Hilltopper girls’ strength in numbers that helped them score so many points (in some events they had four of the top five finishers), Sarah Lott had a standout day, breaking district records in two individual events and swimming on two relays that also set new records.
    The individual district records Lott broke were her own.
    In the 100-yard freestyle, Lott won the race in 52.98 seconds, breaking her record of 53.72 that she set in 2014. Kaitlin Bennett (second, 66.72) Sydney Schoonover (fourth), and Niamh Short (fifth) helped Los Alamos pile up the points by claiming four of the top five spots.

  • News for Retirees Feb. 7-14

    Feb. 7-14, 2016
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart

    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Beer Battered Cod
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Chicken Enchilada
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:30 a.m.        LAVA Quilters
    8:45  a.m.        Cardio Plus Exercise
    10:15 a.m.        Music with Ruth    

  • McKee to speak at Chamber Breakfast

    Steve McKee, President and CEO of McKee Wallwork & Company, will be the speaker at the Wednesday's Chamber Business Breakfast. The topic will be One of Our 50 is Missing: Procurement, REAL ID and GRT. Getting New Mexico on a level playing field.
    The Chamber Breakfast will be 7:30-9 a.m. Wednesday in room 230, building 2, UNM-LA, 4000 University Drive.
    McKee is a leading brand strategist with nearly three decades of experience. He authored the books "When Growth Stalls" and "Power Branding," as well as a long-running marketing column in BusinessWeek.com.
    Breakfast will be catered by Daniel’s Cafe. Prospective members should contact the Chamber to be registered for the event. Chamber Members can register for the breakfast on the Chamber website losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/or by emailing nancy@losalamos.org.

  • Bandelier starts celebration of centennials

    Back on Feb. 11, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill authorizing the establishment of a beautiful but little-known park, Bandelier National Monument. It is rich in archeological sites and dramatic landscapes.
    Thursday is the one hundredth anniversary of that event, and the park is planning special events throughout the year to celebrate.
    “It is our honor and privilege to be stewards for Bandelier National Monument," said Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott . "The staff take great pride in preserving and protecting the monument’s extraordinary resources, and we’re all looking forward to providing a range of exceptional experiences during Bandelier’s Centennial year.”
    Also, 2016 is also the centennial of the National Park Service, created on Aug. 25 of the same year. So there will be centennial celebrations at the other 408 National Park Service areas throughout the country.  
    On Thursday, the park’s birthday, members of the park staff will be giving out cupcakes to local shoppers at the Smith’s store in Los Alamos.
    The Friends of Bandelier, the organization of private citizens who love and provide support for the park, will also be there.

  • Pet Talk: preventing diabetes in dogs

    Diabetes mellitus, also called sugar diabetes, is becoming more prevalent in today’s society. Like humans, dogs can develop diabetes and may need medical care throughout their lifetime to manage the disease.
    Diabetes mellitus is characterized by a lack or relative deficiency of a hormone called insulin. This hormone is produced by the pancreas and is needed to store energy from food and to use glucose for fuel. Dr. Audrey Cook, associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, explained how an insulin deficiency can negatively affect a dog’s health.
    “In people, the two most common forms of diabetes are Type 1 and Type 2,” she said. “Type 1 diabetics do not make insulin at all and will need insulin injections for life. This is typically the type of diabetes that we see in dogs. In some cases, chronic inflammation of the pancreas—called pancreatitis—can gradually destroy cells that produce insulin in canines, resulting in diabetes. On rare occasions, we even see dogs that become transiently diabetic following a heat cycle. This is called diestrus diabetes.”

  • Animal Shelter 2-7-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out our website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Fluffy—One cool cat! This 6-month-old male tabby was surrendered with his sibling Stripes. Fluffy can play all day long, but when he’s done playing, he’s ready for some snuggles! Fluffy is confident and fun, and he would light up any home. Fluffy is very friendly with other fun-loving cats, and he would likely do best in a home with another cat (or even a dog) to keep him company.

  • House proposes responsible budget for New Mexico

    Chair, House Appropriations and Finance Committee, Dist. 27