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  • Embezzler's jail time suspended

    HollyMichelle Bates, a Los Alamos woman accused of trying to cash a forged check for $1,348.62 from the Pet Pangaea pet supply store, was sentenced in court recently.
    According to court documents, Bates was sentenced to Los Alamos County jail for 364 days, with 364 days suspended. Bates must also pay $73 in court costs and undergo a year of supervised probation.
    She also must pay back the money she stole to Los Alamos National Bank.
    Bates’ probation conditions include obeying all federal, state and local laws. She must also comply with all conditions of probation and she can’t enter a restaurant or any other place that buys or sells alcohol.
    She can’t possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon, and she must maintain contact with her probation officer. She must also pay $25 per month probation fees.
    If she pays back the money before her probation is up, she could be eligible for early probation.
    Bates was originally charged with embezzling over $500 but not more than $2,500 in her case, but she received a plea deal where she was only charged with embezzling over $250 but not more than $500.
    She pled no contest to the charge. She was also charged with forging a transfer of $2,500 or less, but that charge was dropped. Bates pled no contest to that charge, as well.

  • Coalition hears update from EM

    ESPAÑOLA — On Friday, Pete Maggiore updated the Regional Coalition of LANL Communities on the transition of the Los Alamos Environmental Management office from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s to the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM).
    Maggiore is with the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office. He helped develop the transition plan and will be involved in coordinating the transition.
    For the most part, Maggiore reviewed information already released to the public.
    In September 2014, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz directed that oversight of the EM-LA office and legacy cleanup would be transferred to Environmental Management.
    That office became operational on March 10, with Christine Gelles appointed acting EM-LA field manager until a permanent field manager can be appointed. Recruitment for that and other EM-LA positions is currently underway. Los Alamos EM employees have been reassigned to the new EM-LA Office.
    Negotiations with Los Alamos National Security over the sole source bridge contract are ongoing. The bridge period is expected to be between 18 and 24 months, the anticipated time required to conduct competitive procurements.

  • Bernalillo powers its way to victories over Los Alamos

    BERNALILLO — Bernalillo’s Spartans hit seven home runs in two games Saturday against Los Alamos, winning both games to stay on top of the District 2-5A standings.
    The Spartans beat the ’Toppers 12-3 and then 17-0.
    Los Alamos also went deep once. Trailing 6-0, Shelby Chavez started the fourth inning by ripping a double. Makaela Jones then singled, but got caught trying to steal second. Taylor Jaramillo walked next. Then, with runners at the corners, Hannah Mojica hit a 3-run home run over the right-center fence.
    Bernalillo’s Isabella Navarro, however, was able to keep Los Alamos’ bats quiet for most of the day and got the win in both games. She struck out seven of the first nine batters she faced before Chavez got Los Alamos’ first hit off of her.
    Los Alamos began hitting her after that, but stranded five runners in the last three innings of the first game.
    Morgan Hohner hit a single and a double. Taylor Jaramillo and Jordan Jaramillo both singled in the sixth, but the ’Toppers weren’t able to bring any of them home.
    Los Alamos pitchers Jordan Hammock and Madeline Lockhart, meanwhile, struggled to contain Bernalillo’s power as four different Spartans hit dingers.

  • ’Toppers take two games from Bernalillo

    BERNALILLO — After a setback against Española Valley Wednesday, Los Alamos’ baseball team responded in a big way Saturday. The ’Toppers took two games from Bernalillo, setting the tone right away by scoring 5 runs in the first inning of the first game.
    Los Alamos won the games 9-0 and 6-2.
    “We had better attitudes and better energy,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “We didn’t wait. We attacked.”
    “That loss was tough,” Jared Mang said. “We’re not going to be perfect all the time, we just have to show up everyday and keep grinding.”
    With the wins, Los Alamos jumped over Bernalillo in the district standings. The ’Toppers are now 12-6 and 3-1 in District 2-5A while Bernalillo slipped to 10-8-1 and 3-2.
    Española Valley (13-4, 5-0) is in first, but Los Alamos will still play the Sundevils twice at home.
    “It’s nice to have more than one shot at everybody,” Mang said.
    Base hit after base hit helped Los Alamos score run after run in the first inning against Bernalillo.
    In the second inning, the ’Toppers hit back-to-back bombs. Jared Mang homered and then Jarrett Genero smacked a ball over the fence to put Los Alamos up 8-0.

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  • NanoDays Winds Down

    Visitors check out the exhibits during the final two days of NanoDays at the Bradbury Science Museum. The final day of NanoDays is today.

  • Baseball wins, softball loses game 1 at Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team took a big win in game 1 of a key District 2-5A doubleheader Saturday at Bernalillo.
    The Hilltoppers won 9-0 in the opener. The Hilltoppers scored 5 runs in the first inning and 3 more in the second to cruise to the win.
    The Hilltopper softball team, however, wasn't as fortunate in its first game, however.
    In that game, the Spartans prevailed 12-3.
    Hannah Mojica hit a 3-run home run in the contest for Los Alamos, but that wasn't enough to balance out 4 home runs hit by the Spartans.
    The Spartans are considered the team to beat in District 2-5A softball this season.

  • On Schedule 4-12-15

    Monday
    Golf: Los Alamos at home spring invite, varsity, 8 a.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at Marilyn Sepulveda meet at UNM, selected athletes, 3 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Tennis: Los Alamos vs. Bosque. Boys home, girls away. Varsity, 3:30 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Baseball: Los Alamos vs. Del Norte, varsity, 4 p.m. Junior varsity at Del Norte, 4 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos vs. Del Norte, varsity, 4 p.m. Junior varsity at Del Norte, 4 p.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos vs. Rio Rancho, varsity, 5:30 p.m.
    Track: Los Alamos Middle School at home meet, 3 p.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, junior varsity, 3 p.m.

    Friday
    Baseball: Los Alamos at Capital, junior varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Saturday
    Baseball: Los Alamos vs. Capital, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Softball: Los Alamos vs. Capital, varsity, 3 p.m., 5 p.m.

    Track: Los Alamos at Santa Fe High School’s Capital City Invite, 9 a.m.

    Lacrosse: Los Alamos vs. Bosque, varsity, 4 p.m.