Today's News

  • Assets in Action: A time to prevent underage drinking

    Did you know that April is underage drinking prevention month?
    I have known about it for years, since the time my husband Chad and I began volunteering at Chamisa Elementary.
    You see as you drive past the school, there should be tulips and daffodils that call to you from the Pledge Garden, installed some eight years ago, under the tutelage of Principal Kate Thomas.
    That was when the efforts started to take on a more formal shape. Each year, students would plant a promise to make healthy choices for themselves and their bodies. As they graduated and moved on to Los Alamos Middle School, and later Los Alamos High School, the garden would bloom during April and remind them of their pledge.
    You could always count on a lovely time each October, during what is called, Red Ribbon Week. The Sci Guy, as he later became known, was then garden guy and would educate them about making healthy choices. He would tie the lesson into a life of the plant and what it needs, then physically have them plant their own bulb.  They would sign a pledge with then counselor Jen Schmierer and later counselor Michaelangelo Lobato and go on their way, keeping watch until April.
    Today, the DWI Planning Council still tries to drive the message to encourage both youth and adults to make the same healthy choices for themselves and our community.

  • LA softball gets back to .500

    SANTA FE — Los Alamos fell behind Capital in both games of its doubleheader Saturday, but the ’Toppers responded with several big innings to win both contests, 12-1 and 18-9.
    The two wins helped Los Alamos get back to .500 with a 10-10 overall record and a 4-3 District 2-5A record.
    Capital, meanwhile, slipped to 4-17, 0-8.
    “Overall, we’re happy to get these two wins and get back on track,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We hit the ball really well.”
    After falling behind 1-0 in the first game, Los Alamos scored two runs in the second, three in the third and fifth and four in the sixth to eventually enact the mercy rule.
    Taylor Collins had four RBI in the game and Hannah Mojica had three.
    Los Alamos fell behind 3-0 in the second game, but RBIs by Elizabeth Anaya and Jayde Tucker evened the score in the second. Capital went back up by three in the bottom of the second, but a six-run third helped Los Alamos take the lead for good. Lauren Harris hit a two-RBI double, Jordan Jaramillo singled home a run and then Jayde Tucker stepped up to the plate with the game tied and the bases loaded. Tucker rose to the challenge and smacked a three-RBI double off the left-field to put Los Alamos up, 9-6.

  • LA tennis to take top seeds into districts

    Rain and snow in Santa Fe over the weekend dramatically shortened the pre-district tennis tournament.
    Tennis’ pre-district tournaments are meant to decrease travel by pitting every district team against each other in one tournament, making it so they don’t have to travel to play each other during the regular season.
    Los Alamos, however, had already played most of the teams in its district at various tournaments.
    The Hilltopper girls entered the tournament with an 8-1 win against Del Norte and 9-0 wins against both Española Valley and Capital.
    At the pre-district event, the Hilltopper girls played Bernalillo Friday and scored a 5-0 win after the first five singles matches concluded.
    The team then cancelled its remaining rematches with rain and snow in Saturday’s forecast.
    The Hilltopper girls also bumped up a handful of players up for the competition.
    Kayla Parker played at No. 1 singles and was winning 3-2 in the third set when Los Alamos locked up the team win with its fifth win.
    Los Alamos’ other five singles players won their matches in straight sets.
    At No. 2 singles, Mackenzie Cook won 7-5, 6-1.
    Ann Sherrill won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
    Rachelle Stokes scored a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles.
    At No. 5 singles, Anna Lemke won 6-0, 6-2.

  • Los Alamos track teams win the Capital City Invite

    For the second track meet in a row, Los Alamos swept the team titles.
    Saturday, Los Alamos’ boys and girls both finished first out of 16 teams at Santa Fe High’s Capital City Invite.
    “The weather was not ideal, but I felt the Los Alamos athletes did a great job not letting that bother them,” boys’ head coach Steven Montoya said.
    The Hilltopper girls, led by a pair of state-qualifying performances, scored 112.33 points to win their team title. Moriarty (68.5) finished second, followed by Los Lunas (49.33), St. Michael’s (45.33) and Santa Fe Prep (30.5) in fifth.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, scored more than twice as many points as any of their competition. The Hilltopper boys finished first with 97.75 points, followed by Taos (48.25), Capital (46), Moriarty (40.5) and East Mountain in fifth (36).
    Individually, Sydney Schoonover cleared 5-0 to win the high jump and qualify for state in the event.
    The team’s 4x200-meter relay also qualified for state with a first-place finish. Celeste Levy, Claire Ticknor, Sienna Ahlers and Elena Abeyta finished in 1 minute, 48.20 seconds to punch their ticket to state.
    The team’s 4x100 relay also improved their previous state-qualifying time with a first-place finish. Abeyta, Ticknor, Emily Mercer and Levy finished in 59.95.

  • Hilltopper baseball stays in control of district

    SANTA FE — After a slow offensive start in its first game against Capital Saturday, the Los Alamos baseball team erupted for a 10-run inning to end the first game and an 18-run inning to start the second game of the doubleheader.
    The ’Toppers went on to win both games by the mercy rule, 11-0 and 25-2.
    With the wins, Los Alamos improved to 14-7 overall and 7-0 in District 2-5A.
    In the first game, Lane Saunders threw five innings of shutout ball to earn a complete game victory.
    The game, however, was tight until Los Alamos’ big fifth inning; it was scoreless for the first three innings.
    In the fourth, Los Alamos took a 1-0 lead. Kyle Hutton doubled to left and later scored on a double by Antonio Gonzales.
    The Hilltoppers, however, left two runners stranded in scoring position and Capital stayed close.
    Aggressive base running, however, helped Los Alamos blow the game open in the top of the fifth.
    Connor Mang hit a double with one out. The next batter, Jarrett Genero, hit a ground ball to Capital’s shortstop. Mang took off running as soon the ball was hit and when Capital’s shortstop threw to first, Mang sprinted home to score Los Alamos’ second run. Genero also beat the throw to first base to reach safely on the play.

  • High school golf postponed

    Los Alamos’ golf teams were scheduled to host their final regular-season tournament of the year Monday.
    A fresh blanket of wet snow, however, forced the tournament to be postponed.
    The tournament will now take place at the Los Alamos Golf Course Tuesday. The following day, Los Alamos will host the District 2-5A championships.

  • Aggie caravan postponed

    LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico State Athletic Department is postponing its Aggie Caravan that was set to start this week with stops in Farmington, Los Alamos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
    The postponement is result of the recent vacancy for the head men’s basketball coach position as Director of Athletics, Mario Moccia will begin a national search immediately.
    “With the developments over the weekend regarding our men’s basketball program, it is necessary to postpone the four scheduled events this week. The search for our next men’s basketball coach is a process that must start immediately and take priority until the position is filled. It is our goal to reschedule our caravan series in the coming months once we have our men’s basketball coach in place to introduce him to Aggie Nation.”
    New dates and times will be announced at a later time by the athletics department.
    Coach Marvin Menzies left NM State to coach at UNLV.

  • News for Retirees April 17-23

    April 17-23
    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: by 10 a.m. for lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    8:30 a.m.        Tax Preparation
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance Class
    10 a.m.        Civic Discussion Group
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Catfish
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.         Ballroom Dancing
    8:30 a.m.        Mac Users Group
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    10 a.m.        Computer Users Group
    11:30 a.m.        Salisbury Steak    
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge
    1 p.m.        Bingo
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis

  • Births 4-17-16

    March 27 — A girl.  Katherine May Shewmaker. Born to Terra and Andrew Shewmaker.
    March 29 — A boy. Emilio Luis Marquez Born to Jessica Mendez and Jorge Marquez.
    March 31 — A girl. Kayla Lynn Myers.  Born to Kendall Micco and Thomas Myers.
    April 3 — Twins: A boy. Born to Khristian Kobe Martinez. A boy. Kameron Jordan Martinez. Born to Katrina Trujillo and Chris Martinez.

  • Community Calendar 4-17-16

     Aviation Weather presentation at 3 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. David Bruggeman, a LANL meteorologist, will present a summary of the Los Alamos Laboratory weather monitoring system and components. This will be followed by a Q&A. Sponsored by Pajarito Flying Club. Contact Scott Miller at scott@pajaritoflyingclub.com, or 453-3327, for more information.

    Artist, photographer, and writer Diana Molina will speak at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting rooms of the Mesa Public Library. Molina has made a life-long study of the borderlands of Mexico, New Mexico and Texas. She brings her observational experiences together in a presentation called “Seven String Barbed Wire Fence.”

    Los Alamos Concert Association will present a performance at 4 p.m. at the Duane Smith Auditorium. Jon Manasse, principal clarinetist with American Ballet Theater, and Jon Nakamatsu, 1997 Cliburn Gold medalist, will perform music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy and Messager. Tickets are $30-$35, available at losalamosconcert.org, ticketssantafe.com, Smith’s in Los Alamos and White Rock, the Lensic box office in Santa Fe and at the door. Youth 6-18 are free.