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Today's News

  • LAHS Olions take home Popejoy awards

    Los Alamos Olions walked away with two Popejoy awards Sunday, Popejoy Hall announced this week.
    David Daniel was awarded with “best direction” for “Spamalot” and Devon McCleskey was awarded “best actor.”
    “Popejoy is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Popejoy Awards,” according to a release sent Wednesday. “The Popejoy Awards celebrates the best of high school musical theater productions and performances throughout New Mexico.”
     Affiliated with the National High School Musical Theater Awards, the event awards state high school drama programs. Production awards were determined solely by adjudicated scores. Acting awards were determined by a combination of adjudicated scores and live judging.   
    Davidson and McCleskey will travel to New York in June to participate in the National High School Musical Theater Awards, known as the Jimmy Awards, a program run by the not-for-profit Broadway League. There, they will train with Broadway coaches and performers before competing on the national awards show stage at the Minskoff Theater.
    The pair will represent New Mexico in competition against winners from 31 similar regional competitions.

  • DA candidates address Kiwanis

    Among the Democratic candidates that addressed the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos Tuesday were three candidates vying for First Judicial District Attorney. They were asked what qualifies them for the position and how they would address what they see as the most important issue of the campaign.
    Jennifer Padgett was appointed First Judicial District Attorney in December 2015, filling the vacancy left when District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco retired.
    “I have dedicated my career to child advocacy and service around those who do not have the voice to advocate on their own behalf,” Padgett said.
    Padgett’s work with children, teenage mothers in the juvenile justice system and developmentally disabled children “led me to law school, where I became very passionate about what my voice could do for the most vulnerable.”
    Padgett became a “crimes against children” prosecutor.
     “I have extensive jury trial experience in all types of cases, however, primarily my dedication and my passion has been for the crimes against children,” Padgett said.
    Padgett served as deputy secretary of the Children, Youth and Families Department, managing 2,300 employees and a half-million dollar budget.

  • Gonzales involved in suits against LAPD

    A 28-year-old Los Alamos man who was arrested Monday in connection with an explosion at the Caballo Peak Apartments is also a plaintiff in two civil lawsuits against the county.
    The lawsuits name the suspect, Juan M. Gonzales, as a plaintiff and the City of Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Police Department, the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office, the LAPD’s police chief and several LAPD officers as defendants.
    In the lawsuits, Gonzales claims that the police harassed, embarrassed him and illegally searched his home.
    The first suit was filed in October 2015, and the second that includes his wife Brianna as a plaintiff, was filed Dec. 21, 2015. In the October lawsuit, Gonzales asks for $40 million in damages. In the second suit, Gonzales seeks $20 million.
    In both lawsuits, Gonzales claims a pattern of harassment by law enforcement that is racially motivated.

  • Police to honor Mills Monday

    New Mexico police officers that died in the line of duty this past year will be honored at the Los Alamos Police Department’s annual memorial ceremony for fallen officers. The 20 to 30 minute ceremony will take place at the Los Alamos Justice Center 9 a.m. Monday.
    The Los Alamos Justice Center is located at 2500 Trinity Avenue.
    Scott Mills, a former commander with the Los Alamos Police Department, will be honored, and his name will be added to the memorial plaque outside the police department at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
    Mills, who left the Los Alamos Police Department 2013 and joined the Ouray, Colo. Police Department in 2014, was killed earlier this year on a highway outside of Ouray when a truck ran into the back of his motorcycle.
    He was off duty at the time. Mills joined the Los Alamos Police Department in 1998.

  • Sheriff, LAPD warn of phone scam

    Law enforcement is warning Los Alamos residents of a phone scam involving callers who identify themselves as the local sheriff or sheriff’s deputies and demanding money.
    Callers claiming to be Sheriff Marco Lucero or one of his deputies have been calling county residents and demanding legal fees for missing jury duty or other legal situations, according to the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office senior office manager, Lisa Gonzales.
    “As a reminder, you should never give out any personal information over the phone to anyone, especially those claiming to be from the sheriff’s office or other law enforcement agencies,” according to the sheriff’s office. “The Los Alamos Sheriff’s office does not conduct business in this manner.”
    Gonzales said if anyone has been contacted in this manner, they should call the dispatch office at the Los Alamos Police Department at 662-8222 and report what happened.
    Since the scam started, the sheriff’s office has recently received about seven calls asking about the fees. Gonzales said the caller has been identifying himself as a “Lt. Johnson.”
    He has been very persistent and bold, according to Gonzales.
    “He’s calling people, leaving messages on phones,” she said.

  • Habitat for Humanity builds first LA home

    Los Alamos participated for the first time in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Women’s Build, sponsored by Lowe’s Home Improvement. By midmorning Saturday, 78 volunteers had shown up to help build a home for Ivette Jimenez and her son Ruben.
    “In conjunction with Mother’s Day, honoring all the women around the world, it’s a Women’s Build,” said Harpal Khalsa, president of Habitat for Humanity of Española Valley and Los Alamos. “So even though there are men on the site, the focus is women building, creating community, creating habitat – home – for people in need.
    Habitat for Humanity is best known for building homes at cost for low-income families. Lowe’s has contributed more than $40 million since it began partnering with Habitat in 2003.
    For the Women’s Build, Lowe’s pledges $5,000 to builds across the country that turn out at least 50 volunteers that day.
    A call for volunteers for the Los Alamos Women’s Build went out Thursday evening on Keep it Local. At that time, only 10 women and five men had signed up. The post also asked for volunteers to bring food, which counted toward the 50-person minimum.
    Not only did a huge number of volunteers turn out, The Rotary Club of Los Alamos donated lunch.

  • Hilltoppers taking full rosters to state track meet

    Los Alamos will be well represented at the Class 5A state track and field championships today and tomorrow at the University of New Mexico.
    In the girls’ championships, Los Alamos will have at least one athlete competing in all 19 events.
    The Hilltopper boys will have a competitor in 13 of the 19 events.
    Entering the championships with the top seeds will be the Los Alamos boys’ and girls’ 1600-meter medley relays.
    The girls’ 1600 medley relay enters the state tournament with the fastest time in Class 5A so far — 4 minutes, 18.89 seconds, which 1.3 seconds faster than the next best time, Albuquerque Academy’s.
    Sienna Ahlers (200), Sophie Wood (200), Elena Abeyta (400) and Talia Dreicer (800) ran that time at the Los Alamos Invite.
    The boys’ 1600 medley team will take the second-fastest time into state, a 3:38.10, which is just .33 seconds behind St. Pius X’s time. Kevin Maresca (200), Ben Schauer (200), Koby Cotter (400) and Hayden Walker (800) ran that time at the District 2-5A championship last weekend.
    Los Alamos has four other relays that can score points, too.
    The girls’ 4x100 ranks No. 3 in 50.06 seconds.
    The girls’ 4x200 is No. 6 with a 1:48.20 while its 4x400 ranks fourth at 4:11.92.

  • LA girls' golf takes fourth at state

    The Los Alamos girls' golf team finished fourth at the Class 5A state championships, held Monday and Tuesday at Farmington's Piñon Hills golf course.
    The Hilltoppers shot a 419 on the first day, which also had them in fourth-place, one shot ahead of Goddard. Both of teams shot considerably lower scores on the second day, but Los Alamos was able to pull away from the Rockets with a 402. Los Alamos' two-day total was 821, six shots ahead of Goddard.
    Artesia and St. Pius X tied for first at 750, but Artesia claimed the championship after winning a one-hole playoff. Lovington shot a 792 to take third. Albuquerque Academy finished sixth at 867 and Piedra Vista took seventh with an 871.
    Jennifer Necker led Los Alamos with a 176. After day one, Necker was in 11th place after shooting a 95. On the second day of the tournament, however, Necker knocked 14 strokes off her score to pass numerous golfers and finish in sixth place overall, giving her a second-straight all-tournament honor. Necker also finished sixth in the state last year.
    Faith Koh had Los Alamos' next best score, shooting a 98 and a 102 to finish with a two-day score of 200. The 200 gave her the 18th best score at the tournament.
    Leah Mountain also scored both days for Los Alamos, shooting a 111 and 110 to finish with a 221 for Los Alamos.

  • Community Calendar 5-11-16

    TODAY
    Green Hour Hike at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike. Free.

    Members of the Laboratory Retiree Group (LRG) Annual Meeting from 4-7 p.m. at the Hot Rocks Java Cafe, 4200 West Jemez Road. Contact sgirard@losalamos.com for more information.

    Hiking 101 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Nature Center. Discover how to confidently and comfortably hike our trails with expert Craig Martin and Land of Enchantment Wildlife Foundation. Cost is $15 for non-members and $12 for PEEC members.
    THURSDAY
    The Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos. Eowyn Langholf from Albuquerque will speak about “A Gentle Introduction to Social Media and Genealogy.” The traditional no-host dinner will be at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon before the meeting.

    Nature Yoga at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga at the nature center with Christa Tyson, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-member and $12 for PEEC members. More information at peecnature.org.
    FRIDAY
    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

  • Assets in Action: Parents of seniors: treasure this time

    This week, a reminder to the parents of seniors, the next few weeks is about to travel at warp speed.
    Try to stop down during the next several weeks and take it all in slowly. Sure I know, there are a hundred things to do, last performances, awards ceremonies and senior activities, but slowly apply the brakes when you can do it without stopping down.
    OK, I even encourage stopping down. When practice and games and homework all step in and take over, reign in a day or two during the week the reconvene a meal at the dinner table.
    On a weekend morning, make some pancakes, bake some cinnamon rolls or swing by the store early for some fancy doughnuts. You can break out the chocolate milk, spring for some of those take and go Starbucks drinks or make some hot chocolate.
    Open the house to friends during this time, stock up on snacks, movies or games and then sit in an adjoining room and relish the chatter and commentary. We may even forgo the traditional graduation party for an all-out friend event with a new PlayStation game, some Redbox movies and final gathering of their friends.