Today's News

  • Bobcat Bonanza is coming back

    Those who want to get the first crack at dunking new Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus will have their chance Friday.
    Steinhaus will be in the dunk tank during the Bobcat Bonanza at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. The bonanza is scheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the school.
    In addition to the dunk tank, the event will feature food, carnival games, entertainment and more. All ages are invited to participate.
    This is the second year of the Bobcat Bonanza. Last year’s fundraiser generated $7,000 that helped support school programs such as the science fair, field trips and teacher stipends for classroom materials.
    For more information about the Bobcat Bonanza, call 662-8903.

  • Update 4-28-15

    Bighorn sheep

    A talk on bighorn sheep is scheduled for today. The talk will be at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. The event is free and no preregistration is required.

    Future Energy

    A meeting of the Future Energy Resources Committee is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Possible quorums

    The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee and the Lodgers’ Tax Advisory board announced they would have possible quorums at the Golf Course Community Building ribbon-cutting event Thursday. The ribbon-cutting will be at 3:30 p.m. Neither group will conduct business at the event.


    A discourse on human trafficking in New Mexico will be presented 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library. Speakers will include Maria Sanchez-Gagne, director of New Mexico Border Violence, and Lynn Sanchez, director of the Human Trafficking Aftercare Program. The event is free.

    Parents meeting

    The Parents Raising Teens Group will meet Wednesday at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. The meetings focus on communication, setting and enforcing boundaries and similar topics. The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Building 2.

  • California condor is spotted in county

    A Los Alamos man who is also an avid birder says he spotted a California condor that was last seen in Colorado.
    Joe Fitzgibbon told the Santa Fe New Mexican that he was "flabbergasted" to see the bird in his backyard on Friday.
    Fitzgibbon says saw a large radio transmitter "N8" tag on its wing.
    Fitzgibbon contacted the nonprofit The Peregrine Fund, which is monitoring 70 condors in Arizona and southern Utah.
    The group says N8 is a 2-year-old male released in the Grand Canyon. The bird was listed as "missing and feared dead" in February until a ranger saw it near Cortez, Colorado.
    Bob Parmenter, a scientist at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, says it is likely the first condor sighting in New Mexico since before recorded history.

  • State lobbies to be site of high-level waste facility

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico is touting a rural area in the southeastern part of the state as an interim storage site for the country’s high-level nuclear waste, according to a letter issued by Gov. Susana Martinez earlier this month.
    The governor reached out to the Obama administration in a letter to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. In the April 10 letter, which was obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican, Martinez urged officials to consider a 1,000-acre parcel as a place for storing spent radioactive fuel rods from power plants. Martinez also praised southeastern New Mexico residents for being able to “carve out a niche in the nuclear industry.”
    “Time and time again, the citizens of southeastern New Mexico have impressed me with their hard work ethic and willingness to tackle national problems that many others consider to be unsolvable,” Martinez wrote.
    Officials in Lea and Eddy counties are involved in the proposal. The site is about a mile north of US 62/180, halfway between Carlsbad and Hobbs. The Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance, a consortium of city and county governments, said the potential disposal ground could bring jobs and economic growth.

  • Opening Day

    Members of the Yankees Little League team run onto Lou Caveglia Field during the Opening Day Ceremonies Saturday morning.

  • Fire, police and other budgets get an initial approval

    Los Alamos County budget hearings continued on Monday with long discussions on various items. Council tentatively approved several changes to the proposed budget, which must be confirmed when the entire budget comes to a vote.
    The final budget hearing is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. today in council chambers.
    The Community Services Department was the first item on Monday’s agenda, carried over from last week.
    Director Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan and her staff returned with answers to councilors’ questions.
    Staff had proposed closing the library an hour earlier Monday through Thursday and on the four holidays it currently remains open: Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Veterans’ Day and the day after Thanksgiving.
    The closures would have saved $20,800 for the evening hours and $3,600 for the holidays, a total of $24,400.
    Reduced hours were proposed in lieu of further cuts to collections, which would place Los Alamos below the standard set by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences, which is 11-12 percent of budget.
    Collections funding has been cut by $30,725 over the last three years.

  • LAHS students sought for board

    The Los Alamos School Board is seriously considering adding another member to the five member board and maybe even two.
    However, qualifications the board has set for these members rules out the majority of Los Alamos residents as the board is looking for just high school students.
    The idea is to enhance communications between the board and the high school’s student body so the board can make better and more informed decisions that impact the students. The board also hopes to instill a few civics lessons into the students as well.
    Recently, School Board Vice President Matt Williams communicated with Los Alamos High School Council President Esteban Abeyta and LAHS Council Vice President Jessica Hieroninus about the issue, as well as Debbie Belew-Nyquist, the school’s principal.
    According to Williams’ comments at the meeting, a number of ways to bring the new members into the fold are being considered, either through appointment by the high school’s student council or by the high school’s administration. Williams said Nyquist thought appointment by the administration might be the best solution.

  • 51s take doubleheader from Isotopes

    The Las Vegas 51s (10-9) took a doubleheader from the Albuquerque Isotopes (9-10) Monday night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Nev. The 51s won game one 8-0 and snuck by in game two with a 3-2 victory.

    DECIDING FACTOR, GAME ONE: New York Mets top prospect Noah Syndergaard started for Las Vegas and had no trouble navigating the Isotopes lineup. The right-hander tossed a complete game, facing just one batter over the minimum. He surrendered only two hits, both to Cristhian Adames. Syndergaard retired 18 straight batters between Adames’ two hits.

    DECIDING FACTOR, GAME TWO: The 51s jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game with a pair of runs in the second inning. Albuquerque answered with a two-out, two-RBI double from Kyle Parker to tie the game in the third. The two teams held each other in check until a leadoff home run by Las Vegas’ Alex Castellanos in the sixth to put the game away.

  • Los Alamos sweeps Sundevils

    The Los Alamos softball team only needed to win one of Saturday’s games to stay ahead of Española Valley in the District 2-5A standings.
    The ’Toppers took some hot bats into the game, however, and dominated both contests — winning 11-1 and then 13-3.
    “We just hit the ball really well,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “Getting two wins puts us in a really good spot for districts.”
    A nine-run second inning put Los Alamos comfortable ahead in the first game.
    Hannah Mojica started the inning by pulling a double over third base, the first of five Los Alamos doubles in the inning. Taylor Jaramillo brought Mojica home, smashing a ground-rule double over the center field fence. Taylor Collins hit a RBI single to score Jaramillo.
    Los Alamos scored its next seven runs with two outs.
    Shelby Chavez hit a RBI double. Makaela Jones and Jordan Jaramillo hit RBI singles. Mojica then hit another double to bring home a run and then Taylor Jaramillo hit her second ground-rule double of the inning to score Mojica again.
    After all of the doubles, Española Valley’s outfielders started playing deep and Chavez hit a bloop single to bring home another run.

  • LA back on top of district after dramatic win

    The Los Alamos baseball team is back on top of the District 2-5A standings after some late-inning heroics Saturday against Española Valley.
    The ’Toppers needed to win both games to take over the spot since they lost in Española to the Sundevils earlier in the season.
    Both games were tight and tense throughout, but Los Alamos won the first contest 3-0 and then rallied late to win the second game 6-5 in extra innings.
    “That was a blast,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “This is what we’ve been working on since the Española loss — the mental (part of the game), not the physical. We just held in there and got the job done.”
    Jared Mang pitched a complete game shutout in the first game of the doubleheader, which put all of the chips on the table for the second game.
    As soon as a team took the lead in the second contest, the other team would make it disappear.
    Los Alamos led 2-0 after two innings. Zealand Waltersheid singled, stole second and scored on a Kyle Hutton single. Lane Saunders then brought Hutton home with a single. Española’ Valley’s second baseman, however, made a diving stop and turned a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning.
    An Española Valley triple and sacrifice fly cut the lead in half in the third.