Today's News

  • Golf course parking lot work to begin Monday

    Construction of the final phase of the golf course parking lot is scheduled to start on Monday. The contractor, GM Emulsion, will install a perimeter fence around the eastern portion of the main parking lot for safety.
    Patrons of the golf course will be allowed to use the western portion of the parking lot and overflow parking areas.  
    As large trucks will be hauling base and asphalt materials into the work area, drivers and patrons are asked to use caution. Works hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. The project is scheduled for completion by May 27, weather permitting.   
    For information, contact the Public Works Department at 662-8150 or send an email to lacpw@lacnm.us.

  • P and Z: Plan needs more public input

    The Los Alamos County Planning and Zoning Commission heard a report on the first round of public input on revisions to the county’s Comprehensive Plan on Wednesday. Architectural Resources Consultants (ARC) Principal Planner Stephen Burstein and Tim Karpoff, independent planner and facilitator from Karpoff & Associates, updated the commission on the input received in public meetings and an online survey to which 100 people responded.
    One of the commissioners’ major concerns was how few people participated. Only 65 people attended the first three meetings.
    “They are obviously the ones who had the most interest or a specific agenda,” Commissioner Philip Kunsberg said. “But to proceed on the principal that the recommendations of those 65 people should guide this whole process, I question whether that’s the way to go.”
    Commissioner Ashley Mamula offered another perspective.
    “Sixty-four people are not a lot of people in a county where there are a lot of opinions, but those are the people who cared enough to come forward and give their input, and I think their input is important,” Mamula said, noting that several people attended more than one meeting.

  • Cliff-diving driver nabbed for DWI

    A Los Alamos resident accused of purposely driving off a cliff with his girlfriend in the car in 2014, was arrested for DWI Saturday.
    Zachary Sanchez, 31, was stopped by Los Alamos police at the intersection of Canyon Road and Rim Road for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. Police reports indicate that he allegedly had a blood alcohol concentration of .16 or more.
    Sanchez was out on a conditions-of-release order for alleged “great bodily harm by vehicle (driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug and driving with a revoked license, DWI related).
    The charges stem from an August 2014 incident where he allegedly drove himself and his girlfriend over a 200-foot cliff near Anderson Overlook on NM 502. According to court documents, he is supposed to stand trial for that incident sometime in May or June of this year.
    According to court documents, the girlfriend was severely injured in the incident. During his arraignment, state prosecutor Natalie Perry accused Sanchez of purposely causing the crash.
    “The scary part of this is that the evidence shows it was intentional,” Perry said. “There’s a witness that saw him on the side of the cliff that saw him slowly drive off of it, there were no brake lights.”

  • Bjorklund has top prediction

    Heidi Bjorklund was only 5 seconds off her predicated time in Tuesday’s Pace Race, which was held on the pollution plant service road at the bottom of Main Hill.
    Other accurate predictors included Sonja Behnke and Allison Chan, tying at 8 seconds off.
    Lyle Cunningham recorded a 15 second differential, and Roxana Candia was 25 seconds off her predicated time.
    On the one-mile distance, Tamara Jurado was the fastest finisher in 9 minutes, 51 seconds. Six-year-old Anders Medin was the fastest male with a time of 11:05.
    The top three-mile finishers were Zach Medin, recording a 23:16, and his wife, Roxana Candia, at 23:35.
    Next Tuesday’s run will start at 6 p.m. on North Mesa, down the horse stables service road on the trail just north of the Brewer Rodeo Arena.
    One-and three-mile distances will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit the Atomic City Road Runners’ website, atomicrunners.com.

  • Cowboy shoot Saturday

    On Saturday, there will be a “Cowboy Shoot” at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club Pistol Pits starting at 9 a.m.
    This SASS ruled event will occur every third Saturday (weather permitting).
    The shooting competition is staged in a unique, characterized, “Old West” style. Clothing attire and accoutrements, as well as the guns used, that reflects this period of the American West is required / encouraged to shoot in these events.
    Courses of fire are shot in stages that change each month, firing on fixed or reactive steel targets.
    Scoring is based on accuracy and overall time used to shoot each stage.
    If this is something anyone thinks they might be interested in, they are welcome to come and observe the event. The club will show them what it’s all about and let them try shooting some of the guns (eye and ear protection required) after the match.
    More information about Cowboy Action Shooting can be found on the LASC website, la-sc.org, under “Programs/Pistol” or by clicking on the “Cowboy Action Match” on the Calendar of Events.

  • LA’s win-streak snapped

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team took on the top team in the league so far this season Tuesday — Sandia Prep.
    Los Alamos limited Sandia Prep to just six goals, but only managed to score twice itself.
    The Sundevils stayed undefeated, improving to 7-0 with the win.
    Los Alamos, meanwhile, dropped to 4-4.
    The loss also ended a three-game winning streak for the ’Toppers. Los Alamos swept Midland, Texas (2-9) in a doubleheader Saturday, 11-7 and 8-7.
    Saturday, Los Alamos will take on Coronado, Texas in Albuquerque.
    The ’Toppers will have three straight home games after that, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday against Bosque.

  • Softball gets big win

    The Los Alamos softball team passed Del Norte in the District 2-5A standings Wednesday, taking down the Knights 11-6.
    With the win, Los Alamos (8-10, 2-3 District 2-5A) moved into third place in the district behind Bernalillo (15-3, 6-0) and Española Valley (11-11, 4-2).
    Del Norte (6-11, 2-3) has the same district record as Los Alamos, but the ’Toppers now hold the head-to-head advantage. The two teams will play twice more. Los Alamos will also play Española and Capital twice more, so it can still move into second place in 2-5A.
    The win also snapped a three-game skid for Los Alamos.
    “Overall, I’m very happy we won — the girls played hard,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “It’s nice to get this win and get back on the winning track.”
    Nine different Hilltoppers scored Wednesday against Del Norte.
    Los Alamos scored once in the first inning, twice in the second and once more in the third. Del Norte rallied to tie the game with four runs in the bottom of the third, but Los Alamos scored runs in each of the last four innings, as well.
    “The girls just continued to hit the ball,” Anaya said.
    Los Alamos went back up by four with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth.

  • LA baseball grabs sole possession of first place

    When the Los Alamos baseball team began its district schedule, its coaches started preaching about getting off to good starts and finishing strong.
    Wednesday Los Alamos completed its first-round of district games, and it has certainly got off to a good start in the league. Los Alamos and Del Norte both entered the contest with 4-0 district marks, but Los Alamos shut out the Knights, 10-0, to grab sole possession of first place.
    Now Los Alamos will try to finish strong in its remaining seven district games to stay on top.
    “We’re just trying to get better,” Los Alamos manager Mike Gill said. “5-0 doesn’t win the district and it doesn’t get you to state.”
    Los Alamos has scored at least 10 runs in all of its district games so far. After the Española Valley win, however, the team made a conscious effort to start hitting the ball harder. The adjustments it made have been working — Los Alamos scored 35 runs in three games against its top competitors in the league, Del Norte and Bernalillo.
    “After the Española game, we weren’t pleased how hard we were hitting the ball,” Gill said. “We made some adjustments and they obviously seem to be paying off.”

  • Authorities: Stray tortoise found in downtown Santa Fe area

    UPDATED: Wayward tortoise is back home.

    Staff and Associated Press report

    "Tank" the wayward tortoise who had temporarily roamed free on the streets of Santa Fe is now back safely in his own yard, the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society reported this afternoon.

    "The tortoise owner says she doesn't know how her 12-year-old pet, dubbed Tank, escaped her yard but is happy to have him back," said shelter spokesman Ben Swan.

    The 12-year-old pet escaped his yard earlier this week and was reported loose by a concerned Santa Fe resident who told officers she thought the tortoise “was huge and possibly has teeth.”

    Animal control officers say they picked up a stray tortoise around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the downtown area.

    The shelter's director of adoptions, Dylan Moore, has a background in working with exotic creatures.

    He says the tortoise is likely an African spurred tortoise, a popular breed that does well in Northern New Mexico.

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