Today's News

  • What the MVD has been doing to improve customer satisfaction

    New Mexicans rightfully demand that the Motor Vehicle Division provide fast, easy and reliable service in a customer-friendly environment at all of our offices.
    Gov. Susana Martinez also directed that we turn things around at the MVD in a reasonable amount of time and meet public expectations for operating more efficiently.
    Here’s what we’re doing to make that happen.
    Over the past 18 months, we’ve cut our wait times in MVD offices and at our call center. A majority of our offices now have average wait times of 15 minutes or less — the lowest in years. The average hold time in our call center is now less than four minutes.
    MVD is doing a better job listening and learning from our customers. We recently implemented the country’s first motor vehicle customer satisfaction capture system in most of our offices.
    At the end of each transaction, you can press a button, which tells us how well we’ve met your needs. By empowering our managers to address customer issues right when they occur, service-related complaints have dropped dramatically.
    Since we launched this system last year, more than 800,000 New Mexicans have provided customer feedback. More than 98 percent of MVD customers now rate our service as “good” or “excellent” — every office, every week.

  • On Schedule 09-14-14


    Golf: Los Alamos Invite, boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

    Football: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Albuquerque Academy at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Volleyball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Cross country: LAMS at Española Middle School Invite, boys and girls seventh and eighth grades, 3 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; LAMS at McCurdy, seventh grade 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.


    Girls soccer: Rio Rancho at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Rio Rancho, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Football: LAMS at Rio Rancho, 4 p.m.


    Football: Kirtland Central at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.


    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Santa Fe Waldorf, JV, 11 a.m.

  • Sports Briefs 09-14-14

    Bower Run will support Alzheimer’s research

    The Jerry Bower Memorial 5K race will return this year Sept. 20.
    The Bower run is a fundraising event that goes to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.
    It is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Sept. 20. The race will start at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. It will go down Bathtub Row and Rose Street. The course will be completely paved.
    A donation of $25 is requested to participate. The first 50 participants will receive an Alzheimer’s Association water bottle.
    For questions or to receive a copy of the Bower run’s registration form, contact Ted Williams at 672-1639.

    Hall of Fame banquet is Sept. 21

    The Los Alamos Public Schools will host its inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet Sept. 21 at Fuller Lodge.
    The banquet will be at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public.
    Tickets for the event are on sale at the Los Alamos High School athletic office. Tickets are $25 apiece.
    Inductees for the 2014 Hall of Fame class are Walt Arnold, Lynn Bjorklund, Burt Buehrer, Carol Cady, Louie Cernicek, Bob Cox, Steven Craven, Turk Griffith, Bill Hudson, William D. McWilliams, Gene Mortensen, Morrie Pongratz and Anthony Sandoval.
    For more information, call the athletic office at 663-2531.

  • LA golf teams open at home Monday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls golf teams will open their 2014 fall season at the local golf course Monday.
    Los Alamos’ teams will tee off for their fall tournament at 9 a.m. Monday.
    The prep golf season is broken into a fall and spring season each year. The season ends with the state tournament in early May.
    The Hilltopper girls golf team qualified for the spring 2014 state Class 4A tournament, finishing fifth overall with a two-day score of 792. The team was paced at state by Emma Haines, who finished ninth in the final individual standings.
    For his role in leading the Hilltoppers to the state tournament, head coach Mike Lippiatt was named the Coach of the Year for Los Alamos High School in a ceremony in May.
    In order to qualify for postseason competition, teams and individuals must earn three target scores, or legs, during the regular season. Target scores vary depending on which course is being played.
    For Los Alamos’ boys, only one player qualified for state, Jonathan Osden. Osden, who finished in 23rd place in the individual 4A standings, is scheduled to return for his senior season.
    Both Hilltopper teams will be moving up to Class 5A for the next two years. Most teams around the state that were classified as 4A previously have moved up to 5A along with Los Alamos.

  • Friday's prep football scores

    Alamogordo 46, Highland 8

    Artesia 48, Valencia 31

    Aztec 56, Kirtland Central 6

    Belen 35, Farmington 20

    Bloomfield 45, Socorro 6

    Centennial 55, Del Norte 14

    Chaparral 20, San Elizario, Texas 14

    Clayton 35, Sunray, Texas 13

    Cobre 20, EP Ysleta, Texas 12

    EP El Dorado, Texas 50, Gadsden 12

    EP Hanks, Texas 35, Santa Teresa 6

    Escalante 57, Navajo Prep 34

    Foothill 65, Carrizozo 54

    Fort Sumner 51, Questa 8

    Goddard 55, Los Lunas 0

    Hagerman 12, Dexter 8

    Hobbs 48, Roswell 0

    Hondo 62, Floyd 12

    Kayenta Monument Valley, Ariz. 42, Shiprock 0

    Laguna-Acoma 30, West Las Vegas 13

    Las Cruces 28, Volcano Vista 22

    Logan 77, Dora 37

    Mayfield 45, Carlsbad 8

    Miyamura 24, Bayfield, Colo. 21

    Mountainair 78, Alamo-Navajo 8

    NMMI 39, Mesilla Valley Christian 0

    Piedra Vista 14, Durango, Colo. 8

    Pojoaque Valley 30, Española Valley 28

    Rio Rancho 41, La Cueva 20

    Ruidoso 35, Lovington 14

    San Jon/Grady 50, NMSD 6

    Santa Fe 43, Capital 6

    Springer 28, Shiprock Northwest 8

    Tatum 54, Menaul 0

    Texico 49, Portales 32

  • LA tops Academy in third-place contest

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team earned a win over the host Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the final round of the Chargers’ home tournament Saturday morning.
    The two teams played a back-and-forth contest throughout Saturday’s third-place tournament game, but the Hilltoppers struck the final blow. Emily Hopkins scored off a corner kick with only about 7 minutes left in regulation to give Los Alamos a 3-2 victory in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos can’t be too complacent with its victory Saturday morning, however, as it will meet up with the Chargers again Tuesday. That game will also be on the Academy campus.
    But for now, Los Alamos will take the win.
    “We’re feeling great,” Hilltopper head coach AJ Herrera said. “Especially coming off our effort (Friday) against Hope. We wanted to make sure we bounced back.”
    Sophie Wood scored the opening goal of the contest in the 28th minute off another Hilltopper corner kick from Catie McDonald. Los Alamos led 1-0 at the break, but Academy would come back to tie the score just two minutes into the second half.
    McDonald, who had a hand in all three goals, gave Los Alamos (4-4) the lead once again at the 52-minute mark, that coming off an assist from Kayla Parker.

  • Hilltoppers fall again in Week 3, 27-7

    MORIARTY — The good news is the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team started to make a few plays in week three.
    The bad news is, and continues to be, the Hilltoppers aren’t making enough of them to balance out the plays that aren’t being made.
    Moriarty scored twice early in the first quarter, 41 seconds apart and tacked on another touchdown with about three minutes left in the quarter to jump out to a huge 20-0 lead.
    The two teams played even the rest of the way Friday, but the Pintos prevailed handily 27-7.
    The Pintos needed just five plays to score on their opening possession of the contest, then, on the Hilltoppers’ opening possession, forced a fumble that was run back 50 yards by linebacker Daniel Anaya to go up 14-0 with under three minutes expired.
    It’s been a trying start to the season for Los Alamos, which slips to 0-3 with the loss and has scored just three times in those three games — all of those scores coming in the fourth quarter after the games’ outcomes were all but determined.

  • News for Retirees 09-14-14

    Sept. 14-20, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    September is National
    Senior Center Month
    Betty Ehart
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis class
    10:30 a.m. Advisory council meeting
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Bratwurst & sauerkraut
    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. Lunch: Chef salad
    1 p.m. Bingo
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis
    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pot roast
    1:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s support
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge
    8:30 a.m. Walk-in-the-woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    9 a.m. Toenail clipping
    10-11 a.m. Ukulele lesson
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Chicken fried steak
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge

  • Lewis and Todd 09-14-14
  • Word On The Street 09-14-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Katherine Wang asked students, “What clubs are you a part of?”