Today's News

  • Track teams capture district championships

    High winds affected some of the times and distances at the District 2-5A track meet Friday, but it didn’t stop Los Alamos from continuing its reign on top of the district.
    The Hilltopper boys won their 24th consecutive district title while the Hilltopper girls won their 17th straight district title at the two-day meet held at Del Norte.
    The Hilltopper boys won their title with 170 points, followed by Bernalillo (105), Del Norte (72), Capital (50) and Española Valley (50).
    The Hilltopper girls, meanwhile, scored 255 points to run away with their title. Del Norte finished second with 77 points, followed by Bernalillo (54), Española Valley (23) and Capital (23).
    “It’s a tribute to everyone on the team and everyone contributed to our 17th consecutive team title,” girls’ head coach Paul Anderson said.
    With the top-two finishers in each event at the district meet qualifying for state, the Hilltopper girls will now be represented in every event at the state meet.
    In the 800-meters race, Sydney Schake finished first in 2 minutes, 38.08 seconds to qualify while Maddy Beck also qualified with her second-place finish (2:38.80).
    Emily Mercer finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (18.02) and also scored a district title in the 300-hurdles (50.29).

  • Softball eliminated in first round of state

    A tough first inning was too much for the Los Alamos softball team to overcome against Miyamura Saturday in the first round of the Class 5A state championships.
    Miyamura, the No. 6 seed, scored eight runs in the first inning to jump out to a huge lead and then held on to beat Los Alamos, 11-0.
    The toughest part of the first inning is that Los Alamos had a chance to get out of it without giving up any runs.
    Madeline Lockhart struck out Miyamura’s leadoff hitter. The Patriots then got a bloop single. The batter after that hit a ground ball to third, but Los Alamos was unable to turn it into an out. Later in the inning, before Miyamura had scored, Lockhart got her second strike out. Instead of it ending the inning, however, the Patriots still had the bases loaded and were able to capitalize on the extra opportunity.
    “Once that happened, it was hard to recover,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said.
    After that, Los Alamos limited the Patriots to one run in the third inning and two in the fourth.
    Anaya said most of Miyamura’s hits in the game were bloop singles. With the fence 300 feet deep in centerfield, he had the outfielders purposely playing deep so they could keep everything in front of them. Miyamura only hit the ball hard a couple of times, but their hits were effective.

  • Hilltopper boys reach state tennis finals

    ALBUQUERQUE — At the beginning of the season, Los Alamos head boys’ tennis coach Lloyd Wilton said his team had a chance to win the state title this year.
    Saturday at the Jerry Cline Tennis Center, his squad reached the championship match.
    The No. 2 Hilltopper boys beat No. 7 Artesia 8-1 in the quarterfinals.
    The ‘Toppers then squared off with the third-ranked Farmington Scorpions in the semifinals.
    Los Alamos started the match strong, winning two of the three double matches. George Margevicius and Andrew Tang won at No. 1 doubles while Andrew Aboshousha and Thomas Chadwick won at No. 2 doubles.
    Los Alamos then scored three wins in singles to beat Farmington, 5-3, and advance to the state championship finals against Albuquerque Academy.
    Academy, however, stayed perfect in the team bracket, beating Los Alamos 5-0 to win the Class 5A championships.
    Academy also beat Piedra Vista 5-0 and Centennial 9-0 en route to its title.
    Like the Hilltopper boys, Los Alamos’ girls also entered the state tournament as the No. 2 seed behind Academy.
    Los Alamos beat No. 7 Goddard, 7-2, in the quarterfinals.
    The Hilltopper girls also took on Farmington in the semifinals. While every match was tight, Katya Skurikhin’s match at No. 4 singles was a marathon.

  • Character, heroics help LA reach quarters

    The main thing that stuck out to Los Alamos manager Mike Gill after beating Moriarty in the first round the state baseball playoffs was his team’s character.
    “The character of the whole weekend was awesome,” Gill said.
    Game one of the series never should have went into extra innings, but two Los Alamos errors in the seventh inning helped Moriarty score a run and tie the game, 2-2.
    A throwing error to start the ninth inning then helped Moriarty take a 4-2 lead.
    Los Alamos could have easily thrown in the towel and tried to regroup Saturday to win the best-of-three series. The ‘Toppers, however, had a sense of urgency to take care of business Friday.
    “We preach that it’s what you do after a mistake that’s important,” Gill said.
    Trailing by two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Los Alamos put together its best offensive inning of the game to beat Moriarty, 8-4.
    Zealand Waltersheid walked to start the inning. Antonio Gonzales then ripped a double down the left field line to bring Waltersheid home and cut Moriarty’s lead to 4-3.
    Travis Gonzales singled and Vincent Marchiano reached on a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.
    James Neal then stepped up to the plate. Eleven pitches later, he drew a walk to bring in the tying run.

  • Nukes win state title

    Trailing San Juan by 17 points in Saturday’s state championship game, the Los Alamos Nukes Rugby Club pulled together and started playing as a team.
    “I’m really proud of the kids,” coach Demitrio Cardiel said. “It would have been easy to roll over; everything was going wrong.”
    By consolidating better, the team started letting the ball do the movement instead of trying to do too much individually. Overall, they started playing technically sound rugby and rallied back to win the championship game, 36-29.
    “It takes brains to play rugby,” Cardiel said. “The kids buckled down and started thinking about the process. They had to adapt to win that game and they had to come together.”
    Besides being a smart group, Cardiel attributed the team’s title to their passion.
    In the championship game for Los Alamos, Joey Sorenson scored two tries, Preston Brown scored two tries and two conversions while Quinton Brown scored two tries and one conversion.

  • Police arrest man in apartment explosion

    A 28-year-old Los Alamos man was arrested at 3 a.m. Monday morning in connection with the explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments that earlier that day, a Los Alamos Police Department spokesman announced today.

    Juan Gonzales was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of resisting/evading or obstructing an officer and one count of bribery/intimidation/retaliation of a witness. Gonzales was released on his own recognizance.
    Gonzales was not the man injured in the explosion.

    “The investigation is still active and ongoing and future arrest(s) are imminent,” said LAPD spokesman Cmdr. Preston Ballew.

    When police arrived on the scene of the explosion Monday morning around 1:30 a.m., they encountered two males standing outside Apt. 11, the apartment involved in the explosion. One of the individuals was Gonzales.

    The other male, identified in court documents as Gonzales’ nephew had a deep cut on his right foot and several burns to his face and body. The individual was identified as Gonzales’ nephew, and has not yet been arrested. He explained to officers that he was refilling a butane lighter in his bathroom when it exploded.

  • Police Beat 5-8-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    April 27
    7:07 a.m. — Police reported that a 32-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of larceny (over $500, less than $2,500) at 45th Street.

    9:23 a.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a burglary from a vehicle or other structure at  Arkansas Avenue.

    10:11 a.m. — Police reported that a 34-year-old Albuquerque man was the victim of an accident with no injuries at the intersection of Airport Road and East Road.

    6:01 p.m. — Police reported that a 56-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $2,500, less than $20,000) at Walnut Street.

    9:30 p.m. — Aaron Abeyta, of Ohkay Owingeh was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction at Central Avenue.

    April 28
    12:35 p.m. — Police reported that a 25-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a larceny (over $250, less than $500) at Diamond Drive.

  • On the Docket 5-8-16

    April 27
    Gloria Silver  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    April 28
    Dane Miller pled no contest at the time of traffic stop to failing to pay court costs. Defendant was fined $25 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Tuhy M. Mills was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked. Defendant was fined $50.

    Ted L. Heath pled no contest in Los Alamos Municipal court to menacing behavior and failing to get required vaccinations for dogs and/or cats. Defendant was fined $300 and must also pay $120 in court costs.

     Sarah Downs pled guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court to having animals at large and failure to display rabies tag. Sentence deferred until May 27. Defendant must also pay $60 in court costs.

    Curtis A. Valencia  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Business after hours at LAMC Wednesday

    Business After Hours is a monthly after-work-hours social that promotes interaction, friendship,  and identification of business opportunities.
    The Business After Hours will at 5:30–7 p.m. Wednesday at Los Alamos Medical Center, 3917 West Road, under the canopy on the canyon side of LAMC.
    This will be a community collaboration celebration catered by Blue Window Bistro.
    Come help LAMC celebrate National Hospital Week, 64 years in Los Alamos and meet and greet local non profits.
    There will be prizes and give-aways. Attendees can also visit with LAMC physicians.
    Register online at losalamoschamber.chambermaster.com/events/details/business-after-hours-may-2016-145.

  • Shelter Report 5-8-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Elizabeth—A 4-year-old Russian Blue mix who prefers the company of people rather than the company of other felines. She doesn’t mind the company of mellow cats, especially if they let her be the “queen” and don’t pick on her too much! She still enjoys a bit of playtime, and she loves chasing catnip mice around the cat room! This sweet girl will meow softly at you when she’s ready for some petting.