Today's News

  • People in the news 1-22-15

    Air Force Airman 1st Class Ramiro A. Pereyra, of Los Alamos graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
    Pereyra is the son of James H. and Adrienne Y. Lovato of Los Alamos, and grandson of Vangie and Vicente Lovato of Española and Karen V. and Frankie L. Sandoval of Los Alamos.
    He is a 2014 graduate of Los Alamos High School.
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    Sakura Kawano, of Los Alamos was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester for 2014-15 academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester.
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    Miranda Olinger, of Los Alamos, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.
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  • National Mentoring Month continues at Family YMCA

    The Family YMCA is celebrating National Mentoring Month throughout January by continuing to bring awareness about the Y’s Reach & Rise youth mentoring program and the ongoing need for caring adults in Los Alamos.
    Being a caring adult is great, but when caring adults put forth caring actions it changes the course of a child’s life. Youth mentoring guarantees to a young person that somebody cares about them.
    During the month of January, Reach & Rise is looking for five Los Alamos adults over the age of 23 to participate in the next Reach & Rise youth mentoring training.
    Kim, a Reach & Rise Y mentor talks about why she chooses to mentor a Los Alamos youth. “I have always loved the movie ‘The Sound of Music,’ and I always especially loved the relationship between Maria (the new governess of the Von Trapp children) and the Liesl (the eldest of the seven Von Trapp children). From the outset, Liesl von Trapp claims, ‘I don’t need a governess,’ but Liesl quickly and repeatedly learns about the great help and guidance that she can receive from governess Maria.”
    Like Liesl and the rest of the Von Trapp children, many mentors have had similar guide, such as sisters, brothers, aunties, godparents, or even that babysitter who also came to all of the kinder-kick games.

  • Students express gratitude at Natural Helpers event

    Los Alamos High School freshmen counselor Michelle Harrison, along with co-sponsors Sherri Smith and Family Resource Advocate, Troy Palmer spent the first weekend in November at the Sipapu Ski Resort for the Natural Helpers Fall Retreat. The JJAB collaboration yielded the training of 18 new Natural Helpers students and a refresher for three returning members.
    The goal of Natural Helpers is to help and support other students, to learn ways of caring for themselves and each other, and to help foster a safe and supportive environment in their school and community.
    A theme that seemed to return for the team was that everyone is special in their own way and how important it is emphasize the uniqueness of each individual and what they bring to the group.
    “We had an amazing time and formed a tremendous bond with one another,” Harrison said. “I look forward to working with each of them and getting to know the additional members as the year progresses.”
    As one of their many projects, the Natural Helpers brought about a weeklong event earlier this month called, The Attitudes of Gratitude Bucket Challenge. The students worked to man tables allowing students and staff to identify the many things they are thankful for in life on a daily basis. Their goal was to fill a 5-gallon bucket by the end of the week.

  • LA swim teams are 2nd, 3rd at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swim team finished as the runner-up in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Saturday.
    Los Alamos girls finished with 668 points. Albuquerque Academy’s girls finished with nearly 200 more points to take their home meet.
    On the boys side last weekend, Los Alamos took third. The Hilltoppers finished with 395 points, one point ahead of Rio Rancho in fourth place.
    Academy’s boys won the meet going away. The Chargers had 1,056 points on the day, while the Cleveland Storm was a distant second in the final boys standings.

  • Lobos win on late basket

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Goodman’s tip-in with 9.1 seconds left lifted New Mexico past UNLV 71-69 on Wednesday night for its 11th win in 13 games at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Christian Wood’s basket cut UNLV’s deficit to 69-67 with 1:42 left and his dunk a minute later tied it at 69. After Goodman’s basket, UNLV had its layup attempt stripped at the buzzer.
    Hugh Greenwood had 22 points and eight rebounds for New Mexico (13-6, 5-2 Mountain West). The Lobos have held their opponents under 70 points in every game this season.
    Greenwood’s sixth and final 3-pointer gave New Mexico a 63-60 lead.
    Wood scored 20 points for UNLV (10-9, 1-5), and Rashad Vaughn and Patrick McCaw added 13 apiece.
    UNLV went on a 7-0 run, capped by Vaughn’s 3-pointer, to take a 50-48 lead. New Mexico quickly tied it up, and Arthur Edwards steal and dunk gave New Mexico a 52-50 lead.

  • Ski Report 1-22-15

    Angel Fire

    34-inch base. 13 inches of new snow reported. 69 trails and 7 lifts open.


    26-inch base. 7 inches of new snow reported. Will open Saturday.

    Red River

    30-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 44 trails and 7 lifts.

    Sandia Peak

    12-inch base. 8 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.


    36-inch base. 9 inches of new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    40-inch base. 14 inches of new snow reported. 52 trails and 8 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    40-inch base. 6 inches of new snow reported. 68 trails and 6 lifts open.


    42-inch base. 9 inches of new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic

    25-inch base. 13 inches of new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC

    Conditions not reported.

    Enchanted Forest

    24-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera

    Conditions not reported. Open weekends.

  • LA romps Capital in district opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made light work of the Capital Jaguars in their District 2-5A opener Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers blasted the Jaguars in the opening half at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium. In the first quarter, the Hilltoppers crushed the Jaguars 22-3, then took the second quarter 23-8 en route to a 60-20 victory in Santa Fe.
    Capital (1-18 overall) has struggled for the last several seasons and isn’t expected to do much in the 2-5A race. Finishing anywhere other than the bottom of the district standings will be an accomplishment for a squad that has been outscored by a margin of more than 2-1 so far.
    As for Los Alamos (16-2), it is expected to contend for this season’s district title.
    Next up for the Hilltoppers is a nondistrict game against Las Vegas Robertson Friday night, followed by a home contest Tuesday against the team it is likely going to have to defeat for the 2-5A crown, Española Valley.
    Española Valley (14-3) opens its 2-5A season Saturday against Del Norte.
    Del Norte, for its part, won its district opener Wednesday over Bernalillo, 61-51. The Knights have won five of their last six games.

  • LA takes 2nd at Bernalillo

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team finished as the runners-up in a duals tournament at Bernalillo Saturday.
    Los Alamos went a perfect 4-0, entirely against Class 5A competition in the pool round to advance to the championship match with Los Lunas. However, Los Alamos came up short in the championship and had to settle for second place.
    It was still a very solid finish for the Hilltoppers, who are getting into the meat of their schedule as the regular season comes to an end.
    This coming Saturday, the Hilltoppers will be at another duals tournament at Aztec, with several of the top teams in the Four Corners area expected to compete.
    Los Alamos head coach Bob Geyer said the showing at Bernalillo was a considerable step up from the previous two weeks.
    Along the way to the win in the pool round, Los Alamos knocked off Grants, Gallup and two of its District 2-5A foes, Española Valley and the host Spartans. Grants and Gallup are also Class 5A teams and wins over 5A opponents are significant when seeding for the state tournament is announced.
    With wins over Española Valley and Bernalillo, Los Alamos may have assured its wrestlers of favorable seeds in the district tournament, which it will host Feb. 14.
    On the weekend, Los Alamos got more high-quality showings from its top upper-weight wrestlers.

  • Home remodel for the new year

    Our 2014 huge positives were the first grandchild, a new kitchen and hanging out by the ocean in Monterrey, California. The negatives were many, many trips to doctors.
    The kitchen came courtesy of an inheritance from my mother. In developing the project, we considered many things. Our research led us to million dollar homes with sloppy work. Most of our ideas worked; some didn’t, demanding compromise and rethinking. Our experience may lend some insight as you contemplate such a project.
    While we managed without a $10,000 stove, the project was extravagant. Fortunately we could not enlarge the kitchen because our house encircles it.
    We had the cash. Obvious advice, item one, be able to pay. Call me an outlier in our consumption ethos, but I’ve never been a borrower. Only for houses, but not for cars (once, only) and definitely not now with a fixed income.
    We didn’t worry about recapturing remodeling cost on sale of the house. We plan to be in the house long enough to render such an analysis moot. We did the project for us, not for the next guy.

  • Buyer beware: The value of near-death accounts

    Religious deception and hucksterism is certainly not a new phenomenon.
    From Sinclair Lewis’ Elmer Gantry to televangelist Jim Bakker to some proponents of the Prosperity Gospel, fictional and real life examples abound.
    So the revelation that Kevin Malarkey fabricated his six-year old son’s account of his near-death experience (NDE) in “The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven” is not shocking.
    In response to a letter by the now 16-year-old Alex, its publisher, Tyndale House, has announced it will no longer market the book, which has reportedly sold more than one million copies.
    Claims have long circulated that Malarkey embellished, exaggerated, or even invented the experiences and visions he attributes to Alex. For several years, Beth Malarkey, Kevin’s ex-wife, has questioned the account.
    “Buyer beware,” she wrote. “There is only one absolutely infallible and true book: God’s Word. It does not need fancied up or packaged for sale.”