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Today's News

  • County enacts hiring freeze until mid-May

    Los Alamos County has instituted a hiring freeze, which will be in effect at least until early May.
    County Manager Harry Burgess has put the brakes on filling any vacant positions until he is more certain about funding prospects for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the preparation of Los Alamos County’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2018.
    “He’s not going to make any decisions about vacancies until we get through budget adoption, which could be second part of May,” county spokeswoman Julie Habiger said.
    Since Sept. 29 2016, LANL has operated under a Congressional continuing funding resolution, which means the federal funding to keep LANL operating is being held at 2016 levels.
    “Because Los Alamos relies heavily on gross receipts tax from spending by the national laboratory as the community’s largest employer, Burgess explained that their projected spending and the estimated tax revenue for Los Alamos will be a key part of his decision as he finalizes the budget,” Habiger said in a written statement Friday.
    The topic of hiring was raised over questions from the press about when the county is going to replace Deputy County Manager Brian Bosshardt. Bosshardt, who has served the county as deputy manager since 2012, is leaving to become Bedford, Texas’ city manager March 31.

  • Prep basketball: LA upset bid falls short at Farmington

    For a half, it appeared like the Los Alamos boys basketball team was on its way to pulling off the biggest upset in the Class 5A state tournament.

    But the upset bid fell short after No. 3 Farmington outscored the 14-seeded Hilltoppers 35-15 in the second half en route to 53-40 win in the first round Saturday night in Farmington.

    "They (Farmington) picked up their game," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "They got on a roll and we got into trying to catch up with 3s. We quit attacking and that hurt us."

    The Scorpions advanced to the quarterfinals, where they'll face No. 6 Los Lunas Wednesday at the Pit in Albuquerque. Los Alamos' season ends at 13-15 overall after falling to Farmington for the second time this season.

    Nick Granger led the Scorpions with a game-high 17 points, while Sol Rascon finished with 14.

    The backcourt duo of junior guards Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo paced Los Alamos with 12 points apiece. All of Roybal's points came from 3-point range, while Trujillo knocked down two triples. Junior guard Jack Stewart added 11 for Los Alamos.

    "We definitely could've done better," Stewart said. "We collapsed as a team. That comes with the maturity. I think next year we'll comeback even stronger."

  • ’Toppers track begins 2017 season at Chile Quad

    The pursuit to regain dominance in Class 5A begins Saturday for the Los Alamos girls track and field team.
    The Hilltoppers look to build on 2016’s success by starting off strong in 2017 at the Chile Quad, which is Los Alamos’ season opener and is hosted by Albuquerque Academy.
    Los Alamos will compete against Academy, Sandia Prep and St. Pius.
    Relay teams are expected to lead the Hilltoppers, who have six runners returning from first-place finishers at state. Three runners from the 1,600 sprint medley are returning and three are also coming back from the 4x100 relay team.
    Los Alamos returns last year’s triple jump second-place finisher Elizabeth Lockhart.
    In distance events, the Hilltoppers will look to Zoe Hemez and Paulina Burnside to garner points against Academy’s loaded distance runners.
    Los Alamos has dominated the Chile Quad the past two seasons and is looking to win its third straight season-opening meet.
    Youth will lead the Los Alamos boys track and field team in 2017.
    And that youthful team will have its hands full in the season-opening Chile Quad Saturday at Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers are matched against St. Pius, Sandia Prep and two-time defending state champion Academy. The Chargers have dominated this meet for the past two seasons.

  • LA softball opens season at St. Pius

    The Los Alamos softball team will begin its 2017 campaign Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers will face St. Pius in a doubleheader at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos will have to replace 10 players from last year’s team by relying on upperclassmen that garnered varsity experience in the past two seasons. Among those returners are standout juniors Jordan Jaramillo and Jayde Tucker.
    Seniors Taylor Collins and Mariah Mauro will also provide experience for a Hilltoppers team that’s sporting four freshmen on its 2017 roster.
    Getting off to strong start is key for Los Alamos, which started last year’s season losing four of its first five games.
    The Sartans return the majority of its 2016 squad that struggled and went 6-20.
    Los Alamos will look to win its third straight game against St. Pius.

    Season overview

    If the Hilltoppers can have success in the openers against St. Pius, it can give them some momentum going into a tumultuous schedule.
    After competing in a three-day tournament from March 9-11, Los Alamos will have three consecutive road games, at Pojoaque Valley, and at Belen (doubleheader), before competing in the three-day Kristen Griego Invitational in Rio Rancho.

  • Prep basketball: ’Toppers visit Farmington in state tourney 1st round

    Los Alamos boys basketball coach Mike Kluk said there was a sense of relief when Farmington popped up as the No. 3 seed for the Class 5A state tournament.
    The 14-seeded Hilltoppers will travel to face No. 3 Farmington in the first round at 6 p.m. Saturday in Farmington.
    “I don’t think we’ll have any surprises from Farmington,” Kluk said. “They are who they are. And we are who we are. We’ll just have to see how it goes.”
    There wasn’t any surprise when Los Alamos received the 14 seed, but the sense of relief came after the Hilltoppers knew that they weren’t going to face District 2-5A foes No. 4 Española Valley and No. 2 Capital in the first round.
    With the exception of its first game against the Sundevils, Los Alamos struggled to deal with the speedy and much more explosive teams that topped District 2-5A. Farmington doesn’t have the same type of speed that hurt Los Alamos during district play.
    “(Farmington) is a completely different team from an Española or a Capital,” Kluk said. “We match against them better. The smaller quicker and aggressive teams have a tendency to give us fits. I don’t think Farmington is that much quicker than us.”

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  • The case of Gov. Martinez vs. New Mexico courts

    What’s up with the governor and the state’s judicial system?
    As she directed some of her angrier vetoes to the courts in the last few years, we had to wonder. This year, State Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Daniels said the courts are “on life support.”
    Remember that our founding New Mexico fathers intended the three branches of government – executive, legislative and judicial – to be on an equal footing.
    Let’s look at a timeline.
    Jan. 22, 2011: Daniels told legislators the judiciary had cut to the bone, closing some magistrate courts, reducing expenses, freezing hiring and leaving vacancies unfilled, even as workload increased because of the economic downturn.
    Jan. 25, 2011: Daniels ruled against Gov. Susana Martinez, who tried to keep two environmental regulations from taking effect. “No one is above the law,” Daniels said.
    Also in 2011 District Judge Sarah Singleton in Santa Fe ruled against Martinez’s attempt to have the Motor Vehicle Department verify the residency status of foreign nationals with New Mexico driver’s licenses.
    2012: A judge in the Second Judicial District ordered Martinez to remove the names of most people on the state’s payroll information from the Sunshine Portal. She published the names elsewhere.

  • The season of Lent and Easter

    Spring is eagerly anticipated, as many people look forward to enjoying the great outdoors once more. Spring is also a special time of year for practicing Christians.
    Beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays until the arrival of Easter Sunday, the Lenten season is a very important time of year for Christians. During Lent, Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, self-denial, and spiritual discipline. While the Bible does not reference Lent, the practice of observing Lent has become a standard.
    The following focuses on each of the special days of this church season as they pertain to Western Christianity.
    Ash Wednesday
    The Day of Ashes commemorates the repentance of sin. On Ash Wednesday, Christians have ashes placed on their foreheads in the shape of a cross in recognition of their need to repent.
    Palm Sunday
    On what is now called “Palm Sunday,” Jesus Christ rode a donkey into Jerusalem while villagers welcomed him and waved palm branches. This is mentioned in each of the Biblical Gospels and occurs a week before His subsequent resurrection. Jesus possibly rode a donkey rather than a horse as a sign of peace, as a war-waging king might ride a horse.
    Holy Thursday

  • Upcoming Events

    Saturday, March 11
    • Purim Megillah Reading with special refreshments at 7:15 p.m. at the Santa Fe Jewish Center-Chabad, 230 W. Manhattan Ave., Santa Fe. For more information visit santafejcc.com or call 505-983-2000.
    Sunday, March 12
    • Purin in Italy at the Santa Fe Jewish Center-Chabad, 230 W. Manhattan Ave. in Santa Fe begins at 12:15 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and a children’s drum circle. Then, at 1 p.m. is mulitmedia Megillah reading, followed by Italian-themed lunch, masquerade, live music with Fred Simpson and the African drummers, dancing, Hamentashen, Lechayim and adult drum circle. Cost  is $20. For more information visit and rsvp: santafejcc.com or call 505-983-2000.

  • Church Listings 3-3-17

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, email losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.
    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, is located at 2390 North Road, 662-5151; bethluth.com; litergy with eucharist is celebrated each Sunday at 9 a.m., followed by fellowship time with refreshments; Sunday school for children and adults at 10:30 a.m.and service of midday mattins at 11:45 a.m.The preaching is biblical by Pastor Rev.Nicolé Ferey and Interim Pastor Russ Sorensen. The music is Lively and children are welcome! Come join the family wherever you are in your faith journey.   
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian
    The church is located at 3333 Bryce Ave. The Rev. Henry Fernandez preaches, bapca.org, info@bapca.org. For information, call 672-3364.
    Calvary Chapel
    Sunday school classes for all ages at 9:15 a.m. and worship at 10:30.  Our current series is “Kingdom Reign” as we study the book of 2 Samuel.
    The Christian Church
    92 East Road, 662-6468, lachristian.org. 9-10 a.m. Sunday school; 10-10:30 a.m. Coffee Fellowship; 10:30 a.m. Worship Service. Rev. Doug Partin, Assoc. Rev. of Children and Youth Steve Bublitz.
    Christian Science