Today's News

  • LA cruises to big win in finale

    The last thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wanted to do was give its opponent Friday any more confidence than it already had going in.
    And with their quick start, the Hilltoppers were able to turn that confidence into doubt in a hurry.
    Los Alamos’ Makela Jones buried two long 3-pointers early in the opening quarter, helping her team get off to a quick start and, just as importantly soften up the defense of the Del Norte Knights early.
    From there, the Hilltoppers were able to go back to their bread-and-butter of pounding the ball inside. The Hilltoppers prevailed Friday night at home, 61-43.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte were squaring off for the runner-up spot in District 2-5A Friday. For Del Norte, however, the game was even more important, as if the Knights could knock off the Hilltoppers and get some help, they could tie up the Española Valley Sundevils for the regular season district championship.
    Instead, Los Alamos took Del Norte out of its game early.
    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan, who finished off a brilliant regular season with 14 points Friday, said afterward the team’s ability to find other scorers was an important ingredient to the Hilltoppers’ mix, something that had been sorely lacking a week earlier.

  • 'Topper boys drop last game to Del Norte

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team led the Del Norte Knights after one half of play, but struggled in the second half in Albuquerque Friday.
    The Hilltoppers led by a bucket at the break, but Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said turnovers in the second half proved to be their undoing.
    The Knights, who were in a three-way race heading into Friday’s game, pulled out a 63-40 victory. That win over Los Alamos, however, wasn’t enough to propel the Knights into the top spot as the Española Valley Sundevils topped the Bernalillo Spartans in overtime, 44-43 in Bernalillo.
    Friday loss finished off the regular season for Los Alamos (2-24 overall, 0-8 in district). Los Alamos the No. 5 seed for the district tournament and will play 7 p.m. Monday at Capital.
    The two teams were tied at 9-9 following one quarter, but Los Alamos outscored Del Norte (17-7, 6-2) 12-10 in the second quarter to take the edge into the break.

  • School Board narrows down list of superintendent of schools

    The Los Alamos School Board has spent the last week whittling down a list of 14 candidates for the top job in the school district--the superintendent of schools.
    They have narrowed their selection down to two candidates, Los Alamos native Kurt Steinhaus and Dr. Chris Marczak, an Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, School District.
    Steinhaus is currently the Director of Community Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served in that position for six years.
    Steinhaus also served as a teacher and a department head in the Alamogordo School District from 1976 to 1988.. He also worked for the New Mexico Public Education Department as the Division Director for Accountability and Information Services and then Assistant Superintendent. He served in those positions for about 10 years, from 1988 to 1999.
    Under. Gov. Bill Richardson, Steinhaus served as the governor’s Education Policy Advisor and Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education from 2003 to 2007.
    As for Marczak, he became an assistant superintendent of schools with the Oak Ridge School District, he was a teacher, an assistant principal, and a lead principal in two other school districts in Tennessee, the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Wilson County Schools.

  • Today in history Feb. 21
  • LA, Del Norte meet tonight with No. 2 spot on the line

    For the second Friday night in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will have a key District 2-5A contest.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, however, they won’t be playing tonight for the position they were hoping to a week ago.
    Last week, Los Alamos met Española Valley for the lead in the 2-5A race. That game, played down in the valley, didn’t go even close to the way the Hilltoppers were hoping, with the Sundevils winning handily, 60-44.
    Now, Los Alamos heads into tonight’s game, its season finale, trying to hang on to the No. 2 spot in district. Los Alamos and tonight’s opponent, Del Norte, are both tied with 5-2 district records with the runner-up spot in the district on the line.
    Had Los Alamos come away with the road win a week earlier, it would be playing for the top spot in 2-5A. Instead, Los Alamos is trying to avoid sliding into third place. The difference between a second-place finish and a third-place finish in the regular season standings will mean the difference between hosting the 2-5A semifinal game and going on the road two nights after playing in the 2-5A quarterfinal round.
    For the Hilltoppers, barring a disaster of epic proportions in the district tournament, they are a virtual lock for an at-large bid into the playoffs after posting 21 wins.

  • Fishing Report 2-20-15


  • Round and Round

    Los Alamos senior diver Madeline Le Scouarec does a somersault during her third dive at Friday’s state preliminary round at Albuquerque Academy. She qualified for Saturday’s finals in the event.

  • Health care website visitors given bad tax information

    WASHINGTON (AP) — About 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers got the wrong tax information from the government, the Obama administration said Friday, and officials are asking those affected to delay filing their 2014 returns.
    The tax mistake is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as a successful enrollment season, with about 11.4 million people signed up.
    California, which is running its own insurance market, on Thursday announced a similar problem affecting about 100,000 people in that state.
    The errors mean that nearly 1 million people may have to wait longer to get their income tax refunds this year. And they could also affect the size of those refunds.
    Another 50,000 or so who already filed may have to resubmit their returns.
    Federal officials also announced Friday a special sign-up extension for uninsured people facing the health care law’s tax penalties for the first time this year.
    Several million households could benefit from that grace period, which had been sought by Democratic lawmakers in Congress. Uninsured people who go to file their taxes and learn they’re facing a penalty will have between March 15 and April 30 to sign up for subsidized coverage through HealthCare.gov. The fines for being uninsured are going up in 2015.

  • Go Play It on the Mountain

    Pajarito Mountain has hosted several promotions this month including last week’s SkiBike demonstration and Beers & Bands, which included the Craig Martin Experience. A telemark demonstration and another Beers & Bands session is scheduled for Saturday.

  • Update 2-20-15


    Pajarito Mountain will hold another of its ‘Beer & Bands’ promotion. Marble Brewing will serve at Pajarito starting at noon Saturday.


    There will be a breakfast fundraiser at Pajarito Lodge, 15th and Canyon Road, from 7:30-10 a.m. Saturday.

    Warm Water Weekend

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Warm Water Weekend Saturday and Sunday. Water temperature will be raised for the weekend. It will be Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.


    The play “Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka Jr.” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today at the Duane Smith Auditorium. The performance is free.

    Girls basketball

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will host the Del Norte Knights at 7 p.m. today. The game is Los Alamos’ final game of the regular season. It will be played at Griffith Gymnasium.

    Personnel board

    A regular meeting of the Los Alamos County’s Personnel Board is scheduled for Tuesday. It will be held in the boards and commissions room at the Municipal Building. Meeting time is 11:30 a.m.