Today's News

  • Kiwanis hosts Democratic candidates

    Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos hosted Democratic candidates at their Tuesday luncheon. The four county candidates running for Los Alamos County Council and the three running for First Judicial District Attorney were given three minutes each to state their cases.
    Those running uncontested in the June 7 primary – Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-District 43), county clerk candidate Amy Woods and Karyl Ann Armbruster, running for reelection for District 4 public education commissioner, were each given two minutes.
    Names were drawn for the order candidates spoke in. Council candidate Antonio L. Maggiore drew the first slot.
    “I’m born and raised here. I’m running for this seat because I feel passionately committed and connected to this town, and I want to see it improved,” Maggiore said.
    “Most people know me as that person doing that slightly illicit gardening on the side of the bridge,” Maggiore said. “It’s proof that I like to get my hands dirty, and frankly I know that there’s nothing dirtier than politics.”
    Maggiore’s biggest concern was supporting small business.

  • Apartment owners deal with aftermath

    Around 1:30 a.m., Marcus Hall, who manages and lives at the Caballo Peak Apartments, awoke to a loud explosion.
    Within minutes, county, fire and police were at the scene tending to an injured man inside an apartment, and beginning an investigation into what happened. Also on the scene was his father, Jim Hall.
    As owners of Caballo Peak, Jim Hall said their chief concern was the safety and well-being of the 50 tenants affected by the blast, which was contained within one apartment. While no one else was injured in the blast, they couldn’t stay, since the county had shut off all utilities, including water pending an investigation.       
    It was quite a relief to the Halls when the county allowed the residents back into the complex at 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.
    “It was less then 24 hours after this incident had started,” Jim Hall said. “It started around 1 a.m. in the morning and by 7 p.m. last night everybody was back in and the gas, heat and hot water were all there.”
    While the complex was deemed safe and sound for occupancy, Jim Hall said the apartment where the explosion occurred is “going to take a lot of work” to fix, and there’s also the apartment above that needs attention, too.

  • Man arrested following 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 that injured one man, according to the Los Alamos Police Department.
    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.
    Los Alamos fire and police responded to an explosion and fire at Caballo Peak Apartments, a low-income apartment complex at 3301 Canyon Drive in Los Alamos early Monday. Police reported that one person was injured as a result of the explosion. The victim was transported to Albuquerque for burns.
    County emergency officials shut off the utilities and evacuated the apartments, displacing some 100 residents for the day, as they investigated the incident. A Red Cross shelter was activated at the Karen McLaughlin Hall on Central Avenue, but residents were allowed to return to the apartment after 5 p.m.

  • Mang coming on strong for UNM

    Los Alamos’ Jared Mang has been coming on strong lately for the University of New Mexico baseball team.
    Against New Mexico State on May 3, Mang had his first really big game as a Lobo. Mang went 2-for-4 at the plate and drove in all three of New Mexico’s runs, helping UNM beat the Aggies, 3-2, and win the Rio Grande rivalry series, three games to one.
    Mang followed up that performance with a 3-for-5 outing with two RBI against UNLV May 6.
    He went 1-for-5 and scored a run in the second game against UNLV, but concluded the series by going 2-for-4 and knocking in another pair of runs.
    Mang is now batting .283 for UNM. He’s also scored 29 runs and drove in 25 more runs so far this season for the Lobos.
    The Lobos are currently 32-18 overall and 17-7 in the Mountain West Conference. That 17-7 conference mark has them in first place heading into this week’s series against third-place Nevada (27-20, 16-8 MW).
    The Lobos will host the Wolf Pack at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.
    Nevada is currently riding a nine-game winning streak.
    The Lobos will close out their regular season at Air Force the following weekend and then return home to host the Mountain West championships May 25-29.

  • 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.