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Today's News

  • LA wins with walk-off grand slam in extras

    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, in game one of their first-round state baseball series Friday.

    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 drew a walk to bring in the tying run. Connor Mang then stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and put an exclamation point on the game. Mang smashed a grand slam over the left field fence to end the game with Los Alamos on top.

    Before that, the Fighting Pintos had made some big plays to put themselves in a position to win the game. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Moriarty scored the tying run to send the game into extra innings. Moriarty then put the pressure on Los Alamos with a two-RBI double in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead.

    Los Alamos, however, kept fighting to win the game.

    Runs were hard to come by for most of the game.

  • LASG gymnasts score team title at state meet

    The Los Alamos School of Gymnastics girls’ team attended the Xcel USA Gymnastics New Mexico State Championships recently and many of the team’s competitors ended their season on a high note.
    In all, the Los Alamos School of Gymnastics gymnasts brought home a team championship, 10 all-around medals and 37 individual event medals. All four of its upper-level gymnasts also qualified for the regional championships.
    The silver-level team won the team competition bringing home the first-place trophy. It was a rewarding meet and season end for the girls and their coach, Svetlana Skurikhin, as their day-to-day hard work paid off big.
    Anika Lovato was Los Alamos’ high scorer in the silver division. She netted a 37.05 all around total, putting her in second place in the juniors’ age division.
    Lovato took more gold than just the team award — she finished first on two events. Her 9.45 on beam and a 9.20 on uneven bars both resulted in gold medals. She also won bronze on both vault and floor with a 9.20 on each.
    Teammate Chantel Biebeault finished right behind her, scoring a 37.00 all-around and taking bronze in the same age division. Biebeault also won a gold medal on vault with 9.45, and silvers on both the floor and beam with 9.45 and 9.30, respectively.

  • LA golfers head to state Monday

    The Los Alamos girls’ golf team will compete in the Class 5A state championships Monday and Tuesday at Farmington’s Piñon Hills Golf Course.
    Jenner Necker, who shot seven state-qualifying legs this season, will also be competing for an individual title.
    Joining Necker in the state championships are teammates Emily Moulton, Malorie Apgar, Leah Mountain and Faith Koh.
    Moulton and Mountain also shot state-qualifying legs this year.
    Los Alamos shot five state-qualifying legs this year, two more than the required three, to reach the championships. The Hilltopper girls shot two of those legs at the Los Alamos Golf Course, two at the Coyote del Malpais Golf Course and one leg at the Ladera Golf Course.
    The ’Toppers will now compete against Artesia, who shot a state-qualifying leg in all 11 tournaments the team played in the this year, Goddard, Albuquerque Academy, Lovington, Piedra Vista and St. Pius X.
    St. Pius X had nine state-qualifying legs while Goddard and Lovington each had eight.
    Three of Los Alamos’ state-legs came in the fall, but Los Alamos shot two consecutive legs on its home course to end its regular season April 26 and 27.

  • Doubles duos take third at state

    Los Alamos’ top boys’ and girls’ doubles teams both placed third at the Class 5A state championships Thursday.
    Lauryn Anaya and Katya Skurikhin won a bronze and so did George Margevicius and Andrew Tang.
    Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff also reached the third-place match in girls’ singles, but finished fourth.
    After losing to eventual champs, Centennial’s Alberson and Alberson, in three sets during the semifinals, Anaya and Skurikhin took on another duo from Centennial in the third-place match, Raess and Benitez.
    Anaya and Skurikhin won the first set, 7-5, but Raess and Benitez battled back to win the second set, 6-4.
    The deciding third set was also close, but Anaya and Skurikhin finished strong to win the set, 6-4, and the match.
    Margevicius and Tang also lost to the eventual champs, Albuquerque Academy’s Hootman and Hootman, in the semifinals.
    The Los Alamos team then squared off with Piedra Vista’s Halgryn and Aligarbes in the third-place match.
    Piedra Vista started strong and won the first set, 7-6. Margevicius and Tang, however, rallied back and won the second set, 6-4, to force a third set. Margevicius and Tang then closed out the match with a 6-4 win in the third set to win the bronze.

  • Putting art in place
  • New York production company seeks LA student films

    New York City-based documentary production company Radical Media has asked Los Alamos middle school and high school students to send their original films for possible screening at the Los Alamos Teen Center next week.
    Radical Media producer Theodora Christakis has requested students grades 7-12 to submit their film shorts via e-mail link to christakis@radicalmedia.com by 5 p.m. May 5 to be considered for the screening. 
    Film submissions should be approximately 5-10 minutes in length, contain no profanity and are original works (including music). Students whose films are selected would have their films projected onto a wall or screen outside the Los Alamos Teen Center and would be invited to participate in a question and answer session following the screening.
    Radical Media is participating in the XQ Super School Project Bus Tour that is traveling to cities across the nation to inspire communities to rethink education. Los Alamos Public Schools are participating in this initiative.
    The film screening will be part of several activities planned during the group’s visit to Los Alamos May 10-11.

  • Petersen wins third in challenge

    Los Alamos Middle School student Lillian Petersen won third place for her project, “Detecting Climate Change Through Means and Extremes.”
    Petersen’s study aggregated data from thousands of weather stations around the world, which she processed and analyzed with a Python program she wrote to find overall changes and trends in climate around the world.
    She also won the Community Impact award for working with the Bradbury Science Museum to make a traveling exhibit that will be shown in museums across the country.

  • County econ administrator Fisher dies

    Los Alamos County’s Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher died suddenly Wednesday, according to the county. The following is a statement from County Manager Harry Burgess.
     “I was shocked and saddened to learn last night of the unexpected death of our county employee, Greg Fisher. Greg was our Economic Vitality Administrator and was involved in a variety of economic development projects and initiatives here in our business community as well as businesses in northern New Mexico. He was actively involved with economic development at the state level, and well-known in many communities across New Mexico, having worked in Portales before moving to Los Alamos several years ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with Greg’s daughter Maya this morning, as well as his family and friends. He was passionate about bringing new economic development and tourism opportunities to Los Alamos, and will be greatly missed.”

  • Trujillo sentenced in 2015 beating case

    An Española man was sentenced in court Wednesday for severely beating his ex-girlfriend in June of 2015, and for two other altercations he had with her later in the year, one in Rio Arriba County.
    Adrian Trujillo, 27, accepted a plea agreement where he will be placed on supervised probation and enroll in a domestic violence program approved by the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department. Trujillo also won’t be allowed to have any contact with the victim except at court hearings and supervised custody visits with his child.
    Trujillo agreed to plead guilty to two counts of battery against a household member in exchange for the probation. All other charges against him will also be dropped.
    Those charges include: false imprisonment, aggravated battery against a household member (great bodily harm), assault with intent to commit a violent felony against a household member and interference with communications.
    Those charges were in connection with a June 10, 2015, arrest, when Trujillo severely beat his pregnant and now ex-girlfriend. According to police, Trujillo showed up at the victim’s house early in the morning demanding to be let in. When she tried locking the front door after answering it, Trujillo went around the house and found a way through a bathroom window, where he gained entry.  

  • Council concerned for safety of deputies

    During April’s budget meetings, Los Alamos County Councilors asked Sheriff Marco Lucero to elaborate on a statement in his report that read, “The sheriff’s office does not have a budget to cover and properly protect deputies.”
    Lucero told council that his deputies were at risk because his department did not have radio communication devices. He backed up his argument by describing how two officers he worked with in Santa Fe County were killed serving a restraining order.
    Lucero estimated that supplying radios for the department would cost approximately $10,000, and, by a 4–3 vote, council tentatively approved money for it.
    At the next hearing, council asked Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone if LAPD had radios that the sheriff’s department could use. According to Sgambellone, his department provides Lucero with a radio on semi-permanent loan and that his deputies are able to sign out radios when they are in the field or covering events.
    When council was wrapping up loose ends on April 26, Councilor Steve Girrens moved to eliminate funding for the radios, since the department was able to utilize LAPD devices.
    Councilor Pete Sheehey – who had confirmed the cost with Sgambellone – made a substitute motion to approve $3,000 for one radio for the department.