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  • Academy pulls away from Hilltoppers in fourth

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team’s hopes of making it into the Class 5A state playoffs took a hit Saturday in Albuquerque.
    Los Alamos started the week as MaxPreps’ No. 17 ranked team, right on the bubble of earning one of the 16 spots in the playoffs.
    Albuquerque Academy, however, passed Los Alamos in the rankings with a 55-41 win Saturday, giving the ’Toppers a bad loss to the 4-13 Chargers.
    Los Alamos is now ranked No. 19 in Class 5A, one spot behind Albuquerque Academy.
    The Chargers built a 15-9 first quarter lead, but Los Alamos won the second quarter, 12-8, to only go into halftime trailing 23-21. Academy won a tight third quarter by one point to extend its lead to lead to three heading into the fourth.
    The Chargers then finished strong, outscoring the ’Toppers 21-10 in the fourth to win the game.
    With the loss, Los Alamos slipped to 6-12 overall. Los Alamos is also 0-1 in District 2-5A. The ’Toppers are scheduled to play Española Valley (13-5, 1-0 2-5A) tonight (Jan. 26).
    Los Alamos will need to do well in the remainder of its District 2-5A season if it’s going to raise its state stock.
    The district has shown a lot of parity already.

  • Plan calls for boosting forest restoration around New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than 140 square miles of overgrown, fire-prone areas around New Mexico have been thinned over the last several years, but state forestry officials are telling lawmakers they need more funding to continue the work.

    The Forestry Division is seeking another $4 million in capital funds to expand a statewide watershed restoration program.

    Acting State Forester Eddie Tudor told members of a House committee Monday that his agency is on track to complete several projects by the end of the year.

    However, he says there are more areas that still need to be treated, including parts of the Santa Fe watershed.

    Tudor says both state and federal land managers will be meeting this spring to identify other projects that have the potential to improve water quality and benefit entire landscapes.

  • Winter storm warning in effect for parts of New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A winter storm warning is in effect for parts of New Mexico until noon Tuesday due to snow accumulations near Albuquerque and Las Vegas.

    The National Weather Service says snow accumulations ranging from 7 to 18 inches are possible, mainly on higher eastern slopes. The highest amounts are expected west and north of Las Vegas.

    Snowfall is forecast to diminish by midday, though roads and highways likely will still be covered by snow and ice through the morning.

    Public schools in Santa Fe delayed opening by two hours Tuesday.

  • Today in history Jan. 26
  • HB33 Mill Levy ballots due Tuesday

    County election clerks and judges are currently busy processing the ballots for tomorrow’s count, where it will be determined if the Los Alamos Public Schools will continue to receive about $2 million a year from the taxpayers of Los Alamos County. The tax levy, which has been in place since 1988, has been used by the district to fund equipment and programs it would otherwise have to fund with its Operations Fund.

    All ballots for the HB33 mill levy election are due at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Los Alamos clerk's office has received 4,950 ballots as of Monday at noon. The clerk's office will be open and ballots can be dropped off at 100 Central Ave., Ste. 240.

    Visit the clerk's website at losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/Elections.aspx for more information.

  • About 700 immigrant children now staying at Holloman base

    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — About 700 immigrant children from Central America are now staying at Holloman Air Force Base.

    KOAT-TV reports that the children arrived in Alamogordo on Sunday.

    U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter directed Holloman Air Force Base to be the first of three temporary shelters to open in New Mexico, Colorado and Florida.

    The children are being housed in a vacant building on base previously used by the 4th Space Surveillance Squadron.

    The children are between the ages of 14 and 17 and are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Officials say they will likely not stay on the base more than a month.

  • today in history jan. 25
  • Game of the Week Jan. 24-30

    On Wednesday night, the No. 4 ranked Los Alamos girls' basketball team will welcome the No. 3 ranked Española Valley Sundevils to town in a huge District 2-5A contest.
    Española is the reigning district champion, but Los Alamos has stepped up its game this year and has several players capable of scoring in the double digits whenever a matchup favors them.
    Los Alamos' depth will be key since the team will likely be without Ashlynn Trujillo. Trujillo suffered an injury last week at practice and expected to be out two-to-four weeks. Without Trujillo in Los Alamos' district opener against Capital last week, the 'Toppers scored a season-high 88 points. Española, however, should be a much tougher opponent that the 3-12 Jaguars.
    Española had a 14-3 overall record heading into its district opener Friday night at Del Norte (8-8).
    Los Alamos is currently 15-4.
    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team (6-11) will also host Española Valley (12-5) Tuesday.
    Both contests will tip off at approximately 7 p.m.

    This week's games:

  • People in the News 1-24-16

    Colorado State University-Pueblo: Eric D. Schmalz, of Los Alamos was one of 991 named to the 2015 Dean's List with a minimum grade-point-average of 3.5.

    Hope College: Irene Gerrish and Michelle Boerigter, of Los Alamos, were named to the Dean’s list with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

    Baylor University: Hannah Nicole Dye, of Los Alamos, a student of the College of Arts and Sciences, was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll for the 2015 fall semester. She earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.7, while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. 

  • Two LA robotics teams participate in NM qualifier

    Last Saturday, the two Los Alamos FIRST Technical Challenge robotics teams participated in New Mexico’s qualifier for the Arizona/New Mexico Regional Championship.  A total of 12 robotics teams competed at Menaul School in Albuquerque, comprised of teams from New Mexico, Arizona, and even Chihuahua Mexico, making this an international event.  
    The two Los Alamos teams, Hawks FTC, and a new rookie team, the Beta Hawks, went head to head in competition throughout the day, holding their own against the other teams.  
    While the Los Alamos veteran Hawks FTC team had trouble in their seeding matches, they rallied in their last seeding match to show what their robot could do and established the high score of the day.
    The Beta Hawks were organized this fall from seventh and eighth-grade Los Alamos students and had about eight weeks to design, build, program and field their robot.
    The Beta’s robot performed consistently throughout the day, winning the majority of its seeding matches. The team earned a fifth-place seed, and was selected as a valued alliance partner by the Magdalena N.M. Geek Bots for competition in the final matches.