Today's News

  • News for Retirees

    Nov. 20-26

    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.


    Betty Ehart




    8:45 a.m. Cardio

    10 a.m. Senior Civic Discussion Group

    10 a.m. Advisory Board Meeting

    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Manhattan Clam Chowder

    6 p.m. Argentine Tango Dancing

  • Experience leads LA to 2016-17 season

    The last two seasons, the Los Alamos boy's basketball team was enforced by a plethora of young players.

    Those players are now juniors and seniors and they are the leaders of the program.

    The Hilltoppers begin their 2016-17 season by hosting Valencia at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Griffith Gym.

    "We've been telling them since last summer that it's their program now," said Mike Kluk, who's entering his fourth season as Los Alamos coach. "It's critical that they step up and own it. They're all upperclassmen now and we're starting see a bit more maturity compared to last year."

    Every player on the Los Alamos roster this season is either a senior or junior.

    One of the experienced pieces that the Hilltoppers will rely on in 2016-17 is 6-foot junior guard Jack Stewart.  

    "There's been a lot of potential these past couple seasons and we're just looking to build off of that," Stewart said. "We're all maturing so I think it's going to be good this season."

    Kluk said he implemented a new offensive scheme during the offseason. And the team has adapted well to the new offense, according to Kluk.

  • Births

    Nov. 8 —A girl. Mae Taylor Casleton. Emily and Dave Casleton.

    Nov. 10 — A boy. Born to Saaish Trideep Rajale. Shikha Sharma and Trideep Ragale.

    Nov. 12 —A boy. Logan John Huber. Born to Katharine and Keith Huber.

    Nov. 13 — A girl.  Elizabeth Marie Madril. Born to Kerry and Patrick Madril. 

  • ‘Toppers swimming places 2nd in Barney Relays

    The boys and girls Hilltoppers did just that finishing in second place, respectively, at the Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays on Saturday in Albuquerque. Host Albuquerque Academy’s boys and girls squads placed first in the meet. 

    The Hilltoppers were led by the mixed 8x50 yard freestyle relay team, which not only finished in first place, but it also broke the Barney Relays record. The Los Alamos mixed 400-yard freestyle relay finished in second. 

    On the girl’s side, the Hilltoppers 200-yard backstroke relay team finished in first with a combined time 2:17.12. The 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard individual medley relay teams both earned second place finishes. The 200-yard butterfly relay and 200-yard freestyle relays teams placed in third. 

    The Los Alamos girls finished with 130 total points. 

    The 200-yard medley relay team led Los Alamos on the boy’s side with first place finish (3:24.13). 

    In the 400-yard individual medley relay and the 200-yard medley relay, the Hilltoppers finished in second place. The 200-yard freestyle and breaststroke relay teams placed third, while Los Alamos got a fourth-place finish from the 200-yard backstroke relay team. 

  • LASG to host ‘Elf Magic’ Dec. 3

    Los Alamos School of Gymnastics will be hosting its annual day of “Elf Magic” on Dec. 3, this year.
    The public is invited to watch.
    The day begins with the boy’s team meet. Level 4-7 boys will be competing at 9 a.m. on all six men’s competitive events: floor exercise, vault, high bar, parallel bars, rings and pommel horse. DJ Repp, a graduate student at UNM in sports medicine, an intern at UNM hospital, a former collegiate gymnast at the University of Minnesota, a USA Gymnastics certified judge and a native New Mexican will be officiating.  
    Then at 11:30, the level 1, 2 and 3 boys and copper girls will have their meet/parent show.
    This is the first opportunity of the season for these gymnasts to qualify up a level and/or onto the competitive teams.
    Then at 1:30 p.m., the 2016-2017 girls’ competitive team, divisions Bronze-Platinum (JO levels 3-6 equivalent), will be competing.
    After all three meet sessions are over, all LASG gymnasts are invited to participate in annual Los Alamos Light Parade and ride on the LASG float.  
    Following the parade all girls competitive team level gymnasts (Bronze-Platinum) are invited to the annual girls’ team sleepover at the gym.
    This is a warm up to the USA Gymnastics competitive season, which begins in early January.

  • Commuters advised to take truck route

    A one-car crash on NM 502 has indefinitely snarled traffic as the accident has taken up one lane of the highway. Medics, police and fire crews are on the scene. Injuries have been reported.

  • Two-car collision at Trinity and Central
  • Water supply plan weighed by public

    Citizens and the Los Alamos Board of Public Utilities (BPU) both weighed in on the draft for the county’s long-range supply water plan this week. Only a handful of citizens attended a public meeting on the plan Tuesday.
    Amy Ewing, hydrologist and project manager for Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. – the company contracted to develop the plan – presented the key findings with the help of independent consulting Hydrologist Joanne Hilton. Hilton was the manager for the development of the 2006 plan.
    New Mexico Office of the State Engineer requires water suppliers to provide the 40-year plan. The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities uses it as its major planning tool.
    Los Alamos’ water needs are currently met by 12 wells tapping the Pajarito Plateau’s aquifer. The county is also entitled to a 1,200-acre-feet allotment of San Juan-Chama water, which it sells to the Bureau of Reclamation for support of the silvery minnow.
    A proposal to drill up to three wells in White Rock to develop the San Juan-Chama resource met with fierce opposition in 2013. Whether or not to develop that allotment was a major topic of conversation at Tuesday’s public meeting.

  • Residents look at Rec bond package

    Nearly 60 people showed up at a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the 2017 recreation bond projects.
    Some represented various user groups, such as a number of young women from the Hilltoppers softball team and representative from the adult softball league. Others attended to express individual preferences.
    Dekker Perich Sabatini (DPS) Principal/Urban Planner Will Gleason updated attendees on the latest “opinion of probable costs” and took questions. Participants then broke into groups to discuss the overriding issue of the evening.
    “We’re at a turning point in this project. We hope that you can help us offer advice to the county council on what would make a successful bond package that has the biggest potential for success at the ballot box. What mix of projects would best serve the county?” asked Facilitator Tim Karpoff of Karpoff & Associates. “Because, frankly speaking, there are a lot of projects to fit in a fairly tight financial box.”
    Breakout groups were asked to discuss the criteria council should base their decisions on. Participants also received a questionnaire about what criteria should be included, their preferred location for a recreation center and their rankings for each project.

  • Secret City Kitchen a big hit at UNM-LA

    It’s 12 noon on Friday and Jeremy Varela is hard at work.
    As the owner of the Secret City Kitchen, located just up the stairs in Building 2 on the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, Varela is serving up hot turkey jack melt sandwiches, carnitas, soups and other delicious food.
    A medical conference had taken over Building 2’s lounge area Friday, and more than a few of the attendees had bought a sandwich or two. The shop, which opened just this week, is already a hit with the university crowd.
    Ana Derma, 19, who stopped in Thursday, swears by the turkey jack melt.
    “It’s really, really, really good,” Derma said. “I could taste everything. It’s like a Smith’s grilled cheese. Same quality, but less expensive. It’s really good.”
    Not only is the food good, but it’s real convenient.
    “Sometimes you have a short period between each class, and you don’t have a lot of time to go all the way to town to get a snack and then come back,” Derma said. “It’s really helpful. It was really needed.”