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Today's News

  • 2018 State Legislature: House bill requiring post-graduation plan for diploma advances

    Students attending New Mexico’s public schools may have to add one more graduation requirement to their check-off list if a bipartisan bill heading toward the House Education Committee continues to pick up steam.

    On Thursday, the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee unanimously agreed to move forward House Bill 23 – sponsored by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, and Rep. Nate Gentry, R-Albuquerque – requiring high school students to declare what they plan to do after graduation before they obtain a diploma.

    The committee voted to pass the bill along without recommendation, with some members saying the House Education Committee would be better poised to analyze or approve the bill.

    The bill gives students an array of post-graduate choices to commit to, even if they don’t end up pursuing them – including applying to college, entering the military, going to work or taking part in an internship program.
    This “next-step plan,” as Gentry called it, is based on a similar program the school district in San Marcos, Texas, initiated a few years ago.

    As a result, Gentry told the committee, college attendance rose among graduates of that district.

  • GRT bill passes finance committee

    Senate Bill 17, otherwise known as the GRT tax bill cleared its last New Mexico Senate committee hearing Thursday evening. The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved the bill, clearing the way for a debate on the senate floor Saturday. If it passes that it enters the House.

    The bill, sponsored by State. Sen. Carlos Cisneros (D-6) and State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) preserves the gross receipts tax payments the state and Los Alamos County receive every year from the state’s two national laboratories.

    The bill, if passed by the state house and senate, and signed by the governor would protect Los Alamos County and northern New Mexico from losing the millions of dollars of proceeds from the tax the region and the county receives every year should a non-profit group take over management of the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2018. Currently, the state of New Mexico exempts non profit organizations from taxing non-profit entities.

    “We’re pleased that the Senate Finance Committee unanimously recommended ‘do pass’ for the bill,” Los Alamos County Councilor and state representative candidate Pete Sheehey said.

  • Road striping project on State Road 4 today

    Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets Division crew will be striping both lanes on State Road 4 from 1-3:30 p.m. today, approaching the Truck Route Intersection where utility work was done in 2017.

    There will be a flagging operation starting at 1 p.m. and ending at approximately 3:30 p.m.

    Drivers are advised to use caution while traveling through this area and be mindful of the crew on site.

    For questions, contact Daniel Erickson at 663-1777.

  • Lobos extend winning streak to three games

    The University of New Mexico men’s basketball team forced 23 turnovers and racked up 13 3-pointers en route to its third-straight victory on Saturday night at Dreamstyle Arena - The Pit. The Lobos dominated the visiting Colorado State Rams by a score of 80-65 to claim a solo third place in the Mountain West.

    Four Lobos led the squad scoring in double figures including senior Joe Furstinger (13), junior Anthony Mathis (13) and senior Antino Jackson (12). Junior Troy Simons was the fourth double-digit scorer on the night, also posting a team-best 13 points in his return back to the court.

    Simons has not played in the last five games for UNM.

    Jackson added a season-high 11 assists to his 13 points for UNM’s second point-assist double-double of the season.

    Junior Chris McNeal tallied one in the first game of the season against Northern New Mexico, which marked the first for a Lobo since March 2, 2014.

  • Top-ranked Sundevils dominate against LAHS

    Facing its biggest test of the season, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team was unable to slow down the top ranked team in Class 5A, falling to Española Valley High School 87-63.

    But just looking at the final box score wouldn’t do the Hilltoppers justice. In the early going, it was clear that the kids from Los Alamos were overwhelmed, and somewhat intimidated.

    Ill-advised shots were taken all over the floor, and turnovers happened with regularity throughout the first quarter. The Sundevils scored the first 9 points of the game, and the Hilltoppers answered with 7 straight.

    And then the real problems began. With the help of Hilltopper turnovers, Española Valley scored 22 straight points, and appeared unstoppable from everywhere on the floor.

    The scoring run gave the Sundevils a 31-7 lead in the second quarter, a deficit that would be nearly impossible for any team to overcome.

    LAHS never stopped fighting, though.

    Through the remainder of the second quarter, the Hilltoppers kept the deficit the same, with both teams scoring 15 points. After knocking down just three shots in the first quarter, LAHS connected on six shots in the second quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers from Ramon Roybal and Brandan Duran.

    Heading into halftime, the Sundevils led 46-22.

  • Hilltoppers fail to execute in loss to Española Valley

    Finding areas that need improvement on the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team is easy. Figuring out the solutions in those areas is far more difficult.

    Issues that have popped up all season, free throw shooting, ball handling, clock management, were on full display Saturday night as the Hilltoppers fell to Española Valley High School 37-27.

    It was a sloppy contest from the very beginning, as the Hilltoppers were unable to hold onto the ball, leading to easy baskets for the Sundevils. Española Valley’s Kaylee Chavez took advantage of the offensive opportunities throughout the first quarter, as she scored 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers.

    Meanwhile, the Hilltoppers were unable to get anything going in the first quarter, scoring only 3 points on one made basket.

    After the first quarter, the Hilltoppers trailed 17-3.

    The struggles continued on the offensive end for LAHS into the second quarter, but the defense was much better. The Sundevils were only able to score 6 points in the second quarter, but LAHS added just 4 points, as the Hilltoppers trailed 23-7 heading into halftime.

  • Cibola too much for LAHS to handle

    Heading into this season, Los Alamos High School hockey coach Kevin Brake said he expected this to be a rebuilding year. And he was completely right. With a young roster, and very little experience on defense, the group has struggled this year and finds itself well behind the leaders in the standings of the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League as the season winds down.

    Last weekend, in the final games of the season at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, league leader Cibola invaded and dominated a two-game series, defeating the Hilltoppers 5-1 Friday night and 12-4 Saturday morning.

    Cibola has only lost one time in regulation this season, and has a record of 11-1-2. The Cougars have outscored opponents 114-50, and are one of the most aggressive teams in the league.

    Friday night, Cibola wasted very little time showing why it has dominated all season.

    Six minutes into the first period, Cibola’s Steven Bitzer scored a shorthanded goal, his first goal of the season, to put the Cougars on top 1-0.

    Though Jared Carnes scored for the Hilltoppers with just over one minute left in the first period to even the score 1-1, the joy was short-lived.

  • 28 Russians have Olympic doping bans lifted

    Twenty-eight Russian athletes had their Olympic doping bans overturned Thursday, throwing the International Olympic Committee’s policy on the country into turmoil.

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling was set to reinstate seven Russian medals from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including gold in men’s skeleton and men’s 50-kilometer cross-country skiing.

    “This does not mean that these 28 athletes are declared innocent, but in their case, due to insufficient evidence, the appeals are upheld, the sanctions annulled and their individual results achieved in Sochi are reinstated,” CAS secretary general Matthieu Reeb said in Pyeongchang.

    The IOC said it had taken note of the CAS decision “with satisfaction on the one hand and disappointment on the other,” adding the decision “may have a serious impact on the future fight against doping.”

    The 28 who had their bans lifted could now seek late entry into the Pyeongchang Olympics, but the IOC said “not being sanctioned does not automatically confer the privilege of an invitation.”

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the ruling “can’t fail to please us, and it confirms our position that the overwhelming majority of our athletes are clean athletes.”

  • Taos Ski Valley has terrain for skiers of all ages and abilities

    With a La Nina weather pattern, the Southern Rockies have experienced more sunshine than snow. As a result, the Taos Ski Valley snowmaking crew and groomers have been completely focused in delivering pristine corduroy resulting in the ideal terrain for learning to ski and snowboard.

    With two designated beginner areas, Pioneer and the newly redesigned Strawberry Hill, Taos Ski Valley’s world renown Ernie Blake Snowsports School is focused drawing new participants to the sport. To encourage new skiers and snowboarders, Taos Ski Valley is excited to launch “The Perfect Progression Package” which provides full-day instruction, beginner lift ticket and ski or snowboard rental equipment at a savings of 20 percent off.

    “Skiing and riding is all about the go and flow,” says Burt Skall, Snowsports Director at Taos Ski Valley. “Learning from the best instructors in the country will get you up, sliding and enjoying the amazing sports of skiing and riding quickly and safely.”

  • Hilltoppers nearly pull off upset of Capital

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team played its most complete District 2-5A game yet, and it just wasn’t enough.

    In Wednesday night’s battle at Griffith Gymnasium between the Hilltoppers and Capital High School, the Jaguars jumped out to a lead and hung on, despite an impressive comeback attempt by LAHS.

    “The effort was there,” LAHS head coach Mike Kluk said. “We kept digging out of that hole, but unfortunately we kept digging the hole. It’s the story of the season. We miss shots that other teams have no problem making. We miss free throws. We turn the ball over. You just can’t do that, especially against good teams like Capital.

    The Jaguars entered the game ranked No. 3 in District 2-5A, with the team’s only district loss coming last week on the road against No. 1 Española Valley.

    In Wednesday’s game, both teams started out shooting well, and matching each other shot-for shot.

    Aaron Garcia was the catalyst for Capital in the first quarter, scoring 11 points and knocking down five shots.

    The scoring came all over from the Hilltoppers, as Michael Naranjo scored 6 points and David Owen had 5 points in the opening quarter, which ended in a 17-17 score.