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Today's News

  • Martinez appoints prosecutor to fill District Court vacancy

    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has appointed prosecutor Jason Lidyard to fill a vacant judgeship on the 1st Judicial District Court which serves Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties.

    Lidyard has served as a prosecutor with the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office since 2011 and his appointment Friday as a judge fills a vacancy created when Judge Jennifer Attrep became a state Court of Appeals judge.

    Lidyard previously worked as an attorney in Cleveland and Portland, Maine, and as a legislator staffer for the Colorado General Assembly in Denver.
     

  • UNM softball breaks losing streak against Fresno State

    For the first time since April 4, 2014, The University of New Mexico Lobos topped the Fresno State Bulldogs on Thursday night with a two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh from junior Monica Salas. The 4-3 victory breaks Fresno State’s 11-win streak over UNM.

    With the win, the Lobos improve to 9-24 on the season, 3-4 in Mountain West play, while Fresno State (17-15) is now 2-2 in league competition.

    Sophomore Jensen Main started in the circle and pitched six effective innings before allowing three runs in the top of the seventh. She gave up just five hits in 6.1 innings and looked to be headed for her second career shutout before the Bulldogs rallied in the seventh. Senior Krissy Fortner closed out the final two outs in the top of the seventh with the Lobos down one to claim the win.

    The Lobos were leading 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh before a one-out, two-RBI double off the wall from Fresno State’s Hayleigh Galvan. Galvan drove in second-baseman Miranda Rohleder, who led off with a double, and pinch-runner Dolly Stevens to tie it up, 2-2.

  • Atomic City Update: District play offers chance for Hilltoppers to live up to potential

    With the non-district portion of baseball and softball season in the rearview mirror, it’s time to see what the teams at Los Alamos High School are really made of. 

    For both teams, it was a very up-and-down start to the season, as consistency was hard to come by. 

    I have watched both teams quite a bit, and they can be very exciting. It’s fun to see Arthur Steinkamp and Jacob Rutten pitch for the baseball team, and Reyna Lucero brings a ton of excitement to the mound for the softball team. 

    But with the baseball team standing at 7-7, and the softball team at 7-6, the hope is that they are able to string some wins together now that district play is underway. And if that’s possible in any district, it’s 2-5A. 

    This year is similar to previous years, where LAHS tries to challenge itself during non-district play, only to roll through the district schedule with relative ease. Last year, the softball team entered district play with a record of 6-6, and then went 11-1 to claim the district championship behind an explosive offensive attack that feasted on lesser pitching. 

  • High Flyers win state championships

    Five High Flyers gymnasts won state championship titles and 11 others placed either second or third in the New Mexico USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic Championships this month. The five first place winners included Lauren Evenhus, Level 2 uneven bars, floor exercise and all-around champion, River Irving, Level 3 vault champion, Anna Kirkland, Level 4 vault champion, Gianna Rolfe, Level 2 vault champion, and Siena Rolfe, Level 5 balance beam champion. In total, 34 gymnasts competed for High Flyers in the March state championships in Levels 2 through 6. Competing in Level 6, Gianna Benelli won third place on floor exercise. Sarah Worley placed fifth on floor exercise and seventh all-around.

    In Level 5 competition, Siena Rolfe placed second on uneven bars and was second all-around, Sarah Newman took second on balance beam, and Megan Martinez placed third on vault, balance beam, floor exercise, and all-around.  

    Elaina Irving placed fourth on balance beam and was fifth all-around, while Emily Smith finished in sixth place.

    Four gymnasts competed in the Level 4 championships. In addition to her first place win on vault, Anna Kirkland placed second on balance beam, third on uneven bars, and was second all-around. Mairen Hoch placed third on vault.  

  • LAHS softball dominates Del Norte

     If Wednesday’s District 2-5A opener is any indication, the Los Alamos High School softball team is in good shape to make a return to the state playoffs. 

    Facing Del Norte High School at Overlook Park, the Hilltoppers dominated, winning 20-0 and ending the game via the mercy rule after three innings. 

    Del Norte entered the game struggling, losing consecutive games to Albuquerque High And Valley, giving up 15 runs in both games and only managing to score one run combined. 

    Those struggles carried over for the Knights against LAHS, as the Hilltoppers jumped on top 6-0 in the first inning. 

    The first six batters of the game all reached for LAHS, including four walks, all of which came around to score. Jordan Jaramillo picked up the first big hit of the game for the Hilltoppers, as she doubled to score 3 runs. 

    Already holding a commanding lead entering the second inning, LAHS never took the foot off the gas.

    The first seven batters of the second inning all reached base and scored, including doubles by Jordan Jaramillo, Terri Jaramillo and Reyna Lucero. 

  • Hilltoppers win district opener over Knights

    Thanks to an outstanding pitching performance by Arthur Steinkmap and Antonio Gonzales, and production throughout the lineup, the Los Alamos High School baseball dominated its district opener, taking down Del Norte High School 15-5. 

    There was a slight delay at the beginning of Thursday’s game, as the Knights’ bus broke down on the way to Bomber Field. The game was originally scheduled to begin at 4 p.m., but Del Norte did not arrive until 3:55 p.m. 

    After an abbreviated warm-up period, the game got underway at 4:25 p.m. 

    Steinkamp mowed through the Knights’ order for the first three innings, allowing only one base runner while striking out four batters. 

    On offense, LAHS remained patient, while facing a pitcher who was dealing with control issues. 

    The Hilltoppers drew four walks in the first inning and scored 2 runs, and then repeated it in the second inning, drawing three walks and scoring 2 more runs to make the score 4-0 Hilltoppers. 

    LAHS busted the game open in the third inning, scoring 5 runs. 

  • Fishing season begins in New Mexico, new licenses required

    SANTA FE (AP) — Fishing season started Sunday in New Mexico and state wildlife managers are reminding anglers they'll need to purchase a new license.

    The season runs from April 1 to March 31, 2019.

    Fishing licenses cost $25 for state residents, and most anglers are required to purchase a $4 state habitat management and access validation stamp as well.

    Those who plan to fish on Bureau of Land Management or national forest lands will need a $5 federal habitat stamp.

    Children under the age of 12 don't need a license, and anglers age 70 and older qualify for a free license. Resident active and military veterans qualify for free or discounted licenses.

    Licenses can be purchased online or at Game and Fish Department offices and license vendors statewide.
     

  • Carbon Free Power Project to be discussed by BPU, Council April 10

    BY TIMOTHY A. GLASCO
    Utilities Manager, Department of Public Utilities

    On April 10, the Board of Public Utilities and the County Council will convene to consider approval of a Power Sales Contract (PSC) with the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) organization, to continue our participation in the Carbon Free Power Project. This will be the world’s first small modular nuclear reactor power generation plant.

    Located in Idaho, this 600MW facility is scheduled to be operational by 2027. Over the past four years, a fatal flaw analysis was conducted and the project was discussed at numerous meetings with the public, BPU and County Council.

    Now is the time to decide if we continue in the project or withdraw, prior to the development of a combined operating licensing application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  

    Why is the county interested in this nuclear generating plant project, and why now?  

  • Regulation was a tug-of-war before the dawn of history

    The battle of regulation – pitting powers outside ourselves against desires inside ourselves – began with the first glimmer of society. Railing against regulation continues to be popular. Today, patterned gripes are printed on tee shirts and sold online. The Babel of regulation grows from there and clutters the news.

    All humans are born with a dislike for regulation, which stays with us. The need for regulation is no less persistent, as is clear in history’s timeline of regulation.

    An early form of regulating was sticks and stones. In due course, this beginning evolved into peer pressure within small groups and hence to tribal customs among clans.

    The world grew more crowded and regulatory themes began to spread among the tendrils of religion. Religious teachings have long sought to restrict damaging deeds, using a potent mixture of fire and brimstone to promote self-responsibility. The Pilgrims enlisted religion as a regulatory aid to succeed in their Plymouth ventures. Laxity is perilous.

    In today’s crowds that have little else in common, people mostly look to a government to be the chief enforcer. This choice is expensive in many ways. It starts bureaucracy, which inspires catchy gripes that sell well on tee shirts.

  • County plans for flat budget for FY2019

    The county released a budget guide for its proposed fiscal year 2019 budget Friday, a budget characterized by flat budgets in many categories. In it, the county has projected smaller increases over last year’s fiscal year 2018 budget.

    The county proposes $188 million in expenditures for fiscal year 2019, a decrease in expenditures from the adopted 2018 budget’s $200.9 million in expenditures.

    According to the county’s budget guide, revenues for the fiscal year 2019 General Fund are expected to increase by $1.27 million, for a projected $61.1 million fiscal year 2019 General Fund.  

    Increases in the gross receipts tax, grants and other factors are the main drivers behind the general fund increase, according to the county’s budget guide.

    The county has taken a conservative approach to the proposed fiscal year 2019 budget, because the Los Alamos National Laboratory this year may soon be operated by a non-profit contractor.

    New Mexico tax statutes exempt non-profits from the state’s gross receipts tax, which means the millions of dollars in revenue the county annually receives from the gross receipts tax derived from activities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory may no longer be collected.