Today's News

  • LAHS girl's soccer mercy rules Belen

    It was the offensive performance the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team was waiting for all season.
    The Hilltoppers routed Belen 11-1 Saturday at Sullivan Field for their fifth win of the season. The 11 goals are the most for Los Alamos since defeating Del Norte 11-1 in 2015.
    Los Alamos used its main attacking threats to put together its best all-around performance this season. Hilltopper midfielders were connecting passes to their attacking counterparts, while the wings managed to make runs that Belen had no answer for.
    It only took three different Los Alamos players for the Hilltoppers to score 11 goals.
    Sophomore midfielder/forward Katie Hopkins got on the score sheet four times, as she helped the Hilltoppers take a 5-0 lead at halftime. Hopkins also assisted two goals.  
    Los Alamos midfielder Abby Schmalz continued her stellar senior season with a four goal and two assist performance. As of Saturday, Schmalz had tallied six goals and a team-leading five assists.
    The Hilltoppers’ second leading scorer senior forward Sienna Ahlers helped finish off Belen with her first hat trick of the season. Saturday’s performance put Ahlers at seven goals on the season.

  • Does solar power make business sense?

    According to Karen Parmanandam, marketing director for Positive Solar Energy, homeowners, businesses, Los Alamos County and Los Alamos Public Schools could all save money in the long run by installing photovoltaic systems.
    “We’re here to talk about the dollars and sense of solar,” Parmanandam said. “Why does solar make sense, and not just for businesses? I’m talking about governments, for municipalities, for private entities, for nonprofits, for schools and, of course, individuals.”
    Paramanandam presented “A Business Case for Solar” Aug. 24 as part of projectY’s ongoing series of business-related seminars. She stressed how the dropping cost of solar coupled with federal programs can make photovoltaic systems a smart move for business owners.
    According to Parmanandam, solar is on the verge of hitting its “early majority,” when it becomes mainstream due to increased efficiency, better manufacturing, greater ability to meet demand and modernization of the electric grid.

  • Sports briefs

    ’Toppers cross country at Lobo Invite
    The Los Alamos cross country team began its 2016 season by competing in the annual Lobo Invitational, hosted by the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers boys finished Saturday’s season opening meet in ninth, while the girls finished in 16th place. About 43 schools competed in this year’s Lobo Invitational.  
    Rafael Sanchez, Chris Buntain and Josh Strevell led the Los Alamos boys. Sanchez earned a 10th place finish, Buntain finished 63rd and Strevell came in 70th place.  
    For the Hilltopper girls, Lidia Appell led the way with a 47th place finish. The second-best Los Alamos runner was Paulina Burnside who finished in 69th place, while Sydney Schake came in 113th place.
    Los Alamos will compete in the ATC Invitational in Santa Fe on Saturday.
    LAHS volleyball wins a pair in Moriarty
    The Los Alamos volleyball team won two matches and dropped one last weekend at the Moriarty Tournament.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Hot Springs in five sets (25-14, 25-6, 18-25, 25-27, 15-11) and beat Bosque School 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-23). Los Alamos lost to Hatch Valley in straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 32-30).

  • Prep football: Moriarty runs past ‘Toppers, 41-0

    The Los Alamos football team couldn’t restrain the physical and explosive running game of Moriarty last Friday.
    The Hilltoppers were shutout 41-0 at Moriarty, as the Pintos rushed for six touchdowns.
    Moriarty led 15-0 at the end of the first quarter. With 10 minutes left in the second quarter, Pintos running back Elijah Tapia ran past the Los Alamos defense for a 64-yard touchdown to make it 21-0.
    It appeared like Los Alamos had some life when Kevin Maresca intercepted a pass with 7:27 left in the second quarter. However, the Hilltoppers gave it back two plays later when Nick Quartieri was picked off.
    Tapia made Los Alamos pay with a 10-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive to Moriarty ahead 28-0 at half.
    In the opening drive of the second half, the Hilltoppers maintained possession for 10 minutes until turning the ball over on downs, after not reaching the end zone on fourth and goal from the Moriarty six-yard line.
    Two plays after the Pintos took over on downs, Marvin Encinias scored a 90-yard touchdown to put the game out of reach.
    Tapia finished with three rushing touchdowns.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 1-1 on the season and will Grants at 7 p.m. Friday at Sullivan Field.

  • LAHS boy's, girl's soccer shutout St. Mike’s

    The typical quick play of the Los Alamos girl’s soccer team wasn’t in sync on Thursday but two of its skilled individuals were.
    And that’s what the Hilltoppers needed to fend off St. Michael’s 2-0 at Sullivan Field.
    “Unfortunately we just didn’t do our game plan. The girls didn’t execute what we needed to do and we played down to St. Mike’s game,” said Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers. “We were trying to move the ball in the middle too much.”
    It appeared that Los Alamos was going to take control early after getting the scoring started in the third minute. Sophomore midfielder Alix Haily was able to find senior midfielder Abby Schmalz, who opened the scoring for the Hilltoppers.
    In the remainder of the half, Los Alamos had few opportunities to add a second goal, as passes from the midfield weren’t connecting with wingers making runs toward the attacking third.
    The sloppy play continued from both teams until the 52nd minute, when Los Alamos sophomore midfielder/forward Katie Hopkins found a crease in the Horsemen defense and drilled a left-footed shot to the bottom-right corner for the Hilltoppers’ second goal.

  • Cone Zone Week of Sept. 5

    For more information about these projects, e-mail lacpw@lacnm.us, call 662-8150, or visit the “Projects” link at losalamosnm.us. Slow down and use caution within the construction work zones. The below information is based on a schedule provided by the contractors and may change due to weather or other delays.
    Public Works
    Canyon Rim Trail
    Construction on the west leg of Canyon Rim Trail continues as crews complete the installation of a large retaining wall and start installation of footings for the pedestrian bridge. The trail remains closed west of Fire Station 6. Clearing and excavating south of DP Rd continues. No traffic delays on NM 502 or DP Rd are anticipated.
    Diamond Drive Crack Sealing
    Crack sealing activities on Diamond Drive continue from the San Ildefonso roundabout south to the Los Alamos Canyon “Omega” bridge.  Activities will be limited to “off-peak” hours whenever possible, from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, weather permitting. Motorists should expect lane drops and occasional flagging operations.
    Central Avenue Phase 2 Improvements
    Crews will be working daily through the Labor Day holiday weekend to stay on track with project completion.

  • Police Beat 9-4-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 19
    9:19 p.m. — Steven Shaver, 59, of Albuquerque was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license at State Road 4.

    10:29 p.m.— Johnny Lowance, 45, of Los Alamos was arrested for possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) at 37th Street.
    Aug. 20
    9:39 a.m.— Police reported that a 60-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a house burglary at 47th Street.

    4:20 p.m.— Nickolas Gallegos, 39, of Abiquiu was arrested for driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor at East Road.

    Aug. 21
    10:30 p.m.— Shawn Deryke, 46, of Los Alamos was arrested for battery against a household member in the 4000 block of Alabama Avenue.
    Aug. 22
    5:08 p.m.— Police reported that a 17-year-old Los Alamos male was the victim of an accident with injuries at the intersection of 43rd Street and Urban Street.

    Aug. 23

  • On the Docket 9-4-16

    Aug. 24
    Mitchell Lee Lang was found guilty at the time of traffic stop for speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Aug. 25
    Elias Lovato pled no contest in Los Alamos Magistrate court to use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Defendant was sentenced to 182 days in the Los Alamos Detention Center, leaving five months 30 days to serve.  Defendant was also fined $50 and must also pay $198 in court costs.
    Defendant was also assigned probation by the Los Alamos District Court.
    Defendant will obey all laws and not be arrested, indicted, charged or convicted of any other offense. Defendant will comply with all court ordered conditions of probation.
    Shall not possess or consume alcohol or enter a liquor establishment. Shall not possess a firearm, destructive device or weapon.

    Kelley L. Morgan pled no contest the Los Alamos Municipal Court to failing to display a current, valid registration plate. Sentenced deferred until Oct. 23. Defendant must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Community Calendar 9-4-16

    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Tim Morrison, general manager of the Los Alamos Co-op Market, and Karen Kendall, treasurer of the co-op market’s board of directors, will provide Kiwanis with an update on the status and the activities of the co-op.

    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. District Governor Dave Anderson will speak. The public is welcome.

    Feature Film: “Exploding Universe” at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    Brown Bag Lunch featuring a performance by Enchanted Strings Quintet at noon at Fuller Lodge. The Los Alamos Arts Council begins its fall season with this free noontime performance. The music to be performed is Shubert’s string Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. psoth. 163), the “Double Cello Quintet.”

  • Brown bag lunch Wednesday features Enchanted Strings Quartet

    The season begins! The Los Alamos Arts Council approaches its 50th anniversary with a season of wonderful programming for the Brown Bag performances, starting Tuesday.
    The Los Alamos Arts Council begins its fall season with a performance by Enchanted Strings Quintet.
    The always popular free performance will take place in Fuller Lodge at noon, Wednesday.
    The music to be performed is Shubert’s string Quintet in C major (D. 956, Op. psoth. 163), the “Double Cello Quintet.”
    After Schubert’s string quintet was belatedly premiered and published in the 1850s, it gradually gained recognition as a masterpiece.