Today's News

  • Hopkins scores four goals in win over Robertson

    Katie Hopkins scored four goals and the Los Alamos girls soccer team shut out its third straight opponent Tuesday, beating the Robertson Cardinals 6-0.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 6-5-1 with the win. Robertson slipped to 6-4.
    "We're passing good better and now we're starting to finish," Los Alamos head coach Gary Ahlers said.
    Hopkins scored twice in the first half to give Los Alamos an early lead. Sienna Ahlers assisted her in the 10th minute and Abby Schmalz assisted her in the 15th minute.
    Hopkins almost got her hat trick just six minutes into the second half, but Robertson's goalie, Jasmine Jaramillo, saved her shot.
    Later in the half, Schmalz passed down the line to Jordan Henson. Henson dribbled almost all that way down to the end line and, with three defenders on her, she snuck a shot into the goal to put Los Alamos up, 3-0.
    A little over a minute later, Hopkins got her hat trick. Henson and Schmalz brought the ball down the field and then Schmalz found Hopkins open in the center. Hopkins then fired a shot into the goal with her left foot.

  • Hilltoppers lose high-scoring affair to Farmington

    There was no shortage of offense in Friday night’s football game between Los Alamos and Famington. The two teams combined for 13 touchdowns and 91 points.
    A lop-sided second quarter, however, helped Farmington pull away from Los Alamos and win the game, 65-26.
    The Scorpions also struck first in the contest. The ’Toppers put together an 11-play drive on their first possession, but the third penalty on the drive turned a second-and-short into a second-and-10 and the drive stalled.
    After Los Alamos laboriously moved the ball the down the field, Farmington only needed two big plays to score a touchdown and take a 6-0 lead.
    Los Alamos, however, answered right back.
    A 26-yard run by quarterback Nicholas Quartieri followed by an 18-yard run by Derek Salvege helped Los Alamos get into Farmington’s red zone. Quartieri then rolled out and, right before Farmington’s pressure got to him, threw a 22-yard strike to John Meyer for a touchdown. The ’Toppers missed the extra point, but the quarter ended with the two teams tied, 6-6.
    Turnovers and a kickoff returned for a touchdown helped Farmington take control of the game in the second quarter.
    A 29-yard pass followed by a 14-yard touchdown pass put Farmington up, 13-6.

  • Boys soccer falls to top-ranked Taos Tigers

    Shots were tough to come by Saturday in Los Alamos’ boys soccer game against Taos.
    The two teams only combined for seven shots in the first half and finished the game with 12 shots apiece.
    The Tigers, however, capitalized on the few chances they did get to win the game, 3-1.
    Los Alamos started the contest strong and scored almost immediately. Eric Burnside received a pass in the middle of the field and capitalized with a goal to put Los Alamos up, 1-0, just 47 seconds into the game.
    Geroge Steinkamp then headed a shot just over the crossbar.
    Later, in the sixth minute, DC Kim kicked the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was called off sides.
    Taos’ Aiden Cserhat then tied the game with a shot off of the side of his foot in the 15th minute. Cserhat is the state’s leading scorer with 32 goals in nine games.
    Tristen Roach made some big defensive plays to keep the score tied. He intercepted one pass and then, after a Taos forward got by Los Alamos’ goalie, raced back and cleared the ball over the bleachers to prevent a goal.
    At the other end, Authur Steinkamp tried scoring with a bicycle kick, but his shot went high. Cserhat then scored from about 30 yards out in the 37 minute to give Taos the lead.

  • Hilltopper girls finding their groove on the field

    The Los Alamos girls soccer team showed it’s continuing to improve Saturday against Taos.
    The Hilltopper girls scored their second-straight shutout to win the game, 3-0.
    “Everyone is figuring out her role on the team,” coach Jamie Van Winkle said. “We’re starting to build as a team.
    The ’Toppers scored in the first minute of the game. Los Alamos marched into Taos territory and earned a corner kick. Charlotte Leonard then received a pass and nailed a long shot to put Los Alamos up, 1-0.
    “That totally changes the entire attitude of the game,” captain Emily Hopkins said about scoring early. “We know we have the ability to beat the team.”
    Fifteen minutes later, Hopkins scored. Jordan Henson thought about shooting, but decided to pass the ball back to Hopkins instead. Hopkins then placed the ball in the side netting from 25 yards to the put the ’Toppers up, 2-0.
    “I’m starting to get more confident (shooting),” Hopkins said. “I think everyone is getting more confident.”
    Jaci Linn stopped one of Taos’ only opportunities in the half, racing back and booting the ball out of bounds before Taos could shoot.

  • Galvez leads ’Toppers with first-place finish

    Los Alamos runners claimed the top-two spots at the Albuquerque Academy Invite to help the Hilltopper girls finish second as a team Friday.
    Sophia Galvez pulled away from the competition to win the race in 18 minutes, 38 seconds. Madison Foley finished second in the girls’ race, crossing the finish line in 19:00.
    Albuquerque Academy, however, won the 21-team race with 48 points. Los Alamos placed second with 75, followed by Volcano Vista (80), Cleveland (133), St. Pius (141), Eldorado (147), La Cueva (160), Gallup (178), Sandia (280) and Piedra Vista in 10th (306).
    Talia Dreicer also cracked into the top-10 for Los Alamos. Dreicer finished 10th in 19:32. Marin Kelly (28th, 20:42) and Nica Vasquez (34th, 21:00) rounded out Los Alamos’ team score.
    Sydney Schake (54th, 21:41) and Paulina Burnside (68th, 22:40) also ran in the varsity race.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, placed third out of 23 teams. Academy (52) also won the boys race, followed by Eldorado (109), Los Alamos (122), Cleveland (141), Pecos (148), Laguna Acoma (174), Volcano Vista (213), Miyamura (224), La Cueva (253) and Highland in 10th (351).

  • Film series: ‘Nebraska’ brings laughter, tears

    Would you look at a senile, drunk, limping old man any differently if you found out he was a millionaire?
    In “Nebraska” (2013, rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library, Woody (Bruce Dern) believes he has won a million dollars. His wife Kate (June Squibb) and adult children know it’s a scam, but his son David (Will Forte) agrees to drive him some 850 miles to pick up the check.
    The greatness of this film isn’t its plot, which is pretty straight-forward. I’m not spoiling anything when I say Woody doesn’t win the money.
    It could be a grim picture: an alcoholic, who doesn’t seem to love anyone, loses again. But everyone’s a character.  When Woody sees his brothers again for the first time in years, rather than have a conversation, they watch football, although they appear to have zero interest in the game. David’s cousins Bart and Cole (Tim Driscoll and Devin Ratray) talk almost entirely about cars, but they don’t appear to actually know anything about cars.
    Woody’s wife Kate (June Squibb) deserves special mention for flashing a tombstone.
    The whole thing is hilarious, and chronic alcoholism is not something I usually laugh about.

  • Assets in Action: Friday is the day to celebrate our finest

    I’m beyond excited to use the column space this week to talk about some of the finest folks at Los Alamos Public Schools.
    National Custodian Day is Oct. 2! That’s right, some of the hardest working folks in the district have their very own day to be celebrated and I hope you will join me in the salute.
    These are the hard working crews that sweep, mop, wipe tables, clean bathrooms, empty trash and recycle bins. They wipe down water fountains, set up lunchrooms take down lunchrooms, get tables and chairs for the multitude of awards assemblies, open houses, meetings, science fairs and probably a hundred other things they are asked to do on a moment’s notice.
    Who are some of those fine folks I talk about, you might ask? Well, let me name just a few.
    Barranca: Santiago Ortiz, Maria Marquez and Daniel Baca.
    Aspen: Jesus Talamantes is head custodian, Martha Torres and Magalay Perez are evening custodians.
    Chamisa: Jorge Aragon, Carole Pollat and Carmen Miramontes.
    Mountain: Randy Ritche, Bruce Reibe and Eileen Jaramillo.
    Piñon: Patsy Sanchez, Isidro Rodriguez and Carmen Miramontes.
    Middle School: Alfredo Tena is head custodian, Lorraine Sisneros, Mark Mascarenas, Daniel Baca, Janet Torres are evening custodians.

  • Community calendar 9-30-15

    Los Alamos Farmers Market. 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library parking lot.

    Nature on Tap. 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked Wine Room.

    The Los Alamos Master Gardeners’ October meeting is at 7 p.m. in the White Rock Library meeting room. Ron Midgett of New Earth Orchids will present the program.
    The Los Alamos Light Opera presents “Young Frankenstein.” 7:30 p.m. at Duane Smith Auditorium, 1300 Diamond Dr. Tickets are available at CB Fox, or at Brown Paper Tickets $12 seniors & students/$15 adults. For more information, visit losalamoslightopera.org.

    Gentle Hikes with PEEC. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. 9 a.m. Free. Adults. Meet at the Nature Center and carpool to the trailhead. More information at peecnature.org.

    Night Sky Show. Explore the universe and enjoy its beauty from the planetarium. Afterward, see the night sky through telescopes, weather permitting. Suitable for ages 3 and up. $6 for adults, $4 for children. 2 p.m.

  • Heinrich calls for labeling protections

    U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) raised concerns over reports of an out-of-state company manufacturing and marketing its products under the guise of authentic chile from Hatch.
    He called for better labeling protections for locally-produced products.

    “I am proud of our state’s chile farmers for defending New Mexico-grown chile and bringing their case before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,” Heinrich said. “Consumers who want to eat New Mexico chile should be able to trust the label. Manufacturing and marketing products that masquerade as authentic chile from New Mexico is outrageous, and I fully support our growers’ efforts to protect authentic New Mexico-grown chile.”
    New Mexico’s agricultural industry is an economic driver and has shaped the state’s history, Heinrich said, adding many growers in the state come from families that have cultivated the lands for generations. Heinrich said chile was no doubt the state’s iconic agricultural product.

  • DOE to Seek Public Input on Chromium Project tonight

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M., September 28 – The Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) will hold a public meeting on proposed actions to address the presence of chromium in the regional aquifer at Mortandad Canyon from 6 to 8 p.m. September 30, 2015 at the Cities of Gold Conference Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
    Groundwater sampling data from monitoring wells at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) show the presence of chromium contamination exceeding the New Mexico groundwater standard of 50 parts per billion in the regional aquifer. This has resulted from historical use of potassium dichromate – a corrosion inhibitor – in non-nuclear cooling-tower water that was discharged through an outfall into Sandia Canyon as part of operational maintenance activities.
    DOE is proposing an interim measure to control downgradient migration of the chromium plume to prevent it from travelling beyond the Los Alamos National Laboratory boundary. The interim measure is needed to address the increasing chromium concentration of chromium at the Laboratory boundary. DOE is also proposing chromium plume-center characterization. Information obtained from the additional characterization will be used in identifying remediation alternatives for chromium contamination in groundwater.