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Today's News

  • Topper Academy launches new attendance program

    Topper Freshmen Academy Principal J. Carter Payne launched a new initiative at Los Alamos High School called Random Acts of Recognition.
    Payne said he found a way to recognize students who had perfect attendance since January of 2016 and also has never been late or tardy to any classes this school year.
    Right at the start of class, he surprised all of the students in Whitney Pomeroy’s class with cookies, explaining that they were celebrating the good habits of the student with perfect attendance.
    Payne said, “It’s fun to have a chance to walk into a classroom and highlight something great that kids are doing.”
    The program will continue with a monthly Random Act of Recognition. Students and parents wanting tips for improving attendance or on time management can call 663-3252.

  • Garcia Richard will hold focus on education

    The citizens of New Mexico House District 43 (Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, Sandoval and Santa Fe) re-elected Stephanie Garcia Richard to her third term on Tuesday.
    “All the way up and down the ticket, with my three fellow Democrats getting elected to council, and the good voters of District 43 returning me for a third term, I’m feeling very good, very elated,” Garcia Richard said.
    Garcia Richard praised county residents for their commitment to civic responsibility.
    “The turnout numbers that we saw in Los Alamos – we just really had a heightened amount of participation and engagement with our voters,” Garcia Richard said. “That’s what we like to see. We like to see people participating in the process.”
    When asked about her priorities for the new term, Garcia Richard replied, “My priorities never change. I’ve run on education for three terms now.”
    Garcia Richard wants to see early childhood education programs prioritized and more support for teachers, in whatever form that may come.
    “Support for teachers can be monetary, for sure, but it could also be administrative,” Garcia Richard said. “Teachers have just been burdened with these unfair, demoralizing evaluation systems. That’s a priority for me to tackle.”

  • LA reacts to Trump's triumph

    The day after one of the most widely watched and contentious presidential elections in U.S. history, some Los Alamos residents were still on edge.
    “I feel pretty depressed, actually,” said one resident who wanted to be anonymous. When asked if he had a candidate, he said. “I’m not sure I had a candidate. It was the lesser of two evils. I think a lot of Los Alamos voted that way. I think mostly Republican Los Alamos voted heavily for Clinton this time. I wish him well, the country has to be led, but I think he’s a loose cannon.”
    Other residents thought people just needed to calm down and take a deep breath. Democracy worked, they said, even though the national vote didn’t go necessarily in their favor.
    “Trump got elected, and that’s who I voted for,” said Los Alamos resident William Nackers. “If it was the other way around, I wouldn’t be as upset as everyone else is. It’s ridiculous the way people are acting. It’s sort of a continuation of how the candidates were acting, in my opinion, being disrespectful, childish. People should just have to understand they have to lose sometimes. I think it’s going to be good regardless of whoever’s in there.”
    Marie Andrew, 91, said she’s just glad it’s over.

  • ’Toppers conclude fall season

    No blue trophies for Los Alamos fall prep sports in 2016, but it was still a memorable season.
    The Hilltoppers cross country, soccer, football and volleyball teams concluded their respective seasons last weekend.
    It wasn’t the best of starts for the Los Alamos girl’s cross country team in 2016, as the Hilltoppers began the season without their top returner Zoe Hemez. Los Alamos was led by eighth-grader Lidia Appell for the first half of the season, before Hemez made her 2016 debut on Oct. 7.
    From there, the Hilltoppers began to really be a part of the contenders for the reminder of the season. On Oct. 21, Los Alamos hosted its home meet and finished a couple spots behind district foe Albuquerque Academy. The following week, the Hilltoppers inched closer but the Chargers still came out victorious in the District 2-5A meet.  
    The closest Los Alamos got to Academy was in last weekend’s state championships. Led by a second-place finish from Hemez, a fifth-place finish from Appell and a 10th-place finish from Marin Kelly, the Hilltoppers finished six points behind Class 5A champion Academy.
    The Chargers triumph ended a streak of seven-straight state titles for Los Alamos.  But the Hilltoppers return all their state runners, making it easy to forget the defeat and look forward towards the future.

  • Toppers swimming, diving set for 2016-17

    On Saturday, the Los Alamos swimming teams will get a better idea to know if they have the viable pieces to replace Sarah Lott and Nathan Scrimshaw.
    The Hilltoppers will compete in the Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays in Albuquerque to begin its 2016-17 season.
    The Los Alamos girls return an experienced squad that helped them earn a fourth place finish in last season’s state championships.
    Returning for Los Alamos is senior Jessica Moore who was part of last season’s 200-yard medley team that finished third at state. Moore expects to have another stellar season in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley.
    Junior Sarah Shiina also returns for the Hilltoppers. Last season at state, Shiina finished 13th in the 100-yard butterfly and was the third of the 200-yard medley team.
    Senior Kaitlin Bennett will look to make an impact for Los Alamos in the 50-yard freestyle, where she advanced to the finals in state. She was sixth at state in the 100-yard freestyle and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay.
     Sophomore Jillian Bennett, who will look to provide some depth for the Hilltoppers, was the first leg of the state fifth place 200-yard freestyle relay.
    Los Alamos will look to youth divers to replace Elizabeth Lockhart on the one-meter board.

  • Get into the spirit of holidays with Festival of Trees

    The time has come to look to the future and the holiday season. Head on over to kick start the joy of the holidays at the annual Festival of Trees at the Betty Ehart Senior Center from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.
    The trees are up and on display now through Thursday during normal business hours with a grand finale Saturday for final bidding.
    More than 70 items, including trees, wreaths, ornaments and decorations on display and available through silent auction and bidders need not be present to win. The Saturday showcase will feature a craft fair, free pictures with Santa and musical talents of local artists.
    While admission is free, donations of lunch and snack items or pre-packaged cookies are a suggested donation to benefit local school children.
    The funds raise money for two local non-profits, the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO) and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).
    “There is a bear tree with a sign that says ‘Don’t feed the bears – they are already stuffed,” says LARSO Executive Director Pauline Powell Schneider. “There are trees with birds, snowmen, angels, Sweet Christmas, it’s a Gingerbread World, wreaths that are rustic, some that sparkle, others with berries or holly, and centerpieces with snowmen and candy canes.”

  • On the Docket 11-9-16

    Oct. 19
    Mario L. Mares was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Francisco Trujillo was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Antonio G Rael was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Daniel Edward Judge Sr. was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding one to five miles an hour over the speed limit in a school zone. Defendant was fined $30 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Michael D. Johnson was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Oct. 20
    Mark A. Hoffbauer was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of failing to obey a traffic signal. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Police Beat 11-9-16

    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.

    Oct. 24
    1:08 p.m. — Crystal Padilla, 33, of Santa Fe was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police station.

    3:10 p.m.—William Garrett, 30, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant. The original charge was possession of a controlled substance on March 29 on Trinity Drive.

    Oct. 25
    8:31 a.m. -- Police reported that a 46-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of a petty larceny ($500 or less) at Kiva Street.
    3:15 p.m. — Kasey Katcher, 20, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police station. The original charge was possession of drug paraphernalia at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Rover Boulevard on June 11.

    4:35 p.m. -- Joshua Lopez, 50, of Los Alamos was arrested on a magistrate court bench warrant at the Los Alamos Police station.

  • RTD to suspend service Friday for Veterans Day

    The North Central Regional Transit District (NCRTD) has announced that the RTD “Blue Buses,” RTD Chile Line and RTD Mountain Trail Route will not be in service on Friday, November 11, in observance of the Veterans Day holiday.
    The NCRTD thanks and honors all veterans for the time they served and the sacrifices they and their families made for our country.

  • LA Historical Society to feature new lecture series

    The Los Alamos Historical Society announced its 2016-2017 lecture series, “Multiple Perspectives of the Atomic Bomb.”
    Visit losalamoshistory.org for a listing and schedule of lectures and events.
    The lectures are at Fuller Lodge on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., unless noted otherwise.
    The Los Alamos Historical Society’s November lecture will feature a panel on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, including the first Los Alamos appearance of new MPNHP Superintendent Kris Kirby.
    The lecture is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Fuller Lodge
    The Manhattan Project National Historical Park was established in November 2015 to preserve portions of three World War II sites where the United States developed the first atomic weapons.
    Managed in partnership with the Department of Energy, the three sites that make up the park are located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Los Alamos and Hanford, Washington.
    Kirby is a veteran National Park Service employee, most recently designated as permanent superintendent of the new park. She has extensive experience in NPS partnerships, including her most recent assignment at Yosemite National Park as chief of Business and Revenue Management. Before that, she served as chief of commercial services at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and previously worked in concessions management at Glacier National Park