Today's News

  • Angel Fire to host Big Ol’ Texas weekend

    Angel Fire Resort, located in the southern Rocky Mountains is throwing its 11th Annual Big Ol’ Texas Weekend party on Friday and Saturday. It’s an appreciation weekend to thank the ski area’s loyal Texas crowd, which makes up more than 50 of its winter visitors, with themed entertainment, live music and special discounts for those living in Texas and in other parts of the country.
    “While we’re bringing back some of our favorite events from years past for this annual tribute weekend we are adding in a new Denim and Diamonds Ball, as well as, a day-long Texas Tailgate party at our base area,” said Dan Swanson, director of marketing, Angel Fire Resort. “If you’re looking for a great guys weekend, Angel Fire is the place to be with a poker tournament, a steak-eating contest, brews, BBQ and whiskey tastings and of course ski deals. If you’re on the hunt for a fun couples getaway then the Denim and Diamonds three-course dinner, Jim Beam Whiskey Tasting event and live music at our Country Club is a perfect tie-in to a weekend on the slopes.”
    In celebration, discounted lift tickets and lodging packages for the weekend are available online-with advance purchase only.
    The weekend will kick off Friday night with Texas themed events:  

  • Large group to perform at 2015 winter concert

    The Los Alamos Choral Society and the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will be having its winter concert, once again under the direction of Music Director Mary Badarak and accompanied by Cindy Little.
    More than 70 singers and 35-40 members of the Los Alamos Symphonic Orchestra will grace the stage at 4 p.m. Saturday at Crossroads Bible Church. This year’s concert has an unusually large group of participants this year, according to coordinator Chuck Tallman. “It’s an amazing for this little town,” he said. The number of participants have continued to grow as the years go by.
    Tallman has been involved with the choral society for 43 years. “I’ve always been active in it and it is one of the main reasons I stay in Los Alamos,” Tallman said, who worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for more than 30 years and is treasurer of the choral society.
    Two programs will be presented. First, will be Anitonia Viavaldi’s “Gloria,” followed by  Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore K. 339. The text for both will contain an English translations.

  • Be There 1-22-15

    For the January meeting of the Los Alamos Genealogical Association, Kent Parsons will lead a discussion on “Descendancy Research” at 7 p.m., upstairs in the meeting room of the Mesa Public Library. The public is invited. The usual no-host social dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. at China Moon before the meeting.

    Backcountry Film Festival. 7 p.m. The Backcountry Film Festival is back in Los Alamos for another year, with nine unique films aimed to inspire winter adventurers to seek the snow less traveled. Pajarito Brewpub returns to sell beer and wine. Reel Deal Theater. $12 advance/$15 at door. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    Authors Speak Series. Sharon Oard Warner. Author of “Sophie’s House of Cards,” a family novel set in New Mexico. 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library upstairs rotunda.

    Temporary exhibit: Saul Hertz, MD: A pioneer in the Use of Radioactive Isotopes. Daily through Jan. 31 at the Bradbury Science Museum.

    Keep It Classy. Ongoing at the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    The Paintings of Francis Harlow: Portraits & Pottery. Ongoing through February at the Los Alamos History Museum.

  • People in the news 1-22-15

    Air Force Airman 1st Class Ramiro A. Pereyra, of Los Alamos graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.
    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
    Pereyra is the son of James H. and Adrienne Y. Lovato of Los Alamos, and grandson of Vangie and Vicente Lovato of Española and Karen V. and Frankie L. Sandoval of Los Alamos.
    He is a 2014 graduate of Los Alamos High School.
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    Sakura Kawano, of Los Alamos was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester for 2014-15 academic year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
    Students who achieve at a high level academically are recognized by the dean at the close of each semester.
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    Miranda Olinger, of Los Alamos, was named to the Dean’s List for the fall semester at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota.
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  • National Mentoring Month continues at Family YMCA

    The Family YMCA is celebrating National Mentoring Month throughout January by continuing to bring awareness about the Y’s Reach & Rise youth mentoring program and the ongoing need for caring adults in Los Alamos.
    Being a caring adult is great, but when caring adults put forth caring actions it changes the course of a child’s life. Youth mentoring guarantees to a young person that somebody cares about them.
    During the month of January, Reach & Rise is looking for five Los Alamos adults over the age of 23 to participate in the next Reach & Rise youth mentoring training.
    Kim, a Reach & Rise Y mentor talks about why she chooses to mentor a Los Alamos youth. “I have always loved the movie ‘The Sound of Music,’ and I always especially loved the relationship between Maria (the new governess of the Von Trapp children) and the Liesl (the eldest of the seven Von Trapp children). From the outset, Liesl von Trapp claims, ‘I don’t need a governess,’ but Liesl quickly and repeatedly learns about the great help and guidance that she can receive from governess Maria.”
    Like Liesl and the rest of the Von Trapp children, many mentors have had similar guide, such as sisters, brothers, aunties, godparents, or even that babysitter who also came to all of the kinder-kick games.

  • Students express gratitude at Natural Helpers event

    Los Alamos High School freshmen counselor Michelle Harrison, along with co-sponsors Sherri Smith and Family Resource Advocate, Troy Palmer spent the first weekend in November at the Sipapu Ski Resort for the Natural Helpers Fall Retreat. The JJAB collaboration yielded the training of 18 new Natural Helpers students and a refresher for three returning members.
    The goal of Natural Helpers is to help and support other students, to learn ways of caring for themselves and each other, and to help foster a safe and supportive environment in their school and community.
    A theme that seemed to return for the team was that everyone is special in their own way and how important it is emphasize the uniqueness of each individual and what they bring to the group.
    “We had an amazing time and formed a tremendous bond with one another,” Harrison said. “I look forward to working with each of them and getting to know the additional members as the year progresses.”
    As one of their many projects, the Natural Helpers brought about a weeklong event earlier this month called, The Attitudes of Gratitude Bucket Challenge. The students worked to man tables allowing students and staff to identify the many things they are thankful for in life on a daily basis. Their goal was to fill a 5-gallon bucket by the end of the week.

  • LA swim teams are 2nd, 3rd at Academy

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swim team finished as the runner-up in the Albuquerque Academy Invitational Saturday.
    Los Alamos girls finished with 668 points. Albuquerque Academy’s girls finished with nearly 200 more points to take their home meet.
    On the boys side last weekend, Los Alamos took third. The Hilltoppers finished with 395 points, one point ahead of Rio Rancho in fourth place.
    Academy’s boys won the meet going away. The Chargers had 1,056 points on the day, while the Cleveland Storm was a distant second in the final boys standings.

  • Lobos win on late basket

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Goodman’s tip-in with 9.1 seconds left lifted New Mexico past UNLV 71-69 on Wednesday night for its 11th win in 13 games at the Thomas & Mack Center.
    Christian Wood’s basket cut UNLV’s deficit to 69-67 with 1:42 left and his dunk a minute later tied it at 69. After Goodman’s basket, UNLV had its layup attempt stripped at the buzzer.
    Hugh Greenwood had 22 points and eight rebounds for New Mexico (13-6, 5-2 Mountain West). The Lobos have held their opponents under 70 points in every game this season.
    Greenwood’s sixth and final 3-pointer gave New Mexico a 63-60 lead.
    Wood scored 20 points for UNLV (10-9, 1-5), and Rashad Vaughn and Patrick McCaw added 13 apiece.
    UNLV went on a 7-0 run, capped by Vaughn’s 3-pointer, to take a 50-48 lead. New Mexico quickly tied it up, and Arthur Edwards steal and dunk gave New Mexico a 52-50 lead.

  • Ski Report 1-22-15

    Angel Fire

    34-inch base. 13 inches of new snow reported. 69 trails and 7 lifts open.


    26-inch base. 7 inches of new snow reported. Will open Saturday.

    Red River

    30-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 44 trails and 7 lifts.

    Sandia Peak

    12-inch base. 8 inches of new snow reported. Will open when conditions permit.


    36-inch base. 9 inches of new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    40-inch base. 14 inches of new snow reported. 52 trails and 8 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    40-inch base. 6 inches of new snow reported. 68 trails and 6 lifts open.


    42-inch base. 9 inches of new snow reported. 60 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Angel Fire Nordic

    25-inch base. 13 inches of new snow reported. 5 trails open.

    Chama XC

    Conditions not reported.

    Enchanted Forest

    24-inch base. 4 inches of new snow reported. 33 trails open.

    Valles Caldera

    Conditions not reported. Open weekends.

  • LA romps Capital in district opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made light work of the Capital Jaguars in their District 2-5A opener Wednesday.
    The Hilltoppers blasted the Jaguars in the opening half at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium. In the first quarter, the Hilltoppers crushed the Jaguars 22-3, then took the second quarter 23-8 en route to a 60-20 victory in Santa Fe.
    Capital (1-18 overall) has struggled for the last several seasons and isn’t expected to do much in the 2-5A race. Finishing anywhere other than the bottom of the district standings will be an accomplishment for a squad that has been outscored by a margin of more than 2-1 so far.
    As for Los Alamos (16-2), it is expected to contend for this season’s district title.
    Next up for the Hilltoppers is a nondistrict game against Las Vegas Robertson Friday night, followed by a home contest Tuesday against the team it is likely going to have to defeat for the 2-5A crown, Española Valley.
    Española Valley (14-3) opens its 2-5A season Saturday against Del Norte.
    Del Norte, for its part, won its district opener Wednesday over Bernalillo, 61-51. The Knights have won five of their last six games.