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  • Girl’s soccer earns hard-fought road win

    The Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team squeaked out a nail-biting victory in their first road game of the season, defeating Bosque High School 3-2.

    For the second game in a row, junior Alix Hailey proved to be an offensive star for the Hilltoppers, scoring a goal and putting six shots on goal.

    In her first game of the season, Hailey recorded a hat trick. Finding those scoring areas proved to be more of a challenge for LAHS in this matchup, as the team was able to take 29 shots on goal, but only converted on three of those opportunities.

    In the first game against Santa Fe High School, the team took 30 shots and put 10 of them in the back of the net.

    The other offensive star for the Hilltoppers was sophomore Alyssa Parker.

    Playing in her first game of the season, Parker scored two goals on just three shots.

    Her play proved to be the difference for the Hilltoppers, who were struggling to find offensive weapons throughout the game.

    The offensive outburst comes as something of a surprise, as Parker scored just three goals in 22 games last season and had just 10 shots on goal.

    In two games this year, nine players have scored goals for the Hilltoppers, with Hailey’s four leading the way.

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  • New Mexico commission supports wolf recovery proposal

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico State Game Commission has voted to support a federal proposal to recover an endangered wolf species that once roamed parts of New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico.

    The vote came Thursday after commissioners received an update from the state Game and Fish Department on the recovery planning process for the Mexican gray wolf.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court order to have a completed recovery plan by the end of November.

    The plan is a long time coming as the original guidance for how to restore the species was adopted in 1982. The lack of a plan has spurred numerous legal challenges as well as skirmishes over states' rights under the federal Endangered Species Act.

    Environmentalists say the proposal doesn't go far enough to boost the population or address concerns about genetic diversity.

  • Special day set to celebrate Russ Gordon

    Los Alamos County have invited residents to join the County Council and Community Services Department in honoring longtime concert producer Russ Gordon for “Russ Gordon Day” Sept. 8.

    Gordon is being recognized for his thousands of hours and 28 years of service dedicated to bringing great musical acts to Los Alamos. The county has contracted with Gordon annually to help produce the free Summer Concert Series. Gordon is retiring and moving out of state and the Sept. 8 concert will be his final concert.

    The County Council will present a special proclamation to Russ Gordon at a meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in Council Chambers honoring Gordon with his own special day on Sept. 8. Residents are invited to attend the meeting.

    Starting Monday, fans can download a thank-you card on the county’s website at losalamosnm.us in advance, or, pick up and fill out a thank-you card at the concert Sept. 8 by visiting the CSD table. They will be collecting and displaying the cards to present to Gordon at intermission. Community members are especially encouraged to share their memories of their favorite bands or other concert memories on the cards for Gordon to enjoy reading after the concert.

  • County releases DPU survey results

    Results from the 2017 Department of Public Utilities customer satisfaction survey conducted last May were released by Los Alamos County late Thursday.

    More than 8 out of 10 respondents (84 percent residential and 82 percent commercial) rated the DPU’s overall performance as good or excellent, according to the county.

    The survey, conducted by Southwest Planning & Marketing, randomly sampled 421 residential customers and 78 commercial customers for a margin of error (confidence interval) no greater than ±4.65 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. DPU’s 2017 overall satisfaction scores are just shy of meeting the 3.5 strategic plan objective, 3.3 for residential customers and 3.4 for commercial customers.

    Residential customers ranked the quality of electric, water and sewer services as above good at 3.4, and natural gas services at 3.5. Commercial customers rated the quality of all four services at 3.6, well above good.

    Survey respondents were also asked to consider quality relative to price or value for all four services.

  • LA man returns to jail after 2 failed court hearings

    Los Alamos resident Garrett Eckhart, 36, was remanded to custody Thursday morning after showing up to court with alcohol in his system twice this week.

    The first incident was Wednesday morning when he appeared before District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer for a docket call. The case included charges of bribery of a witness, battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer from Feb. 10.

    As part of his conditions of release, Eckhart was supposed to report to the Los Alamos probation officer Linda Pena, and as of that morning, Eckhart tested positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana, and alcohol in his urinalysis.

    Because of this, Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist requested the court to take the defendant into custody or at least review Eckhart’s conditions of release due to this violation.

    After some deliberation, Sommer did not take Eckhart into custody, but ordered him to use a portable monitoring device called “Soberlink” for two weeks.

  • P&Z OK’s plan to add housing option to site near the Co-Op

    The Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday voted to recommend to Los Alamos County Council that it change the zoning in Entrada Business Park by the Los Alamos Co-Op to make it easier for any developer to build housing at the site in the future.

    If approved by council, the zoning would be changed from heavy commercial use to mixed use.

    “All we’re doing here is making it easier to include housing if a developer chooses to do so,” Planning and Zoning Chair Michael Redondo said. “...We’re recommending a change to the zoning that will add residential uses to the current uses.”

    Redondo said the change will make it possible for developers to build live/work housing at the business park.
    If a developer wanted to build houses on their property, the developer would have to come back to the Planning and Zoning Board with a site plan for approval.

    Developer Sam Gardner said he or another developer might build some live/work condos or apartments on the plots of land he owns at Entrada Business Park. Three of his five plots line Entrada Drive, just off Airport Basin Road.

  • LAPD offers reward for tips on vehicle tampering suspect

    The Los Alamos Police Department Investigations Section is asking the public’s help with any information about an investigation of recent fuel tank tampering on in the White Rock area. The LAPD is especially looking to find out about any suspicious people who might have been seen underneath parked cars in the area. 

    LAPD is offering a reward of up to $150 to anyone who has information which leads to the arrest of the suspect or suspects.

    The police department has not received any leads yet, but Cmdr. Oliver Morris has asked the community to keep an eye out. 

    Morris said he believes that the suspect was attempting to steal gas out of the fuel tanks and more attempts could happen.

    Morris encourages the public to keep in touch with neighbors and contact the police if a suspicious person is seen hanging around cars. “So if anybody sees anything, like a person crawling under a car anywhere in White Rock, they can contact a detective,” Morris said.

    Anyone with information can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at 662-8282 or the police department’s non-emergency dispatch number at 552-8226. Reporting individuals can remain anonymous.

  • Police chief moves forward with gun safes plan

    The Los Alamos Police Department’s proposal to install gun safes in the middle school and high school stalled last year, but the plan has made headway since then.

    According to Police Chief Dino Sgambellone, “We have moved forward on that portion of our safety plan.”

    Sgambellone first approached the board with the idea at a school board meeting in late August 2016. The proposal was to install gun safes inside the school buildings that would be accessible only to police officers in an active shooter situation when more firepower than what they usually carried might be needed.

    Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus remarked, “My most important priority is the safety of our students and staff.”

    Steinhaus said Sgambellone and his staff are professionals.

    “It’s important to trust the professionals in knowing what’s best for school safety,” Steinhaus said.
    Of course, the safes would be bolted down in a secure area, Sgambellone said, and the only people that would have access to the safes would be police officers.

    When asked by School Board Member Bill Hargraves about what would prompt an officer to access the case, Sgambellone said only in a school shooting incident.

  • Coalition OK with NNSA’s response to RFP questions

    The Regional Coalition of LANL Communities responded Thursday to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s answers to some of the county’s and region’s concerns about the draft request for proposals for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The NNSA released the answers Aug. 11.

    When the draft RFP was released in July, municipal governments, non-profits, retirees and others were concerned that there wasn’t any language in the draft supporting previous commitments to LANL employee retirement packages and

    LANL’s many for-profit and non-profit partners.

    At the top of the NNSA’s lists of questions to answer was whether or not the final RFP will require the new contractor to have a community commitment plan.

    “Yes, the contract terms and conditions will include the requirement for a community commitment plan to be submitted during the contract transition,” the NNSA document said.

    Andrea Romero, executive director of RCLC liked that the NNSA made community support the first question it answered.

    “Were clearly glad that they will be inclusive of that plan,” Romero said. “It was a great response.”