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Today's News

  • Opportunity for alumni to strap football cleats on again

    Many former athletes that played football in high school or college have wondered what it would be like to step out on that field one more time.
    Well, Gridiron Alumni is granting their wish and also helping raise money for charity.
    Alumni football is coming to Los Alamos. Gridiron Alumni, a national company, is planning several full contact alumni football games in the area.
    Gridiron Alumni travels the nation pitting old football rivals against each other. Since its inception in 2010, hundreds of players and thousands of fans swarmed stadiums to watch their hometown heroes strap it on one more time.
    Gridiron Alumni does not discriminate against smaller schools and rivalries. If anyone has ever wanted to get out on that field, now is the time.
    Players from the local area are invited to register and play. The first 40 players on each team get to play.
    The team that gets 25 people registered first gets home field advantage. The games are set for the spring and summer. Gridiron Alumni has all of the equipment needed to play, rents the field and arranges for the officials to make your game special.
    People interested in putting on the pads one more time are encouraged to go to gridironalumni.com to locate their school and register. For questions, call Chris at 530- 410-6396 or go to the website.

  • Shovel races next weekend

    Most people never get to win an Olympic medal, but the next best thing is a world championship title. This year, anyone can compete for the coveted World Championship Shovel Racing title at Angel Fire Resort. Competitors of all ages are once again waxing up their snow shovels for the 37th annual Angel Fire Resort Shovel Race Championships, presented by Lowe’s Valley Market.
    This year the resort is giving an open invitation for anyone who would like to try and be a world champion to come participate in the race. Racers from all over the country compete by sitting on the scoop of a standard aluminum snow shovel, handle pointed downhill, and then lift their hands and feet to allow gravity to take them for a ride.
    Each rider gets two shots to clock the fastest time down the front of the Angel Fire ski mountain and top speeds regularly exceed 70 miles per hour. The practice session will be held Feb. 5, with the competition occurring Feb. 6.
    Shovel racing began as a simple contest in the 1970s when lift operators would ride their shovels down the mountain at the end of their shifts.

  • New rules approved for aquatic invasive species

    SANTA FE — All boats soon will be subject to inspection and possible decontamination before launching in New Mexico waters under new rules adopted to combat the spread of harmful aquatic invasive species.
    The new rules, approved by the State Game Commission at its Jan. 14 meeting, will take effect Feb. 12. Changes to the AIS rules include:
    • Mandatory watercraft inspection required any time an inspection station is set up and in operation.
    • Mandatory inspection and, if necessary, decontamination of all out-of-state registered watercraft or watercraft re-entering the state of New Mexico.
    • Fourteen-day advance notification of intent to transport watercraft 26 feet long or longer into New Mexico.
    • All boaters are required to “pull the plug” and drain watercraft when transporting in New Mexico.
    • Implementation of a voluntary watercraft seal program to expedite boater access to a waterbody with limited need for inspection.

  • LA, Española game comes down to final seconds

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball game against Española Valley Wednesday had everything a fan would expect from a rivalry game featuring the No. 3 and No. 4 ranked teams in Class 5A. There was tough defense, great shots from both sides, momentum changes and on outcome that wasn't decided until the final buzzer.
    The visiting Sundevils, however, had a one-point lead when that buzzer sounded, winning the contest 76-75.
    No. 3 Española improved to 15-4, 1-1 District 2-5A with its win while No. 4 Los Alamos moved to 15-5, 1-1.
    Los Alamos led after a tight first quarter, 13-12, but the Sundevils used a dominant second quarter to take a 40-25 lead into halftime.
    Los Alamos then scratched its way back into the game with tough defense and a Sienna Ahlers rebound and put back tied it at 64 halfway through the fourth.
    Los Alamos then stole the ball from Española and an Ashlynn Trujillo layup gave the 'Toppers their first lead since early in the second quarter, 66-64.
    Española scored the next four points, but Ashley Logan sunk two free throws to tie it at 68.

  • Today in history Jan. 28
  • Roswell Republican considering Secretary of State run

    SANTA FE (AP) — A Roswell Republican is thinking of throwing her hat into the Secretary of State race.

    Rep. Nora Espinoza told The Associated Press on Thursday that she is gathering signatures and will make a decision later on whether she'll seek the statewide office.

    So far, Espinoza is the only Republican to publicly say she wants to run for the seat to fulfill the remaining term after Dianna Duran resigned amid a fraud case.

    Bernalillo County clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says she will seek the Democratic nomination for the office.

    The secretary of state is charged with administering and enforcing the state's election and campaign finance reporting laws.

    Espinoza, who has lived in Roswell for more than 40 years, says she supports new voter ID laws.

  • For the world's most scrutinized body, changes for Barbie

    NEW YORK (AP) — Barbie's got a brand new bod.

    Mattel, the maker of the iconic plastic doll, said it will begin selling Barbie in three new body types – curvy, tall, and petite. She'll also be available in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles.

    The El Segundo, California, toy company will also continue to sell the original Barbie. The new options come after years of criticism that Barbie had created unrealistic expectations for women.

    Sales of Barbie dolls have been sliding as girls turn their attention to tablets and other toys, falling 4 percent from the previous year in the most recent quarter for Mattel.

    Even before Thursday, however, Barbie has been changing. New skin tones and looks were added last year. And Barbie's foot was movable for the first time, allowing her to kick her heels off and wear flats.

    Dolls with the new bodies are available for preorder at shop.mattel.com, and will ship in February. They will hit start to show up on U.S. store shelves in March and roll in the rest of the world after that, Mattel Inc. said.

  • LA boys give Española Valley tough test

    The Los Alamos boys' basketball team came out with a ton of energy and gave the visiting Española Valley Sundevils a tough game Tuesday. Española Valley, however, used a relentless attack to finish on top, 80-70.
    Los Alamos (6-13, 0-2 District 2-5A) started hot and built a 20-12 first-quarter lead. After Los Alamos went up 10-5, Española Valley (14-5, 2-0) showed its athleticism to finish some fast breaks with style and tie the game at 12. Jack Stewart sparked an 8-0 run to make sure Los Alamos finished the quarter on top. After snagging an offensive rebound, Stewart scored with a turn around jumper. After Isaac Fason added a pair of free throws, Stewart pulled down a defensive rebound and made a great pass to Michael Naranjo for a transition bucket. Just before the quarter ended, a Sundevil blocked a Stewart shot, but Stewart stayed with the play, went back up and got the bucket on his second attempt.
    Española picked up the pace after that and scored 12 of the first 14 points in the second quarter and eventually took a 34-33 lead into halftime.
    The Sundevils then kept their foot on the gas to take a 12-point lead into the fourth. Los Alamos put 25 points on the scoreboard to win the final quarter, thanks to sinking 14 of its 15 free throw attempts, but Española kept making plays to finish on top.

  • Warrants point to allegations of fraud at MLK Commission

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Search warrants targeting bank records, invoices, emails and other documents related to the financial activities of the Martin Luther King, Jr. State Commission are shining new light on accusations of possible fraud and embezzlement by the commission's executive director.

    The warrants were made public Wednesday, a day after special agents with the New Mexico Attorney General's Office seized documents and computers from the commission's office in Albuquerque. Also searched were executive director Kimberly Greene's home and the offices of the nonprofit Educational, Research, Evaluation and Design Inc., or eRead.

    State prosecutors have yet to file any charges related to the case, but investigators detailed checks issued to Greene and what they believe is a forged invoice for more than $51,000.

    "This is an active investigation, and we will update the public with a final determination as soon as possible," Attorney General Hector Balderas said in a statement.

    The New Mexico State Auditor's Office also is investigating the commission for possible fraud, waste and abuse, noting that the commission has been on the state's "at-risk" list for two years.

  • School bus route added

    Los Alamos Public Schools has added an afternoon high school bus route to North Mesa. Route 10, Bus 123 will begin serving the community starting today.

    Here are the initial routes:

    Route 10  Bus 123

    2:42 p.m.   Leaves High School

    2:49 p.m.    San Ildefonso Between Camino Redondo and Durasnilla

    2:52 p.m.    San Ildefonso S @ Broadview

    2:53 p.m.    La Mesa Trailer Ct/945 San Ildefonso S

    2:57 p.m.    San Ildefonso S @ Alamo

    2:59 p.m.    Stoneview

    3:02 p.m.    San Ildefonso Transit Stop by Tsikamu

    Contact the transportation department at 663-2255 if you have any questions about the route. Check the LAPS website to find out the latest times and changes here: laschools.net/busroutes