Today's News

  • Los Alamos ranked highest in wealthy households

    Los Alamos was again ranked as the area with the highest concentration of wealthy households this year. About one in eight households have more than $1 million in assets, according to a report released by a Phoenix marketing firm Tuesday.
    A report by Phoenix Marketing International shows Los Alamos has 908 households with $1 million or more in assets, which makes up 12 percent of the community.  The share of millionaires in town dropped 4 percent from last year, but it wasn’t enough to bump Los Alamos from the top spot in the nation.
    “The county has been consistently over the past several years ranked very high in different studies like this that look at wealth in the nation. It’s not surprising, given a number of factors,” said Patrick Sullivan, executive director of the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.
    Many of the wealthier residents are nearing the end of their years, retiring after a career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sullivan said.
    “As a number of people know, the laboratory is a wealth-producing engine, and a major employer in northern New Mexico with relatively high-paying positions,” Sullivan said.
    The national rankings can draw employees to the laboratory, he said, more than it pulls people in to relocate to Los Alamos.

  • Ice fishing unsafe in spots

    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain South, Belen Drain and the Corrales Drain was fair to good using spinners, wax worms, power eggs, small jigs and salmon eggs.
    A.J. Trujillo fished the Belen Drain with his brother Gerald Trujillo and his wife, Amber Trujillo of Los Lunas. They caught a walleye, carp, catfish, three largemouth bass and a trout. All were caught on power jigs with the exception of the trout, which was caught on a Rooster Tail.
    Bluewater Lake: Opened for ice fishing Saturday, Jan. 16, with an ice thickness ranging from 7 to 9 inches.
    Fishing was fair to good using atomic jigs for trout. Fishing for all other species was slow.
    For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 114 cfs and 68 cfs respectively.
    Fishing below Abiquiu was good again this past week as anglers did well using Berkley power eggs, worms, wooly buggers and egg patterns for trout.
    Cochiti Lake: As of Monday, the majority of the lake was covered with unsafe ice.

  • Nominations sought for wildlife conservation awards

    SANTA FE – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is soliciting nominations for its inaugural Excellence in Wildlife Conservation awards to be presented Feb. 20 at the Governor’s Special Hunt Auction and Banquet at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque.
    The awards are in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to wildlife conservation in New Mexico.
    The public is invited to submit nominations in the following categories:
    Governor’s Conservationist Lifetime Achievement Award:
    The Governor’s Conservationist Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a distinguished individual who has made a contribution of lasting significance to the benefit of New Mexico’s wildlife.
    Nominees should be individuals whose lifelong efforts have been dedicated to conserving New Mexico’s wildlife for future generations.
    Commissioner’s Wildlife Conservation Partnership Award:
    The Commissioner’s Wildlife Conservation Partnership Award recognizes an organization that promotes wildlife conservation in New Mexico.

  • Eagle Nest ice fishing tournament on Jan. 30

    EAGLE NEST — Ice anglers rejoice. The annual Ice Fishing Tournament, to be held Jan. 30 at Eagle Nest Lake State Park, once again promises excellent fishing and impressive prizes. The prize money from 2015 totaled $2,966.
    Cold weather recently at Eagle Nest Lake indicates good ice coverage for the event.
    Registration begins at 6 a.m. Jan. 30 inside the Eagle Nest Lake State Park Visitor Center.
    Tournament participants must be in line at the visitor center no later than 2 p.m. to enter their catch for tournament prizes.
    Tournament fee is $10 for each category entered. Participants are eligible for prizes in only those categories they enter.
    Last year, the tournament drew 182 registered ice fishermen from 42 different towns and cities in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Texas. Last year’s prize money and categories included $1,028 (trout), $879 (perch), $609 (creel) and $450 (pike).
    Raffle and door prizes were also awarded while the event raised more than $2,500 to help Friends of Eagle Nest Lake and Cimarron Canyon State Parks promote activities at the two state parks.

  • Lobos track and field hosting winter high school and open meets

    ALBUQUERQUE — The University of New Mexico track and field program is hosting a series of indoor meets open to all ages this winter at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the indoor facility for the Lobos.
    The slate of meets starts Saturday with the Duke City All-Comers.
    The following race will be the New Mexico Open on Jan. 30 while the Cherry and Silver Open will take place Feb. 6.
    Each meet costs $1 to enter and all three meets start at 6 p.m.
    Athletes can register for the meets at CoachORegistration.com.
    The entry deadline for the meets is at midnight the Friday before the meet. There will be no walk-up registration offered.
    Participants at each meet receive a complimentary T-shirt and healthy snacks and refreshments.
    For more information, contact meet directors Emily Hosker-Thornhill and Matt Bergin at unmindoor@gmail.com.

  • PEEC offering snowshoe hike

    Would you like to explore our forests by snowshoe? If so, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering a beginning snowshoe hike from Pajarito ski hill parking lot to Cañada Bonita from 9-11 a.m. Saturday.
    PEEC’s educator Siobhan Niklasson will lead participants along a showshoe trail maintained by the Southwest Nordic Ski Club and point out ecological features of the winter forest. This family-friendly hike will cover three miles and about 300 feet of elevation change.
    This is a free hike. Participants will need to bring snowshoes, warm clothes, water and a snack. Participants can rent snowshoes from the Los Alamos County by going to the recreation office at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Advance registration is required. To register, visit PeecNature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 662-0460.
    PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos.
    It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to the area’s canyons, mesas, mountains and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching.

  • Tough stretch too much to overcome against Capital

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team played MaxPreps’ No. 3 ranked Capital Jaguars even for most of the contest Wednesday. One big drought at the end of the first quarter and beginning of the second quarter, however, was too much for Los Alamos to overcome.
    Capital scored 14 straight points in that stretch and went on to win the game, which was both teams’ District 2-5A opener, 63-47.
    Before Los Alamos got cold and gave Capital some easy transition buckets by turning the ball over, the ’Toppers led late in the first quarter, 15-12.
    Los Alamos then won the third quarter by three points and lost the fourth quarter by three points.
    The second quarter, however, was the difference in the ball game.
    Jack Stewart had a hot hand for Los Alamos in the game, draining five 3-pointers to lead all scorers with 29 points.
    Antonio Trujillo added six points while Ivan Balakirev scored five.
    The game was Los Alamos’ sixth contest in a seven-day span. After winning two of the first three games of the streak at home, Los Alamos lost the final three games on the road. The ’Toppers (6-11) also lost to Goddard Tuesday, 64-41.
    Capital improved to 17-2 with the win.

  • ’Topper girls win district opener

    Six different Hilltoppers scored double-digit points in the Los Alamos girls’ basketball team’s District 2-5A opener Tuesday against Capital.
    The ’Toppers were without one their most potent weapons, Ashlynn Trujillo. Trujillo is expected to miss two-to-four weeks after rolling her ankle at a recent practice.
    The ’Toppers, however, got flurries of points from several different players throughout the game and scored a season high 88 points to easily beat Capital, 88-53.
    Kayla Salazar led Los Alamos with 15 points while Katya Skurikhin (10 points), Ashley Logan (11), Makaela Jones (13), Shannon Irwin (13) and Sophia Roybal (14) also got into the double digits while Elena Abeyta finished with nine.
    Capital’s Kyannah Cole led all scorers with 21 points.
    Los Alamos struggled to find a rhythm early, but a Jones bucket broke a 4-4 tie ended a three-minute scoring drought for the team. Roybal then hit three straight field goals to help Los Alamos take a 15-11 lead into the second quarter.
    Los Alamos didn’t have much trouble scoring after that, putting up 24 points in the second quarter, 30 in the third and 19 from the bench in the fourth.
    After the slow start, the ’Toppers steadily pulled away in the second quarter.

  • Freeride World Tour begins in Andorra Friday

    The first stop of the 2016 Swatch Freeride World Tour in Vallnord-Arcalís has been moved up a day and is now scheduled to take place Friday morning.
    Due to recent fresh snowfall and excellent conditions on the competition face, the date was shifted to ensure the best possible experience for the riders
    Spectators around the world can catch the on freerideworldtour.com, dailymotion.com, and youtube.com. Online viewers will be able to follow the lines of every athlete with commentator Dave Mailman (USA) and expert freeride analyst Martin Winkler (AUT).
    After an extremely successful event in 2015, freeriders will once again have a chance to put on their best show on the incredible terrain in the Pyrenees that this hidden gem of a ski resort has to offer.
    New riders and returning champs will compete on this evolving venue that has a rich history of competition originating from the 4-star FWQ stop known as El Dorado Freeride.
    Los Alamos’ Garrett Altmann will be competing on the tour for the third consecutive season this year.
    Last season, Altmann finished 15th overall in the male skier’s division, making the cut for the Alaska competition, but coming up short of a spot in the finale held at Verbier Switzerland’s Bec des Rosses.

  • Wrestlers take down Knights, Sundevils

    The Los Alamos wrestling team scored a pair dual meet wins Wednesday against District 2-5A foes Del Norte and Española Valley.
    Los Alamos beat Del Norte in a close dual, 40-38, and then took down Española Valley, 57-24.
    Del Norte also beat Española Valley, 54-24.
    “If I was satisfied I’d be a horrible coach,” Los Alamos head coach James Hatt said. “You always want more, but they did good and fought had. I really have no complaints.”
    The two wins improved Los Alamos’s District 2-5A record to 3-1. Last week, Capital beat Los Alamos by nine points, 45-36, but Los Alamos took down Bernalillo, 45-33.
    The Del Norte dual was a big one for Los Alamos, needing a big win to keep its District 2-5A dual meet championship hopes alive. Three Del Norte pins in the last three matches, however, all but closed that possibility.
    “Last time we beat Del Norte by two points so it’s still a dog fight there,” Hatt said.
    The match went back-and-forth early before some forfeits put Los Alamos ahead.
    Del Norte started the match with a pin at 138 pounds, but Damien Sundby tied the dual with a third-period pin at 145 pounds.