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Today's News

  • LAHS football ends season with loss to Capital

    The more Capital handed the ball to JR Vargas, the more evident it became that Los Alamos' season was coming to an end.

    The Hilltoppers closed the season with a 48-13 loss to Capital on Friday at Sullivan Field. Los Alamos finished 5-5 overall and 2-2 in District 2-5A play, and will miss the state playoffs for the fifth-consecutive season.

    "We didn't execute well upfront," Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said. "The number one thing we tried do was stop the run. And they just ran straight (isolation) right at us."

    Vargas led the Jaguars with three rushing touchdowns of four, 47 and 90 yards. His first touchdown gave Capital a 14-0 lead going into halftime.

    "We just didn't tackle," Williams said. "Our guys fought hard and they didn't quit. But we just didn't play well in that second half. They just switched the momentum kind of fast on us."

    On the opening kick off of the second half, the Jaguars got a 61 yard return to set them up on the Los Alamos 19-yard line. However, the Hilltoppers were able to stop Capital on fourth down and get the ball back on their own 24-yard line.

  • America chooses between Clinton and Trump for next president

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A polarized America went to the polls Tuesday to pick its 45th president, choosing to elect either Hillary Clinton as the first woman to be president or billionaire businessman Donald Trump, the final act of a long and rancorous campaign that upended U.S. politics.

    The winner will inherit an anxious nation, angry and distrustful of leaders in Washington. She or he will preside over an economy that is improving but still leaves many behind, and a military less extended abroad than eight years ago yet grappling with new terror threats.

    Clinton entered Election Day with multiple paths to victory, while Trump must prevail in most of the battleground states to reach 270 Electoral College votes. Control of the Senate also is at stake; Democrats need to net four seats if Clinton wins the White House. Republicans expect to maintain their House majority.

    Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, arrived to vote at their local polling station in Chappaqua, New York, shortly after 8 a.m. as a crowd of cheering supporters snapped photos. Trump voted in Manhattan about three hours later.

  • Prep volleyball: Toppers top out

    The Los Alamos volleyball team's district tournament run wasn't enough to earn a state tournament bid.

    After beating Capital and Del Norte in the first two rounds, the Hilltoppers fell to Espanola Valley in straight sets on Saturday in the District 2-5A championship in Espanola. Los Alamos fell to 12-11 overall and wasn't selected to the Class 5A state tournament.

    The Sundevils outlasted the Hilltoppers 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 on Saturday and earned the No. 5 seed for the state tournament.

    Los Alamos will lose Jessica Moore, Gabriela Vallejos, Kaitlin Bennett, Samantha Miller, Mackenzie Alexander and Ellie Hayward to graduation.  

  • Today in history Nov. 8
  • Public invited to Los Alamos municipal building to view results

    The public is invited to gather at the municipal building at 1000 Central Avenue in Los Alamos tonight to view election results.

    Room 110 next to the Council Chambers, and the lobby, will be open to the public.

    Voters must be in line to vote at the municipal building, golf course community building or White Rock Library’s multi-purpose room by 7 p.m. Residents are advised that entering the Municipal Building after 7 p.m. on Tuesday to await results in Room 110  are advised that voters may still be in line to cast their vote and therefore electioneering regulations apply within 100 feet of the building.

    Results from voting – including those results from absentee ballots – are not expected to be posted until 8 p.m.  
    Once available, a printout of the results will be displayed in the Municipal Building on white boards in room 110 and in the lobby near the customer care center.

  • 5A cross country: Academy girls squeak by LA

    The potential and bright future of the Los Alamos girl's cross country team might outlast the inability to win an eighth-straight state title.

    The Hilltoppers placed second at the Class 5A state cross country championships on Saturday at Rio Rancho High School, ending their streak of consecutive state titles at seven.

    Los Alamos didn't have any senior runners and was six points shy of an equally young Albuquerque Academy team that finished with 52 points to win its first state title since 2008.

    "It was a great race," Los Alamos junior Zoe Hemez said. "There were a lot of great runners out there. (The course) was fast since the weather was a little cooler."

    Hemez led the Hilltoppers finishing second individually (19:17.55) and two seconds behind first-place finisher Carly Wall of Academy.

    Hemez jumped out to the lead during the first quarter-mile of the race. She slowed the pace halfway through the race and at one point was in fifth place. But in the final stretch, Hemez made her move and helped Los Alamos get as close as its been to the Chargers all season.

  • Sanchez leads LA boy's cross country to third place

    Since the Lobo Invitational, it was clear that Rafael Sanchez was the future of the Los Alamos boy's cross country team, but Saturday proved that Sanchez has the potential to be the future of cross country in New Mexico.

    The eighth-grade standout led the Hilltoppers to a third place finish at the Class 5A state cross country championships at Rio Rancho High School.

    "Los Alamos... what more can you ask for than to run with them," Sanchez said. "We have great coaches and a great organization."

    Los Alamos, which finished with 76 points, placed behind champion Albuquerque Academy and Kirtland Central. Individual champion Jordan Lesansee led the Chargers, who won their second-consecutive state title. The Broncos had the second-best runner of the race in Kashon Harrison.

    Sanchez finished in fourth place individually with a time of 16:41.65. Midway through the race, he made a move past Academy's Mark Harrington that proved to be enough to give Los Alamos its 12th-consective season with a top-five individual state finisher.   

    "He (Harrington) was really gaining a lead so I decided to make a leap of faith of just go for it," Sanchez said. "I didn't really like the beginning of the race. But the middle and the ending were really good." 

  • Canyon Road, 15th Street to get 3-way stop

    Drivers will soon see signs on Canyon Road at the 15th Street intersection warning that stop signs will soon be installed for both eastbound and westbound lanes. 

    The Transportation Board’s decision on Thursday to approve staff’s recommendation was prompted by residents’ complaints of drivers speeding through the area. 

    According to Traffic and Streets Manager Daniel Erickson, intersection control is not considered good practice as a traffic calming measure. However, in evaluating the intersection, staff determined that sight distance for those turning onto Canyon from 15th Street is well below standard, “particularly with what appeared to be elevated speeds.” A solid fence on the east side of the intersection also poses a major sightline obstruction.

    The recommended sight distance is 280 feet for traffic traveling at 25 miles per hour. Staff measured sight distance at that intersection at approximately 90 feet at the stop sign and 180 feet when a vehicle moves to the edge of the intersection. 

  • A brief history of Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir’s 16-year closure

    The Los Alamos Canyon Reservoir’s 16-year closure has been due to a number of factors, beginning with the 2000 Cerro Grande fire.

    The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Forest Service (NFS) closed the reservoir area due to safety concerns resulting from the fire’s aftermath. NFS owns the land in that area and DOE owned the dam and reservoir at that time. 

    DOE transferred the dam and reservoir to the county shortly after Cerro Grande. That placed the dam under the jurisdiction of the State of New Mexico, which required the Office of the State Engineer to complete a detailed analysis of capacity and stability, including storm event modeling. 

    The analysis called for a redesign of the dam. Plans were approved in 2009.

    Reconstruction began in March 2011. Shotcrete laid down to stabilize the dam after Cerro Grande had been removed and rebuilding had barely begun when the Los Conchas fire – which began June 26, 2011 – brought the project to a halt. The new dam was not completed until May 2013.

  • LANL employee files sexual harassment lawsuit

    A former Los Alamos National Laboratory employee is suing the company that manages and operates LANL for sexual harassment.

    Terry Narvaiz, is accusing the lab of failing to stop her boss, Los Alamos National Security Project Lead Robby A. Lovato, of allegedly and repeatedly touching her in a sexual manner and making lewd comments to her. 

    In the lawsuit filed Oct. 6 in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, Narvaiz claims the behavior started in 2009 and continued until Lovato was fired in December 2013. 

    Narvaiz continued to work at the lab until 2014. While Narvais worked at LANL, she worked with Lovato in a work group, LANL’s High Performance Computing 2 group. Lovato was her supervisor.

    LANL Spokesman Kevin Roark said LANL had no comment about the lawsuit.  

    “The laboratory does not discuss pending litigation,” Roark said. 

    Narvaiz’ attorney, John Day, declined to comment. 

    LANS has not responded in court to the allegations.