Today's News

  • LAHS cross country opens season at UNM Saturday

    The quest to continue its rich dynasty begins Saturday for the Los Alamos Cross Country team.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to Albuquerque to partake in the annual Lobo Invitational, one of the season’s most competitive meets which is held at the University of New Mexico campus.
    Last Saturday, Los Alamos completed its annual scrimmage with La Cueva. The Hilltoppers had the top two finishers in the boy’s race and a third and fourth place finisher on the girl’s side.
    Rafael Sanchez and Kai Coblentz led the Hilltopper boys, while Lidia Appell and Marin Kelly were the top Los Alamos girls.    
    Last year, Los Alamos girl’s cross country returner Zoe Hemez ran a 20:54.96 and finished in 31st place to help the Hilltoppers win the Lobo Invitational. Kelly finished 32nd in last season’s meet.
    Elijah Velasquez ran a 17:49.84 and helped the Hilltopper boy’s place sixth at last year’s Lobo Invitational.
    Saturday will be a good test for Los Alamos, who will sport one of its youngest squads since coaches Kathy and Rob Hipwood took over the program 23 years ago.
    The Lobo Invitational will once again include some of the state’s best programs like Albuquerque Academy, La Cueva, Cleveland, Rio Rancho and Eldorado.

  • Prep volleyball: St. Pius ousts ‘Toppers in straight sets

    The Los Alamos volleyball team put itself in position to steal a couple sets from St. Pius on Tuesday.
    But, the Hilltoppers (1-1) were unable to overcome power hitting and stout defense in the Sartans’ 25-20, 25-20, 25-16 victory at Griffith Gym.
    “We were excited because I thought they played very well,” Hilltoppers coach Diana Stokes said. “We know that there are things we need to work on but they were all ecstatic about how good they played against them.”
    Los Alamos matched the St. Pius (1-0) attack early, as both teams were knotted-up 12-12 in the first set. The Hilltoppers took a brief lead at 13-12 but the Sartans began to execute their potent offense and eventually took a 23-19 lead in the opening set.
    St. Pius got off to a quick start in set two and led 15-7. The Sartans’ setters began getting their stellar hitters Julianna Zamora and Nicole Perry involved on the attack. That attacking prowess helped St. Pius take a 20-12 lead. Los Alamos strung together some points to cut the St. Pius lead to 24-20. But that was as close as the Hilltoppers got in the second set.
    “They were all just excited to know that they could play with this group,” Stokes said.

  • ’Toppers football faces Moriarty tonight

    The Los Alamos football team goes into week two of the high school football season with a tough test at Moriarty at 7 p.m. tonight.
    The Hilltoppers (1-0) are coming off a 63-24 victory at home against Pojoaque Valley in the season opener.
    Moriarty, who moved down to Class 4A, got the season started with a 47-0 win against Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos and the Pintos have squared off the past two season, as Moriarty came away with a 38-12 win in 2015 and a 27-7 victory in 2014. Both teams previously met in the 2008 state playoffs where Los Alamos claimed a 35-7 win — the last Hilltopper playoff victory.  
    Los Alamos will look to continue its efficient play on offense, after racking up 330 total offensive yards against Pojoaque. Ninety-six of those yards came from senior quarterback Nick Quartieri, who also rushed for five touchdowns. Los Alamos fullback Dylan Irish rushed for 99 yards and one touchdown.
    Moriarty ran its offense with ease against Bernalillo scoring 41 points in the first half. The Pintos are led by running backs John Carmona and Elijah Tapia, who amassed more than 200 yards rushing.
    Tonight’s game can be heard live on KRSN 1490 AM, as Mike Maez-Cote and the voice of the Hilltoppers Gene Mortensen will be on the call.   


  • LAHS boy's soccer earns marquee win versus St. Pius, girls lose 4-1

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team picked-up a significant win Tuesday, defeating St. Pius 1-0 at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 3-1 on the season.
    Los Alamos Junior midfielder Andreas Runde attempted a 30-yard free kick and found the top-right corner of the St. Pius goal to score the game’s only goal in the first half.           
    Tuesday was the Hilltoppers third game in five days, while it was the Sartans’ season opener. But, fatigue didn’t appear to be a factor as Los Alamos, like usual, relied on its midfield to provide several goal-scoring opportunities.
    Runde’s eventual game-winner was made possible by Junior midfielder/forward Tristen Semelsberg, who was making his way to the attacking third before being tripped-up by a St. Pius defender.
    Before the season started, Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said his team was going to be difficult to score on. So far, that statement has been proved to be true.  
    The Hilltoppers relied on its experienced back line to claim their second shutout of the season. The Los Alamos defense and senior goalkeeper Seth Hailey have only allowed two goals in the team’s first four games.

  • Storm clouds are on the horizon

    Visions and Values

  • Animal hoarders inflict misery on pets they claim to love

    We may think of animal hoarders as wacky people like the Cat Lady with six felines. But in New Mexico, police have entered dwellings with upwards of 50 cats and dogs. An Otero County man had 208 dogs.
    The scene is uncomfortably familiar: Dozens of sick or starving animals with no food or water, a “home” with floors covered in filth, stacked cages of animals, and scattered carcasses.
    Local authorities pick up the animals and haul them to the local shelter, where many must be euthanized; others may be rehabilitated and adopted.
    Invariably, the owner of the horror show claims to be an animal lover who rescues unwanted pets. The man with 208 dogs started out as Mission Desert Hills Sanctuary for Dogs, and descended into animal hoarding.
    It’s a nationwide problem – so much so that it even has its own organizations and websites. One is the Hoarding of Animals Research Consortium (HARC) at Tufts University, which spent 10 years studying the problem. They learned that anybody can be a hoarder.
    Veterinarian Debra Clopton, of Edgewood, insisted she loved her 49 dogs; last week, a jury convicted her of 22 counts of animal cruelty in Santa Fe District Court. Clopton testified that her doublewide trailer was a place for dogs with nowhere else to go. She said she was treating them successfully.

  • Community Calendar 9-2-16

    September Night Sky Show at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify objects visible in our night sky this month, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
     Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    Feature Film: “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? Find out and venture past the edges of our solar system. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    Kiwanis meeting from noon-1 p.m. in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. Tim Morrison, general manager of the Los Alamos Co-op Market, and Karen Kendall, treasurer of the co-op market’s board of directors, will provide Kiwanis with an update on the status and the activities of the co-op.

     Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. District Governor Dave Anderson will speak. The public is welcome.

  • WR pots unveiled
  • Council urges Congress to fund deferred maintenance at parks

    The Los Alamos County Council voted 5–0 on Tuesday to approve a resolution encouraging congress to create a reliable, predictable stream of resources to address deferred maintenance needs in America’s national park system.

    Chair Rick Reiss and Councilor David Izraelevitz were not in attendance. County Administrator Harry Burgess explained the reason for bringing the resolution before council.

    “A couple of weeks ago, there was a contingent from the Pew Charitable Trust in town, doing a tour around the nation, informing communities and asking communities about the needs of the National Park Service,” Burgess said. “Part of their discussion was that at present the National Park Service has a list of maintenance deferrals that total almost $12 billion dollars. And the push of their efforts was try to obtain support from communities to write to Congress, let them know of the desire to fund those various maintenance deferred projects, because they do affect the number of visitors that come to town and also the economic impact that the parks have on communities within which they reside.”

  • Council approves wildfire plan

    The Los Alamos County Council approved the 2016 Community Wildfire Protection Plan on Tuesday.
    “The goals under the Wildfire Protection Plan are to save lives, protect property and reduce risk. And the last one is to enhance the environment,” said Wildland Fire Public Education Division Chief Ramon Garcia. “The vision that we have is to have some big trees, bark this thick (he mimes several inches). I won’t get to see it, you won’t get to see it, but hopefully our great grandkids will.”
    According to the CWPP document, the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior developed a National Fire Plan in response to the Cerro Grande fire and other major fires that occurred in 2000. In the 2003 Healthy Forests Restoration Act, congress also set forth guidelines for communities at risk from wildfire to seek funding for mitigating potential losses from wildland fire at the urban interface.
    At-risk communities such as Los Alamos must develop a CWPP before applying for grants administered under the Act. The county’s plan was originally passed in 2009.
    The updated CWPP re-evaluates risks based on changes in the community, the local fire regime and the current climate over the past five years, and then prioritized implementation strategies.