Today's News

  • Eldorado runs past Los Alamos, 63-44

    It was evenly matched for 16 minutes.
    Then, Eldorado switched to a full-court pressure defense that dismantled the Los Alamos boys basketball team’s rhythm.
    That second-half adjustment helped Eldorado claim a 63-44 victory against the Hilltoppers Friday night at Griffith Gym.
    “They (Los Alamos) thought that once we stayed with them for a few minutes, we would be in it,” Hilltoppers coach Mike Kluk said. “There was a bit of fatigue settling in from playing two nights in a row. They (Eldorado) picked up the pressure and once they got their legs under them, they just kept rolling.”
    Los Alamos fell to 4-4 overall, while the Eagles improved to 3-1 on the season.
    The Eagles only led 26-23 halftime, as the Hilltoppers were having success defending one of the few teams that matched up in size with Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers also had success getting the ball inside on the offensive end.
    “We came out with some intensity,” Kluk said. “We trying to be tougher tonight and for a half I thought we were fairly tough. But when things got down, I think our toughness went away. We just have to keep working on that.”

  • DOH reduces Los Alamos public health office hours

    The New Mexico Department of Health announced Friday that it will reduce the hours of operation and services provided at the Los Alamos Public Health Office.

    The office will now only be open Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Monday, according to a press releases issued at 5 p.m.
    The clinic, located at 1183 Diamond Drive, Suite D, will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays (closed from noon-1 p.m.), and will be closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.

    Services provided at this clinic will include Children’s Medical Services (children and youth with special health care needs), and Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program.

    Services will be provided by appointment only.

    Health department spokesman David Morgan said the department is still determining what they are going to do about replacing the nurse at the health clinic.  The clinic’s nurse resigned October.

    Since that time, the county has sought answers from the state about the reduced hours, which were Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and the replacement of a nurse.

    All other public health services are available at the Rio Arriba County Public Health Office located at 2010 Industrial Park Rd in Española. Appointments are also required at the Rio Arriba office.

  • LA girls hoops drop thriller at St. Pius

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team suffered its seventh straight loss after dropping a heartbreaking 39-35 decision against St. Pius on Thursday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 3-9 on the season and will host Artesia at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 17) at Griffith Gym. Los Alamos improved defensively after giving up 62 points per game in its previous three outings. The 39 points were the fewest the Hilltoppers allowed since giving 32 against Valencia on Dec. 3.
    Los Alamos is allowing 46.4 points per game, compared to scoring 34.4 points per game on offense.
    Scouting Artesia: The Bulldogs will be playing their second game in as many days, as they faced Capital on Friday. Prior to Friday’s game, Artesia was 3-1 on the season with wins against Santa Teresa, Ruidoso and Silver. The Bulldogs lone loss of the season came against Class 6A’s No. 1 Carlsbad.  


  • Prep boys basketball: Sartans out-tough ‘Toppers

    It appeared like the Los Alamos boys basketball team was on the brink of putting itself amongst Class 5A’s legitimate contenders.
    But St. Pius proved that the Hilltoppers still have work to do.
    The Sartans went into Griffith Gym on Thursday night and handed Los Alamos a 50-38 loss that made Hilltoppers coach Mike Kluk question his team’s toughness.
    “That was not a good showing at all,” Kluk said. “I really think we just got out-toughed tonight. They (St. Pius) just played good, solid hard-nose defense and don’t let you go where you want to go, which is exactly what we preach to our guys. But they do it. I’m very disappointed with the effort tonight.”
    Los Alamos was without Jack Stewart, who’s out with an ankle injury. Kluk expects Stewart to return in two or three weeks.
    “It would be nice to get Jack back at full strength but it’s going to be two or three weeks before he gets back full strength,” Kluk said. “That ankle might let him get back by the end of next week.”

  • Local Briefs 12-16-16

    Bandelier Offers Walks on Winter Solstice

    For Ancestral Pueblo farmers, keeping track of the changing of the seasons was crucial for knowing when to plant and harvest. This year, Bandelier National Monument will offer ranger-guided walks to observe possible solstice markers among the Ancestral Pueblo dwellings in Frijoles Canyon. 
    On Wednesday, winter solstice, the Sunrise Walk will meet at 7:15 a.m. in front of the Visitor Center, and the Sunset Walk at 1:30 p.m.
    These times may sound strange, but the 400-foot canyon walls make a big difference in the first and last times of the day that the sun appears as seen from the canyon bottom. The walks will be postponed to the following day if the sky is overcast.
    The shuttles have finished for this year, so participants can drive down to the Visitor Center area, and no signups are required. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly in layers.  Both walks are about 400 yards each way on a level paved trail. The area along the trail, like most of Bandelier National Monument, is habitat for many kinds of native wildlife, so dogs and other pets are not permitted.

  • Community Calendar 12-16-16

    Astronomy Show: Exoplanet Update for 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
    How many exoplanets have we found this year? Which ones do we think are similar to Earth? Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.
    Christmas Bird Count at 6:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. Participate in the longest running citizen science project in the world, the National Audubon Society’s 117th Annual Christmas Bird Count. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Feature Film: “We are Stars” at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film connects us to the evolution of the Universe and explores the secrets of our cosmic chemistry. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children. More information at peecnature.org.

    First United Methodist Church will host a dinner to recognize firefighters and police of Los Alamos County at 5:30 p.m. at the church, 715 Diamond Drive. For questions, call 662-6277.

    The Pajarito Lodge 66, Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of New Mexico invite the community to attend an installation ceremony at 4:30 p.m. at the lodge, 1400 North Sage Loop. Refreshments will be served. Anyone interested about Freemasonry or what happens in a lodge is encouraged to attend the event.

  • Karen Wray Gallery moves to new location

    Why do artists love light from the Northern sky?
    “Northern lighting is ideal,” said Karen Wray, owner of Karen Wray Gallery. “It’s a cool blue light and it doesn’t change like the southern sky.”
    This week, the Karen Wray Gallery moves to a new location at 1247 Central Ave., Suite D-2, right next to Boomerang and Warm Hearts Yarn.
    For the past six months Wray has prepared for the move by doing everything she can to make sure the light in her gallery showcases the art in the best conditions.
    “North light is what artists love,” she said. “Halogen light also brings out the best colors in oil paints.”
    To let natural light flood into her gallery’s 2,000 foot space, Wray installed four floor-to-ceiling windows. She also put in a track lighting system of halogen lights, and removed several walls so art lovers have enough room to stand the optimum distance from the paintings.
    The investment in time and money was worth it, because Wray has a passion for local art.
    Her gallery has moved locations four times, but one thing always remains the same.
    The gallery is completely focused on showing art of Los Alamos and northern New Mexico.

  • NM Legislature opens doors to pre-filed bills

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are getting their first opportunity to file bills for consideration ahead of next year’s regular legislative session.
    The Legislature began accepting “pre-filed” bills on Thursday in advance of a 60 day session.
    Lawmakers convene on Jan. 17 to resolve a budget deficit linked a downturn in the oil and natural gas industry and consider a wide variety of policy initiatives. Lawmakers are honing proposals to crack down on reckless driving, increase funding for childhood education and shore up state finances by legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana, to name just a few anticipated initiatives.
    Democrats will outnumber Republicans 26-16 in the Senate and 38-32 in the House of Representatives.

  • Community stakes high with levy vote

    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos will ask residents in January to vote for a 1-mill increase in property taxes. The vote will be through a mail-in ballot that’s in resident’s mailboxes in early January.
    UNM-LA is hoping the increase in funds the levy increase will bring will help make up for the steady decline in state funding the school has seen since 2008.
    “At UNM-LA, we have positive momentum, but we are running on very limited resources,” said UNM-LA Campus CEO Cindy Rooney. “We need additional operational funds to be able to restore, continue, and expand strategic programs.”
    Since fiscal year 2008, funding for the Los Alamos campus has declined by 32 percent, or $855,625.
    Between that time, the campus has taken steps to try and offset the decline. The campus has increased tuition by 6 percent every year since 2008 to try and offset the balance. Revenue from contracts and grants has increased from 12 percent to 19 percent during that time period.
    If voters approve the increase, the levy increases property taxes by $33.33 per $100,000 of market assessed property value, $66.67 per $200,000 of market assessed property value and $100 per $300,000 of market assessed property value, etc.

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