Today's News

  • Boy's soccer dominates again

    The Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team continued their dominant start to the season Friday morning at Sullivan Field, defeating Aztec High School 4-0.

    It was the first game of the Louie Cernicek Memorial Tournament, which Los Alamos has won the past two years.

    The game’s outcome was never in doubt, as LAHS dominated from start to finish, making it appear that the field was slanted toward the net they were attacking, never allowing Aztec to put together a scoring opportunity.

    “I think we are playing really well,” LAHS head coach Ron Blue said. “We’re finally coming together as a team, we’re doing the right things for each other and making the right decisions. I’m very happy with how things are going.”

    Blue said his team knew that Aztec would play more of a defensive style, and the Hilltoppers took full advantage.

    The shots came early and often for LAHS, as the forwards got to the net seemingly at will.

    “We created so many opportunities, and that’s what’s exciting,” Blue said. “The play of our midfielders is really creating a ton of opportunities.”

  • Football ready to begin season

    Tonight, some of the questions revolving around the Los Alamos High School varsity football team will be answered.

    It has been an offseason of transition for the team, which lost two of its biggest weapons, Nick Quartieri and Kevin Maresca, to graduation. This year’s team will have to make up for the more than 1,000 all-purpose yards that Maresca provided last season, and replace Quartieri at quarterback and on defense, where he led the team with 101 tackles.

    That quest begins tonight on the road against Pojoaque Valley at 7 p.m.

    The team enters this season with 12 juniors and 11 seniors after losing 11 seniors after last season.

    The two biggest offensive weapons returning from last year’s team are senior Ryan McNiel and junior Dylan Irish. Last year, McNiel ran for 261 yards and two touchdowns, while Irish ran for 371 yards and two touchdowns.

    It appears that Irish will be given the first opportunity to take over for Quartieri at quarterback. Irish has never played quarterback before, and has spent this offseason learning the position.

    He will be tasked with taking over the Hilltoppers’ triple-option offense, where his experience as a fullback should come in handy.

  • Boy’s soccer dominates road opener

    In their first road game of the season, the Los Alamos High School varsity boy’s soccer team dominated Bosque High School 6-0.

    The team dominated the game from start to finish, only allowing Bosque to put two shots on goal throughout the 80-minute contest as LAHS retained possession for much of the night.

    The game was highlighted by the offensive performances of LAHS forwards Tristan Semelsberger and Arthur Steinkamp, who scored two goals apiece. Not only did the pair light up the scoreboard, but they cause constant havoc for the Bosque defense, recording a combined 15 shots.

    For Steinkamp, the beginning to this season seems to be an extension of his performance last year, when he led the Hilltoppers with 19 goals as a sophomore. He has three goals in two games so far this year, including two on penalty shots. One of those came in the game against Bosque.

    Before the season, LAHS head coach Ron Blue said it would be more of a challenge for Steinkamp to find open space this season, with teams keying on him during games, and making him a priority. Steinkamp has proved to be up to the challenge and appears to be on a similar scoring pace to last year.

  • Girl’s soccer earns hard-fought road win

    The Los Alamos High School girl’s soccer team squeaked out a nail-biting victory in their first road game of the season, defeating Bosque High School 3-2.

    For the second game in a row, junior Alix Hailey proved to be an offensive star for the Hilltoppers, scoring a goal and putting six shots on goal.

    In her first game of the season, Hailey recorded a hat trick. Finding those scoring areas proved to be more of a challenge for LAHS in this matchup, as the team was able to take 29 shots on goal, but only converted on three of those opportunities.

    In the first game against Santa Fe High School, the team took 30 shots and put 10 of them in the back of the net.

    The other offensive star for the Hilltoppers was sophomore Alyssa Parker.

    Playing in her first game of the season, Parker scored two goals on just three shots.

    Her play proved to be the difference for the Hilltoppers, who were struggling to find offensive weapons throughout the game.

    The offensive outburst comes as something of a surprise, as Parker scored just three goals in 22 games last season and had just 10 shots on goal.

    In two games this year, nine players have scored goals for the Hilltoppers, with Hailey’s four leading the way.

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  • New Mexico commission supports wolf recovery proposal

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The New Mexico State Game Commission has voted to support a federal proposal to recover an endangered wolf species that once roamed parts of New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico.

    The vote came Thursday after commissioners received an update from the state Game and Fish Department on the recovery planning process for the Mexican gray wolf.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is under a court order to have a completed recovery plan by the end of November.

    The plan is a long time coming as the original guidance for how to restore the species was adopted in 1982. The lack of a plan has spurred numerous legal challenges as well as skirmishes over states' rights under the federal Endangered Species Act.

    Environmentalists say the proposal doesn't go far enough to boost the population or address concerns about genetic diversity.

  • Special day set to celebrate Russ Gordon

    Los Alamos County have invited residents to join the County Council and Community Services Department in honoring longtime concert producer Russ Gordon for “Russ Gordon Day” Sept. 8.

    Gordon is being recognized for his thousands of hours and 28 years of service dedicated to bringing great musical acts to Los Alamos. The county has contracted with Gordon annually to help produce the free Summer Concert Series. Gordon is retiring and moving out of state and the Sept. 8 concert will be his final concert.

    The County Council will present a special proclamation to Russ Gordon at a meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in Council Chambers honoring Gordon with his own special day on Sept. 8. Residents are invited to attend the meeting.

    Starting Monday, fans can download a thank-you card on the county’s website at losalamosnm.us in advance, or, pick up and fill out a thank-you card at the concert Sept. 8 by visiting the CSD table. They will be collecting and displaying the cards to present to Gordon at intermission. Community members are especially encouraged to share their memories of their favorite bands or other concert memories on the cards for Gordon to enjoy reading after the concert.

  • County releases DPU survey results

    Results from the 2017 Department of Public Utilities customer satisfaction survey conducted last May were released by Los Alamos County late Thursday.

    More than 8 out of 10 respondents (84 percent residential and 82 percent commercial) rated the DPU’s overall performance as good or excellent, according to the county.

    The survey, conducted by Southwest Planning & Marketing, randomly sampled 421 residential customers and 78 commercial customers for a margin of error (confidence interval) no greater than ±4.65 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. DPU’s 2017 overall satisfaction scores are just shy of meeting the 3.5 strategic plan objective, 3.3 for residential customers and 3.4 for commercial customers.

    Residential customers ranked the quality of electric, water and sewer services as above good at 3.4, and natural gas services at 3.5. Commercial customers rated the quality of all four services at 3.6, well above good.

    Survey respondents were also asked to consider quality relative to price or value for all four services.

  • LA man returns to jail after 2 failed court hearings

    Los Alamos resident Garrett Eckhart, 36, was remanded to custody Thursday morning after showing up to court with alcohol in his system twice this week.

    The first incident was Wednesday morning when he appeared before District Court Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer for a docket call. The case included charges of bribery of a witness, battery upon a peace officer and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer from Feb. 10.

    As part of his conditions of release, Eckhart was supposed to report to the Los Alamos probation officer Linda Pena, and as of that morning, Eckhart tested positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana, and alcohol in his urinalysis.

    Because of this, Deputy District Attorney Kent Wahlquist requested the court to take the defendant into custody or at least review Eckhart’s conditions of release due to this violation.

    After some deliberation, Sommer did not take Eckhart into custody, but ordered him to use a portable monitoring device called “Soberlink” for two weeks.

  • P&Z OK’s plan to add housing option to site near the Co-Op

    The Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday voted to recommend to Los Alamos County Council that it change the zoning in Entrada Business Park by the Los Alamos Co-Op to make it easier for any developer to build housing at the site in the future.

    If approved by council, the zoning would be changed from heavy commercial use to mixed use.

    “All we’re doing here is making it easier to include housing if a developer chooses to do so,” Planning and Zoning Chair Michael Redondo said. “...We’re recommending a change to the zoning that will add residential uses to the current uses.”

    Redondo said the change will make it possible for developers to build live/work housing at the business park.
    If a developer wanted to build houses on their property, the developer would have to come back to the Planning and Zoning Board with a site plan for approval.

    Developer Sam Gardner said he or another developer might build some live/work condos or apartments on the plots of land he owns at Entrada Business Park. Three of his five plots line Entrada Drive, just off Airport Basin Road.