Today's News

  • New Mexico looks to return to winning ways

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — After three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and Mountain West championships, a depleted New Mexico had trouble replacing departed and injured players last season, falling below .500.
    But Lobos coach Craig Neal is convinced that he now has a better roster that is more capable of playing through any hiccups that might arise.
    “I think we’re able to play,” he said. “We’ve got depth.”
    New Mexico was never quite able to replace post Alex Kirk, who left with a year of eligibility remaining to go pro, and couldn’t overcome the early-season injury to leading returning scorer Cullen Neal, the coach’s son.
    Throw in a few more banged up bodies throughout the year and the Lobos struggled to their worst season (15-16, 7-11 Mountain West) since Craig Neal joined the program in 2007 as an assistant.
    Some things to consider about the Lobos as they try to regroup for another run at the postseason:

  • Turkey Trot scheduled for Nov. 22

    The annual CROP Turkey Trot Run will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 22.
    The race will take place at the Los Alamos Middle School. There will be 2.56-mile and 1.7-mile routes available. Both routes will begin and end at the middle school.
    Runners and walkers can sign up for the event beginning at 1 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.
    Anyone who fills out a chance ticket will be eligible to win turkeys or pumpkin pies.
    Donations to CROP will be accepted. CROP T-shirts will be available for those who wish to contribute. A pot luck will also be available.
    For more information, call 672-1639 or visit AtomicRunners.com

  • Girls' soccer kicks for the cure

    The Los Alamos girls’ soccer teams stepped up for the community and spent much of October raising funds for their Kick for the Cure campaign.
    After their hard work, the teams were able to donate $1,400 and to the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.
    The soccer program was grateful to the community for its donations and also for its support in the stands this season.

  • Skaters fly high in competition

    The Atomic Kings hosted the Halloween Fallout Skate Slam Saturday at the White Rock Skate Park.
    The all-ages events featured a half-pipe competition, a high ollie competition and also a costume contest for skateboarders and BMX bikers.

  • Leonard taking talents to Western State

    Los Alamos mid-fielder Charlotte Leonard will be a Mountaineer next year. Leonard will be attending Western State Colorado University in Gunnison and plans to play soccer for the school as well.
    “She’s a coach’s dream,” Los Alamos head girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers said. “She’s a high-energy player and will attempt to do anything you ask her.”
    Leonard plays outside midfielder for the ’Toppers, running from end line to end line to play defense and offense.
    She also plays club soccer Albuquerque’s Rush ’98 Nero.
    “I love club, it’s so much fun,” Leonard said. “Not only has high school helped me, but club also benefitted me as a player.”
    Leonard said Western’s coach, Jeremy Clevenger, first contacted her when she was a freshman.
    He wanted to see her play, so Leonard and teammate Emily Hopkins attended Western’s summer camp.
    “I was terrified,” Leonard said. “I was the youngest one there and college was such a distant thought.”
    This last spring, Clevenger reached out to Leonard again and invited her to a recruitment camp. When she showed up, it was just her and two other girls at the camp.

  • UPDATED: School lockdown at Pojoaque

    All schools have now been cleared following a lockdown today at the Pojoaque Valley School District. The district is now advising parents that if they feel the need to pick up their children for the day, they can do so at the front offices of schools.

    An anonomyous call to the Pojoaque Valley School District prompted the district to lock down all schools before 10:50 a.m. this morning.

    According to reports, Santa Fe Sheriff's Department has responded to Pojoaque Valley School District after the school disrict received an anonymous call that there was going to be a shooting at the high school.

    Tribal, state and county officers responded, and  locked down all  schools in the complex, including the elementary school. Law enforcement officers were sweeping and clearing each classroom, according to the district. No shooting has taken place, no suspects have been caught as of presstime.

  • Today in history Nov. 4
  • Community Calendar 11-4-15

    Brown Bag lunch recital at noon in the Pajarito Room at Fuller Lodge Art Center.  Local student performers will play a selection from their state competition. Free.

    LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus invites the community to enjoy and participate in the Chamisa Elementary Recycle Art Show from 5:30-7 p.m. The finalé will be a fashion show of student and family made creations.  

    At 7 p.m. in the UNM-LA, Building 2, Room 203, Robert Gibson, chair of the Los Alamos Future Energy Resources Committee, will present “Future Energy Resources for Los Alamos County.” Los Alamos County’s  Board of Public Utilities adopted a goal in 2013 to “become a carbon-neutral electric provider by 2040.”
    On Tap Series presents discussion on “Film and Television in New Mexico” from 5:30-7 p.m. in the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square. Joining the discussion will be the production company, Creative Juices Productions. For information, email Kate Ramsey at kate.a.ramsey@gmail.com.

    Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, screening at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs meeting-room theater. Today’s movie is “Wadjda.”

  • CANCELLED: Creative Juices to speak at UnQuarked on Thursday


    Los Alamos Creative District On Tap Series will host a discussion on “Film and Television in New Mexico” from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The film industry in New Mexico is booming with projects like “Independence Day 2,” “Longmire,” “Manhattan,” and “Better Call Saul.” This discussion about film will be with the production company, Creative Juices Productions. Carole and John Altendorf are the company owners in Albuquerque and producers, directors, editors, writers, casting directors, set designers and mentors for video, filmmaking and photography.
    In California, John Altendorf directed celebrities including Steve Martin, Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland. Carole Altendorf is a professional photographer, actor, film producer and casting director.  She has appeared in “Better Call Saul,” “Night Shift,” “The Messengers,” “Invisible Man,” “Captain Fantastic” and “Tinfoil Shadows.”
    Learn what it takes to be a film actor, writer, director, and much more. For information, email Kate Ramsey, kate.a.ramsey@gmail.com.

  • Review: ‘Wadjda’ about pursuing our dreams

    It’s no surprise that current-day Saudi Arabia looks oppressive when seen through a young girl’s eyes. More startling are the small ways that sweeping political change can begin.
    An award-winner at film festivals around the world, “Wadjda” (2012, rated PG, subtitled), is one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s a wonderful choice for this month’s installment of Mesa Public Library’s Free Film Series, screening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs meeting-room theater.
    The title character, played by Waad Mohammed, doesn’t want to change the world. Like most 10-year-olds, she’s concerned with more selfish desires. She wants to listen to the music she likes. She wants her own money. She wants her father to love her. Most of all, she wants to beat her friend Abdullah (Abdullrahman Al Gohani) in a bicycle race.
    But of course, in her conservative country, this is impossible. Girls cannot ride bikes. She’s already pushing the limits by being friends with Abdullah, a boy.