Today's News

  • Softball takes second at Aztec Invite

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team earned its way into the championship game of the Aztec Invitational tournament this weekend.
    The Hilltoppers scored a pair of victories in pool play Friday, knocking off both Kirtland Central and Shiprock to get to the tournament finale. Saturday, however, the Hilltoppers couldn’t overcome a pair of big innings by Aztec’s Tigers.
    Los Alamos picked up a 4-0 shutout win over Kirtland Central and pushed 11 runs across the plate in one inning to take an 11-7 win over Shiprock. In the championship game, Aztec prevailed 12-4.
    Hilltopper ace Monika Teter tossed a complete game to top Kirtland Central’s Broncos. Teter gave up just four hits through seven innings.

  • LA earns 7-2 victory over Cleveland

    SANTA FE — There are plenty of questions surrounding the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team this season.
    So far, however, the Hilltoppers have been able to answer those questions.
    After losing five of its top six to graduation last year, the up-and-coming lineup members have come through so far for the Hilltoppers, as they did Saturday against Cleveland. The Hilltoppers took all six singles contests to earn a solid 7-2 victory over the Storm, a Class 5A team.
    It was a big win for Los Alamos, which is still trying to settle in on a permanent lineup. The team’s anchor, however, is playing as good of tennis as he has through his career.

  • ´Toppers take two of three contests at PV tournament

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team earned a pair of shutout victories at the very tough Piedra Vista Invitational this weekend.
    Los Alamos pitchers Steven Williams and Danny Finn pitched complete game shutouts on consecutive days to lead the team to the two wins. Williams gave up just five hits in an 8-0 victory over Class 5A Clovis Friday, while Finn, a freshman, allowed just two hits in a 4-0 win over Fruita, Colo., Saturday.
    The tournament was held at historic Ricketts Park in Farmington, home of the Connie Mack World Series.
    To open the tournament, the Hilltoppers fell in 13-7 against the Farmington Scorpions Thursday. Following that contest, the Hilltoppers picked up the win over Clovis Friday to advance to the fifth-place game.

  • ´Toppers earn match sweep

    SANTA FE — This year, it could well be the talent and experience of the Farmington Scorpions against the depth of the Los Alamos Hilltoppers that determines the Class 4A girls tennis championship.
    The Hilltoppers, who are about to go into the meat of their season, picked up a big early season win over the Cleveland Storm Saturday at Capital High School. The Hilltoppers dropped just one set over nine matches to pull off a sweep over the Class 5A Storm.
    Los Alamos, which was without two of its top players Saturday, had a dominant performance Saturday.
    Junior Madeline Margevicius, in the No. 1 singles slot, No. 2 Susanna Lucido and sophomore Jing Xie, at No. 5 singles, picked up wins while dropping just two games in their matches.

  • Details hazy on what triggered Hazmat incident

    More details have begun to emerge after a chemical reaction in a bottle containing liquid drawn from a 60-year-old cylinder at Los Alamos Laboratory’s Technical Area 21 caused lab officials to summon Hazmat personnel last week.

    A laboratory worker took a sample of the gas inside the bottle of liquid; a chemical reaction occurred that caused the material to flare briefly. Neither the worker nor anyone in the area was injured or exposed to hazardous chemicals, but the workers immediately employed standard emergency response procedures and called in the laboratory’s hazmat and emergency response personnel.

  • Lives cut down too soon

     With all the coverage of Whitney Houston’s unfortunate death, it reminded me of what another celebrity said recently. In an interview about his life, George Clooney said that his uncle’s death had been a huge turning point in his life, for one reason. His uncle, a smoker, drinker and general “hick” had died of lung cancer. One of the last things he uttered was “what a !@$!@ waste.” It made George look at his own life, and be determined not to lie on his death bed and utter the same words. Since then he’s been an active, and celebrated, activist and advocate for those in the most terrible situations worldwide.

  • Saving the most abused kids

    Families who adopt children are scrutinized within an inch of their lives by social service agencies. Foster families, who care for children temporarily, are also examined for qualifications.  But any pair of idiots can make a baby. At least once in your life, you may have muttered to yourself that somebody ought to require licensing before horrible people are allowed to have children.
    Some parents mistreat their children in ways the rest of us could not even imagine.  Those parents were probably mistreated themselves, and their children will probably grow up to mistreat the next generation of children, and we call that the cycle of abuse.  

  • Ask Alex: Why do LA drivers drive the way they do?

    Speaking as an avid motorist, it has been my experience that the drivers in Los Alamos either speed, or go unbelievably slower than the speed limit.
    I assume this is what you mean when you ask why LA drivers drive “the way they do.” Now I can’t speak for the driving population of our town, so I can’t speak specifically. However, I can recklessly assume and pull facts out of thin air.
    Now, the population of drivers in our small, sheltered town consists of middle aged or older scientist and/or retired folk and us teenage rapscallions.

  • LAHS filmmaker gets a shot at fame

    Los Alamos High School senior Aidan Bradbury-Aranda has come a long way since creating his first animated movie featuring Legos, when he was in fourth grade.
    His first true film-making experience came in the form of Axle Contemporary, a Santa Fe-based mobile contemporary art gallery, owned by his friend’s father. Along with his brother, Owen Bradbury-Aranda, and his friend Quill Chase-Daniel, Bradbury-Aranda founded AquO, a film and video production company.
    Since then, they have produced short documentaries for Axle Contemporary and the New Mexico Museum of Art. The most ambitious project the trio have chosen to tackle was a full-length, post-apocalyptic movie titled “After.”

  • Youth Activity Center schedule 03-18-12

    Monday — Ping pong tournament
    Tuesday —Pompom art
    Wednesday — Movies and munchies
    Thursday — Bottle cap art
    Friday — Kids’ choice arts and crafts

    All students in third through eighth grades are welcome to join free of charge.
    The centers are at 475 20th St. (by Ashley Pond) and 10 Sherwood Blvd. (by Piñon Park). Call 662-9412 or 672-1565 or more information.