Today's News

  • ’Topper girls fall on road vs. Taos

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was nipped on the road, spoiling the debut of new coach Ann Stewart.
    Los Alamos and Taos played a nip-and-tuck game all night, but the Tigers squeaked out a 53-52 win.
    Taos (11-6), the No. 7-ranked team in Class 3A, and Los Alamos were never separated by more than two points at the end of an quarter Tuesday night. Los Alamos held a 1-point edge heading into the final period, but was outscored 18-16 by the Tigers.
    It was the second straight loss for Los Alamos (9-8) after winning four consecutive games.
    For Taos, Midnight Lujan and Marisol Martinez had 13 points each and went a combined 12 of 16 from the foul line.
    Stats for Los Alamos weren’t available following the game.

  • LA thumped at home by St. Pius

    One of the recurring themes of the 2012-13 season for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team has been that it has been sunk in many losses by one bad quarter.
    Tuesday was no exception.
    The Hilltoppers turned the ball over 10 times in a row to start the second quarter and officially got off just one field goal attempt – a 3-pointer by Simon Heath at the buzzer – against the St. Pius X Sartans.
    Los Alamos played fairly even with St. Pius, the No. 3-ranked team in the state, for most of the rest of the contest, but fell big at Griffith Gymnasium, 64-39.
    The game started off well for the Hilltoppers (1-16). They fell into a quick 7-point hole to start the game, but the defense stiffened, slowing down the Sartans who slashed their way to the basket almost at will early.
    Los Alamos actually had a chance to tie the contest up with a 3-pointer late, but went into the second quarter trailing just 11-8.
    Then, the wheels came off.
    The Hilltoppers coughed up the ball 12 times in the second quarter, leading to 13 St. Pius transition points.
    The Sartans (9-3) outscored the Hilltoppers 20-7 in the quarter to take a commanding lead into the locker room.

  • Stewart hoping to keep LA girls team moving forward

    Becoming captain midway through a cruise can be tough, although in Ann Stewart’s case, the ship seems to be pointed in the right direction.
    However, some rough waters, in the form of a tough District 2-4A schedule, are straight ahead.
    Stewart officially took over the reins of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team Monday. She was named the interim head coach of the team after the abrupt resignation of veteran coach Tarah Logan.
    With a very tough District 2-4A season opening in less than a week, Los Alamos isn’t going to have much time to iron out any new wrinkles Stewart might throw at them, but she said she doesn’t want the team to be completely status-quo with the likes of No. 2-ranked Santa Fe or No. 6-ranked Española Valley waiting in the wings.
    “I’ll probably try to throw in a few things,” she said. “Throwing in some new things for district is always a good thing. Being a new coach in district, hopefully we can mix things up a bit.”
    This season at Los Alamos, the Hilltoppers (9-8) have a good mix of young talent and veteran returners, led by senior Erin Kirk who is enjoying perhaps the best season of her career.

  • Sports Briefs 01-16-13

    Pajarito closed until more snow comes
    Pajarito Mountain has suspended its operation until further notice.
    The ski area, which didn’t open for the season until Jan. 4, announced on its website it will cease operations until it receives additional snowfall. Operations at the ski area stopped following Sunday.
    As of Tuesday afternoon, Pajarito was reporting a 16-inch mid-mountain base.
    Weather forecasts for the Los Alamos area for the next several days are predicting mostly clear skies and a slight increase in daytime temperatures.

    WRLL sign-ups start tonight
    A pair of registration sessions for the upcoming season of White Rock Little League baseball and softball is scheduled for today and Thursday.
    WRLL registration will be at Time Out Pizza in White Rock. The sessions are scheduled from 6:30-8 p.m. Additional registration sessions will be Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, also at Time Out Pizza.
    Additional information and online registration information is available by visiting eateamz.com/wrll2.

  • Muni Building should be named for citizens

    The new municipal/administration building is THE Los Alamos citizens’ building! As such, it should not be a memorial to any one person, dead or alive.
    While a few previous, and some current, councilors doggedly refused to allow LA citizens to vote on it, the building is still the citizens’ building and not the council’s building.
    If a nickname is needed, make something like “The GRT (Golden Revenue Trove or Gross Receipt Tax-windfall) Building” as that is what enabled it.
     Councilor Berting put forth the request that the building be named in memory of Jeannette O. Wallace.
    Berting insisted by her actions that this be the honoree the administrator’s committee focused on even though several councilors argued that the public should be pulsed more generally about any naming.
    I voiced, during “public comment,” that the motion had the appearance of council’s pre-emptive decision in the naming. Since the committee is to hear from the public and report back to council at the beginning of February, scrutiny will, by sheer time constraint, be restricted.
    There has been plenty of time in the last year to address this “naming” business without rushing; yet, we are now being asked to do a quickie.

  • Truck Route reopens after icy commute


    The morning commute was an icy one Wednesday.

    The Truck Route was closed for close to three hours after four separate accidents because of black ice on the roadway, according to LAPD’s Scott Mills.

    Mills said the road was reopened by the Los Alamos National Laboratory by 11 a.m.

    Mills reported that there were just minor injuries in the accidents.

    Mills said there also was an accident on the Main Hill Wednesday morning but that has since been cleared and the road is open.

    It was rough going this morning as well as Mills said there were two single-vehicle, non-injury crashes on the Truck Route because of black ice.

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  • Eaton named event chair

    The American Cancer Society has selected Cindy Eaton to serve as event chair for the 2013 Relay For Life of Los Alamos.
    Eaton was selected because of her past experience on the Relay committee.
    She was the event chair a couple of years ago and has knowledge of the event.
    “Cindy brings leadership and organizational skills with a passion to fight against cancer,” Gloria Martinez, event manager for the Relay for Life of Los Alamos said.
    “The American Cancer Society is truly blessed to have Cindy come back on board as event chair.”
    Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
    Relay For Life events are held overnight as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic track, park or other gathering area, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times throughout the evening.
    Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold fundraisers at their campsites during Relay.

  • Be There 01-15-13

    The MOWW will hold its monthly dinner meeting at 6:15 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel, third floor.
    “Metal Menageries: Sculptures by Richard Swenson and David Trujillo” opens with a public reception from 5:30-7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda and art gallery at Mesa Public Library. Peggy Pendergast will cater refreshments. This is a Chamber of Commerce FAN Club event in conjunction with the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. The exhibit will be on display during regular library hours, through Feb. 27.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6:15 p.m. in Building #1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend.
    Collaborative Restoration of the Jemez Mountains. Come to PEEC to hear about The Nature Conservancy’s restoration and conservation projects in the Jemez. Forest Conservation Program Manager Anne Bradley will discuss their partnership with “Conservation Canines” to study Jemez Mountain Salamanders. 7 p.m. Free. No registration required. Visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org for more information.

    The Los Alamos County GOP meeting will be at 7 p.m. at the Hilltop House Hotel, in the Acoma Room.