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Today's News

  • New United Way executive director

    Kristy Ortega was named the executive director of the Northern New Mexico United Way, which incorporates Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties, earlier this month. Ortega has worked for the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation, the Hilltop Hotel and Conference Center and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. “I am just excited to be back in the world of the non-profits,” Ortega said. “I have done a lot of marketing and I just love it.” Ortega was named to the position July 9, spent last week training in the Washington, D.C. suburbs and was in Albuquerque for even more training this week. Ortega said this year’s United Way campaign kickoff will take place in September. Ortega replaces Donna Schroeder, who retired earlier this year.

  • Municipal building ahead of schedule

    Project superintendent for Jaynes Corporation, James Trujillo, gave a construction update before councilors toured the municipal building last week.
    “Tentatively, our goal at the Jaynes Corporation is to have everything substantially completed by the end of January 2013. We’re making every effort to do that, and as of right now we’re right on schedule to meet our goal,” Trujillo said.

  • ER transition expected to be smooth at LAMC

    The transition to take over emergency services at the Los Alamos Medical Center from Healthfront in August is expected to be smooth.

    That was the assessment from an EmCare executive Wednesday after the announcement was made last week that LAMC was switching services from HealthFront to EmCare in August.

    “We were there approximately 10 years ago, so we are certainly familiar with the Los Alamos Medical Center,” said EmCare’s Vice President of Practice Development, David Copple. “We are not only familiar with Los Alamos, but we also have a number of contracts with other hospitals throughout the state.”

  • Fire probe continues

    The July 4 fire that destroyed the chapel at the New Beginnings Church still is under investigation.

    That’s the latest Wednesday from the Los Alamos County Fire Department, New Mexico State Fire Marshal Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

    All three organizations are still in the process of conducting an investigation into the origin and cause of the fire located at 112 East Road.

    According to a LAFD press release, the fire is still classified as under investigation and information is still being gathered and processed.

    “The process of fire investigation is complex and takes time an

    resources to come to a conclusion of what took place before and during the event,” the release states.

  • Topes Notes 07-26-12

    Isotopes win in extra innings, 6-5

  • Ann Stewart takes over Hilltopper boys golf program

    The Los Alamos High School athletic department announced the hiring of Ann Stewart as new head coach of the boys golf program.
    Stewart is a graduate of LAHS. In addition to taking over the boys program, Stewart will also teach physical education and driver’s education at LAHS this fall.
    She is taking over for Mike Lippiatt, who coached both the Hilltopper boys and girls in 2011-12. Lippiatt stepped down from the boys head coaching job to concentrate on the girls program.
    The Hilltopper golf teams have their first tournament of the fall 2012 season scheduled for Sept. 17.

  • Sports Update 07-26-12

    Soccer officiating clinic scheduled for Aug. 19

    An United States Soccer Federation Grade 9 referee clinic is scheduled for Aug. 19 at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the Community Field.
    The clinic is a one-day, nine-hour class. Registration is at 8 a.m. and instruction will start promptly at 8:15 a.m.
    Grade 9 is entry-level officiating for those interested in calling Los Alamos Youth Soccer League games. Interested participants should be at least 12 years old or entering the seventh grade.
    Price for the clinic is $70, including a $45 USSF registration fee and a $25 clinic fee, which may be reimbursed for those officials who referee three LAYSL games.
    For more information, call LAYSL referee coordinator Amy Regan at 672-3623.

  • Water leak detected at LAGC on Monday

    An underground pipe leak was found Monday near Los Alamos Golf Course and will need to be repaired.
    A main line that supplies water to the south side of LAGC was found to be leaking either near or underneath Diamond Drive, but the exact location isn’t yet known. The leak affects watering on holes 1-10 and 16-18.
    LAGC said it is watering those holes with a 1,000-gallon tanker borrowed from the county’s Parks department and the course will have a 3,000-gallon tanker from the Roads and Streets department at its disposal.
    A press release from LAGC warned, however, that the course, particularly the fairways, may show signs of stress until repair work is completed. Repair work is scheduled to begin this Monday.

  • All-Stars still alive at state

    The Los Alamos Little League 9/10 All-Star baseball team is still alive in the state tournament with a chance to advance to the final round.
    Los Alamos won its first two ballgames at the double-elimination state tournament, which is being played in Portales.
    Tonight, Los Alamos is playing Carlsbad in an elimination game. That game was originally scheduled for Wednesday night but was postponed due to rain.
    Los Alamos topped Deming 9-1 in the opening round Saturday, then came back to top Albuquerque South Valley 11-5 Sunday to advance to the semifinals. In Monday’s semifinal, however, Los Alamos was knocked off by Albuquerque Eastdale 12-2.

  • Off The Hill 07-26-12

    Art openings

    Zane Bennett Contemporary Arts presents “Contemporary Art from Latin America,” featuring paintings, prints and sculpture by Pablo Atchugarry, José Bedia, Roberto Matta, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Carlos Rojas, Antonio Segui, Refuio Tamayo, Frederico Herrera and Engels. The show opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 24. The gallery is located at 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe.