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Today's News

  • LA closes out 2-4A game early

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team won going away Saturday against the Capital Jaguars, but it wasn’t all a celebration.
    While heading in for the first score of the game just a little over three minutes in, Los Alamos’ Catie McDonald ran headlong into the Jaguars’ left goalpost. McDonald was down on the ground right by the goalpost for several minutes until she was taken by ambulance to Los Alamos Medical Center.
    McDonald, who is having a marvelous season for the Hilltoppers, was groggy following the collision and had to be taken by gurney off the field to the waiting ambulance.
    Initial reports suggested McDonald may have suffered a whiplash-like hit to her head and neck.
    Despite the early injury, which left many Hilltopper players and spectators shaken, the team regrouped to rout the Jaguars 10-0.
    McDonald’s sister, Meghan, tallied the 10th and final goal in the 62nd minute on a penalty kick.
    Los Alamos scored six goals in the first half, with Amy Neal picking up a hat trick 24 minutes into the game.
    With the victory, the Hilltoppers (12-2) improved to 3-0 in 2-4A play and have outscored their three district opponents 26-0 in those games.

  • Toppers pick up win on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team picked up an important win on the road Saturday afternoon.
    Los Alamos came back from a 3-point halftime deficit to grab a 29-25 victory over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers at Richard Harper Memorial Field in Albuquerque.
    Quarterback Brice Van Etten found Xavier Dennison open in the middle of the field for a 49-yard touchdown with about six minutes remaining Saturday.
    The long score gave the Hilltoppers a 29-19 edge. The Chargers (3-3) would score a touchdown with under four minutes to go but Los Alamos picked up two big first downs on its ensuing drive to kill the clock.
    Saturday was Academy’s homecoming contest, but the host Chargers lost their second straight game to the Hilltoppers. The Hilltoppers beat the Chargers at Sullivan Field for their 2011 homecoming game.
    A loss by the Hilltoppers, who evened their season record at 3-3, would’ve likely cost them any stab at an at-large invitation to the Class 4A playoffs this year, should they need to go that route.
    The fourth quarter touchdown was the second long score of the game for Dennison, who ran 46 yards to paydirt to give Los Alamos an 8-0 lead early in the fourth quarter.

    Special thanks to KRSN AM 1490 for its assistance with this report

  • LA shut out by Capital, 1-0

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team wants to reclaim the District 2-4A championship from the Capital Jaguars, it’s going to have to do it the hard way.
    Los Alamos was able to pick up its intensity after a sluggish first half to make a second half push Saturday, but it wouldn’t be enough to crack an impressive Jaguar back line.
    Luis Rios-Olivas blasted a shot from 25 yards out which the breeze helped push into the goal at the 34-minute mark. That goal would be all the Jaguars would need, taking a 1-0 decision at Sullivan Field.
    The loss puts the Hilltoppers in an early hole against the Jaguars, who claimed the district title in 2011 on the last day of the Hilltoppers’ regular season. Now, in 2012, it could well be the Hilltoppers hoping to pull off a big late season win when the two teams meet Oct. 23.
    Capital dominated the first half but had only the one goal to show for it. However, it beat Los Alamos to most every ball in the air and made enough runs to keep the Los Alamos defense off-balance.
    On the other side of the field, Los Alamos could muster only two shots and only one of them between the pipes.
    Capital head coach Eugene Doyle picked up his first win in six tries at Sullivan Field.

  • High winds cancel opening launch at Balloon Fiesta

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A mass launch of balloons at the kickoff of an annual hot-air balloon festival in New Mexico has been cancelled because of high winds.

    Hundreds of hot-air balloons were expected to rise into the sky early Saturday morning at the 41st Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the launch was delayed from 5:45 a.m. and then cancelled at 7 a.m. Groans and sighs could be heard from the launch field as a public address announcer passed on the news.

    Winds were at about 30 mph at 1,000 feet and well above safety limits.

    The nine-day event drew slightly more than 700,000 spectators last year

  • Cone Zone 10-06-12

    NMDOT mill and overlay on N.M. 502 continues
    N.M. 502 (Main Hill) to Los Alamos will be closed from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday and weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., while the NMDOT completes milling and paving operations.
    If necessary, work will continue between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 13. Work is occurring from east of East Gate Drive to the Bayo Canyon access road. Access to De Colores and the East Gate Industrial Park will be maintained from the town site.
    Weather permitting, the project should be complete by Oct. 14. Motorists should use N.M. 4/East Jemez Road truck route.
    Contact: Kenny Gallegos, NMDOT District 5 Area Maintenance supervisor at 505-660-7866.

    Public Works projects:
    Eastern Area 2 concrete, P\paving and utility project — Phase 1
    Fifth Street between Myrtle and Canyon remains closed.
    Work continues on Myrtle between 9th Street and 15th Street. This section of Myrtle is closed to through traffic with flagging operations during the day and two-way traffic at night.
    Canyon Road is paved between Manhattan Loop east to the middle of the Myrtle Green. Paving from the middle of Myrtle Green and 9th Street will occur this week.
    Minor delays should be expected. All through traffic on the above streets are advised to seek alternate routes.

  • Teens attack bus stop

    Police responded to a bizarre vandalism incident recently involving a group of teens and a bus stop on San Ildefonso Road.

    According to the police report, a group of teens all dressed in black, including facemasks descended upon an Atomic Transit bus stop at San Ildefonso road and proceeded to smash the glass panels in.

    One of the teens climbed on top of the shelter and cracked one of the windows while another smashed a panel from the other side, according to a witness at the scene.

    But just as quickly as they appeared, the masked teens quickly vanished back into the surrounding neighborhood and haven’t been seen since.

    “I canvassed the neighborhood in the surrounding area in an attempt to locate them. I was unable to locate anyone matching the description given,” the responding officer said in a report about the incident.

    “We are not actively looking because we haven’t identified any suspects, but if we do get any information, we will be sure to follow up on it,” said Los Alamos Police Department’s Capt. Randy Foster.

    — Tristram DeRoma

  • Update 10-06-12

    Night in Italy

    Tickets are available for “A Night in Italy” fundraiser for Assets in Action. The event takes place Oct. 20 at the Hilltop House Hotel. Tickets are $40 each and proceeds benefit youth development programs. Additional information is available by calling 661-4846 or by email at AssetsInAction.info.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center. The board meets monthly. More information can be obtained by calling 662-8173.

    Elk festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event through Oct. 14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 for a work session at the White Rock Fire Station No. 3.

    Scottish dance

    The Scottish Country Dance will be from 7:30-10:30 p.m. Monday at Fuller Lodge.

  • Education comes to forefront

    The House District 43 candidates — Republican Jim Hall and Democratic challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard have some definitive thoughts when it comes to education.

    During his career, Hall has spent eight years on the school board and Garcia Richard has been a teacher in Pojoaque school system for more than 10 years.

    The two will take part in the first of two debates Thursday in a forum sponsored by the League of Women’s Voters of White Rock. The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the White Rock Baptist Church. The second is scheduled for Santa Fe the following week.

    Both Hall and Garcia Richard agree there is a crisis in education.

    “We are at the bottom of too many good lists and at the top of too many bad ones.   There is no single answer, but we can make progress if everyone — parents, teachers, administrators, board members, legislators, and students — focuses on student achievement,” Hall said. “I believe student achievement comes from well trained, highly motivated teachers maximizing their time with students with strong support from parents and administrators.”

    Garcia Richard reiterated that education is one of her top priorities.

  • Operation Hilltopper set for Monday

    Emergency first response organizations in Los Alamos County have, for the past year, been training their personnel, polishing their plans and tweaking their equipment in a comprehensive effort aimed at preparing to deal with a scenario that nobody hopes will ever arise — an active shooter loose at a school.

    Operation Hilltopper, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Monday, is a full-scale exercise designed to test police, fire, emergency medical support, Los Alamos Medical Center and Los Alamos High School personnel and their abilities to adequately respond to just such an event.

    Toward that end, the Los Alamos County Office of Emergency Management is letting residents living in the vicinity of Los Alamos High School know that on the day of the exercise, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday they will see a significant number of emergency vehicles around the high school and the hospital.

    In addition, observers are likely to hear gunshots (only blanks, no live ammunition will be used) and even the screams of actors portraying victims.

    “We would also like to give residents an advanced heads-up regarding possible traffic delays, especially at the Canyon/Diamond intersection while this exercise is taking place,” the county said in its press release.

  • Opening new doors

    Santana Garcia-Chang and Francisco “Kiko” Rael, formerly of Questa, have a new home: Los Alamos and they love it.

    They also have the seeds of careers at Los Alamos National Laboratory — thanks to a helping hand from a scholarship fund started by lab employees and run by the LANL Foundation.

    Garcia-Chang and Rael hang out with scientists and engineers. Rael enjoys playing pickup soccer at the community field.

    They visit Mesa Public Library and the Fuller Lodge Art Center.

    “Los Alamos feels like a small town that’s tight-knit and ideal for families, and still has cultural things to do,” Garcia-Chang says. “It’s our home.”

    Their days are busy: caring for their toddler son, Javan, working at Los Alamos National Laboratory where she is an intern and he is a full-time contractor and studying for college classes. But their eyes are on the prize of careers in environmental/civil engineering and health physics for radiation protection.