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Today's News

  • New administrator takes county helm Monday

    Harry Burgess has been busy the last month: wrapping up his duties as City Administrator for Carlsbad, preparing for his move to Los Alamos and prepping for his new position as Los Alamos County Administrator.

    In addition to all that, Burgess had to undergo emergency gall bladder surgery shortly after being hired Oct. 4, and following his doctor’s orders to avoid lifting has hindered packing.

    Burgess has been doing his best to be in a position to hit the ground running on Monday. He has spent considerable time e-mailing and consulting with staff by phone, including teleconferencing in on staff meetings.

  • State Champs!

    The Los Alamos girls and boys cross country teams easily outdistanced the competition to win the Class 4A state title Saturday at Rio Rancho High School. Get the full story in sports.

  • County seeks wildfire grant to recoup expenses

    The funding process for a fire mitigation grant is underway to assist Los Alamos County in offsetting expenses incurred during last summer’s Las Conchas Fire.

    “The majority of the fire was on forest service land and adding up the losses for Los Alamos County, Sandoval County and a piece of Rio Arriba County did not reach the threshold for a Presidential Disaster Grant under the Stafford Act,” Emergency Management Coordinator Philmont Taylor said. “However, we do meet the requirements for the FMAG grant (Fire Management Assistance Grant.)”

  • Lobos remain winless

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Walter Kazee ran for a career-high three touchdowns as San Diego State cruised to a 35-7 win over New Mexico on Saturday night.
    Ronnie Hillman, the FBS’s leading rusher, ran for 141 yards and a touchdown for the Aztecs (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West).
    The Lobos (0-9, 0-4), one of only two winless FBS teams, stretched their losing streak to 12 games. New Mexico’s last win came Nov. 6, 2010 against Wyoming.
    Kazee, who entered with five career rushing TDs, had never scored more than one in a game. Hillman, who came in averaging 151 yards per game, scored on a 1-yard run.
    San Diego State’s five rushing touchdowns were its most in more than 15 years.

  • ’Toppers fall to Chargers once again

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s getting to be a pattern. If you ask Jiri Kubicek, it’s getting to be a mighty tiresome pattern.
    For the fifth straight season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team ended its season with a loss to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers. Unlike the previous three seasons, however, the loss came one round early.
    Academy scored twice in less than three minutes early in the first half, the second goal knocking Los Alamos for a loop in a 3-1 loss in the semifinal round of the state Class 4A tournament.

  • OT field goal puts LSU over Alabama

    TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — No. 1 LSU gained the inside track to the BCS title game, beating No. 2 Alabama 9-6 on Drew Alleman’s 25-yard field goal in overtime after a fierce defensive struggle in which neither team reached the end zone Saturday night.
    The Crimson Tide missed four field goals, including Cade Foster’s 52-yard attempt after Alabama got the ball first in the extra period. LSU appeared to win the game on Michael Ford’s run around left end after taking a pitch, but he stepped out of bounds at the 7.

  • LA gets No. 12 seed in 4A state playoffs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team’s big finish at the end of the 2011 regular season didn’t afford it much respect from the state’s seeding and selection committee.
    Los Alamos was saddled with the No. 12 seed in the upcoming state Class 4A football playoffs, the lowest seed in the tournament.
    By virtue of its 12 seed, the Hilltoppers (6-4) will be on the road in the first round. They will meet the fifth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers this weekend.
    For the fourth year in a row, District 2-4A will send just a lone representative into the playoffs and for the second year in a row, it is the lowest possible seed.

  • ´Toppers sweep Spartans at home

    The dominance by the Los Alamos Hilltoppers in District 2-4A volleyball continued with a big win Saturday night.
    Los Alamos hosted the district tournament championship match Saturday at Griffith Gymnasium, taking on the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans had been the Hilltoppers’ toughest opponents during the district season, but the Hilltoppers dispatched them in straight sets.
    Los Alamos held on in the first set with Bernalillo serving at set point, then held on to win late in the third set, grabbing a 26-24, 25-16, 25-21 victory. The win gave Los Alamos its third consecutive 2-4A tournament title.
    The three set victories upped the consecutive set win streak by Los Alamos to 27. The win, however, didn’t come without a few hiccups.

  • LA girls run away with 4A title

    RIO RANCHO — Even for a team with 15 previous state titles under its belt, the win by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls cross country team was an impressive one.

    The Hilltoppers thoroughly dominated the Class 4A state cross country championship race Saturday.

    The state title race was held at Rio Rancho High School under cold and windy conditions, conditions that suited Los Alamos just fine.

    “The course was really good for us. We train in the cold,” Hilltopper junior Jennifer Mooday said. “When we saw the weather, we were overly excited. We were ecstatic.”

    Mooday, who has helped the Hilltoppers to two previous state titles, finished fourth overall in this year’s race.

  • LA triumphs big at state

    RIO RANCHO — Almost invariably, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team saves the best for last.
    That has never been truer than it was on Saturday.

    Los Alamos appeared primed and ready for an upset Saturday at the Class 4A state championship.  The underdog Hilltoppers, however, turned what looked to be a dogfight into a mauling.

    At Rio Rancho High School, the Hilltoppers placed five runners in the top 10 individually, sweeping positions two, three and four, to crush all comers at the title meet.