Today's News

  • Young Toppers looking for improvement

    A big chunk of the roster of the 2011 Los Alamos Hilltopper football team has limited or no varsity experience.
    Those youngsters, however, will get tested in a hurry this season.
    The Hilltoppers’ season kicks off Saturday against Pojoaque. Game time is 1:30 p.m.
    Even before the first snap, however, the Hilltoppers will have plenty of challenges ahead of them this season. The Hilltoppers have only 25 players listed on the varsity roster, more than half of those being freshmen or sophomores, the majority of which have little or no experience at the varsity level.

  • Salazar named LANL's tribal relations liaison

    Earl Salazar is Los Alamos National Laboratory’s new tribal liaison in the Government Affairs Office.
    Previously a budget analyst for LANL’s Chief Financial Officer Division, Salazar began working in his new capacity on Monday.
    Salazar succeeds Elmer Torres, who retired after 41 years of service, the last decade of which he was involved with LANL’s tribal affairs efforts.
    “Earl brings to his new position broad and deep tribal government experience with the Native American community of New Mexico and significant business and finance expertise from more than two decades working in the office of the LANL Chief Financial Officer,” said Government Affairs Office Director Patrick Woehrle.

  • ACT changes after-school bus routes

    Changes in Los Alamos Public Schools scheduling and the need to comply with both school and federal regulations prompted changes in Atomic City Transit afterschool routes this fall.
    “As soon as we knew the schools times were changing, we spent a lot of staff time brainstorming ways to improve these things overall for the majority of riders,” said Nancy Talley, transportation division manager.
    School officials not only notified the transit officials about new start and stop times but of new regulations requiring  county transit buses to remain on county right-of-way instead of entering school property, in order to reduce liability issues and keep the school system in compliance with insurance regulations.

  • LA pays tribute

    A large crowd gathered for a special ceremony at Ashley Pond Park Thursday to thank the individuals and organizations that helped out during the Las Conchas Wildfire.

    The Los Alamos County Council, Los Alamos National Laboratory and National Nuclear Security Agency hosted the “Los Alamos Says Thanks” event.

    “This fire brought out the best of the best in all of us across the great state of New Mexico – we saw it 11 years ago during the Cerro Grande Fire and we saw it again during this fire,” said Council Chair Sharon Stover. “Firefighters and police officers and the National Guard top the list, but it went way beyond that.”

  • Just A Wag 08-26-11

    White Rock is abuzz

    We hear that a certain local businessman and his partners are about to launch a co-work space venture in White Rock near Metzger’s.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • That's entertainment!

    Whatever happened to good comedy, or drama, or mystery?  
    Did all the talented script writers have their jobs outsourced to sheep herders living in a yurt out in the Russian tundra?  
    A cursory glance at television schedules today can serve you well if you happen to need a colonoscopy test prep.
    First of all, let’s admit that we all love useless contraptions.  
    You know, like that USB-enabled combination shower head coffee filter you got for Christmas?  
    Or that solar powered meat thermometer.  And what about all the attention from women we now get ever since we started spray painting our heads with Ronco’s bald spot remover?

  • Thursday's prep football scores

    A pair of Class 4A teams were big winners in the opening night of prep football in New Mexico.
    High school football got going with four games Thursday night, including a pair of nail-biters pitting two of the top teams in the southern part of the state going up against opponents from El Paso, Texas.
    Las Cruces Mayfield edged El Paso Chapin 28-27 to open its season, while the Las Cruces Bulldawgs were nipped by El Paso El Dorado, 26-23.
    In the other two games Thursday, Atrisco Heritage, which plays in District 5-4A, pounded Class 5A’s Albuquerque High 37-0 to open its season, while Valencia, from District 6-4A, crushed Taos 68-18.

  • Marr is best predictor at Pace Race

    Duane Marr was the top predictor at this week’s Pace Race.
    The Pace Race, a weekly event hosted by the Atomic City Roadrunners, was held Tuesday in the Quemazon subdivision. The Quemazon Climb/Decadent Table Dessert Run featured a big climb up Quemazon Road toward the Perimeter Trail and attracted 16 runners and walkers.
    Marr, who competed on the 1-mile course Tuesday, was 24 seconds off his predicted finish time. He topped Tom Sanford, who was 30 seconds off. No other competitor Tuesday finished with a prediction error of under two minutes.
    On the 1-mile course, Anya Gonzales was the top finisher, completing her run in 13:38. On the 3-mile course, Jamie Jablin was the top finisher with his time of 21:41, while Sammy Keie finished in 33:04.

  • LA steamrolls Moriarty, 8-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team took nine shots in the first 10 minutes, connecting on two of them to set the tempo for a whitewashing Thursday afternoon in White Rock.
    The Hilltopper offense ran roughshod over the Moriarty Pintos back line in the first half Thursday, connecting on three goals in the first 13 minutes. The Pintos would never mount any kind of serious attack as the Hilltoppers rolled to an 8-0 victory at the Paul Spirio Soccer Complex.
    The score might have been worse had Los Alamos not misfired on two open-goal opportunities and Moriarty goalkeeper Taylor Luker not stopped two well-placed balls in the first half.

  • Toppers hold on in shootout to win

    Second verse, same as the first.
    The 2010 state champion Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team rarely failed to keep fans on the edges of their seats and the 2011 Hilltoppers picked up right where their predecessors left off in Thursday’s season opener.
    Los Alamos came back from a 1-0 deficit midway through the second half Thursday against the Rio Rancho Rams. After two scoreless overtime periods, Los Alamos picked up a 4-2 shootout victory to take its season opening contest 2-1 over the Rams at Dara Jones Field in White Rock.
    Henry Steinkamp, assisted by Cooper Christensen, found the net in the 62nd minute Thursday, answering a goal 19 minutes earlier by Rio Rancho midfielder Josh Trujillo.