Today's News

  • Shooters take aim in Sin City

    Shooting stick can be much more than a leisurely activity while downing a few cold ones.
    For some of the top local players, it can mean a trip to the national playoffs.
    That’s what one team from Los Alamos did recently. In May, regulars in the Los Alamos Pool League took a trip to Las Vegas to compete with some of the top shooters in the nation.
    The local team of Mike Cutler, Tony Zukaitis, Brian Appell, John Robertson and Vance Boone took part in the Billiards Congress of American Pool League National Championship, which was held at the Riviera Resort and Casino – all the players but Boone took part in the open individual event as well.

  • Coffelt is one of top officials

    A group of football officials from Los Alamos has been around for quite awhile. It’s been around so long, in fact, that current crew chief Kerry Coffelt remembers it from his playing days.
    The officiating crew has been on the hill since the early 1960s and is still going strong. It’s one of the most respected crews in northern New Mexico and recently had a chance to call the 2011 North-South small school All-Star Game, which was played in Española.

  • Golfers earned big wins at City event

    It was quite a July 2010 for Curt Norman.
    Norman, one of the top golfers in Los Alamos County, had perhaps the best month of his amateur career last year by finishing second at the Atomic City Invitational and winning the Los Alamos City Championship, the first City tournament win of his career.
    Meanwhile, at the City tournament, Martinson picked up her second straight title, holding off charges from past champions Barbara Schmitt and Ev Griggs.
    Martinson shot an 83 in day two, quickly erasing Schmitt’s two-stroke lead to win. Martinson said she spent much of last off season working out her shoulders to help give her more length off the tee.

  • Ladies tennis keeps rolling this summer

    The Los Alamos Tennis Club has three competitive teams rated. 3.5 or above, but by far the standout is the women’s squad.
    The LATC ladies 3.5 adult team put together a stellar 9-3 record this season, while the senior ladies team qualified for the Southwest Sectional tournament.
    At the sectionals, played in May in Tucson, Los Alamos finished third, going 3-2.
    The adult team is captained by Lee Harris, who posted a solid 6-3 playing in doubles this season. United States Tennis Association matches are a best-of-five affair consisting of two singles and three doubles contests, while the senior captain is Lorraine Vasilik.

  • Baron hopes to build on victory

    It was  a change for Erica Baron this year, but that change did her good.
    Instead of electing to do the 50 kilometer race at this year’s Jemez Mountain Trail Run, Baron decided to do the half-marathon, a race she’d never attempted before.
    The decision paid off well for Baron, who won the race. Baron finished with a time of 1 hour, 48 minutes, 39 seconds, nearly two minutes better than her closest competitor, Megan Kimmel of Silverton, Colo.
    Baron has been for several years one of the top local distance runners. Earlier this year she was the 10K top finisher at the inaugural Run for Her Life race and in 2008 picked up a nearly 20-minute victory at the Pajarito Trail Run 15 miler.

  • Wood just keeps on running

    Long-distance running, by its very nature, is a solitary sport and competitors are often competing with themselves as much, or more so, than those they’re running against.
    Local ultrarunner Blake Wood tries to do both.
    Wood was the top local male finisher in the 50-mile Jemez Mountain Trail Run last month. He placed seventh overall in the tough race, run around Pajarito Mountain on some challenging terrain.
    Wood said it was his best race in some time and is hoping it will give him some momentum heading into the Hardrock Hundred.
    “I was absolutely thrilled,” Wood said of his finish at the Jemez Mountain race. “I went in with two goals and was able to accomplish them both.”

  • I-25 reopens between New Mexico, Colorado

    RATON, N.M. (AP) — Interstate 25 has reopened between New Mexico and Colorado after being closed for four days because of a wildfire near Raton.

    However, Exit 454 in New Mexico and exit 2 in Colorado will remained closed Thursday because of the Track wildfire, which is burning on about 26,000 acres. New Mexico authorities say a 45 mph speed limit will be strictly enforced.

    Some residents near that fire able to return home Wednesday. Carlsbad Caverns National Park on the opposite end of the state also reopened after crews worked feverishly to get a jump on another wildfire ahead of worsening weather.

    The Loop fire started Monday and has charred about 30,500 acres of desert scrub.

  • Announcements 06-14-11

    Class of ‘91 reunion

    The Los Alamos High School class of 1991 will have 20-year reunion events during June 24-26. For more information, visit http://www.classcreator.com/Los-Alamos-NM-1991, or contact Julie Gable at 602-320-8855.

    Volunteers needed

    Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is recruiting volunteers to help in the following areas: gardening, reading to individuals, leading a craft project, playing card or board games with residents, helping with Bingo, playing music or leading a sing-along session. Please call the Activities Director at 662-4300 for details. We’ll help you get started.

    Volunteer at Fuller Lodge

  • Bonding helps students, teachers fit in

    The verdict is in on what makes folks feel like a part of their school. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be “relationships.”
    Okay honestly, it would be two words: “duh ... relationships.”
    When I talked to people both young and old, it wasn’t the bricks, it wasn’t the mortar and it wasn’t the great tech equipment they had in the building that made a difference. It was they way people made them feel.
    It was the fact that schools didn’t just look at students for test scores, but for what goals the student and parents wanted to accomplish for the year.

  • Kiwanis scholarship winners

    Pictured from left to right, Don Casperson, Kiwanian and Key Club Mentor; dad Devon Engleman; Key Club MemberTaylor Engleman; Key Club Member Morgan Vaughn; Randy and Nancy Vaughn (Morgan’s parents), and Morrie Pongratz. Each student received a check from Kiwanis. Vaughn will attend Arizona State University and Engleman will attend The University of New Mexico.