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Today's News

  • Wrestling: LA shows signs of improvement at Capital Invite

    Little by little, a young Los Alamos Hillltopper squad is improving, as evidenced by Friday’s showing at the Capital Invitational Tournament.

    Los Alamos sent seven wrestlers down to the tournament, hosted by Capital’s Jaguars.

    While only one of those seven grapplers finished Friday’s action unblemished, the other six remained alive in the consolation bracket.

    Saturday, Los Alamos picked up a couple of tournament victories, with 103-pounder Jodi Cull-Host and 145-pounder Clint Adams both advancing in the consolation round.

  • Girls basketball: LA tops Sartans, falls to Huskies

    The Los Alamos Hillltopper girls basketball team bounced back from a rough outing Thursday to upend a long-standing rival Friday.

    Los Alamos put together perhaps its most complete game of the young 2009-10 season to top the St. Pius X Sartans 49-44 in the consolation bracket of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament.

  • Boys basketball: Toppers knocked off by Huskies

    Heading into the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament, Alan Kirk figured if the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team played Hope Christian, it would be in the championship game.

    And while the two teams met Saturday in the final round, it was in the fifth-place contest.

    That game was all Hope Christian Huskies, as they topped the Hilltoppers 81-54, handing the Hilltoppers their second loss in three days.

    A day earlier, Los Alamos bounced back from an opening round loss to Rio Rancho by knocking off an old rival, St. Pius X, 70-57.

  • Football: Scott steps down after 20 years

    It was hardly the first time he’d talked about it, but it was the one and only time he actually did it.

    Longtime Los Alamos Hilltopper head football coach Bob Scott officially announced his retirement last month, wrapping up a 20-year head coaching career. Scott turned his letter of resignation into the Los Alamos High School athletic office Nov. 12, just days after wrapping up his 20th season.

    After 30 straight seasons of calling plays and blowing whistles, Scott said enough was enough.

  • Holiday cookies for sale

    Saint Dimitri Orthodox Church will have its annual Holiday bake sale of cookies and sweets from traditional Eastern Orthodox lands on Dec. 20.

    The holiday baked goods selection includes Baklava, Greek monastery cookies, Greek Koulerakia, Paxamadia, Russian tea cakes and Russian honey cookies. Included with the baked goods is a sample of Russian tea.

    The baked goods and tea are presented in an attractive box suitable for gift giving. The price is $15.95 per box. Russian tea will also be available for purchase.

  • Boys basketball: LA suffers first loss of 2009

    ALBUQUERQUE — To keep its unbeaten streak alive, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team would need to play a clean game Thursday against the Rio Rancho Rams.

    But 14 turnovers in the middle quarters Thursday night wasn’t even close to clean enough.

    The Hilltoppers had their start-of-season 5-game win streak snapped by the Rams in the first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament. The Rams rallied in the latter part of the fourth quarter to turn a close contest into a rout, winning 79-61.

  • Girls basketball: Toppers fall in first round against Matadors, 63-22

    ALBUQUERQUE — The tall order the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team had Thursday went unfilled.

    In Thursday’s first round of the Joe Armijo Invitational, the Hilltoppers ran into a hot team that’s pressure defense and interior passing were firing on all cylinders.

    The Sandia Matadors jumped ahead quickly and never trailed in Thursday’s opening round game. The Matadors held the Hilltoppers to nine points or fewer in each quarter to win 63-22 at Albuquerque Academy West Gymnasium.

  • IMTEC lays off ‘more than 10’ employees

    A company official confirmed Wednesday that several employees at IMTEC, a Los Alamos manufacturing company, were laid off this week.

    “We had just over 10 positions eliminated,” said Mark Farmer, general manger for digital oral care, whose office is in St. Paul, Minn. Farmer was en route back to his office Wednesday.

    “These were positions not aligned with our longer term direction,” he said. “And that’s about it.”

  • Local hero packed a global wallop

    Louis Rosen’s role as hero, mentor and prophet of nuclear policy was the subject of an affectionate tribute Wednesday night. Rosen, one of the last of the great Manhattan Project physicists, died Aug. 15 at the age of 91, but his memory lives on in the hearts of his friends.

    At a meeting of the Los Alamos Committee on Arms Control and International Security, four colleagues who knew Rosen exceptionally well shared their insights with an audience who were pleased to have the chance to contribute some of their own memories as well.

  • Sweep nets 100 percent compliance

    Los Alamos businesses earned a perfect score during Thursday night’s alcohol compliance sweep.

    Owners and employees not only denied service to underage operatives involved in the sweep – they did it with conviction. A woman at one establishment even scolded the two 18-year-old Santa Fe operatives for attempting to purchase drinks and promptly escorted them out the front door.

    Los Alamos Police Det. Shari Mills was in charge of the three-hour undercover operation conducted in conjunction with Santa Fe’s Special Investigations Division.