Today's News

  • Ice bucket challenge

    Left to right: Student Council Advisor Joanne Ploeger, Los Alamos High School Principal Debbie Balew-Nyquist, Athletic Director Ann Stewart, Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Gerry Washburn await their fate during an Ice Bucket Challenge at the high school.

  • Cone Zone 08-31-14

    Pavement Preservation Work in White Rock:
    Chip seal operations continue on Hamlin Court, Pruitt, Paige Loop and Paige Court in White Rock. All the chips have been applied and the final sealant will be applied in mid to late September. The reason for the delay before sealing is to allow the chips to settle; any remaining loose chips will be swept up before the sealant is applied. Residents will receive 48 hour notice before the final sealant is applied on their street.
     Central Avenue Improvements Project:
    The contractor is reporting that pedestrians are crossing into the work zone instead of at the provided crossings; this is extremely dangerous and pedestrians are advised to use the provided pathways.
    Starting on Tuesday, the sidewalk on the north side of Central between the Post Office driveway to just west of Bathtub Row will be closed to allow for the installation of a storm drain pipe; pedestrians will be routed to the south side of Central.

  • Mission creep in Iraq

    There are several reasons not to intervene militarily in another country’s conflict, even modestly. One is the potential for mission creep.
    We already could detect the signs of mission creep in Iraq. Now, with the stepped-up United States airstrikes after the Islamic State’s horrific execution of American reporter James Foley, the signs are clearer than ever.
    On Aug. 7, President Barack Obama said that the U.S. airstrikes in northern Iraq were to protect Americans from the Islamic State’s threat to the Kurdish city of Erbil, where the U.S. government has a consulate. He also said Americans would be protected anywhere in Iraq, including Baghdad. Finally, he said airstrikes would be part of a humanitarian mission to save “thousands — perhaps tens of thousands” — of Yezidis who were trapped and desperate on Mount Sinjar.
    But in later statements Obama intimated that he had other objectives.

  • Liability, strategy concerns help business owners pick structure

    The form a new business should take isn’t always obvious. Though many self-employed entrepreneurs begin as sole proprietors, an individual can structure her business in many other ways. The best structure is the one that fits her business’s strategy and size and offers the greatest protection from liability and taxes.
    Flying solo
    A sole proprietorship, the simplest business form, is logical for many startups or solo professionals, such as consultants, private investigators, or freelance writers. In a sole proprietorship, the business is not separate from the owner and his business income and losses are included on his personal tax returns.
    A sole proprietor often has little overhead, and personal assets are used in the business. He operates under his own name or creates a “doing business as” moniker. Because the sole proprietor is personally responsible for all his business’s debts and liabilities, he might want to incorporate or become a limited liability company to protect his assets.
    A sole proprietor rarely has to do more than obtain a business license and gross receipts tax number, but his business type might require registration with licensing authorities.
    Choosing partners

  • Update 08-31-14

    Viewing party

    “Manhattan” TV series, viewing party and discussion. 8-9:30 p.m. today at Time Out Pizzeria on Central Ave.

    Rotary Club

    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting. Noon Tuesday at the Manhattan Project restaurant. Speaker will be exchange student Frederiek Gerretschen from the Netherlands.

    First Friday Forts

    First Friday Forts at PEEC. 3:30-5 p.m. Come build a fort or cook up something good in the mud kitchen. No formal program — just a time for kids to get together and have fun. Parents must stay and supervise their children. No advance registration required. Free. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460, or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    GOP headquarter opening

    The Republican Party of Los Alamos invites friends and families to the opening of their 2014 election headquarters at 4 p.m. Monday. The location is 1362D-1 Trinity. The phone number is 695-8080. There will be free hot dogs for all and statewide and local candidates for voters to get to know better. The headquarters will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday -Friday. All are welcome anytime. For more information, call Robert Gibson, 662-3159. 

  • Friday's prep football scores

    Alamogordo 39, Valencia 0
    Artesia 40, Belen 14
    Aztec 20, Bloomfield 0
    Bayfield, Colo. 48, Kirtland Central 6
    Bernalillo 49, Taos 24
    Capital 25, Socorro 13
    Carrizozo 60, Ramah 6
    Centennial 42, Onate 10
    Cibola 44, Albuquerque High 20
    Clayton 51, West Las Vegas 6
    Cloudcroft 46, Springer 0
    Deming 44, EP Cathedral, Texas 7
    Dexter 25, Hatch Valley 20
    Dulce 27, Navajo Pine 6
    Eldorado 14, Rio Grande 0
    EP Americas, Texas 35, Carlsbad 19
    EP Del Valle, Texas 41, Gadsden 7
    EP Riverside, Texas 28, Chaparral 14
    Escalante 34, Tucumcari 28
    Espanola Valley 54, McCurdy 6
    Gateway Christian 60, Menaul 6
    Hagerman 28, Capitan 6
    Hondo 68, Roy/Wagon Mound 13
    Hot Springs 20, Tularosa 13
    La Junta, Colo. 52, Raton 0
    Lordsburg 53, Willcox, Ariz. 7
    Melrose 50, Mescalero Apache 0
    Moriarty 37, Miyamura 27
    Pojoaque 18, Los Alamos 6
    Questa 30, Zuni 8
    Rio Rancho 49, Valley 0
    Robertson 14, Portales 7
    Ruidoso 21, Roswell 20
    San Juan Blanding, Utah 35, Piedra Vista 8
    Santa Rosa 25, Texico 12
    Santa Teresa 22, San Elizario, Texas 6
    Seagraves, Texas 53, Jal 0
    Thoreau 52, Tohatchi 0

  • Coyotes score goal in OT vs. ’Toppers

    For the third time in a calendar year, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team met the Roswell Coyotes.
    And for the third time, the Coyotes prevailed.
    The Coyotes, who won the Class 4A state championship in 2013, topping the Hilltoppers in the semifinals en route to the crown, showed off their potent attack Saturday in the semifinals of the Louie Cernicek Invitational.
    However, Los Alamos goalkeeper Chris Parker was up to the task for most the meeting.
    The two teams went into overtime, but in the second overtime period, Roswell’s Chris Mesquita crushed a left-footer just inside the far post to give his team a 2-1 win and get the Coyotes to their second straight Cernicek tournament final.
    Saturday evening’s tournament championship game hadn’t been completed as of press time.
    The Coyotes won the Cernicek tournament in 2013, topping Los Alamos 6-2 in the championship.
    Los Alamos had a 1-man advantage for much of the contest. At the 26-minute mark, Roswell forward Anthony Valadez was slapped with a red card for running over Parker near the goal mouth, negating an apparent Coyote goal.

  • Miscues prove costly in LA’s opener

    It wasn’t a secret heading into Friday night’s game that the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team was a work in progress.
    But, judging from its performance Friday, there is no shortage of things for Los Alamos to work on or progress to be made.
    The Hilltoppers struggled to get their running game established, particularly the option, struggled with snapping the ball from their bread-and-butter pistol formation, and struggled for a good chunk of the night on defense against the Pojoaque Valley Elks.
    The Hilltoppers fell to the Elks in their 2014 opener, 18-6 at Sullivan Field.
    They were outgained by more than 2-to-1 on the offensive side and gave up too many big plays.
    Perhaps the backbreaker came in the third quarter, however. Pojoaque Valley quarterback Chris Quintana, who had been the piston driving the offense up to that point, was ejected from the ballgame on a late hit against Los Alamos defensive tackle Andres Dow with 4:05 left.
    Cold second-string quarterback Royce Nez came in from the bench. But on his first snap, a third-and-42 situation, Los Alamos retreated into deep coverage while Nez handed the ball off to tailback Darren Montoya. Montoya went untouched to near the first-down marker, bounced off three potential tacklers and scampered into the end zone.

  • Word on the Street 8-31-14


    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “Who is your favorite teacher and what is your favorite class so far this year?”

  • Teacher feature: Engelbrecht brings fresh perspective


    Along with the advent of the 2014-2015 school year arrived a wave of fresh faces, not just among the student body, but also the staff. Last year, retirees of Los Alamos High School left the district and the school board wondering who would fill the empty slots. However, their uncertainty soon transformed into firm decision when capable and qualified applicants arrived. Christine Engelbrecht, a comparative world literature teacher, is one out of the group of recently hired individuals. 

    Engelbrecht attended high school at Norman North High School in Oklahoma. 

    She received an associate’s degree in liberal studies from Oklahoma City community college in liberal arts and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in language arts education. 

    Engelbrecht graduated Magna Cum Laude with highest honors.