Today's News

  • Plastic bag bans are full of misconceptions

    I’m writing to voice my opposition to the idea of a plastic grocery bag ban that’s been going around lately.
    Bag bans have become the latest Eco-Fad for people that don’t have anything better to do than to punish everyone for the actions of a few. They are just a warm fuzzy feel good idea that’s completely ineffective.
    Most of the time I shop at Smith’s I bring my own cloth bags since they are sturdy, carry more, and I get bonus rewards points for doing so.  However, I don’t keep any cloth bags in my truck for various reasons, so if I’m driving my truck I need the plastic or paper bags available at the store. Today I rode with a friend to Smith’s to get some lunch. I don’t carry my cloth bags in my wallet, so used plastic provided by Smith’s.
    I re-use my grocery bags for many things. I’ve actually run out of bags at the house and had to intentionally leave my cloth bags in the car on the next shopping trip just so that I could obtain more.
    Plastic bags are likely the most re-purposed and reused product that people bring into their home! If there is a bag ban, I’ll just have to buy them from Amazon.

  • Los Alamos Hockey shuts out Santa Fe, 6-0

    Despite being outshot 35-21, the Los Alamos hockey team beat the Santa Fe Blue Jackets 6-0 in its regular season finale last Friday. The win was the Hilltoppers’ fifth straight.
    Trevor Matuszak scored a pair of unassisted goals in the first period, including one short-handed goal, for the Hilltoppers.
    Benjamin Rees extended Los Alamos’ lead to 3-0 in the second period.
    Wes Skidmore and Brett Ireland then assisted Charlie Christensen. Matuszak scored a third time to get a hat trick. Jason Martinez then knocked in Los Alamos’ final goal.
    Zealand Walterschield made 35 saves to get the shutout victory.
    With the win, the Hilltoppers finished tied for second with Coronado (Texas) in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League regular season standings with 31 points.
    The league’s championships will begin Friday.


  • Hilltoppers finish second in District 2-5A

    ESPANOLA — The Los Alamos girls basketball team traveled to Española Valley and played in front of a packed house for the District 2-5A championship on Monday.
    “It was electric,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “It’s a pleasure to play in front of a crowd like this.”
    The Hilltoppers matched the atmosphere’s energy early on and started the game aggressive.
    “We knew we had to come in hard, play with our hearts and not let the environment affect us,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said.
    The Hilltoppers led 17-8 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, Española Valley went on a 12-0 run to take the lead, 28-23, and stayed in front after that.
    Española Valley won the game, 66-53.
    “I’m proud of how everybody played tonight,” captain Amber Logan said.
    “I was proud of their effort,” coach Trujillo said. “I also want to congratulate Española and wish them well (at state).”
    After Ashley Logan converted three the old-fashioned way, Trujillo made a pair of free thows and then Logan turned a steal into a fast-break bucket to put the Hilltoppers up 7-4 in the first quarter.

  • The high costs of Boehner

    As these lines are written the bumptious Republican majority that controls the U.S. House seems prepared to shut down the Department of Homeland Security or, perhaps, avoid a shutdown by funding its operations for only three weeks.
    It’s madness. By a large bipartisan margin, the Senate has already sent the House a measure funding the department through September. It is a straight-forward funding bill, no gimmicks, no distractions.
    But wingnuts in the Republican House are demanding a measure that includes language invalidating some of President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration reform. Slipping extraneous stuff like that into a bill is called adding a “poison pill,” something calculated to kill a proposal.
    House speakers who are serious about getting things done, especially where national security is concerned, usually knock heads of supporters who foster such nonsense and tell them to cool it. But the current House Speaker, John Boehner, acquiesced and tried to borrow three weeks to avoid an immediate shutdown.
    Boehner has accomplished little as Speaker, but he plainly likes the title.
    His latest caper began last fall when congressional Republicans joined Democrats in sending the president a measure funding the federal government, pending his signature.

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  • Hilltoppers get No. 6 seed for state tournament

    After finishing its season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team got the No. 6 seed for the Class 5A state tournament. The Hilltoppers will host No. 11 Goddard (15-13) in the first round on Friday at 6 p.m.
    The District 2-5A champion Española Valley (23-3) is the tournament's No. 4 seed and will face a familiar foe in the first round. They'll play district rival Del Norte (15-11) again.
    Gallup (23-2) got the top seed. Los Lunas (26-2) is the No. 2 seed, Roswell (22-4) is No. 3 while Lovington (16-9) rounded out the top-five.

  • Española takes down 'Toppers for district title

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team came out aggressive against Española Valley in the District 2-5A championship game on Monday.

    The Hilltoppers led 17-8 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, Española went on a 12-0 run to take the lead, 28-23, and then never looked back. Española went on to win the game, 66-53.

  • Superintendent forum set for tonight

    Los Alamos Public Schools will host the first of two forums for the public to hear and ask questions of the two finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools.

    Today's meeting will feature Chris Marczak, who is the superintendent at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Meeting time is 7 p.m. in the high school speech theater.

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