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Today's News

  • Registration now open for Chamber Golf Tournament

    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is holding the annual Chamber Golf Tournament Benefitting United Way of Northern New Mexico Aug. 18 at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    Early registration is $400 per foursome until Aug. 4. After that date registration is $500 per foursome.

    Individual golfers can register for $125.
    Registration includes breakfast, golf, cart and lunch. Sign up now at losalamoschamber.com/events.

    Sponsorships are available for holes, beverages, lunch, breakfast and at the Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. For more information contact Chamber Director Nancy Partridge at 661-4872 or email her at Nancy@losalamos.org. Sponsors can register at losalamoschamber.com/events.

    Check-in for the tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. while breakfast is served. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and is followed by lunch, awards, and door prizes at 12:30 p.m. or end of play.

    The tournament is a four-person scramble and will feature a few prize and contest holes. Mulligans will be available for a small fee.

    The Chamber Golf Tournament is an awesome opportunity to wrap up your workweek by having fun while raising funds for a good cause. Players can also do a little business networking at the same time.

  • Athletes take part in Splash N Dash

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Multisport Club hosted its second Splash N Dash of the summer this week.

    The event gives athletes from around the area a chance to test themselves on land and in the water.

    Athletes of all ages and abilities came to the Splash N Dash, which began at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

    There were several different courses available to the competitors depending on their abilities.

    Two people could also team up for a relay.

    For the heartiest competitors, the course included a 400-yard swim followed by a three-mile run.

    The shorter course included a 200-yard swim followed by a 1.9 mile run.

    Young kids had the option of doing a 100-yard swim followed by a 1.3 mile run.

    Competitors are informed of their finishing times, but there is no prize for winning.

    Time is kept as a way of letting the racers keep track of their progress throughout the year, not for competition purposes.

    There will be two more Splash N Dash events this summer, on July 5 and July 19, both of which will begin at the Aquatic Center.

    Registration begins at 6:15 p.m.

    In addition, the Triatomics host a time-trial race every Tuesday evening that the public is welcome to attend.

  • Baby’s first bake sale nets nearly $600

    Twelve-week old Rachel Parkison and mom Laura, a teacher at Los Alamos Middle School assisted with a bake sale for Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry on Monday. with a successful community fundraiser.
    Handsberry has had a re-occurrence of her cancer and community members and former students rallied to support with, “better living  through baked goods.”
    A GoFundMe account has also been set up by a friend.
    The sale raised $592.55.

  • Assets in Action: Teaching children to step up

    As a society, I think we are in a crisis situation, for which many may be unaware.
    Words really do matter and we need not only be aware, but have the discussions, teach our children and step up when we see ugly things taking place.
    The news this week highlighted 17-year-old Michelle Carter and the role she played in her boyfriend’s suicide.
    I find so many things wrong with this situation, but think there needed to be a consequence in order to ignite a nationwide conversation. We need to have the conversation!
    Recently at a community meeting, I was approached by a health professional that asked what we are going to do locally to make a change. I believe that many don’t even know one needs to be made here.
    We still need to teach children the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” At the same time, we need to teach kids that what you say can have a dramatic impact on another person.
    There are many local youth that don’t hesitate to tell a peer, “You should just drink bleach and die.”
    You might think it would be a certain type of student that would say that, but it can be anyone. That is why we need to have the conversation with all of our kids.

  • Community Calendar 6-21-17

    TODAY
    Chamber Breakfast at 9 a.m. in the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos campus, building 2, room 230. Panel discussion on progress on the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.

    Summer Family Evening: Orienteering
at 6:30 p.m. at the Nature Center. Learn to find your way with a map and compass and take a journey by following clues along the way. Del Norte Credit Union sponsors this evening of family fun. Cost is $0 for member families, $5 for non-member families.
    THURSDAY
    Lenton Malry will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak series.
    FRIDAY
    Summer Constellations
at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. Discover and identify constellations and planets visible in our night sky this summer, and enjoy their beauty from our planetarium. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children
    SATURDAY
    Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure at 2 p.m. at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children.
    SUNDAY

  • Malry to speak at library Thursday

    “Let’s Roll This Train” is a memoir by one of New Mexico’s leading educators and public servants, Dr. Lenton Malry. Malry will give a talk at Mesa Public Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, in the Upstairs Rotunda.
    Malry is a great storyteller, and he has an inspiring story to tell, having been raised in the segregated South at a time when access to housing, education, employment and recreation were limited for Black people.  His family prized education and public service.
    It was his passion for education that led him to first become a teacher, then to become the first African American to receive his Ph.D. in education from the University of New Mexico, and on to become the first African American school principal in Albuquerque.
    He was the first African American elected to the New Mexico Legislature and the first African American Bernalillo County Commissioner.
     He served in the New Mexico legislature from 1968 to 1978, where his proudest accomplishment was a bill that provided for kindergartens in all New Mexico public schools. Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.
    Malry’s talk will be followed by a book-signing.

  • UNM football assistant resigns to accept upstart prep position

    Charles McMillian, defensive passing game coordinator and safeties coach, has stepped down from his post after three seasons to become the first head coach at St. Francis Episcopal, a new prep high school in the Houston area, announced head football coach Bob Davie.

    McMillian was a key factor in helping UNM’s improved defense. The team recorded just four interceptions prior to his taking over as the defensive passing game coordinator.  
    Since then, they have recorded 33, and the safeties have exactly half of all UNM interceptions over the last two seasons. Last year UNM’s passing defense shaved over 20 yards off its average from a year ago, down to 222.3 yards per game.

    Overall, that defense helped UNM to a school record-tying 16 wins over the last two years, and a school record 11 conference wins over that same span.

    “It’s really the perfect opportunity for my family,” said McMillian.  “I have always wanted to be a head coach at the high school level.  It will be a chance to take many of the things I’ve learned from New Mexico and my other coaching stops and implement them with a brand-new high school program. It’s a very exciting time.”

  • Local golfers perfrom well at NM senior tour event

    Several Los Alamos natives were among the top finishers this past week at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournament held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    The tournament, which had a total of 62 entrants, was the only event of the Senior Men’s Golf Association’s of the year held at Los Alamos County’s course, giving locals an opportunity to compete against their peers without having to travel far from home.

    The tournament was broken up into multiple divisions, or flights, based on the abilities of the participants.

    There were a total of five flights, each with at least eight entrants.

    In addition, championships were handed out in each flight for the person with the lowest gross score, as well as the lowest net score.

    The net score took into account a person’s handicap, while the gross score did not. It represented the actual score the golfer collected while on the course.

    Tournaments like this are broken up in this way to allow more golfers to compete for awards, instead of just the top group.

    In the first flight, Ken Koch, of Los Alamos, was the runner-up with a gross score of 83, finishing five strokes back of the top finisher, Chuck Padilla, from Las Vegas.

  • Local golfers perfrom well at NM senior tour event

    Several Los Alamos natives were among the top finishers this past week at the Northern New Mexico Senior Men’s Golf Association Tournament held at the Los Alamos County Golf Course.

    The tournament, which had a total of 62 entrants, was the only event of the Senior Men’s Golf Association’s of the year held at Los Alamos County’s course, giving locals an opportunity to compete against their peers without having to travel far from home.

    The tournament was broken up into multiple divisions, or flights, based on the abilities of the participants.

    There were a total of five flights, each with at least eight entrants.

    In addition, championships were handed out in each flight for the person with the lowest gross score, as well as the lowest net score.

    The net score took into account a person’s handicap, while the gross score did not. It represented the actual score the golfer collected while on the course.

    Tournaments like this are broken up in this way to allow more golfers to compete for awards, instead of just the top group.

    In the first flight, Ken Koch, of Los Alamos, was the runner-up with a gross score of 83, finishing five strokes back of the top finisher, Chuck Padilla, from Las Vegas.

  • Triatomics prepare for Atomic Man Duathlon

    The Los Alamos Triatomics Club will host its annual Atomic Man Duathlon Sunday, giving athletes from around the area a chance to test themselves on one of two courses.

    Mike Engelhardt, the president of the Triatomics, described the event as a “multi-sport race,” consisting of a run, followed by a bike and then another run.

    Because there is no swimming portion, it is considered a duathlon instead of a triathlon.

    There will be two separate races going on during the event, the Fat Man Olympic Duathlon and the Little Boy Sprint Duathlon, named for their lengths.

    The Fat Man will consist of a 5K run, followed by a 40K bike and finally a 10K run.

    The Little Boy will consist of a 4K run, followed by a 12K bike and another 4K run.

    The event will begin at Piñon Elementary. The Fat Man race will begin at 7 a.m., and the Little Boy race will begin at 8 a.m.

    For each race, people can register as individuals or in two-person teams if they don’t want to do the entire race on their own.

    Unlike other events that the Triatomics organize throughout the year, this is their one official race of the year.

    Competitors will be timed, and medals will be awarded to the top finishers.