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  • Torch run raises more than $1,200 for Special Olympics

    Among the more than 25 people lined up at the starting line of Thursday morning’s Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, none were smiling bigger than the five representatives from the Special Olympics: Addy, Jenny, Sam and Sheylene and Teagan.

    As the five kids stood front and center for a group photo before the event began, event liaison and Los Alamos Police Commander Oliver Morris asked them how much of the 43-mile run they wanted to do.

    He then followed up by asking, “All the way?” to which the kids all nodded in agreement and laughed.

    The torch run took the officers from the Los Alamos Justice Center to Jemez Springs, and lasted approximately six hours. In addition to the Los Alamos County officers who participated, two representatives from the Bandelier Rangers also took part.

    Morris, who has acted as the event liaison since 2004, said he was pleased with how it turned out.

    “I think it went really good, and was a huge success,” Morris said. “We had a really great turnout and raised over $1,200 for Special Olympics.”

    He said that the amount of money raised is on par with the totals from previous years, and said that the department will continue to do fundraisers for Special Olympics throughout the remainder of the year.

  • Ortega leads boys track to fourth-place finish

    The Los Alamos High School boy’s track and field team finished in fourth place this past weekend at the New Mexico Athletic Association’s State Track and Field Championships.

    Steven Montoya, the team’s coach, said he is “pretty ecstatic” with the result, and that this year was a big success and a strong building block for the program.

    Part of what makes the accomplishment so significant for the program is the fact that the team finished in 13th place just a year ago. Last year’s team finished with 18 points at the state meet, while this year’s squad finished with 44.

    “I think last year was an outlier for us,” Montoya said. “I think we proved this year that we should be in contention at the state level. We should be a top-five team at state every year.”

    He added that on paper, the team did not appear to be strong enough to finish so well at the state level, but that they believed in their coaches, believed in their teammates and worked hard all season to earn their spot near the top of the leaderboard.

    When reflecting on the championship, Montoya felt the performances of two of his seniors stood out from the successful weekend: Liam Johnson and Nathaniel Ortega.

  • Girls track finishes as state runner-ups

    For the second consecutive year, the Los Alamos High School girl’s track team finished as the runner-ups in the New Mexico Athletic Association’s State Track and Field Championships.

    This year, the team finished in second place by just a half point, finishing with 67.5 total points to Alamogordo’s 68 points.

    Aaron Padilla, the team’s coach, said that both he and the girls are disappointed with getting second by such a slim margin, but that he is proud to say that his team was one of the best in the entire state.

    “We knew that the state meet was going to be tough,” Padilla said. “We did the best job we possibly could.”

    The state championship came down to the final event of the meet, the 4x400 meter relay.

    Los Alamos entered the event leading Alamogordo by 1.5 points, just needing to finish ahead of them to become state champions.

    Ultimately, Alamogordo finished in second place, while Los Alamos finished in third, handing the state title to Alamogordo.

    Despite that, the 4x400-meter relay still finished with a school record in the event.

    For Padilla and the girls on the team, this year’s runner-up finish feels much different than last year’s.

  • Aquatomics place well at the VAST Early Bird Open

    A total of 14 swimmers from the Los Alamos Aquatomics competed in the VAST Early Bird Open, which took place in the West Mesa Aquatic Center in Albuquerque this past weekend.

    The ages of the swimmers from the Aquatomics ranged from 8-14.

    One of the top standouts from the team, as well as the entire meet, was 12-year-old Andy Corliss, who posted the fastest times in both the mixed 12 and under 50-meter backstroke, as well as the mixed 12 and under 50 meter breaststroke.

    In the backstroke event, Corliss posted a time of 32.62 seconds, which was more than three seconds faster than the next-fastest competitor.

    In the breaststroke event, he posted a time of 36.03 seconds, which was four seconds faster than the next-closest competitor.

    Corliss also finished in the top 10 in both the mixed 100-meter breaststroke and the mixed 9 and over 200 meter individual medley.

    In the breaststroke event, he finished in fifth place with a 1:19.84. In the individual medley event, he finished with a time of 2:42.95.

    Another top competitor for the team was 10-year-old Sophia Pieck, who finished in the top ten in both the mixed 12 and under 50-meter backstroke and the mixed 12 and under 50-meter breaststroke.

  • Sonic funds local teacher’s coffee bar project

    Sonic Drive-In surprised a teacher from Aspen Elementary School, Jennifer Washnok, with more than $290 in classroom project funding as part of their Limeades for Learning campaign.
    Sonic recognized that public schools in New Mexico are experiencing some of the poorest chances for success among its students in comparison to other states due to factors such as the high poverty rate and low graduation rate, so Sonic decided to help out.
    The lucky recipient, Washnok, teaches the Living Skills program at Aspen elementary, which includes eight students with multiple disabilities. The students work on communication, motor, social and emotional skills and real life academics. Washnok’s students run a coffee bar twice a month for the staff at Aspen Elementary where they take orders, collect money, and make beverages.
    According to Washnok, “This project that we began this spring is very popular with the students and the staff.” Not only does the coffee bar provide beverages for teachers, it also helps the students learn basic accounting and business skills.
    Usually, the supplies for the coffee stand would have come out of her own pocket. With the proceeds, Washnok’s students will be able to replenish their supplies, purchase additional equipment and provide free beverages to staff on their birthdays.

  • PEEC offers new forest explorers program

     The Pajarito Environmental Education Center is offering a new program this summer for 5-8 year olds called Forest Explorers.
    This hike-and-play club will take children on weekly hikes every Wednesday from June 14 through Aug. 9.
    Forest Explorers is a nine-week drop off program that will meet every Wednesday from 9:30 -11 a.m. at the Nature Center, starting June 14. The children will take hikes into the canyon next to the nature center and play in the creek and surrounding forest. They will have time to build forts, make seasonal observations, learn to identify different plants and animals, and create their own nature journal.
    Admission to this 9-week program is $110 for PEEC members and $135 for non-members. Advance registration is required at peecnature.org/events, and space is limited to 20.

  • Births 5-14-17

    April 19 — A girl. Gemma Valentina Rodriguez. Born to Rebecca and Jose Rodriguez.
    May 3 — A boy. Izrael Julian Ezekiel Cole. Born to Lori and Lee Cole.
    May 5 — A boy. Owen Baxter Schmitt Born to Hannah and Kyle Schmitt.

  • Community Calendar 5-14-17

    MONDAY
    Nature Playtimes, Sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of NM
at 10 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join local families for fun, hands-on activities, hikes, games, and stories in nature. Free. More information at peecnature.org.
    TUESDAY
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. LAHS Hilltalkers will be speaking at the meeting.

    Kiwanis meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Drive. The Rev. David Elton of the United Church and the Rev. John Cullinan of the Unitarian Church will speak on rebuilding/replacing Manhattan Project churches in Los Alamos. Each minister will be accompanied by an expert from his church on renovation/rebuilding.

    Pebble Pups: Future Rockhounds of America at 4:30 p.m. at the Nature Center.
Start your journey learning about rocks, foxholes, and local geology with active games and activities. This geology program is for youth ages 5-9. Cost is $24 for non-members, $20 for PEEC members.

    Unusual Wildlife of Madagascar at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center.
See photos of lemurs, chameleons, birds, and more. Free.

  • Los Alamos students win awards in national history day contest

    Four Los Alamos High School students took home awards from the state National History Day event on April 28 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.
    Over 70 students out of the hundreds of participants were selected as state finalists and will go on to represent the state at the national competition, which takes place in College Park, Mayland in June.
    With the support and guidance from NHD teacher, Brent Collom, LAHS students Sydne Ashford and Miriam Wallstrom won second place for their website on the Berlin Airlift and Soviet Union resistance in post-World War II Germany. Ashford and Wallstrom will represent New Mexico at nationals in Maryland.
    Kyler Parkinson and Liam Devlin won third place and the LGBTQ Award for their website on the Stonewall Riots, the impetus for the gay civil rights movement.
    National History Day is an academic enrichment program for students in grades six-12. Students select topics connected to an annual theme and complete their own in-depth research on the topic.

  • News for Retirees Mary 14-20

    May 14-20
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 672-2034 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations: by 10 a.m. for lunches.

    Betty Ehart

    MONDAY    
    8:45 a.m.         Cardio
    9:45 a.m.        Pilates
    9:45 a.m.        Matter of Balance class
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion
    10 a.m.        LARSO Advisory Council
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Pork Loin
    12:45 p.m.        Hand Yoga Demonstration             (classroom)
    6 p.m.        Argentine Tango Dancing
    7 p.m.        Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:45 a.m.        Variety Training
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Soup de Jour
    1 p.m.        Party Bridge    
    7:30 p.m.        Table Tennis