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  • Ice fishing stable in spots, melting at other lakes

    Animas River: Water flow near Aztec on Monday morning was 300 cubic feet per second (cfs). Trout fishing was fair to good using worms, streamers and PowerBait.
    Albuquerque Area Drains: Trout fishing on the Albuquerque Drain, Albuquerque Drain South, Belen Drain and the Peralta Drain was good using wax worms, power eggs, small jigs and salmon eggs.
    Bluewater Lake: High winds and sun have broken up the ice and the lake has closed to ice fishing until further notice.
    For updated ice conditions, contact the State Park office at 505-876-2391.
    Canjilon Lakes: Closed by the U.S. Forest Service until further notice due to danger from falling trees.
    Chama River: Monday morning water flows below El Vado and Abiquiu were 95 cfs and 72 cfs respectively.
    Fishing below Abiquiu was good using small midge patterns and worms for trout. Fishing below El Vado was good using wooly buggers and an assortment of small nymphs for a mixed bag of brown and rainbow trout.
    Eagle Nest Lake: As of this past Sunday, the ice averaged about 14 inches thick across the lake.
    Fishing was fair using small gold Kastmasters and jigs tipped with meal worms for a combination of perch, trout and kokanee.

  • Hilltopper hockey scores three wins in El Paso

    The Los Alamos hockey team won three of the four games it played in El Paso, Texas, last weekend.
    The Hilltoppers split two games with the defending composite champs, Franklin. Los Alamos then took two games from Coronado.
    With the wins, the Hilltoppers moved up into fourth place in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League with an 8-6-3 overall record.
    Against Franklin, which is currently sitting in second with an 11-7 record, Los Alamos won the first game, 5-3, despite being out shot 36-20 in the contest.
    Franklin, which has the top two scores in the league, jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Cory Schramm and Ben Roback, however, scored to tie the contest.
    In the second period, Brett Ireland scored to put Los Alamos on top, but Franklin was able to tie it back up.
    Later in the second, Jacob Rutten scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for Los Alamos. Brett Ireland then added an insurance goal in the third.
    Isaac Dunwoody made 33 saves for a .917 save percentage in the win.
    The two teams squared off again Saturday morning, but this time Franklin rallied to score a 10-7 win.
    Griffin Matuszak, Jacob Dunwoody and Chris Bond scored to put Los Alamos up 3-0 in the second period. Franklin responded with three goals, but a Roback goal put Los Alamos back in front heading into the third period.

  • Leonard commits to Western

    Wednesday was national signing day and many of the top high school athletes from across the country committed to the universities where they’ll compete at the next level.
    Los Alamos had several athletes commit to colleges during the early signing period. Ashlynn Trujillo (New Mexico Highlands University, basketball), Brianna Montaño (New Mexico Highlands, volleyball), Sarah Lott (University of Utah, swimming), Lane Saunders (Eastern New Mexico University, baseball) and Connor Mang (University of New Mexico, baseball) all signed early.
    Like them, Charlotte Leonard had already made up her mind that she would be attending Western State Colorado University after graduating from Los Alamos.
    On Wednesday, however, Leonard made it official. The mid-fielder signed her letter of intent to play soccer for the Mountaineers next year.
    “She’s a coach’s dream,” Los Alamos head girls’ soccer coach Gary Ahlers said. “She’s a high-energy player and will attempt to do anything you ask her.”
    Leonard, who also plays club soccer Albuquerque’s Rush ’98 Nero, said Western’s coach, Jeremy Clevenger, first contacted her when she was a freshman.
    He wanted to see her play, so Leonard and teammate Emily Hopkins attended Western’s summer camp.

  • Pajarito reopening Townsight after rat attack

    Last Saturday, the crew at Pajarito Mountain went over to the Townsight lift and tried to fire the lift up for the weekend. There was a problem, however, and the lift didn’t move.
    “That baby wouldn’t go,” Pajarito’s General Manager Tom Long said.
    After some trouble shooting, Pajarito’s crew found out was wrong with the lift — a pack rat had climbed up the top tower and chewed up all of the safety wires.
    “We had to totally re-wire the tower,” Long said.
    He said they finished rewiring it last Sunday and it will be spinning this weekend. They also got the problem rat out of the tower.
    “The lift is all set to go and we’ll run it Saturday and Sunday,” Long said.
    In roughly the last decade, Long said that this is the third incident of a pack rat climbing a tower and chewing up the wires. Additionally, the rats carry leaves and sticks up and make nests in the towers.
    When the Townsight lift reopens this weekend, however, people won’t be thinking about rats.
    They’ll be thinking about the 10 inches of new snow that’s just been sitting there.
    A storm hung around on the ski area Sunday night through Tuesday, when the ski area was closed. When it reopened Wednesday, a line of people was waiting for first tracks.

  • LA boys lose nail biter against Del Norte

    The Los Alamos boys’ basketball team nearly knocked off Del Norte Wednesday night. In the end, however, the Knights were two points ahead of the ’Toppers, and won the game 67-65.
    Del Norte jumped out to a 21-12 lead in the first quarter, but Los Alamos fought back and won the next two quarters. The ’Toppers outscored the Knights 17-14 in the second and 22-15 in the third to take a 51-50 lead into the fourth.
    Los Alamos couldn’t sustain the lead, though.
    The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Los Alamos. The Hilltoppers moved to 8-14 overall and 1-3 in District 2-5A after Wednesday’s defeat.
    Del Norte improved to 9-11, 2-2.
    Also on Wednesday, Bernalillo beat Española Valley 47-45.
    Bernalillo also beat Capital while Los Alamos and Del Norte both defeated Bernalillo.
    After one round of district games, Capital remains in first place with a 19-3, 3-1 record. Bernalillo, Española Valley and Del Norte are all 2-2 in the district.
    With as much parity as there is in the district, however, Los Alamos could easily move up in the final standings.
    Los Alamos’ next game is Saturday. The ’Toppers will host Capital at 7 p.m.
     

  • Measure supports storing spent nuclear fuel in New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are considering a pair of nonbinding measures that would signal support for the development of a temporary storage facility to house spent nuclear fuel that has been piling up at reactors around the nation.

    The Senate Conservation Committee approved one of the memorials on a 6-3 vote during Thursday's meeting. The other is awaiting consideration by the full House.

    Neither holds any legal weight, but supporters said Thursday that an endorsement from the state Legislature would help in what is likely to be a competitive process as the federal government weighs proposals for what to do with thousands of tons of spent nuclear fuel.

    "The bottom line is we think this is a great project for our part of the state," said John Heaton, a former state lawmaker and chairman of the Eddy-Lea Energy Alliance, a consortium of city and county governments that has partnered with an international firm in the race to build an interim storage facility.

    "As most of you who live in rural communities know, it's tough out there and we have to make our own way," Heaton told the committee.

    The project would result in about 150 jobs and capital investment of more than $1 billion, he said.

  • Today in history Feb. 4
  • LA girls move into three-way tie for first

    The Los Alamos girls' basketball team completed its first round of District 2-5A games Tuesday, beating Del Norte 45-30.
    Del Norte had previously beaten Española Valley, the team that gave Los Alamos its lone district loss. Now all three of those squads share the lead in the district standings.
    "It was huge," Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. "Now we have a three-way tie and it's whoever wants it. There's a lot of parity between those three teams."
    The game was a low-scoring, defensive battle. Both teams utilized a full-court press and traps throughout the game.
    "To hold a team like Del Norte to 30 (points), that's phenomenal," coach Trujillo said.
    See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for the complete story.

  • Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment

    GREIFSWALD, Germany (AP) — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

    Following nine years of construction and testing, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald injected a tiny amount of hydrogen into a doughnut-shaped device — then zapped it with the equivalent of 6,000 microwave ovens.

    The resulting super-hot gas, known as plasma, lasted just a fraction of a second before cooling down again, long enough for scientists to confidently declare the start of their experiment a success.

    "Everything went well today," said Robert Wolf, a senior scientist involved with the project. "With a system as complex as this you have to make sure everything works perfectly and there's always a risk."

    Among the difficulties is how to cool the complex arrangement of magnets required to keep the plasma floating inside the device, Wolf said. Scientists looked closely at the hiccups experienced during the start-up of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland more than five years ago to avoid similar mistakes, he said.

  • New Mexico Senate panel approves REAL ID compromise

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A key New Mexico Senate committee passed a measure Tuesday that lawmakers called a workable compromise aimed at making the state compliant under federal regulations for identification.

    After nearly a four-hour meeting where various proposals were presented, the Senate Public Affairs Committee voted 8-1 to combine a bipartisan bill with a recently passed version out of the Republican-controlled House as pressure mounted to pass a fix that meets the requirements of the federal REAL ID Act.

    The combined bill would allow all New Mexico residents to apply for REAL ID-compliant licenses or obtain a "driver's authorization card."

    Under the proposal, immigrants in the country illegally would be allowed to apply for the permit card but could no longer get a New Mexico driver's license.

    Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said the move was needed to get a compromise out of the full Senate and get it back in the House in time before the 30-day Legislative session ends in less than three weeks.

    "The citizens of New Mexico are ready for us to act," said Ingle, who co-sponsored a bipartisan bill similar to the one the committee passed. "It gets us to a point."