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Today's News

  • Much ado about new flu

    A flurry of activity erupted Monday in response to reports of an emerging flu epidemic traced to southeastern Mexico late last week.

    By this morning, the disease had reached the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. Travel advisories, but not bans, are in effect for Mexico, according to the Associated Press.

    Mexico has reported more than 150 fatalities blamed on influenza A (H1N1), a respiratory ailment found in pigs, which does not normally infect humans.

  • Celebrating a world-wide trait

    An interest in partying is a world-trait. Thursday, Aspen Elementary School will be whooping it up in the form of a carnival.

    The entire school is getting involved, Stephanie Rittner, an art teacher said, is getting involved. Kindergarteners through sixth-graders will participate in a parade, exhibit their artwork and second- and first-graders will perform a dance.

    Music will also be played.

    The parade, which will be for parents, will begin at   1:45 p.m.

  • Boys tennis: LA is dominant at Bosque invite

    With the District 2AAAA championship tournament looming, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team is playing at a high level.

    This weekend, Los Alamos won the Bosque School Triangular, decisively topping a pair of solid teams along the way. Los Alamos knocked off host Bosque, 8-1, then topped Farmington also by an 8-1 count.

    Also this weekend, the Hilltoppers thumped District 2AAAA foe Capital in a makeup contest, shutting out the Jaguars 9-0.

  • Girls tennis: Toppers beat Bosque, fall to Scorps

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team split its matches at the Bosque School Triangular this weekend.

    Los Alamos topped host Bosque School 6-3 at the triangular, but fell to the Farmington Scorpions 7-2 at the same event.

    Bosque is a top-shelf small-school program but isn’t the powerhouse it was in 2008. Farmington, however, is the team to beat in Class AAAA in 2009.

    Hilltopper head coach Bruce Cottrell said, however, he’s not sure if there’s  any team in AAAA that can beat Farmington’s Scorpions.

  • Baseball: LA sweeps, takes control of district race

    While after Saturday, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team might feel good about itself, skipper Mike Gill doesn’t want it feeling too good.

    “Go look at that press box and tell me how many district championships we have written on there,” Gill told his players after Saturday’s doubleheader with Bernalillo. “There’s none.”

  • Softball: Toppers drop a pair at home vs. Spartans

    Things got considerably more interesting for the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team Saturday. And not in a good way.

    The District 2AAAA softball race for second place got a lot tighter Saturday, with the third-place Bernalillo Spartans sweeping a doubleheader at Overlook Park.

    The two wins by the Spartans propel them a half-game ahead of the Hilltoppers in second place. Both teams trail Española Valley, which was idle Saturday.

  • Girls track and field: LA earns another big win

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team just keeps right on rolling.

    The Hilltopper girls won their fourth straight team competition and fifth in six tries at the Richard Harper Invitational this weekend.

    Los Alamos picked up an even 100 team points, easily outdistancing second-place Albuquerque Academy, to win the Harper Invitational, hosted by those same Academy Chargers.

  • Boys track and field: LA takes fourth at Harper

    In its last biggest test of the regular season before the state Class AAAA meet, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team took fourth place.

    Los Alamos finished with 55 points in the team standings at this weekend’s Richard Harper Memorial Invitational, hosted by Albuquerque Academy.

    With neither Los Alamos nor Academy tipping its hand much to the other this weekend — both teams pulled some of their top contenders in their top events — Academy’s Chargers finished in third place, scoring 62 team points.

  • New Superintendent coming to Bandelier May 10

    Jason Lott has been named superintendent of Bandelier National Monument.

    Lott, 39, is currently the superintendent at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Arizona where he has worked for three years.

    Intermountain Regional Director Mike Snyder said in a news release that Lott is set to begin his new assignment here on May 10.

  • A new superintendent is chosen

    Dr. Eugene Schmidt received the call Thursday evening from School Board President Joan Ahlers informing him that he’d been chosen as the new superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools.

    When asked if he accepted, Schmidt said, “Wendy and I are anxious to accept and very excited to come to Los Alamos.”

    Schmidt is currently the superintendent of the Bridgeport School District in Washington.

    He also asked if he could wear his Los Alamos T-shirt to school in the morning that his students had given him after he applied for the job here.