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Today's News

  • Prep boys hoops: Knights edge ‘Toppers in 2-5A opener

    Mike Kluk said going into district play on a three-game losing streak had an affect on his Los Alamos boys basketball team.
    The Hilltoppers lost their fourth straight game after dropping Tuesday’s District 2-5A opener 65-62 against Del Norte at Griffith Gym. Los Alamos, which dropped a pair of games last weekend to Artesia and Lovington, fell to 8-10 overall.
    “Mentally they’re just down with four losses in a row and that’s tough. We have to figure out how to break that,” Kluk said. “The last three games before this we turned the ball over way too much. Tonight, we didn’t turn the ball over that much but we couldn’t stop their penetration. We did not take care of business on the defensive end.”
    The Hilltoppers led 39-36 going into the final quarter but the Knights (9-8 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A) began their comeback with a triple from Elijuah Hogan that cut Los Alamos’ lead to 46-44 with six minutes left to play. Vincent Goodman scored the Knights next six points to give them a 50-47 lead.

  • Working together to prevent future accidents at a dangerous intersection

    By Harry Burgess
    Los Alamos County Manager

    I would like to take this opportunity to address safety concerns we have heard recently from the public regarding the intersection of State Road 4 (SR4) and the Truck Route. Over the last few months four serious motor vehicle accidents involving residents have occurred. These accidents typically involved a westbound turn by a motorist from SR4 onto the Truck Route at this signalized intersection. I think we all agree that the situation is dangerous and accidents can happen for a variety of reasons.

    Clearly this intersection backs up in all directions during peak commute times, and this factor played a part in recent accidents. There is personal responsibility on the part of all drivers to be attentive and aware of traffic entering any busy intersection. But there is a role for government with respect to road design as well. 

  • Nature Center to host planetarium shows

     Take a close look at planets in the solar system and beyond with Dr. Rick Wallace at 7 p.m. Friday in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium.
    The film “From Earth to the Universe” will let attendees embark on a colorful and inspiring journey through our universe on Saturday and at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 and 29. For more information about these and future planetarium shows, please visit peecnature.org/planetarium or call  662-0460.

  • Administration’s 36 or 37 tax ‘cuts’ include 2 increases

    A Martinez administration mantra is, “We’ve cut taxes 37 times.” This repetition came Dec. 20 at the Tax Research Institute’s Legislative Outlook Conference. The speaker was the governor’s chief of staff Keith Gardner.
    But what exactly are those tax cuts? After a couple of requests spokesman Chris Sanchez provided a list of bill numbers by session date. The list is posted at capitolreportnm.blogspot.com. He did not provide estimated revenue impact, which I requested. I was unable to get the impact from the Legislature’s website, nmlegis.gov.
    Finding the bills is a little tedious, but easy enough.
    Taken as one, the list offers rather less than meets the eye. Repeating “We’ve cut taxes 37 times” is supposed to impress. I’m reminded of governors running for president—Bill Richardson comes to mind—claiming virtue from having balanced the state government budget. Such claims mean nothing; state constitutions require balanced budgets.
    The list showed 36 tax cut bills. The exception was Senate Bill 369 from 2012, which defined a number of terms relating to veterans.

  • Assets in Action: Science fair is 10th year for Dawn Brown

    In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a day of service, I like to promote the wonderful work done in the community by wonderful people.
    When a big event is ahead and I know potentially hundreds of people will see her, and I hope comment, I‘d like to celebrate the lifetime work, in Los Alamos, of Dawn Lee Brown.
    Brown is the coordinator of the Los Alamos Science Fair. It is astounding to believe that this is actually Brown’s 10th year with the science fair.
    Since arriving in Los Alamos, Brown has rallied some friends and many community members to a variety of projects to benefit others. This particular event benefits hundreds of children and inspires so many others.
    I believe the older population is inspired when they see the sheer genius of our youth today. When the media portrays that today’s youth is sitting for hours on end on computers and phones, this two-day event demonstrates otherwise.
    The younger generation is inspired when they see what time and effort can accomplish. The youth see what ideas can be when they take shape from a simple question, one that may be brewing inside them.
    Brown is a mighty force, but she is surrounded by a pretty awesome family, too. Mama Melba Lee passed on the genes, as a mom, a member of Beta Sigma Phi and having a life-long passion for kids.

  • Community Calendar 1-18-17

    TODAY
    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board meeting at 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. JoAnne Tucker, Ph.D., will present on Healing Voices/Personal Stories, Teen Dating Violence and Abuse, and Cheyanne’s Story. The public is welcome to attend.

    Leage of Women Voters of Los Alamos forum for LAPS and UNM-LA advisory board candidates from 7-8:30 p.m. at Piñon Elementary School, 90 Grand Canyon Drive. Refreshments start at 6:30 p.m.
    THURSDAY
    Nature Yoga at 5:15 p.m. at the Nature Center. Practice yoga with Christa Tyson at the nature center, where you have a great view of nature. Cost is $15 for non-members, $12 for members.
    FRIDAY
    Rotary Club of Los Alamos will have a club assembly from noon-1 p.m. at the Los Alamos Golf Course. The public is welcome.

    Los Alamos Little Theatre presents “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” at 7:30 p.m. at LALT, 1670 Nectar, Los Alamos. Performance contains strong language, mature subject matter, dark humor and bold statements of sexuality. Not recommended for children under 16 years old. Contact Gracie Coinelli, cainelli@comcast.net, or 662-9352.
    SATURDAY

  • Prep boys hoops: LA falls at Lovington, Artesia

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a pair of troublesome road games this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers fell to Artesia 56-44 on Friday night, and dropped a 53-49 decision to Lovington on Saturday.
    Los Alamos got off to strong start against the Bulldogs and garnered a 13-9 lead after the first quarter. Artesia responded in the second frame by outscoring the Hilltoppers 15-6 and taking 24-19 lead at halftime. Artesia continued to execute in the third quarter and extended its lead to 43-30, before fending off Los Alamos in the final eight minutes.
    Against Lovington, the Hilltoppers led 12-11 after the opening eight minutes and maintained a point lead as the teams were even 8-8 during the second quarter. Trailing 20-19, the Wildcats used a 14-point third quarter performance to take a 33-22 lead heading into the final frame. Lovington sealed the win by outscoring Los Alamos 20-17 in the fourth.
    After the back-to-back losses Los Alamos fell to 8-9 overall and will open District 2-5A play at 7 p.m. against Del Norte at Griffith Gym.  
     

  • Prep girls hoops: ‘Toppers fall to Eldorado, open district play Wednesday

    It’s questionable why the Los Alamos girls basketball team played one of the state’s perennial powerhouses five days before that start of District 2-5A play.
    But the Hilltoppers (5-13) did and now have to ensure that Friday’s 67-21 loss against Eldorado at Griffith Gym won’t have a daunting affect during district.
    “This is hands down the best team we’ve faced all season,” Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. “We just summed it up as a measurable loss. It can definitely have a positive or negative affect in district. But I told them I would rather lose like this against a good team than lose a close one to a team in our district.”
    Archuleta said he knew it was going to be difficult to generate offense against a stifling Eagles defense. But Los Alamos made it even more difficult by turning the ball over 16 times in the first half. The Hilltoppers also didn’t capitalize from 10 Eldorado turnovers in the second quarter, as the Eagles went into halftime with a 34-9 lead.
    Los Alamos limited the turnovers in the second half but was unable to limit Eldorado’s offensive prowess. The Eagles got off to a 9-0 start in the second half and outscored the Hilltoppers 33-12 in the final 16 minutes.

  • LAPD looking for owner of lost money

    The Los Alamos Police Department is searching for the owner of a sum of money turned into the department.

    Police declined to release details about the amount.

    “An undisclosed amount of money was located by a citizen and brought to the Los Alamos Police Department. So far, no one has contacted the police department concerning their loss,” LAPD Spokesman Preston Ballew said in a release Friday. “We urge anyone that lost this money to call or come to the police department and describe what kind and how much money they lost to include the type of packaging it was in. Upon receiving this information, and confirmation of its rightful owner, the money can be claimed.”

    Call the LAPD for information at 662-8222.

  • Reiss gives ‘State of the County’

    In his last act serving as Los Alamos County Council Chair, Rick Reiss presented a “State of the County” message at Tuesday’s council meeting. 

    A charter amendment approved by voters in 2014 calls for the council chair to give an annual State of the County address. Reiss is the first chair to act upon that directive. 

    Reiss described struggling with how to distinguish his message from the annual “State of the County” report given by County Manager Harry Burgess for the last five years. That report – presented at last Thursday’s Chamber breakfast – focused on the operational nuts and bolts, such as the status of county projects and finances.

    Reiss chose a high-level look at the county’s achievements. He opened his remarks with, 

    “I believe Los Alamos is a wonderful community with great amenities and beautiful surroundings. In summary, I believe the state of the county is “outstanding,” with excellent county staff that addresses the strategic goals of the council, operational excellence, which is the foundation of county government and comparable results that exceed our neighbors, the region and/or the state.”