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Today's News

  • New thinking needed for N.M. behavioral health

    BY D. DOWD MUSKA
    Research Director, Rio Grande Foundation

  • ’Toppers claim Cernicek title in PKs

    Playing two state title contenders in a span of 15 hours didn’t faze the Los Alamos boy’s soccer team.
    After defeating Hope Christian 2-1 on Thursday, the Hilltoppers won the make up championship game of the Louie Cernicek Tournament, outlasting Roswell in a penalty shootout on Friday at Sullivan Field.
    “For them (Los Alamos) to win a difficult game and comeback and play arguably one of the best teams in the state, I couldn’t be happier,” Los Alamos coach Ron Blue said. “I’m very proud of them. Guys are starting to recognize what it means. For us, to be good we need to be a team, we need to be cohesive, be flexible and move.”
    “We’ve got talent. It’s just about putting it all together.”
    On Friday, which was a make up game from the Louie Cernicek Tournament championship that was cancelled due to weather on Aug. 27, Los Alamos and Roswell battled for 80 minutes to a scoreless draw at the end of regulation. The teams played a sudden death overtime period of 10 minutes, but neither of them prevailed with a golden goal.

  • ’Toppers volleyball falls to Moriarty

    The Los Alamos volleyball team wasn’t able to take of advantage of winning the first set on Monday, losing to Moriarty 19-25, 25-23, 28-18, 25-15 at Griffith Gym.
    “The first two sets they (Los Alamos) had enough energy but the last two sets they just tanked because they didn’t have the energy,” Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes said. “In the first set they played real quick but it’s hard to keep that tempo when you’re not feeling up to par.”
    The Hilltoppers (5-5) started set one on a 17-11 run and fended off Moriarty (9-2), who cut the Los Alamos lead to 21-19.
    Los Alamos got off to another strong start in the second set, leading 12-9. After the Pintos tied the set 15-15, the Hilltoppers went on a 4-0 run to lead 19-15. But again Moriarty answered and tied it 19-19 and finished the set on a 6-4 run.
    “Moriarty played tough defense,” Stokes said. “They attacked our open holes and that’s something we need to work on.”
    Moriarty took over in set three and led 20-13. In the fourth set, the Pintos started the set leading 19-13 and sealed the victory with a 6-2 run.
    Seniors Ellie Hayward and Mackenzie Alexander led the Hilltoppers with seven kills apiece. Alexander also tallied five total blocks.

  • ’Toppers football set for Gallup tonight

    One win can be enough to switch the season’s momentum for the Los Alamos football team.
    The Hilltoppers will get that opportunity and attempt to snap a three-game losing streak at 7 p.m. tonight at Gallup.
    Los Alamos goes into the contest at 1-3 on the season, while Gallup sits at 2-1. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 40-14 home loss against Kirtland Central, and the Bengals lost for the first time this season last week against Shiprock, 28-14.
    Los Alamos’ offense continues to evolve, as Garett Williams and his coaching staff have allowed quarterback Nick Quartieri to throw the ball in a triple option offense that relies on its running game.
    But, the Hilltoppers have experienced some success with their passing attack. Last week, Quartieri threw for two touchdowns. And he also threw a touchdown pass in week one against Pojoaque Valley.
    However, Los Alamos banks on having success on the ground. Last week, the Hilltoppers faced an aggressive and physical defensive line that enabled their running game to break out for big plays.
    It appears that Gallup doesn’t possess that type of defensive line play, which can open opportunities for sophomore fullback Dylan Irish, who had the most success running ball for Los Alamos against Kirtland Central.  

  • Community Calendar 9-21-16

    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
    Fourth Friday Fractals at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for children.
    SATURDAY
    Los Alamos Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon at Griffith Gymnasium at the Los Alamos High School, 1300 Diamond Drive.

    “Opera on the Rocks” at Bandelier National Monument Campground Amphitheater. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per family for guild members, and $15 per person or $35 per family for non-members. The free shuttle bus will take attendees from Sullivan Field in Los Alamos or White Rock Visitor Center in White Rock. Buses will leave between 4-4:30 p.m. and return at about 8 p.m.

    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.

  • Hilltalkers, Hawktalkers seek judges, food donations for tournament

    The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers and the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers speech and debate teams will be hosting The Peak Tournament at Los Alamos Middle School from 3-9:30 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Saturday.
    Additionally, a Model Congress Tournament will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge. Speech and Debate teams from across the state will converge on Los Alamos to speak and debate for titles in the first full speech and debate tournament of the season.
    Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz and Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds, or to donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges.
    Approximately 100 judges are needed to volunteer a total of 300. Judges can be anyone over the age of 18 in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.
    Please register at bit.ly/2c1Rsmq to volunteer to judge at the Los Alamos Peak tournament.
    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed to feed the 300 judges and roughly 30 coaches who will volunteer their time at the tournament.
    Donations of disposable plates, silverware and napkins are also welcome and appreciated.

  • LAFRW announces contest winners

    The Los Alamos Federated Republican Women announced the winners of the 2016 Constitution Day Essay Contest.
    Elementary school grades four-six winners were: tie for first place, each winner will receive $100, Jack Ammerman, homeschool student, Julie Nolen, Piñon Elementary.
    Middle school: winner will receive $200, Anna Clark.
    High school: winner will receive $300, Brooklyn Scott.
     

  • WEB crew starts year off right

    The Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew (Where Everybody Belongs) started the year off strong.
     The day before school started they welcomed more than 241 seventh graders to the Los Alamos Middle School with a four-hour orientation.
    The goal of the event was to ease the transition from elementary school to middle school and to get students ready for a new year. Fifty-six eighth grade leaders spend time during the summer to receive the training they needed to welcome the newest Hawks.
     During the orientation, the WEB Crew students had a fundraising raffle to support program activities. One staff member helped the students raise $112 by letting them cut off her long hair during a raffle. She donated her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, a program that makes wigs for cancer patients. 

  • Aspen Elementary trots for new toys

    Aspen Elementary kindergarten- through sixth-grade students will participate in the Tiger Trot today by trotting around the school track.
    The purpose of this fun event is to create a fitness activity that will help the school raise funds for playground equipment and improvements.
    The school is asking the public to join their efforts to keep Aspen a fun and healthy place to attend school. They would appreciate any contribution, no matter how large or small. Donations can be made any time in September through the following secure fundraising link: tinyurl.com/aspentigertrot.
    For more information, please contact the Aspen PTO at helpaspenPTO@gmail.com, or via the school office at 663-2275.

  • Assets in Action: Celebrating a special friendship

    This week, I am going to write about friendship.
    You see I don’t mind admitting when I am wrong, it allows one to grow if they don’t believe they are always perfect.
    You see I missed Facebook’s Friends Day celebrating connections in February, International Friendship Day on July 30 and Friendship Day on Aug. 7.
    Apparently I need a new calendar or to pay attention, but we will take it as a teaching moment.
    You don’t need a special day to tell someone how wonderful they are, but when you have a platform, that helps the message to get out.
    My close circle of friends includes one; Pauline Powell Schneider, she’s the executive director of the Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization (LARSO), which runs both the Betty Ehart Senior Center and the White Rock Senior Center.
    She is an excellent person, some might say brilliant actually with a penchant for being one of those people you just like to be around.
    I think I may sign on to assist with any fundraiser she does just so we can do things together, but don’t let that get around.