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Today's News

  • PEEC announces special holiday hours

    The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 and open all other days in December and January.

    The nature center is free, and offers a great place to bring family to orient to the Pajarito Plateau before venturing outside or to the neighboring national parks and preserve.

    People of all ages enjoy exploring the nature center’s interactive exhibits, watching the local wildlife, discovering more about the geology of our area, and exploring the unique collection of nature-inspired items in their gift shop.

    The Los Alamos Nature Center, located at 2600 Canyon Road, is open from 10 AM to 4 PM on

    Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays as well as 1-4 p.m. on Sundays. The nature center is open late on Tuesdays, until 8 p.m., closed Thursdays for regular maintenance.

  • Young hockey team primed for success

    Prior to this season, Los Alamos High School hockey coach Kevin Brake believed this season could be a bit of a rebuilding year. The team graduated a large number of seniors after last season, and was relying on a new group of players to step in and fill big roles.

    After playing three games this season, Brake no longer believes his team is going through a rebuilding year. With a perfect 3-0 start, and 25 goals scored so far, his sights are set as high as ever. 

    “What I like is that we are getting effort from across the board, we are getting contributions across the board,” Brake said.

    One of the things that encourages him the most about this team is that the scoring has come from all over the roster, not just one of his forward lines. In fact, the scoring has been incredibly balanced. Four players lead the team with four goals scored, Benjamin Rees, John Charles, Ray Guffee and Sean Mitchell.

    Brake has no doubt his team has enough talent to compete with any team on its schedule. The question he has is whether the team will show enough composure and maturity to stay in games when things don’t look good.

    “If they are willing to outwork the other team, we can be very, very good,” Brake said.

  • Why must Los Alamos be divided?

    BY LISA SHIN AND KATHLEENE PARKER
    Guests Editorial

    Our nation is divided. Must Los Alamos be too? Why, so often, are letters or comments at public meetings about personal attack? Perhaps we should remember Thomas Jefferson’s, “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”

    In the Dec. 1 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, Jess Cullinan – incidentally, a prime driver in asking the school board to pass a sanctuary policy – wrote labeling “those vocal few” as seeking to “sow chaos and to sabotage” the school board’s and superintendent’s efforts to protect vulnerable students.

    But, it is that assumption – that students are even vulnerable – that is our right to question. Cullinan’s letter defines that federal immigration policy “prohibits by law” asking about immigration status and that ICE activity in schools is restricted, proof – based on Cullinan’s own information – that the Los Alamos effort is not about solving a real problem but make a political statement.

  • LAMS wrestling has another strong showing

    The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks wrestling team went down to Los Lunas for another Dual Tournament this past weekend, advancing to the finals before falling to Los Lunas Middle School.

    The Hawks were seeded in a pool with Valencia Middle School, and Academy Middle School. In the team’s first match against Valencia, the Hawks earned a decisive victory, by a score of 118-38.

    The Hawks went into the next match against Academy, also winners in the first round. Academy was no match against the Hawks, losing 104-6. That win moved the Los Alamos into the semi-finals against Rio Rancho. The Hawks took down Rio Rancho easily with a score of 90-21.

    That win took the team into the finals against Los Lunas. It was a tough match between the longtime rivals.

    Los Alamos was on top of Los Lunas by the end of wrestling 56-45. However, the Hawks had to give up 18 points in forfeits, costing the team first place by a score of 63-56, taking second overall.
     

  • LAHS downed by Santa Fe High

    Heading into this season, the main concern surrounding the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team was its inexperience. With just three seniors on the roster, it was inevitable that girls without much varsity experience would be thrust into important roles.

    Tuesday night against Santa Fe High School, the growing pains of the young Hilltoppers were on full display, as LAHS fell 46-35 partially due to an offense still searching for its identity.

    Heading into the game, it appeared the Hilltoppers had a bit of momentum. In its previous game, LAHS defeated Valencia High School on the road 54-52, after being down by six points at halftime.

    It also appeared that the Hilltoppers were catching Santa Fe High at the right time, as new head coach Cindy Roybal struggled through her first few games leading the Demonettes, with a 1-3 record.

    Early on, however, it was clear that Santa Fe High came into the matchup with the Hilltoppers ready to go, and firing on all cylinders.

    In this game, LAHS head coach Josh Archuleta inserted senior Katey Green into the starting lineup for junior Alix Hailey.

    Just 90 seconds into the game, Green had to be removed after picking up two quick personal fouls. This seemed to disrupt the offensive flow and put the Hilltoppers in an early hole.

  • Throwing money at The Wall is pointless

    New Mexico’s border crossing at Columbus small but brisk.

    Tiny Columbus’s claim to fame is Pancho Villa’s raid in 1916, commemorated by a state park. Snowbirds hunker down in the campground to spend a comfortable winter. The only shopping is a Dollar Store close to the international boundary.

    Across the border, the much larger Palomas gets a steady stream of Americans shopping at the Pink Store, getting dental work done or buying cheap over-the-counter drugs.

    Border guards on both sides are friendly and professional. The atmosphere is relaxed.

    You can’t visit the border without contemplating The Wall.

    The existing wall here of 18-foot steel columns is of fairly recent vintage. I try to imagine a new wall of the prototypes on display in California and envision a tourniquet that squeezes trade and relations between the two countries.

    In October the U. S. Customs and Border Protection unveiled eight giant rectangles made of concrete or composites. If you live in Ohio, you might believe a wall of this stuff will keep us safe and hold the hordes at bay.

  • Hilltoppers win Bill Hudson Memorial Meet

    Divers compete well Friday evening

    The Bill Hudson Memorial Meet kicked off at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center Friday evening, and the Hilltoppers immediately made their presence known.

    Of the 24 divers that participated, 11 were from Los Alamos High School, five boys and six girls.

    Four girls finished in the top five, led by Cyra Bishop, who was the runner-up. She finished with a score of 177.65.

    Also scoring well for the Hilltoppers were Anna Clark, who finished in third place with a score of 158.2.
    Emme Mooday was the fourth place finisher with a score of 157.75, and Bailey Nasise finished in fifth place with a score of 152.40.

    Addie Richie and Katie Wingo finished in seventh and eighth places, with scores of 143.25 and 141.35.

    The overall winner for the girls was Elianna Christienson from Farmington High School, who scored 206.2.

    The Hilltopper boys also performed well at the diving competition, with three boys finishing in the top five.
    LAHS’ top diver was Mychael Garcia, who ended up in third place with a score of 189.35.

    Kyle Hatler finished right behind him with a score of 178.5, and Griffin Stidham rounded out the top five with a score of 177.45.

  • Hockey defeats rival Taos in comeback fashion

    The Los Alamos High School ice hockey team waited a long time to make its season debut at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    And even as the date of the home opener arrived, the team had to wait a little longer.

    The Hilltoppers were scheduled to debut Friday evening against the Taos High School Ice Tigers. However, an issue with the rink’s ice compressor caused the game to be canceled, and pushed the home opener back to Saturday evening.

    When LAHS finally took the ice, the team did not disappoint, defeating Taos 7-3 with an impressive offensive display over the final two periods.

    The game did not start well for the Hilltoppers, as LAHS only put two shots on goal in the first period despite having two early power play opportunities. Movement in the offensive zone was unorganized, and players were coming up empty on scoring opportunities in front of the net.

    Taos had 10 shots on goal in the opening period, and scored the game’s first goal with just six seconds remaining in the period, giving the Ice Tigers a 1-0 lead.

    The Hilltoppers were more aggressive to begin the second period, with more pressure in front of the net.

    The pressure paid off, as Jacob Rutten tied the score at 1-1 off of an assist from Jacob Dunwoody just under three minutes into the period.

  • LAHS basketball rolls past St. Michael’s

    Heading into Friday night’s home opener for the Los Alamos High School boys basketball team, much uncertainty surrounded the team. Earlier in the week, Bernalillo High School blew out the Hilltoppers 70-39, with many of LAHS’ leaders playing minimum roles.

    Even more uncertainty arose during pregame warm-ups Friday, as senior Jack Stewart was nowhere to be found inside Griffith Gymnasium, and a member of the coaching staff confirmed he was no longer with the team.

    Despite the questions surrounding the team, LAHS played one of its most complete games in recent memory, defeating St. Michael’s High School 73-61.

    “I thought they played with a lot of intensity,” LAHS head coach Michael Kluk said.

    From the very beginning, the Hilltoppers came out firing, as guards Ramon Roybal and Antonio Trujillo had open looks from the perimeter that they were not afraid to take. Roybal played especially well in the opening quarter, knocking down three shots and scoring 7 quick points.

    Trujillo provided the game’s top highlight at the end of the first quarter, knocking down a half-court buzzer beater that gave the Hilltoppers a 17-14 lead after one quarter.

    Freeing up those shots on the outside were forwards Ivan Balakirev and Michael Naranjo, who Kluk praised for their efforts.

  • Office parties sober up

    BY MARLEY JAY
    AP Business Writer

    NEW YORK — ‘Tis the season to keep that office holiday party from adding to the list of workplace sexual misconduct scandals.

    With the names of Weinstein, Spacey and Lauer likely getting more mentions this year than Dancer, Prancer and Blitzen, employers are making sure their year-end staff merrymaking doesn’t generate more inappropriate conduct.

    There will be less booze at many. An independent business organization has renewed its annual warning not to hang mistletoe. And some will have party monitors, keeping an eye out for inappropriate behavior.

    TV and movies often depict office parties as wildly inappropriate bacchanals or excruciatingly awkward fiascoes, if not, horrifyingly, both. But even a regular office party can be complicated because the rules people normally observe at work don’t quite apply, which makes it easier for people to accidentally cross a line – or try to get away with serious misbehavior. Especially when too much drinking is involved.