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Today's News

  • 'Toppers earn two wins on home ice

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper hockey team picked up two wins in its first two home games of the season last weekend.
    Los Alamos, the last New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey team to open its home schedule — it has to wait for the ice to be ready at the county’s ice rink — started off the home season well. It topped Santa Fe 6-4 Friday night to debut at home, then earned a 4-2 victory over its archrival, Taos, Sunday morning.
    With those two victories, the Hilltoppers improved to 7-1 on the season. Immediately prior to their two wins last weekend, the Hilltoppers lost to the Cibola Cougars, their only loss to date.
    Los Alamos will be off until after the new year. Only a handful of games are scheduled for this weekend, all of them in Texas. Amarillo will play Odessa Saturday and the La Cueva Bears, the only New Mexico team involved, will play both of those teams in Amarillo.
    The Hiltoppers are second in overall team standings following the two wins.
    They trail only the undefeated Franklin (Texas) Cougars, who are idle this weekend as well.
    Odessa’s Permian Basin is third in the league standings at 6-3.

  • Hipwoods honored with proclamation at meeting

    Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood have their day today in Los Alamos County.
    The Hipwoods, two of the most successful coaches in the history of New Mexico prep sports, were given a proclamation Tuesday night at the Los Alamos County Council meeting. Councilor David Izraelevitz awarded the proclamation, which announced that today was “Rob and Kathy Hipwood Day” in the county.
    The proclamation recognized the duo as being named the top coaches in the country earlier this year. In June, the Hipwoods earned the National High School Athletic Coaches Association’s Coaches of the Year honor in the sport of cross country.
    Los Alamos’ girls program, as it often has, followed that honor up for the Hipwoods by winning the 2014 state championship in Class 5A.
    It was the sixth consecutive team title for the Hilltopper girls and the 12th girls team title under the Hipwoods’ tutelage.
    As an added bonus, Los Alamos’ boys earned their third consecutive title last month as well.

  • Kids buy Christmas gifts for friends and family

    The annual Children’s Bazaar was held at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church during the Winterfest celebration on Dec. 6.
    Children had the opportunity to shop for gifts for family and friends, while parents relaxed and enjoyed refreshments. Gifts were wrapped free of charge.
    Donations were collected at the church days before the event. Proceeds went to support youth choir members to attend choir camp and support medical clinics through the Episcopal Relief and Development. To read the thank you letter to the community, see page the opinion page. Courtesy

  • LALT to raise funds for listening system for hearing impaired

    The Los Alamos Little Theatre has announced a fundraising effort to support the purchase and installation of an assisted listening system in the Performing Arts Center, the facility in which LALT theatrical productions are staged.
    “We have heard from many patrons over the years that their enjoyment of our productions would be greatly enhanced with an assisted listening system,” said LALT President Gracie Cainelli. “This system generates a signal that can be picked up directly by most hearing aids. They can be found in many facilities in Los Alamos County, such as Fuller Lodge and the Bradbury Science Museum.”
    The system that has been identified for the Performing Arts Center will cost about $3,000 for parts and installation, and will include a limited number of headsets for those without compatible hearing aids.
    “Los Alamos National Bank has committed to provide $1,500 toward the purchase of this system, or about half of what we need,” Cainelli said. LANB’s contribution comes through its community reinvestment program.

  • RTW won’t solve economic problems

    The letter in the Dec. 4 Los Alamos Monitor from Paul Gessing of the Rio Grande Foundation promoting the misnamed “Right-to-Work” cries out for a rational response.
    Gessing continues to push the idea that “right-to-work” legislation will cure all our economic problems, supporting this idea with a long list of beneficial outcomes that he claims are associated with RTW states, in spite of the patent illogic that reducing union representation will somehow induce companies to offer higher wages, better pensions and safer working conditions to their employees. Why would they?
    The statements and quotes contained in his letter are standard conservative rhetoric spread by organizations such as the Heritage Foundation, in spite of his claim that the Rio Grande Foundation is “non-partisan.” This rhetoric frames the issue as protecting the rights of workers, when the legislation is actually designed to destroy the protections workers struggled for two centuries to achieve from exploitation by unscrupulous employers.

  • Sanchez promises we won’t end up like Washington

    Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez recently held forth in what some might consider enemy territory.
    The Belen Democrat addressed Economic Forum, an Albuquerque organization of CEOs and power brokers.
    They had two things on their minds: wages and Right to Work. And, of course, the question that follows Sanchez everywhere he goes: with a new Republican majority in the House, will there be gridlock in Santa Fe?
    The discussion was civil, respectful and productive, an example of what happens when people listen to each other.
    Sanchez let them know up front that he’s not anti-business. “I come from a family that’s business-oriented,” he said. He and brother Raymond, a former House Speaker, grew up in their parents’ bakery and restaurant in Belen, and his law practice is a business.
    He’s felt the lingering recession. “In my practice it’s been difficult. It’s hard for people to pay. There just isn’t money going around.”
    In a conversational tone of voice, Sanchez touched on the hot-button issues: tax cuts (he’s not convinced they bring new business to the state), drought (we need a comprehensive water plan), and education (we need to listen to teachers about what works and doesn’t work).

  • Superintendent: Kids should stay at school today

    This morning, Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools, Gene Schmidt, released the following statement for Los Alamos Public Schools parents:

    Currently road conditions are snow covered and slippery.  The bulk of the storm is expected to pass through by noon. Los Alamos County road crews are sanding and plowing the roads.
    If your children are already at school the safest place for students and staff are to remain in school. This will give the County time to clear the roads. At this time our plan is to release all schools at their normal Wednesday dismissal time. As always, parents may choose to pick up their children early.
    It is important to remember that any closure or early dismissal is coordinated with the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County.

    New information will be posted on LAMonitor.com as it becomes available.
     

  • Today in history Dec. 17
  • LA comes back to stun Hope in 4th Q

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team earned an improbable come-from-behind win in the fifth-place game of this weekend’s Joe Armijo Invitational tournament.
    With 12.6 seconds remaining in the game, the Hilltoppers trailed the Hope Christian Huskies 37-33, but the Hilltoppers scored five points in that time to earn the victory and the fifth-place finish.
    Los Alamos point guard Amber Logan hit a long 3-pointer with under five seconds remaining. Then the Hilltoppers forced a turnover on the ensuing throw-in which bounced to reserve guard Elena Abeyta right under the basket. Abeyta hit a layup at the buzzer to give Los Alamos a wild 38-37 win at Albuquerque Academy.
    The crazy end to Saturday’s game gave Los Alamos a 2-1 finish at the tournament and two straight victories after losing for the first time of the season in the first round to Los Lunas.
    Los Alamos lost in the opening round of Academy’s home tournament Thursday in overtime to the Los Lunas Tigers, but came back nicely Friday, downing the Class 6A West Mesa Mustangs, 61-51.
    Los Lunas’ Tigers ended up finishing second at the tournament. After a dominating defensive performance Frday in a 34-19 win over Academy, the Tigers (4-1) lost to Mayfield, last year’s big-school runner-up, 54-32.

  • New LAFRW officers installed

    The Los Alamos Federated Rebublican Women met Thursday for the group’s annual Holiday Luncheon and installed new officers for 2015-16.
    At the luncheon, Heather McClenahan gave the Year in Review report on behalf of outgoing President Mary Wilhoit, who was helping with the statewide land commissioner recount.
    For the LAFRW, the new officers were installed by Sadie Boyer, NMFRW Region A director from Taos.
    Bethany Douglas gave the new president’s acceptance message and informed the members of some of the upcoming year’s plans.
    New officers include Douglas, Vice-President Mary Wilhoit, Secretary Nancy Bliss and Treasurer Terry Marzili.
    Members of the group also brought gifts to be given on behalf of LAFRW to the local Adopt-a-Family program.