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Today's News

  • Prep boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Tournament championship cancelled

    The championship game of the Louie Cernicek tournament between Los Alamos and Roswell was cancelled Saturday due to weather. Both teams will look to reschedule later in the season. The Hilltoppers defeated Valencia and Aztec to reach the championship game.

    Semifinals: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team advanced to the Louie Cernicek tournament championship game after defeating Valencia 2-1 in overtime on Saturday. The Hilltoppers will play the winner of Roswell/Clovis at 6 p.m. at Sullivan Field.

    First Round: The Los Alamos boy's soccer team defeated Aztec 10-0 Friday in the first round the Louie Cernicek tournament.

  • Rooftop solar power challenges rate making

    The story went like this: You could install solar panels that would generate electricity on your roof. When the sun was shining, you’d generate enough to power your house and then your meter would run backwards, and the power company would send you a check instead of a bill. How cool was that!
    That works, and it’s called “distributed generation,” but the real world has complications. One complication is that the power generated while the sun shines is not stored. The utility still has to provide another source of power to turn the lights on at night.
    Beyond that – no surprise – utilities don’t like having to buy back power. That’s not unreasonable. Utilities have a mandate to provide reliable power all the time and must build and maintain costly infrastructure to meet that requirement.
    The more solar capacity you have on your house, the fewer hours you will buy. Therefore, the cost to deliver power to your house is more expensive per hour than for the typical household. To compensate, the utility does not pay you nearly as much for the power you sell as you pay for the hours you buy.
    The price of power today to New Mexico homeowners is about 12 to 13 cents per kilowatt hour, varying with each utility. What the utilities pay back also varies.

  • Movie industry draws rave reviews from some

    Bundles of cables ring the Las Vegas plaza like a wreath. Movie set crews, all New Mexicans, maneuver vehicles, lights and props while locally hired security people and cops steer people and traffic around the shoot for “Granite Mountain,” based on the Arizona firefighters who battled an epic blaze to save a town.
    The cast and crew seem to have the run of the Plaza Hotel, where we’re staying. For everybody, it’s good business.
    A gallery owner tells us the movie makers are paying every store on the plaza for the inconvenience and lost business. “Obviously, it didn’t keep you from coming in, and it’s a nice gesture,” she says.
    “Granite Mountain” employs 190 New Mexico crew members, 40 New Mexico actors, and about 1,300 New Mexico background talent, according to the state Film Office.
    This is a snapshot of a New Mexico success story. Against a backdrop of dreary economic numbers, the movie and television industry dazzles. Direct spending into the state economy for the fiscal year ending June 30 was $387 million, up from $288 million the year before – a new record.

  • LAHS volleyball to host season opener Saturday

    The Los Alamos volleyball team will begin its 2016 campaign at 2 p.m. Saturday with a home match against Bloomfield at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers go into the season with a rebuilding state of mind, after graduating seven players from last year’s team that finished 19-4, went unbeaten in District 2-5A play and made its 10th-consecutive state tournament appearance.
    Los Alamos will be under the guidance of Diana (Dee Di) Stokes, who previously coached the Hilltoppers for a combined six years. Stokes was named Los Alamos head coach in April, after two-year coach Sharleen Espinoza departed from the team.   
    Junior right side hitter Mackenzie Alexander and defensive specialist Samantha Miller are expected to be key returners for the Hilltoppers.
    Newcomers for Los Alamos include Alize Garcia, Sophia Salazar, Ellie Hayward, Jessica Moore, Kaitlyn Bennett, Elodie Theillez and Gabby Vallejos.
    The Hilltoppers will learn a lot about the shape of its team Saturday and could be used for Stokes and company to evaluate its spew of new pieces.
     A fast start could be the key for Los Alamos, as it prepares for a season full of tough tasks.
    Bloomfield is making its way up to Class 5A, after spending the last four seasons in Class 4A and 3A.

  • LAHS football opens season tonight

    Los Alamos football begins its quest for a successful season at 7 p.m. tonight by hosting Pojoaque at Sullivan Field.
    The Hilltoppers have several returners from last year’s 4-6 squad, including senior quarterback Nick Quartieri, who’s expected to be Los Alamos’ key to success in 2016.   
    “We’re all excited to get out there and see how the team looks against Pojoaque,” Quartieri said. “It’s the first game and it’s always interesting. I’m definitely excited.”
    Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said his team is ready to put everything they’ve been working on this summer into real-game scenarios.
    “I’m excited to watch these guys play,” Williams said. “They’ve been working so hard all summer. It’s time to watch all that work pay off. And that’s the best thing as a coach, getting to watch those guys actually use the things that they’ve been working at, and see everything start clicking.”
    Friday will be the seventh-consecutive season-opening meeting between Los Alamos and Pojoaque. The Hilltoppers have defeated Pojoaque three of the last four seasons, and are 4-2 in the last six seasons against the Elks.

  • Prep boys soccer: ‘Toppers fall in season opener

    Before the season started, Los Alamos boy’s soccer coach Ron Blue said his team might have some trouble defending set pieces.
    And one set piece ended up dooming the Hilltoppers (0-1) in their season opener.
    Los Alamos fell 1-0 to defending Class A/4A state champion Bosque School at Sullivan Field Tuesday, after giving up a fifth-minute free-kick goal.
    “They’re high school kids... Mistakes are going to happen,” Blue said. “I was just really proud of their fight. The difficult thing is that we have no one to blame but ourselves.”
    Bosque scored the lone goal when it was awarded a free kick in the fourth minute. Zech Meddleton whipped the free kick into the Hilltoppers box where Peter Panagopoulos headed the ball over Los Alamos goalkeeper Seth Hailey for the Bobcats’ eventual game-winning goal.
    “We weren’t sharp early and we didn’t take care of the things that we talked about before the game,” Blue said. “We talked about set pieces possibly being our Achilles heel and that’s what happened.”  
    Los Alamos had ample opportunities to equalize, especially towards the ladder stages of the game.
    The Hilltoppers’ most prominent chance came in the 68th minute when Andreas Runde hit the crossbar from 30 yards out.

  • LAHS girl’s soccer tops Bosque at home

    The Los Alamos girl’s soccer team was glad to be back home where it could play its style of game.
    The advantage of playing in Sullivan Field’s turf was evident for the Hilltoppers in their 3-0 victory against Bosque School on Tuesday.
    “It gave the girls a big boost (playing at home),” Los Alamos coach Gary Ahlers said. “They put the weekend and the Aztec game behind them and concentrated on this game.”
    It took a last-minute effort for Los Alamos to dispatch Bosque last weekend in Aztec. But, playing at home allowed the Hilltoppers to up the tempo and come away with a larger margin of victory on Tuesday.
    “The girls played well. I was proud of what they did,” Ahlers said.  
    Los Alamos senior forward Sienna Ahlers provided the majority of attacking opportunities, while tallying two goals and a game-high seven shots on goal. Ahlers has scored a team-high four goals on the season.
    Valerie Li added a goal, while Abby Schmalz, Kenidee Hatier and Katie Hopkins tallied an assist on Tuesday.
    “I was able to use my entire bench and the outcome ended being great,” Ahlers said.
    The Hilltoppers will travel to St. Pius next Tuesday for a rematch of last year’s Class 5A state championship, where the Sartans defeated Los Alamos 1-0.

  • Community Calendar 8-24-16

    TODAY
    Los Alamos Piecemakers meeting from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Los Alamos United Church. “Redwork Workshop” with Michelle Watts. Watts will be teach how to embroider using our domestic sewing machine. Contact skapple@cybermesa.com interested in attending.  

    Green Hour Hike at 9 a.m. at the Nature Center. Join other families for a kid-centered hike to Jemez Falls. Free.

    Noted historian and broadcaster David King Dunaway will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda. His talk is entitled “Force and Violins.” Dunaway is Professor of English and Communications (adjunct) at the University of New Mexico. Dunaway also created the 13-part radio series “Writing the Southwest” which is accompanied by a book of the same name. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.
    THURSDAY
    Author Phil Archuletta will speak at 7 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library as part of the Authors Speak Series. Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries sponsor the talks. For more information, visit the events link on losalamoslibrary.org or call 662-8253.

  • ‘Granite Mountain’ filming at Quemazon Friday

    “Granite Mountain” will film one of the final scenes in Los Alamos from 3-7 p.m. Friday in Quemazon, in the area of Quemazon Loop and Torreon.
    Los Alamos Police Department staff were hired by the production company to conduct traffic control at all access points of the film location within Quemazon. Los Alamos Fire Department personnel will also be on hand.
    Quemazon residents will have access through the set.
    Film crew have notified each home within the filming area and have made efforts to talk to residents to minimize impacts, according to the county.
    There will be a casting call for children to be paid extras for two scenes being filmed Friday. The children, ages 3-7 will appear as extras in a scene that will be filmed at either Urban Park or Rover Park in the morning, and children ages 8-12 will appear in the scene in Quemazon Friday evening. Those interested in having his or her child participate must register in advance (photo and contact information) at egcasting.com. Details will be issued immediately upon confirmation.

  • Democrats to host picnic Saturday

    A part of the Democratic Party of Los Alamos County’s enthusiastic start to the campaign season, two young Democrats from Los Alamos, Tarin Nix and Katie Christoffersen, attended the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
    Over 50 diverse Democrats of all walks of life strolled hand-in-hand in the Fair & Rodeo Parade in support of Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. Aug. 10 was the first meeting of the brand new chapter the Young Democrats of Los Alamos County.
    The calendar is filled with great events including the “Welcome to the Revolution: Organizing Kick-off” from 6:30-8 p.m. today at 170 Central Park Square. The event will live stream Bernie’s speech at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Hillary for Los Alamos County campaign will host a picnic from 5-7 p.m., providing food and drinks, along with activities for the kids. The picnic will feature Garcia Richard, State Senator Richard Martinez, and Marco Serna, candidate for District Attorney.
    Stop by the campaign headquarters at 170 Central Park Square for information or to pick up bumper stickers, buttons and yard signs, or call 500-4146 for information.