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Today's News

  • Pursuit to state begins Tuesday for LAHS boy's soccer

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer program always goes into a season as state title contenders, but this season the target on the Hilltoppers’ back might be bigger after last year’s state championship appearance.
    Los Alamos plans to rely on its experience and a vigorous schedule to match last season’s success. The last time the Hilltoppers lost in a state championship, they regrouped the following season and claimed the program’s latest state championship (2009, 2010).
    The road to redemption begins 6 p.m. Tuesday as the Hilltoppers host defending Class 4A state champion Bosque School at Sullivan Field.  
    “Los Alamos always tends to have a tradition of being a pretty solid program and always has a mark on there back. So a lot of teams look at Los Alamos as a good bench mark,” said Ron Blue, who’s entering his third season as the Hilltoppers’ head coach. “Obviously this year will be a bit different. Coming in, I think we’re putting some pressure on ourselves.”
    “We believe that we have a team that can be very good. So we’re going to try to go and play and win as many games as possible.”

  • Prep Girl's Soccer: ’Toppers eye successful 2016 season

    Los Alamos girl’s soccer head coach Gary Ahlers wants his team to prove that last year’s state championship appearance wasn’t a one-year occurrence.    
    The Hilltoppers are coming off a lucrative 2015 season that included a 16-6-2 overall record, a District 2-5A championship and a Class 5A runner-up trophy.
    Los Alamos will have a much bigger target on its back for this season’s postseason triumph attempt. However, Ahlers believes the Hilltoppers can use last year’s recipe of hard work and desire to equal their success in 2016.        
    “Just hard work... Hard work and desire,” said Ahlers, who earned Class 5A coach of the year honors in 2015. “They’re going to have to want it. But I told them ‘one game at a time’. They’re glad to back and they want to prove that they deserved to be there last year.”
    Los Alamos’ quest for its fifth-consecutive district title is expected to be tougher this year with the inclusion of Albuquerque Academy. The Chargers will look to give Los Alamos its first district loss since 2011.   

  • Assets in Action: Starting school can be exciting for all

    Thursday, as the class of 2020 enters the building at LAHS, many local parents are sending their freshmen off to college and university near and abroad.
    Our second oldest son Spencer, and other locals including Bradley, Evan, Lane and Holly are headed to Eastern New Mexico University, in Portales.
    This was our first child to go away to school. That time between walking that graduation stage as a ‘Topper and pulling out of the driveway as we headed to Greyhound territory went very fast.
    Friends would ask how I was doing with preparations and truthfully my answer was, pretending it is not happening.
    As the Assets person in town, I was beyond elated when as we pulled up to Eddy Hall on campus, a band of merry makers descended upon us in music, song and overall glee. They encouraged the parents to remain in the car so they could park while they assisted the newest members of the school to their rooms – potentially 625 of them.
    It was a swarm of hands and hearts as we had to make sure our own suitcase and the tools that normally stay in the vehicle weren’t swept along, too.
    We whispered good luck, see you soon and in a flash they were gone.

  • Political emails: Outrageousness to love

    Like phone calls around the country between potential Gary Johnson supporters, political emails get little attention. That’s unfortunate because the grandiose and stupid style of a good many of these emails supports the notion that the other side is evil and worse, thereby feeding the much-lamented hyper-partisanship of today’s political world.
    For New Mexicans, a second reason to notice such messages is that one of our representatives in Congress, Ben Ray Lujan, is nominally responsible for some of them. Luján chairs the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), a job he got via appointment by House Minority Leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Luján’s duties, beyond electing more Democrats to Congress, aren’t clear, nor is the time required.
    Presumably, DCCC time takes Luján away from tending constituent duties, such as follow-up on the 2015 mine waste spill into the Animas River. On July 5, NBCnews.com published a 1,575-word fluff piece without mentioning task and time topics. The story dwelt on Luján’s “Uncle Gus’s wingtip shoes.”
    I get these emails from both parties and their friends and until a year ago got DCCC emails. Maybe because I didn’t donate. There were ten DCCC emails in August 2015 through the 28th. The DCCC program continues, DCCC said.

  • Rebuilding season ahead for LAHS volleyball

    A familiar face is what the Los Alamos volleyball program needed for what is expected to be a rebuilding 2016 season.
    Diana (Dee Di) Stokes, who has previously spent a combined six years as the Hilltoppers head coach, will inherit a young squad that graduated seven key players from last year’s district championship team.
    “I think every year the goal is to make it to the state playoffs,” Stokes said. “Last year they graduated seven seniors. So this year is going to be a rebuilding year. We’ll have to see what we can do to build up some big hitters and setters in there.”
    Despite going into the season with one of the youngest rosters in team history, Los Alamos will be a favorite to repeat as District 2-5A champions and make its 11th-consecutive state tournament appearance.
    However, that success could depend on how Stokes and her coaching staff can develop those young pieces into important role players.
    “I think this year the team is going to be very strong. We have a really good setter that is coming up and we got a strong defensive team,” Stokes said. “We’ve also got a good tall front line that we’ll be working on.”
    Stokes also said that confidence within the team will be key in rebuilding the Hilltoppers.

  • New season, same expectations for LAHS football

    The Los Alamos football team hasn’t experienced a winning season since 2012, but head coach Garett Williams expects the same thing from his team that he’s been preaching since day one.
     Williams is entering his seventh season as the Hilltoppers head coach. And going into the 2016 campaign, Williams and his coaching staff are focusing on developing the character and bond of a Los Alamos football team that hasn’t tasted a playoff victory since 2008.
     “My biggest expectation right now has nothing to do with football,” Williams said. “Our biggest expectation for this group is to come together as a brotherhood. And to learn that if they commit to something bigger than themselves, all the wins and that stuff will be taken care of.”
     Williams said he wanted his teams to be a foundation on how the Los Alamos community recognizes hard work, especially in the sport of football.    
    “We want this town to see our kids working hard and coming out of this program with character and learning how to sacrifice for each other,” Williams said. “We have a bunch of great kids right now that are working unbelievably hard. We’re pretty thin on numbers right now so we’re trying to keep our kids healthy.”

  • Brewer Arena set to host county rodeo

    It’s county fair and rodeo season in New Mexico, and Los Alamos will add to the statewide festivities this weekend.
    The annual Los Alamos County Fair is set for Friday through Sunday. Among the county fair events is the Los Alamos County Open Rodeo, which is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. The rodeo Saturday is from 2-5 p.m., and on Sunday it’s scheduled for 1-3 p.m.
    Locals and visitors annually make there way to Brewer Arena to compete for cash prizes and buckles in various traditional rodeo events.
    This year’s events include mutton bustin’ (for ages 6 and under), novice bull riding, calf roping, chute doggin’, girl’s breakaway roping, Jr. street riding, ribbon roping, cowboy bronc riding, draw pot team roping, eight and under barrels, open barrels, rescue race, open bull riding and open team roping.
    Limited late entries will be accepted until one hour before the start of an event. Late entries include a $5 fee. All event participants must sign a liability waiver.
    Shelby Michel, the rodeo princess, and Janie Michel, the rodeo sweetheart will make up this year’s County Fair and Rodeo Queen’s Court.

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  • Court decision makes small farmers more like small businesses

    Is a small family farm a business, a hobby, a living museum or something else?  
    It’s increasingly clear we can’t have it both ways – business and quaint tradition. The recent state Supreme Court decision on workers’ comp coverage for farms and ranches puts that in sharp relief.
    The court decided the special exemption for farmers and ranchers is unconstitutional. Agricultural employers are now required to buy insurance if they have three or more employees, just like other small businesses. (Construction is an exception, requiring all employers to have coverage.)
    One insurance professional commented to me that he is impatient at the way New Mexico has coddled family farmers. They are running businesses, he said. They should develop budgets like other businesses, make businesslike decisions about who is an employee and treat employees as the laws require.
    That’s what this court decision will force them to do, but we also may be losing a valuable part of our traditional culture. The change will mean more formality and bureaucracy. Probably some family farms will be scared to hire anybody, even when they need help, and some farmers will decide farming is not worth the trouble.  

  • Franklin claims top overall time at Endurofest

    Macky Franklin’s overall time of 43 minutes proved to be enough to claim the Los Alamos Endurofest title, despite the race being cut short due to rain last weekend at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
    On Saturday, Franklin was propelled to first place after a 5:02.2 ride during stage two. Franklin ended the first day with a 5:21.4 during stage four.
    Four more stages were scheduled for Sunday but race organizers decided to only run three stages due to heavy rainfall at Pajarito Mountain.
    Franklin gutted out two more strong performances on Sunday by riding a 5:37.5 in stage five and a 5:42.2 in stage six. He concluded the event with a 6:38.4 in stage seven. Franklin garnered the fastest time in all seven stages.
    Behind Franklin was Alex Adams with an overall time of 46:05.9. Adams logged in a time of 5:16.9 in stage two and ended Saturday with a 5:32.8 in stage four. Adams finished second in stage five and six.
    Daniel Weinman was the overall third place finisher, after finishing with a time of 46:17.1. Weinman finished second in stage two, three and seven.
    Krista Rust’s time of 52:23.7 earned her the open women title. Rust placed first in all seven stages. After Rust was Syd Schulz, who finished second and tallied a time of 54:18.7. Schulz placed second in stages one, two, five, six and seven.