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Today's News

  • County to have meeting regarding teen center

    Los Alamos County will be holding public information meetings about the teen center. The meetings are for teens from 3-5 p.m Wednesday at the current teen center, located in the lower level of the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church.
    There were also be a meeting to update residents on the design of the new teen center. This meeting will be from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday at the Community Building. The same material will be presented at each meeting.
    The design for the new teen center is underway and estimated construction completion set for August 2015. The Teen Center will be located in the Community Building, utilizing vacated space now that the county tenants have moved to the Municipal Building. NCA Architects is the architect of record and will be presenting concepts for review and evaluation. The County Council approved $4.2 million in funding in FY13 to design and remodel the Community Building for use as a Teen Center. The remaining tenants at the Community Building (United States Forest Service, New Mexico Extension Service, Youth Activity Center and PAC-8) are to remain in their current locations.
    During the upcoming meetings, the public will be able to view conceptual floor plans, exterior renderings, and site plans for the new Teen Center.

  • Canyoneer to speak at Mountaineer meeting

    The April program of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a free talk by Rich Carlson, regarded as perhaps the most renowned canyoneer in the United States.
     Carlson will present his talk at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fuller Lodge, following the business portion of the Mountaineers’ meeting.
     Mountaineers ascend whereas canyoneers descend, through the twists and drops and geology of canyons narrow and wide. Carlson has been canyoneering for more than 35 years, building a reputation as the most experienced professional canyoneering guide and instructor in the United States.
     Carlson, in his talk, will give a general introduction to the sport of canyoneering and the basic skills and tools required to navigate canyons safely. He will then focus on a recent trip to Nepal and show the hidden treasures that canyoneering can unlock for adventurers, and why people are taking up canyoneering increasingly every year.
     Founder of the American Canyoneering Association, Carlson is extremely active in the global canyoneering community, offering training opportunities, building online resources, sponsoring events and designing canyoneering-specific gear with companies like BlueWater Ropes and Rock Exotica.

  • Supremes take another whack at campaign reforms

    “This deeply flawed Supreme Court decision continues down a path that equates money with speech and corporations with people.”
    Thus did New Mexico’s United States Sen. Martin Heinrich’s react to the high court’s McCutcheon v. FEC 5-4 decision earlier this month that pounded another nail in the coffin of this nation’s campaign finance reform laws.
    Taken in tandem with the court’s 2010 ruling Citizens United (also by a 5-4 decision), practically all significant laws passed in recent years calculated to rein in the billion dollar orgy of campaign money with which corporations and big moneyed interests contrive to buy and sell influence in Congress and state Houses across the land are kaput.
    As presently composed, five of the nine members of whom the Supreme Court consists are rigidly conservative, as that term is generally construed today. That same group of five justices is routinely activist, bent on interpreting the laws they are called upon to adjudicate in ways other than originally intended and sometimes even contrary to intentions.
    It is this predilection of the current court majority that Sen. Heinrich critiques when he decries the equating of money with speech and corporations with people.

  • Poor economy makes people leave N.M.

    The worst state economy in the nation is right here in New Mexico. Albuquerqueans are very good at divorce. People are leaving the state.
    These things go together.
    Having the worst state economy means tying Kentucky for the nation’s leading wage-job loss percentage between February 2013 and February 2014, according to the Labor Market Review, the newsletter of the state Department of Workforce Solutions released April 4, late in that day after potential readers had gone home. DWS buried the news —it’s an election year, after all — leaving it at the bottom (where else?) of a table on page 16.
    We lost 0.2 percent of our wage jobs, or 1,900, over the year. Virginia was the only other state losing jobs. The losses concentrated in Albuquerque, which reported 4,500 fewer jobs, a 1.2 percent drop.
    Maybe it was newly divorced people leaving town.
    Men’s Health magazine ranked divorce propensity in 100 cities. Albuquerque placed 99th, followed only by Charleston, W.Va. Joe Queenan, described as “a humorist” by the Wall Street Journal, which hosts his column, called the bottom 10 “blighted burgs.”

  • Baseball crushes Capital on road

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team improved to a perfect 6-0 with its pair of crushing victories this weekend.
    Los Alamos, which remains in first place heading into this week’s play, blasted the Capital Jaguars by a combined 43-1 in the teams’ doubleheader this weekend in Santa Fe. Los Alamos won the first game 26-0, then cruised to a big 17-1 victory in game two.
    It has been rough going for Capital. It has been outscored by more than a 4-1 margin and has been limited to five runs in five district games so far.
    For the Hilltoppers (14-6 overall), they control their own destiny in district right now, with their only serious contender being Española Valley (12-6, 3-1 in 2-4A). Española Valley, which the Hilltoppers nipped 3-2 last week, has a big game Wednesday at Bernalillo.
    Los Alamos will be off this week until Saturday, when it starts the second half of 2-4A play. Los Alamos will travel to Bernalillo for a doubleheader.
    The Hilltoppers defeated Bernalillo’s Spartans (4-13, 1-2) by a count of 10-3 April 2 at Bomber Field.

  • 'Toppers dominate Jaguars Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team earned a pair of wins this weekend to keep with the top teams in District 2-4A this weekend.
    Los Alamos trounced the Capital Jaguars in a doubleheader Saturday. Los Alamos won the first contest 22-2, then came back to trump the Jaguars 24-7 in game two. Neither game went beyond five innings.
    The first inning was good to the Hilltopper offense in both contests. The Hilltoppers scored 9 runs in the first inning of game one, then came up with 11 runs in the first inning of game two to take early control.
    With the two wins, Los Alamos improves to 10-10 on the season — the first time the Hilltoppers have been at the .500 mark in 2014 — and, more importantly, 4-2 in district play.
    Los Alamos will be off until Saturday when it takes on the defending district champion Bernalillo on the road.
    In game one Saturday, Jordan Hammock threw three innings to earn the win, her third consecutive win in district play. Hammock allowed just four hits and struck out a pair of batters.
    In the second game, Kiana Zerr picked up the win, giving up seven hits and striking out six while walking just one.
    Krysta Salazar, who came up huge for Los Alamos in last week’s win over Española Valley, went 2-for-5 in game two, scored three runs and knocked in four runs.

  • LA finishes fourth at Academy Invite

    Los Alamos’ girls tennis team finished in the middle of the pack in this weekend’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational.
    The Hilltoppers finished fourth in team standings at the tournament, which was played Friday and Saturday at Academy. Farmington, one of the favorites in Class 4A this season, won the team competition, while the host Chargers finished second.
    Along the way this weekend, the Hilltoppers’ top singles had solid outings.
    The Hilltoppers’ No. 1, Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff, knocked off Goddard’s Brittany Maidment and Belen’s Esperanza Herrear in the top draw – Hsieh-Ratliff held on in a tiebreaker against Maidment after the two split sets.
    In the No. 2 singles draw, Laura Whicker dropped Rose Baca of Belen 8-3 and swept Cristina Sartain of Goddard 6-3, 6-2, while Hannah Cunningham had a pair of wins at No. 3 singles, defeating opponents also from Belen and Goddard.
    Whicker teamed up with Maia Meneffe and Cunningham with Lauryn Anaya to earn wins in the doubles draw.
    Next up for Los Alamos is the pre-District 2-4A tournament which is set for Friday in Santa Fe. 

  • Challacombe, Hemez win at top level meet

    Chelsea Challacombe had a huge day at the toughest track and field meet of the year Monday.
    Challacombe, representing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls, picked up a decisive victory in the high jump and was the runner-up in the long jump at Monday’s Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational.
    The Sepulveda meet is an invitation-only event. Just the top placers in the state on the season-to-date are invited to the annual meet, which is run at the University of New Mexico Track and Field Complex.
    Because of the meet’s exclusivity and because it covers all the state’s school classifications, the competition is ramped up from what most athletes will see at the state meet.
    Also at the meet, Colin Hemez won the boys 1600 for Los Alamos.
    Challacombe, who’s emerged this season as the Hilltoppers’ top athlete, won the high jump by four inches. Challacombe, who finished third in last year’s Class 4A state meet in that event, topped Aztec’s Kayli Farmer, a very good athlete in her own right, with her jump of 5 feet, 8 inches — Farmer finished with a best leap of 5-4.
    On the boys side, Colin Hemez ran an impressive time of 4:27.31 seconds Monday, holding off a tight challenge from Fernando Lucero of Rio Rancho (4:29.14) and Jared Garcia of Belen (4:29.33) to take the victory.

  • MADD presentation tonight in White Rock

     

    Parents, caregivers and those working with youth are welcome to attend a free presentation by MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving). The presentation will be 6 p.m. tonight at White Rock Town Hall and hosted by Selena Hardy, a 2003 Los Alamos High School graduate.

    Hardy started with MADD-NM in December, as a Program Specialist, but has worked in statewide programs, for the past five years.

    "The prevention work holds a special place in my heart," Hardy said, whose husband was hit by a drunk driver while riding a bicycle home in July 2012. "Yes, the name is Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, but it is so much more than mothers, its sisters, brothers, friends all living in a community where there is an issue."

    According to Hardy, the latest data shows that parents that send a clear message that underage drinking is unacceptable are 80 percent less likely to drink underage.

    "This announcement solidifies the importance of the Power of Parents program as a means to empower parents with the tools they need to begin an ongoing and intentional dialogue about teen drinking in their homes."

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