Today's News

  • No political ties at homecoming

    The Los Alamos homecoming parade is coming up. In order not to politicize a beloved community tradition, our local parties have decided not to participate.
    We have also asked our candidates not to have entries (as candidates) in the parade.
    You’ll see plenty of our local candidates talking to people during the parade and some will probably participate in their other roles as active community members.
    While our two political parties don’t always agree on issues, we can agree that Los Alamos is a great community. Both the local Democratic Party and Republican Party want Los Alamos High School students to enjoy their weekend without political signs and overt campaigning in their parade.
    Robyn Schultz, Chair
    Democratic Party of Los Alamos County
    Robert Gibson, Chair
    Republican Party of Los Alamos County

  • Remember American family members who have passed away

    Sibling relationships stay. Even if the relationship becomes troubled, it is still there. Counting the siblings and spouses of my mom and dad, there were 14. They are all gone now.
    I think my dad, also named Harold Morgan and born in 1917, was the oldest. The last of the group died a few weeks ago. These people were the family adults when I was a kid. The realization of their passing came a few years ago in a comment from a cousin from my generation after the death of her mother, father and stepfather.
    “Wow,” she said. “I’m the oldest.” Being the oldest is new for us Baby Boomers.
    Though they were not especially diverse by today’s quota-driven, politically correct standards, the story of these 14 is one of the millions of American family stories. I share a little here because they are gone.
    Oklahoma City was home to nearly all the 14. Tulsa was involved. One husband, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, came in as the result of a wartime romance.

  • LA looks to bounce back after tourney

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team went 0-1-2 at last weekend’s Albuquerque Academy Invitational tournament.
    Of those three games, though, the loss, a sizeable one, wasn’t nearly as disappointing as the two ties for Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz.
    Gartz said his team had a chance to earn two victories over two quality programs, in Cleveland and Hope Christian Thursday and Friday, but couldn’t secure either of those victories.
    After tying both the Storm and the Huskies, the Hilltoppers were blasted by the Capital Jaguars 5-1 in the seventh-place game Saturday. However, the Hilltoppers had no real interest in winning that game — Los Alamos (3-4-2) flipped its lineup around liberally, having most of its players way out of their regular positions just to see what would happen.
    Los Alamos and Capital, of course, will play twice more this season during District 2-5A play.
    Today, the Hilltoppers will get another chance for a win against a quality program. Academy’s Chargers will roll into town for a game at Sullivan Field. Kickoff time is 6 p.m.
    There is no magic bullet to defeat Academy, Gartz said. It will be a matter of effort, which he felt was lacking against Cleveland and Hope Christian.

  • Trio of 'Toppers earn qualifying legs

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls golf team earned a runner-up finish at its season opener Monday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    Los Alamos placed two players in the top seven individually as it finished with 383 team strokes. That score put the Hilltoppers directly behind the Cleveland Storm, one of the top big school programs in the state.
    Jennifer Necker and Malorie Apgar finished with scores of 87 and 88 to pace the Hilltoppers.
    Monday’s tournament was also the season opener for Los Alamos’ boys, who finished fifth out of the seven full teams taking part.
    The golf season is played both during the fall and spring. To qualify for the state tournament, which is played in May, teams and individuals must earn three qualification scores, or legs.
    The Hilltopper girls, who advanced to the state tournament last year, earned their first team leg with Monday’s performance.
    Also earning a leg was Jonathan Osden, a senior for Los Alamos. Osden was Los Alamos’ only boys representative at state last May.
    The Hilltopper boys finished with a score of 354. Individually, Osden shot a 4-over 76, which was good enough for eighth place.

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  • One injured in roundabout accident

    One person was injured Monday morning in an accident at the San Ildefonso Road roundabout. According to police the accident was caused by a driver entering the roundabout in a silver Honda SUV. According to police, the driver apparently failed to yield to a driver in a black subcompact  sedan who was already in the intersection. That driver was taken to the Los Alamos Medical Center complaining of neck pain. 

  • Hawktalkers funded

     During its annual retreat session Saturday, where the Los Alamos School Board discussed future projects and sets priorities for the upcoming school year, the board officialy convened to conduct a piece of crucial business.

    The board, with Secretary Matt Williams abstaining, voted to give seed money to the Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers, the middle school's speech and debate team. The board voted to give the team $7000. The board also voted to transfer $10,000 to the high school and middle school's "23000 Account" to be used by any school club or organization specifically for reserving charter buses just in case a school bus is not available for an upcoming trip.

    According to school officials the practice of using charter buses is a common one for all extracurricular activities, especially at the height of the district's sports and tournament seasons. It's hoped that having the extra $10,000 in the account no school club or team that regularly uses transportation for regional competition will be without a bus to get it there.

    Los Alamos School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie was glad they were able to find the money, knowing what it will be used for.

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  • Porter case heads to district court

    Though he fought hard for his client, defense attorney Elden Pennington could not keep Steven Porter’s two cases against him from going over to district court.
    Magistrate Judge Pat Casados ruled that the state proved its case that there’s justification that both cases against him be moved to district court. If the case was able to prove that there was no justification, the charges against him would have been dropped and he would have been freed.
    As it is now, Porter is being held on a $102,000 bond for violating the terms of release for the first case against him.
    Porter was arrested Aug. 17 at his home when police discovered numerous illicit drugs in a safe in his house. Through a combination given by Porter to the officers, officers were able to open one of the safes, where they found a gallon-sized ziplock baggie filled with 200 to 300 pills of various types. Porter was then arrested on 13 felony drug charges and seven misdemeanor drug charges.
    Police executed a search warrant on Porter’s White Rock residence originally to find evidence that he committed acts of vandalism and burglary against a group of neighbors who recently ruled against him in a zoning dispute. However, so far, police have found no evidence of Porter’s involvement.