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  • LAYL sponsors homecoming bonfire

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership wants the community to get together for the annual homecoming bonfire, 7:30 p.m. today in the Sullivan Field parking lot.
     Everyone is welcome to support the football team, and roast s’mores and enjoy an evening filled with music and ’Topper spirit. The event won’t go past 9:30 p.m. and the Los Alamos Fire Department and Chief Troy Hughes will be standing by to ensure everyone’s safety.
    The LAYL program for high school students eager to help out their community started in 2005, and is sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank (LANB), Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and the Family YMCA.
    In attendance will be LAYL, the fall coaches and athletes, cheerleaders, marching band members and Los Alamos High School students at the thrilling bonfire event.
     

  • Learn all about geocaching

    Coleen Meyer, an experienced and passionate geocacher, will teach the ins-and-outs of geocaching in a free program from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.
    Meyer will start the program by describing geocaching and explaining how to play the game. Then she will briefly talk about the history of the technology. Key points Meyer will cover include GroundSpeak’s geocaching.com website and setting up an account, what equipment is needed and what to look for (samples will be available).
    She will also describe Earthcaches, virtual caches, geocaching events and mega-events, as well as what to do once you find a cache, and safety issues that can come up while you play.
    Other topics include how to hide a cache, geocaching lingo, and trackables. After learning about the activity, the group will go outside and find a cache near PEEC.
    Those who have a GPS unit should bring it to the program and be familiar with how to use it. Meyer will go over different ways to enter cache information into a GPS device.
    Coleen Meyer has been geocaching since 2008, when she had to cajole a 4-year-old out of his GPS unit to get started. After hearing about the activity, her brother, niece and nephew took her out to give it a try.

  • Trekking Nepal peaks for dummies

    The September meeting of the Los Alamos Mountaineers will feature a presentation by Carol Kotchek, a staff member at the American Alpine Club who has been climbing for more than 30 years, including a number of years working a number of classic climbs in the Yosemite Valley.
    Her presentation will focus on a trek up a 6,100-meter peak in the Khumu region of Nepal. Normally a climber who prefers T-shirt weather and steep rock, Kotchek says that on a whim she decided to get a taste of some Himalayan altitude. She will offer lessons in how an inexperienced and naïve mountaineering neophyte prevailed during her Himalayan trek, sharing both the joys and the pitfalls, the ignorance and the luck, that accompanied her to the summit.
    The LA Mountaineers meeting will start at 7 p.m. today in Fuller Lodge.
    Kotchek has been on staff at the AAC in Golden, Colorado, since 2002. She started climbing at the City of Rocks, Idaho, in the era of painter pants, rugby shirts, and clanging hexes. “Having climbed through the leopard skin Lycra phase I’m now back to placing trad gear with an occasional foray to sport climbing areas,” she said.

  • Showing school spirit

    The Chamisa Staff support Assets In Action’s College/Military Day on Sept. 5. The day highlighted the variety of educational paths is one of several events during Assets Month.
    The County Council has issued a proclamation to local businesses as several locations collecting change throughout the month to support the program. To host a can, call 695-9139.
    From left, Tricia Javernick, Becky Sims, Kris Sandford, Michelle Wright and Becky Littleton. 

  • Latinas: King doesn't need to apologize for 'heart' remark

    It’s the gaffe that wasn’t.
    The latest tussle between gubernatorial candidates is over Democrat Gary King’s paraphrase of a statement by labor activist Dolores Huerta, a New Mexican from Dawson and compatriot of Cesar Chavez.
    At a fundraiser, King quoted Huerta as saying that “you can’t just go out there and vote for somebody for governor because they have a Latino surname. She said you have to look at them and find out if they have a Latino heart. And we know that Susana Martinez does not have a Latino heart.”
    The governor’s campaign pounced on what appeared to be a gaffe. Lt. Gov. John Sanchez even demanded an apology, which is gallant of him considering that the governor treats him like an insect.
    Then Sen. Linda Lopez, an Albuquerque Democrat and King’s former opponent, called a press conference with women who had something to say about Latina hearts.
    “I attended the Voices for Children conference as a candidate for governor,” Lopez told me. “She (Huerta) actually said the governor doesn’t have a Latina heart. It resonated with so many people.”
    Lopez also heard King’s statement. “He has nothing to apologize for.”

  • From the bottom up

    This just in: According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, New Mexico ranks 50th among the states when it comes to residents’ access to emergency room service.
    The problem many New Mexicans have in digesting news of this sort is that it is just more of the same. In virtually every category some outfit comes up with for purposes of ranking the states — income, jobs and job opportunities, literacy, child well-being and safety, roads and infrastructure, you name it — New Mexico is always at or near the blasted bottom.
    New Mexicans are no longer shocked by such news. About all they can do when another batch of dismal rankings comes out these days is yawn when they should up in arms.
    Mad as Hell and not going to take it anymore! Mounting the barricades, waving placards angrily proclaiming “There’s nothing beneath the bottom and we’re falling through.”
    We must demand better from our state officials, particularly in the final weeks of a gubernatorial campaign.

  • LA drops rematch, 2-1

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was hoping to follow up on its road victory against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers with another one.
    But that didn’t materialize for the Hilltoppers Tuesday afternoon.
    Los Alamos allowed a pair of goals in the first half of the contest at Academy. It earned a goal in the second half, but it wouldn’t find the equalizer as the Chargers prevailed 2-1.
    The two teams met Saturday in the third-place contest of Academy’s home tournament. The Hilltoppers prevailed in that contest 4-3 and had high hopes they would be able to make it two straight over their longtime rivals.
    Hilltopper Catie McDonald, who is by far and away the team’s leading scorer, tallied her 13th goal of the season in Tuesday’s second half, that coming off an assist from Rachel Thoma.
    For the contest, Academy had 8 shots on-goal, with eighth grade goalkeeper Anna Lemke stopping 6 of those chances.
    With the loss, the Hilltoppers slip to 4-5 on the year, while Academy improved to 4-4-1.
    Los Alamos won’t have much time to recover from Tuesday’s loss, however. Its next contest is at home Thursday afternoon against the Class 6A Rio Rancho Rams.

  • LA boys, girls sweep ATC Invite Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls cross country teams both won crushing victories at last weekend’s Academy for Technology and the Classics Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ girls earned 6 of the 10 top-10 spots in Saturday’s race in Santa Fe to finish with 23 team points, only about a quarter of the total of next-nearest finisher, Shiprock.
    The Hilltopper boys were nearly as good Saturday, finishing with 30 points to Pecos’ 110 points. For the second time in as many races this season, Greg Ahlers and John Rees were a solid 1-2 punch for Los Alamos, taking Nos. 3 and 4 in the individual competition.
    ATC’s meet wasn’t the most competitive meet Los Alamos will have this season. Pojoaque Valley was the most consistently competitive team taking part in the meet, which was comprised mostly of teams in the immediate surrounding area of Santa Fe.
    On the girls side, Maddy Foley, who had a huge showing a week earlier at the University of New Mexico Invitational, won for the first time in her career at ATC. Foley, a junior, finished in 18 minutes, 33 seconds, a 28-second victory over the next-best finisher, teammate Sophia Galvez. At UNM, Foley finished fourth overall and first among competitors in Class 5A.

  • Chargers score in 2nd half to sink LA

    It was a good first half Tuesday night for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team against one of its biggest rivals.
    Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain it in the second half.
    Los Alamos met its old foe, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, Tuesday at Sullivan Field. The two teams battled to a draw after the first half, but the Chargers would end up tallying the only goal of game in the second half to win it 1-0.
    If it were just the one goal that was the difference in the second half, that might have been an OK loss — Academy is one of the premier programs in the state — but the Hilltoppers weren’t satisfied with their second half performance in any way, shape or form.
    Los Alamos got virtually nothing going on its offensive third in the final 40 minutes. The Hilltoppers didn’t get a single shot off in the second half, or even get particularly close to getting a shot off.
    That second half spoiled what was a good start to the game.
    “Energy-wise it was a tale of two halves,” said Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz. “The first half was good. We were able to take away (the Chargers’) game. The second half they just settled in and did what they wanted to do. They were first to the ball and they dominated us in the second half.”

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