Today's News

  • Isotopes win third straight on Wheeler homer

    Six games into the young season and the Albuquerque Isotopes (4-2) already have three walk off wins, including two walk off home runs in as many days. Right fielder Tim Wheeler smashed a line drive home run over the right-center field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday night, giving the Isotopes a 6-5 win against the Tacoma Rainiers (2-4). It is their third-straight victory.
    DECIDING MOMENT: Back-to-back doubles by the Rainiers in the top of the ninth tied the game at five, but the Isotopes were all too familiar with the late inning heroics. Tim Wheeler stepped in the box to lead off the home half of the ninth and blasted a 1-1 pitch over the right-center field wall for the Isotopes’ second walk off in as many nights.
    HELL ON WHEELERS: Tim Wheeler mashed his first two home runs of the 2015 seasons Tuesday night, a two-run blast in the sixth and a solo shot in the ninth. He finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored, three RBI and a walk. He is also the second-consecutive Albuquerque player to mash two homers in a game after Dustin Garneau’s two-homer performance Monday night.

  • Romero has perfect prediction in pace race

    Ted Romero had a perfect prediction in the weekly pace race held on the Waste Treatment Plant road in lower Bayo Canyon. His predicted time of 20 minutes, 16 seconds the 3-mile distance was also the fastest time. There were three runners that had a 4 second differential: David Kratzer, Laura McClellan and Linda Vance. Sanna Sevanto was 5 seconds off.
    In the 1-mile race, Maviela Saenz finished first in 10:18 while 6-year-old Billy Strother was the top male runner in 12:30.
    The fastest female on the 3-mile course was Roxana Candia recording a 23:15.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held at 6 p.m. on North Mesa by the horse stable area on the North end of the Brewer Rodeo Area.

  • LA tennis teams take third at Academy tournament

    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams each won a trio of matches en route to third-place finishes at Albuquerque Academy’s tournament over the weekend.
    “It was a good, good weekend,” Los Alamos boys head coach Lloyd Wilton said. “The guys did really well getting third.”
    The Hilltopper girls shut out Piedra Vista 9-0 and Bosque 9-0 to reach the semifinals.
    Albuquerque Academy beat Los Alamos 6-3 in the semis, but the Hilltopper girls came back strong and beat Belen 9-0 in the third-place match.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, won three close matches to take third.
    The ’Toppers beat Piedra Vista 5-4 and Bosque 6-3 in the first and second rounds.
    In the semis, Los Alamos fell to Albuquerque Academy 8-1.
    The Hilltopper boys came back, however, and beat Santa Fe Prep 5-4 in the third-place match. Andrew Aboshousha got the final win against Santa Fe Prep to propel the ’Toppers to victory, capping a perfect 4-0 weekend for him in singles play.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Katya Skurikhin and Annie Smith both won three singles matches at the Academy tournament while Sidra Hiseh-Ratliff, Laura Whicker, Lauren Fugate, Michelle Alexander, Maia Menefee and Astrid Hengartner all won two singles matches.

  • ’Toppers step up game in home tournament

    The Los Alamos golf teams took advantage of playing on their home course Monday. The Hilltopper boys combined to shoot a 337, Los Alamos’ best team score at a tournament in the last two years.
    “I’m proud of the boys for putting in the effort necessary to improve as individual players,” Los Alamos boys head coach Andy Ainsworth said. “As the kids improve individually, we are really seeing the sum of the improvements in lower team scores.”
    Los Alamos’ boys finished second as a team, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ 336. Las Vegas Robertson (336) finished third, Followed by Grants (370), Valencia (399), Belen (404), Española Valley (421) and Capital (469). Springer and Santa Fe High also competed, but didn’t post team scores.
    Jonathan Osden led the charge for Los Alamos. Osden finished second with a 79, just one shot behind Los Lunas’ Dylan Gonzales.
    Isaac Suazo (85), Hunter Gustafson (86) and Nicholas Quarteri (87) rounded out Los Alamos’ team score.
    Los Alamos’ Sean Rau (85), Brandan Duran (91), Niccolo Snyder (95), Nick Koskelo (95) and Corey Evans (100) also played in the tournament as individuals.

  • Homeschoolers to visit Art Center

    This year, an informal group of educators put together a schedule of monthly experiences for families who home school their children.
    This month, Fuller Lodge Art Center will offer a “field trip” experience and the art center is inviting not only the students but their parents as well.
    From 1-3 p.m. Thursday, children are invited to come to the Art Center. Children can attend with or without their parents.
    The introductory part of the afternoon involves taking a quick trip around the gallery to look at the art in the current exhibit “Canyons, Mesas, Mountains, Skies,” and try to see the differences between art created while looking at nature and art created by looking at a photograph of nature.
    The practice of working outdoors and experiencing the fresh air while painting is called “plein-air.” The participants will gather some art supplies and walk over to Ashley Pond where Art Center Director Ken Nebel will teach them how to use their fingers to create “view finders” to frame their scene, and then they will paint.
    The experience is timed near Earth Day to help students gain a different appreciation of how the environment influences lives.

  • Local Briefs 4-15-15

    Meeting on human trafficking set for April 30

    The American Association of University Women will present a discussion of human trafficking April 30 at Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting rooms.
    The discussion will be presented by Maria Sanchez-Gagne, the director of the New Mexico Border Violence Division and Lynn Sanchez, program director for Human Trafficking Aftercare Program at The Life Link.
    Topics such as the United Nations’ anti-human trafficking protocol, New Mexico trafficking laws and outreach are scheduled to be discussed.

    Bear Camp registration is Saturday

    Registration for the 2014 Bear Camp will start Saturday morning at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Bear Camp is a popular day camp program run by Los Alamos County. Registration for the camp is limited and residents often get in line to register in the wee hours of the morning to do so.
    As such, Los Alamos County will open the aquatic center at midnight so those wanting to may wait inside. Registration numbers will be issued for interested participants starting at 6:30 a.m.
    For more information, call the Walkup Center at 662-8173.

    Letters of Interest for committee are due

  • On The Docket 4-15-15

    April 2

    Carol A. Fleming was found guilty in Los Alamos Magistrate court of driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (impaired to the slightest degree, first offense) The original charge was aggravated driving while under the influence of liquor and/or drugs (.16 or above, first offense).
    Sentencing is deferred, provided probation conditions are met. If conditions of the deferred sentence are met, then the charge will be dismissed, but a record of the charges will still exist. Order will become final April 2, 2016. Defendant was fined $241 and ordered to undergo a year of supervised probation.

  • Update 4-15-15

    Grand Opening

    The public is invited to the grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center April 22. The dedication and ribbon-cutting will be at 2 p.m. at the new facility, located at 2600 Canyon Road. Those attending are asked to carpool or ride the Atomic City Transit, due to parking constraints.


    The fourth annual Fiesta de la Primavera is scheduled for Sunday. It will be at 3 p.m. at Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito Room. It will feature a Spanish music and dance concert with acts from around northern New Mexico. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children 12 and under.

    Job fair

    UNM-Los Alamos will host a job fair for students and the public from 1-4 p.m. April 24. Call 663-3402 for more information.


    Then Environmental Sustainability Board will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building.

    Dive-in Movie

    The Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center will host a Dive-In Movie Friday. The movie will be “Big Hero 6.” Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale. Call 662-8173 for details.

    Run For Her Life

  • The Truman Show

    Noel Pugach, former history professor at the University of New Mexico, stepped into his alter ego, Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the United States, in front of a packed house at Fuller Lodge Tuesdsay night. Pugach, in the character of Truman, told the audience about Truman’s life, decision-making process, and his decision to drop the atomic bombs on Japan to end World War II. The show was hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society.

  • LAYL's Wild Day is set for Saturday

    Los Alamos Youth Leadership will have its annual Wild Day program from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Los Alamos High School’s Griffith Gymnasium Saturday.
    The project’s lead coordinators for this year are Carmen Bouquin and Nic Gonzales. The event is for students in grades K-6.
    Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the purchase of gardening equipment for the Hilltop Garden.
    Activities will include crafts, games, police and firefighter meet and greet. Lunch will be provided.
    Registration is $20. Download the registration form at losalamosjjab.com and drop it off at the Los Alamos YMCA.