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  • Shelter Report 4-24-16

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt your new best friend today! All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations. Shelter hours are noon – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, and noon–3 p.m. Sunday.
    Be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, where you can get more information about volunteering, adopting, and donating. You can also check out our Petfinder website for pictures of our adorable adoptable animals: petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html.
    Gracie—A 7-year-old tabby who was surrendered when her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She loves attention from adults and older, gentle children. She also enjoys lounging in the sunshine and hanging out in high perches, where she can survey her domain. She prefers a quiet, calm house, and she doesn’t mind the company of cat-friendly dogs!

  • On the Docket 4-24-16

    April 13
    Colin Charlsey-Groffman was fined $100 for failing to display a current, valid registration plate while parked and for failing to pay fines and/or court costs.

    Lauren D. Peak  was found guilty at the time of traffic stop of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $50 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Mariel A. Combs  was fined $100 for stopping, standing, or parking in prohibited in specified places and for failing to display a current, valid, registration plate while parked.
    April 14
    Miguel F. Cabildo pled no contest at the time of traffic stop to not having a proper driver’s licence. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Corey Walkeer was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding in a school zone six to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

    Dimitry Bronisz  was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding 16 to 20 miles an hour over the speed limit. Defendant was fined $100 and must also pay $65 in court costs.

  • Hilltoppers lacrosse runs by Bosque

    The Los Alamos lacrosse team didn’t have much trouble taking down Bosque Thursday. The Hilltoppers scored their most lop-sided victory of the season against the Bobcats, 12-4.
    With the win, Los Alamos moved into fourth place in the league standings with a 5-4 overall record.
    The three teams ahead of Los Alamos — Santa Fe Prep, Sandia and Sandia Prep — only have one loss apiece, so the ’Toppers have some work ahead of them if they want to move up in the standings some.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to play Sandia Saturday morning at Sullivan Field and will also host Santa Fe Prep at Overlook Park Monday. The Santa Fe Prep game will begin at 4:30 p.m.
    The Griffins beat Los Alamos in their season opener, 16-3.
    The ’Toppers have been playing better ball since then, winning four of their last five contests to steadily move up the standings.
    Monday’s game is also a re-match of last year’s state championship.

  • Angel Fire announces new summer racing series

    The Angel Fire Bike Park recently announced that it will be hosting a new downhill mountain bike racing series this summer.
    Angel Fire Bike Park’s Fire 5, presented by Schwalbe, is a premier downhill race series in the Rocky Mountains. A series of five unique downhill races will take place at Angel Fire Bike Park throughout the bike season. Amateurs and pro riders are invited to race in one or all five races. Registration for the first race, which will be held May 29, is open now.
    “We created the new Fire 5 racing series here at Angel Fire Bike Park because we wanted to offer racers a better experience with a legit series,” Angel Fire Bike Park director Hogan Koesis said.
    “Since the Mountain States cup dissolved a few years ago, we feel that downhill racing in the Rockies has been underserved and underrepresented. Angel Fire has always had a rich racing culture with proper tracks. We believe that by offering some cash, amazing products from our sponsors and a five-race series, that we can grow racing back to where it once was.”
    The five races will take place May 29, July 16, Aug. 3, Sept. 4 and Oct. 8.
    There will be pro, open and junior categories for men and women.
    Over $20,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded for each race and overall series winners.

  • Be bear aware when outdoors this spring

    SANTA FE — Spring is in the air, and as people and wildlife become more active outdoors the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is encouraging everyone to be aware of the potential of encountering bears and other native wildlife.
    Young bears are emerging from hibernation and will be foraging and seeking territory to call their own, said Rick Winslow, the department’s bear and cougar biologist. Sows with cubs will follow later in May.
    Those living in urban-wildland interface areas such as the foothills around Santa Fe or Albuquerque may have a greater chance of encountering bears, Winslow said.
    If a bear exhibits aggressive or strange behavior, people are encouraged to call the department and report it.
    Bears that appear to be moving through the country should be left alone – no need to report them.
    If you visit or live in bear country:
    • Keep garbage in airtight containers inside your garage or storage area.
    Place garbage outside in the morning just before pickup, not the night before.
    Occasionally clean cans with ammonia or bleach.
    • Remove bird feeders. Bears see them as sweet treats, and often they will look for other food sources nearby.
    • Never put meat or sweet-smelling food scraps such as melon in your compost pile.

  • Candia has perfect prediction

    Roxana Candia had a perfect prediction in Tuesday’s Pace Race, held on the North Mesa trail by the horse stables. Candia predicted a time of 24 minutes, 0 seconds on the three-mile course and finished exactly on the target.
    Other accurate predictors were Nick Parra-Vasquez with a 5-second differential, Brian Newnam at 9 seconds off and Jesse Woodroffe with an 11-second difference.
    The top finisher on the one-mile course was 6-year-old Anders Medin with a time of 10:50.
    The fastest female was his grandmother, Aurea Rojas, with a time of 10:52.
    On the three-mile course, Ryan Smeltzer finished first in 21:53. The top female finisher was Laura Woodroffe, crossing in 22:59.
    Next Tuesday’s race will be held in the Western area, beginning in the Sullivan Field parking lot.
    One-and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com.

  • Big blasts help LA softball down Academy

    A homerun and three triples helped the Los Alamos softball team score an 11-1 win against Albuquerque Academy Wednesday.
    Taylor Jaramillo went deep in the first inning, helping Los Alamos jump out to a 7-0 lead.
    Los Alamos never looked back.
    The ’Toppers added one run in the second and three more in the third to eventually enact the mercy rule after five innings.
    Jaramillo had a pair of RBIs with her homerun.
    Shelby Chavez went 2-for-3 with two triples, two RBI and two runs scored.
    Jayde Tucker also hit a triple, drove in two runs and scored twice.
    Michaela Robertson and Morgan Hohner both scored twice.
    Lizbeth Guarello and Jordan Jaramillo each scored one.
    Hannah Mojica drove in two runs and Lauren Harris knocked in one.
    Mojica also threw a complete game for Los Alamos to earn the win. She struck out three batters and only gave up two hits in five innings of work. The run Albuquerque Academy scored was unearned in the second inning. After that, Mojica kept them off the scoreboard to preserve Los Alamos’ 10-run lead and end the game early.
    The win helped Los Alamos improve to 11-10 overall while the Chargers dropped to 3-16.
    Next, Los Alamos will play arguably its biggest series left on its schedule.

  • LA boys tennis gives Robertson its first loss

    The Los Alamos boys tennis team gave Robertson its first loss of the season Tuesday. The ’Toppers took down the defending A-4A state champion, 6-3.
    Robertson’s Lady Cardinals, however, gave the Hilltopper girls just their third loss of the season, 6-3, to stay undefeated with a perfect 11-0 mark.
    The Fulgenzi family led both Robertson squads and played in eight of the nine matches Robertson won Tuesday.
    Warren Fulgenzi beat George Margevicius 6-0 and 6-1 at No. 1 singles.
    At No. 2 singles, Andrew Aboshousha won his first set against Andres Garcia, 6-4, but Garcia came back and won the next two sets to take the match.
    Besides those two matches, the Hilltopper boys won the rest of the singles contests and two of the three doubles matches to take down the Cardinals.
    Andrew Tang scored a 7-5, 6-1 win against Dylan Moore at No. 3 singles.
    Thomas Chadwick beat Ali Shabaneh in three sets at No. 4 singles, 7-5, 1-6, 6-4.
    At No. 5, Junseo Kim beat Gabe Gregory in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
    At No. 6 singles, JD Downing shut out Deandre Gutierrez, 6-0, 6-0.
    Fulgenzi and Garcia teamed up to beat Margevicius and Tang at No. 1 doubles, 6-2, 6-1.
    At No. 2 doubles, Aboshousha and Chadwick beat Moore and Shabaneh, 6-2, 6-3.

  • Community Calendar 4-22-16

    Gentle Walks at 9 a.m. at Nature Center. A gentle walk for which the emphasis is on discovery, not mileage gained. Free. More information at peecnature.org.

    Fourth Friday Fractals from 7-7:45 p.m. See fractals in nature as a full-dome planetarium show! $10/adult and $8/child. More information at peecnature.org.
     Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nature Center. Celebrate Earth Day at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Free.

    Feature Film: “We are Astronomers” at 11 a.m. at Nature Center. This exciting, family-friendly film reveals the global collaboration, technology, and dedication required to answer the unresolved questions of the Universe. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Feature Film: “Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure” at noon at the Nature Center. See prehistoric sea creatures come to life, and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children.

    Young at Heart Hike. Join us on a hike that brings together people of all ages to connect, learn, play, and explore. Free.