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Today's News

  • 'Avengers' film opens at Reel Deal tonight

    The summer is approaching, but for local fans of the superhero genre of movies, the summer starts today.
    The Reel Deal Theater will have a special screening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” at 7 p.m.
    The second installment of “The Avengers” series, which officially opens across the country Friday, is believed by some movie industry insiders to be potentially one of the biggest blockbusters of all time.
    For Reel Deal owner Jim O’Donnell, that wouldn’t bother him a bit.
    “This is going to be up there with ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Hobbit,’” O’Donnell said. “It’s all hands on deck this weekend. I’ll even be working concessions.”
    The Reel Deal is four-screen theater, but for Friday’s and Saturday’s crowds, two of those screens will be showing “Ultron.”
    For “Avengers” fan Breanna Perea, who said she enjoyed the first movie, the chance to see it in Los Alamos tonight was a big plus for her.
    “All the real fans are going to be there (tonight), as opposed to a midnight showing,” Perea said. “It’ll be a lot quieter. There won’t be a lot of talking.”

  • State pulls its support funds

    The Los Alamos school district recently received word that when the time comes to ask taxpayers to foot the bill for another school reconstruction project, Los Alamos residents may have to foot the bill for the entire project.
    The Public School Capital Outlay Council, the organization that approves the granting of matching state funding for school construction projects, narrowed its criteria, only approving pre applications from districts that are qualified to receive 50 percent in matching funds or higher.
    The Los Alamos Public School is qualified to receive 42 percent in matching funds or higher.
    “They (the PSCOC) essentially decided to draw a line in the sand at districts that received 50 percent match or higher, and everybody else’s applications were not considered,” said Joanie Ahlers, Los Alamos Public Schools’ chief operations officer at a recent school board meeting. “Our pre-application, that the board approved, was not considered.”

  • LA softball has win streak snapped

    The Los Alamos softball team had its five-game win streak snapped Wednesday by the District 2-5A champs, Bernalillo.
    The Spartans stayed perfect in the district, improving to 10-0 in 2-5A and 20-4 overall, with a 5-0 win against the ’Toppers (6-4, 11-13).
    “Overall it was a well played game,” Los Alamos manager Roger Anaya said. “We definitely played better than the first time we played them.”
    It was certainly closer that their previous games.
    The first time Los Alamos played Bernalillo, the Spartans hit eight home runs in a doubleheader.
    Jordan Hammock kept Bernalillo’s bats a lot quieter Wednesday, only giving up one extra-base hit and no home runs. “They had to earn every run,” Anaya said.
    Hammock pitched all seven innings, giving up 11 hits, five runs — three of which were earned — while striking out five and walking three. “She threw a great game,” Anaya said.
    Bernalillo’s pitcher, Isabella Navarro, was also impressive. She struck out 12 ’Toppers in the game.
    “Their pitcher is very tough,” Anaya said. “She has the best rise ball we’ve seen.”

  • ’Toppers beat down Bernalillo in home finale

    In its home regular season finale, the Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team was playing about as sharp as it had all season.
    That was great news for the Hilltoppers, but not so much for their opponents.
    As sharp as Los Alamos was Wednesday at Bomber Field, the Bernalillo Spartans were flat. That led to a big 14-0 rout in favor of the Hilltoppers, a game that wrapped up in the minimum 4-1/2 innings.
    Starting pitcher Lane Saunders was spot-on. He threw five innings of hitless ball, allowing just two walks, one in the second and one in the third innings, neither of which became a scoring threat.
    The left-handed Saunders was in full command, striking out three and facing more than the minimum number of batters just once — he picked off Isaac Gutierrez, one of the hitters he walked, by a country mile to end the third inning — and only a handful of Spartans were able to make solid contact with him all day.
    With Wednesday’s victory, the Hilltoppers now move within one game of clinching their seventh consecutive District 2-5A title. They can do so with a victory in either of their two games Saturday at Del Norte, a team that has struggled for much of the season.

  • Today in history April 30
  • Morrow sentenced to 10 years for child pornography

    ALBUQUERQUE — Kyle Morrow, 30, of Los Alamos, was sentenced this morning in federal court to 120 months in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for possession of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
    Morrow will be required to register as a sex offender after completing his prison sentence, according to the Department of Justice.
    Morrow was arrested on federal child pornography charges on March 7, 2014, based on a criminal complaint alleging possession of child pornography.
    At the time of his arrest, Morrow was residing in a halfway house in Albuquerque as he was transiting from a federal prison for a prior child pornography conviction.
    According to the criminal complaint, FBI initiated an investigation into Morrow after staff at the halfway house found child pornography on his cellular phone and confiscated the phone. The FBI seized Morrow’s phone in February 2014 pursuant to a search warrant and submitted the phone for forensic examination by the New Mexico Regional Forensic Laboratory.
    A forensic examination revealed that Morrow’s phone contained more than 1,000 images consistent with child pornography.

  • Update 4-29-15

    Grand Opening

    The Los Alamos Golf Course Community Building and the Cottonwood on the Greens restaurant will have a grand opening ceremony Thursday. A ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

    Closed session

    There will be a close session of the Board of Public Utilities at 9 a.m. Friday. Part of the meeting may include members of the Los Alamos County Council. The meeting will be at the municipal building.

    Star Wars

    Mesa Public Library will host Star Wars Day Sunday. “Star Wars” fans of all ages are invited to attend a showing of the original 1977 film from 1-3 p.m. and play “Star Wars” games from 3-5 p.m.

    "Avenue Q"

    The Los Alamos Little Theater is presenting “Avenue Q,” along with the Dixon Community Players. Performances start 7:30 p.m. Friday. Tickets $14, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets can be purchased in advanced at lalt.org or at CB Fox, and at the door.

    Performance

    The opening night performance of “Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids” is scheduled for Friday night at Mountain Elementary School. The performance will be at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

    Future Energy

  • Sheehan: things are better

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — More than two decades after taking over in the wake of sexual abuse scandals, retiring Santa Fe Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he believes he’s leaving the archdiocese a better place and that there’s more accountability in addressing allegations of abuse.
    The archdiocese now has a zero-tolerance policy, and New Mexico is more open and transparent regarding abuse investigations, Sheehan said Monday.
    “There were problems. Yes. Lots of them,” said Sheehan, 75, who is retiring in June as head of New Mexico’s largest diocese because of age requirements. “But we have zero tolerance for any of that stuff now.”
    Pope Francis has appointed Salt Lake City bishop and immigration-reform advocate John Wester as Sheehan’s replacement.
    Sheehan was installed at the 11th Archbishop of Santa Fe in 1993 following the resignation of Archbishop Robert Sanchez, who stepped down right before “60 Minutes” was to broadcast a story naming several women who say they had sex with him.
    Sanchez, the first Latino archbishop appointed in the United States, also came under scrutiny for failing to prevent and investigate allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests.

  • Dog Days of Spring

    Plenty of dogs and their owners hit the road for the annual Dog Jog competition Saturday in White Rock. The event was a fundraiser for the Friends of the Shelter program.

  • Park officials to meet with public

    The Intermountain Region of the National Park Service (NPS) in Denver announced it will hold three public listening sessions in northern New Mexico next month to discuss the transition in management of Valles Caldera National Preserve from the Valles Caldera Trust to the NPS.
    The meetings are scheduled for May 11-13, in Albuquerque, Jemez Springs and Los Alamos. Each meeting runs from 6-8:30 p.m.
    “This is an opportunity for the National Park Service to get to know the communities around the Valles Caldera, and for us to begin to establish the kind of strong working relationships that are at the heart of effectively managing the preserve,” said Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica.
    In December, Congress designated the preserve as a new unit of the National Park System. The legislation requires that the Valles Caldera Trust be terminated and the management of the area be turned over to the National Park Service.
    The listening sessions will include a brief presentation with a time for questions, followed by multiple small group discussion circles, each assisted by a Park Service facilitator.
    Circle participants may include partners of NPS and the Trust as well as members of the general public and various stakeholders, from local governments and businesses to recreation and conservation interests.