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  • Prom likely to be at Buffalo Thunder

    According to Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and the organizers of this year’s Senior Prom, the Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder Resort is probably going to be the venue the annual event.
    It was between the resort and the Los Alamos Golf Course, but at Thursday’s meeting at Los Alamos High School, Washburn all but confirmed that Buffalo Thunder will be the place.
    “We’re satisfied that it’s financially viable,” Washburn said. “Buffalo Thunder has addressed our concerns about safety, as well as some other issues, now it’s just going to be about mustering the high school staff and the administration that’s going to be at the event.”
    While the prom’s organizers, Junior Class President Deanna Gutierrez and Vice President Jordan Henson, plan to work out the details with Buffalo Thunder Liaison Peter Lovato, the school administration will be communicating with parents of the senior class via email.
    The administration is also looking for volunteers and chaperones for the event. Those wishing to volunteer can email Washburn at g.washburn@laschools.net.
    The organizers have also resolved the transportation issue as well.
    Students will have a choice between driving themselves to the prom, going by limo, or taking the resort’s free shuttle service.

  • Two candidates vying for new superintendent

    The Los Alamos School Board has spent the last week whittling down a list of 14 candidates for the top job in the school district — the superintendent of schools.
    They have narrowed their selection down to two candidates, Los Alamos native Kurt Steinhaus and Dr. Chris Marczak, an assistant superintendent of schools for the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, School District.
    Steinhaus is currently the director of Community Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served in that position for six years.
    Steinhaus also served as a teacher and a department head in the Alamogordo School District from 1976 to 1988. He also worked for the New Mexico Public Education Department as the division director for Accountability and Information Services and then assistant superintendent. He served in those positions for about 10 years, from 1988 to 1999.
    Under. Gov. Bill Richardson, Steinhaus served as the governor’s education policy advisor and deputy cabinet secretary of education from 2003 to 2007.
    As for Marczak, he became an assistant superintendent of schools with the Oak Ridge School District, he was a teacher, an assistant principal, and a lead principal in two other school districts in Tennessee, the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Wilson County Schools.

  • Pair of 'Topper wrestlers are in finals

    Los Alamos' Lane Saunders and Jonathan Schueler are in the finals this afternoon in the Class 5A state championship wrestling tournament.

    Saunders, at 182 pounds, is the top seed in that weight class. He will take on an old foe, Andres Villa of Goddard in the championship.

    Saunders won the individual title at 171 pounds last season.

    In the heavyweight division, Schueler will meet Miyamura's Jasper Denetclaw in the championship round.

    To get to the final Schueler pulled off a huge upset over No. 1 seed Robert Gordon of Belen in the semifinal round, pinning him in 36 seconds.

    The final round will begin for classes 4A-6A at 3:30 p.m. The tournament is taking place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho.

  • Moore No. 2 seed in two races today

    Los Alamos' Michael Moore finished second in the preliminary round of the state swim meet Friday and will vie for state titles in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyles today.

    Moore posted a time of 1:44.14 in the 200 preliminaries, a little less than a second behind top finisher Anthony Kim of Albuquerque Academy. In the 500, Moore (4:47.26) was about three seconds back of Jake Moffett of Sandia.

    Other top finishes Friday included Jessica Moore, who is in the finals of the 100 breaststroke - she finished with a 1:08.46 - and both the boys and girls 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams, who also made today's finals.

    More information will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA cruises to big win in finale

    The last thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team wanted to do was give its opponent Friday any more confidence than it already had going in.
    And with their quick start, the Hilltoppers were able to turn that confidence into doubt in a hurry.
    Los Alamos’ Makela Jones buried two long 3-pointers early in the opening quarter, helping her team get off to a quick start and, just as importantly soften up the defense of the Del Norte Knights early.
    From there, the Hilltoppers were able to go back to their bread-and-butter of pounding the ball inside. The Hilltoppers prevailed Friday night at home, 61-43.
    Los Alamos and Del Norte were squaring off for the runner-up spot in District 2-5A Friday. For Del Norte, however, the game was even more important, as if the Knights could knock off the Hilltoppers and get some help, they could tie up the Española Valley Sundevils for the regular season district championship.
    Instead, Los Alamos took Del Norte out of its game early.
    Los Alamos’ Amber Logan, who finished off a brilliant regular season with 14 points Friday, said afterward the team’s ability to find other scorers was an important ingredient to the Hilltoppers’ mix, something that had been sorely lacking a week earlier.

  • 'Topper boys drop last game to Del Norte

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team led the Del Norte Knights after one half of play, but struggled in the second half in Albuquerque Friday.
    The Hilltoppers led by a bucket at the break, but Los Alamos head coach Mike Kluk said turnovers in the second half proved to be their undoing.
    The Knights, who were in a three-way race heading into Friday’s game, pulled out a 63-40 victory. That win over Los Alamos, however, wasn’t enough to propel the Knights into the top spot as the Española Valley Sundevils topped the Bernalillo Spartans in overtime, 44-43 in Bernalillo.
    Friday loss finished off the regular season for Los Alamos (2-24 overall, 0-8 in district). Los Alamos the No. 5 seed for the district tournament and will play 7 p.m. Monday at Capital.
    The two teams were tied at 9-9 following one quarter, but Los Alamos outscored Del Norte (17-7, 6-2) 12-10 in the second quarter to take the edge into the break.
     

  • School Board narrows down list of superintendent of schools

    The Los Alamos School Board has spent the last week whittling down a list of 14 candidates for the top job in the school district--the superintendent of schools.
    They have narrowed their selection down to two candidates, Los Alamos native Kurt Steinhaus and Dr. Chris Marczak, an Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Oak Ridge, Tennessee, School District.
    Steinhaus is currently the Director of Community Programs at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He has served in that position for six years.
    Steinhaus also served as a teacher and a department head in the Alamogordo School District from 1976 to 1988.. He also worked for the New Mexico Public Education Department as the Division Director for Accountability and Information Services and then Assistant Superintendent. He served in those positions for about 10 years, from 1988 to 1999.
    Under. Gov. Bill Richardson, Steinhaus served as the governor’s Education Policy Advisor and Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Education from 2003 to 2007.
    As for Marczak, he became an assistant superintendent of schools with the Oak Ridge School District, he was a teacher, an assistant principal, and a lead principal in two other school districts in Tennessee, the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Wilson County Schools.

  • Today in history Feb. 21
  • LA, Del Norte meet tonight with No. 2 spot on the line

    For the second Friday night in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will have a key District 2-5A contest.
    Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, however, they won’t be playing tonight for the position they were hoping to a week ago.
    Last week, Los Alamos met Española Valley for the lead in the 2-5A race. That game, played down in the valley, didn’t go even close to the way the Hilltoppers were hoping, with the Sundevils winning handily, 60-44.
    Now, Los Alamos heads into tonight’s game, its season finale, trying to hang on to the No. 2 spot in district. Los Alamos and tonight’s opponent, Del Norte, are both tied with 5-2 district records with the runner-up spot in the district on the line.
    Had Los Alamos come away with the road win a week earlier, it would be playing for the top spot in 2-5A. Instead, Los Alamos is trying to avoid sliding into third place. The difference between a second-place finish and a third-place finish in the regular season standings will mean the difference between hosting the 2-5A semifinal game and going on the road two nights after playing in the 2-5A quarterfinal round.
    For the Hilltoppers, barring a disaster of epic proportions in the district tournament, they are a virtual lock for an at-large bid into the playoffs after posting 21 wins.

  • Fishing Report 2-20-15

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