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Today's News

  • Mountaineers to meet Feb. 28

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers are set to meet at 6:45 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Nature Center for a presentation by local mountaineers Norbert Ensslin and Ron Morgan.
    Last May, six mountaineers completed a canyon traverse near Navajo Mountain, in the same adventurous spirit as a previous traverse of the Northern Sangres in Colorado.
    This new adventure began with a descent into Forbidding Canyon, followed by a traverse across Cummings Mesa using a previously unreported route. From there they descended into West Canyon and followed that canyon all the way to Lake Powell.
    The trip included open desert travel, a wild saddle on Cummings Mesa, and long, deep canyon slots. In West Canyon they encountered the Maw of Death, descended the Slippery Slide, swam through cold, dark pools, passed under beetling cliffs, and scrambled around small, picturesque waterfalls.  
    Ensslin and Morgan will describe their adventures and show pictures of the beautiful country that they visited during the next Mountaineers meeting Feb. 28. The public is invited. A social will start the meeting, followed by reports of recent and upcoming trips at 7 p.m. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • New Mexico grid linkup plan scaled back to $200M project

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A company that once planned a $1.5 billion effort in New Mexico to link three major U.S. electricity grid systems and pump more renewable energy to more populated markets said Wednesday that it has scaled down the plan to one that would cost about $200 million.
    The Tres Amigas electrical infrastructure development company provided details about its plan a day after New Mexico's State Land Office suggested that the project was dead with the relinquishment of a long-term lease covering thousands of acres of state trust land in eastern New Mexico where the company's high-voltage transmission hub was supposed to be built.
    Russell Stidolph, the company's chief financial officer, said advances in technology and changes in the project's business model have reduced the amount of money and land required for the project and that Tres Amigas has identified a significantly smaller parcel as a backup site.
    The company's focus, he said, remains a project to connect independently operated electrical grids and move renewable energy generated in the rural reaches of eastern new Mexico to western U.S. population centers, including California.
    "Tres Amigas is not abandoning our project," he said.

  • LA students bring home trophies from FLL regional championship

    Students from Los Alamos were among the 36 teams competing in the First Lego League New Mexico Region Championship at Menual School in Albuquerque Feb. 11.
    Both local teams, the Atomic Phoenixes and the Split Atoms advanced from the Los Alamos Qualifier where 15 teams from New Mexico and Colorado competed for five championship slots.
    The Atomic Phoenixes brought home the first-place Programming Award, and the Split Atoms brought home the first-place Robot Performance Award.
    The Split Atoms came in fourth place overall and have the opportunity to advance to one of four national open invitational events in the coming months.
    Each year, as part of the FLL competition season, teams work on core values, a research project, and a robot game. Core values teaches team members that learning together, working as a team, and having fun are more important that what they win. The research project challenges students to develop innovative solutions for real-world problems.
    This year’s theme is “Animal Allies,” and solutions were focused on improving the interactions between humans and animals. The robot game is where teams build and program Lego Mindstorms robots to autonomously complete as many missions on the robot field as they can in three two-and-a-half minute rounds.

  • Relay for Life planning moves ahead

    The planning for the Los Alamos County American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life 2017 is moving ahead, with another meeting planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the small conference room of the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    The hope of the next meeting is to attract volunteers as team captains, and to have people attend who are cancer survivors and anyone interested in getting involved with this year’s Relay for Life.
    Many aspects go into planning Relay for Life, and to make it a successful event, the group needs the community’s  help, according to organizers.
    The following positions need to be filled this year:
    • Recruitment point of contact
    • Sponsorship point of contact
    • Entertainment point of contact
    • Fundraising point of contact
    • Survivor dinner point of contact
    • Logistics point of contact
    The organization’s goal is to raise $25,000 for cancer research for the American Cancer Society. This goal can be achieved by fundraising on-site during the event, off site prior to the event (bake-sale, car wash, silent auction, etc.), luminaria sales and donations from private parties and businesses.

  • Museum idea picks up steam

    A group of residents are continuing to drum up support through speaking engagements for an art museum in Los Alamos.
    Their latest event was at the UnQuarked Wine Room Feb. 9, where Ruth Tatter and Amy Bjarke explained their case as to why Los Alamos needs its own art museum.
    “We always think it’s great when we meet people who we think can get the word out,” Tatter said at the event.
    Their talk at UnQuarked centered on getting a building for their museum and their strategy going forward.
    While they look for a building, the Los Alamos Museum of Art group plans to give more talks and start volunteer and art programs the community can participate in. They are due to speak again at Karen Wray’s Gallery in March where they will show some artwork from the museum’s board members. They also plan to have lectures and events at Project Y. They are also a 501 C 3 corporation.
    The group has already been promised some art collections from some Los Alamos residents. Keeping those collections together, and in Los Alamos, is also an important priority.  
    “There is a sense of urgency,” Tatter said to the audience. “We have these collections promised to us, but they are currently being housed with the collectors. We really want to make a new home for them.”

  • LAPS superintendent’s contract extended another 3 years

    The Los Alamos School Board agreed to extend Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus’ contract another three years Tuesday. The contract now ends in 2020.
    The three-year extension is the maximum number of years allowed by state law. The approval was made during an executive session of the board.
    “That is the strongest possible statement that the board could make about our confidence in our superintendent,” said school board member Matt Williams.
    Steinhaus’ annual salary will remain at $160,000.
    Steinhaus noted during contract negotiations that the board would consider giving him a raise when the time came to consider raises for staff.
    “I would politely decline a raise, because I want the money to go to our teachers,” Steinhaus said.
    The board was impressed by Steinhaus’s performance since the board picked him two years ago to replace Superintendent Gene Schmidt.
    “From the discussions I’ve had with him and conversations with individual board members, I think the board is quite pleased with Kurt,” said LASB President Jim Hall.

  • Mobile home transfer scheduled for Friday

    El Rancho Mobile Home Transport will be transporting two halves of a mobile home Friday.
    Starting on San Ildefonso Road to North Mesa to Diamond Drive and finally to East Jemez Road.  
    The transport will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end by 11 a.m.
    Residents are urged to plan their travel during these dates and times accordingly.

  • ’Toppers girls hoops fall to Sundevils

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team didn’t have an answer for Alexis Lovato.
    Lovato scored 24 of Española Valley’s 34 second-half points to lead the Sundevils to a 64-32 win against the Hilltoppers Wednesday at Griffith Gym.
    “You can’t ensure anything with a loss like this,” Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. “They’re not defeated. Overall you can’t measure success on just wins and losses. The success coming out of this is that the drama between Los Alamos and Española is officially over.”
    Española improved to 17-6 overall and 6-1 in District 2-5A and is one step closer to clinching the regular season district title and the top-seed for next week’s district tournament. The Sundevils just need a regular season finale win vs. Del Norte to clinch both.
    Los Alamos fell to 6-19 overall and 1-6 in district play. The Hilltoppers remained in last place but a win against Capital on Saturday would give them the No. 4 seed and the right to host the first round of the district tournament.
    “That’s going to be crucial because Capital does have a win on us. We both only lost one game in district. This game is going to reflect who gets that first district game,” Archuleta said. “That’s crucial for us.”

  • Prep boys basketball: Española Valley blasts Los Alamos

    This time, the defending state champions didn't allow Los Alamos to play its game.

    Española Valley avenged its earlier loss to the Hilltoppers by claiming a 68-36 win Tuesday in Española.

    "They did what they had to do to beat us," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We just didn't match their intensity and their aggressiveness. Credit (Española), they pushed us out of our rhythm and didn't let us get into our offenses."

    The Sundevils improved to 18-6 overall but more importantly moved to 5-2 in District 2-5A and is a regular season finale win against Del Norte away from assuring at least a share of the regular season district title. The loss moves Los Alamos to 11-13 overall and 3-4 in district, which puts it out of the running for the top-seed in next week's district tournament.

    Los Alamos will need to beat Capital on Friday and have Del Norte lose to Española in order to claim the third spot in District 2-5A.

  • Prep girls hoops: ’Toppers host Española Valley tonight

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will look to build some momentum in the final week before the District 2-5A tournament.
    The Hilltoppers will host Española Valley at 7 p.m. tonight at Griffith Gym. It’s Los Alamos’ final home game of the regular season, as Sienna Ahlers, Isabell Larribas, Casey Trujillo, Elena Abeyta, Shannon Irwin could be playing their last game at Griffith Gym.
    The Hilltoppers go into tonight’s matchup with a 6-18 overall record and a 1-5 District 2-5A record and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. Los Alamos, which is tied with Capital in last place of the district standings, is playing for district tournament implications. A win could put the Hilltoppers ahead of Capital in the district standings.
    The Sundevils (16-6 overall, 5-1 District 2-5A) will go into the game in first place in the district with a half game lead of Albuquerque Academy. A win will continue to put Española in the driver’s seat for the district tournament’s No. 1 seed. The Sundevils are coming off a 52-38 win against Capital, after falling to Class 6A contender 54-44 on Feb. 7.