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Today's News

  • Young Eagles Flight Rally to take off Sept. 24

    Young people ages 8–17 can take to the skies Sept. 24 at the annual Young Eagles Flight Rally, hosted by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 691.
    The event, which takes place from 8:20–11 a.m. at the Los Alamos Airport, is designed to interest youth in aviation.
    “Free airplane rides are just part of the Flight Rally,” said Bob Hassel, spokesman for the event. “We hope to build one-to-one relationships between pilots and young people, giving a new generation a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation. We enjoy sharing our passion of aviation with the leaders of tomorrow.”
    Five to six pilots will be volunteering their time to provide the flights. They try to make sure that everyone who wants to fly is able to.
    “We have a very successful program up in Los Alamos, and it’s not uncommon to get 40 or 50 kids on a Saturday to go flying,” Hassel said.
    All pilots and aircraft are licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration and flights are conducted according to federal regulations. No aerobatic maneuvers are performed. Instead, the flights serve as a learning tool.

  • Entrepreneurs discuss starting a business based on LANL technology

    On Aug. 25, projectY hosted a panel discussion with three entrepreneurs who had started businesses based on Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) technology. John Elling of Phase One Ventures, Hunter McDaniel from UbiQD and Vladimir Matias from iBeam Materials discussed the benefits and challenges using lab technology as the foundation for their ventures.
    Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan served as moderator for the panel.

    Panelists look at exclusive, non-exclusive technology
    licensing

  • UNM-LA, school district to mull mill levy, bond questions

    A bond election and a mill-levy increase will be the hot topics at two education board meetings this week.
    The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board will discuss its request from taxpayers at a meeting Monday for a 1-mill levy increase to property taxes next year. The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. inside the Building 2 Lecture Hall.
    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos School Board will discuss setting a date for a $13 million bond election. That meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. at the school board’s office, 2075 Trinity Drive, Suite V.  
    If the public approves the school’s bond, the funds will be used to fund the rebuild of certain sections of Barranca Mesa Elementary School that have fallen into disrepair.
    UNM-LA’s 1 mill-levy increase would equate to an additional $10 for every $100,000 of assessed value for Los Alamos County property owners.
    UNM’s Board of Regents approved UNM-LA’s request to proceed with the mill levy ballot initiative.
    If voters approve UNM-LA’s mill levy, UNM-LA expects to receive about $700,000 annually.
    The funding will be used to make up for a deficit in the school’s budget caused by a steady decrease in funding by the state, and an increase in operational costs and enrollment, according to university officials.

  • Prep football: ’Toppers host Grants tonight

    The Los Alamos football team has a prime opportunity tonight to rebound from a shutout loss.
    The Hilltoppers (1-1) will host Grants at 7 p.m. tonight at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos is coming off a 41-0 loss at Moriarty, while Grants (0-2) lost at West Las Vegas 45-30 last Friday and dropped its season opener to Miyamura 30-6.
    Grants is one of the Hilltoppers’ new opponents this season, both schools haven’t faced each other in the past 12 seasons.
    Los Alamos will look to execute its triple option offense against a smaller Pirates defense that’s had trouble defending against the run.
    Garett Williams and the Los Alamos coaching staff have opened up the playbook a bit more on offense and have allowed Hilltoppers quarterback Nick Quartieri to throw the ball more than in years past. That aggressiveness has worked and also back fired for Los Alamos. Tonight’s game could provide more aerial opportunities for the Hilltoppers, as the Pirates haven’t had much success defending the pass.
    Grants has allowed 315 passing yards and 538 rushing yards this season.

  • LAHS volleyball falls at home to Pojoaque

    Missing two of its senior leaders hurt the Los Alamos volleyball team on Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers were without right side hitter Mackenzie Alexander and outside hitter Jessica Moore in their 3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 14-25, 25-18) loss to Pojoaque Valley at Griffith Gym.
    “The hard part is that I haven’t had the same line up in every match that we’ve played,” said Los Alamos coach Diana Stokes. “It would be really nice if we could settle down and everyone could stay well and healthy.”
    Alexander, who’s nursing a foot injury, and Moore, who was on vacation, were missed more on the defensive end, as the Hilltoppers had trouble defending Pojoaque’s attack of Brandy Torres, Grace Lopez and Rachael Garcia.
    The Elkettes started the first set on a 9-5 run and never looked back. In the second set, Los Alamos was able to string together some points and both teams were knotted up at 12-12. Pojoaque closed the set on a 13-9 run to take a 2-0 lead on the match.
    Los Alamos was able to avoid the sweep with an all-round stellar performance in set three, starting with a 10-2 run and not letting Pojoaque back in the set.
    The lack of numbers began to show for the Hilltoppers in the fourth set when Torres and company took over with an offensive frenzy to seal the match.

  • Prep soccer: ’Toppers win at Taos

    The Los Alamos boy’s soccer team continues to provide strong offensive and defensive performances.
    The Hilltoppers garnered their third-consecutive shutout with a 5-0 win against Taos on Tuesday at the Taos Eco Park. As of Tuesday, Los Alamos had outscored opponents 21-2.     
    In the sixth minute against Taos, Hilltoppers junior midfielder Andreas Runde drove in a free kick to the middle of the box where sophomore Arthur Steinkamp was waiting to put away the first-touch finish.
    Junior midfielder Ben Rees added another goal for Los Alamos in the 12th minute, after pouncing on a loose ball in the box and the Taos keeper.  
    Senior midfielder Jonathan Coons converted a penalty kick in the 21st minute to give the Hilltoppers a 3-0 lead.
    In the 28th minute, Runde scored what could be the goal of the season so far for Los Alamos. He found himself in acres of space and ripped a 25-yard shot into the top left corner of the net.
    Runde and Steinkamp once again connected in the 31st minute for Steinkamp’s second goal of the game and the Hilltoppers’ fifth. For the remainder of the first and the entire second half, Los Alamos maintained the majority of possession and continued to stifle the Taos offense.

  • Don’t mind your own business – they’re all our kids

    Here we are back in a sad, familiar place. We’ve lost another child to a brutal, unthinkable murder. Her face has been inside our heads since it first appeared in the newspaper, just like all the other faces of little ones lost to vile criminal acts.
    After the flowers, balloons and stuffed animals, come the hearings and task forces and inquiries and ordinances and laws and speeches.
    And then we turn to other matters until the next time, which comes too soon.
    But maybe this time we can begin the change, which starts with the truth, heard in frank testimony recently before Albuquerque city councilors and Bernalillo County commissioners.
    Sgt. Amy Dudewicz, who works in the Sheriff’s Office special victims unit, said they get more child-abuse and neglect calls than they can respond to. Two UNM pediatricians said that for every child who makes the news, hundreds more are hurt. Albuquerque police have just three child-abuse liaisons reviewing more than 900 cases a month.
    And this is in our largest city. Imagine the situation in rural areas.
    Two politicians made sense.
    U. S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham observed that we have many programs to address successive family crises.

  • Election calendar for upcoming General Election

    The Los Alamos County Clerk’s website has a complete election calendar, with information for both voters and candidates. Here are important dates for voters.

    Sept. 14.  Voter registration agent training. 3:30–5 p.m. in council chambers.
    Sept. 24.  Federal Qualified Electors and Over Seas Voters Absentee Ballot Mailing. Ballots for the military and overseas voters who have submitted applications through Sept. 24 will be transmitted no later than that date.
    Sept. 27.  Voter Registration Day. The clerk’s office will be offering voter registration from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at Mesa Public Library and from 2–4 p.m. at the White Rock Branch Library.
    Sept. 29.  Poll Worker Election School.  1–5 p.m. in council chambers. All candidates, party/organization representatives, media and public may attend. The county is fairly well staffed with poll workers for the general election but interested citizens may apply online or at the clerk’s office year round.
    Oct. 5.  Voting Machine Certification (Tentative).  9 a.m.–4 p.m., clerk’s warehouse, located on the west side of the municipal building, next to the loading dock area.  All candidates, party/organization representatives, media and public may attend.

  • Police Beat 9-9-16

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department Records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    Aug. 24
    8:54 p.m. — Manuel Morse, 32, of Los Alamos was arrested for prohibited acts at the intersection of Diamond Drive and North Road.

    8:59 p.m. — Rosalinda Hurtado, 38, of Alcalde was arrested for receiving stolen property (less than ($100) at Diamond Drive.

    8:59 p.m. — John Lerma, 42, of Albuquerque was arrested for conspiracy at Diamond Drive.

    Aug. 25
    9 a.m. — Police reported that a 54-year-old Alcalde man was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $20,000 at Trinity Drive.

    9 a.m. — Police reported that a 66-year-old Los Alamos man was the victim of fraud (more than $250, less than $20,000) at Trinity Drive.

    10:02 a.m. — Daniel Alvarez, 58, of Bernalillo was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from another jurisdiction in the 1000 block of Diamond Drive.

  • Council sets priorities for state capital outlay projects

    The Los Alamos County Council approved the county’s wish list Tuesday for state capital outlay funding.
    In order to be considered for capital outlay funds, the state requires applicants to prepare and submit a five-year Infrastructure and Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP).
    “The ICIP was originally a planning tool. It then kind of became a tool by which the state reviews all our grant submissions, our state capital outlay requests and the like, and in fact, they utilize this list to measure against any requests that counties, municipalities and other agencies make to assure that there’s been adequate planning and preparation for such projects, instead of a kneejerk, quick request type of situation,” said County Manager Harry Burgess.
    The county’s list includes 90 projects ranging from infrastructure improvements and building upgrades, to airport hangars and a meal truck for the Betty Ehart Senior Center. All utility capital projects and all general county capital projects that have been through the county’s CIP process are on the list.
    The state requires those requesting funds to prioritize and submit additional information for their top five projects.