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  • Money, PACs play too big a role in elections

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  • LAFD opens doors to fire stations

    It was exercise and good times, mixed with a little education Monday night as Fire Station No. 4 opened its doors to public.
    Located across from the Los Alamos Golf Course, the open house kicked off a weeklong series of events organized by the Los Alamos Fire Department. Wednesday, the fire department will dedicate a training center of DP Road followed by another open house at the White Rock Fire Station on Thursday.
    This is the first time the department had an open house of this kind, where kids had a chance to run an obstacle course, get to learn about what firefighters do, pick up a free coloring book and hang out with Sparky the Fire Dog.
    “It’s good to have the residents see the station, see how we live and what we have to offer,” Los Alamos Fire Chief Troy Hughes said. “It’s just as much for the adults as it is for the kids. It’s their fire station really, it’s not ours. We just operate it.”
    After the last open house on Thursday, the department will evaluate the events.
    “We’ll probably follow up, take some notes what we did here and try to add to it,” Hughes said.
    Next year, the department may attempt to attract teens to next year’s open house events, perhaps with a career focus.

  • Voters line up as early voting starts

    The county clerk’s office and election poll workers had their hands full Tuesday as residents lined up to register and vote on the first day of early voting.
    At the county Municipal Building, residents were already lined up to register at 8 a.m. County Clerk Sharon Stover reported there were voters already waiting outside the council chambers when the polls opened.
    “Usually, in presidential elections you see more active voters, but in this presidential election we’ve seen a bigger increase than the last presidential election, and even bigger than the election when Obama first ran,” Stover said.  
    While the rivalry between the two presidential candidates has been intense, Stover also attributed it to proactive “get out the vote” campaigns her office has conducted.
    “We’ve been to the schools, we’ve worked the Farmer’s Market and third-party agent training,” she said. “We want to make it very easy.”
    Since 2015, the office has registered 1,589 new voters. The office has also registered a larger than usual number of transactions, about 3,213. That number includes people who have moved to another address or changed parties. In 2015, the office reported 20 people changed parties. In 2016, that number was 308.

  • Public Safety Day draws a crowd

    Over 200 people showed up for the Sheriff’s Public Safety Day, and that was just for the hot dogs and the hamburgers.  
    “The kids really enjoyed climbing up the climbing wall and hearing about the stranger danger topics. They were very attentive to that. All and all, I thought it was a very successful day. We got the word out on being safe,” said Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.
    Lucero was grateful not only for the support from the community, but also from his fellow sheriffs from Santa Fe, Lea, McKinley, Taos, Chaves and Doña Ana counties.
    In all, 17 sheriffs showed up to help, and to support Lucero. County voters will decide on Question 1 during the General Election Nov. 8, whether the county will keep the sheriff’s office.
    “It’s awesome to see that there are sheriffs from throughout the state that are willing to help a small agency like the Los Alamos County Sheriff’s office, when they know we don’t have the staff to run an event like this well. They volunteered their time and efforts to come and care for the public,” Lucero said.
    The Los Alamos County Sheriff’s booth had literature from the New Mexico Sheriff’s Association about the office of sheriff.

  • LA teachers fight PED evaluation policy

    The Los Alamos Federation of School Employees is fighting against the New Mexico Public Education Department’s teacher evaluation policy and has asked residents to sign a petition to get rid of it.
    Teachers were apparently shocked this year when they got back their evaluations, in which they say they found many inaccuracies that could possibly endanger their ability to make a living teaching.  

  • ‘Toppers volleyball wins five-set thriller

    The Los Alamos volleyball team added another thrilling victory on Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers improved to 7-8 overall but more importantly improved to 2-1 in District 2-5A play with a five-set victory against Española Valley at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos claimed the first set 25-16 and won the second set 25-19.
    The Sundevils (9-5 overall, 2-1 District 2-5A) came back to win a competitive third set 27-25, and claimed the fourth set 25-18.
    The Hilltoppers managed to fend off the Española Valley rally and win the fifth set 15-13 to claim their fifth-straight win against the Sundevils.
    Senior Mackenzie Alexander led the Los Alamos attack with eight kills. Senior Kaitlin Bennett and sophomore Sophia Salazar added five kills for the Hilltoppers.
    Los Alamos had a strong blocking performance finishing with 19 total blocks as a team. Bennett tallied 12 assisted blocks, while Alexander and senior Jessica Moore added two solo blocks apiece.
    Four Hilltoppers finished with double-digit digs. Salazar led with 21 digs, while junior Alize Garcia tallied 17, and senior Gabriela Vallejos and sophomore Elodie Thelliez finished with 13 each.
    Thelliez was essential for the Los Alamos attack with 15 assists.

  • Del Norte football rolls past Los Alamos

    Del Norte got off to quick start and didn’t hold back.
    The Los Alamos football team was unable to contain Knights running back Avery See in Del Norte’s 52-14 District 2-5A opening win on Saturday at Milne Stadium in Albuquerque.
    “Attitude wise and focus wise, we’re just going to move on,” Los Alamos coach Garett Williams said. “We got three more games that we can win and that’s where I focus has got to be. We’re going to learn from this but we just need to move on and fight.”
    Not only did the Hilltoppers (3-4 overall, 0-1 District 2-5A) had to deal with See, but they also had to compete with much a smaller personnel group and less depth than Del Norte (2-3-1 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A).
    “You can only put 11 players on the field. Yes, they got more guys than us but we can never focus on that,” Williams said. “We can’t control that. In a game like that, regardless of how big they are, we just always focus on what can we do to be successful.”
    See finished Saturday with 232 yards on 19 carries and scored five touchdowns to lead Del Norte to its second win of the season.  
    “Defensively, we didn’t play good,” Williams said. “They (Del Norte) scored right out of the gate and kind of shut us down a bit.”

  • LAHS cross country places fourth in Colorado

    The Los Alamos cross country teams both finished in fourth place at Friday’s Titan Thunder Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
    On the boy’s side, Rafael Sanchez continued his stellar eighth-grade campaign by leading the Hilltoppers with a 13th place finish and a time of 17:13.
    Senior Chris Buntain was the second-best runner for Los Alamos, finishing in 25th place individually with a 17:51. Fellow senior Kai Coblentz rounded out the top three for the Hilltoppers, as he placed 30th and ran a time of 17:57.
    The rest of the boy’s team included Josh Strevell (31st), Shawn Williams (43rd), Kevin Parkinson (53rd), Brandon Bao (57th) and Miroslav Betts (67th).
    On the girl’s side, eighth-grader Lidia Appell once again was the top Los Alamos finisher placing 18th with a time of 20:58.
    Junior Zoe Hemez finished one second behind Appell in 19th place. It was Hemez’s best run of the season.
    Paulina Burnside was third Hilltopper to cross the finish line. Burnside placed 26th and finished with a time of 21:30.
    The girl’s team also included Hannah Gartz (27th), Maddie Beck (28th), Marin Kelly (35th), Sydney Schake (40th) and Sophia Mamula (43rd).  
    Appell and Sanchez have been the top Los Alamos finishers in every meet this season.

  • LAHS girl's soccer mercy rules Capital, boys fall

    The Los Alamos girl’s soccer team successfully rebounded from its first district loss by claiming two-straight shutouts.
    On Thursday, the Hilltoppers traveled to Albuquerque and defeated Hope Christian 1-0, and on Saturday, mercy ruled Capital 10-0 at Sullivan Field.  
    Abby Schmalz scored the game-winning goal for Los Alamos in the 60th minute against Hope.
    Schmalz also got the scoring started for the Hilltoppers against Capital. In the first minute, she capitalized from a Jaguars turnover and scored from 18 yards out to give Los Alamos an early lead.
    Three minutes later, Schmalz gave the Hilltoppers a 2-0 lead with a goal assisted by Alissia Haagenstad.
    Haagenstad had another opportunity in the seventh minute, but this time she took it upon herself and made it 3-0 for Los Alamos.
    Alix Hailey began a three-goal frenzy for Los Alamos to close out the first half. During that scoring series, Sophie Wood scored a 50-yard free kick, and Schmalz completed her hat trick minutes before the end of the half.
    Sienna Ahlers added two goals in the second half, while Alyssa Parker and Katie Hopkins scored a goal apiece to seal the mercy rule victory for Los Alamos.

  • Last day to register to vote

    Today is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 general election. Citizens can register at the county clerk’s office in the municipal building or online at www.sos.state.nm.us. Voters can also check and update their registration at voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/Home.do.
    Early voting opened at 8 a.m. at the municipal building. Four people were waiting to vote. Reid Priedhorsky was the first one in line.