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Today's News

  • Scenic hike for health

    El Centro Family Health Clinic and the Santa Fe National Forest are sponsoring a hike along Window Rock Trail on Nov. 18 as part of an initiative for “Forest Your Health.” The biannual hike to scenic Window Rock is an 8-mile round-trip trek to one of the most state’s largest rock spans, a “window” worn out of igneous rock.

    The hike is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at the trailhead north of Española on the road to Abiquiu – with the hike ending at 5 p.m., after sharing hot dogs and s’mores over a campfire. Dress accordingly with long pants, hiking boots and leather gloves – participants will be picking up trash along the hike.

    For more information, contact Jennifer Sublett, at jsabulett@fs.fed.us or 753-7331.

  • House speaker: Session to focus on public safety, budget

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf says his Democratic colleagues hope to consider legislation during the upcoming session that will help cities hire more police officers.

    Another consideration for the 30-day session will be legislation that will make it easier for the state's courts to keep certain defendants locked up while they await trial.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Egolf made the comments while addressing a group of business leaders Wednesday in Albuquerque.

    Egolf expects the session to focus on public safety, the budget and tax policy.

    He said Democrats also will push for a scaled-back plan to put an extra $50 million into early-childhood education programs. Unlike previous plans that called for tapping New Mexico's land grant permanent fund, the new plan will involve severance tax funds.

  • LAHS XC teams finish in top three at state

    Every year, the Los Alamos cross country teams are among the top competitors at the Class 5A state meet. And this year was no different, as the Hilltopper girls took the second place prize, and the boys finished in third place.

    Heading into the boys race, everyone expected it to be a three-team battle between Albuquerque Academy, Kirtland Central and LAHS. And the meet lived up to expectations, with those three teams finishing well ahead of every other team in the race.

    Academy took home the state championship with 37 points, while Kirtland Central took second place with 61 points.

    The Hilltoppers finished just two points behind Kirtland Central with 63 points.

    Two weeks ago, following the Hilltoppers’ home meet, head coaches Rob and Kathy Hipwood explained that whichever of those three teams was able to put together the most complete meet would walk away as the champions, and on Saturday Albuquerque Academy proved to be up to the task with its decisive victory.

    Despite not accomplishing its goal of a state championship, the Hilltopper runners all put together impressive performances.

    Freshman Rafael Sanchez was the team’s top finisher with a time of 17:03. He finished in fifth place overall, and earned All-State honors.

  • Football falls to Capital in season finale

    The Los Alamos High School varsity football team entered Friday’s regular season finale against Capital High School with a chance to earn a playoff spot for the first time since 2011.

    The Hilltoppers came into the game with a 6-3 record, with a chance of winning District 2-5A, and a better chance of earning an at-large bid to the playoffs with a victory.

    As the game went along, however, the Hilltoppers watched those dreams slowly slip away, as Capital won the game, and the district, ending any chance of LAHS slipping into the 12-team Class 5A playoff field.

    Things may not have ended the way the Hilltoppers envisioned, but the team could not have asked for a better start.

    After trading punts on the first two possessions of the game, the Hilltoppers took over past midfield and cashed in almost immediately, as quarterback Dylan Irish ran the ball in from 37 yards out to put LAHS up 7-0 early.

    LAHS forced another punt by Capital on the ensuing drive, and got right back to work on offense. The three-headed rushing attack of Irish, Ryan McNeil and Jack Stewart moved the Hilltoppers down the field without much resistance. It took eight plays to get LAHS to the 2-yard line, and on the ninth play of the drive, Irish ran the ball in from two yards away.

  • LA lacrosse awarded $9,000 equipment grant

    Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse has received an equipment grant valued at $9,000 from US Lacrosse.

    The First Stick Grant awards the league with equipment for boys and girls players including sticks, helmets, eyewear, pads, gloves, and goalie equipment. The grant includes complimentary membership to US Lacrosse for up to 40 new players and four coaches.

    In addition, SISU Mouthguards has awarded the league an equipment grant of 100 mouthguards as part of the US Lacrosse Diversity and Inclusion program.

    “These grants will boost our program and help us to introduce more players to the game of lacrosse,” said high school boys’ coach James Miller.

    Last season the Hilltopper boys ended the season in second place, losing to the Duke City Scorpions at the state championships in May.

    “We look forward to building the girl’s lacrosse program in Los Alamos with the help of these equipment grants,” added high school girls’ coach Whitney Pryce.

    Last season was the first season for the Los Alamos high school girls’ team.

    The players went to the quarterfinals while participating on a composite team with players from other towns.

    “This year, we hope to have our own standalone high school team and a youth girls’ team,” Pryce said.

  • Girls soccer falls in state championship game

    The Los Alamos High School varsity girls’ soccer team was perhaps the biggest surprise of the Class 5A state soccer tournament, as the Hilltoppers proved they are among the best teams in the state.

    “I am really pleased with how the team progressed and where we ended up,” said head coach Ann Cernicek.

    No. 6 seed LAHS knocked off No. 3 seed St. Pius X and No. 2 seed Aztec High School on back-to-back days, setting up a rematch with District 2-5A rival, and No. 1 seed, Albuquerque Academy, for the state championship.

    And though the Hilltoppers gave a championship-level effort, it wasn’t quite enough, as the Chargers escaped with a 1-0 victory, and the team’s second consecutive state championship.

    Heading in, there were no surprises between these two teams. The Hilltoppers and Chargers met twice during the regular season, won 3-1 and 3-0, by Academy.

    In the regular season, the recipe for success for Academy was maintaining possession as often as possible and forcing the Hilltoppers to chase the action.

    Early in the championship match, it appeared the Hilltoppers were intent on not allowing this strategy to work a third time.

  • SFNF offices closed Friday for Veterans Day

    All Santa Fe National Forest offices will be closed Friday, in observance of Veterans Day, which honors the service of all who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Forest offices will resume regular business hours on Monday.
    Anyone who plans to visit the Santa Fe National Forest over the weekend should know before they go. 
    Check the weather forecast, and be prepared for seasonal fluctuations. Use good judgment and basic safety precautions when hiking, fishing or camping on the SFNF.  Although fire danger has decreased across the SFNF, campfire safety and prevention is always a priority.  Never leave a campfire unattended, and make sure it is out cold before leaving the area.
    For more information, contact the local ranger district or forest headquarters at 438-5300. Follow the SFNF on Twitter (@SantafeNF) and Facebook.

  • Assets in Action: Celebrating Native American Heritage Day

    November is Native American Heritage month. An additional focus takes place the day after Thanksgiving, called Native American Heritage Day.

    Jessica “Jaylyn” Atsye of the Laguna Pueblo began an event in 2010 called Rock Your Mocs Week. This year the week takes place Nov. 12-18. It will be the third year Los Alamos supports the effort by Rockin our Mocs.

    It is a chance for Native Americans, both youth and adults, from all backgrounds, to wear their moccasins for a day or the week and share their pride and culture. The traditional moccasins are as different as the people who will wear them.

    A friend of mine, Deb Minyard from Pojoaque High School, received a pair as a gift when she was the 2015 New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Her student, Nessa, asked if she could give her a handmade pair as a gift. When Minyard accepted, the student measured her feet in the traditional way, by tracing them.

    The handmade moccasins were crafted by Bernard Mora of the Tesuque Pueblo. The beautiful gift brought Minyard to tears, making her feel like a part of the student’s family. Minyard considers the gift one of her most treasured possessions.

  • Fees waived at national forests in honor of veterans

    Fees at many recreation sites and amenities at the Santa Fe National Forest will be waived over Veterans Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

    Fees at all national forests and grasslands will be waived at many day-use sites, such as picnic grounds and developed trailheads, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act.

    Other agencies also participating in the fee-free days including the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Managements and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The fee-free availability includes sites in the Santa Fe National Forest which normally charge day-use fees and campgrounds. Site on the National Reservation System are not fee-free, according to a press release from the Santa Fe National Forest.

    If you plan to visit, “know before you go,” by checking the weather forecast and being prepared for seasonal fluctuations.

    Follow basic safety precautions for hiking, fishing and camping in the national forest.

    Although fire danger is somewhat lower, campfire safety and prevention is always a priority while outdoors, according to the press release.

    Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure it is out and cold before leaving your campsite.

  • American Legion to host dinner, live music; VFW to host ceremony for Veterans Day

    The Los Alamos VFW Post 8874 will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Ashley Pond to honor veterans Saturday. The special ceremony will include a color guard and trumpet player.

    Following the ceremony, the public is invited to the VFW for a celebration, at 1793 Deacon St., Los Alamos.
    The American Legion Frank G. Frainier Post 90 in Los Alamos is planning a steak dinner and live music night on Veterans Day Saturday.

    Legion members, the public and anyone eligible for membership is welcome for the steak dinner that starts at 4 p.m. in the dining hall at 1325 Trinity Drive, said Commander Linda Fox.

    The dinner costs $15 for a ribeye steak, loaded baked potato, salad, roll, dessert and soft drink. To reserve a dinner, call the American Legion at 662-7772 before 8 p.m. Thursday.

    Following the dinner, members and anyone eligible to join the legion – which includes anyone who was in the military, or parents, or siblings of those in the military – can stay for the live music that starts at 6 p.m. in the bar area.

    Bat Bennett, a well-known musician, will play his special mix of tunes in the bar.

    “People really get involved,” Fox said. “He’s really a very good entertainer.”