Today's News

  • Sports Briefs 4-12-15

    Pace race season here
    The Atomic City Road Runners club will meet on Tuesdays at various locations throughout Los Alamos County through early October.
    This week’s race will be held at 6 p.m. near the junction of State Route No. 4 and N.M. 502, down Main Hill on the road to the County Waste Treatment Plant in lower Bayo Canyon.
    One and 3-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com
    Hall of fame
    nominations sought
    The LAHS athletic department is accepting nominations for its 2015 hall of fame class.
    Nomination forms can be found on the LAHS athletic website or can be picked up in the athletic office.
    The deadline to nominate people is June 1. The nominees will be notified by Aug. 1.
    A committee has been selected that will review the nominations and select the second class.

  • Seven ’Toppers invited to Sepulveda track meet

    The idea behind the Marilyn Sepulveda track meet is to take the top eight athletes from New Mexico in each event and let them compete against each other.
    Classifications don’t matter, just times and distances do.
    Seven Los Alamos athletes made the cut based on their results so far this season, earning the chance to compete against the best of the best.
    “It’s a huge accomplishment,” Los Alamos girls head coach Paul Anderson said.
    The meet, which will be at the University of New Mexico, also marks the season’s halfway point. It begins the sprint down the home stretch.
    “It’s typically a meet where guys step it up and it can be a turning point for the season,” Los Alamos head boys coach Larry Baca said.
    The seven ’Toppers who were invited to compete in the Marilyn Sepulveda meet include Elena Abeyta, Chelsea Chalacombe, Liz Lockhart, Sienna Ahlers, Sophia Galvez, Greg Ahlers and Jonathan Schueler.
    Chelsea Chalacombe will compete in two events at the meet — the long jump and the 100-meter high hurdles. Her longest jump of the season so far was 17 feet, 0 inches which she did at the Rio Rancho Invite. It’s also the second longest leap so far in Class 5A.

  • Phi Beta Kappa banquet set

    On April 26, the Los Alamos Phi Beta Kappa Association will hold its 59th annual banquet to honor the top graduates of Los Alamos High School.
    Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest undergraduate honor society in the United States and has about 230 members in Los Alamos County.
    The banquet for the honor graduates, Phi Beta Kappa Members, and their guests will be held at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos starting at 5:30 p.m. and catered by The Blue Window.
    The 52 students of the Class of 2015 who will be honored this year are Esteban Abeyta, Brianna Bayardo, Daniel Ben-Naim, Jyelyn Bold, Melanie Borup, Sarah Bouquin, Chelsea Challacombe, Gerald Collom, Sarah Criscuolo, Caitlin Dahl, Sudeep Dasari, Eleanor Devlin, Jenna Erickson, Morgan Ferry, Sally Grindstaff, Thomas Hanlon, Astrid Hengartner, Jacob Holesinger, Luke Kachelmeier, Chloe Keilers, Everett Key, Dakota Klasky, Erin Kober, Felicity Kubic, Megan Kuzmack, Madeleine le Scouarnec, Amber Logan, Helen Lu, Gianna Maggiore, Aletta Marciano, Katharine Margevicius, David Murphy, Alexi Ortega, Eric Paige, Michelle Pederson, Kimberly Pestovich, Emma Phillips, Benjamin Reichelt, Emily Rybarcyk, Alice Shao, Samuel Sherrill, Rachel Sledzik, Sara Stubben, Alexander Swart, Vincent Tang, Zoe Tauxe, Matthew Ticknor, Nicholas Torres, Ashvini Vaidya, Sarah Wallstrom, Daniel Wang and William Zhao.

  • Update 4-12-15

    WR Master Plan

    The White Rock Master Plan Implementation Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet Monday at 6 p.m. The meeting will be at the White Rock Visitor Center. There will be project updates on the White Rock library, White Rock Senior Center and Youth Activity Center remodel among other agenda items.

    Kiwanis Club

    Los Alamos County Assessor Ken Milder will speak on property evaluation and the appeal period at the Kiwanis Club meeting Tuesday. The meeting is scheduled at noon Tuesday at the Trinity on the Hill Church.

    School board

    The Los Alamos School Board will have its next meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the LAPS administration board room.

    Future Energy

    The Future Energy Resources Committee will have its next meeting Tuesday at the municipal building. It is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

    Run For Her Life

    The Run For Her Life is scheduled for April 19. The race is a charity event sponsored by Hadassah. It is a 5K and 10K run that will start at East Park. Proceeds will go to benefit breast cancer research. For more information, call 672-1639.


  • Schmidt accepts new post in Farmington

    Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent Gene Schmidt has a new job, but he won’t have a lot of time to celebrate his acquiring it.
    Schmidt, who is stepping down from his position at LAPS, is taking the superintendent’s job at Farmington Public Schools.
    Farmington, which is in the Four Corners area, is one of the larger school districts in the state, with roughly 11,000 students and 1,200 staff members in 17 separate schools.
    Schmidt, who was stepping away from his position with LAPS following the end of this academic year, applied for the job at Farmington two weeks ago. He said the process was accelerated at Farmington because of the impending retirement of Janel Ryan, the longtime superintendent, who made that announcement in December.
    Schmidt said he’s looking forward to the challenge.
    “The attraction is more than just a person telling good stories about a school system. It’s about a school system in transition. They’re looking for leadership that would help move them forward in, I’ll call it an ‘excellent journey.’ Right now, Farmington has a number of their schools, by definition, are failing. A number of schools are ‘Ds.’ That is a leadership experience that I’ve had before.”

  • LA MainStreet earns top accreditation

    Los Alamos MainStreet was one of seven MainStreet communities in the state designated as National Main Street Accredited Communities for meeting commercial district revitalization performance standards.
    The announcement was made Friday by the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
    “These high-performing New Mexico MainStreet communities are very much deserving of national accreditation for all their work in revitalizing our historic areas of commerce,” said New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela in a statement announcing the accreditation. “New Mexico MainStreet communities continue to make New Mexico an exceptional place to live and work.”
    The organizations’ performances are evaluated on an annual basis by New Mexico MainStreet, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards.
    Evaluation criteria, according to the state’s development department, determines the communities that are building “comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts” and are “fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.”

  • LAVA fund helps spur energy bars

    Taos Mountain Energy Bar has had the kind of success story they make movies about.
    The storyline centers around two childhood friends and ski enthusiasts, Brooks Thostenson and Kyle Hawari, who started out testing natural energy bars in their kitchen and within four years have landed product in major retail chains across the country.
    “Essentially, we moved out here to ski. That’s what we love to do,” Hawari said. “We were just two kids working a couple of odd jobs, really enjoying the outdoors, and wanted a low-cost, healthy, sustaining, but — most importantly — tasty snack food that we could take up on the lift with us and would sustain us through the day.”
    The pair ran across an article on Taos County Economic Development Corporation’s Taos Food Center, which provides commercial kitchen space for small business entrepreneurs as well as specialized training, product development, pH testing, regulatory assistance with FDA requirements, business development and cooperative marketing assistance.
    Thostenson and Hawari had always talked about starting a business together, and reading about the Taos Food Center meshed with their own desire for natural, healthy snacks.

  • News for retirees 4-12-15 to 4-18-15

    April 12-18, 2015
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be mad0e by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    2 p.m.                 Living Treasures ceremony
    8:30 a.m.        Tax preparation (call)
    8:45 a.m.        Cardio
    10 a.m.        Senior Civic Discussion group
    10:30 a.m.    Tax preparation (call)
    11:30 a.m.        Lunch: Lemon cod
    2 p.m.        Pinochle
    7 p.m.        Ballroom dancing
    11:30 a.m .    Lunch: Pork tacos
    1 p.m.         MindBody massage
    1:30 p.m.        Party bridge
    6 p.m.        Mahjong
    7 p.m.        Bridge
    7:30 p.m.        Table tennis

  • Births 4-12-15

    March 17: A girl, Peyton Jessica Maestas, born to Marcella and Ian Maestas
    March 20: A girl, Natalia Izabella Alcalá, born to Pamela and Julio Alcalá
    March 24: A girl, Kiley Olivia McNeel, born to Jennifery Wiley and Stephen McNeel
    March 24: A boy, Kian Walter Bradshaw, born to Kristi and David Jr. Bradshaw
    April 4: A boy, Daniel Michael Luna, born to Alyson and Michael Luna
    April 11: A boy, Charles Steven Richardson, born to Vanessa and Charles Richardson and big brother Aiden Richardson

  • Animal shelter 4-12-15

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    Khalasy — A 2-year-old, tabby and white female with a cute little pink nose. She doesn’t mind the company of other cats, as long as they don’t try to pick on her. She is still quite playful, and she loves to be entertained with toys — particularly stick toys with fun little feathers on the end! Khalasy does well with adults and gentle children, but she’s not too sure about dogs.
    Snakes — A very friendly, 10-year-old, tabby gentleman. He is an indoor kitty who likes adults and gentle older children, but not small children. He ignores dogs.
    In foster care
    Bella — Another aged cat given up when her family no longer wanted to deal with her diabetes. She is currently in a foster home. For more information, call 470-6973.