• Registration open for EnduroFest

    The Los Alamos Rock ‘n’ Roll EnduroFest will test the endurance and skill of the best mountain bike riders in the Southwest on Aug. 8-9.
    Now in its second year, EnduroFest includes two days of events for families and spectators including a brewery festival, live music, free camping and an after party with complimentary beer and food.
    This year’s event has been scheduled the second week of August to become an official leg of the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series.
    Enduro racing mostly consists of downhill racing, but it has an endurance element.
    “Los Alamos’ trails are some of the most rugged and challenging in the state,” EnduroFest race director Brad Nyenhuis said. “This two-day, seven stage event features 2,100 feet of elevation gain and over 7,100 feet of descending,”
    The event will also coincide with the Los Alamos County Fair, parade and rodeo, Aug. 7–9, which will be held at various locations throughout Los Alamos, including Ashley Pond Park, Fuller Lodge and Brewer Arena.
    “Besides being a fun-filled weekend for competitors, there are lots of activities for anyone who wants to enjoy a cool, beautiful weekend in Los Alamos,” Nyenhuis said.

  • Griggs golf tournament helps local youth

    At the YMCA no one is turned away from its facilities, summer camps and after-school programs because they don’t have money.
    “Last year we awarded $100,000 to 250 families and individuals,” YMCA Executive Director Linda Daly said. “It’s the Y’s policy that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.”
    To offset those costs, the YMCA hosts a variety of fundraisers throughout the year, including a Red and Black Ball and the Ed Griggs Memorial Golf Classic.
    After being rained out in June, the Ed Griggs Memorial took place Friday at the Los Alamos Golf Course.
    “It was great,” Matt Schmidt, the campaign chairman and tournament director, said. “We got lucky with the weather. Despite dark clouds coming over the mountains, it spared us.”
    The tournament differs from others by including games of chance throughout course. There were soccer shot challenges, beanbag tosses, ring tosses and two super-cup holes. On the super-cup holes, golfers could gain an advantage by buying in for $10. If they bought in, they got to take aim at an enlarged, eight-inch hole with the pin. Otherwise, they had to shoot at a tricky, unmarked regular size hole hiding on the green.
    The games raised an additional $450.

  • LA Majors get into winners bracket

    ESPAÑOLA—Aggressive base running and good pitching helped the Los Alamos County Majors (11-12 year olds) start their district tournament with a 12-6 win over Santa Fe American Tuesday.
    “It was tight, but it was a good game,” coach Jason Martines said. “All of the little things were squared away and that’s what I was proud of.”
    Los Alamos will now take on Española in the winners bracket. Española beat Pojoaque 9-0 in its first-round game.
    “You always want to get into the winners bracket,” Martines said. “Hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”
    The game was tight for the first four innings, but Los Alamos scored a single run in the first, third and fourth to take a 3-0 lead.
    Isaiah Maestas walked and scored Los Alamos’ first run on a James Rodriguez single.
    Tyler Weiss put Los Alamos up 2-0. Weiss hit a double into left field and scored on a Jaxson Martines ground ball.
    Sean Mitchell then walked and later scored on a wild pitch to put Los Alamos up 3-0.
    In the fifth inning, Los Alamos got some breathing room.

  • Tour de Los Alamos taking place Sunday

    The 43rd annual Tour de Los Alamos road bike race will take place this Sunday.
    The race typically draws around 200 bikers who will do one, two or three laps on the 27-mile course around the county.
    No roads will be closed for the event, but drivers are asked to be cautious and look out for bikes from about 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Stoplights on the course will be changed to blinking and police officers will be at some intersections.
    The race will begin at Ashley Pond, beginning at 8:10 a.m. with the pro men. The citizen’s race will be the last to start. They’ll take off at 9:10 a.m.
    After the bikers cruise together down Trinity in a neutral parade of riders, the race will officially begin near Casa Grande.
    The bikers will then take N.M. 501 towards Jemez, drop down on N.M. 4 and pass Bandelier, pedal through White Rock and then get back on N.M. 501 (the truck route) and pedal back to Los Alamos to complete a loop.
    Trinity to Diamond will be the least affected part of the route for traffic since it’s not part of the loop.
    “It’s known as a difficult, but fair race,” race director Cyndi Wells said, noting that the route doesn’t favor climbing or any other skill set.
    Each loop has about 2,000 feet of climbing (near Jemez) and descending (near Bandelier).

  • Hitting and kicking

    The Los Alamos football coaches and players hosted a youth camp this week. The team taught kids a lot of different fundamentals of football, including how to punt, tackle, block, back pedal, throw a football and more.

  • LA Senior Olympians win 42 gold medals at state

    Twenty-one Senior Olympians from Los Alamos competed in the state games, which were held June 3-6 in Roswell.
    The Los Alamos contingent brought home 76 medals from the championships, including 42 gold medals.
    Leading the charge for Los Alamos was Jackie Marr. Marr won a gold medal in every event she swam in, bringing home 11 golds.
    Marr won the 50-yard backstroke, 50 freestyle, 100 back, 100 breast, 100 freestyle, 100 individual medley, 200 back, 200 breast, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle.
    Teresa Goodwin, Selmo Jaramillo and Laura McClellan each won six gold medals at the state competition.
    Goodwin and Jaramillo were the champions of dance at the state games, winning the waltz, fox trot, the cha cha cha, rumba, west coast swing and tango.
    McLellan won the free throw and 3-point shooting contest. She also won the 800-meters, 1,500, 5K and 10K races.
    Five other Los Alamos Senior Olympians won a pair of gold medals.
    Michael Benelli won the 800 and the 5K.
    Ernest Bryant won at singles and men’s doubles in pickleball.
    Abel Castillo won at singles and men’s doubles in table tennis.
    Dave Delanoy won at men’s doubles and mixed doubles in pickleball.
    Timothy Johnson won the standing long jump and the 1,500.

  • Little leaguers begin districts

    It’s time for little leaguers dream big and chase after a world title.
    It all starts with local district championships. In New Mexico, 10 different district tournaments will take place for baseball and softball players.
    Each league has selected its all stars, and those all stars are representing its league in the local district tournament.
    The district champions will then move on to the state championships. The state champions will advance to the regional championships and the regional champs will then get to play in the world series.
    The Majors baseball tournament is scheduled to begin tonight in Española. If the field dries up, Los Alamos County will take on Santa Fe American at 8 p.m. while Española and Pojoaque will battle on the other side of the bracket.
    Tomorrow, the winners will play on the championship side of the bracket while the losing teams will play each other in an elimination game.
    The winner of the loser’s bracket game will then play the loser in the winner’s bracket on Saturday.
    Game one of the championship will take place Sunday. If needed, the championship tiebreaker will take place Monday. Teams can lose one game and still win the district since they are double elimination tournaments.
    The Majors tournament is being played at Lucero Center.

  • Kirk and Memphis win first three summer league games

    Alex Kirk and the Memphis Grizzlies are currently in second-place out of the 10 teams playing in the NBA Orlando Summer League.
    The Grizzlies beat the Orlando Magic Blue team Tuesday, 73-71, in double overtime to improve to 3-0.
    After Memphis erased a 17-point deficit, the game needed a sudden-death overtime to decide the outcome. Orlando missed the first shot of the period and at the other end Russ Smith hit a short floater to keep Memphis undefeated.
    The Grizzlies also beat the Brooklyn Nets, 81-73, on Saturday and the Charlotte Hornets, 79-75, on Sunday.
    Kirk has been coming off the bench for the Grizzlies while Jarnell Stokes has started at center.
    Kirk played 13 minutes, 25 seconds in the team’s first game. He snagged three defensive rebounds, but missed all four of his field goal attempts.
    Against the Hornets, Kirk had two points and two offensive rebounds in 9:51 on the court.
    Tuesday, Kirk only played 4:22 while Stokes played over 36 minutes. Kirk missed both of his field goal attempts and sunk one of two free throws.
    With the three wins, worth four points apiece, and seven quarter-victories, worth one point apiece, the Grizzlies are second in the league standings with 19 points. The Miami Heat is in first place, also with 19 points.

  • Pieck has top prediction and fastest time Tuesday

    Eight-year-old Sophia Pieck was the top predictor in Tuesday’s Pace Race.
    Pieck was just 6 seconds off her predicted time, and she was also the fastest finisher on the one-mile course with a time of 9 minutes and 2 seconds.
    Other accurate predictions included Katie Gattiker’s 7-second differential, Duane Marr at 15 seconds off and Martin Pieck with a 21-second difference.
    The top male finisher in the one-mile race was 6-year-old Billy Strother with a 9:03.
    Bob Weeks had a 31:59 for the two-mile distance.
    On the three-mile course, Zach Medin was the fastest finisher at 26:22 and Laura McClellan was the top female recording a time of 30:53.
    The races were held on the trail at the Ponderosa Campground in the Bandelier National Monument.
    Next Tuesday’s Pace Race will be start at 6 p.m. at Barranca Elementary School on Barranca Mesa. One and three-mile courses will be available.
    For more information call 672-1639 or visit

  • Fairways and Fireworks blasts off over holiday

    The Los Alamos Golf Course hosted a team tournament over the Fourth of July holiday called Fairways and Fireworks.
    “It was very fun,” Ted Ball said.
    Ball and Paul Cook ran the tournament, which replaced the course’s old Atomic City Match Play tournament.
    Fairways and Fireworks, which was a three-day tournament, had 48 golfers compete.
    The golfers had a wide ranges of abilities.
    Ball said they tried to divide them up evenly into four teams of 12 — a blue team, an orange team, a purple team and a yellow team.
    The teams then played three different challenges.
    The first day of the tournament, July 3, was a quota.
    All of the golfers played 18 holes and, instead of trying to get the low score, the golfers scored points for bogeys, pars, birdies and eagles and tried to get the highest score.
    The next two days of the tournament featured match play. Each team was broken into six teams of two and then they went head to head against another team and battled to win holes.
    Saturday, the players on each team alternated shots.
    Sunday, the players competed in a scramble, playing their best ball as they moved on.
    After three days of golf, the blue team proved to be the victors.
    Some more tournaments are on the Los Alamos Golf Course’s schedule.