Today's News

  • Functional medicine doctor can take on more patients

    Dr. Carmen Solano’s office is welcoming, its main centerpiece has a low table with four chairs facing each other. Soft, relaxing music plays in the background.

    The atmosphere is clearly designed to put patients at ease.

    Solano’s practice is unique in other ways. Solano practices a philosophy of medicine known as “functional medicine,” a type of medicine that factors in a patient’s entire medical history before giving a diagnosis.

    The idea is that when all familial and other histories are accounted for, the more accurate and successful diagnosis of a patient will be.

    “The foundation of the process is a very comprehensive health history,” Solano said. “We ask questions all the way from birth to now in terms of their medical history, their lifestyle… their stressors, their environmental exposures, family history, all of that. That information is gathered before a patient’s first visit.”

    Solano graduated from the University of Texas Medical School and has practiced family medicine for 18 years as a board-certified doctor. She opened her practice in Los Alamos in 2015. Recently, she was approved to accept Blue Cross Blue Shield medical insurance, the largest medical insurer in Los Alamos County.

  • January sees colder max temps

    Los Alamos National Laboratory

    Maximum temperatures in the region were colder than normal as multiple cold fronts passed through the state, but low temperatures were near average in January.

    Maximum temperatures have been below average in Los Alamos County since October 2018.
    Wind chills were below zero degrees, particularly on Jan. 18 and 21, as wind gusts exceeded 40 mph (41 mph and 49 mph, respectively).

    The multiple cold fronts kept most of New Mexico at near average temperatures.

    The above average precipitation that occurred at the end of 2018 continued into 2019. Los Alamos measured 142 percent of average precipitation and 166 percent of normal snowfall.

    Over the past three months, Los Alamos has measured above-average snowfall. The 49.8 inches of snow this winter is the most snowfall through January since the winters of 2000 and 2001.

    The snowpack for northern New Mexico Mountains is near average, with the Jemez Mountains at 95 percent of average, while the mountains in southern New Mexico are around 50 percent.

    The northwest half of New Mexico had above average precipitation, while the southeast half had below average precipitation.

  • Bill to shift federal education funding pits urban schools against tribes

    The New Mexican

    Two state senators who represent rural districts hope to topple a long-standing system that uses the lion’s share of a federal grant program to help fund urban schools.

    Operational money from the grants initially goes to 25 school districts and five charter schools. But then the state shortchanges these needy districts, said Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup, who called what happens “a shell game.”

    That’s because the districts and schools selected to receive money from the Impact Aid program only get a quarter of the overall annual grant, which topped $78 million last year.

    The state redirects the rest of the money to other school districts through New Mexico’s per-student funding formula. Muñoz and Sen. Clemente Sanchez, D-Grants, want to change that.

    They say redistributing the grant money to other school districts isn’t fair to hard-pressed schools and undermines the intent of the program.

  • It’s frustrating being a Republican this year

    By Daniel J. Chacon
    The New Mexican

    After a midterm election in which Democrats wrested back control of the Governor's Office and expanded their majority in the state House of Representatives, Kelly Fajardo feels almost invisible at the Roundhouse this year.

    Fajardo, you see, is a Republican representative in a Democrat-dominated House, where members of the GOP are now outnumbered by the largest margin in two decades.

    "It just feels like we don't matter," said Fajardo, R-Los Lunas.

    "Our job is to create good policy, and when you're going, 'I don't need you. I don't need to listen to you,' that creates a problem," she said. "I'm feeling that we're not being listened to."

    Fajardo isn't alone.

    Other members of the state's Republican Party say New Mexico Democrats, emboldened by big gains in November, are pushing through contentious and liberal-leaning legislation, including bills on abortion and guns, and completely ignoring their Republican counterparts.

  • Boys’ basketball earns district win over Moriarty

    Throughout most of district play, leading scorers Gavin Campos and David Owen have struggled to get involved in the offensive flow. Whether it was because of foul trouble or being double-teamed, the duo has not been as effective as in the early part of the season. That all changed Saturday night, as Campos and Owen combined to score 38 points in LAHS’ 55-41 victory over Moriarty. 

    The win marked the first district victory for the Hilltoppers since Feb. 20, 2017, a win over Albuquerque Academy in the district tournament. 

    Campos and Owen got involved early, both knocking down a three-point shot in the first quarter. 

    They also both drove to the basket with impressive moves, easily slicing through the Moriarty defense. 

    Thanks to their offensive output, along with a three-point shot by Sahib Khalsa, LAHS led 14-10 after the first quarter. 

    Moriarty switched to a matchup zone defense in the second quarter, and LAHS had a difficult time solving it. Much of the second quarter was spent with the Hilltoppers passing the ball around the perimeter, hesitant to take an outside shot. 

  • LAHS improves to 5-0 in district

    With three games remaining in the regular season, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team is still in first place in District 2-4A, sitting at 5-0 after a road victory against Moriarty Friday night. 

    Earlier this season, Moriarty provided the Hilltoppers with one of the toughest district games so far, erasing a double-digit fourth quarter deficit to force overtime. LAHS regained control in overtime to win the game 62-54. 

    Early on, it appeared the rematch would feature similar drama. In the first half, Moriarty did an outstanding job of guarding LAHS junior Becca Green, who has been the team’s top offensive threat all season. She was often double-teamed or triple-teamed, keeping her out of the offense most of the time. 

    In her place, senior Alex Calderon did a great job of scoring, knocking down a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter, and another in the second quarter. LAHS connected on five total three-pointers in the first half. 

    The Hilltoppers trailed 11-10 after the first quarter, but bounced back to take a 28-26 lead heading into halftime. 

  • LAHS wrestling sweeps district duals

    In the first competition of the season against district opponents, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team dominated the District 2-4A duals, defeating every team that stood in its way. 

    LAHS took down Española Valley, Pojoaque Valley, Moriarty and Taos, with three of those wins coming in dominant fashion. 

    The Hilltoppers defeated Española Valley 60-24, Pojoaque Valley 72-12 and Moriarty 63-18. 

    The most compelling match of the day came against Taos, which LAHS narrowly won 42-40. 

    The match went down to the wire, but LAHS picked up just enough victories to earn the dual win. 

    Ben Gellis, competing in the 106-pound weight class, was one of the top standouts for the Hilltoppers, winning each of his four matches, including a highly important match against Taos. 

    Mateo Martinez, competing in the 195-pound weight class, was also impressive, winning each of his three contested duals. He also earned another victory by forfeit. 

  • Atomic City Update: Coaches should be applauded for how they handle tough seasons

    One of the toughest things for a coach to do is continue to keep the motivation of a team high during the tough times. Not every season can be a rousing success, but coaches who are able to keep a team fighting when the going gets rough are the most impressive.

    I have seen that quality this season out of Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball coach Mike Kluk. No, the season hasn’t gone as well as some might have hoped. But that team shows up every game ready to fight and make life as difficult as possible for the opposition. 

    The team was rewarded with a district victory last week over Moriarty. Some teams might have given up and stopped fighting long before that game. Even after that win, LAHS is only 6-17, but it is obvious they are playing for so much more than just a record. They are playing for pride, and they have a strong desire to keep fighting for each other and improving. 

    These kinds of rebuilding seasons happen at all levels of sports, and not everyone handles them with grace and class. At the professional level, coaches often lose their tempers and end up losing their jobs because things don’t go the way they expected. 

  • Mang brothers ready to lead UNM back to top of MW

    The stakes are higher than ever for Connor and Jared Mang. Not long ago, the brothers suited up in Hilltopper gear hoping to win district championships for Los Alamos High School. Now, they are two of the biggest sources of hope for the University of New Mexico baseball team, a group intent on returning to the top of the mountain West Conference.

    Both of the Mang brothers are extremely talented, and highly confident about what the Lobos are capable of accomplishing this year. They are also both capable of accomplishing great things on the baseball diamond. 

    Last season, as a redshirt freshman, Connor Mang was named to the freshman All-American team as the starting first baseman for the Lobos. He batted .326 with two home runs, 10 doubles, three triples and had 15 multi-hit games. He also committed only one error at first base. 

    This year, the expectations are even higher for Connor Mang, but he intends on letting his bat and glove do the talking. 

  • Growth, and lack thereof, brings problems to N.M.

    Guest Columnist

    Harold Morgan’s “Utah works, makes babies, grows,” (Jan. 30) should win an award for misleading discussion of population.

    But that award perhaps already belongs to the Washington Post. The newspaper shoves its self-righteous “Democracy dies in darkness” motto in our faces, but when it comes to population, WaPo itself creates darkness. Little wonder

    Americans are “innumerate” or to numbers — in this case, population — what illiteracy is to letters!

    Morgan asserts New Mexico loses population. Yet, we increase by .64 percent a year, or twice our current numbers early next century! In 2010, New Mexico numbered 2,059,207 and in 2018, 2,095,428. But for universal assumptions growth can only be good, some might ask if that isn’t too much growth in a state with failing education, crumbling infrastructure, overwhelmed medicine and ever-worsening poverty despite decades of boom growth, perhaps an indicator that “growth always brings prosperity” is a myth.