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Today's News

  • ‘Mimi’ Higgins, owner of Hummingbird Music Camp, dies at 97

    Wanda Higgins, the surviving owner of Hummingbird Music Camp along the banks of the Jemez River, died Monday morning at 97.

    The woman who brought music into the lives of thousands of local children, celebrated the camp’s 60th anniversary at the site Sunday night, according to her granddaughter Amber Higgins.

    “She was always ‘Mimi’ to the campers,” Amber Higgins said Tuesday, as she remembered her grandmother.

    Wanda, along with her husband K.L. Higgins, who died in 1996, had given the gift of love for all things music through the operation of the camp since 1959.

    The camp, which she continued to operate, along with her children Les, Sally and Teena, gave children ages 8 though 14, a chance to experience band, guitar, orchestra, piano and voice. All levels of talent attend.

    The camp drew thousands to the banks of the river to study each year, and Wanda had her own certain chair in the dining room. On Sunday mornings, they would have pancakes, and she would go out and throw pancakes to the kids.

    “She was still participating, always responsible for greeting everybody. She always played five games of double solitaire,” Amber Higgins said.

    Her grandmother drove her own car up until six days ago, she said.

  • Carter excited for new challenge at LAHS

    Lanse Carter, the new head coach of Los Alamos High School’s girls’ basketball team, has a history of revitalizing programs and taking teams to higher levels. Right now, that is exactly what the Hilltoppers need.

    In the 2016-17 season, Carter took over as the interim head coach of Santa Fe High School’s girls’ basketball team just two days before the team’s first game. In the previous year, the team finished with an 8-19 record and did not win a district game. 

    Under Carter, the team improved to an 11-17 record, won four district games and earned a spot in the state tournament. 

    Carter coached as an assistant for the women’s basketball teams at Western State and Adams State, two NCAA Division II schools in Colorado, before coming to northern New Mexico. Since 2002, Carter has coached girls’ basketball at Capital, Pojoaque, Santa Fe Indian School and Santa Fe High.

    Carter said that he has “always liked,” Los Alamos, and that he “always had tons of respect for Gerry Washburn from when I was at Capital and coaching against him.” 

  • Atomic City Update: Keeping active is even more important in the summer

    As the school year comes to a close and high school sports end until August, it is more important now than ever that young kids stay active and in shape during these down months in the sports calendar. 

    I know how tempting it can be for young kids to sit on the couch all summer and watch TV or play video games, especially with how busy the rest of year is. But these months should be used to remain active in some form, because sitting on the couch for two months isn’t productive, and certainly isn’t healthy. 

    This town is full of great things for kids to do over the summer, and there is no excuse for a lack of activity. If kids are looking for something fun to do that will keep them healthy, taking a hike on one of the countless trails around town is a great way to do that, and you could explore a different trail almost every day this summer. 

    Kids can also take advantage of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and get some laps in at the pool, which is one of the best workouts anyone can get. 

    One of the best summer activities in town, the Splash and Dash series, sponsored by the Los Alamos Triatomics, allows people of all ages to take a swim in the pool, and then go for a run, all for fun. 

  • 7 Hilltopper baseball players named All-District

     Following a season that saw the Los Alamos High School baseball team return to the state tournament, seven Hilltoppers have been named District 2-5A All-District performers. 

    LAHS went 16-12 this season, and 9-3 in district play, finishing as the runners-up behind Albuquerque Academy. The Hilltoppers boasted a balanced, potent offense, and a pitching staff that could compete with any team. 

    Three Hilltoppers have been named First-Team All-District: Vincent Marciano, James Neal and Arthur Steinkamp. 

    Marciano was a fixture in the middle of the LAHS lineup, and showed a great ability to drive in runners in scoring position, driving balls into the gap for doubles with ease. As one of only three seniors on the team, Marciano played an important leadership role as well. 

    Neal was a strong defender for LAHS, and also played a key role at the top of the lineup, often leading off for the Hilltoppers. He did a great job of getting on base all season, and made defenses uncomfortable with his activity on the base paths. He will be returning next season for his senior year, and will play an even bigger role on the team. 

  • LAHS softball earns 2-5A coach and player of year

    It was another fantastic season for the Los Alamos High School softball team, as the Hilltoppers went 11-1 in district play and advanced to the state tournament for the fifth year in a row. 

    Now, the team is being properly honored, as senior catcher Jayde Tucker has been named District 2-5A player of the year, and head coach Randy Burditt has been named district coach of the year. Five Hilltoppers were named First-Team All-District performers, and four others were named Second-Team All-District performers. 

    The five Hilltoppers named First-Team All-District were: Alicia Gonzales, Jordan Jaramillo, Lauren Harris, Reyna Lucero and Tucker. 

    As a leader on and off the field, Tucker was a clear choice for first-team honors and for player of the year. At the plate, she batted .545 this season, with four home runs and 28 RBI. She also scored 32 runs. Behind the plate, she guided a talented pitching staff and was a steady defender. She also played a key leadership role on a team packed with seniors. 

  • Starbucks closing over 8,000 stores for anti-bias training

    By TERRY TANG and JOSEPH PISANI, Associated Press

    Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 U.S. stores for a few hours Tuesday to conduct anti-bias training in the company's latest effort to deal with the fallout over the arrest of two black men at one of its shops in Philadelphia.

    After the incident last month, the coffee chain's leaders apologized and met with the men but also scheduled an afternoon of training for 175,000 employees.

    "We still aspire to be a place where everyone feels welcome," Starbucks chairman Howard Schultz said in an open letter Tuesday. He said the instruction will become part of how Starbucks trains all its workers.

    According to a video previewing the session, Starbucks executives and rapper-activist Common were to deliver recorded remarks. From there, employees were to "move into a real and honest exploration of bias" where, in small groups, they can share how the issue comes up in their daily work life.

    Developed with feedback from the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, the Perception Institute and other advocacy groups, the four-hour session was designed to give workers a primer on the history of civil rights from the 1960s to the present day. The agenda included a short documentary film.

  • Police Beat 5-27-18

    Police Beat items are compiled from public information contained in Los Alamos Police Department records. Charges or citations listed in Police Beat do not imply innocence or guilt. The Los Alamos Police Department uses the term “arrest” to define anyone who has been physically arrested, served a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 16
    12:04 p.m.-Los Alamos police investigated a residential burglary. The case is still active.

    May 17
    9:28 a.m.- Los Alamos police responded to an informal case at LANL TA 3 Badge Office.
    12:30 p.m.-Los Alamos police responded to a bomb call out.
    4:25 p.m.- Aleah B. Stahl, 36, of Los Alamos was arrested on a District Court warrant.
    5:42 p.m.- Mario Cervantes Ortega, 29, of Albuquerque was arrested on a District Court warrant.
    5:51 p.m.- Los Alamos police issued a summons to an individual for battery on a household member.
    6:08 p.m.- Elijah J. Meason, 28, of Los Alamos was arrested on a District Court warrant.
    11:13 p.m.-Los Alamos police physically arrested an individual for shoplifting at Smith’s.

    May 18
    12:45 a.m.-Shelby Marie Kokalis, 24, of White Rock was arrested at Sherwood for shoplifting less than $500.

  • Scott hopes to draw on work experiences as county councilor

    Working inside a granite mountain in Russia that housed three nuclear reactors may not be comparable to serving on the Los Alamos County Council, but Sara Scott believes there are similar processes to be used for achieving positive results in each situation.

    Scott, an inorganic chemist who retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory about five years ago, is running for a seat on the Los Alamos County Council as a Democrat in the June 5 primary.

    She has lived in Los Alamos for about 30 years with her husband, Brian, and children Jennifer, Benjamin, Luke, Anna and Nora.

    “I love Los Alamos. It’s a great place.” Scott said. “I’ve raised kids here, I’ve worked here, I’ve volunteered here and I want to give back. I’m taking this very seriously and I’m working really hard as a candidate.”

    Scott started with LANL doing research, then moved into analytical chemistry work and then over to the nonproliferation portion of the lab.

    One of the projects she worked on was a joint effort between the United States and Russia.

  • YMCA to host annual Golf Classic Friday in LA

    BY ISAAC FASON
    lanews@lamonitor.com

    Beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, the YMCA will host the Y Annual Golf Classic at Los Alamos Golf Course.

    The event will begin with a shotgun-style start, with each group teeing off from different holes. In order to promote fun, the event will be played scramble-style. Every player in the group will tee off, but the players will all take their next swing from the location of the best shot.

    This year Kelly Myers, a realtor at RE/MAX, and Lou Santoro, an insurance agent at State Farm will sponsor the Y Annual Golf Classic.

    Registration will be available online up until June 1 at https://app.eventcaddy.com/events/the-family-ymca-annual-golf-classic. The cost is $95 per player.

  • LAPS School Board approves new pre-K program

    New Mexico’s pre-K initiative is coming full circle for Kurt Steinhaus. And he couldn’t be more proud.

    Steinhaus, the superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools, played an integral part in getting the initiative passed in 2005 when he was serving as the Deputy Secretary of Education under then-Gov. Bill Richardson.

    The program is now being implemented in the district Steinhaus oversees for the first time following Thursday night’s vote of approval by the school board during its meeting held at Piñon Elementary School.

    “It feels really good to have been a part of getting it launched at the state level and now, as a school district superintendent, I get to implement it,” he said. “I’m really excited to get to do that.”

    The program was launched statewide to ensure that every child in New Mexico has the opportunity to attend a high quality early childhood education program before moving up to kindergarten.

    “One of my jobs was to conduct the research, write the pre-K bill and then testify in the Senate and House Education Finance Committees in getting the bill passed,” Steinhaus said. “But it was a team effort. A lot of people worked on it together.”