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Today's News

  • Green leads LAHS girls to third place at state

    Throughout track and field season, Los Alamos sophomore Becca Green stole the show at every meet the Hilltoppers attended with her amazing performances in the shot put and the discus. The state championships last weekend at the University of New Mexico put the exclamation point on her outstanding season, as she won the state championship in the shot put and the discus, easily defeating every opponent. 

    In the shot put, she threw 41 feet-11.5 inches, defeating the second place competitor, Alamogordo’s Daysha Jenkins, by more than 6 feet. It was Green’s best throw of the season, surpassing her previous best of 41 feet-4 inches. 

    She also impressed in the discus, throwing 130 feet-3 inches to claim the state title by more than 6 feet over Alamogordo’s Brooke Payton, who threw 124 feet-7 inches. It was far from Green’s best discus throw of the season, as she came in with a season-best mark of 135 feet-10 inches. 

  • Distance events lead LAHS boys' track to fourth place finish

    For the second year in a row, the Los Alamos High School boy’s track and field team placed in the top four at the state championships, with many athletes putting together impressive results for the Hilltoppers. 

    Nobody was more impressive than junior Elijah Velasquez, who earned an individual state championship in the 800-meter run in unlikely fashion. In the prelims, Velasquez finished with the fourth-fastest time in the event, more than one second slower than the top racer. However, he turned things around in the finals, improving his time by nearly two seconds and winning the championship with a time of 1:56.70, the only Hilltopper boy to win a state championship this year. 

    Overall, the Hilltoppers finished in fourth place at the state championships with 44 points. District 2-5A rival Albuquerque Academy finished as the overall state champions, earning 83 points at the two-day event. Artesia finished in second place with 49 points and Alamogordo finished in third place with 48.5 points. 

  • Reused materials light the way for teens

    A request by his wife to get rid of an old propane tank years ago sparked an idea in the mind of San Francisco artist Colin Selig.

     

    And now residents of Los Alamos can enjoy the fruits of that idea, the finished product being an art display in front of the Los Alamos Teen Center.

    The display, consisting of brightly colored lumispheres, a symmetric loveseat and asymmetric bench, was dedicated at a May 10 ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

    “Colin takes propane tanks, cuts them apart, cuts out pieces and welds them back together,” said Jeremy Smith, chairman of Los Alamos’ Arts in Public Places board. “Typically what he does are the benches. He’s got a number of these throughout the United States in public spaces.”

    Smith said this display is unique to Los Alamos.

    “We told him we wanted to be able to integrate some lighting and to have something spherical with holes in it,” he said.

  • Police honor the fallen Tuesday

    The Los Alamos Police Department joined other law enforcement departments across the nation Tuesday in honoring the officers who were killed in the line of duty. 

    “Thank you for coming today to help us honor those who have died in the line of duty; to remember their sacrifice and the sacrifice of their families,” LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone said to the crowd gathered out in front of the Los Alamos County Justice Center. 

    About 80 people attended the ceremony, which included members of the community and town officials.

    “I think it’s appropriate event to have us focus on the sacrifice that the officers and their families offered to make on behalf of our community. Of course, we hope that they are safe through the conduct of their duties,” Los Alamos County Council Chairman David Izraelevitz said.

  • Chandler outraises Sheehey, reports show

    Democratic candidate Chris Chandler vying for state representative for District 43 outraised her opponent Pete Sheehey by $2,145, according to the second round of campaign finance reports filed Monday.

    Chandler and Sheehey are hoping to replace Los Alamos County resident Stephanie Garcia Richard as the next state representative of the 43rd District. Garcia Richard announced in 2017 she would run for New Mexico Land Commissioner. 

    Chandler reported $4,005 in contributions between April 3 and May 7, with $6,920.84 in expenditures. 

    Sheehey reported $1,860 for the same reporting period and $1,986.57 in expenditures.

    Chandler’s contributions for this May period averaged between $50 and $250, with 26 of them coming from individual contributors and one coming from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. LANL contributed $100 to her campaign.   

  • USDA Sec. Perdue meets with state ag leaders

    SANTA FE – Agriculture and ranching business leaders from New Mexico were afforded an opportunity to voice their concerns to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue Monday as he kicked off a four-state “Back to Our Roots” tour in the state’s capitol.

    Perdue’s tour will take him through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, where he is highlighting support for farmers and food stamps by the Trump administration at a time when, back in Washington, D.C., House Republicans are pushing for a five-year renewal of federal farm and nutrition policies.

    “We’ll see how the vote comes out in the House this week,” Perdue said. “I applaud Chairman (Mike) Conoway and the committee for passing really strengthened work requirements for our supplemental nutrition program.

    The farm bill in front of Congress at this time could include new work- and job-training requirements for food stamp recipients. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food aid to about one-fifth of residents in New Mexico, or more than 210,000 households that mostly include children.

    Democrats in Congress are warning that work-requirement changes could reduce benefits to many who need them.

  • New Mexico Dem official bans 'Vote or Die' T-shirt sales

    By RUSSELL CONTRERAS, Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The Democratic chair of New Mexico's largest county has ordered a voting rights group not to sell its "Vote or Die" T-shirt at sponsor events because it's "offensive" and "a blatant threat."

    Democratic Party of Bernalillo County chair Bill Peifer told The Associated Press in an email late Monday that a shirt being sold by Dave Mulryan of Everybody Votes also is abhorrent to gun owners and rural New Mexico residents — voters New Mexico Democrats are seeking to win over.

    "The first, quite simply put, is that it's a very negative message. We always have a difficult time in getting out the vote," Peifer said. "We want the act of voting to be associated with good things happening . . . a positive message."

    Mulryan said in a statement the group believes there is nothing wrong with the shirt.

    "Everybody Votes will continue to offer the "Vote or Die," t-shirt for sale," Mulryan said. "We believe in the message, and we believe in our right to sell it."

  • Police Beat 5-13-18

    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, server a court summons, or issued a citation.

    May 2
    5:31 p.m. – Los Alamos police took a report on a lost phone in Urban Park. Case inactive.

    May 3
    7:04 a.m. – Los Alamos police took in found property and destroyed it.
    10 a.m. – Los Alamos police investigated the vandalism of a mirror at a park. Investigation inactive.
    3:54 p.m. – Los Alamos police arrested a driver for having a suspended license at Mile Marker 8 on East Jemez Road.
    5:05 p.m. – Freddie Arellano, 39, of Santa Fe, was arrested by Los Alamos police for driving with a suspended license. He was later released.
    8:07 p.m. – Los Alamos police gave a warning to an individual for simple assault.

    May 5
    1:35 p.m. – Los Alamos police investigated a BB shot at a window. Investigation is inactive.
    10:10 p.m. – Los Alamos police responded to a “disturbing the peace” call and issued a citation or a summons at Starbucks Coffee.

  • BPU to decide county’s participation in 
coal plant post 2022

    Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities will recommend to its Board of Public Utilities Wednesday to let the county’s contract for a 3-percent ownership share in the San Juan Generating Station expire in 2022. 

    Consideration of this recommendation will be at the BPU’s 5:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 1000 Central Ave.

    The BPU’s decision will be forwarded to the County Council.

    Los Alamos County entered into a plant participation agreement in the mid-1980s with eight other owners of the San Juan Generating Station, a coal-fired plant in the Farmington area. In December 2017, four of the owners voluntarily exited the plant with a penalty, after agreement was reached with the State of New Mexico and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to shut down two of the four units to meet a regional haze rule.

    The remaining owners, which includes Los Alamos, negotiated a new coal supply agreement with San Juan Coal Company, the fuel provider to the plant.

    As part of the new coal supply agreement, San Juan Coal requires notice by June 30 from the owners of their intent to either exit or remain in the plant after the 2022 expiration of the plant participation agreement.

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