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  • Kennison to run next year with Colorado Mesa Univ.

    A roster chock full of young athletes looking to make a name for themselves doesn’t seem like it would be an ideal fit for an incoming freshman.
    Zak Kennison would disagree.
    Kennison, a standout distance runner at Los Alamos High School, was one of two graduating seniors from the Hilltopper cross country and track program to sign his National Letter of Intent today. Kennison inked with Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction to run with the Mavericks.
    It wasn’t an easy decision for Kennison, who placed eighth individually at the Class 4A cross country championship race this season.
    In fact, it took a lot of introspection for Kennison as to whether he wanted to run at the collegiate level at all. However, he decided that things seem to go along much more smoothly when he’s training and competing than when he’s not.
    And the decisive victory his team took at the state cross country meet really sealed the decision for him.
    “We had a really successful year,” he said. “We didn’t make it to nationals. We were a little bummed about that, but it was a great experience. Building bonds with my teammates was fun.”

  • LA hockey faces Cleveland tonight

     After a grueling weekend, with three games in two days, the Los Alamos Hilltopper ice hockey team will surely welcome its lone scheduled game for week 13.

    Los Alamos will take on the Cleveland Storm at home Friday night. Game time is 8:15 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers went 2-1 in their games last week, topping the Taos Ice Tigers 7-1 at home Feb. 1 and nipping the Albuquerque OutKast 3-2 in its first game Feb. 2.

    In their third game of the weekend, however, the Hilltoppers had little left in the tank playing the No. 2 team in the New Mexico Interscholastic Ice Hockey League standings.

    Cibola, hosting Los Alamos in the Hilltoppers’ final game, won in an 8-2 rout.

    Los Alamos is currently 11-6-1 in NMIIHL standings, which is good enough for third place behind El Paso (Texas) Coronado and Cibola.

    Coronado clinched the NMIIHL regular season title with its 7-0 win over La Cueva last weekend. Coronado has lost just one game in 21 outings this season.

    Cibola (15-1-2) cannot be caught for the runner-up slot. Los Alamos, meanwhile, is neck-and-neck with St. Pius X (10-6-1) for third in the standings.

  • Fishing Report 02-08-13

    Northwest

  • Ski Report 02-08-13

     Angel Fire

    29-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 72 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Enchanted Forest

    Conditions not reported.

    Pajarito\

    20-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 32 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Red River

    40-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 57 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    16-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 3 trails and 2 lifts open.

    Sipapu

    34-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 41 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    28-inch base of variable conditions. No new snow reported. 22 trails and 7 lifts open.

    Ski Santa Fe

    43-inch base of powder. 3 inches of new snow reported. 69 trails and 6 lifts open.

    Taos

    45-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 110 trails and 14 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera

     4-inch base of spring conditions. No new snow reported. 9 trails open.

  • Today in History for Friday, February 8th
  • Forget Fetch, Norman the Dog Rides a Scooter
  • Former LANL Emergency Division Leader faces assault, battery charges

    Anthony Stanford, formerly the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Emergency Operations division leader, was charged with two counts each of assault and battery Monday.

    Stanford, 56, of Santa Fe, was charged after he allegedly sexually harassed a female co-worker for several months at the lab.

    Lab spokesman Kevin Roark said, “Mr. Stanford is not currently an employee of the laboratory.  As general policy, because of employee privacy, the laboratory does not discuss personnel matters.”

    Attorney Kate Ferlic, who is representing the woman along with attorney John Day of Santa Fe, said, “To demonstrate the severity of the harassment: it’s a rare thing when the police file criminal charges against the perpetrator.”

    Stanford’s attorney Laurie Gallegos said her client retired from the lab last month.

    Gallegos said in a written statement, “We understand that information regarding allegations made by an employee of the laboratory, who did not work directly for Mr. Stanford, have been released to the news media.

  • Update 02-07-13

    Movie premier

    The premier of Los Alamos resident Samantha Filer’s films, “The Sword of Arundel,” will be at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the First United Methodist Church, 715 Diamond Dr. The show is free.

    Council meeting

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

    Parks and Rec

    The Parks and Recreation Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.

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    'Topper Revue

    ’Topper Revue will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The performance includes 16 acts, ranging from dance and song to a variety of skits and comedy. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth, available at the door.

    Free Film Series

     Mesa Public Library presents the Free Film Series, featuring “Rear Window,” at 6:30 p.m. today. 

  • DOE falls victim to hackers, some employee info compromised

    The Department of Energy notified its employees Monday of a recent cyber incident that occurred in mid-January.

    The cyber-attack targeted the headquarters’ network and resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of employee and contractor Personally Identifiable Information.

    NNSA spokesman Josh McConaha said no further information was available on the situation.

    The email to employees said no classified data was compromised.

  • Public calls for 'Los Alamos Municipal Building'

    A committee appointed to hear public opinion about naming the new municipal building for late State Representative Jeannette Wallace voted unanimously against the proposal Monday.

    Forty nine residents either commented or supported comments on the county’s Open Forum. County officials also received more than 70 emails, letters and phone calls and approximately 20 citizens attended two public meetings on the question.

    “Los Alamos Municipal Building” received overwhelming support.

    Los Alamos resident John Bartlit offered a slight variation on that theme.

    “I do not support naming the new public building in town for any person. The opportunity should be used instead to honor and publicize the values of democracy that have served our nation so long and well, namely the unique role that active citizenship has in good governance,” Bartlit said.

    “I propose the name it the Los Alamos County Community Town Hall, the Los Alamos Town Hall or Town Hall on Central to commemorate a value that began our nation. Municipal building and town hall are historical synonyms.”

    At the second public meeting, Bartlit said that several residents had expressed support for that idea. Councilor Fran Berting said she had also heard support for the town hall name.