Today's News

  • Today in History for June 23rd
  • Helping victims in Boston

    A pair of local runners took part in a pair of stretches for a special cross-country campaign last week.
    Bill Dunn and Frank Cherne took part in the One Run for Boston relay. Participants in the One Run pass a torch from runner to runner, going from the West Coast to the East Coast.
    Cherne and Dunn both took the torch and made a run at Palo Flechado Pass outside of Taos going toward Angel Fire.
    Dunn, a member of the local multi-sport group, the Triatomics, said he saw that the torch was going nearby and he and Cherne jumped at the chance to take part.
    The One Run for Boston started as a fundraiser and awareness campaign to help those affected by the bombing near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April.
    On April 15, a pair of homemade bombs went off as runners and spectators were watching the end of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 250.
    The One Run for Boston started June 7 in Los Angeles and is scheduled to arrive in Boston June 30. The organization’s website said more than 1,000 individual runners will be taking part, running in stages of approximately 10 miles apiece.
    The event is similar to some held across the pond in the United Kingdom. In fact, a run in London shortly after the Boston Marathon attack went to aid the victims of that tragedy.

  • Sports Briefs 06-23-13

    LA football camp starts July 8

    The Hilltopper Youth Football Camp is scheduled for July 8-11 at Sullivan Field. Registration is currently underway.
    The camp is for students entering grades 4-8. The camp will focus on basic offensive and defensive philosophies and proper techniques.
    Price for participation is $55. Registrations can be made to Garett Williams, 994 Nambe Place, Los Alamos.

    First Splash N Dash of season is Wednesday night

    The Splash N Dash series, which is hosted by Triatomics Multisport Club, will return for its first session Wednesday.
    The series is designed for those interested in training for the Los Alamos Triathlon, which is scheduled for Aug. 17.
    Participants can choose either a 400-yard swim and 5K run or 200-yard swim and 3K run. All Splash N Dash events start at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    Registration for each Splash N Dash is done about 30 minutes prior to the start at the aquatic center. There is no fee for participation but registration will be limited to the first 75 entrants.
    More information can be obtained by calling Amy Regan at 672-3623 or by visiting triatomics.org.

    Golf swap set for June 30

  • Kirk named to All-Academic team

    Former Los Alamos basketball star and current University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball player Alex Kirk was named to the 2012-13 Mountain West All-Academic team.
    Kirk, along with teammates Hugh Greenwood and Cameron Bairstow were honored by the Mountain West last week. They were three of UNM’s conference-high 111 student-athletes named to the list for the spring 2013 semester.
    Greenwood, Bairstow and Kirk combined to start in 87 games for the Lobos during the 2012-13 season, which saw UNM go 29-6 and earn the Mountain West’s regular season and conference tournament titles. Unfortunately, UNM, the No. 3 seed in the NCAA championship tournament, suffered a stunning upset at the hands of Harvard University in the fist round.
    Kirk, for his part, was third in scoring for UNM last year. He averaged 12.1 points and was also the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 8.1 boards per game.
    Bairstow was fourth on the team in scoring (9.7 points per game) and Greenwood was fifth (7.0 points per game). Greenwood also had a team best 47 steals last year.
    In all, UNM had 163 student-athletes make the All-Academic squad combined throughout the school year.

  • Brewer invited to Top Gun

    Los Alamos Hilltopper football player Peter Brewer earned a nod to attend the Top Gun Invitational for Football University’s Rocky Mountain Region.
    Brewer, who will be a senior for the Hilltoppers this fall, earned his invitation to the Top Gun camp from former NFL linebacker Quentin Coryatt.
    This is the second invitation-only event Brewer has been invited to.
    Earlier this month, Brewer participated in the National Underclassman Combine. His performance at the combine was good enough to earn him a spot at the Ultimate 100 Combine, where top competitors from around the country are invited to play against each other.
    The U100 combine will be in Los Angeles.
    The Top Gun invitational will be in Columbus, Ohio. Participation in the Top Gun qualifies Brewer for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played in January.
    For Los Alamos last season, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Brewer was credited with 20 tackles and 8 assists in 7 games, three of those for loss of yardage. He also was credited with one sack and one quarterback hurry.
    For his efforts last season, Brewer was named to the All-District 2-4A second team defense.

  • Agencies help animals during drought

    nd a nonprofit organization are teaming up to help provide water to New Mexico’s wildlife populations during the drought.
    New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has made a one-time provision of $40,000 to New Mexico Department of Agriculture to help the state’s ranchers defray the extra cost of hauling or pumping water during the drought.
    Game and Fish director Jim Lane and agricultural director/secretary Jeff Witte made the announcement during the mid-year meeting of the New Mexico Joint Stockmen, which is comprised largely of ranchers, earlier this month.
    “Anytime a rancher provides water for his cattle, there will be wildlife that benefit from that water, also,” Lane said. “We recognize the contributions landowners make that go a long way toward keeping our wildlife healthy, especially during the drought, and this money is to say thank you for that.”
    Game and Fish is primarily funded by the sale of licenses to hunt, fish and trap game species in the state, not by general taxpayer dollars.

  • Our View: Fireworks show contorts reality

    Some days it just seems like an episode of the Twilight Zone. Rod Serling steps from behind a tree and begins his monologue that will take viewers on a journey to some alternate reality.

    So it was with Friday’s announcement from the Kiwanis Club that this year’s 4th of July fireworks show is on for Overlook Park in White Rock. Indeed, the day’s top story regarding the impending closure of Santa Fe National Forest due to extreme fire danger juxtaposed with the Kiwanis statement was a study in contradiction.

    On the one hand, the county council and fire chief are moving to extend the ban on fireworks for another month, yet the Kiwanis Club would appear to be exempt.

    There’s no question that just about everybody loves a good fireworks show. Fireworks on the 4th of July rank right up there with saluting the flag and a slice of mom’s apple pie. It’s part of what defines us as being uniquely American. The annual event is also the major fundraiser for Kiwanis and the club is no doubt missing the revenue generated in light of the show’s cancellation the past two years. Like all of this town’s civic clubs, the Kiwanis do good work with the bucks they take in from events like the fireworks show. But, in this instance, one has to wonder if the risks are worth the rewards.

  • Who’s watching?

    SANTA FE – The mystery never ends. Who is investigating who in state government? We know the FBI is involved.
    FBI agents in Albuquerque are investigating the local police and the FBI in Santa Fe has obtained an indictment against Susana Martinez’s first campaign manager, Jamie Estrada, for email hacking.
    But rumors keep popping up in Albuquerque that the FBI is being encouraged to specifically look at police handling of the Mary Han mysterious death a few years ago.
    Han was a prominent defense attorney. She was found dead in her garage with her car engine running. It was ruled a suicide but many think that was too easy an answer.
    In Santa Fe, some of the emails that were hijacked related to the 25-year lease of the fairgrounds racetrack and casino.
    It all started a year ago when some mysterious emails became public announcing the partial fulfillment of a request for a list of names of teachers throughout the state who were not union members.
    The request and response raised questions about personal privacy and the use of private email to conduct state business.
    Gov. Martinez put a quick end to the email question by decreeing that henceforth all state business conducted by email would be conducted through state email accounts.

  • A Lawman’s Legacy

    It’s no accident that the Los Alamos skateboard park is located next to the Mesa Public Library and is also near the police station.

    When Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy came to Los Alamos eight years ago to be interviewed for the job, one of the questions he was asked was what he would do about the kids illegally skateboarding on the sidewalks.

    His answer very well may have landed him the job. It wasn’t the typical answer you’d expect from someone who at the time, had 27 hard years invested in law enforcement, mostly in towns and cities much larger than Los Alamos.

    Instead of giving a pat answer about punishment and penalties, he answered the interviewer with another question, something along the lines of, “Where can the kids skateboard legally right now?”

    As it turns out, there wasn’t a place in Los Alamos where kids could skateboard legally, and so one of the first things Torpy did was team up with the county council and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board to help the youth of Los Alamos get their own skateboard park. It was eventually built where it stands today, in no small part to Torpy’s influence.

  • Update 06-23-13


    The Fire Marshal has recommended that the fireworks restrictions continue another 30 days, due to continued extremely dry conditions in Los Alamos County. The extension of the proclamation that would extend from June 24 through July 25 will go to council at their meeting on June 25.

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    Boy Scout

    Los Alamos Boy Scout Museum Society will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m Tuesday at the Latter Day Saints Church in Los Alamos.

    JJAB meeting

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in Building no. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. The public is welcome to attend.


    The County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Municipal Building.