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  • Brown recognized for work

    The Los Alamos County Science Fair, with the help of coordinator Dawn Brown, runs like a well-oiled machine. In fact, some may say that she’s helped make the fair an event worthy of praise.
    The praise was heaped upon her last weekend, when volunteer, and husband, Art Brown was asked to stop the awards ceremonies for a brief pause, as Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt acknowledged Brown before the crowd.
    “Dawn Brown is terrific,” Schmidt said. “Under her guidance and direction, participation in the science fair has become the thing to do. What makes her special is her ability to stay in perpetual motion. As a community, we need to offer one giant collective thanks.”
    Brown, along with committee members Andy Erickson, Mary Ethel Plotner, Ryan Ross, Randy Ryti, Eva Abeyta, Heather Coy, Barb Musgrave, Katie Tauxe, Becky Steritz, Becky Littleton, Amy Gilbert, Debbie Smith and Susan O’Brien, work behind the scenes for months, to pull off the day’s events.
    More than 321 students represented 309 projects on Saturday, filling Los Alamos High School with science, technology and more volunteers than can possibly be named in a single story.

  • LA wins 2 of 5 at Aztec Duals

    After going over the final results, Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling coach Bob Geyer learned the results for his team this weekend weren’t quite as bas as he’d thought.
    But the results weren’t as good as he’d hoped, either.
    Coming off a tough weekend at Aztec, Los Alamos is preparing for another challenge this weekend when it travels to Las Vegas for the Robertson Invitational. Robertson, much like Aztec, is among the most successful programs in the state.
    This week, the Hilltoppers have been working on simply getting out quicker, particularly when working off the bottom, something Geyer said he’d seen improvement on a week earlier at Pecos but not so much at Aztec.
    At the Aztec Duals, the Hilltoppers went 2-3 in their pool, topping Farmington and Shiprock handily, but getting soundly defeated by Bloomfield and St. Michael’s. Los Alamos lost a tight 42-39 contest to Kirtland Central.
    Individually, Lane Saunders at 152 pounds and Brian Geyer at 182 pounds, went a combined 10-0 on the day. Cory Geyer, at 160, finished 4-1, while Chandler Lauritzen (132), Diego Madrid (195) and John Dermer (285) all finished with overall records of 3-2.

  • Tuesday's prep basketball scores 01-30-13

     Boys basketball

    Albuquerque Academy 71, Sandia Prep 62
    Artesia 66, Lovington 43
    Aztec 54, Bloomfield 52
    Bernalillo 59, Capital 58
    Farmington 57, Shiprock 48
    Grants 43, Valencia 37
    Hobbs 108, Goddard 71
    La Cueva 91, Cleveland 73
    Las Cruces 72, Mayfield 35
    Los Lunas 79, Gallup 68
    Oñate 46, Alamogordo 37
    Peñasco vs. Santa Fe Prep, ppd.
    Roswell 90, Carlsbad 79
    Sandia 69, Rio Rancho 56
    Santa Fe 67, Pojoaque 59

    Girls basketball

    Alamogordo 50, Oñate 47
    Albuquerque Academy 43, Sandia Prep 25
    Artesia 41, Santa Teresa 36
    Eldorado 71, St. Pius 57
    Floyd 51, Dora 50
    Hobbs 36, Lovington 27
    La Cueva 68, Cleveland 32
    Los Lunas 62, Piedra Vista 36
    Roswell 42, Carlsbad 33
    Santa Fe Indian 65, Santa Fe 34
    Shiprock 40, Page, Ariz. 32
    Socorro 47, St. Michael’s 38
    Tularosa 65, Cobre 30
    Volcano Vista 52, Del Norte 38

  • LA falls at home to Española Valley

    With just one game remaining in the first half of the District 2-4A regular season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team continues to struggle.
    Los Alamos, desperately seeking a victory to get some momentum going into its final five games of the year, was trounced in the second half against the always-tough Española Valley Sundevils.
    Española Valley executed a swarming full-court press in the second half that led to a dozen Hilltopper turnovers and some gimme baskets on the other end of the floor.
    The Sundevils broke open what had been a tight ballgame in the second half to win going away, 58-34.
    To avoid dropping to 0-4 with just 4 games remaining, Los Alamos will have just three days to prepare for Capital, which had been tabbed as the team to beat in 2-4A this season.
    Bernalillo, Santa Fe and Española Valley are all speedy teams and that speed served to give Los Alamos trouble. Española Valley’s press, in particular, gave Los Alamos fits.
    “It’s honestly the first press that’s bothered us,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “We lost our focus. We’ve got to make quick decisions against the press. Are they 25 points better than us? I don’t think they are.”

  • Raw: Giant Sinkhole Gobbles Up Building in China

    Two buildings in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou vanished into a sinkhole on Monday. China's state television reports no one was hurt in the collapse, but 300 local residents had to be evacuated.

  • Today in History, Jan. 30
  • School bond passes 4,283 to 1,784

    The taxpayers of Los Alamos have voted to let the Los Alamos Public School System spend another $20 million in general obligation bonds, according to the County Clerk's Office.

    The unofficial ballot count was 4,283 to 1,784. The money will allow continued construction and renovation to go on at the Los Alamos Middle School as well as allow planned renovations and construction take place at Aspen Elementary over the next five years. Other priorities will be design plans for new music and choral facilities at Los Alamos High School, completing the Los Alamos Middle School courtyard, as well as design plans for the new Middle School gym.

    At the beginning of January, 13,826 ballots went out to the public and only 6,186 came back, but that was enough to overcome the apathy. Of the 6,186, ballots, 6,067 were validated as of Tuesday night.

    Many residents today braving the cold to shop at Smith’s had much to say about the bond vote.

    “I voted ‘yes,’” resident John Roberts said. “I voted ‘yes’ because it was going to be spent on school facilities.”

    Others didn’t seem to be aware they got a ballot in the mail, while others said they did but they never bothered to vote.

  • School district fights back at vandalism


    Officials will conduct a special meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Suite 5 near the school administration building at 2075 Trinity Drive with the Los Alamos School Board to discuss recent vandalism at Piñon Elementary.

    The aim is to get the board to approve a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

    The vandals apparently struck Jan. 25, spray-painting the front of the school with “vulgar and inappropriate words and phrases,” LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt said in a written statement.

    “As a community, we should not put up with this senseless disregard and marring of our public property,” Schmidt said.

    The district is asking anyone who has information about the incident to call the police at 662-8222. Anonymity will be respected.

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  • Police Beat 01-29-13

    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.

    Jan. 17
    10:16 a.m. — A 68-year-old Los Alamos man filed a complaint with police that someone might have stolen his coin collection, a coin collection that may be worth more than $20,000. Police said the case remains active until the man makes further inquiries. He also told police the collection might also be somewhere else.

    1:25 p.m. — Kendal Christensen, 35, of Los Alamos, was arrested on a warrant from Los Alamos Municipal Court.

    Jan. 18

    7:15 a.m. — Dawna Russom, 22, of Los Alamos was arrested on a charge of driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol on Diamond Drive. She was also charged with driving with an open container, driving without a license and improper turning.

    8:58 a.m. — Los Alamos Middle School officials reported vandalism to school property totaling less than $1,000. The damage was to a fiber optic cable at the school, valued at $400.