Today's News

  • Stover captures clerk office

    Candidates across the country waited anxiously for results of the 2012 election Tuesday night. While some races were too close to call until the very end, others were clearly predictable.

    Early on in Los Alamos County, the race for county clerk was one those that could have gone either way, but as the evening wore on it became clear that Los Alamos County Councilor and Republican Sharon Stover, had an edge on Democrat and political newcomer Nathan Hjelm.

    By the time results were returned from all four polling places in Los Alamos County, Stover had won the race with 6,125 votes, compared to Hjelm’s 3,669.

    Hjelm waited for results to come in at the Justice Center until about 8:30 p.m. Later, Stover made an appearance and checked on the results, as well.

    The race for county clerk was a relatively quiet one, compared to others like the Dist. 43 House race between Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard and Republican Jim Hall.

    When Stover found out she won, she said she was extremely honored and was excited to learn all about the office.

    “I’m going in with open eyes, but I want to learn more,” she said. “I want to talk to the stakeholders and see if there’s a way to improve.” She did point out that the county clerk’s office does a “great” job currently.

  • Update 11-07-12

    No trash pickup

    In observance of Veterans Day, there will be no trash or recycling collection on Nov. 12. If Monday is your normal pickup day please put out trash and recycling by 8 a.m. Nov. 14 for collection.

    Parks and Recreation

    The Parks and Recreation Board will hold its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center.

    County Council

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

    Ashley Pond

    An informational meeting to show the public the 90 percent Final Design Plans for Ashley Pond Park renovations will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Fuller Lodge.

    BPU meeting

    The Board of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing on a proposed sewer rate increase and restructuring at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at 170 Central Park Square.

  • Garcia Richard Wins Dist. 43

    Democrat challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard has edged out incumbent Republican Jim Hall in the pitched battle to represent District 43 in the House.

    With some of the votes still being tallied, Garcia Richard has garnered 7, 092 (51 percent) versus Hall’s total of 6,782 (48 percent).

    As of 7 a.m. roughly 83 percent or 25 out of 30 precincts had been counted.

    “It looks like she won by about 300 votes,” Hall said this morning. “I expected her to win by about 100 or so, but I have not been able to find the results from all the precincts. The Secretary of State website has not been updated since last night. But I think it’s a done deal.”

    Hall said he was going to call Garcia Richard to congratulate her on winning the seat.

    Garcia Richard confirmed Hall did call her.

    “And I want to thank Jim for serving the district and a good race run,” Garcia Richard said.

    Hall said he felt the difference in the race was the turnout in the La Cienega section of Santa Fe where twice as many people came to vote than they did in 2010, when the late Jeannette Wallace edged Garcia Richard by 210 votes.

  • Dems win two council seats

    As 2013 dawns, the make up of the Los Alamos County Council will be decidedly different.

    When the Charter Review Committee evaluated the county’s system of elections, one of the arguments for adopting an alternative to the current election system was the fact that just last year the entire council was comprised of Republicans.

    The selection of David Izraelevitz to replace Jim Hall brought one Democrat into the mix. Tuesday’s election brings that total to three, with Democrat Kristin Henderson, Republican Steve Girrens and Democrat Peter Sheehey, winning the race to fill three vacant seats.

    Henderson was the top vote-getter, with 4,816 votes. Girrens was just six votes behind her. With 4,691 votes, Sheehey beat out Republican Marc Clay for the third vacant seat by just 19 votes.

    Republican Vincent Chiravalle, who was running for re-election, netted 4,581 votes and meanwhile the last person to enter the race, Michael Redondo, brought in 3,453. Redondo was nominated to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket Aug. 27.

    Henderson was pleased about what she thinks her top ranking represents.

  • Put Martian ideas to work here

    The Mars rover Curiosity made headlines in early August when it landed safely and set to work on the red planet. The latest on Mars continues to make headlines.  
    On Aug. 19, Earth received the first Martian chemical data produced by Curiosity’s ChemCam and its rock-zapping laser.
    The  data came by radio and took 14 minutes to speed 154 million miles back to  earthlings eager to see more.
    We marvel at the  technical wonders that tell us what is on the next planet out from the  sun.  
    Curiosity explores the state of Mars.
     And exhibits ideas that can help with Earth’s problems.
    Which technologies aboard the rover  Curiosity could be adapted to local needs for environmental sampling and  analysis? If we can detect chemicals and their histories on Mars, can we check  out pollutants more quickly on Earth?  
    These  questions sprang up on a bright September day at this year’s Next Big Idea  Festival that our town holds each year.
    A mock-up of Curiosity and the Los  Alamos National Laboratory’s ChemCam stood on the well-kept grass beside the  laboratory tent.
    The Star Wars look of it was enough to ask “what if?”

  • Utility board charter perspective

    During my career as an engineering manager for electric utilities, I often motivated the troops with the results of a national survey. Respondents were asked to rank the factors most important to their lives from a long list.
    The results were, in order:  air, water, food and electricity. The devastating aftermath of hurricane Sandy is another illustration of the importance of electricity to people’s health and safety.
     Here in Los Alamos, our Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is directly responsible for two out of four of these most important factors.
    Operating our utilities is similar to running our town; it involves all the strategic elements of planning, maintenance, emergency response, informed purchases, public safety, and reliable performance of both equipment and workers. We expect our water, gas and electric power to be there, present and future, and we expect it restored immediately, if lost. It is a responsibility that must always be taken seriously.
    Utility management provides the technical and administrative skills to execute their mission. The Utility Board provides oversight and provides sufficient funding to perform the mission through rates that are fair to all served. In addition, Board oversight must be strategic, to ensure management is planning for long range needs and infrastructure maintenance.

  • LA's state soccer games will be aired on KRSN

    KRSN AM 1490 will broadcast both Thursday’s Los Alamos Hilltopper soccer games.
    Gene Mortensen, the “Voice of the Hilltoppers” will be on the call live from the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Los Alamos’ girls game against Piedra Vista is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and Los Alamos’ boys game against Los Lunas is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.
    KRSN will cover all the Hilltopper games in the Class 4A playoffs.
    The broadcast can also be streamed on the Internet at krsnam1490.com.

  • LA to face familiar foe in quarterfinal round Thursday

    It could be a banner year, quite literally, for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team in 2012.
    The Hilltoppers are once again among the favorites in Class 4A heading into the state playoffs. The Hilltoppers kick off their state tournament run Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    Los Alamos, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will face 10th-seeded Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round. Game time is 10:45 a.m.
    This season, the Hilltoppers (17-3) spent the bulk of their time atop the Class 4A rankings, that according to MaxPreps.com, but lost their No. 1 ranking, for no obvious reason, in the final poll. Albuquerque Academy, which finished No. 1 in that last poll, also earned the No. 1 overall seed.
    Thursday’s game will be the second meeting between Los Alamos and Piedra Vista in less than three weeks. The Hilltoppers defeated the Panthers 2-0 Oct. 20 in Farmington.
    In that game, Katelyn Leslie picked up a goal for Los Alamos in the first half and Amy Neal scored an insurance goal in the second half.
    Neal, of course, was the overall top scorer in Class 4A this season and the No. 4 scorer throughout the entire state. Neal finished the season with 32 goals and 20 assists, the second consecutive year she was the top point-getter in 4A.

  • Toppers take on Tigers in state tourney quarterfinal

    Despite a long layoff, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team feels primed and ready to go.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed, will open the Class 4A state playoffs Thursday afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Their quarterfinal match-up against the sixth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers.
    Los Alamos will have to contend with a big offensive presence for Los Lunas, however.
    The Tiger attack is spearheaded by sophomore Alejandro Garcia. Garcia was far and away the top point-scorer in Class 4A for 2012 with 86 (38 goals, 10 assists), nearly 30 points better than the next best scorer in the state.
    “I watched him play, he’s good,” Gartz said. “He’s good in the air and he’s got a good left shot. We have to stand him up as much as possible.”
    Also for the Tigers, Said Aguilera had 10 goals and 11 assists (31 total points).
    Los Lunas (15-6) went a healthy 9-1 in District 6 this year – the largest district in 4A – to beat out state qualifier Miyamura for the district title, but was unremarkable outside district play. It lost a 1-0 decision early on this season to Santa Fe, which Los Alamos swept in two games by a combined score of 8-2.

  • Class 4A State Soccer Schedule

    Thursday-Saturday games at APS Soccer Complex


    First round

    (8) Belen 2, (9) Santa Teresa 0
    (5) Farmington 6, (12) Roswell 0
    (6) Kirtland Central 2, (11) Valencia 1
    (10) Piedra Vista 1, (7) Miyamura 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Belen vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 10:45 a.m.
    Piedra Vista vs. (2) Los Alamos,      10:45 a.m.
    Farmington vs. (4) St. Pius X, 11:15 a.m.
    Kirtland Central vs. (3) Aztec, 11:15 a.m.

    Friday’s semifinals

    Belen-Academy winner vs. Farmington-St. Pius winner, 11:30 a.m.
    Kirtland Central-Aztec winner vs. Piedra Vista-Los Alamos winner, 11:30 a.m.


    Saturday, 10:30 a.m.


    First round

    (8) Capital 2, (9) Artesia 1
    (5) St. Pius X 3, (12) Miyamura 0
    (6) Los Lunas 3, (11) Santa Teresa 2
    (7) Roswell 3, (10) Santa Fe 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Capital vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 1 p.m.
    Roswell vs. (2) Chaparral, 1 p.m.
    St. Pius vs. (4) Farmington, 1:30 p.m.
    Los Lunas vs. (3) Los Alamos, 1:30 p.m.

    Friday’s semifinals