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Today's News

  • Council seeks letters of interest to fill vacancy

    The Los Alamos County Council is seeking letters of interest from residents interested in filling the unexpired term of Councilor Christine Chandler, who ended her term with council upon election as the House District 43 representative.

    Her term will expire Dec. 31, 2020.

    Applicants must be a registered voter and resident of Los Alamos County, and cannot be employed by the county.

    They should submit a letter of interest explaining their background, experience and why they are interested in the position.

    Letters of interest must be received no later than at 5 p.m. Jan. 24.

    The letter should be submitted to Harry Burgess, County Manager, 1000 Central Ave, Suite 350, Los Alamos, NM 87544. It can also be e-mailed by the deadline to lacmanager@lacnm.us.

    Any individual submitting a letter of interest must attend the council meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 29 in Council Chambers, and be prepared to respond to questions from councilors. The council expects to interview applicants and then make their selection that evening.

  • Assets in Action: Strive to do something better this year

    Well Happy New Year!

    This is a time of New Year’s Resolutions and they often get a bad rap. Maybe we should just approach the topic as, what do you want to do differently this year? All of us can do something better or differently and we shouldn’t be so concerned about it that we swear it off.

    Last year, I had a few different ones, but none that made me feel like they were not able to accomplish or that I would be a loser if they weren’t perfect. They were often fun to do, but then again, my kids think I have an odd definition of fun.

    The first was a thankful jar, where once a month, family members were asked to write down one thing they were thankful for, to place in the jar.

    As the moment for reminders came, there was often a deep sigh or gnashing of teeth…just kidding. If you didn’t mention the reaction, you could occasionally see joy when they knew they had a good one.

    Did I tell you my kids are now 18, 20 and 22? My hope was two-fold, you realize that even when life can be crappy, there’s got to be something positive. We haven’t read them yet, so I may need to report back on that one. Ideally, there are 5 of us, so there should be 60 slips in the jar.

  • Boys’ swimming wins Academy Invite

    The Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams traveled to Albuquerque Academy last weekend for the 21st Annual Academy Invitational meet, which is one of the most competitve regular season meets each year.

    The Hlltopper boys won the 19-team competition for the first time in a decade. Los Alamos outscored arch-rival Academy, 978-885.

    The girls improved also, placing second only to Academy in the 21-team field after placing third in the meet last year. Team scores for girls were Academy 981, Los Alamos 678 and Clovis 614 points.

    The Hilltoppers got off to a quick start on Friday as the boys diving squad, guided by coach Carl Cady, ran up a healthy 79-27 point edge over Academy.

    Sophomore Daniel Fryer won the 1-meter diving competition over Academy junior Zach Corbett. Freshman Brayden Stidham and junior Chris Koh piled up more diving points for Los Alamos.

    Academy was seeded with an edge in the boys swimming, but instead LAHS widened the margin in the swimming events on Saturday.

    Junior Ian Jaegers led a 1-2 LAHS punch in winning the 100 back (56.22), just ahead of teammate Orion Henderson (56.60). The versatile freshman also finished second in the 200 free (1:52.35).

  • LALT adds matinee performance of ‘Murder at the Lone Elm’ Sunday

    Los Alamos Little Theatre has added a matinee performance of “Murder at the Lone Elm” for 2 p.m. Sunday.
    LALT cancelled the planned matinee performance on Jan. 13 because of the weather and bad driving conditions.

    People who purchased tickets for the Jan. 13 show can use them at any of the remaining performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

    “Murder at the Lone Elm” is an interactive mystery in which the audience gets to question the suspects and try to identify the killer. Those who correctly guess the murderer’s identity are entered into a drawing for prizes at the end of the show.

    Ice cream with toppings are served prior to the play’s beginning — so be sure to come early to get your seat and a bowl of ice cream.

    Seating is capped at 114 persons —be aware that a sellout is possible. Tickets may be purchased in advance at CB Fox or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

    For more information, visit lalt.org” for 2 p.m. Sunday.

    LALT cancelled the planned matinee performance on Jan. 13 because of the weather and bad driving conditions.
    Those who purchased tickets for the Jan. 13 show are welcome to use them at any of the remaining performances: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

  • LAHS boys’ basketball earns first home win of the season

    For the first time in more than a year, the Los Alamos High School boys’ basketball team won a game inside Griffith Gymnasium, defeating the Albuquerque Academy Chargers 55-48 Tuesday. 

    The team’s last home win came on Jan. 12, 2018 against Artesia. Between then and Tuesday night, the Hilltoppers went 0-10 at home, losing the last six home games of last season and the first four this season. 

    Facing a former district rival, the Hilltoppers came out with renewed energy against the Chargers, and appeared poised to take control. Junior forward Gavin Campos had an outstanding first quarter, driving hard to the basket for a pair of traditional three-point plays. 

    He drew contact on both drives, knocked down the shots and hit his free throws. Campos had 8 points in the opening quarter. 

    LAHS led 12-11 heading into the second quarter, and built on the lead before halftime. Senior guard David Owen knocked down a pair of three-pointers off assists from Campos, and junior guard Brian Irwin also knocked down an open three-pointer. 

  • Atomic City Update: Unpredictable moments help make sports special

    As I watched the NFL playoffs last weekend, I think I was finally able to pinpoint why I love sports, and have as far back as I can remember. It’s all about the unpredictability, and the chance to see something new every time you watch a game. 

    When a game begins, nobody really knows what is going to happen. Not the players, not the coaches, not the officials and certainly not the fans. If everyone knew what was going to happen, why would they play or watch?

    No, I am interested in sports because of the possibility of being amazed, and sometimes heartbroken. The NFL Wild Card games offered a great reminder of the things I love about sports, and the things that make these games so compelling. 

    The Chicago Bears lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 after Chicago’s kicker, Cody Parkey, had his potential game-winning field goal attempt first bounce off the left upright, and then off the crossbar before falling back into the field of play. It was something I have never seen before, and I’m sure 95 percent of the people at Soldier Field in Chicago could not believe what they had just witnessed. 

  • Outdoor hockey tourney cut short due to weather

    The University of Nebraska finished with the best record at the Outdoor Nuclear Shootout hockey tournament at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink, but Mother Nature interfered, cutting the event short. 

    The University of New Mexico hosted the event, which included Dallas Baptist University and the University of Northern Arizona. All four of the schools were Division III ACHA teams. 

    Nebraska went 2-0-1 at the event, with its tie coming against UNM. 

    The Corn Huskers were the only undefeated team, with Dallas Baptist going 2-1 and UNM going 1-1-1. 

    Northern Arizona lost each of its three contests. 

    Nebraska and Dallas Baptist, the two teams with the best records across Friday and Saturday, were scheduled to face off Sunday morning in the championship match. 

    But due to heavy snow Los Alamos County received Saturday night into Sunday, the final game was canceled, leaving the final result unknown. 

  • LAHS wrestling wins all four matches at home meet

    In the most competitive non-district home meet of the season, the Los Alamos High School wrestling team showed great potential for the rest of the season, winning every dual match. 

    The Battle for the Hilltop meet saw the Hilltoppers take on Robertson, Ruidoso, St. Michael’s and Tierra Encantada at LAHS. Four other schools, Pecos, Piedra Vista, Pojoaque Valley and Wingate also participated in the meet, but did not face the Hilltoppers. 

    None of the teams fielded an entire roster, which gave the Hilltoppers many forfeit victories. 

    The most competitive dual of the day came against Robertson, with LAHS winning 60-24. 

    Though the Hilltoppers won three matches by forfeit, the team went 7-3 in competitive matches, with wins coming from Roman Ulibarri, Isaiah Maestas, Damian Gonzales, Teke Nieto, Brice Shao, Ty Nieto and Dylan Irish. 

    The Hilltoppers dominated the other three duals, as the team defeated Ruidoso 66-12, St. Michael’s 66-15 and Tierra Encantada 77-0. 

  • Hecker says Trump did right thing in opening North Korea talks

    Renowned scientist, author, nuclear researcher and former Los Alamos National Laboratory director Sig Hecker said Saturday night during a packed lecture on nuclear proliferation that President Donald Trump did a lot for world peace when he reached out to and met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in 2018. 

    Hecker talked about Trump and other issues during his annual Alice and Lawry Mann Los Alamos Public Lecture at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

    “The coverage is terrible. It’s just amazing these days, both the right and the left,” Hecker said, adding that many in the both the liberal and conservative media failed to pick up on Jong Un’s true intentions in his New Year’s address to his country. 

    According to Hecker, Jong Un seems intent on focusing more on growing the economy of his country and getting sanctions lifted, rather than expanding North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.  

    A big part of that is normalizing relations with the U.S. and its allies. 

  • Military Order of the World Wars to meet Tuesday

    This month’s meeting will be on Tuesday. The speaker this month is Companion Robert Hull. He will be talking about the Russian attempts and success to kill its  ”traitors.”

    The public is invited to join the group for the interesting and informative presentation.     

    The meeting will begin with a social period at 6 p.m. followed by a brief business meeting and dinner at 6:25 p.m. The presentation will begin at about 7:15 p.m.

    The meeting will be held in Los Alamos Research Park in the second-floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research building is located west of the South Mesa Fire Station. Parking is available east of the fire station {accessible from southbound lane of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge} or east of the Research Park building {access is through the LANL control stations to West Jemez road.} Entrance to the Research Park main conference room is from the ground level elevator on the east side of the building to the second level.

    The Military Order of World Wars dinner meetings are open to interested citizens for the dinner and program with RSVP, or the program only at no cost.  The Hot Rocks Java Café staff will be catering the dinner: Spiral cut ham and appropriate side dishes.