Today's News

  • Assets in Action: Bike safety is a serious issue

    The weather is getting warmer and it is time to remind adults that helmet safety for children is a primary role. Children are often in a hurry and don’t take the time to remember, so we as friends and neighbors must re-enforce the lesson. If we don’t, we could regret it for a lifetime.

    The Youth Risk and Resiliency Data for our community shows that 31% of middle school age students reported that they rarely or never wore a helmet. Our high school students reported 44% for the same question. Sure, our numbers aren’t as high as the state, but does that matter?

    Someone once asked me, “Why this is such a problem when your community lives on its head?” I guess I don’t have the answer, but we need to stop and think about it. If we all work together, perhaps people will hear the message again and again and change can take root.

    There are many great organization websites dedicated to resources for safety. There is one dedicated to Bicycle Helmet Safety, Safe Kids Worldwide, Bake Safety Council and the League of American Bicyclists. These organizations want to educate the public about bicycle safety month in May. There are handouts on how to properly fit a helmet, age appropriate guidelines and of course games to make it all fun.

  • Steinkamp leads LAHS past Moriarty

    With a doubleheader sweep over Moriarty Saturday, the Los Alamos High School baseball team has taken control of District 2-4A with five games left in the regular season.

    LAHS defeated Moriarty with ease at Bomber Field, winning the first game 15-5 and the second game 9-0. The two teams entered play with one loss each in district play. Moriarty’s loss came at the hands of the Hilltoppers in a dramatic 10-inning game earlier this month in Moriarty. LAHS’ only district loss came in 11 innings against Taos April 13.

    Early in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, LAHS took control and never gave it up. Arthur Steinkamp started on the mound for the Hilltoppers and struck out the side in the first inning on just 13 pitches.

    Then, he led off in the bottom half of the first inning and immediately lined a triple into the gap in right-center field, starting a two-run rally for LAHS that was aided by a triple from Antonio Gonzales just two batters later.

    Though Moriarty tied the score in the second inning, the LAHS offense kept generating runs, putting up two runs in the second and another four runs in the third inning. The Hilltoppers did a great job keeping rallies alive and taking extra bases when possible.

  • Petty politics damaging New Mexico’s national brand 

    R-Los Lunas, New Mexico House of Representatives

    Sometimes, New Mexico can’t help but snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. 

    Three years ago, New Mexico won a national competition to bring Facebook to our state. Facebook agreed to build its new data center in Los Lunas, and in exchange, New Mexico promised the company that the state would upgrade its electric grid to power the complex with 100% renewable energy.

    The agreement was a victory for everyone involved, especially New Mexico. Facebook would get the best deal possible for its new data center and invest $1 billion in the project. New Mexico would gain millions in tax revenue from the economic activity spun-off from the data center. And everyone would benefit from upgraded transmission infrastructure that would bring more renewable energy online.  

    Facebook delivered on its side of the deal and more. In 2017, it announced it was tripling the size of the complex, creating hundreds of long-term jobs for New Mexicans and spurring an economic boom in Valencia County. 

  • Eggcelent memories

    Baby Riley Klements sits with the Easter Bunny Saturday at the Easter Egg Hunt event at Ashley Pond Park, sponsored by the Elks Lodge. SKIP WECKSUNG/Monitor

  • In the Lab: Building the next generation of experts

    In a woodsy part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory where elk linger outside his building, John Kramer is guiding the next generations of high explosives experts.

    The lab’s esteemed explosives enclave has been Kramer’s turf since he was 19, mopping up water in big bays and growing accustomed to the shaking, rumbling world around him. Now, 37 years later, Kramer is a revered R&D engineer who holds two patents and keeps the lab’s detonator powder production plant humming to meet growing demands.

    His current mentee, Reid Buckley, decided to go into explosives work after serving as a Marine in Afghanistan and other parts of Asia under the global war on terrorism known as Operation Enduring Freedom. Since graduating from Arizona State University last year with his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, Buckley has been working with Kramer on pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN), a deadly, stable, colorless explosive that has reportedly been used in terrorist plots.

  • LAHS softball prepares for battle against Pojoaque

    It will be a battle to the end for the Los Alamos High School softball team, as the Hilltoppers are locked in a tight battle for supremacy in District 2-4A with Pojoaque Valley that could come down to the final day of the regular season. 

    With only 12 spots available in the state tournament at the end of the year, and because of the relative weakness in the district, there may only be one or two spots available for teams in District 2-4A, making every game extremely important. 

    Currently, LAHS is 2-0 in district play, while Pojoaque Valley is 3-0. Española Valley sits in third place with a 2-2 record. Both losses came against either the Hilltoppers or the Elkettes.

    This upcoming week will provide a good indication of how the two teams stack up, as they face off at Overlook Park for the first time this season. Overall, Pojoaque Valley is 7-5, but they have won six games in a row heading into next week’s matchup. 

  • Hilltopper softball drops two district games to Tigers

     The road to a district championship got much tougher for the Los Alamos High School softball team last weekend, as the team dropped both games of a road doubleheader to Taos. LAHS lost the first game 8-3, and the second game 5-4 

    Heading into the doubleheader, Taos had won only one game all season, but had been defeated in extra innings on three separate occasions.

    LAHS entered the doubleheader on a roll, dominating the first two district games against Moriarty and Española Valley. The dangerous offense the Hilltoppers showed through the first two district games was missing in Taos, though, as LAHS struggled to put together a sustained offensive rally. 

    In the first game, LAHS fell behind 4-2 after the first five innings. 

    Alicia Gonzales had a one-out double, but was stranded in the fifth inning as the next two batters were unable to move her over. 

    Taos extended the lead in the sixth inning, going ahead 8-2 and putting the game out of reach for the Hilltoppers. 

  • LAHS baseball prepares for tough test against Pintos

    Heading into this weekend’s doubleheader against Moriarty, the Los Alamos High School baseball team remains locked in a battle atop the District 2-4A standings with the Pintos. 

    LAHS enters the two contests with a record of 4-1 in district play, while the Pintos have a 5-1 record. 

    The Hilltoppers kept pace with Moriarty with a 6-4 win against Pojoaque Valley Tuesday night at Bomber Field. In that game, the top of the Hilltopper order remained one of the biggest strengths of the team, as Arthur Steinkamp went 3-3 at the plate and drove in a run, while Antonio Gonzales and Hunter Swavely each had a hit and drove in two runs apiece. 

    Swavely had one of the most important hits in the game, a run-scoring triple that helped LAHS to gain the advantage. 

    Pitching also remained consistent for the Hilltoppers, as Luke Kirkland started the game on the mound for LAHS and went four innings, allowing four runs and striking out a pair of batters. 

  • Atomic City Update: Umpires and referees must remain objective for games to be fair

     I have so much respect for umpires and officials in any sport, especially at the lower levels of competition. They do thankless work and get compensated very poorly for it. They give up large chunks of their lives, just so kids can play and have fun competing. That said, I expect umpires and referees to conduct games in a fair manner, something I was extremely disappointed did not happen over the weekend. 

    At the April 13 baseball game between Taos and Los Alamos High School, I saw numerous examples of umpires stepping out of their roles and clearly favoring one team over the other. 

    Throughout the game, the strike zone on Taos batters was much smaller than the zone for the LAHS batters, leading to unfair strikeouts, and forcing Hilltopper batters to swing at pitchers they never normally would. 

  • LAHS softball gets back on track with win over Pojoaque

    After struggling last weekend in Taos, the Los Alamos High School softball team got back on track Tuesday afternoon, taking down district-leading Pojoaque Valley 14-10 at Overlook Park. 

    Heading in, it was close to a must-win game for the Hilltoppers. The team was 2-2 in district play, while Pojoaque entered with a 5-0 district record. For LAHS to have a chance at the District 2-4A championship, getting a win against the Elkettes would be a step in the right direction. 

    LAHS came onto the field with a sense of urgency and jumped on top right away. After the Elkettes scored a run in the top of the first inning, LAHS responded immediately with 5 runs.

    The first two batters of the inning, Megan Romero and Janessa Gonzales, both struck out. Gonzales was able to reach first base though, as the third strike got away from the catcher. That was the opening LAHS needed, as the next five batters picked up base hits, including back-to-back triples from Alicia Gonzales and Savana Luster. The offensive explostion was exactly what LAHS needed, especially after struggling with the bats in Taos.