Today's News

  • Volleyball starts district play with road win

    With a 3-2 win over Moriarty High School on the road Tuesday night, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team has as many wins over district opponents as it collected through the entire 2017 season. 

    It was a strong district opener for the Hilltoppers, and continued a streak of impressive performances over the past several weeks. This was the third win in a row for LAHS, a streak that began for the Hilltoppers Sept. 19 at home against Cleveland. 

    In that match, and the ones that have followed, the Hilltoppers have been a strong attacking team that limits its errors and takes full advantage of errors by the opposition. That was truer than ever against Moriarty. 

    Early on, LAHS struggled to get into a rhythm and many players were out of position on rallies. However, because of attack and service errors by Moriarty, the Hilltoppers were able to remain close until they found their groove. 

    That happened late in the first set, when LAHS was able to turn a tied set into a four-point lead. Due to strong attacking by Natalie Gallegos, Sophia Salazar and Eden Schmierer, the Hilltoppers were able to maintain that lead and take the first set 25-21. 

  • Atomic City Update: Tough schedules will lead to great success for LAHS soccer

    Heading into this school year, it was clear that soccer season would not be a walk in the park for Los Alamos High School. After being moved into a new district that lacked soccer powerhouses, LAHS put together tough non-district schedules designed to challenge the Hilltoppers. 

    It has certainly been a challenge. Entering district play this week, the girls’ soccer team has a record of 6-4, while the boys are 8-5. Many of the teams LAHS has faced will be at the state soccer tournament next month. The results of these matches has been mixed, though it is clear both teams have work to do before being considered favorites for a state championship. 

    However, I believe these tough early-season battles will pay off down the road. 

    As both teams enter district play, the schedule lightens considerably. This is the time for the Hilltoppers to pile up wins and further build their cases for high seeds in the state tournament. 

  • Hilltoppers lose second straight home game

    For the second time in six days, the Los Alamos High School football team suffered a lopsided defeat on its home field. Thursday night at Sullivan Field, the Valencia High School Jaguars dominated the Hilltoppers 48-7, using a high-powered passing attack and a tough defense to stay in control from start to finish. 

    It was a rare Thursday night football game in Los Alamos, played early to accommodate Valencia’s fall break, which began on Friday. Thursday night games are more common in places like Albuquerque, where lots of schools have to play on a limited number of fields, making the schedule more difficult to assemble. 

    Even with one fewer day to prepare, the Hilltoppers looked strong on their first offensive drive, using a strong rushing attack led by quarterback Dylan Irish and running back Cade Yost. A long run down the field by Yost set LAHS up inside the 10 yard line, and Irish ran it in to the end zone from there untouched. An extra point by Ethan Hunt made the score 7-0 in favor of LAHS. 

    From that point forward, Valencia dominated. Every time the Jaguars’ first-team offense had the ball for a full drive, it scored a touchdown. 

  • Golf teams continue strong play at Belen Invitational

    Throughout the fall golf season, the teams from Los Alamos High School have proven they will be tough to beat for a state championship. That continued last week at Pendaries Golf Course near Las Vegas, New Mexico, where the top golfers at LAHS went toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in the state and put on a great show.

    The Hilltopper boys earned first place at the tournament with a team score of 330. Cleveland finished in second place with a team score of 340, and Belen, the host school, finished in third place with a score of 345. A total of eight schools participated in the event. 

    It was a tight battle throughout the day between LAHS and Cleveland, as the Storm earned the top-two overall scores. Lorne Fishburn earned a score of 74, while Enrique Armijo earned a score of 76. 

    However, the depth of the Hilltoppers proved to be stronger. Henry Poston earned fourth place overall with a score of 78, and Landon Burk finished right behind him with a score of 82. 

    All four of the scorers for the Hilltoppers finished with scores of 83 or under, as Mateo Maestas and Davis Johnson both finished with rounds of 83 to help lead the Hilltoppers to victory. 

  • LAHS takes on tough competition in Colorado

    In the early stages of cross country season, the teams from Los Alamos High School have proven they can compete against the best teams in the state. Last weekend in Northglenn, Colorado, the Hilltoppers proved they could compete on the regional stage as well. 

    At the Pat Amato Classic, both the boys and girls from LAHS finished in second place in a meet full of Colorado’s best teams. 

    Many of the boys had their best performances of the season, including Duncan Fuehne, who finished in second place overall at the meet with a time of 15:52.52. Steven Strevell continued his outstanding senior season with a seventh place finish in a time of 16:07.21. Rafael Sanchez finished close behind him in ninth place with a time of 16:12.15. 

    After the top three LAHS finishers, there was a small gap before Wyatt Watson finished in 32nd place with a time of 17:14.78 and Elijah Velasquez finished in 34th place with a time of 17:20.43. 

    Overall, the team’s pack time was 1:27, and the Hilltoppers earned only 84 points from its top five runners. 

  • LAHS volleyball dominates Española to extend win streak

    In most matches, the Los Alamos High School volleyball team uses a combination of forceful attacks and strong blocking to defeat opponents. Tuesday night against Española Valley, though, the team was opportunistic, taking advantage of errors by the Sundevils to gain control of the match and earn a convincing 3-0 win. 

    No matter the method, the Hilltoppers are on a roll. The win over Española Valley pushed the team’s winning streak to four matches, including the first two District 2-4A matches. Last year, the team won only one district match in eight tries. 

    Early on in the match, it was clear the Hilltoppers were confident. LAHS jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead in the first set, and the team was outplaying Española Valley in every facet of the game. Though the Sundevils made the set close toward the end, the consistency of the Hilltoppers made it impossible for Española Valley to take control. The Hilltoppers took the first set 25-22. 

  • Arts and Entertainment Calendar 10-10-18

    Art exhibits
    National Museum of Nuclear Science & History has opened a permanent exhibit by American sculptor Jim Sanborn called “Critical Assembly, the Secrets of Los Alamos 1944: An Installation by American Sculptor Jim Sanborn,” which recreates the Manhattan Project experiments that determined when plutonium goes “critical in an atomic bomb.” The museum is open seven days a week from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and is located at 601 Eubank Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. Call 505-245-2137 for information, or visit nuclearmuseum.org.

    New Mexico History Museum and Santa Fe Opera to recognize “Atomic Histories” in 2018 and 2019. The History Museum’s exhibition will run through May 2019. The History Museum is located at 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe. Call 476-5200 for more information. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, May through October and closed Mondays November through April.

    Friday Art Walking Tours from 10-11 a.m. at the New Mexico Museum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Meet at the gift shop steps Fridays June through August. Call the front desk to confirm: 505-476-5063. Cost: $10 per adult. Call 505-476-5072 for more information.

  • The quick and the late: Testing same-day delivery

    AP Retail Writer

    NEW YORK — It was a Friday and I was eagerly awaiting my vegetable spiralizer, red wine and Roku stick. They all arrived as promised.

    But where was that book and makeup I ordered? And my pizza?

    Same-day delivery offers the tantalizing convenience of online ordering with nearly the same immediacy of store buying. But how well are stores pulling it off? I settled in on my couch and spent a Friday trying several different services, from traditional retailers to online-only merchants.

    Some stores did better than others. Amazon Prime Now, Instacart and FoodKick all delivered my items within a certain time frame. At the other end of the spectrum were some doozies. One delivery – Bobbi Brown eye shadow from online luxury purveyor Net-a-Porter – didn’t arrive at all. Ordering from Barnes & Noble included glitches both on the website and on the app, and a book that didn’t come until nearly 9 p.m.

    The pizza? That came later than I was told as well, and I was hungry.

    Here’s my take on what went well – and what didn’t.

  • Annual Barbershop Harmony Show in LA set for Oct. 26, 27

    The Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment and the Santa Fe Harmonizers will jointly present the 2018 Annual Barbershop Harmony Show in Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 and 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the United Church of Los Alamos.

    The opening part of the show, “Living in Harmony” will feature the combined Los Alamos and Santa Fe choruses and their quartets under the direction of Maurice Sheppard.

    The second part of the show will feature Special Guest Quartet, Clutch, the world’s 11th ranked quartet at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 2018 International Convention and the 2014 Southwestern District Quartet Champions.
    “Living in Harmony”, narrated by Jeff Favorite, will explore the importance of living life to its fullest in our work, play, and personal lives. Although work can sometimes be mundane and dreary (“The Banana Boat Song,” “Sixteen Tons”), it can be a lot more enjoyable with a song and the right frame of mind (“Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah,” “Heigh Ho,” “A Spoonful of Sugar”).  

    The show also considers the value of a vacation (“Let’s Get Away From It All”) and takes the audience to the ball park to enjoy the great American pass-time of baseball (“The Star Spangled Banner,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”).

  • Scout Jamboree set for Ashley Pond Oct. 19-20

    Scouting in Los Alamos began in 1918 at the Los Alamos Ranch School. To celebrate 100 years of scouting in Los Alamos, a Scout Jamboree will be held at Ashley Pond on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20. This will be a community event to celebrate the long history of scouting in Los Alamos.

    The fun will begin Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. with attendees pitching their tents on the north side of Ashley Pond. The campfire program will start at 7:30 p.m. on the slab above the waterfall and will include singing, skits, s’mores and fun.

    Then those who are there will get to do something very few people have done in the last 75 years – camp and sleep at Ashley Pond. 

    On Oct. 20, after breakfast, participants can join in the games and activities around Ashley Pond.  The group is planning to have a gaga pit, corn hole, tug o’ war, three-legged races, horseshoes, monkey bridge, and much more. They also plan on having other activities, including metal-working demonstrations and a Dutch oven cook-off.