Today's News

  • Topper Soccer School kicks off at Urban Park next week

    Next week, kids ages 3-9 will have the opportunity to play soccer like the Hilltoppers, as Topper School 2018 gets underway at Urban Park in Los Alamos. 

    The mission of Topper Soccer School is to provide an extraordinary camp environment through innovative instruction and positive reinforcement, and to expose little kids to big soccer. Members of the boys’ high school soccer program provide instruction.

    The first session of the camp runs June 11-15. Though the registration date has passed, late registrations will be accepted. Ages 3-5 will play from 4-5 p.m., and ages 6-9 will play from 5-6 p.m. 

    The “Tiny Touches” session will be for the 3-5-year-olds, and is designed for young children who like to kick soccer balls.  Proper technique will be taught with an emphasis on basic skills including dribbling, shooting and passing in an encouraging and enthusiastic environment.  Skills will be demonstrated and lots of fun and games will be included in the sessions.  To make the overall environment more comfortable and conducive to learning for the young players, parents (mom, dad, older sibling, aunt, uncle, etc.) are welcome to participate in these training sessions as well. 

  • LAHS football releases 2018 schedule

    The Los Alamos High School varsity football team will play 10 games in the 2018 season, six of which are against teams that they faced in the 2017 season. Among these are Española Valley, Pojoaque, Gallup, Santa Fe, Capital and Del Norte. The new teams that the Hilltoppers will go against include Taos, Bloomfield, Hope Christian and Valencia.

    The Hilltoppers finished with a 6-4 record in the 2017 season. Twelve of the team’s 25 players were seniors who will not be returning, including running back Jack Stewart and quarterback Kayden Rivera. 

    The receiving corps and defensive secondary will need to be addressed with the losses of seniors such as Wyatt Saeger, Reyes Mendez and Leander Murphy.

    The offensive and defensive lines will retain most of its core of juniors, only losing seniors Devin Cantua and Arturo Rodriguez. 

    Fortunately for the Hilltoppers, in a year that may consist of a lot of regrouping and rebuilding, their schedule contains just two teams that had a winning record in the 2017 season: Taos, 8-4, and district rival Capital, 6-5.

  • Stephanie Garcia Richard wins public land commissioner seat in primary

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP)

    State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard has won the Democratic nomination in the race for New Mexico public land commissioner.

    Garcia Richard beat state Sen. George Munoz of Gallup and activist Garrett VeneKlasen of Santa Fe in Tuesday's primary for land boss, a position that oversees oil and mineral development on state trust land.

    Garcia Richard of White Rock will face Republican Patrick Lyons of Cuervo in November's general election.

    Lyons is a member of the Public Regulation Commission who previously served two terms as land commissioner. Libertarian candidate and rancher Michael Lucero also will be on the ballot.

    Current Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn is running for U.S. Senate as a Libertarian.

    The State Land Office is on track to collect record revenue from oil and gas lease sales this fiscal year as production in New Mexico rebounds.


  • Report: Chrobocinski violated 3 sections in code of conduct

    Former County Councilor James Chrobocinski was found to be in violation of three sections of the Code of Conduct based on a 74-page report prepared by Albuquerque attorney Debra J. Moulton for Los Alamos County.

    The report, dated May 24, was prompted by a complaint filed Feb. 15 against Chrobocinski by Los Alamos County Fire Marshal Jeff Wetteland and Chief Building Official Michael Arellano. It claims the areas of the Code of Conduct violated by Chrobocinski include the section addressing the standard of conduct for public officials; the section pertaining to disclosure of conflicts of interest, recusal and disqualification; and the section addressing misuse of a public official’s position.

    Among those interviewed by Moulton for her report were Wetteland, Arellano and Chrobocinski, as well as County Manager Harry Burgess and Fire Chief Troy Hughes. She also interviewed LAFD Senior Fire and Life Safety Coordinator Stephen Rinaldi and Community Development Department (CDD) Director Paul Andrus as well as CDD employees Adrienne Lovato and Lee Brammeier.

    There were about 70 documents reviewed by Moulton, including emails, social media posts, newspaper articles and voicemails.

  • DOE faults NNSA field office for lab’s safety issues

    A May report from the Department of Energy’s Office of Enterprise Assessments gave the Los Alamos National Laboratory high marks for increasing its safety staffing and implementing “adequate” safety training, qualifications and procedures. 

    However, the same report also noted that the National Nuclear Security Administration Los Alamos Field Office personnel and LANL officials aren’t consistently seeing eye to eye on the interpretation of safety requirements, even after LANL and the NNSA made moves to better communicate following some well-publicized safety breaches. 

    “Overall, although LANS has implemented many elements of its improvement plan, the persistent differences between LANS and NA-LA on their understanding of safety basis requirements continues to delay safety basis document development and maintenance,” a statement in the report said. 

    The office of Enterprise Assessments identified the source of the delays coming from the NNSA-Los Alamos Field Office.

  • LAHS grads urged to carve out their own corner of the world

    The graduates of Los Alamos High School were encouraged to carve out space in their own corner of the world while not forgetting the corner from which they came during Saturday’s commencement ceremony held at Griffith Gymnasium.

    “The choices and decisions you make will help you form your corner of the world,” Los Alamos teacher Brian Easton told the 245 graduates.

    Easton, who has taught economics, government and various social studies classes at LAHS for 20 years, told the graduates the best way to make good choices and decisions is by referring back to the economics cheer from their days in his classroom. 

    “And what does it start with?” he asked. “It starts with ‘Demand.’ In your corner of the world demand excellence; demand excellence of yourself and demand excellence of the people who are in your corner of the world. Demand truth, demand respect and never settle for less.”

    The second part of the cheer is “Supply.”

  • Dems Scott, Ryti, Izraelevitz, Robinson move on to general election

    Sara Scott collected almost 26 percent of the votes cast in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for Los Alamos County Council to lead the group of four candidates who will compete in the November general election.

    Scott collected 1,905 votes (25.93 percent) and was followed by David Izraelevitz with 1,631 votes (22.20 percent). Randall Ryti finished third with 1,185 votes (16.13 percent) and James Robinson fourth with 1,128 votes (15.35 percent).

    Rounding out the field of six were Tim Morrison, who notched 1,110 votes (15.11 percent), and Quentin Dimick, who got 389 votes (5.29 percent).

    Ryti, one of several candidates in attendance at the Los Alamos County Municipal Building as the results were posted, said as he looked ahead to November’s general election, “I think I just need to work a little bit harder, get some more interest going in the campaign and keep talking about the issues at hand.” 

  • LA state candidates in tight race to the end

    Los Alamos County had its eye on two state races this primary, with Democratic State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-43) running for land commissioner and two Democratic candidates vying for the 43rd District position.

    Both races were too close to call as of press time.

    When Garcia Richard announced she was running for state land commissioner, residents of District 43 knew there would be a tight race to fill the seat, as the Republicans sought to reclaim the seat. Republicans held the seat for 20 years until Garcia Richard was elected in 2012. 

    Democratic County Councilor Pete Sheehey announced his bid in December 2017 and Christine Chandler started running for the District 43 primary race in January. 

    Chandler was leading with 1,743 votes, and Sheehey had 1,500 votes statewide at 11 p.m.

    “I’m feeling optimistic at this point that I will carry the race, We still see strong numbers coming in for us,” Chandler said when reached by phone at 11 p.m.

  • Democrats nominate Lujan Grisham for New Mexico governor

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Democrats chose three-term U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham as their nominee for governor Tuesday in hopes of reclaiming the state's top office after two terms of Republican control.

    U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce ran unopposed for the Republican nod and moved on to November's general election. Lujan Grisham could become the nation's second elected Latina governor if she succeeds GOP Gov. Susana Martinez, who cannot run for a consecutive third term.

    Democrats in the nation's most Hispanic state accounted for about two-thirds of Election Day balloting as voters decided competitive primary races for two wide-open congressional seats and several statewide offices.

    Lujan Grisham campaigned on making a clean break with the state's Republican administration to dramatically expand early childhood education, boost public and private investment in renewable energy, and make it easier for immigrants in the country illegally and others to obtain state driving credentials.

    Her victory against two primary opponents set up a showdown between an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump on immigration issues and a member of the hard-right Freedom Caucus in Congress who campaigned for Trump in 2016.

  • The Latest: Polls close in New Mexico primary election

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) —  Albuquerque attorney Brian Colon has won the Democratic nomination in the race for New Mexico state auditor.

    He will face off against the sole Republican challenger, State Auditor Wayne Johnson, in the November general election.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Johnson to the position after Democrat Tim Keller stepped down and took over as Albuquerque mayor.

    Colon is a former state Democratic Party chairman who now lives in Albuquerque. He grew up in Las Cruces and started his career there. In 2010, he ran to be the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.

    Colon said during the campaign that the most important role of the auditor is to fight waste, fraud and abuse. He called for promoting a fraud hotline that would allow residents to report suspicious activity.


    9:15 p.m.

    State Rep. Yvette Herrell has won the Republican nomination for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District as the party looks to keep control of the seat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Herrell on Tuesday finished ahead of a field that included former state GOP chairman Monty Newman and former U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs official Gavin Clarkson.