Los Alamos County Councilor Sara Scott, center, along with County Department Director of Community Services Cory Styron, left, and Recreation Program Manager Mike Lippiatt dropped the ceremonial puck today at the Annual Hockey Tournament/Jamboree hosted by the Los Alamos Hockey Association (LAHA) at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos Hockey Association President Bob Nolan shakes hands with County Councilor Sara Scott today at the Annual Hockey Tournament/Jamboree at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Courtesy/LAC
Los Alamos County Councilor Sara Scott, County Department Director of Community Services Cory Styron and Recreation Program Manager Mike Lippiatt dropped the ceremonial puck today, Dec. 29, at the Annual Hockey Tournament/Jamboree hosted by the Los Alamos Hockey Association (LAHS) at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.
Representatives from LAHA recognized the trio and presented each of them with a ceremonial puck for their efforts last year that got LAHA team members on the ice to safely practice while adhering to changing public health orders related to the pandemic.
As shelter in place orders were extended or renewed and State mandated capacity limits for ice rinks had to be reconsidered as the Los Alamos rink is an outdoor facility, Scott, Styron and Lippiatt worked through many hurdles to get the rink open and skaters on the ice.
Lippiatt said it was a team effort that took many conversations within the County and State before a light scheduling plan could be reached that appeased all concerned.
“Sara was relentless in her efforts to help us get the rink open, and we all were extremely flexible, and changed our approaches and direction multiple times, to finally get LAHA and the public some ice time,” Lippiatt said.
The rink was finally able to open Dec. 26, 2020. Although no hockey games were held in Los Alamos, LAHA team members were able to get in necessary practice to compete at other venues.
The ceremonial puck presented to Scott, Styron and Lippiatt has “Thank you LA County” engraved on it with the LAHA logo.