Sports & Rec

Sports & Rec

Los Alamos Coach Josh Archuleta Building Chemistry

The Los Alamos Lady Hilltoppers, in white, battled West Las Vegas High School at a Basketball Jamboree June 3 at Pojoaque Valley High School. Photo by George Morse/
Los Alamos High School girls basketball coach Josh Archuleta, right, begins his second season, but his first summer, at the helm of the Lady Hilltoppers looking to build team chemistry with a busy schedule of 34 games that began with a Basketball Jamboree and Official’s Camp June 2-3 at Pojoaque Valley High School. Photo by George Morse/
Los Alamos Daily Post 


Efforts For Local Recreational Facilities Continue

During the public comment period at Tuesday’s County Council meeting, Shelby Redondo urges Councilors to use exisiting Capital Improvement Project funds to proceed with a multi-generational pool. The pool was one of the projects proposed in the recreation bond that voters failed to pass during last month’s special election. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


​The recreation bond may have failed to pass during May’s special election, but the effort to bring recreational facilities to the County persists. During Tuesday’s regular County


Letter To The Editor: To Los Alamos County Council

Los Alamos

Open Letter to the Los Alamos County Council:

I am asking the County Council to please consider using Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) funds to construct a multigenerational pool.

Although the bond did not pass, nearly half the voters supported the Council’s proposal to provide healthy recreational alternatives. Even those who opposed the bond were not necessarily opposing the rec facilities. Their main concern was not to have their property taxes increased.

One of the most vocal opponents of the bond actually signed the petition two years ago supporting the


Abandoned Campfire + Fire Season = Potential Disaster

Example of what can quickly happen when a campfire is not completely extinguished. Courtesy photo

SFNF News:

  • Unattended campfires are the leading human cause of wildfire

SANTA FE – The good news is that last weekend there were only four abandoned campfires on the Santa Fe National Forest, a significant decrease from the 41 discovered over the Memorial Day weekend. 

The bad news is that two of the four escaped the fire ring and could have kicked off a wildfire if they had not been found in time and extinguished. 

As conditions on the forest get warmer and drier, please remember that unattended


County Bike Flow Trail Project Update Thursday


The community is invited to attend the regularly scheduled Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation, Open Space meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 8, in Room 110 of the Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave.

Open Space Specialist Eric Peterson is presenting aan update on the Bike Flow Trail Project.


Sportsmen’s Club Hosts Community Event June 10-11

Shotgun ranges at the Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club will be open for the public Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Sportsmen’s Club is opening its shooting and archery ranges Saturday and Sunday to offer people a chance to learn the basics of how to safely handle, load, shoot and maintain their firearm or shoot their bow.

The event runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Club in Rendijo Canyon. Rendija Road is off San Ildefonso Road on Barranca Mesa.

Additionally, the Club is sponsoring


Scenes From Special Olympics Golf Tourney

Donnie Torres, left, registers players for the Special Olympics Golf Tournament with Art Montoya and Addy Montoya. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Art Brown, left, and James Merhege swap stories before Friday’s Special Olympics Golf Tournament. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Getting everyone set up for Friday’s Special Olympics Golf Tournament were, from left, Jenny Gonzales, Gabe Rau, Karen Rau and Jamie Sweers. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Jim Evans is loaded up and ready to go Friday morning at the Special Olympics


Heinrich Welcomes Zuni Mountain Trails Project

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. Courtesy Photo


WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, attended the Zuni Mountain Trails Project signing ceremony. During the event, Alvin Whitehair, District Ranger from the Mt. Taylor Ranger District of Cibola National Forest and National Grasslands signed the project’s Decision Notice and Findings of No Significant Impact. This represents a major milestone and begins the trail planning and construction


‘Topper Soccer School Kicks Off June 12

A scene from a past ‘Topper Soccer School. Courtesy Photo


Do you love having fun, being active, and playing games? ​Then the ​’Topper Soccer School is the perfect experience for you! During the school, participants will be able to: 

  • Meet, receive coaching from, and play games with the actual players from the LAHS Boys Soccer program
  • Receive your very own Topper Soccer School t-shirt
  • Enjoy the beautiful June weather while getting exercise
  • Support the local LAHS Boys Soccer program in a truly meaningful way (proceeds from the Topper Soccer School will help purchase


State Auditor Tim Keller On Retirement Of UNM Athletic Director Paul Krebs; Ongoing Special Audit

UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs

From the Office of the State Auditor:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the following statement today regarding the retirement of UNM Athletics Department Director Paul Krebs.

“Mr. Krebs decision to resign doesn’t change the need for a transparent accounting of the activities at the athletics department. The public still deserves some sunshine on what’s going on at our state’s flagship sports program and our special audit will continue as planned. We need to get to the bottom of questions that have been raised regarding expenses, compensation


LA Triatomics Mutli Sport Club Upcoming Events

The Splash N Dash fun race series takes place Wednesday June 7 and 21 and July 5 and 19 at the Aquatic Center at 2760 Canyon Road in Los Alamos.
There are three courses. For adults the long course consists of a 400 yard swim followed by a 3 mile run. The short course is a 200 yard swim followed by a 1.9 mile run. For youth, there is a 100 yard swim followed by a 1.3 mile run. The race series is free and open to swimmers and runners of all ages and abilities. The first swimmer starts at 7 p.m.
The Atomic Man Duathlon is Sunday, June 25. Start/Finish for this race


Stanford’s Wallstrom Is Superfly

Los Alamos High School alumni and Stanford student Rachel Wallstrom is part of her college’s ultimate Frisbee team. Courtesy Photo ​

Stanford’s ultimate Frisbee team, Superfly. Courtesy Photo​

By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post

Ultimate Frisbee isn’t something that comes to mind when you hear the name Stanford. It wasn’t even a known possibility for the six-year letterman for the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Cross Country team and 2016 LAHS Alum Rachel Wallstrom when she first stepped foot on the Palo Alto Campus.

“I first came across their table at the activities fair during Admit weekend.


LAHS 2017 Honors Convocation Presents Athletic Awards Including Athletes Of The Year Sienna Ahlers And Nicholas Quartieri

The Voice of the ‘Toppers Gene Mortenson presents the girls 2017 Athlete of the Year award to Sienna Ahlers. Photo by John McHale/ 

Mike Maez Cote, left, and Gene Mortenson, from the Los Alamos Sports Association, presents the 2017 boy’s Athlete of the Year to Nicholas Quartieri. Photo by John McHale/

The Black Lion Award was presented to Stefan Brenner by football Coach Garett Williams. Photo by John McHale/



The Los Alamos High School 2017 Honors Convocation was held Tuesday in Duane Smith Auditorium.


Chapman: More Thoughts On The REC Thingy

By Ralph E. Chapman
Bon Vivant Paleontologist

I have some post facto thoughts about the REC bond stuff, building on comments from before and after the vote. I hope the tone of this note, like that of the recent note by Shin, et al. (hey, I’m a scientist, so I cite like one), this link helps set a mood for the presumed on-going discussion of this topic.

I’ll start with my background with recreational facilities within municipalities. My experience is from the late 50’s through the mid 1970’s in Milford (CT) on the coast between Bridgeport and New Haven. It certainly affects the way I view our current situation.


Pinon Park Pool Offers Free Swim Days!

Pinon Park Pool will host free swim days Sunday and Monday. Courtesy Photo


Pinon Park Pool is holding the first of its open-to-the-public free swim days Sunday and Monday in White Rock.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to try out the pool for free with no guest passes or membership required,” said Leilani Christensen, president of Pinon Park Pool Association’s Board of Directors.

Anyone can visit the pool and enjoy the crystal-clear water, diving board, slides, kiddie pool, outdoor play area, snack bar, and lounging and picnic facilities 1-6 p.m. Sunday and 10:30


Sheriff Catches Recreation Bond Sign Vandals

A Rec Bond election sign vandalized in early May. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos County Sheriff’s Office News:

Two teenage girls who allegedly vandalized Recreation Bond election signs on San Ildefonso Road earlier this month have been apprehended and referred to Los Alamos Teen Court, according to Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero.

Lucero said he was asked to investigate damage to the signs, which advocated voting against the recent bond initiative. He set up cameras around the target location and was able to get video of the two teens involved in the vandalism.

After establishing


LAHS Girls Softball Wins District 2-5A!

Los Alamos High School varsity softball team wins District 2-5A. They also achieved a district record of 11-1 and an overall record of 17-9. Courtesy Photo

From left, Reyna Lucero, Alicia Gonzales, Taylor Collins, Jayde Tucker and Lauren Harris made First Team All-District. Courtesy Photo

From left, Terri Jaramillo, Kasia Povijua, Savana Luster and Janessa Gonzales made Second Team All-District. Courtesy Photo

Lauren Harris was voted by District 2-5A Coaches as the 2017 District 2-5A Player of the Year. Courtesy Photo

Mariah Mauro is this year’s recipient of the Jim Ruhe Softball