Sports & Rec

New Restroom Facilities for Park and Trail

The Los Alamos County Parks Division has completed two new restroom facilities. The restrooms will be put into operation on Wednesday of this week.  Dick McIntyre, Parks Division Manager reports that the restrooms were planned and budgeted as part of the Canyon Rim Trail development. 

The first restroom is found at East Park next door to the new Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.

Photo by Greg Kendall/

The second restroom is at the other end of the completed section of the Canyon Rim Trail near the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Photo by Greg Kendall/

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Play Ball!! It’s Time for Baseball Season 2012

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, AZ is the Spring Training home for the Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks. The beautiful facility opened in 2011 and consists of club houses for each team, 12 practice fields, and the stadium shown where all of the team’s home Spring Training games are held. Photo by Gary Warren

By Gary Warren

When baseball players gather in Florida and Arizona each year, there is a feeling of hope that the long winter months are passing and the spring season is just around the corner.

Spring brings with it the hope for renewal as trees and vegetation come

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2012 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games Are Underway

From left, Abel Castillo (55-59), David Bullock (50-54), Cy Jakubowski (65-69) are all local qualifiers for the State Senior Olympic Games in Frisbee Accuracy. Courtesy Photo
The 2012 Los Alamos Senior Olympic Games began Friday at the Family YMCA with competition in basketball free-throw and the recreational event: Frisbee accuracy.
Abel Castillo (55-59 age division) qualified for the New Mexico State Games with a score of 10 out of 15 free-throws.
He also qualified in the 3-point shot competition.
His score was tops in the Frisbee Accuracy Throw earning 10 out

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Atomic Tumblers Finish Strong at State Championships

Atomic Tumblers Ramya Stevens, Jenna Weatherbie, Katya Skurikhin, Elyse Phillips and Elizabeth Lockhart, foreground, cheer on their teammates at the State Championships. Courtesy/LASG

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics’ three optional gymnasts gave a solid finish to their season at the New Mexico State Championships March 17, held at Sandia Prep in Albuquerque.

Forty-one of New Mexico’s top Level 7 gymnasts competed in the morning session. 

LASG Level 8 gymnast Annika Bronkhorst finishes up a tumbling pass with a full twist layout, while coach Loui Janecky looks on. Bronkhorst

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Hilltopper Softball Team beats Bernalillo 9-0!

Kristin Christensen trys to avoid tag by leaping over catcher. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr safe at third. Photo by Alan Kirk

Micala Christensen gets hit by pitch. Photo by Alan Kirk


Ari Larkin hits a double. Photo by Alan Kirk


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Los Alamos Ranked Among Nation’s Top Hunting and Fishing Spots


Los Alamos is ranked 28 among the “35 Best Hunting and Fishing Towns in the U.S.,” according to OutdoorLife magazine.

The publication says about Los Alamos: “Stay close to home for walleyes, catfish, bass and trout, in waters like Abiqui Lake, Rio Chama and Rio Grande. The nearby Valles Caldera National Preserve runs a lottery program for monster elk.”

Now in its fifth year, the annual “Best Towns for Sportsmen” feature is an OotdoorLife institution: “Readers love to argue the merits of their burgs based on our rankings; local newspapers

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Local Golf Course Gets Innovative

The 16th green at Los Alamos Golf Course was protected by a turf cover last winter and this shot shows the dramatic difference between covered verses noncovered following removal of the cover Feb. 22. Courtesy/LAGC

By Carol A. Clark

As springtime comes alive with bright sunshine, colorful flowers and grass growing greener throughout the community, the PGA Professionals at Los Alamos Golf Course are welcoming novice and seasoned players to enjoy the local links.

Course Manager Steve Wickliffe is excited about this year’s opening season because of an experiment conducted on the course last

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Vance is Top Predictor in Weekly Pace Race

Courtesy Photo
In the weekly pace race held on the road in lower Pueblo Canyon Linda Vance was the top predictor with a 42 second differential from her predicted time and she was also the fastest runner on the 1 mile course at 7:36.
Jennifer Leon has the next best prediction at 52 seconds off and also was the fastest participant on the 3 mile course with a time of 28:22.
Other accurate predictors were:  Jim Clifford at 87 seconds off and Bob Reedy with 99 second difference.
Next week’s race will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday April 17 on the Canada del Buey Trail in

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Bjorkland is Best Predictor in First Pace Race of Season

Lynn Bjorkland was the top predictor in the opening pace race of the 2012 season held on the Canyon Rim Trail on the first Tuesday evening pace race of the 2012 season. The number of participants that showed up made for a successful event.
Lynn was 10 seconds off her predicted time and was also the 2nd fastest in the 3 mile run with a time of 23:50.
Other accurate predictors were:  Bob Weeks with a 13 second differential, Roy Cope at 23 seconds off, and Michelle Jones 65 seconds off her prediction.
There were four distances run in the race and the fastest

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Hilltopper Softball Downs Capital 16-0 in Five Innings

Danci Smith gets batting. Photo by Alan Kirk

Emilee Jones pitches shutout win. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alyssa Mojica crosses home plate after homerun hit. Photo by Alan Kirk

Topper fans enjoy nice weather at softball game in White Rock. Photo by Alan Kirk

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Los Alamos Police Taking on Espanola Police

The public is invited to attend a battle between officers of the Los Alamos Police Department and officers of the Espanola Police Department.

This highly competitive, action-packed basketball game begins at 2 p.m. April 28 at Northern New Mexico College, 921 N. Paseo De Onate in Espanola.

Tickets are $3 per adult and $2 per child under 12 with all proceeds split between LAPD and EPD for the charity of their choice.

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Renew Boot Camp

Instructor Rita Brake offers Renew Fitness Classes or Renew Boot Camp at the First Baptist Church-LA Gymnasium at 2200 Diamond Drive.

Renew Fitness Classes

This class is a boot camp style training that mixes traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises with interval and strength training. It also includes various forms of jogging, jumping rope, and interval training that involves bursts of high intensity work. This is a great work out!

These classes are comprehensive fitness programs specially designed by me to help you:


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Hilltopper Softball Beats Santa Fe 17-5 in 6 innings!

Krista Salazar makes a catch in Center Field during the game held in Santa Fe. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk hits a home run. Photo by Alan Kirk

Monica Teter pitching her third District win. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kristen Christiansen gets a hit. Photo by Alan Kirk


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Toppers Win Big at Los Alamos Classic Invitational

Staff Report

Los Alamos High Schools girls took first place Saturday at the Los Alamos Classic Invitational with 164 points..  Hope Christian was second with 148 points.  The Topper boys took first with 171 1/2 points while Hope Christian had 124 1/2 points.

The weather was wonderful for the Saturday track meet. Photo by Topper’s PA Announcer, Morrie Pongratz

It was a very successful day for the Toppers as several Los Alamos High School students qualified for the state meet.

Sean Readon qualified in the 800 m with a time of 2:01.81. 

Jacob Brown qualified in the Triple Jump

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Derby Dames Jam Their Way Into Los Alamos

By Greg Kendall

Logo courtesy Los Alamos Derby Dames

What do Thumper, Bampf!, Makeup Artist, Flashover, Lil’ Hoawatha, Princess Leia Hurtonya and Strawberry Tuffcake all have in common, besides their intriguing names? They are all part of the new Los Alamos Derby Dames Roller Derby League.

The Derby Dames plan to make high energy women’s roller derby a staple of excitement for local fans and participants alike. The Derby Dames invite all women of every skill level from never having skated to seasoned pro jammers to join the league. The league has training for “newbies”

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