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Topper Volleyball Undefeated In District Play

LAHS Girls Topper Volleyball finished the season Saturday night with a 9-0 record and a 3-2 victory in the District Tournament Championship. Photo by John McHale/


Los Alamos completed a clean sweep of District opponents and finished the season with a 9-0 record and a 3-2 victory in the District Tournament Championship game played Saturday night in Griffith Gymnasium.

The Toppers kept things interesting dropping the first two sets before taking control in the last three. The first two sets were plagued with 9 hitting errors, 4 serving errors and 17 serve / receive


PEEC: Full Moon Hike And Potluck Dinner Wednesday

PEEC, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and hiker Jean Dewart host a full moon hike and potluck dinner Wednesday. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Photo by Beth Cortright

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The community is invited to join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, astrophysicist Galen Gisler and avid hiker Jean Dewart of the Los Alamos Mountaineers Wednesday Nov. 13 for a full moon night hike and potluck dinner.

Participants will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road, for the potluck dinner. PEEC will provide water, cups, plates and utensils. Attendees


Hilltopper Boys XC Are 2019 State Champions!

The State Champion Hilltopper Boys Cross Country team defeats Albuquerque Academy 43-40. Photo by Blake Wood
Junior Rafael Sanchez mixes it up with two Hope Christian runners at the 2 mile point in the 5k race. Photo by Blake Wood

Sophomore Wakei Hettinga strides down a steep hill at the halfway point, followed by sophomore teammate Keith Bridge. Photo by Blake Wood


The Hilltopper Boys Cross Country team achieved an upset win Saturday over rival Albuquerque Academy at the New Mexico 4A State Championship at Rio Rancho High School.

A mere two weeks ago, the ‘Topper Boys


Hilltopper Girls XC Are 2019 State Champions!

The State Champion Hilltopper Girls Cross Country team defeats Albuquerque Academy 53-30. Photo by Blake Wood
Sophomore Norissa Valdez, right, and freshman Sophie Chadwick lead the race from the start and finished 1-2 respectively, only a stride apart in the 4A Girls Championship race. Photo by Blake Wood
Junior Lidia Appell and freshman Emma Montoya were the 3rd and 4th ‘Topper finishers in 7th and 9th place overall, respectively. Photo by Blake Wood
The Hilltopper Girls demonstrated today that they are, by far, the best cross country team


Topper Boys Soccer Places Second At State

The Topper boys soccer team places second after falling to the Los Lunas Tigers 2-1 in the championship match played Friday morning at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex. The Tigers were first to get on the score board in the first half on a penalty kick. Then the Toppers scored in the second half on a penalty kick. The Tigers scored almost immediately after the Topper’s scored, which was the game winner. Both teams played a very strong defensive game that kept the score low. The game was very physical and hard fought on both sides of the ball. Photo by John McHale/ 

Westley Parker


Topper Girls Soccer Ends Season In State Quarterfinals

Alyssa Parker fights for the ball against a Tiger defender. Photo by John McHale/

Andrea Soto lines up for a shot on goal in the second half. Photo by Nate Limback/


The Hilltopper Girls Soccer Team ended its season Wednesday in the State Quarterfinals against the Aztec Tigers at the Bernalillo Soccer Complex.

The Toppers fell 3-5 after a hard-fought match. Rainy conditions plagued most of the 90-minute match, leading to slippery and cold conditions on the field.

The Tigers scored three quick goals in the first half, but the Topper kept playing hard.


Topper Girls XC Win 2019 State Championship!

Los Alamos High School Topper girls today win the 2019 Laguna Burger Girls 4A State Cross Country Championship! Albuquerque Academy came in second followed by Hope Christian. Check back for more details and photos. Courtesy/LAPS


LAHS Boys Soccer Wins Semi-Final Against St. Pius

Los Alamos high school boys soccer team won the semi-final game against St. Pius. The score was tied 1-1 through regulation time and two overtime periods. Jaxson Martines saved 2 out of 5 to secure the win for the Toppers. The boys also pulled out an impressive win Wednesday, Nov. 6 against Hope Christian in the quarter-finals 4-0. They played in the rain for the entire game. Their outstanding ball movement and team play has been the key to their success so far. Charlie Hill in quarterfinals at Hope Christian. Photo by Bruce Hill

Nilesh Mukundan in quarter finals at Hope


Parks & Rec Reviews Recreation Capital Projects Nov. 14

The public is invited to attend the Parks and Recreation Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in Room 110 at the Municipal Building. 1000 Central Ave.
The board will review designs for three recreation facility projects that include the Kiddie/Multigenerational Pool at the Aquatic Center, Piñon Park Splash Pad and Golf Course Irrigation Improvements.
For those unable to attend the meeting, presentations will be available for viewing Nov. 14 on the Public Works Projects webpage:


Bandelier Will Be Fee Free On Veterans Day

Bandelier National Monument is entrance fee free Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. Courtesy/BNM
Veterans Day is a time to honor all those who have served in the nation’s military.
To commemorate, Bandelier and other National Park areas all over the country that regularly charge entrance fees, will be fee free on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11.
As usual on fee free days, the Western National Parks Association (WNPA) will be offering a 15 percent discount on everything at the park store in the Bandelier Visitor Center in Frijoles Canyon Monday as well.


Thousands Of New Mexicans Call For Wildlife Protections In Santa Fe; Carson National Forest Plans

S360 News:
SANTA FE A diverse coalition of New Mexico conservation organizations, sportsmen and women and public land advocates, called for stronger protection of critical wildlife habitat, clean water and wildlife migration corridors in the Upper Rio Grande Watershed.
The group delivered more than 23,000 public comments to the U.S. Forest Service calling for improvements to the Carson and Santa Fe National Forests’ land management plans.
The New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Defenders of Wildlife, New Mexico


PEEC: Nature Center Family Fun Tuesday Evening

Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for PEEC’s monthly Family Star Party and Family Night. The evening will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Both programs are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors New Mexico Bank & Trust and Kiwanis Club.


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Head to the Los Alamos Nature Center Tuesday, Nov. 12 for an evening of family fun.


The night will kick off at 5:30 p.m. with a Family Star Party in the planetarium and continue 6-7 p.m. with Family Night.


Both of these programs take place on the second Tuesday of every month and are free thanks to PEEC’s sponsors:

  • New Mexico


SFNF Waives Fees On Veterans Day

SFNF News:
SANTA FE The Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) will waive fees at many recreation sites on Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11, in honor of Americans who have served in the armed services.
All SFNF offices will be closed that day in observance of the federal holiday. Normal business hours will resume Tuesday, Nov. 12.
The Forest Service participates in fee-free days with other federal agencies to commemorate holidays and encourage Americans to visit their public lands. Veterans Day is the final fee-free day for 2019. The next fee-free day will be Martin Luther King, Jr.


Weekly Fishing Report: Nov. 7, 2019

Sports And Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post
Most of the stocking activity last week took place in Southern New Mexico.
This is part of the “Winter Trout Water” program of the State Game and Fish Department.
Rainbow trout are stocked in ponds, lakes and rivers in the southern part of the state during the cooler months of the year to provide trout fishing in areas where trout are not normally found. These waters become too warm during the summer months for trout to survive.
There are not a lot of fishing reports this time of year as a lot of outdoor enthusiasts turn


TrapFree New Mexico Map Details Cruel Incidents

WEG News:
SANTA FE — Monday, conservation and animal protection groups as part of the TrapFree New Mexico coalition have released a map detailing trapping incidents around the state.
The map shows trapping’s toll all across New Mexico, demonstrating that trapping is an ongoing problem for companion animals, endangered species and law enforcement alike.
The trapping incident map includes detailed descriptions, locations, dates, and photos of events involving family dogs, Mexican gray wolves and illegally set traps. Other incidents include outdoor recreationists


Topper Volleyball Wins District Title With 8-0 Record!

The Topper Volleyball team celebrates their victory over the Pojoaque Elkettes to claim the District Title. The Toppers finishes district play with a district title and an 8-0 record in a contest played Friday evening in Griffith Gym. Los Alamos overcame 54 errors and an 0-2 hole as well as being down 10-18 in the 3rd set to pull off what can only be noted as an epic comeback late Friday night to clinch District 2-4A for the second year in a row. Led by an error free receiving night from Gracie Swensen and hustle plays in the back row most of the night. The team found a spark after the last timeout of the 3rd


Local Elks Lodge Supports Los Alamos Ice Hockey

The Los Alamos Elks Lodge presents an $858 check in proceeds from a fundraising dinner in September to the Los Alamos Hockey Association last week during a special gathering. From left, Presley Haight, Elks Exalted Ruler Tim Haight, LAHA President Bob Nolen, Elks Head Chef Steve Remde and Matthew Haight. The Elks plan on hosting another fundraising dinner for LAHA before the season is over. LAHA is naming the Elks the title sponsor for its first time Hull Hockey Camp, Nov. 22-24 at the Los Alamos County Rink as well as a title sponsor for the historical Holiday of Hockey Festival,


Governor: 4th Grader Asher Dean Of Arroyo Seco Wins 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest

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SANTA FE – Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest announced today that Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.

Hundreds of essays were submitted to the contest, for which fourth graders from around New Mexico were invited to write about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!”

With his winning entry, Dean has won a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel


Kirsten Stromberg Represents Los Alamos At United States Women’s Curling Association Event In Minnesota

Kirsten Stromberg, left, represented Los Alamos in October at the United States Women’s Curling Association event in St. Paul, Minn. Stromberg taught some new curlers during the event opening, as a certified instructor; participated in lectures, and also competed in curling games, including the culminating day of final matches Oct. 19 at the St. Paul Curling Club. She was skip (nautical term that means captain) of a team with players from all over the USA. Courtesy photo