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Officials Identify Man killed In Taos Ski Valley Avalanche

on January 18, 2019 - 10:31pm
Matthew Zonghetti in an undated high school photo provided by The Sun Chronicle in Massachusetts. Courtesy/The Sun Chronicle

Officials have confirmed the identity of the skier killed Thursday in an inbounds avalanche at Taos Ski Valley as Matthew Zonghetti, 26, of Mansfield, Mass.

The second skier caught in the avalanche remained in critical condition Friday afternoon at University of New Mexico Hospital, according to Alex Sanchez, public information officer for the facility. His name has not yet been confirmed by officials.

According to WHDH-7News

Topper Boys Take Down Host Chargers At Academy Swim/Dive Invitational; Girls Nudge Out Clovis For 2nd

on January 18, 2019 - 9:13am
Topper boys swim team celebrates its 2019 Academy Invitational win. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams travelled to Albuquerque Academy Jan. 11-12 for the 21st Annual Academy Invitational meet.
The Hlltopper boys won the 19-team competition for the first time in a decade. Los Alamos outpointed arch-rival Academy, 978.885.
The girls improved also, placing second only to Academy in the 21-team field after placing third in the meet last year. Team scores for girls were Academy 981, Los Alamos 678 and Clovis 614 points.
The Toppers got off to a

One Skier Dies, Second Critically Injured After Taos Ski Valley Avalanche … Resort Begins Investigation

on January 18, 2019 - 7:39am

Loved ones embrace Thursday as an avalanche victim is transported down the mountain behind them at Taos Ski Valley. Photo by Morgan Timms/The Taos News


Updated Jan. 17 at 10:14 p.m.

One man has died, and another remained hospitalized with critical injuries Thursday night after an avalanche near Kachina Peak in Taos Ski Valley.

Holy Cross Hospital CEO Bill Patten confirmed that one of the men who was treated at their facility in Taos had died just before 5 p.m. of his injuries.

Officials had not released the identity of either victim as of late Thursday

Avalanche Buries Two People Near Taos Ski Valley’s Kachina Peak

on January 17, 2019 - 2:55pm

Toppers Win Big Over Academy

on January 17, 2019 - 7:59am

Sahib Khalsa leads the Toppers onto the hardwood Tuesday night in Griffith Gymnasium to face the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in a non-district matchup. These two teams are no strangers to one another and the contest is always a very competitive event. The Toppers came into this game in bad need of a victory and went away with a win 55-48. This win was the first home-court win in more than a year. The Toppers led the entire game even though the Chargers closed the gap a few times but the Toppers held on for the win. Photo by John McHale/

Gavin Compos, under the Topper basket

High Flyers Gymnasts Win In Rio Rancho

on January 16, 2019 - 10:36am

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics Level 6 team took first place Jan. 6 at the New Year’s Blast meet in Rio Rancho. The team is comprised of, clockwise from top left, Elaina Irving, Ashley Bustos, Sarah Worley, Gianna Benelli, Megan Martinez and Siena Rolfe. Courtesy/ LAHFG

Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics compulsory and Xcel teams also are off to a great start this year. Courtesy/ LAHFG


The Los Alamos High Flyers Gymnastics Level 6 team took first place Jan. 6 at the New Year’s Blast meet in Rio Rancho.

The team, comprised of Gianna Benelli, Siena Rolfe, Megan Martinez and


Scenes From Los Alamos Nuclear Shootout

on January 14, 2019 - 3:43pm

Isaac Dunwoody, a former Topper hockey player, is back on home ice playing for UNM and he played over the weekend in the Los Alamos Nuclear Shootout hosted by the UNM Hockey Team at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. There were four teams in attendance at this year’s shootout, UNM, Nebraska, Dallas Baptist and Northern Arizona. UNM lost to Dallas Baptist 3-6. The games were scheduled to be played Friday, Saturday and the championship game Sunday but snowy conditions canceled Sunday's game. Photo by John McHale/

The UNM goalie James Bostian was busy in the game against Dallas

Hot Rocks Cafe Hosts Special Lunch For University Of Nebraska Hockey Team In Town For Tournament

on January 14, 2019 - 7:00am

Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke hosted a lunch Saturday for the University of Nebraska Hockey Team in town to play in the Los Alamos Nuclear Shootout at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink. Nice Los Alamos hospitality shown by Burke and Hot Rocks. The restaurant is at 4200 West Jemez Road across the street from LANL. Photo by Chief Troy Hughes

In appreciation for his kind hospitality, the University of Nebraska Hockey Team presented Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke with a jersey signed by team members. Photo by Chief Troy Hughes

Hot Rocks Java Cafe owner Brad Burke holds up the signed

Grabbing Some Flakes At Hockey Game Friday Night

on January 12, 2019 - 8:50am

Mikie Bane was seen grabbing some flakes Friday evening at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink while attending the Hockey game between the Lobos and a Dallas team. Photo by John McHale/

Topper Girls Win In Jaguar Country

on January 11, 2019 - 9:14am

Head Coach Lance Carter goes over the game strategies before sending the Hilltopper girl's basketball team into Jaguar country Tuesday evening to play the Capital High School Lady Jaguars in Edward Ortez Gym in Santa Fe. The Toppers met this team earlier this year and won 41-40 and were hoping to repeat that match up, and they did just that. The first half was all Toppers who led 24-14 at the half. The second half was a different story as the Lady Jaguars came out with a full court press, which dropped the Topper lead to only one late in the 4th quarter.

Los Alamos Pro Michael Phillips Named To U.S. Top 50 Youth Golf Coach List

on January 8, 2019 - 4:05pm

Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips


Peachtree Corners, Ga. – Golf Professional Michael Phillips from Los Alamos Golf Course, has been named to U.S. Kids Golf’s annual list of Top 50 Kids Teachers.

The Award recognizes the world’s most outstanding youth golf instructors, and Phillips is part of a select group that earned Top 50 accolades among nearly 350 applicants.

Since 2004, U.S. Kids Golf has honored the best youth golf teachers with the Top 50 Kids Teacher Award.

Super Bowl Party Time!

on January 8, 2019 - 2:53pm

Hilltopper Hockey Team Wins Rio Grande Hockey Mid Season Tournament 2019 In Amarillo, Texas

on January 7, 2019 - 6:47am

The Hilltopper Hockey Team champions last weekend at the Mid-Season Rio Grande High School Hockey Tournamen in Amarillo, Texas. Courtesy photo


By Coach Kevin Brake
Hilltopper Hockey Team

The Hilltopper Hockey Team won the Mid-Season Rio Grande High School Hockey Tournament 5-0 in Amarillo, Texas.

The team had a fantastic weekend and went 5-0 to take home the championship.

They beat both Telluride and Cibola 4-1 (the two teams that are ranked higher than us in the standings) on the way to the championship.

I am very proud of the team and looking forward to what they can do this year.


Pajarito Mountain Ski Area Closed Until Jan. 9

on January 7, 2019 - 6:45am

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now closed until Jan. 9. Photo by Vint Miller/LAC

SKI News:

Pajarito Mountain Ski Area has been open the past week and guests have been enjoying the snow from the past storm.

Pajarito is now closed until Jan. 9. It will open Wednesdays-Sundays starting Jan. 9. There is more snow in the forecast this week.

Check our snow report to see which trails are open!

Mountain News:

Lift ticket prices are valid through March 18th.

Hilltoppers Compete At Lubbock Swim/Dive Invitational

on January 7, 2019 - 6:44am
LAHS Hilltoppers swimming team at Pete Ragus Swim Center in Lubbock. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers Swimming and Diving teams competed Jan. 4-5 at the Lubbock HS Swimming and Diving Invitational at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock, Texas.

The invitational was a very competitive high school meet, drawing roughly 675 swimmers and divers from across Texas, including teams from greater Dallas, Houston and El Paso. 
The Hilltoppers finished 4th of 23 teams in the boys and 14th of 22 teams in the girls team standings.
Los Alamos placed several

Topper Wrestling Team Wins Fifth In SF Meet

on January 7, 2019 - 6:33am

Ty Nieto who wrestles in the 170-weight class, pinned his opponent from Hobbs in the second round of the Al Salazar Invitational meet Saturday in Perey-Shelley gymnasium on the campus of the St. Mikes Horseman in Santa Fe. The Los Alamos Wrestling Team was among 14 teams participating in the meet and won a 5th place team finish. Photo by John McHale/

Damian Gonzales wins by a pin over Cleveland opponent and had a 2nd place finish in the 126-weight class. Photo by John McHale/ 

Dylan Irish pins his opponent from Taos and finished with a 2nd place for his weight

Los Alamos Outdoor Nuclear Shootout Jan. 11-13

on January 5, 2019 - 5:13am
While practicing at a stick-and-puck session at the GCCC last Christmas time, Lobo hockey coach Grant Harvey encountered some players from Dallas Baptist Univ. and the conversation turned to the Los Alamos hockey rink.
As the Texans listened and began to pay more attention, some things stood out: Outdoor Hockey! At 7,200 feet! Wow! We gotta do this!
What developed was the Outdoor Nuclear Shootout, which will happen Jan. 11, 12 and 13 between the Lobos, Northern Arizona U., Nebraska U. and Dallas Baptist U. Three days, seven games, great fun!
This is ACHA

2018 Year In Sports

on January 3, 2019 - 9:23am

The Boys Cross Country team won the State Championship title for the first time in four years defeating the Academy Chargers 49-42. Runners Rafael Sanchez, Steven Strevell and Duncan Fuehne who had been running together all season helped to secure the victory. The Girls Cross Country team also battled the Chargers but finished in second place in the state completion. Photo by John McHale/

The Boys Soccer team had a very successful season due in large part to the scoring of Arthur Steinkamp. He had a career high of 43 goals and was one of the states leading scorers.

Los Alamos Nuclear Shootout Jan. 11-13

on December 31, 2018 - 6:27am


The New Mexico Lobo Hockey Team (club team) has put together a set of matches for the first up Los Alamos Nuclear Shootout.

The three-day event will be played Jan. 11, 12 and 13 at Los Alamos County Ice Rink at 4475 West Road.

Everyone is invited to attend.

Teams scheduled to play:

  • Dallas Baptist;
  • Northern Arizona University;
  • University of Nebraska; and
  • New Mexico Lobos.

UNM’s hockey team website:

Los Alamos Mountaineers Present: ‘A Southern Californian’s Forays Into Ice And Alpinism’

on December 28, 2018 - 9:11am
Jonathan Regele during a climbing adventure. Coutesy/Los Alamos Mountaineers

Hear about how Jonathan Regele fell in love with ice and alpinism — even though he grew up in southern California — at  7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting.

The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting begins at 7 p.m. and covers information about upcoming outings. The Mountaineers meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The event is free and open to all.

As a kid who grew up in southern California, snow was a novelty to Regele.

District 2-5A All-District Selections For Football

on December 26, 2018 - 7:44am
District 2-5A All-District Selections for Football
All-District Awards
1st Team Offense
  • Justin Gilbert, Sr. – T
  • Levi Guarello, Sr.  – C
  • Lawrence Armenta, Sr.  – FB
  • Dimitri Bullock, Jr.  – G
1st Team Defense
  • Justin Gilbert, Sr.  – DE
  • Levi Guarello, Sr.  – DT
  • Lawrence Armenta, Sr.  – ILB
  • Cade Yost, Sr.  - OLB
  • Dylan Irish, Sr.  - Punter
2nd Team Offense
  • Walker Eaton, Sr.  - WR
  • Dylan Irish, Sr.  – QB
  • Cade Yost, Sr.  – RB
  • Ethan Hunt, Sr.  – Kicker
2nd Team Defense
  • Jacob Dunwoody, Sr.  – CB
  • JD Carson, Jr.  – DE
  • Antonio Gonzales, Sr.  - ILB
  • Peter Janke, Sr.  – OLB

Los Alamos Aquatomics Shine At New Mexico Age Group Swim Championship

on December 25, 2018 - 6:16pm

Aquatomics swimmers with their plaques, front row from left, Duncan Henderson, Owen McLaughin and Julia Quernemoen. Back row from left, Coach Mark Scott holding the plaque for Allison Armani (not pictured), Sophia Pieck, Carson Hick, Lo Ming and Orion Henderson. Courtesy/Coach Mark Scott holding the plaque for Allison Armani (not in picture). Courtesy/Aquatomics

Aquatomics News:

The Los Alamos Aquatomics Swim Team had a strong showing Dec. 15-16 at the New Mexico Age Group Swim Championship in Albuquerque.

Many team members swam their personal best contributing to an overall 3rd place for


Topper Hockey Team Wins Coveted North Star Trophy!

on December 24, 2018 - 10:48am

The Topper Hockey Team displays the coveted North Star Trophy returned to Los Alamos Saturday morning at the County Ice Rink after the game against the Taos Ice Tigers. When these two teams meet, the winner is awarded the Trophy. The Toppers played the Ice Tigers Friday night in Taos and the Toppers lost the Trophy 1-3. Saturday morning the two teams met in Los Alamos and the Toppers won the game 8-5 to regain the trophy. Photo by John McHale/

Carson Schramm fights for the puck in front of the Ice Tiger’s goal and finally scored his one goal of the game.

Pajarito Mountain Delays Ski Area Season Opening

on December 19, 2018 - 10:34pm

Pajarito Mountain News:

Due to unseasonably warm daytime temperatures and a lack of sufficient snowfall, officials at Pajarito Mountain have announced they are delaying the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 21. 

The mountain will open as soon as conditions permit.

“We’ve had to make the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, but we’re confident that we can open very soon. The ski area has a great base, but we just need one more significant snowstorm to open,” Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long said.

Results From LAHS Swimmers At Belen Invitational

on December 19, 2018 - 9:12am
Hilltopper freestylers from left, Bella Montoya, Bailey Yost and Sylvia Holesinger enjoyed personal bests at the Belen Invitational. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos High School swimming and diving teams traveled Saturday, Dec. 15 to the Belen Invitational in Belen.
Both Hilltopper teams won the 12-team competition handily with the boys besting Las Cruces High School by a 641 to 280 margin, and the girls beating Clovis High by a 575 to 443 tally.
The girls diving squad went 1-2-3-4 in the 1-meter diving event, behind the strong performances of sophomore Bailee