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Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse is Back: Join the Nation’s Fastest Growing Sport!

on February 2, 2013 - 7:57am


Los Alamos Youth Lacrosse (LAYLAX) is looking for players and volunteers for the Spring, 2013 season. Lacrosse is currently the fastest growing sport in the country, and LAYLAX is working on growing the lacrosse community in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. 

LAYLAX was started by a small group of volunteers who worked to bring lacrosse to Los Alamos for the first time. The group met over the summer and fall of 2011, applied for and received an equipment grant from US Lacrosse, and was able to get the program up and running for its first season last spring.  

The hope was to

K2 Women's Weekend Raises Funds for Cancer Services

on February 1, 2013 - 10:38am

Guided Hike at Valles Caldera this President’s Day

on January 31, 2013 - 9:07am

The Valles Caldera Rim. Photo by Yvonne Delameter

LAVC News:

Join Los Amigos de Valles Caldera on a two-mile guided snowshoe hike of Cerro la Jara at the Valles Calder Preserve. The hike will take place 10 a.m – noon, President’s Day, Feb. 18.

The group will meet at the Valle Grande Staging Area for registration, snowshoe rentals, and hot refreshments. Arrive as early as 9 a.m. to secure snowshoes, as equipment is limited.

Adult rentals are $15 and youth rentals are $10. The cost is  $20 for Los Amigos members and $25 for non-members. The fee includes full-day trail permit.

RSVP to Jim

Change the Date for INCAA/NAA Athletic College Eligibility Presentation

on January 31, 2013 - 8:48am

LAPS News:

The date has changed for the INCAA/NAA Athletic College Eligibility Presentation being held for any student/parents (incoming 9th thru 11th grade) who think their child will participate in college athletics.

  • Speech Theater
  • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6

For more information, call the Los Alamos High School Athletic Office at 663-2531.


No Adult Hockey Sunday

on January 31, 2013 - 8:37am


Sunday, Feb. 3,  the Los Alamos County Ice Rink’s Adult Hockey program is canceled for the evening.

For additional information, contact the Ice Rink at (505) 662-4500.

Los Alamos' Own Andy Thoma Wins Huskies Most Improved Player Award

on January 30, 2013 - 7:00am

Andy Thoma on the soccer field. Courtesy/

Staff Report

SEATTLE The 2012 University of Washington Men's Soccer Team held their annual post-season awards banquet Jan. 18, honoring Husky players and alumni.

Sophomore Andy Thoma from Los Alamos finished a successful season on the backline. He started every game and earned two assists, garnering him this year's Most Improved Player Award.

This award was presented by former Husky and ex-MLS player Bill Sleeth (2002.)

Last season, Thoma received the Rookie of the Year Award.

Read about Thoma’s soccer record and see photos of

YMCA Beginning Fencing Classes Start Feb. 5

on January 30, 2013 - 6:29am


The new Los Alamos Family YMCA Beginning Fencing class will start at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb.5.

The class is intended for those with no previous fencing experience. Enrollment is for adults and children above the age of 10.

Parent/child pairs are encouraged.

The class will cover basic footwork, fundamental blade skills, rules of engagement and some bouting. All necessary equipment is provided by the YMCA.

Registration cone be done at the YMCA front desk or on-line at

For further information or questions, contact Tom Hill, 672-1058

Los Alamos Wins Big at New Mexico FLL State Championship

on January 28, 2013 - 2:03pm

Two Los Alamos teams won State Championship Awards at the third annual New Mexico FIRST LEGO League Championship held Jan. 26 at Albuquerque Academy in Albuquerque. Front Row from left, "Banoona Skunk Band" members Emily Holmes, Risa Bridge, Maddie Ovaska, Brooke Weatherbie, Jessica Erkkila, Eleanor Henderson, Ellie Rightley, Elia Vasquez and Coach Karen Doebling. Back row from left, Coach Vicki Erkkila, "Atomic Flying Pickles" members Coach Susannah Rousculp, Evelyn Doebling, Lauren Stubben, Haylee Richardson, Summer Bronson and Catherine Rousculp. Photo by David Weatherbie

By Susan

Jammin’ with the Los Alamos Derby Dames

on January 27, 2013 - 10:33am

The Los Alamos Derby Dames practice at the Family YMCA. Photos by Bonnie J. Gordon/

By Bonnie J. Gordon

It’s a cold winter night in Los Alamos, but at the Family YMCA, our very own roller derby team is generating plenty of heat as they spin around the gym at top speed.

The Los Alamos Derby Dames is a flat track roller derby league founded in April 2011. The league currently has one team, the M’Atom Bombs.

With some help from the 2009 movie “Whip It” roller derby, which is dominated by all-female amateur teams, has grown in popularity in recent years.

There are a number

Hilltopper Girls Drop Close Game to Santa Fe 47-53

on January 27, 2013 - 8:22am

Anna Scott attempts to take charge. Photo by Alan Kirk

McKenzie Logan with drive and score. Photo by Alan Kirk

PILE UP. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott drives to basket. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr takes shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Amber Logan takes shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alysan Crane makes jump shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Amber Logan and Erin Kirk on defense. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott defending the ball. Photo by Alan Kirk



Column: Knee Injuries and Alignment

on January 26, 2013 - 7:40am

By Jessica Kisiel M.S.

Contrary to popular belief your knee is not a fragile joint. It is designed to run, jump, ski and perform all the activities you ask of it. The knee is actually a simple joint with a complex job.

Acting as a hinge joint, the knee flexes and extends the lower leg. The complexity of the joint lies in its role in coordinating and synchronizing the movement between the hip and ankle.

Your body is linked together in a kinetic chain and works as a unit. No joint or muscle works in isolation.

Fusion Series 2 Hockey Game Feb. 9 at Ice Rink

on January 25, 2013 - 7:45am


The Los Alamos County Ice Rink is hosting the second Annual Winter Classis Fusion Series 2 hockey game between the New Mexico Renegades and the Wichita Thunder Saturday, Feb. 9.

The New Mexico Renegades is a Junior A team located in Rio Rancho and a member of the WSHL's Mountain Division.

Public skating will be open 1–3:30 p.m., before the Renegades take the ice at 4 p.m. For additional information, contact the Ice Rink at (505) 662-4500.



LAHS Wins Pecos Invitational

on January 23, 2013 - 11:09am

LAHS senior Ben Mitsunaga. Photo by Roger Brewer


LAHS senior Aaron Hinojos. Photo by Roger Brewer


LAHS News:


Los Alamos entered both Varsity and Junior Varsity wrestling teams Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Pecos Invitational.


The LAHS-V cruised to a team victory in the tourney. LAHS-V and JV placed 12 wrestlers in either the finals or consolation finals of their weight class.


LAHS medalists with associated finals result:

  • Dominique Montoya 4th, lost 3-9
  • John Michael Romero 2nd, lost by pin
  • Chandler Lauritzen 1st, won 9-8
  • Aaron Hinojos 3rd, win by pin
  • Ben Mitsunaga 3rd, win 11-0

Hilltopper Girls Down Bernalillo 58-24

on January 23, 2013 - 10:05am

Erin Kirk with short jump shot over defender. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr works for shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Amber Logan scores on layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

There's a New Team in Town ... The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team!

on January 22, 2013 - 8:47am

The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team last weekend in Red River before their competition back row from left, Coach Marshall Jansen, Cade Van Etten and Austin Salmon. Front row from left, Coach Tony Hinojosa, Charlie Herrmann, Kyle Cash, Steven Calhoun, Vikki Lee and Carmen Bouquin. So far, three skiers/boarders have qualified for Nationals. Courtesy photo

PMFT News:

There's a new team in town ... The Pajarito Mountain Freeride Team!

It is a competitive ski and snowboard team that trains at Pajarito Mountain and competes in the USASA Southwest Freeride Series.

Events include Rail Jams,


Boys and Girls Invited to Participate in Annual Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition

on January 20, 2013 - 7:48am

K OF C News:

Boys and girls ages 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship.

The local competition will be held 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 from at Los Alamos High School's Griffith Gymnasium.

Registration will be held onsite beginning at 12:30 p.m. and it's free of charge.

Parental consent is required, so a parent/guardian must be present during registration.

Hilltopper Girls Beat Sandia 46-43

on January 18, 2013 - 11:48pm

Kiana Zerr with shot for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Erin Kirk with move to basket. Photo by Alan Kirk

Kiana Zerr posting in lane. Photo by Alan Kirk

McKenzie Logan with move to basket for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Amber Logan open for shot. Photo by Alan Kirk

Alisonn Crane attempting to take charge. Photo by Alan Kirk

Swarming team defense Erin Kirk gets foul. Photo by Alan Kirk

Anna Scott hits game winning 3pt shot.Photo by Alan Kirk

Stilwell Leads Way for Atomic Tumblers’ at Gold Cup Classic

on January 17, 2013 - 8:31am

Caden Stilwell earns silver on parallel bars. Courtesy photo

Philo Shelton takes silver on still rings. Courtesy photo

LASG News:

The boys’ competitive team from Los Alamos School of Gymnastics competed in the Men’s Gold Cup Classic in Albuquerque on Jan. 5-6.

The Atomic Tumblers’ competed against 115 gymnasts from 11 teams from New Mexico and Texas.

The Atomic Tumblers’ highest scorer was Caden Stilwell, in the Level 4 Junior Division, who scored a 54.75 and earned fourth place in the all-around competition.

White Rock Little League 2013 Registration Opens

on January 15, 2013 - 6:36am
White Rock Little League. Courtesy photo
WRLL News:
The White Rock Little League 2013 Registration is now open.

Who: All interested boys and girls between the ages of 4 to 18 as of April 30, 2013 for baseball and Dec. 31, 2012 for softball.

Where: Time Out Pizza, 118 N.M. 4

When: 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 16-17 and 6:30-8 p.m. Jan. 22-23. 

To Register Online or for more information visit:

'Bicycle Dreams' Documentary Premieres Jan. 24

on January 15, 2013 - 6:36am

RAAM News:

Bicycle Dreams, the award-winning feature-length documentary about the Race Across America (RAAM), will premiere in Albuquerque at the University of New Mexico’s Rodey Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

The screening is presented as a benefit by the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico. Bike NM will host a second screening the following Thursday, Jan. 31 at The Screen in Santa Fe.

Guest speaker at the event will be Lisa Dougherty of Los Alamos, who will be competing in her first RAAM this summer.

The film, which has won numerous awards at film festivals all over the world, “is an

LAHS Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Resigns

on January 14, 2013 - 7:21pm

LAHS News:

Head Girls Varsity Basketball Coach, Tarah Logan, resigned her position at Los Alamos High School effective today, Jan. 14, for family reasons. 

Logan had been coaching the girl's team at the high school since June 2008.

The interim girl’s varsity basketball coach, taking over immediately will be Ann Stewart. 

Coach Stewart, a graduate of Los Alamos High School, has been a head girls basketball coach at Bloomfield High School from 2004-07. 

She was the middle school girls basketball coach for Los Alamos Middle School in 1994-95 and has been an assistant girls’ basketball


Kirk Named Co-Mountain West Player of the Week!

on January 14, 2013 - 3:14pm

Lobos basketball star Alex Kirk, #53, of Los Alamos earned his second MW Player of the Week honor in the last three weeks. Courtesy photo


Colorado Springs, Colo. - For the second time in the last three weeks, Alex Kirk of Los Alamos has earned a Mountain West honor, being named Co-Player of the Week after leading UNM to a pair of home wins in its first 2-0 conference start in 11 years Sunday.

Kirk shared the award with Jamaal Franklin of San Diego State. It's Kirk's second time being honored this year, and it's the second in the last three weeks.

Kirk was honored two weeks ago


UNM Lobos Beat Fresno State 72-45!

on January 14, 2013 - 7:56am

Cameron Bairstow (#41) with basket. Photo by Alan Kirk

Los Alamos High School graduate Alex Kirk (#53) with hook shot for score. Photo by Alan Kirk

Clevland Thomas (#1) with layup. Photo by Alan Kirk

Tony Snell (#21) with layup through contact. Photo by Alan Kirk

Tony Snell with blocked shot. Photo by Alan Kirk