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Pajarito Mountain Delays Opening To Dec. 16

on November 18, 2017 - 8:30am

SKI News:

Unseasonably warm temperatures and a dry fall have delayed the opening dates for ski areas across the west and officials at Pajarito Mountain announced they also are delaying the ski area’s opening, which was originally scheduled for Friday, Nov. 24. The mountain is now scheduled to open Saturday, Dec.16.

“Due to this abnormal weather pattern of warm temperatures and dry weather, we’ve made the difficult decision to delay Pajarito’s opening, but are confident that we can open Dec. 16,” said Pajarito Mountain General Manager Tom Long.

Senior Heavy Hilltoppers Hope For Big Season

on November 16, 2017 - 6:49am
The Los Alamos Hilltopper Boys basketball team prepares for the 2017-18 season in the Auxiliary Gym at Los Alamos High School during a recent practice. Photo by John McHale/​
Head Coach Michael Kluk instructs his varsity team during a recent practice. Photo by John McHale/​
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Valencia   
7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Bernalillo   
7 p.m. Dec. 1 at Los Alamos; 'Toppers play against St. Michael’s   
Dec. 7-9 Belen Hub City Tournament
7 p.m. Dec. 14 at St. Pius   
7 p.m. Dec.

Hilltopper Girls Basketball Ready To Turn Heads

on November 16, 2017 - 6:24am
The Hilltopper Girls basketball team is ready to turn some heads during 2017-18 season. Photo by John McHale/​

Head Coach Josh Archuleta meets with his team after a recent practice. Photo by John McHale/​


By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Farmington
7 p.m. Nov. 21 at St. Michael’s   
5 p.m. Nov. 25 at Pojoaque       
7 p.m. Nov. 28 at Volcano Vista       
7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Los Alamos; 'Toppers play against Belen           
7 p.m. Dec. 2 at Valencia       
7 p.m. Dec. 5 at Santa Fe
1:15 p.m. Dec.

UNM-LA Students Invited To Join The Howl

on November 16, 2017 - 5:59am
The Lobos play against the Aggies during a game held in September. Photo by RJ Montaño/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
ALBUQUERQUE – A culture change is happening on, off, and around the court at The Pit. University of New Mexico’s (UNM) first-year head basketball coach Paul Weir recognized the stagnant atmosphere surrounding his Lobo Basketball program’s relationship with the students of UNM.
Weir recognizes the importance of a great student section and created a new group called “The Howl,” the official student section of Lobo Men’s

Purgatory Ski Resort Set To Open Saturday

on November 15, 2017 - 6:29am

James and Tonia Coleman opening day 2016 at Purgatory Resort. Courtesy photo

SKI News:

DURANGO, Colo. – With more snow in the forecast this week, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a unique experience Saturday, Nov. 18 at Purgatory Resort. Ski and mountain bike on the same day, at the same resort. 

Purgatory Resort opens for ski season Saturday, Nov. 18 with Lifts 1 and 2 operating 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with access to the trails Westfork and El Diablo, PLUS Lift 4 will provide lift-served mountain biking, weather permitting.

Hawks Rule At Taos Middle School Tournament

on November 13, 2017 - 9:15am

The Los Alamos Middle School Hawks wrestling team traveled to Taos this weekend and came away with a 1st place win in the Taos Middle School Tournament. As a team they blew away the competition. The Hawks scored 315 total team points, almost doubling second place Memorial who scored 162 points. Taking first for the Hawks was, Landon Atencio, Cesar Santizo, Joe Archuleta, Teke Nieto, Lance Rivera and Solomon Roybal.

State Auditor Releases Audit Of UNM Athletics

on November 13, 2017 - 6:12am
State Auditor Tim Keller
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Athletics Department Friday and its related institutions including the UNM Foundation and the Lobo Club.
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit in May after receiving multiple complaints from concerned citizens.

Hilltoppers Finish 2nd At Barney Swimming Relays

on November 13, 2017 - 6:00am
The Los Alamos High School Swimming and Diving team finished 2nd in both the girls and boys competition Saturday at the 36th Annual Barney Relays at Albuquerque Academy. Host Academy won.
The Toppers won two relays: the boys 200 butterfly relay (senior Alex Bullock, junior Presley Gao, junior Dylan Ma and 8th grader Andy Corliss), and the girls 4 x 100 individual medley relay (junior Jillian Bennett, freshman Katherine Elton, 8th grader Julia Chen and senior co-captain Sara Shiina.)
The Hilltoppers picked up state meet qualifying standards in three events:
  • The girls 200 freestyle

Jordan Herrera Ties For MVP In Northern New Mexico Children's Football League

on November 11, 2017 - 4:47pm

Los Alamos Extreme Division 2 youth football team member Jordan Herrera tied for most valuable player in the 12-team Northern New Mexico Children's Football League. Herrera’s final stats for the eight-game regular season were 16 touchdowns and 1,102 running yards. Adding in his three playoff games and the Nov. 4 all-star game, he ended the season with 20 touchdowns and 1,503 rushing yards. Courtesy photo

Hilltopper Basketball Red Chile Powder Fundraiser

on November 10, 2017 - 11:23am

Sharon Lucero, left, and Jenny Gallegos are busy filling bags with a pound of red chile. Courtesy photo

Bags of red chile that volunteers have filled are ready for sale and awaiting pick up. Courtesy photo
The Hilltopper Basketball red chile powder fundraiser is under way. Each Lady Basketball player, C team JV and Varsity player will be given 20 red chile bags to sell.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will help defray the cost of expenses within the basketball program.
The donation for each bag of chile would be a minimum of $12 for each 1-pound bag.


Cinema Cindy Reviews: Battle Of The Sexes

on November 9, 2017 - 6:14am
Los Alamos

“Battle of the Sexes” was released at the end of September, but only recently came to our local theater, thus this late review… The film tells the story of the public battle for equal pay and recognition for female athletes, championed by tennis great Billie Jean King, and culminating in what was deemed “the Battle of the Sexes”, the September 1973 tennis match between the 29 year old women’s tennis great King and the 55-year-old former men’s champ, Bobby Riggs.

Significant steps along the way are covered in the film, but not in much detail.

Hilltopper Girls Fall In 5-A Championship Match

on November 8, 2017 - 3:18pm
Alissia Haagenstad finds the goal early in the first half of the game against the Albuquerque Chargers. Photo by John McHale/
BERNALILLO – The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ soccer team fought tooth and nail all the way to the final whistle before dropping the New Mexico Activities Association’s Class 5A championship 1-0 to the Albuquerque Academy Chargers.
The competitive match remained a stalemate through the first half with both teams having chances, but neither capitalizing to get a lead on the other.

Governor Proclaims Nov. 9 ‘Congratulations To 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman; Ken Giles Day’

on November 8, 2017 - 1:14pm


SANTA FE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez proclaimed Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 as “Congratulations to 2017 World Series Champions Alex Bregman and Ken Giles Day” throughout New Mexico.

Bregman and Giles, both of Albuquerque, made significant contributions to the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series championship-winning season.

Full text of the proclamation:



Scenes From NNMYF All Stars Weekend

on November 8, 2017 - 8:40am

Eight teams played at  the Northern New Mexico Youth Football All Stars Weekend at St. Michael's in Santa Fe Nov. 4-5 including this Blue Crush team that won their game 19-0 Saturday against the Orange Crush team. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extreme Division 2 youth football players were part of the All Stars Blue Crush team which won their game 16-7. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extremes youth football players were part of the Division 3 Blue Crush All-Stars team who won their game 13-12 against the Orange Crush team. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Extremes Division 4 players were part of the

Sipapu Ski Resort’s Opening Day Postponed

on November 7, 2017 - 3:57pm

Sipapu Snow Castle Feb. 18. Photo by Albert Graves/Courtesy Sipapu Ski Resort

SKI News:

VADITO  Sipapu Ski Resort officials announced the ski area is delaying its opening a week due to unseasonably warm temperatures. 

The resort was originally scheduled to open Saturday, Nov. 11, one of the earliest openings in resort history. 

Temperatures will drop again this week, which is ideal for snowmaking, and snow is in the forecast  for tonight,Tues., Nov.

Weekly Fishing Report Nov. 7

on November 7, 2017 - 3:41pm
Sports and Outdoors
Los Alamos Daily Post

There have been a lot of birds of prey migrating down the Rio Grande recently. I’ve seen several large raptors like red-tailed hawks and northern harriers circling the bosque. A sharp-shinned hawk actually killed a bird in our back yard. Eagles should start to show up around Abiquiu Lake soon and thre are usually some that spend the winter along the Rio Grande. Keep an eye out for them.

Last week I took a cue from one of our readers and fished the Rio Grande between Rinconada and Pilar. The fishing was excellent.

Hilltopper Boys’ Soccer Finish In Top Four

on November 7, 2017 - 9:29am
Adam Listwan try’s for a header in a corner kick in the match against Roswell in the first half. Photo by John McHale/
By RJ Montaño
Los Alamos Daily Post
BERNALILLO  The Los Alamos Hilltoppers boys’ soccer team matched the intensity and physicality of the Albuquerque Academy, but could not overcome the second half from the Chargers in a 3-1 semifinal loss.
Los Alamos took an early 1-0 lead when Arthur Steinkamp netted the ball past a diving Academy keeper. The ‘Toppers would take the 1-0 score into halftime of the physical contest.
The second half of the

NJROTC Cadets Travel To Roswell For Drill Meet

on November 7, 2017 - 8:50am

Los Alamos High School NJROTC drill team cadets competing in the Nov. 4 New Mexico Military Institute Drill Meet in Roswell were, from right, C/PO1 Isaac Vasquez, C/LTJG Austin Estrada, C/SR Aria Schmierer, C/SN Caden Lim, C/SA Cameron Armstrong, C/LTJG Caden Cionek, C/SA Tanner Peterson, C/SR James Bourguet, C/LTJG Jacob Thompson, C/SR Ryan Salmon and C/LTJG Stephen Gulley. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos High School NJROTC cadets competing in the physical fitness portion of the Nov.

Hilltopper Volleyball Ends Season In District Semifinal

on November 6, 2017 - 4:51pm

Sophia Salazar's spike kills the ball in the first set. Photo by John McHale/ 


Kimberly McKinley blocks a ball. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Daily Post


SANTA FE – The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team got on a roll, winning three of their past four games heading into a District 2-5A semifinal match against the Capital Jaguars on Thursday night.

The ‘Toppers started out strong as the aggressors in game one, maintaining a two- to four-point lead for the majority of the match.

Hilltoppers Girls’ Cross Country Takes Second Place

on November 6, 2017 - 4:49pm

The Hilltopper Girls Cross Country team fresh off their second place finish at the state meet. Photo by Dr Kurt Steinhaus




Los Alamos Daily Post


RIO RANCHO - The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ cross country team put together an impressive showing at the New Mexico Activities Association’s state meet held at Rio Rancho High School on Saturday. The ‘Toppers finished with a team total 69 points, which was good enough for a second place finish and a new red trophy to display at Griffith Gym.

Los Alamos was led by freshman runner Lidia Appell who

Soccer Success For Girls And Boys U11 Lasers Teams

on November 6, 2017 - 11:05am

LAFC Krypton Laser Linnhtet Htoon (#7 Green) makes a pass to Michael Witkowski during Bernalillo soccer action.​ Courtesy photo 

Tyron Pietryga presses forward into open space towards the goal. Courtesy photo


After a 7-0 victory over the Albuquerque AYSO EM Timbers at the New Mexico State Soccer Complex in Bernalillo, the Duke City Soccer League's Girls U11 Lasers soccer team moved into second place in the challenge bracket with a record of three wins, one loss and two ties.

In prior weeks, the Lasers beat the Corrales Cheetahs 1-0 and the Amarillo Yellow 2-1. They tied with


Scenes From Cross Country State Championship

on November 6, 2017 - 8:33am

The 'Topper athletes and coaches at Saturday's State Cross Country Championship at Rio Rancho High School. The 'Topper Girls and Boys took 2nd to Academy in the 5A classification. The Boys took 3rd to Academy and Kirtland Central. Photo by Blake Wood

Freshman Lidia Appell and 8th grader Norissa Valdez lead the pack up a steep, sandy hill past the one mile point. Appell and Valdez are the top and runner-up 'Toppers of the day in 5th and 6th places overall, with times of 19:47 and 19:52, respectively. Photo by Blake Wood

Junior Marin Kelly and freshman Mabel Pyle at the halfway point of the

Green Gold Swimming Intrasquad Meet Results

on November 6, 2017 - 7:43am
The Los Alamos Hilltoppers Green Gold Gorls and Boys Swim teams intrasquad meet results from Saturday's competitions at the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center:
200 MR:  Gold 2:07.43 (Katherine Elton, Jillian Bennett, Injie Mourad, O Englert-Erickson), Green 2:19.57 (K Ronning, T Nisoli, K Tripp, B Short), Green 3:34.40 (S Shiina, B Valdez, S Shiina, L Newton)
200 Free: Meredith McBranch G 2:32.63, Kamaya Ronning GR 2:33.81, Ada Tripp G 2:40.94, Alex Cunningham G 2:50.69, Dana Urbatsch G 3:12.79
200 IM: Katherine Elton G 2:33.87, Jillian Bennett G 2:37.37, Cory Liechty G 2:43.68,

Hawks Wrestling Team Shines At Pecos Tournament

on November 6, 2017 - 6:49am

With so many wrestlers taking 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins Saturday at the Pecos Tournament, the Los Alamos Middle School Hawks Wrestling Team also took home the second-place team trophy. The Hawks garnered six 1st place, five 2nd place and seven 3rd place finishes. Taking 1st place for the team are Ben Gellis, Landon Atencio, Nathan Harper, Liam Harper, Lance Rivera and Solomon Roybal. Taking 2nd was Jerome Martinez, Damian Martinez, Devin Corwon and Zach Swartzkopf.

Boys Soccer Falls To Albuquerque Academy

on November 3, 2017 - 2:17pm

The Hilltoppers fell 4-1 against Albuquerque Academy in the semifinals of the NMAA tournament. They end the season as one of the best four teams in 5A. Photo by John McHale/