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Today's News

  • Did Royals, Giants get rested or rusty?

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon took a big rip at a batting-practice fastball, fouled it off badly into the cage, and ducked when the carom nearly hit him in the head.
    Gordon let out a huge laugh, and so did a bunch of his Kansas City Royals teammates watching Monday’s workout.
    “I can’t believe that just happened, dude,” pitcher James Shields razzed.
    It’ll be more frustrating than funny if those are the same awkward swings the Royals and San Francisco Giants take once the World Series begins.
    Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, both teams will deal with a familiar issue this deep in the postseason: Does an extended layoff translate into rest or rust?
    Buster Posey and the Giants zipped through the playoffs, and now will try for their third title in five years. Lorenzo Cain and the Royals zoomed along, reaching the Series for the first time since 1985.
    And then, they all got some time off. Almost an eternity, by October standards.
    The Royals went 8-0 in the AL playoffs, giving them five idle days before Shields starts the opener. San Francisco went 8-2 on the NL side and had four days to relax before Madison Bumgarner pitches.

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  • 'Topper XC boys are runners-up at Rio Rancho

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team had a huge showing at Saturday's Rio Rancho Jamboree.

    Los Alamos' boys finished second in team standings to the Rio Rancho Rams, finishing with 147 points. Moreover, the Hilltoppers stunned the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, their main nemesis. The Chargers finished in third place with 159 points.

    The Rio Rancho Jamboree is run at the same venue as the state championship meet, which is now just three weeks away.

    Los Alamos got top-20 finishes from two of its runners, Greg Ahlers and Cameron Staples, in the invidiual competition, for its runner-up finish.

    On the girls side, Los Alamos finished in third place. The Hilltoppers had 145 points, which easily outpaced the other competing Class 5A teams at the race.

    Los Alamos' girls were paced by Maddy Foley, who finished in third place overall.

    More information on the Hilltoppers' big finish will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • ’Topper boys, girls hope to end their seasons strong

    There’s just one week in prep soccer before Selection Sunday and there are still a few loose ends for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls teams to tie up.
    Los Alamos’ girls have three games in three days to end their year, while the Hilltopper boys have a pair of district games left to play.
    With seven days remaining before the New Mexico Activities Association releases the Class 5A postseason bracket, it doesn’t appear either Los Alamos team is poised to move up substantially, but if they’re not careful they could slip.
    Los Alamos’ girls are currently in the No. 4 spot in the MaxPreps.com 5A rankings, while the Hilltopper boys are ranked ninth.
    Los Alamos’ boys will meet Bernalillo Tuesday, followed by a Wednesday game at Del Norte. Los Alamos had a Saturday contest against Piedra Vista, but results weren’t available as of press time.
    While the Hilltopper boys were trying to keep their eyes on the upcoming week, they did so first by looking back at what they did in their outing Oct. 11 against Capital.
    With a chance to force a tie at the top of the District 2-5A standings with a win, Los Alamos was outplayed from the opening whistle and lost that contest 3-0.

  • On Schedule 10-19-14

    Monday
    Football: Española Valley at Los Alamos, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday
    Girls soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Wednesday
    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 3 p.m.; Pojoaque Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 6 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Del Norte, varsity, 5 p.m.; Santa Fe Waldorf at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.

    Thursday
    Girls soccer: St. Michael’s at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.

    Friday
    Cross country: Los Alamos Invitational, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, 3 p.m.

    Football: Los Alamos at Española Valley, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Española Valley, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m., varsity, 6 p.m.

  • Utilities charter change is not in our interest

    As a retired Los Alamos County utilities manager, 10-year member of the Board of Public Utilities (Board) and a utilities customer, I urge voters to vote against Ballot Question No. 2 — utilities. I am concerned about the potential negative effects the proposed re-write of Article V of the Los Alamos County Charter will have on Utilities customers.
    Unless a voter digs deeply into the background he/she may not realize that Article V, which was ratified in 1968 and has effectively guided utilities operations since, will be deleted and replaced with a new version that is substantially changed.
    What occurs in the proposed version is the council gains more control over utilities. Among other things, the council:
    1) will have the ability to remove one or more board members without reason
    2) will have the right to impose a dispute resolution process weighted in the council’s favor, and
    3) could potentially use utilities’ funds for other county operations.

  • No politics with utilities, please

    The advocates of Charter Amendment 2 are now claiming that it is preventive maintenance for the Utilities Department. This type of maintenance is based on the principle: “If it ain’t broke, fix it ‘til it is.”
    Don’t let them politicize our utilities. Vote “No” on Charter Amendment 2.
    Gil Miranda
    Los Alamos

  • A case for voting for Amendment 2

    I am voting for Amendment No. 2 on the upcoming ballot about our Utilities Board. 
    Contrary to the opponent’s dire depictions, it does not give unchecked power to council, or radically change the government structure established in the 1960s.   
    It does, however, put in some fail-safes and backstops that I think most of us would actually assume are in place now.
    Our local government has two parts. One is the Department of Public Utilities, which provides water, sewer, gas and electric. It is managed by a utility manager, policy decisions are set by a citizen utility board, and neither the board nor the manager reports to council. 
    The second is the county government, providing police, fire protection, libraries, parks, and the jail, for instance. These are managed by a county administrator, policies are set by the county council and you elect the council.
    With Amendment No. 2, the changes:
    • Require the utility board to abide by the Sunshine Laws of New Mexico — to announce all meetings and agendas.
    • Require the board to report once a quarter to the community — in a report to council — any issues that might be of concern.
    • Require the board, once every five years, to hire an outside utility consultant to review their processes.

  • Animal Shelter 10-19-14

    The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 662-8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets just waiting for their forever home, so come adopt a new best friend today! Be sure to check out the Petfinder website for pictures of all adorable adoptable animals:
    petfinder.com/shelters/friendsoftheshelter.html
    SHELTER HOURS: Noon to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.
    Also, be sure to check out the website at lafos.org, to get more information about volunteering, adopting and donating, as well as read up on some of your favorite animals and learn more about special needs animals or cats and dogs currently in foster care.
    All adoptable pets are microchipped, spayed or neutered, and up-to-date on vaccinations.
    CATS
    Dantez — A young, neutered, male gray and white cat who lost his left eye in an accident at the shelter. He gets around just fine and is accepting gentle visitors. He loves to be petted and he enjoys his best friend Jay.
    Hobbes — A 5-month-old, neutered, male, tabby kitten who will be available for adoption after his immunizations on Oct. 16. He is very friendly and playful.