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  • Full-court press leads Volcano Vista past LAHS

    The Los Alamos High School girls basketball team knows what its weaknesses are. Now, the challenge for head coach Josh Archuleta and his players is to overcome them on game days.

    Tuesday evening against Volcano Vista High School, the team’s weaknesses with handling pressure defense and defending against fast break offense were on display, as the Hilltoppers fell 60-23.

    It was the second time in three days that similar issues kept LAHS from staying in a game.

    Last Saturday, the Hilltoppers fell 60-27 to Pojoaque Valley High School.

    Volcano Vista and Pojoaque Valley play similar, full-court press defense, and Archuleta said his team knew exactly what was coming. The girls just had no way of stopping it.

    “The plan was to break the press and be patient,” Archuleta said. “And for the first couple minutes of the game, it looked like we were going to make it a game. And then all of a sudden we stopped doing what we had practiced for two and a half hours yesterday.”

    Midway through the first quarter LAHS began trying to dribble through the press, and the turnovers followed. After one quarter, the Hilltoppers trailed 20-6.

    “They exposed us, and we started to get frustrated,” Archuleta said.

  • Turnovers doom Hilltoppers in Pojoaque

    The Los Alamos High School girls basketball team could not escape the full-court pressure of the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes at the top of Saturday’s game, and it set the tone for the entire contest.

    Pojoaque Valley High School, a longtime rival of LAHS in girls basketball, harassed the Hilltopper offense throughout the first half, forcing 11 turnovers in the first quarter alone.

    And while Pojoaque Valley wasn’t great at converting those chances on the other end of the court, it was good enough to open a big lead early and coast through the rest of the game. The Elkettes cruised to a 60-27 victory at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.

    The Hilltoppers (2-1), who started out the season with wins over Farmington High School and St. Michael’s High School, was held scoreless for more than seven minutes to start Saturday’s game and never recovered.

    Neither team converted from the field for most of the first quarter, but Pojoaque Valley (3-0) was deadly from the foul line in the first half, and continued that into the second half.

    In the first half, the Elkettes made good on 10 of 12 attempts.

    Those free throws proved to be key for Pojoaque Valley, as the team missed wide-open shots throughout the evening despite being handed possession by LAHS over and over.

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  • San Ildefonso Pueblo to host annual bazaar

    During this special time of year, the San Ildefonso Pueblo Visitor’s Center invites the community to its annual bazaar Saturday.

    The 9 a.m.-4 p.m. event will feature the newest creations from pueblo artisans for the holiday season.

    The Pueblo de San Ildefonso Tourism Department holds the annual Holiday Bazaar at the Pueblo’s Tewa Center. The exact address for first time visitors, is 74 Povi Kaa Road in Santa Fe.

    “The bazaar is open to the public and features the artwork of the local artists of our Pueblo, such as: pottery, paintings, jewelry, sewing and handmade crafts,” said Denise Moquino, of the Tewa Visitor’s Center. “There will also be baked goods including; Indian bread, pies and cookies, cakes and more.”

    The concession stand is staffed by members of the Tribal Youth Council to benefit the program. Members will have an array of good food, snack items and drinks on hand throughout the day. 

    Pueblo artists will also donate an item that will be raffled off throughout the day. All questions can be directed to Denise Moquino at 455-3549 or 692-5580.

    This story has been corrected to reflect the correct date of the event.

  • Hilltopper hockey prepares for first home game of season

    After playing its first two games of the season on the road, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers ice hockey team will make its home debut Friday night at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

    Los Alamos will take on Taos at 8:15 p.m. Friday.

    The Hilltoppers return home full of confidence, after completing a sweep over Coronado in the first series of the season.

    In those two games, Los Alamos won 7-3 and 11-0, giving the team an ideal start to the new campaign.

    In the first game, the offense of Los Alamos was dialed in from the opening faceoff, firing 86 shots on goal against Coronado, and connecting for seven goals.

    Sean Mitchell scored the first goal of the season for the Hilltoppers, off of an assist from Jared Carnes, Mitchell added two more goals in the game for a hat trick.

    Ben Rees and Ray Guffee scored two goals apiece in the game, and Guffee added an assist. Also adding assists were John Charles, Carson Schramm and Jacob Dunwoody.

    The Hilltoppers went 2-3 on the power play, and goalie Zachery Brown made 16 saves on 19 shots as the defense played well and prevented many quality scoring opportunities.

    In the second game of the season, it was complete domination by the Hilltoppers from the very beginning.

  • Angel Fire resident puts hat in ring for Congress

    Angel Fire resident Steve McFall announced today he’s making a run for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. McFall said he really didn’t have a choice.

    “The shortest answer is I didn’t pick this, it picked me. I was teaching skiing, playing golf and fishing for a living when the Lord told me I had better use of my big mouth than teaching Texans how to ski.”

    McFall, who’s running on the Republican ticket, is interested in streamlining the government processes people use everyday, and helping people become less reliant on government in general. He is also interested in reforming the federal tax system and immigration. He also wants to introduce term limits for “career politicians.” He is also interested in bolstering states’ rights when it comes to medical care, providing better care for war veterans and public education.

    McFall is 52 years old and has one daughter, Maia, and a granddaughter, Alice.

    Log onto the Los Alamos Monitor Friday at lamonitor.com for more details.

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  • Community invited to Breakfast with Santa Saturday

    The annual Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos and DelNorte Credit Union, will be from 7-11 a.m. Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

    The breakfast is free. In return, attendees are requested to donate either non-perishable food items or money. Food collected will be used by LA Cares to feed local families in need. Money donated will be used for the Kiwanis/CYFD Foster Children Christmas party.

    Any money left over from the Foster Children’s party will be used for Foster Children needs.

  • Los Alamos Symphony kicks off Winterfest

    Those planning to attend the annual Holiday Pops Concert this Friday evening at the Crossroads Bible Church, better brush up on their conducting skills. There may be a test.

    The Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra will choose one person through a raffle to conduct the 60-member orchestra for one song during the concert.

    The program will also feature a singalong.

    Songs for this year’s concert will be:

    “From the Realms of Glory,” “Winter Wonderland,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Christmas Eve Sarajevo 12/24,” “A Christmas Festival,” “Trepak,” “Waltz of the Flowers,” “Jingle Bells,” “A Most Wonderful Christmas,” “The Christmas Song,” “Christmas Sing-a-Long” and “Sleigh Ride.”

    LASO Conductor David Chavez said choosing the songs was a collaborative effort with LASO President David Korzekwa.

    “Overall, it was a collaborative effort between he and I, with songs that haven’t been done, with those that have been done traditionally in years past,” Chavez said.

    This is one of the orchestra members’ favorite concerts. The concert will be a first for many in the orchestra.

  • East Road detour today, Thursday

    Los Alamos County Traffic and Streets crew will be detouring west bound traffic on East Road on to the existing median today and Thursday. The detour will be on East Road between Canyon Road and Central Avenue. East bound traffic will not be affected.

    This detour will occur from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

    In addition to this detour, crews will cone off a section of shoulder and sidewalk on Central Avenue at the Old Hilltop House parking lot. This will not affect vehicle traffic, however, it will affect foot traffic.

    Drivers are asked to slow down and proceed through work zones with caution.