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Today's News

  • '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.

  • News For Retirees 10-19-14

    Oct. 19-25, 2014
    For information, call the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) at 662-8920, the White Rock Senior Center (WRSC) at 662-8200 and “Day Out” (adult day care, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 661-0081. Reservations must be made by 10 a.m. for daily lunches.
    Betty Ehart
    MONDAY
    8:45 a.m. Cardio
    10:30 a.m. Feldenkreis class
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Pork Chop
    1 p.m. Matter of Balance class
    7 p.m. Ballroom Dancing
    TUESDAY
    8:30 a.m. Mac users group
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    10 a.m. Computer users group
    11:30 Lunch: Green chile chicken tortellini soup
    Noon Lunch talk: Jonathan Ice, Commission for the Blind
    1 p.m. Bingo
    1 p.m. MindBody massage
    6 p.m. Mahjong
    7 p.m. Bridge
    7:30 p.m. Table tennis

    WEDNESDAY
    8:30 a.m. LAVA quilters
    8:45 a.m. Cardio plus exercise
    10:45 a.m. Music with Ruth
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Catfish
    1:30 p.m. Daytime duplicate bridge

    THURSDAY
    8:30 a.m. Walk-In-The-Woods
    8:45 a.m. Variety training
    11:30 a.m. Lunch: Salisbury steak
    1:30 p.m. Beginning tap dancing
    2 p.m. Ballroom dancing
    6:30 p.m. Chess
    7 p.m. Bridge

  • Lewis and Todd 10-19-14
  • A terrible, horrible, no good, very bad movie

    Based on the children’s book by Judith Viorst, “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) who experiences the worst day of his young life.  
    He finds gum in his hair, accidentally sets the science lab on fire, angers the girl he has a crush on and finally his parents are late picking him up from school. Alexander is left feeling very sorry for himself.  In contrast, everything is going wonderfully for the rest of his family which makes Alexander want the worst for them.  
    On his birthday the next day, Alexander makes a birthday wish that his family would have the most horrible, terrible day. To his surprise Alexander’s father (Steve Carell), mother (Jennifer Garner), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) do experience the worst day of their lives.  Alexander begins feeling remorseful and decides he must try to turn their worst day into the best day for everyone.
    While having great potential to be hilarious, this movie lacks creativity and is cliché. The father having a bad job interview, the brother failing his driver’s test, the sister getting sick before her play debut are all boring plot scenarios director Rob Lieber wrote.