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Today's News

  • Elections and emergencies

    A snowstorm hit northern Rio Arriba County and other northern New Mexico communities on Election Day, 1986, affecting voter turnout.  Rio Arriba is a Democratic stronghold. Republican Garrey Carruthers won the governorship, which was expected and probably not changed by the weather. I happened to be watching the attorney general race, and the snowstorm might have been the factor that gave Republican Hal Stratton the edge over Democrat Bob McNeill.  Those are the breaks.  
    Early voting has been instituted since then.  Voters in storm-prone mountain communities can choose to vote early, and campaigns can make extra efforts to encourage them to.  But nobody gets a do-over.
    What to do when a storm disrupts an election became a hot topic a few weeks ago as Superstorm Sandy barrelled through several eastern states.  You thought about it, didn’t you?  Would the storm pass, would the power be restored, would polling places be open and would voters be able to get to them?  If not, what would the alternatives be, and who had the power to make those decisions?

  • Rehashing the 2012 election

    At PJ Media, Ron Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute, offers a cogent analysis of the Republican losses. See: http://pjmedia.com/ronradosh/2012/11/06/why-obama-won/?singlepage=true.
    Republicans lost two presumably Republican Senate seats because of outrageous, incredible comments about rape from candidates Todd Akin in Missouri and Richard Murdock in Indiana. Had I been in either state, I would have voted for the Democrat, just to keep the lunatics from the Senate.
    Romney, Radosh said, simply said he disagreed with Akin and Murdock. A pat on the hand, in other words. Had Romney gone to the two states, held a news conference, condemned the statements and withdrawn support, that would have meant something. Romney’s response fueled the Democrats charges of a “war on women” by Republicans.
    In New Mexico, Romney’s response allowed dishonest demagoguery from Michelle Lujan Grisham, congresswoman-elect. Though Heather Wilson and Lujan Grisham’s opponent, Janice Arnold-Jones, both promptly called for Akin to drop out, weeks later Lujan Grisham ran an ad including an image of Akin. Arnold-Jones was aware of the ad, but did nothing. (I endorsed Wilson and Arnold-Jones.)

  • Teacher pushing up for LA

    Los Alamos Middle School teacher Rita Sanchez took one for the team last week, participating with the Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team in their annual push-up-a-thon.
    Hilltopper head coach Bob Geyer hopes to raise funds to cover expenses from cleaning supplies to warm ups and travel.
    Geyer hopes to take district again this year and, with the help of Sanchez, and others in the program, helping pay the bills will be a piece of that.
    Sanchez has contributed over $500 in the past two years doing what she says are, “old lady wall push-ups.”
    Los Alamos Public Schools superintendent Gene Schmidt has sponsored Sanchez each year she’s taken part and this year is no different.
    “The wrestlers are my surrogate children,” said Sanchez. “They fill the empty place in my heart. They treat me with respect and kindness and even concern.”
    Sanchez lost her son Bryan almost four years ago , in a car accident. Bryan wrestled in seventh grade and was hooked, continuing through the remainder of his high school career.
    “The team honored my son and my family by changing the name of our tournament to the Bryan Sánchez Memorial Wrestling Tournament,” said Sanchez. “I am tied to this team and these boys forever.”

  • LA opens year against Kirtland Central Tuesday

    Going into the 2012-2013 boys basketball season, it’s no big secret that the Los Alamos Hilltoppers will be on a very steep learning curve.
    “It’s going to be a rough year,” Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said. “But if our kids buy into each other like we did last year, we’ll be alright.”
    This is a new-look Hilltoppers team heading into this season. Los Alamos will open its season Tuesday night at Kirtland Central.
    The Hilltoppers are going to have to find a way to get through the early part of their schedule, not to mention a District 2-4A schedule that could again be a tough one, and do so without any of their top six players returning from the 2011-12 squad.
    Los Alamos went 11-19 last year.
    It was the 16th and final team selected for the state 4A playoffs and bowed out in the first round against top-ranked Goddard, 54-48.
    The six players he lost, all seniors, comprised virtually all of the team’s scoring from a year ago, not the least of which was offensive and defensive leader Nick Baker.
    This season, Los Alamos head coach Fil Dominguez said he’s going to take things one game at a time. Los Alamos has been doing a lot of fundamental work in the preseason along with just getting the group acclimated to playing together.

  • ´Toppers ousted by St. Pius X again, 3-0

    RIO RANCHO — Fifth verse, same as the first.
    For the fifth time in a row, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team succumbed to the St. Pius X Sartans in the Class 4A playoffs. The Sartans trailed the Hilltoppers only a couple of times early in the first two sets of Friday night’s Class 4A semifinal and started to pull away from the Hilltoppers midway through the second set.
    Los Alamos’ season ended one match short of the finals for the third time in a row, with the Hilltoppers falling 25-21, 25-16, 25-15.
    St. Pius and Los Alamos, which play similar styles upfront, sustained its attacks better than did Los Alamos and kept Los Alamos on the defensive for most of the night.
    The Class 4A state tournament concluded today at the Santa Ana Star Center. Results from Saturday’s championship match between St. Pius and Piedra Vista, which outlasted defending champion Artesia in a dogfight of a semifinal Friday, were unavailable at press time.
    At No. 9, Los Alamos was the lowest-seeded team to make the semifinals despite a fair number of upsets throughout pool play and the opening round of the tournament, including St. Pius, which was upset by Artesia in pool play Thursday.

  • Prep football scores from around the state

     

    PREP FOOTBALL
    Class 5A
    First Round

    Clovis 47, Atrisco Heritage 21

    Eldorado 28, Cleveland 26

    Mayfield 35, Manzano 28

    Volcano Vista 28, Valley 27

    Class 4A
    First Round

    Aztec 63, Santa Fe 13

    Deming 36, Roswell 0

    Moriarty 45, Farmington 20

    Piedra Vista 49, St. Pius 3

  • Manhattan Project 70th Anniversary

    August 13, 2012 marked the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Manhattan Project. The communities of Tri-Cities, WA, Los Alamos, NM and Oak Ridge, TN took part in this day of remembrance.

  • Today in History for November 17th
  • LA volleyball team falls in state semifinals

    For the fifth straight year, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team has been bounced out of the Class 4A state tournament by St. Pius X.

    The Sartans won in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-16 and 25-15 in the state semifinal.

    Los Alamos finished second in pool play and advanced to the semifinals with victories against Farmington and Roswell.

    For more details, read Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • LA volleyball team advances to state semifinals

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team advanced to the semifinal iround of the Class 4A state tournament with a 3-1 win Friday against Roswell.

    The Toppers will take on St. Pius X at 4:45 p.m. today in the semifinals. St. Pius has knocked the Hilltoppers out of the playoffs the past four years. .
    Los Alamos, which finished second in pool A Thursday morning, swept the No. 11 seed, Farmington, 25-16, 26-24, 25-10 to advance to the quarterfinals against Roswell Friday morning.