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  • Update 09-30-12

    Bulk item pickup

    At 8 a.m. Monday, brush and bulk item collection begins for town site residents with Monday or Tuesday trash service. Items placed out late will not be collected. For more information, visit losalamosnm.us/gogreen.

    Garden Club

    The Summit Garden Club will meet to tour the Santa Fe Botanical Gardens Wetlands, then have lunch in Santa Fe Monday. Visitors welcome. For more information, or to reserve a spot, call Freda McCormick at 662-7943.

    Elk festival

    The Valles Caldera will hold its annual event Oct. 6-14 with the headquarters at the Visitor Center. Daily festival activities will include elk viewing, elk education booths and various demonstration booths. This event is free and open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

    Candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters will have a candidates’ forum for the county council and county clerk candidates as well as the Charter amendments on Oct. 4. The forum will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fuller Lodge, with refreshments at 6:30.

    County Council

    The Los Alamos County Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers.

  • New Visitor Center opens in White Rock

    The White Rock Visitor Center held its grand opening Friday as dignitaries pose by the sign.

  • On Schedule 09-30-12

    Monday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Piedra Vista Invite, boys and girls varsity, 10 a.m.

    Football: Hope Christian at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Golf: Los Alamos at Grants Invite, boys and girls varsity, 10 a.m.

    Girls soccer: Los Alamos at Volcano Vista, varsity, 3 p.m.; JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Volcano Visa at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity,  6 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Volleyball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.; Taos at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Girls soccer: La Cueva at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity, 6 p.m.; Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.

    Volleyball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5 p.m.; varsity, 6:30 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Los Alamos at Sandia, varsity, JV, 4:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Moreno Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.; Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, 1:30 p.m.

    Girls soccer: Capital at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.; Española Valley at Los Alamos, C team, noon.

  • LA boys take 1st at Arizona race

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys varsity cross country team picked up a monster victory this weekend in Arizona.
    The Hilltoppers topped some of the best teams in the southwestern United States to claim an impressive win at the Desert Twilight Classic Invitational.
    Los Alamos won the sweepstakes meet with 98 points, paced by star Sean Reardon, who established himself as one of the top runners in the country with his performance. Reardon’s time of 15:39 put him in fourth place individually.
    In all, four of the Hilltoppers’ runners cracked the top 25 individually out of nearly 170 runners taking part.
    In the team standings, Los Alamos outpaced Great Oak, Calif., which earned 154 points.
    Also Friday, Los Alamos’ girls finished sixth at the meet, which took place in Phoenix, Ariz. Los Alamos, running against two of the top 15 teams in the country, finished with 162 points.
    The fourth-ranked team in the nation, Xavier Prep, finished with an amazing 28 points, placing three runners in the top five overall.
    The Twilight meet is run a night run, the second of the Hilltoppers’ 2012 season, and is among the most prestigious regular season interstate meets in the country.

  • LA gets thumped by Belen, 46-15

    To pull off an upset against the Belen Eagles, the Los Alamos Hilltoppers would have to play near-flawless football and keep the powerful Eagle running game at bay.
    Unfortunately, Belen got off to a hot start Friday night, while Los Alamos didn’t.
    Belen quarterback Chris Peralta went 62 yards for a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage Friday. Belen would tack on another touchdown midway through the first quarter and Peralta would scamper for 75 yards on the first play of the second quarter.
    Los Alamos would come back to score a pair of touchdowns in the second half, but it wouldn’t be enough as Belen cruised to a 46-15 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Belen (4-1) came into the game as the No. 6-rated team in the state, giving the top-ranked Goddard Rockets a run for their money the week before.
    But with Peralta, a sophomore backup quarterback at the helm instead of senior Nick Kurtz, the Eagles employed their bread-and-butter ground game to full effect, rolling up 242 yards on the ground in the first half.

  • ’Toppers win but can’t find rhythm

    The biggest competition the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team might be up against this season is itself.
    Hosting its second District 2-4A contest of the season, Los Alamos earned a 5-0 victory, but the overall performance fell well short of the standard the team had set for itself at the onset of its current 5-game win streak.
    Being the undisputed favorite in district this season, it’s not hard to understand why the Hilltoppers would find it hard to get psyched about a district contest — they haven’t dropped a 2-4A game in nearly six years — but their head coach, Jiri Kubicek, said he saw the same type of play out of his team when it was derailed by St. Pius X early in September.
    “That was not a team that’s ranked No. 1,” Kubicek said of Los Alamos after Saturday’s win at Sullivan Field against Santa Fe (3-10, 0-10 in 2-4A), the only district team that has an inkling of hope of ending the Hilltoppers’ win streak. “They looked like a team that didn’t want to be here. You can’t overlook anybody. This is what we looked like when we played St. Pius. We win a couple of games and we start thinking how great we are. We’ve got to show up every game.”

  • LA offense comes up big in 2-4A win

    The last thing the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team wants to do this District 2-4A season is mess around with any of its opponents.
    There was certainly no messing around Saturday.
    Los Alamos scored twice in the first 10 minutes of its home contest and controlled the ball most of the way against Santa Fe.
    Ryan Maestas picked up a hat trick early in the second half and Cooper Christensen added a goal and three assists as the Hilltoppers rolled to a 6-1 victory at Sullivan Field.
    The win was the second in as many outings for the Hilltoppers in 2-4A play.
    This season, Los Alamos (8-5) is gunning to reclaim the district title it lost to the Capital Jaguars in 2011, a team they will play this weekend.
    However,  Los Alamos head coach Evan Gartz said at the beginning of the season that the Demons weren’t going to be a pushover, either.
    But the Hilltoppers were able to feed off their hot start, scoring in the fourth, seventh and 19th minutes.
    Maestas scored two of the three early goals, sandwiching Henry Steinkamp’s rip from the top of the penalty box for the second score of the contest.
    Following the win, Maestas said the Hilltoppers were primed and ready to go long before Saturday’s 11 a.m. start time.

  • Word on the Street 09-30-12

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked students, “What did you think about the apocalypse theme for homecoming?”

  • Andrew and Mousie 09-30-12
  • Poetry Corner 09-30-12

    Illumination

    Across the endless, flat land sunken in the dark,

    the highway is a string of fairy lights,

    the moon is your lonely reflection.

    The sheet of paper I drive on is soaked in black ink.

    The highway is a string of fairy lights.
    Flat mountains, flat land make eerie outlines.

    The sheet of paper I drive on is still soaked in black ink.

    And the fog is thick.

    Flat mountains, flat land make eerie outlines.

    Your tendrils of brilliance begin to tickle the nearly impenetrable quiet.

    And the fog is thick.
    Coyote howls, and bear bares his teeth in an almighty grin.

    Your tendrils of brilliance begin to tickle the nearly impenetrable quiet.

    The rock is a chameleon, from black to orange.

    Coyote howls, and bear bares his teeth in an almighty grin.

    Sunrise. How I long for you, sunrise.

    The rock is a chameleon, from black to orange,

    across the endless, flat land sunken in the dark.

    Sunrise. How I long for you, sunrise.

    The moon is your lonely reflection.

    —Alexandra Hehlen