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Today's News

  • Bookkeeper gets probation

     A judge has passed sentence on the Española woman indicted last March on charges that involved stealing money from her Los Alamos employer’s bank accounts.

    In Santa Fe District Court Monday, Judge Michael E. Vigil ordered Rebecca Serrano to serve five years probation and also banned her from entering gambling casinos in New Mexico or “anywhere else.”

    Serrano, 46, worked as the office manager and kept the books for Jemez Physical Therapy at 2101 Trinity Dr. According to court documents, she siphoned nearly $160,000 from the business between 2005 and 2008, utilizing fraudulent check schemes. She also failed to report her additional income or pay nearly $9,000 in state income taxes.

  • High-Scoring Hilltopper

    It wasn’t even close.

    She’s one of the most prolific scorers in Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer history and she still has a full playoff slate and another year to go.

    Hilltopper junior Amy Neal ran away with the Class 4A scoring title this season. During the regular season, Neal piled up 33 goals — more than all but three prep players in the state at any level — and had 19 assists, second among 4A players.

    The stats are impressive, but Neal doesn’t consider herself different than any other player on her team. When asked what she felt her role with the Hilltoppers was, she was puzzled.

  • UNM looks to move past hype

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Two seasons ago, when New Mexico surged into the national spotlight behind coach Steve Alford and a gritty group of overachievers, it took many people by surprise.
    Now the Lobos are getting some preseason hype and Alford is relishing the opportunity to deliver on those projections when the regular season starts at home Nov. 11 against New Orleans.
    “There’s obviously some good expectations and when you look at us on paper, that’s kind of what we’ve told our guys,” he said. “Looking on paper, we look pretty good, but you have to go play the games and that’s what’s fun right now, trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together and get your team right at both ends of the floor.”

  • LA could have tough road to state title game

    Having a week off can be a blessing heading into the playoffs, or it can be a mixed blessing.
    Whether a week’s worth of rest turns out to be the former or the latter for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team remains to be seen.
    On the one hand for the Hilltoppers, who will open the 2011 state Class 4A playoffs Thursday morning, they have had plenty of time to iron out some details. Their last game of the regular season was Oct. 22 and have nearly two weeks to get their game in top form.
    But time off from competition can mean rust. It can also mean momentum gained during the regular season can be lost.

  • Strife continues over remains of 9/11 victims

    NEW YORK (AP) — An emotionally laden debate over the future resting place of thousands of unidentified remains of Sept. 11 victims is lingering as the attacks' 10th anniversary recedes, with several relatives saying they aren't satisfied with a recent city effort to spread the word about a plan to house the remains in the forthcoming 9/11 museum.

    Under pressure from families who oppose the plan, the city outlined it in a letter sent last week to relatives of all the nearly 2,800 people killed at the World Trade Center. The letter came after 17 relatives sued the city to try to get addresses so they could poll the families themselves.

  • Bank of America backs down on $5 debit card fee--video extra

    NEW YORK (AP) — Bank of America Corp. is scrapping its plan to charge a $5 monthly fee for debit card purchases after outraged customers threatened an exodus.

    The about-face comes as customers across the country petitioned the bank and mobilized to close their accounts in favor of credit unions and community banks. The outcry prompted other major banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co., to cancel trial tests of their own debit card fees.

  • LA girls will meet Piedra Vista

    The Class 4A boys and girls soccer championship tournaments shift to Albuquerque after last weekend’s opening round.
    Thursday, the remaining eight teams in each playoff bracket will head to the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex on the extreme west side of Albuquerque to determine the 2011 state champions. Class 4A girls games start at 10:45 a.m. Thursday while boys games will get going at 1 p.m.
    The Los Alamos girls soccer team, the No. 2 seed in that tournament, learned it will face seventh-seeded Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round. Piedra Vista, which finished third in a very tough District 1, took a 1-0 decision over Del Norte, the tournament’s No. 10 seed Saturday in Farmington.

  • Ruby K's Yum Run results

    Aspen Elementary School fifth grader Thomas Chadwick had the top finish in the men’s 5K race Saturday in the Ruby K’s Yum Run.
    The Yum Run, an annual fundraising event for LA Cares, started and ended in downtown Los Alamos. The event consisted of a 5K and 10K cross-country event, as well as a 1K fun run/walk. This year marked the seventh annual running.
    Chadwick, 11, finished with an age-adjusted time of 18 minutes, 41 seconds, scoring a decisive win over runner-up Sevngheon Kim, who finished in 20:30.
    Chip Cooper won the men’s 10K race with his time of 44:35. On the women’s side, Miranda Barraza had a 20:12 to win the women’s 5K race, while Erica Baron’s 45:46 was the best age-adjusted time in the women’s 10K.

  • LA loses in a shootout, 2-1

    It might have been the most complete game the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team had put together all season.
    Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to pull off a first round upset Saturday.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 10 seed in the Class 4A playoffs, were knocked out by the seventh-seeded Piedra Vista Panthers in the opening round. The Panthers came back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to score the equalizer, then earn the victory in penalty kicks.
    Piedra Vista’s 2-1 shootout win over Los Alamos advances it into the quarterfinals, where the No. 2-seeded St. Pius X Sartans await. Their game is set for Thursday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    For the Hilltoppers, their quest for a repeat Class 4A title ended early.

  • Be There 11-01-11

    Today
    National Novel Writing Month kicks off from 5:30-7 p.m. in the upstairs rotunda of Mesa Public Library. Write 50,000 in 30 days. For more information, call 662-8253.

    Wednesday
     The Sierra Club open meeting will feature Movie Night at 6:20 p.m. in the Mesa Public Library Upstairs Meeting Rooms. The movie will be, “Gasland.” The Bush Administration’s Haliburton Act exempted hydraulic fracturing for gas production from the Safe Drinking Water Act.

    Thursday