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Today's News

  • LA looking to bounce back from disappointing year

    Now that the new car smell effect of winning the state Class 4A title two years ago wore off for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team, it is able to see itself in a different light.
    In 2010, the Hilltoppers ended their 24-year state championship frustration to claim a boys soccer title. But in 2011, the Hilltoppers learned the hard way that the only thing tougher than winning a championship is defending it.
    At least one senior on the talent- and experience-rich Hilltoppers, thinks the 2011 season can be summed up in one game, its regular season finale against Capital. And his summation isn’t a positive one.
    “That game, how do I say this? People went in and they didn’t want to play,” said forward Ryan Maestas. “Some people were scared. We couldn’t live up to the hype like we needed to. We weren’t ready to play that opponent on that day, and when Henry (Steinkamp) got hurt, that was completely demoralizing.”
    A new season for Los Alamos’ boys soccer team has arrived, however. It will get the 2012 season started at home Tuesday against Bosque School.

  • Old-Fashioned Jamboree

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team saw some live preseason action at the Española Valley Jamboree Saturday, A dozen teams from around northern New Mexico took part in the Jamboree at Edward Medina Gymnasium.

  • On Schedule 08-26-12

    Monday

    Football: St. Pius X at Los Alamos, C team, 4:30 p.m.

    Tuesday

    Girls soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 4 p.m.

    Boys soccer: Bosque School at Los Alamos, varsity, 6 p.m.

    Thursday

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

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

    Friday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invite, Los Alamos vs. Belen, 9 a.m.; Clovis vs. Goddard, 9 a.m.; Piedra Vista vs. Roswell, 11 a.m.; Farmington vs. Bernalillo, 11 a.m.

    Cross country: Los Alamos at University of New Mexico Invite, boys and girls varsity/JV/C team, TBA.

    Football: Pojoaque at Los Alamos, varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday

    Boys soccer: Louie Cernicek Invite, TBA.

  • Boston makes big swap with LA

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox sent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett and outfielder Carl Crawford to the Dodgers on Saturday, parting with the high-priced stars in a nine-player trade that was the biggest swap in Los Angeles’ history.
    The floundering Red Sox also Boston also sent infielder Nick Punto and cash to the Dodgers. The Red Sox acquired first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, infielder Ivan DeJesus Jr. and two players to be named.
    “We continue to do everything in our power to strengthen our team for the stretch drive in an effort to reach the postseason,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “This trade today exemplifies ownership’s commitment to making the team as good as possible not only for 2012 but for many seasons to come.”
    The Dodgers are chasing San Francisco for the NL West title and are in the midst of the wild-card race. The trade came less than a week before the Aug. 31 deadline for teams to have players under their control in order for them to be eligible for the postseason.

  • NMFA oversight? The buck keeps moving

    It seems nobody was minding the store at the New Mexico Finance Authority.  
    Still attempting to learn how a fake audit could get past management and board, the Associated Press found that two Cabinet secretaries on the board never attended a meeting. Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary John Bemis did send representatives. Environment Secretary David Martin attended about half. Secretary of the Department of Finance and Administration Tom Clifford attended most of the meetings.
    Aha! The buck stops here.
    Well, no, it keeps on moving.
    Barela has said he serves on 31 boards, commissions, and task forces and is actively involved in about a half dozen. Other Cabinet secretaries have similar demands. What does this say for the quality of their time on NMFA business?
    Bemis has said the board relies heavily on the NMFA staff, and that’s true across the public and private sectors. So maybe the buck stops there.

  • H. Clifton fondly remembered

    SANTA FE — Hoyt Clifton arrived in Santa Fe just a few years after I got here in 1965.
    It seemed as though he was the New Mexico elections expert from the beginning but his obituary says he was just the voting machine specialist for the first few years.
    It’s interesting. Clifton came to Santa Fe because of his knowledge of handling the huge 850-pound voting machines of the day. Today, we are back to a pencil and paper.
    As long as I can remember when anyone had a question about elections they called Hoyt.
    He could explain anything in the election code because he had written most of it. If it was a complicated question, he would patiently explain the background and the problem it was designed to correct.
    Many amendments to the election code are introduced every year. Those who worked with Clifton say he could look at any bill and immediately be able to explain what the sponsor was trying to do.
     One day I called the Secretary of State’s Office and the secretary of state herself answered the phone.
    She said Hoyt was not there but that she could help me. I’m sure she could have helped but I was so accustomed to talking with Hoyt that I said to just have him call Jay Miller went he got back.

  • Dems pick Vigil as nominee for Supreme Court race

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — State Democrats on Saturday chose Chief District Judge Barbara Vigil of Santa Fe as their party's general election candidate for the New Mexico Supreme Court.

    The Democratic state central committee picked Vigil over four others who sought the nomination at a meeting in Albuquerque.

    The nomination was needed because Justice Patricio Serna retires at the end of the month. Normally voters would choose their party's nominee to replace him, but because the vacancy comes after the June primary election each party's central committee is nominating a candidate.

    Republicans will pick a nominee Sept. 8.

    GOP Gov. Susana Martinez will appoint a justice to serve until the winner of November's general election takes office later this year.

  • LA crushes Farmington, 6-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got its 2012 season started with a bang Saturday afternoon.
    The Hilltoppers scored four goals in the second half of their season opener with the Farmington Scorpions. Freshman Catie McDonald earned the first hat-trick of her prep career and senior Amy Neal scored a pair of goals and assisted McDonald with all three of her goals as the Hilltoppers won in a rout, 6-0 on the road.
    Los Alamos, which was much quicker up top than were the Scorpions, fixed itself up with several 1-on-1 scoring opportunities and took advantage.
    Due to some absences, the Hilltoppers went into the game playing short-handed — Los Alamos only kept 16 players on its preseason roster — but their sub-varsity call-ups for the game came through against the Scorpions (0-1) under toasty conditions at Hutchison Stadium.
    “Some of the JV players stepped up and played very well,” Los Alamos head coach Jiri Kubicek said. “I could not be pleased more with the first game of the season.”
    Kubicek said his team’s marking wasn’t where it should be and he would’ve liked to see a better overall contest out of his midfield, but he said he didn’t seen any unfixable problems.

  • Smart meter movement stirs rowdy debate in Texas

    DALLAS (AP) — Thelma Taormina keeps a pistol at her Houston-area home to protect against intruders. But one of the last times she used it, she said, was to run off a persistent utility company worker who was trying to replace her old electricity meter with a new digital unit.

    "This is Texas." she declared at a recent public hearing on the new meters. "We have rights to choose what appliances we want in our home."

    A nationwide effort to upgrade local power systems with modern equipment has run into growing resistance in Texas, where suspicion of government and fear of electronic snooping have made a humble household device the center of a politically charged showdown over personal liberty.

    Some angry residents are building steel cages around their electric meters, threatening installers who show up with new ones and brandishing Texas flags at boisterous hearings about the utility conversion. At a recent hearing at the state Capitol in Austin, protesters insisted everyone present recite the Pledge of Allegiance before the meeting could begin.

  • Las Conchas coverage wins accolade

    The Los Alamos Monitor has been awarded First Place for Best Effort to Improve Online Readership in the Landmark Community Newspapers annual contest. Each year the company, which has 54 paid newspapers in 13 states, 40 free newspapers and shoppers, 16 offset commercial printing plants, seven collegiate sports publications and 30 special publications such as real estate guides and homes magazines, conducts an internal competition to showcase the best work among its properties.

    The results of the company’s 2011 contest were recently released, and the Los Alamos Monitor team was recognized for its coverage of the Las Conchas Wildfire. The judge’s comments noted, “When Los Alamos residents had to evacuate, the Monitor staff provided comprehensive online coverage for residents who had to scatter to other cities and states. The Monitor responded with special e-editions, expanded photo coverage and news reports that were updated about every 15 minutes during peak periods.

    “Site traffic increased some days by more than 10 times the normal amounts … The staff’s coverage proved valuable during a critical moment in the town’s history and readers clearly responded positively.”