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  • Breaking News: Petition circulating to reinstate LAHS football player

    A petition being circulated around the community was scheduled to be turned into superintendent Gene Schmidt today concerning the reinstatement of a suspended Hilltopper football player.
    Among those seeking the reinstatement for the player was Tina M. Forsman, mother of a current Hilltopper football player and treasurer of the LAHS Gridiron Booster Club.
    The petition concerns a senior offensive lineman who was suspended prior to the start of the 2012 season. The senior was a starter for the Hilltoppers in his sophomore and junior years.

    Continue checking the Los Alamos Monitor for more information on this developing story.

  • Marquez is named the new head of NMAA

    The New Mexico Activities Association board of directors named Sally Marquez as its new executive director.
    Marquez, a longtime associate director at the NMAA, was picked out of a pool of five finalists for the position. Marquez worked for eight years under Gary Tripp, who left the position in early August.
    The board of directors of the NMAA, which governs most interscholastic sports in New Mexico, announced that Marquez will take over the position immediately. She will be paid a salary of $125,000 as head of the association.
    With the announcement, Marquez becomes the sixth top official in NMAA history and is one of only three women to hold similar positions in the country.
    Marquez graduated from Manzano High School in Albuquerque. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree at Virginia Tech. She worked with Tripp at Rio Rancho High School from 1998-2004.

  • Topper Notes 09-27-12

    Girls soccer is No. 1 in state

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team tops the first Class 4A rankings of the season released by NMSoccer.com.
    The Hilltoppers earned a rating of .76, one of only four teams in Class 4A to earn a rating in positive territory, to claim the top spot this week. The statewide polls were released Tuesday. This was the first week MaxPreps polls were broken down by classification.
    Los Alamos (9-1) opened District 2-4A play with a big win over the Bernalillo Spartans Wednesday, 11-0. The Hilltoppers have won six straight contests.
    In the website’s national rankings, Los Alamos finished 82nd overall. Los Alamos finished as high as No. 25 among the nation’s girls soccer programs.
    Finishing right behind Los Alamos in the 4A rankings was Aztec, which with 12 wins is the winningest team in the state. Albuquerque Academy (7-3) finished third in the poll, followed by Piedra Vista (7-3) and St. Pius X (7-4), the only team to have defeated Los Alamos this season.

    LA football is No. 13 in 4A

  • Hilltoppers sweep Pintos in 4A contest

    Heading into Wednesday’s match, the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team looked to have a pretty tall order on its hands.
    It was facing a tough Class 4A school, Moriarty, which was looking for a win against a solid 4A club to establish itself. It was also going into the match off a week-and-a-half layoff.
    But neither of those things seemed to be a problem for the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    The Hilltoppers put together an impressive showing, leading all the way except for the first point of the match and a short stint in set three to pick up a 25-16, 25-14, 25-15 victory.
    Los Alamos came up big in virtually every facet of the game, not the least of which was its service performance.
    Danielle Ortiz and Morgan Schake, two of the smallest players on the floor Wednesday, had big service runs in the opening set to set the tone. Ortiz served the Hilltoppers from a 3-2 lead to a 7-3 lead and Schake won six straight points from the service line to up her team’s advantage to 19-7.
    “I was kind of concentrating on one area of the floor,” Schake said. “It seemed to work well. I kind of concentrated on the toss. That helps me every time.”

  • Local Flavor 09-27-12

    Aspen Party at Ski Hill
    Join Pajarito Environmental Education Center from 1-4 p.m. Sunday for an Aspen Party. The Pajarito Mountain Ski Lodge deck area will be filled with activities and things to explore. The party is free to members and the cost for non-members is $10 per family. Families can get ready for the colder months by making nature-themed crafts and investigating life in the fall leaves. Make bird feeders, corn husk flowers or recycled notebooks. Many holidays are fast approaching and who knows, attendees might take home some hand made gifts or get some ideas for Halloween costumes. For more information, visit PajaritoEEC.org, call 662-0460 or email Programs@PajaritoEEC.org.

    LASO concert to honor Daniel Pearl
    In 2002, young Wall Street journalist Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and murdered while pursuing a story in Pakistan. Pearl also happened to be a violinist who played in a number of bands and musical groups and often took his violin and mandolin with him when he traveled.

  • Brave New Brass set to perform

    Brave New Brass is a brass ensemble recently formed in Los Alamos, based on previous brass quintets organized by Dave and Deniece Korzekwa.
    The members of Brave New Brass have a broad interest in the music available for small brass ensembles of various combinations and have been performing as a group in Los Alamos for the past several months.
    At the Brown Bag program at noon Oct. 3 in Fuller Lodge, Brave New Brass will present a variety of music written or arranged for brass instruments (quintet, trio, duet, and solo) ranging from the Baroque music of the 17th century (Purcell and Bach) to contemporary composers of brass music (Frackenpohl and Ewazen), with some jazz and tangos thrown in for variety.
    Members of the group are all Los Alamos musicians, with Jim Beinke (French horn), Deniece Korzekwa (tuba), Dave Korzekwa (trumpet), Mandy Marksteiner (trumpet) and Bruce Warren (trombone).
    Beinke received his bachelor’s degree from Northern Iowa University and his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. After teaching band and orchestra in Iowa and Wisconsin for 22 years, he entered seminary. He received his master’s degree and was a pastor in the Philadelphia area and later in Michigan. He had not played the French horn for almost 50 years and took it up again in retirement.

  • PEEC and Reel Deal team up

    The Reel Deal Theater and the Pajarito Environmental Education Center are bringing back their partnership to show nature films over the fall and winter months. The series will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 4 with a showing of “The Big Year.”
    “This is the perfect film to kick off the series,” said Katie Watson of PEEC. “It’s a birding film, so it will appeal to our many birders in Los Alamos, but it also stars Jack Black, Steve Martin and Owen Wilson, so fans of these actors, even if they aren’t birders, will want to watch it, as well.”  
    “The Big Year” tells the story of three competing birders hoping to get a “big year” and be named Birder of the Year. The film is as funny as one might expect, with Black, Martin and Wilson starring, but at the same time, it doesn’t treat birding as a joke. The film was featured in a series of articles and behind-the-scenes peeks in WildBird Magazine.  
    In one article, director David Frankel, said, “There’s no mocking. It’s very respectful.” He went on to say that the cast and crew became birders after working on the film. “Once you’re aware of birds, you can’t not be drawn to the movement in the skies or in the trees of winged creatures.”

  • Restaurant Inspections 09-27-12

    The following restaurant inspection reports were provided by the New Mexico Environment Department.

    Española

    Española Headstart, 340 N. Railroad Ave.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Hospital, 1010 Spruce St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 19
    Violations: None
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    Española Senior Citizens Center and catering, 410 Hunter St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20
    Violations: One high-risk violation for contaminated equipment — scoop inside, contaminating the salt. Corrected.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    ETS Fairview Elementary, 1000 Zuni Lane
    Date inspected: Sept. 21
    Violations: One high-risk violation for plumbing/waste disposal — two-compartment sink drain needs immediate repair. Drain broken, issued major notice of violation.
    Note: All staff were observed wearing gloves, hair nets/restraints and clean uniforms.
    Status of establishment: Approved, no follow-up required.

    James Rodriguez Elementary, 333 Coronado St.
    Date inspected: Sept. 20

  • This week on PAC-8, Sept. 28-Oct. Oct. 4


    THIS WEEK ON PAC-8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, September 28, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM County Council Replay (9-25-12)
    03:00 PM Celebration of Aging
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!
    06:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society
    07:00 PM Ice Cream Man
    07:30 PM Spirituality Today
    08:00 PM Clear Heart, Clear Mind
    09:00 PM FSTV

    Saturday, September 29, 2012
    FSTV

    Sunday, September 30, 2012
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:00 PM That Which Is
    09:00 PM Trinity on the Hill
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

    Monday, October 1, 2012
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! LIVE
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 AM Spirituality Today
    11:30 AM The LA Times – Legislative Review with Jim Hall
    12:00 PM Army Newswatch
    12:30 PM Elizabeth Claire Project
    01:30 PM Summer Video Classes Showcase
    03:00 PM The David Pakman Show
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Democracy Now!

  • Spend a day at the market

    On a lazy afternoon, the last thing many people want to do is head to Santa Fe to look at galleries. The mention of the word can be enough to make some people look around for undone chores.
    However, Hillside Market, at 86 Old Las Vegas Hwy., has a range of services that might change some minds. With work from more than 30 New Mexican artists, antiques, a koi rescue area, a coffee shop and a large greenhouse, Hillside Market is appealing to people of all ages.
    Owners Tisha Sjostrand, Kate Sjostrand and Pam Fennell created a space for people to browse, have a cup of coffee, meet local artists, buy local produce and take a class or two. This is no high-pressure sales situation. Staff members and artists are available to give information, but customers can enjoy the items on display at their own pace, without being pushed or prodded, which is helpful, as there is so much to see.
    The variety of merchandise includes items one expects to see in art galleries, such as paintings and sculptures, but also includes jewelry, rugs, furniture and many old treasures. Another important facet of this business is that the artists are not from elsewhere, merely selling their work in New Mexico, so all purchases support New Mexico’s economy.