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  • Topper girls score twice in 2nd half to top Bobcats

    Throughout the course of this 2012 season, it’s likely the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is going to have some issues.
    But so far, it doesn’t appear that the offense is going to be one of them.
    The Hilltoppers pulled away from the Bosque School Bobcats with a pair of goals in the second half to earn a win in their first home game of the season.
    Amy Neal earned a pair of goals, including the second goal of the game in the 65th minute which seemed to sap the life out of the scrappy Bobcats’ squad.
    Chandler Art drove the final nail in the coffin late in the ballgame as the Hilltoppers picked up a 3-0 win at Sullivan Field.
    Just two games into 2012, the Hilltoppers have already scored nine goals, four of them by Neal, the team’s superstar and the reigning Class 4A scoring champ, who has assists on three other goals so far.
    It was a solid win for Los Alamos over a tough Class A-3A ballclub from Albuquerque, although the Hilltoppers’ head coach Jiri Kubicek would’ve liked to see more oomph out of his team early on.

  • Martinez is one in a big field

    SANTA FE — We said two weeks ago that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s selection as a Republican National Convention speaker was a slam-dunk for the committee.
    Republicans have significant problems with women and minorities so the selection of several minority women with high offices was an easy call.
    And now comes the news that our governor will speak immediately before Paul Ryan’s address.
    That is a real coup. Her slot is being touted as second only to keynoter Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the final night of the convention.
    Every one of the multitude of convention speakers has a special message to deliver.
    Martinez was chosen to tell the inspiring story of her life and to talk about what needs to be done to keep the promise of America for the next generation.
    Other women governors chosen as speakers are South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Other women on the convention program are U.S. Rep Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Ann Romney.

  • Pink is not the only color for cancer patients

    Hands up. Who knows which cancer teal represents? No one? Who even knows what color teal is, anyway?
    OK, if you’ve read any of my columns you’ll know the answer is ovarian cancer. I started you on an easy one. Here’s a more difficult one. What are the symptoms? Can you remember from last September’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month?
    “Uh, bloating maybe, pain, some kind of pain.” Well, if you didn’t come up with four out of the following five then my work here isn’t done: bloating, pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, digestive irregularity and fatigue. Didn’t get them all? Then I hope you never do, because 2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer die of their disease.
    Who knew that there were other colors of the cancer rainbow than pink? Who knew that there are other cancers we should all be educated to be aware of?
    This month when I went into my cancer clinic, every staff member was wearing a pink ribbon T-shirt. If I go into the hobby shops, after having searched high and low for teal trinkets, I have to gaze at a check out rack full of pink ribbons, pink pens with ribbons, a pink-ribboned Hello Kitty, a pink ribbon flashlight…. the list goes on.

  • Isaac in N. Orleans on Katrina's 7th Anniversary
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  • Redondo replaces Johnson on Democratic council ticket

    The Los Alamos County Democratic Party Central Committee unanimously elected Michael Redondo to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket for the Los Alamos county council race. Johnson withdrew on Aug. 17, saying he would likely be moving away from the county before the term had ended.

    Redondo was the only candidate to put himself forward to fill the vacancy. He had contemplated entering the race before the primaries, but had chosen not to run so he could pursue a job with the county. The county position is no longer an option, so Redondo decided to throw his hat in.

    "I care for this town. I want to see it prosper. I want to see people like myself be able to come back to this town, having grown up here, and be able to get a job, and that job not necessarily be at the lab," Redondo said. "I think this community really needs to think about diversifying its economy. In essence, it's a one company town, and unless you are willing and can get a job at the lab, it's difficult for people who grew up here to be able to stay."

  • LA teams split soccer doubleheader

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team was victorious in its home opener Tuesday at Sullivan Field, while the Hilltopper boys were nipped in overtime.

    The two teams played a doubleheader with the Bosque School Bobcats. The Hilltopper girls scored twice in the second half to distance themselves in what had been a tight ballgame most of the way, taking a 3-0 victory.

    Los Alamos’ boys, making their 2012 debut, allowed a sudden-death overtime goal by the Bobcats to fall 2-1.

    Pick up the Los Alamos Monitor’s Wednesday edition or check this site for more information on both contests.

  • Isaac makes landfall in La.; Gulf Coast braces

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Isaac spun into the southern Louisiana coast late Tuesday, sending floodwaters surging and unleashing fierce winds, as residents hunkered down behind boarded-up windows. New Orleans calmly waited out another storm on the eve of Hurricane Katrina's seventh anniversary, hoping the city's strengthened levees will hold.

    Isaac, a massive storm spanning nearly 200 miles from its center, made landfall at about 6:45 p.m. near the mouth of the Mississippi River. But it was zeroing in on New Orleans, about 90 miles to the northwest, turning streets famous for all-hours celebrations into ghost boulevards.

    While many residents stayed put, evacuations were ordered in low-lying areas of Louisiana and Mississippi, where officials ordered the closure of the state's 12 shorefront casinos. By late Tuesday, more than 100,000 homes and businesses had lost power.

    Ed Rappaport, deputy director of the National Hurricane Center, said Isaac's core would pass west of New Orleans with winds close to 80 mph and head for Baton Rouge.

  • Lobos suspend quarterback David Vega indefinitely

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico suspended junior quarterback David Vega has been suspended from the football team indefinitely.

    The suspension was announced Tuesday by Lobos coach Bob Davie, who says Vega was arrested early Sunday by Albuquerque police.

    Details of the arrest weren't immediately available.

    Davie says that until he's satisfied that he has all the facts, he won't make a decision on Vega's return to the program.

    Vega is the second Lobos player suspended in two days.

    On Monday, Davie announced that sophomore defensive back Devonta Tabannah has been suspended and won't play in Saturday's season-opening game against Southern.

    Davie said the suspension was for violating team rules, but he wouldn't elaborate.

    However, police told KRQE-TV that Tabannah was arrested Sunday in downtown Albuquerque on suspicion of drunken driving.

  • Seven vie to replace Selvage

    Seven Los Alamos county residents have submitted letters of interest in the council seat vacated by Ron Selvage earlier this month. They are Edward Birnbaum, John Bliss, Stephen Boerigter, Andrea Cunningham, Phillip Kunsberg, Ralph Phelps and Rick Reiss.

    Council will hold a special session at 7 p.m. Sept. 6 to select a replacement. The successful candidate will hold the seat for the remainder of Selvage’s term, which expires Dec. 13, 2014.

    Follow the Los Alamos Monitor for more on the candidates.