.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's News

  • Armstong to be burned in effigy

    LONDON (AP) — His career is in ruins and now an effigy of Lance Armstrong is about to go up in smoke.

    The disgraced American cyclist has been chosen as the latest celebrity to be burned in effigy during an English town's nationally famous Bonfire Night celebrations.

    Edenbridge in southeast England has built a 30-foot (9-meter) model of Armstrong, who was stripped recently of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offenses.

    The effigy, to be burnt Saturday, sports a sign saying "For sale, racing bike, no longer required."

    Towns across Britain light bonfires and set off fireworks on Nov. 5 to commemorate Guy Fawkes' failed plot in 1605 to blow up Parliament.

    The bonfires are traditionally topped with an effigy of Fawkes but have been decorated with contemporary figures over recent years.

    Previous Edenbridge effigies include comedian Russell Brand and soccer star Wayne Rooney.

  • Toppers close out 2-4A season with sweep at home

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team closed out its District 2-4A season with an impressive victory Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers swept the Capital Jaguars in their final home game of the season. They served an impressive 10 aces as they dropped the Jaguars 25-12, 25-14, 25-12 at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Los Alamos closes out its regular season at St. Michael’s tonight. Los Alamos and St. Mike’s were scheduled to play in mid-September but that match was postponed due to a water leak in Perez-Shelley Gymnasium.
    With Wednesday’s win, Los Alamos (13-6) finishes with a district mark of 7-1. The team clinched the 2-4A regular season title, the No. 1 seed in the district tournament – which starts next week – and a berth in the Class 4A playoffs Saturday with its win over Española Valley.
    Los Alamos lost 3-1 to Santa Fe early in the district season, but bounced back, losing just three sets for the rest of the district season and earning four 2-4A sweeps.
    Against Capital, senior Erin Kirk, playing her final regular season match at Griffith Gym, led the way with 15 spike kills, scoring those on 22 attempts. Claire Stewart and Brianna Montaño both finished with 5 spike kills.
    Setter Savanah Romero, also a senior, had 27 assists.

  • Hilltopper hopes still alive?

    It’s still very much a long shot, to be sure, but there is a glimmer of hope for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team to make the Class 4A playoffs.
    By Saturday morning, the Hilltoppers’ postseason fate will be sealed one way or the other. But a berth in the playoffs, which seemed like a pipe dream two weeks ago is, if not likely, at least plausible.
    Los Alamos (5-4) shouldn’t have any trouble with Capital (1-7), which picked up its lone victory two weeks ago against Española Valley, and may even have to pull back to get the game to the second half.
    But the most important game for Los Alamos Friday night is not its own game — if the Hilltoppers lose to the Jaguars, no force on Earth could get them into the playoffs — but rather the Santa Fe-Bernalillo game Friday at Ivan Head Stadium.
    Santa Fe will clinch District 2-4A if it wins Friday. If it doesn’t, that reopens the door for Los Alamos. Keep in mind, neither Los Alamos nor Santa Fe has a prayer of getting an at-large bid, so the only team that will advance will be the district champ.
    On paper, that doesn’t seem to be much to hang one’s hat on. The Spartans (1-7) have struggled mightily. The Demons (3-5) have struggled, well, less mightily. The Demons have a potent offense. The Spartans do not.

  • Toppers showing support for military

    Senior Night for the Los Alamos football team takes place Friday at Sullivan Field.
    But as its seniors are recognized, along with their parents, the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team will be working to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
    “This year’s team decided to do a charity fundraiser, and since we have many former Hilltopper football players who have entered the military, and family members who have served, we decided the Wounded Warrior Project would be a great charity to give to,” Los Alamos head coach Garett Williams said.
    “The greatest casualty is being forgotten,” is the motto of the non-profit agency that works to assist warriors, their caregivers and their families.
    Their services include transition programs to help them find employment and working to fill gaps for those that have visible wounds, as well as invisible wounds like PTSD and more.
    The Hilltoppers, who are playing their season finale against Capital, will collect donations and donate all of their proceeds from working in the concession stand that evening to show their support.
    Among past members of the football program that are serving in the armed forces are Garett Nelson, Jeremy Kasik, Wade Archuleta, Justin Trujillo, Kyle Trottier, Chris Naranjo, Eric Nelson and Nathan Robbins.

  • Updated spending reports due on political races

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Voters will get an updated look at the cost of New Mexico's legislative races as political committees and candidates face a deadline for fundraising disclosures.

    The last complete pre-election report of campaign spending and contributions must be filed Thursday by candidates for the Legislature and other offices as well as political committees.

    Legislative races are among the most hotly contested in the general election as Republicans and GOP Gov. Susana Martinez try to chip away at Democratic majorities in the state House and Senate.

    Spending on legislative campaigns has soared this year as outside political groups have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for mailings and advertising to try to influence voters in some House and Senate races.

  • 10 things to know for Thursday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about on Thursday:

    1. NYC'S SUBWAYS GET BACK ON TRACK

    Limited subway service will resume Thursday morning, but not in lower Manhattan where the power remains out, officials say.

    2. WHAT HAPPENED TO NEW JERSEY'S BARRIER ISLANDS

    Superstorm Sandy turned the cherished area into a hazardous wasteland of badly eroded shore, ruined beachfront homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities.

    3. WHERE NOT TO GO TRICK-OR-TREATING

    The White House canceled its Halloween tradition because of Sandy and donated the goodies to the organizations that would have participated.

    4. THE US ROLE IN SHAPING THE SYRIAN OPPOSITION

  • Raw: Ky. Chemical Train Derailment Evacuations

    Flames from a derailed train car sent people rushing out of neighborhoods and an entire town near Louisville on Wednesday while firefighters tried to douse the chemical blaze. Some people forced from their homes faced a night in shelters.

  • Today in History for Nov. 1st
  • First Person: Riding Out Sandy on N.J. Coast

    After superstorm Sandy, New Jersey's southern barrier islands have been left in tatters, with ruined beach front homes, flooded streets and damaged utilities. On Cedar Bonnet Island, residents talk about riding out the storm and what comes next.

  • Raw: 'Amazing Despair' in N.J. After Storm

    In Belmar, New Jersey, streets remain flooded and the town's boardwalk has literally been swept on to the front lawns. Day 2 into the superstorm cleanup, and many still have no power and their food supplies are dwindling.