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Today's News

  • Buzzer-beater lifts LA to win

    Against a tough Class 5A opponent, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team needed all the help it can get Friday night.
    That help came in the form of Anna Scott at the end of each half.
    Scott, a shooting guard for the Hilltoppers, had a rebound-and-putback at the buzzer to end the first half, then came through with the play of the game, hitting a NBA-range 3-pointer as regulation expired, lifting the Hilltoppers to a big win over the Sandia Matadors.
    Scott, on the right side of the 3-point circle, had just enough time to catch and shoot a long-distance 3, which swished through the net to give Los Alamos a 46-43 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Scott, who’d had a relatively quiet night until the fourth quarter, came up with seven points in the quarter, including the game-winning 3.
    Friday’s win over the Matadors (10-4), who went into the ballgame as a top 10-ranked team in 5A was the first coaching victory at Los Alamos for Ann Stewart.
    Stewart, who was given the head coaching job for the Hilltoppers Monday following the surprising mid-season departure of Tarah Logan, said the win was simply a matter of Los Alamos taking what Sandia’s defense was giving.

  • On Schedule 01-20-13

    Tuesday

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos at Bernalillo, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Boys basketball: Santa Fe Indian School at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Wednesday

    Boys basketball: Bernalillo at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Friday
    Girls basketball: Santa Fe at Los Alamos, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

    Saturday
    Wrestling: Los Alamos at Aztec Invite, varsity, 9 a.m.

    Swimming and diving: Los Alamos at Artesia Invite, 10 a.m.

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Santa Fe, C team, 4 p.m.; JV, 5:30 p.m.; varsity, 7 p.m.

  • Sports Briefs 01-20-13

    LA boys thumped by Sandia

    In its final game before the start of District 2-4A play, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team took a shellacking against the Sandia Matadors.
    The Hilltoppers (1-15) fell to the Matadors 62-21 in Albuquerque Friday night.
    The Matadors (11-3) are the third-ranked team in the state in Class 5A.
    It was the most lopsided loss of the season for Los Alamos. Unfortunately, its task gets no easier with the star of District 2-4A play, when it hosts Bernalillo (10-6) Wednesday night.
    The Hilltoppers picked up their only win of the season so far Jan. 4 against Taos, but have lost four straight games by an average margin of more than 25 points.

    Women’s Weekend starts Feb. 8

  • LA wins big at Pecos tourney Saturday

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team took five first-place finishes en route to a dominating performance at the Pecos Invitational Saturday.

    Los Alamos picked up 11 top-four finishes, including a sweep of the championships between 160-195 pounds, as it cruised to a big team win. Los Alamos grabbed 223.5 total points, 95.5 points better than its next nearest competitor, St. Michael’s, to take the team title.

    Individually, Chandler Lauritzen, Cory Geyer, Arnoldo Ortiz, Brian Geyer and Diego Madrid picked up championships at the tournament. John Michael Romero at 126 pounds, Lane Saunders at 152 and Peter Brewer at 220 all advanced to the championship round for the Hilltoppers as well.

    More information about the Hilltoppers’ win will be in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Jemez Pueblo wants to reclaim land

    Valles Caldera National Preserve is replete with evidence of ancestral villages, sacred and ceremonial sites and shrines of the Jemez people.

    Jemez Pueblo has, in fact, never severed its ties with this ancestral homeland. Jemez people continue to rely on the Caldera for subsistence hunting, forage for livestock, irrigation water, wild plants and trees used for food, medicine and ceremonial objects, timber for construction and firewood and obsidian and chert for stone tools.

    But the pueblo’s ultimate concern centers on trails and sacred areas used by the pueblo’s religious societies, and mineral and hot springs used by medicine societies for curing ailments.

    “The Valles Caldera is our cathedral. It is just as important for us as the Vatican is for the Catholics and as the famous Blue Lake is to Taos Pueblo. It is where the spirits of our ancestors reside and it is our most important spiritual place,” said former Jemez Governor Madalena at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing in June, 2010.

    Oral histories say that the image of an eagle with a lightning bolt coming from its beak on Redondo Peak (known as Wav e ma to the Jemez people) was the sign for the tribe to settle there when they migrated from the Four Corners region.

  • Gun legislation surfaces

    First in a two-part series

    In the aftermath of the shootings in Aurora Colo., Newtown Conn. and Taft, Calif. Legislation both for and against gun control has been popping up all over the country.

    As the national debate continues to foment, it was only a matter of time until New Mexico’s recently reconvened state legislature came up with some of its own.

    Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Bernalillo, recently introduced legislation that he said would tighten up background checks at gun shows and also establishes a state background check system.

    “Our Wild West days are over. Our Wild Bill Cody and Annie Oakley days are over. Our legislation will require background checks for the mentally and criminally adjudicated at gun shows in New Mexico, and for private individual purchases.” The bill is known as HB 77.

    Another piece of proposed legislation is HB 114, sponsored by Rep. Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, seems to go completely in the opposite direction. It tells the feds to back off — or else.

  • Andrew and Mousie 01-20-13
  • Word on the Street 01-20-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What is your opinion of Martin Luther King Jr. Day?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 01-20-13

    • Monday: AC closed
    • Tuesday: Lego contest
    • Wednesday: Movies and munchies
    • Thursday: Bingo
    • Friday: Indoor games

    Memberships are free and open to all in third through eighth grade.
    The White Rock Youth Activity Center is at 10 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565. The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is at 475 20th St., 662-9412.

  • Fashion Maven: What's trending in the fashion world

    The weather is still cold enough that someone would have to pay about $1 billion to make you stop wearing cuddly sweaters, warm pea coats and toasty boots, but believe it or not, spring is heading our way and in the fashion world, it has already arrived.
    Designers recently wrapped up most of their spring runway shows and I’ve combed through some of their looks to bring you the top trends of the coming season before anyone else does.
    What’s my reason for such an early start? During, after and even before the spring runway shows, clothing stores and less prominent designers take the extravagant looks they see marching down the runways and “humanize” them.
    These consumer-friendly products, which are based on — but are less flamboyant than — the exotic creations seen during the fashion shows, are then sent to your favorite stores, all before spring even turns the corner.
    That means that right now, the newest spring trends are already in stores and if you want to get the cream of the crop, shopping for the next season now is much smarter than waiting until the flowers start sprouting in the spring.
    So let’s cut to the chase. Here’s a list of next season’s trends and essential pieces.