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  • 'Toppers pick up win at Academy, 41-30

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up an important win Thursday night.
    Los Alamos held the Albuquerque Academy Chargers to just one point in the first quarter and just five points in the fourth quarter to earn a big road victory, 41-30.
    Academy (0-3) rallied to cut the Hilltopper lead down to 17-14 at the break but the Hilltoppers scored 13 points in the third quarter and 11 points in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
    It was the first win by the Hilltoppers over a Class 4A team. The Hilltoppers (2-1) will face another Class 4A team Saturday night at home when they play the Moriarty Pintos (0-3). Moriarty is averaging only 21.3 points per game this season and was held to 13 points Tuesday against Hope Christian and 20 points Thursday against Belen.
    No other information about Thursday’s game was available as of press time.

  • LA blown out at home by St. Mike's

    A disastrous first quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in an early hole from which it would never recover.
    Los Alamos was pummeled by the St. Michael’s Horsemen early and often, with the Horsemen connecting on 7 of 9 shots in the opening quarter en route to a 21-5 first quarter domination.
    St. Mike’s cruised the rest of the way to take a 66-36 decision over the Hilltoppers at Griffith Gymnasium.
    Matthew Barela dropped in 9 points in the first eight minutes and finished with a game-high 13 points for the Horsemen (1-0), who are the defending Class 3A champions and are considered by many the favorite to repeat.
    St. Mike’s had a 15-2 in the first quarter, extending nearly five minutes.
    Los Alamos, which slipped to 0-5 and failed to break the 40-point mark for the third time in those five games, got into early foul trouble — the Horsemen were into the double-bonus early in the second quarter while at the same time had been whistled for only four team fouls — which sent forward Xavier Dennison and center Travis Richins to the bench.
    Filling in at the forward position was junior varsity call-up Tyler Van Anne. Van Anne, in just one-plus quarter of action, dripped in 10 points, pulled down three rebounds and added an assist.

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  • 'Toppers downed by Horsemen

    A rough first quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team in an early hole.

    The St. Michael's Horsemen outscored the Hilltoppers 21-5 in the first eight minutes of Thursday's game at Griffith Gymnasium en route to a 66-36 victory. The loss dropped the Hilltoppers to 0-5 on the season.

    In girls basketball Thursday, Los Alamos picked up a road win over the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, 41-30.

    For more information on the Hilltopper boys and girls basketball teams, check out Friday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • 10 things to know for Friday

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

    1. EGYPT'S PRESIDENT DIGS IN HIS HEELS

    Morsi takes an uncompromising stand in a nationally televised address, while protesters plan another big rally Friday in Tahrir Square.

    2. ELECTION DIDN'T COME CHEAP

    Finance reports show that the U.S. presidential campaign cost more than $2 billion — a spending record.

    3. MAKING MARIJUANA LEGAL MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE EASY PART

    Now Washington state faces a raft of tough questions — how to create a legal-weed market, how to keep the drug away from teens.

    4. HOW ASSAD IS MAINTAINING HIS GRIP ON DAMASCUS

    A massive security clampdown includes a big increase in checkpoints and blast walls, and the deployment of army tanks.

  • Official: 'Confident' Bodies Are 2 Iowa Cousins

    Authorities say they're 'confident' bodies found in an isolated wildlife area are those of two young Iowa cousins who disappeared while riding their bikes last summer.

  • Much colder weather, maybe some snow this weekend

    This is a special statement from the National Weather Service:

    SHARP TRANSITION TO WINTER COMING FOR THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT...

    THE PROLONGED STRETCH OF UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER WILL COME TO A JARRING DEMISE THIS WEEKEND. TEMPERATURES WILL EASE DOWNWARD SLIGHTLY IN MORE LOCALES THAN NOT TODAY AND SATURDAY... BUT TEMPERATURES WILL REALLY CRASH SUNDAY AS A STORM SYSTEM AND ITS ASSOCIATED ARCTIC COLD FRONT BARRELS THROUGH THE STATE.

    HIGH TEMPERATURES ON SUNDAY WILL BE BETWEEN 20 AND 25 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL ACROSS PORTIONS OF COLFAX AND UNION COUNTIES... A RADICAL CHANGE FROM THE RECENT WARM WEATHER. IN FACT... SOME AREAS OF THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS TO THE FAR NORTHEAST PLAINS WILL STAY BELOW FREEZING SUNDAY AFTERNOON. SUNDAY NIGHT WILL BE THE COLDEST SO FAR THIS SEASON... WITH MANY LOCATIONS ACROSS NORTHERN AND WEST CENTRAL NEW MEXICO BETWEEN 5 BELOW AND 5 ABOVE ZERO. STRONG NORTHERLY WINDS BEHIND THE FRONT WILL ALSO CREATE BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILL VALUES LATER SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT.

  • Pearl Harbor survivor helps identify unknown dead


    HONOLULU (AP) — Ray Emory could not accept that more than one quarter of the 2,400 Americans who died at Pearl Harbor were buried, unidentified, in a volcanic crater.

    And so he set out to restore names to the dead.

    Emory, a survivor of the attack, doggedly scoured decades-old documents to piece together who was who. He pushed, and sometimes badgered, the government into relabeling more than 300 gravestones with the ship names of the deceased. And he lobbied for forensic scientists to exhume the skeletons of those who might be identified.

    On Friday, the 71-year anniversary of the Japanese attack, the Navy and National Park Service will honor the 91-year-old former sailor for his determination to have Pearl Harbor remembered, and remembered accurately.

  • Books for the holidays

    Scholastic books are for sale at The Family YMCA from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, through Thursday. The public is welcome to come to the Y and shop. A variety of picture books to young adult novels are available.
    Partial proceeds will benefit the Y’s annual campaign that supports scholarships for those needing financial assistance.