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  • Bond to help schools

    On Jan. 29, the voters of Los Alamos County will have the opportunity to build a brighter future for students with their vote on an all-mailed ballot for a $20 million construction bond that would not raise the tax rate.
    The upcoming bond will fund the replacement of the academic wing of Aspen Elementary School.
    The bond will also fund a variety of infrastructure costs such as new sewer and water lines for several schools. The bond will fund other much needed infrastructure costs including replacement of windows, repairs to some locker rooms, and improved fire alarm systems. In addition, the bond will fund the design costs for renovating the music wing of the high school, the middle school gym, and the next elementary school after Aspen. Some funding from the upcoming bond will be set aside to reinstate the courtyard that had been value engineered out of the middle school project.

  • Blaming the victim

    When arrested for robbing the convenience store, the man quickly told police his defense for the “so-called” robbery.
     “I walked into the store, and not even one person objected.  The sign on the door even said “Welcome — Come on in!”
     “The store’s owner did nothing to hide the fact that he had lots of cash in the store.  There is was, all green and crispy, flashing like a seductive fashion model, yelling out — Look at me!  Don’t you want me?”
     “If that guy didn’t want to be robbed, why then does he own a store with money in it?”
     “So when I held up the store and took the money, can you really blame me?  The store was just asking for it.  And the clerk gave me that money.  Willingly “gave” it to me.  He didn’t yell “Robbery!” while I was there taking the money.  Oh no, he waited until after I left.  Doesn’t that tell you something?”
     The police summarily released the man.  It was clear to any thinking person that this was not a “legitimate robbery.”

  • Rockets, Tigers meet in 4A final

    The Goddard Rockets and the Los Lunas Tigers square off for the state Class 4A football championship tonight.
    Goddard, the No. 1 seed and Los Lunas, the No. 2 seed, will play at Los Lunas. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. All Class 2-5 state championship games, which will be played this weekend, can be streamed live at nmaafilms.tv.
    The Rockets (11-0) and the Tigers (12-0) were the only two undefeated 4A teams in the 2012 regular season. The Tigers scored a whopping 550 points this season (45.8 points per game) and allowed only 86 points, including shutting out five opponents.
    In fact, this season, the only team that scored more than 8 points against Los Lunas was Aztec, which the Tigers defeated 24-20 in last week’s 4A semifinal round.
    Goddard, meanwhile defeated Moriarty and Belen in the playoffs by a combined score of 69-14 to reach the championship game for the fifth time in the past seven years. Goddard won back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009 and finished as the runner-up behind Aztec, losing a nail-biting finale 28-27 last year.
    Los Lunas has never won a state football title.

  • Ski Report 12-07-12

    Angel Fire

    No base report. Scheduled to open Dec. 14.

    Enchanted Forest

    No report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Pajarito

    No report. Scheduled to open Dec. 21.

    Red River

    23-inch base of packed powder. No new snow reported. 6 trails and 4 lifts open.

    Sandia Peak

    No report. Scheduled to open Dec. 15.

    Sipapu

    18-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 5 trails and 3 lifts open.

    Ski Apache

    4-inch base. No new snow reported. Scheduled to open Dec. 14.

    Ski Santa Fe

    No report. Will open when conditions permit.

    Taos

    11-inch base of machine-groomed snow. No new snow reported. 7 trails and 5 lifts open.

    Valles Caldera

    No report. Will open when conditions permit.

  • '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.