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Today's News

  • Tales of a first-time blood donor

    Some people are under the impression that having blood drawn is a scary thing, as if a 200-year-old vampire was waiting patiently by your side for a taste of that red bodily fluid.
    I accompanied Los Alamos Monitor Features Editor Jennifer Garcia on a recent photo shoot and learned that donating blood wasn’t at all scary, but perhaps even enjoyable.
    After deciding on a whim that I wanted to donate blood, I signed a form that legally allowed the phlebotomists to draw it. I then sat behind a screen while a young lady asked me questions about my health, such as if I had AIDS or any STDs.
    Once I passed the test with flying colors, I was led to a chair with a pump sitting next to it.

  • Adele: Rumor has it, she’s fabulous

    After seeing her take it all at the Grammys this year, my growing interest in Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, or just Adele for short, was sparked and I realized how little I knew about her life and how she became the successful musician she is today.
    I have loved her music since her song, “Someone Like You,” and I, along with millions of other listeners, was awestruck by her powerful voice, heart-wrenching lyrics and emotion. Vogue conducted an interview with Adele recently, making her the magazine’s cover girl in the March issue, and I learned practically everything I needed to know about her.

  • When business, politics mix

    Historian Dave Clary emails from Roswell wondering why, now that Wall Street tycoon Mitt Romney appears to be a presidential nominee, the press doesn’t seem to realize that running government like a business isn’t a good deal for our nation.
    Clary says it is worth noting that the last two corporate executives to run our country, George W. Bush and Herbert Hoover, presided over economic meltdowns. He also points to the Italian counterpart Sylvio Berlusconi as another prime example.
    The press has covered the subject of business and government being two different animals. Therefore the promise to run government like a business isn’t necessarily something voters should embrace.

  • Should you buy wedding insurance?

    Disastrous wedding mishaps have long been a comedy staple, probably because so many of us can relate. What bride- or groom-to-be hasn’t had nightmares about hurricane-force winds blowing over the reception tent or a drunken cousin falling into the wedding cake?
    Besides the potential for embarrassing memories, there’s a lot of money at stake: The average wedding in 2012 will cost nearly $27,000, not including the honeymoon – about what you’d pay for a well-appointed new car.

  • Sports Schedule April 30-May 5

    Monday

     

    Golf: Los Alamos at District 2-4A championship (Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe), boys and girls varsity, 9 a.m.

     

    Wednesday

     

    Tennis: Class 4A state individual tournament, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

     

    Thursday

     

    Tennis: Class 4A state individual tournament, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

     

    Friday

     

    Tennis: Class 4A state team tournament, boys and girls, 8 a.m.

     

    Track and field: District 2-4A championship, Santa Fe High School, 3 p.m.

     

    Baseball: Class 4A state tournament first round, TBA.

     

    Saturday

  • Playoff brackets due out

    The New Mexico Activities Association is scheduled to release the baseball and softball postseason Class 4A brackets today.
    Brackets will appear on the NMAA’s website, nmact.org.
    Both Los Alamos’ baseball and softball teams won District 2-4A titles this season and picked up automatic bids into the state tournament.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team, which was a 21-0 winner over Capital Saturday, will play a best-of-three opening round series starting Friday.
    Los Alamos’ softball team will appear in a single-elimination game either Friday or Saturday.
    The top eight seeds in 4A will host this weekend.

  • LA swept at home to finish

    While the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team fell short of its stated goal to earn at least a split Friday with one of the top teams in New Mexico, Friday’s showing was good enough to at least give the team the feeling it can hang.
    Los Alamos was swept in its season-ending doubleheader at Overlook Park. Los Alamos, hosting the six-time defending state champ Piedra Vista, fell in the first game 9-3, then dropped the second game 16-6 in six innings.
    Piedra Vista, which has been the class of New Mexico for its reign, boasts a powerful lineup from top-to-bottom. That lineup would eventually wear down Hilltopper ace pitcher Monika Teter in both contests. Teter threw all 13 innings Friday.

  • ´Toppers nipped in 2-4A title match by Demons

    SANTA FE – For the first time in more than a decade, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys tennis team won’t be going into the state Class 4A tournament as a district champ.
    Los Alamos was upended Saturday by the Santa Fe Demons. The Demons won four of six singles contests during the District 2-4A finale to take a 5-4 team victory at Capital High School.
    The loss snapped a 12-year winning streak by the Hilltopper boys at the 2-4A tournament.
    Los Alamos led 2-1 following doubles play, but Santa Fe prevailed in two contests Los Alamos was banking on, Nos. 1 and 4 singles.
    At No. 1 singles, eighth grader Warren Fulgenzi Jr., a member of arguably the greatest prep tennis family in New Mexico history, stunned Hilltopper Stephen Townsley.

  • LA earns 2-4A title, takes top 3 doubles spots

    SANTA FE – A trio of Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis teams will be entered into the Class 4A state individual tournament after a big performance this weekend.
    Los Alamos earned a convincing win at the District 2-4A championship tournament this weekend, keeping its impressive streak of district titles intact, while taking all of the top three slots in the 2-4A doubles bracket, where most of its top players elected to enter.
    Saturday’s finals were played at Capital High School.
    The Hilltoppers’ top doubles teams met for a shot at the district crown, with the No. 1 seed Gillian Hsieh-Ratliff/Madeline Margevicius knocking off the No. 2 seed Colleen Fitzsimmons/Susanna Lucido in straight sets.

  • Resignation calls for Bernalillo Co. commissioner

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque's mayor is joining a chorus of Republicans calling for the resignation of a Bernalillo County commissioner shown posing with young women in a Philippine city known for prostitution.

    Mayor Richard Berry's office released a statement Saturday saying a long pattern of inappropriate behavior by Republican Commissioner Michael Wiener has reached a point where he should step down for the good of the community.