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  • LA to face familiar foe in quarterfinal round Thursday

    It could be a banner year, quite literally, for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team in 2012.
    The Hilltoppers are once again among the favorites in Class 4A heading into the state playoffs. The Hilltoppers kick off their state tournament run Thursday morning at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex.
    Los Alamos, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, will face 10th-seeded Piedra Vista in the quarterfinal round. Game time is 10:45 a.m.
    This season, the Hilltoppers (17-3) spent the bulk of their time atop the Class 4A rankings, that according to MaxPreps.com, but lost their No. 1 ranking, for no obvious reason, in the final poll. Albuquerque Academy, which finished No. 1 in that last poll, also earned the No. 1 overall seed.
    Thursday’s game will be the second meeting between Los Alamos and Piedra Vista in less than three weeks. The Hilltoppers defeated the Panthers 2-0 Oct. 20 in Farmington.
    In that game, Katelyn Leslie picked up a goal for Los Alamos in the first half and Amy Neal scored an insurance goal in the second half.
    Neal, of course, was the overall top scorer in Class 4A this season and the No. 4 scorer throughout the entire state. Neal finished the season with 32 goals and 20 assists, the second consecutive year she was the top point-getter in 4A.

  • Toppers take on Tigers in state tourney quarterfinal

    Despite a long layoff, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team feels primed and ready to go.
    The Hilltoppers, the No. 3 seed, will open the Class 4A state playoffs Thursday afternoon at the Albuquerque Public Schools Soccer Complex. Their quarterfinal match-up against the sixth-seeded Los Lunas Tigers.
    Los Alamos will have to contend with a big offensive presence for Los Lunas, however.
    The Tiger attack is spearheaded by sophomore Alejandro Garcia. Garcia was far and away the top point-scorer in Class 4A for 2012 with 86 (38 goals, 10 assists), nearly 30 points better than the next best scorer in the state.
    “I watched him play, he’s good,” Gartz said. “He’s good in the air and he’s got a good left shot. We have to stand him up as much as possible.”
    Also for the Tigers, Said Aguilera had 10 goals and 11 assists (31 total points).
    Los Lunas (15-6) went a healthy 9-1 in District 6 this year – the largest district in 4A – to beat out state qualifier Miyamura for the district title, but was unremarkable outside district play. It lost a 1-0 decision early on this season to Santa Fe, which Los Alamos swept in two games by a combined score of 8-2.

  • Class 4A State Soccer Schedule

    Thursday-Saturday games at APS Soccer Complex


    First round

    (8) Belen 2, (9) Santa Teresa 0
    (5) Farmington 6, (12) Roswell 0
    (6) Kirtland Central 2, (11) Valencia 1
    (10) Piedra Vista 1, (7) Miyamura 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Belen vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 10:45 a.m.
    Piedra Vista vs. (2) Los Alamos,      10:45 a.m.
    Farmington vs. (4) St. Pius X, 11:15 a.m.
    Kirtland Central vs. (3) Aztec, 11:15 a.m.

    Friday’s semifinals

    Belen-Academy winner vs. Farmington-St. Pius winner, 11:30 a.m.
    Kirtland Central-Aztec winner vs. Piedra Vista-Los Alamos winner, 11:30 a.m.


    Saturday, 10:30 a.m.


    First round

    (8) Capital 2, (9) Artesia 1
    (5) St. Pius X 3, (12) Miyamura 0
    (6) Los Lunas 3, (11) Santa Teresa 2
    (7) Roswell 3, (10) Santa Fe 0

    Thursday’s quarterfinals

    Capital vs. (1) Albuquerque Academy, 1 p.m.
    Roswell vs. (2) Chaparral, 1 p.m.
    St. Pius vs. (4) Farmington, 1:30 p.m.
    Los Lunas vs. (3) Los Alamos, 1:30 p.m.

    Friday’s semifinals

  • Republicans pick up seats in New Mexico Senate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and her Republican allies made gains in the state Senate, including ousting a top Democratic leader.

    Unofficial returns from Tuesday showed Democrats winning or leading enough House races to likely hang on to the party's majority but the outcome remained uncertain because several races were very close.

    Martinez achieved a big victory when Senate President Tim Jennings of Roswell lost his re-election bid.

    Roswell farmer Cliff Pirtle received 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for Jennings, according to unofficial but complete returns. Jennings was the second-longest serving state senator.

    Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez, a Belen Democrat, survived a costly effort by pro-Martinez forces to make a clean sweep of the top Democratic leadership. Sanchez, who has served in the Senate since 1993, handily defeated first-term Republican David Doyle, a Los Lunas lawyer who gave up a House seat to run for the Senate.

  • Today in History for November 7th
  • LA voters OK all four charter amendments

    Following a highly contentious public debate regarding four Charter amendment questions, Los Alamos voters gave the nod to all of them:

    Charter Amendments Yes   No
    Question 1              5331 4113
    Question 2              4888 4437
    Question 3              5461 3712
    Question 4              5852 3365

    Get a complete wrap up of local, state and national races in Wednesday's Los Alamos Monitor. As a public service, Wednesday's edition of the newspaper will be a Total Market Circulation distribution delivered to virtually every household in Los Alamos County.

    Look for a follow up report on the reaction to passage of the Charter amendments in Thursday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Lujan Grisham picked as Heinrich's replacement

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats kept control of two of New Mexico's three congressional districts with the election Tuesday of Michelle Lujan Grisham to represent the Albuquerque area.

    Lujan Grisham easily defeated former Republican state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones after an uncharacteristically quiet campaign for what is traditionally a swing district known for its hard-fought races.

    Lujan Grisham replaces Democrat Martin Heinrich, who defeated his predecessor, Republican Heather Wilson, for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

    Although the majority of voters in the district are Democrats, Wilson managed to hold the seat for a decade before giving it up in 2008 to make her first run for Senate. Heinrich has held the seat since then.

    It is the most competitive of the three congressional districts in New Mexico. In the other two, Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and GOP Rep. Steve Pearce easily held onto their seats.

  • NM voters approve $140M in library, school bonds

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters have approved three general obligation bond proposals that provide more than $140 million for senior citizen centers, libraries and colleges and universities around the state.

    Officials at the University of New Mexico, the state's largest university, say the bonds include $19 million for renovations on the main campus and another $5.5 million is earmarked for branch campuses in Gallup, Los Alamos, Taos and Valencia County.

    Senior centers from the Navajo Nation south to Dona Ana County would share $10.3 million in bonds for improvements, new construction and other equipment.

    Another $9.8 million in bonds would go to state agencies for purchasing books, electronic resources and other materials as well as library construction projects.

    Bonds are backed by property taxes and must be approved by voters.

  • Heinrich defeats Wilson for Senate seat

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Martin Heinrich won New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday in a race against a former Republican congresswoman.

    He defeated Heather Wilson, and will succeed Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring after 30 years.

    Heinrich has represented the Albuquerque area's 1st Congressional District since 2009, when he took over a seat held by Wilson for five terms. Wilson didn't seek re-election in 2008 and ran unsuccessfully for the GOP Senate nomination after Republican Pete Domenici decided to retire.

    Both parties viewed the race between Heinrich and Wilson as important in the national battle for control of the Senate. However, polling during the campaign showed that Wilson struggled to attract crossover support among Democrats, which is critical in a state where Republicans account for only one-third of voters.

  • Garcia Richard wins battle for Dist. 43 State House seat

    Democrat challenger Stephanie Garcia Richard has edged out incumbent Republican Jim Hall in the pitched battle to represent District 43 in the House.

    With some of the votes still being tallied, Garcia Richard has garnered 7, 092 (51 percent) versus Hall's total of 6,782 (48 percent).

    As of 7 a.m. roughly  83 percent or 25 out of 30 preceincts had been counted.

    "It looks like she won by about 300 votes," Hall said this morning. "I expected her to win by about 100 or so but I have not been able to find the results from all the precincts. The Secretary of State website has not been updated since last night. But I think it's a done deal."

    Hall said he felt the difference in the race was the turnout in the La Cienega section of Santa Fe where twice as many people came to vote than they did in 2010 when the late Jeannette Wallace edged Garcia Richard by 210 votes.

    "There was no way I could overcome that."