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Today's News

  • ´Toppers finish 14th in season opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper wrestling team started its season off with a solid middle-of-the-pack finish in one of the toughest contests in the state.
    Los Alamos took 14th at the Southwest Duals this weekend. The Southwest Duals, hosted by Rio Rancho, included not only some of the top teams in New Mexico, but teams from all across the region, including Texas, Arizona, Colorado and even as far away as Kansas.
    It was the 2011-12 opener for the Hilltoppers, who brought a nearly complete roster with them to the duals. The Hilltoppers, who have struggled filling out a full lineup for most of the recent past, have as many as 30 wrestlers available to them this season.
    Los Alamos was only lacking a 106- and 126-pounder for this tournament.

  • LA boys, girls win big this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls swimming teams picked up impressive victories at their home opener of the 2011-12 season Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys grabbed a total of 605 points, more than double the total of their next-near competitor, Los Lunas. Los Alamos’ boys won eight events on the day.
    For Los Alamos’ girls, they picked up 484 points to win. Los Lunas was also second in the girls competition with 369 points.
    On the girls side, Los Alamos also took top honors in eight races, while the team’s top diver, Amy Neal, picked up a win in Friday’s diving contest.

  • Aztec nips Goddard in Class 4A title game

    This was the year of the Tigers.
    After finishing second four times since 2003, the Aztec Tigers picked up the Class 4A football title Saturday. The Tigers squeaked past the Goddard Rockets 28-27.
    The win was the first ever state football title for Aztec, which has been an elite state program for most of the past decade. Aztec lost a shootout to Artesia in the 4A title game a year ago, 45-34.
    Also Saturday, the Lovington Wildcats came back from a 10-0 deficit against the St. Michael’s Horsemen to win 14-10 in the Class 3A state title game. That game was played at Ivan Head Stadium in Santa Fe.

  • Sports Schedule, Dec. 5-10

    Monday

    Girls basketball: Pojoaque at LAMS, seventh grade, 4 p.m.; eighth grade, 5 p.m.

    Tuesday

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

    Wednesday

    Wrestling: St. Pius at Los Alamos, JV, 4 p.m.; varsity,  5 p.m.

    Thursday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos vs. Sandia at Albuquerque Academy Invite, 1 p.m.

    Girls basketball: Los Alamos vs. Mayfield at Albuquerque Academy Invite, 2:45 p.m.

    Friday

    Boys basketball: Los Alamos at Albuquerque Academy Invite, TBA.

  • Moore, Broncos rout Lobos in finale, 45-0

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Kellen Moore threw three touchdowns in the final home game of his brilliant career and Doug Martin ran for two more as No. 9 Boise State rolled over New Mexico 45-0 Saturday.
    Moore, the winningest starting quarterback in college football history, was nearly flawless and the Broncos’ defense had no problem bottling up the punchless Lobos.
    The victory gives the Broncos (11-1, 6-1) their second straight season with a single loss and looks to clear the way for another trip to the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, where they dismantled No. 20 Utah a year ago 26-3.
    Boise State’s only loss came Nov. 12 against TCU.
    But Saturday was clearly a landmark day for Moore.

  • Highlights of New Mexico’s 100 years of statehood

    What were the most important events of New Mexico’s first 100 years of statehood?
    Mine appear below.
    The State Department of Cultural Affairs has a list, available in poster form.
    The New Mexico Blue Book has a list available from the Secretary of State’s Office.
    1912 - Any such list must beginning with Jan. 6 when President William Howard Taft signed the statehood proclamation and Gov. William C. McDonald, a Democrat, is elected to office.
    1916 - Pancho Villa_s troops raid Columbus, NM. A massive Punative Expedition into Mexico, headed by Gen. Black Jack Pershing, ensued. It involved the first tactical use of aircraft. A state park museum in Columbus tells a good story.

  • It’s not just the lava

    Mt. Rainier in my native Washington State is a stunning site. It’s a beautiful mountain, covered in snow and ice in both winter and summer.
    At over 14,000 feet, its summit is worthy of respect from even serious hikers. There’s no wonder it’s a National Park.
    Like most all of the other beautiful peaks in the Cascades, Mt. Rainier is also a deadly volcano. It hasn’t erupted since 1894, but that’s not long ago to a geologist – we are sure it’s only sleeping and will be heard from again.

  • Christmas Burst reveals neutron star collision

    A strangely powerful, long-lasting gamma-ray burst on Christmas Day, 2010 has finally been analyzed to the satisfaction of a multinational research team.
    Called the Christmas Burst, GRB 101225A was freakishly lengthy and it produced radiation at unusually varying wavelengths.
    But by matching the data with a model developed in 1998, the team was able to characterize the star explosion as a neutron star spiraling into the heart of its companion star.
    The paper, “The unusual gamma-ray burst GRB 101225A from a helium star/neutron star merger at redshift 0.33,” appears in Friday’s issue of the journal Nature.  

  • State Briefs 12-04-11

    Two men trying to help woman stabbed, One dies

    POJOAQUE — Authorities in Santa Fe County say two men who tried to intervene in a domestic dispute were stabbed by a man who was later captured.
    County sheriff’s officials say 21-year-old Victoriano Gonzales of Santa Fe was stabbed in the neck and died after trying to stop the dispute on Friday night. Another man also was stabbed but is expected to survive.
    Sheriff Robert Garcia says the two men were at a trailer park in Pojoaque (poh-WAH’-kay) when they witnessed the domestic dispute. The woman told deputies she was being assaulted by 31-year-old Adrian Gonzales.

  • Wedding: McDonald-McCloskey

    Dennis and Susan McCloskey of  Los Alamos are happy to announce the wedding of their son Michael. Michael and Mariah McDonald of Albuquerque were married this fall at Lake Tahoe, Nev. Ceremony and reception were held at the Cal/Neva resort, lakeside at sunset.
    Michael’s best man was Robert McAtee. His groomsmen were Nathan Sandoval, Jason Rothrock, Dr. Brett Kothe, Colin Ford, Michael Sheffield and Cody Martin.  
    Mariah and Michael are 2006 graduates of NMSU.  Mariah is a recreation facility manager for the town of Truckee-Donner, Calif. Michael is a PGA golf professional and marketing assistant for the Championship Golf Course in Incline Village-Tahoe, Nev. The couple live in Incline Village.