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  • Track and field: LA girls come up big at district meet

    Once again, the District 2-4A girls track and field meet turned into a runaway.
    The Los Alamos Hilltoppers scored a whopping 240.5 team points, nearly double the total of their next-closest competitor, Santa Fe. Only one other team, Bernalillo, even broke 40 points.
    The Hilltoppers won all but three events at the 2-4A meet, held in Bernalillo — the first time since 2000 that it wasn’t held in Los Alamos. In the three events it didn’t win, Los Alamos athletes finished second, assuring the team will have at least one representative in each event at this week’s state Class 4A meet.
    The state championship meet starts Friday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos is favored to win its third straight team title.

  • Track and field: LA boys dominate district meet again

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team won big at the District 2-4A championship meet and placed 12 new qualifiers into state.
    Los Alamos earned 198 team points at the meet this weekend, held in Bernalillo, more than twice as many as Santa Fe, which finished as the runner-up. Los Alamos picked up district titles in nine different events at the two-day meet.
    The Hilltoppers will now advance to the state 4A meet, which starts Friday in Albuquerque.
    The win at the district meet kept the Hilltoppers undefeated 2-4A streak alive. The Hilltoppers have won 12 straight district titles since joining 2-4A in 2000 and 19 straight district titles overall.

  • Softball: LA sweeps, grabs District 2-4A title

    In between games at Saturday’s Los Alamos-Santa Fe softball doubleheader, the Santa Fe Demons held a ceremony to honor their senior, during which they congratulated the Hilltoppers for winning the district title.
    While it wasn’t technically accurate at that point, the Hilltoppers made it so in game two.
    Los Alamos swept both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, taking game one 10-0 in six innings game two 12-1, also in six innings to clinch the District 2-4A title.
    Had Los Alamos lost the second game, it, Bernalillo and Santa Fe would’ve gone into a tiebreaker, which Los Alamos probably would’ve won anyway, unless it surrendered more than 18 runs.

  • Tennis: Toppers bounced in 4A team semis

    ALBUQUERQUE — Both matches came right down to the wire, but in both instances, the Los Alamos Hilltopper tennis teams found themselves on the short end.
    Los Alamos’ boys and girls tennis teams were sent home a round earlier than expected Saturday. The Hilltopper girls fell to their arch-rivals, the Albuquerque Academy Chargers in the semifinal round of the Class 4A state team playoffs, while the Hilltopper boys were stung by the Farmington Scorpions.
    It was a wild finish in both team matches, particularly the boys match, which came down to the final game in the final match.

  • Animal Kingdom wins Kentucky Derby!

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby by a broken nose.

    An injury to Animal Kingdom's regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount and once he took the reins on Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner's circle.

    Animal Kingdom, who'd never raced on dirt before, reacted to his new rider the way a champion should, charging down the middle of the stretch to win by 2¾ lengths.

    Nehro was second and Mucho Macho Man was another neck back in third.

    Dialed In went off as the 5-1 favorite, but finished eighth.

  • Teen Pulse: Word on the Street--video extra

    What’s the weirdest thing you ever heard a teacher say?
    “Hey guys, we should all take drugs!” —Anna Carroll, junior

     

    What’s been your best vacation, so far?
    “My best vacation was to Germany and Austria.” — Daniel Hill,  sophomore

     

    What’s your favorite song?

    “I have a bunch of favorite songs because I really love music and everything about it.” —Monica Poston, junior

     

    What’s your most irrational fear?

    “People in those old-fashioned metal scuba suits.” —Megan Kelley, junior

  • As water inches closer, an agonizing wait in La.--see videos

    BUTTE LAROSE, La. (AP) — The final wave of holdouts has mostly packed up and left this Louisiana town as water from the swollen Atchafalaya River has inched toward their homes, with their frustration and hope painted on signs posted outside.

    "Nothing left worth stealing," read one. "Stay strong. Believe," urged another. "Our hearts are broken, but our spirits are not. We will come HOME," are the words Kip and Gwen Bacquet spray-painted on the plastic liner that covers the entire first floor of their house.

    Most had left Butte LaRose days earlier amid high tension as the water continued creeping toward the area, about 45 miles west of Baton Rouge.

  • State Police recruiters to test in Santa Fe and Española

    Area residents interested in a career with the New Mexico State Police can take the introductory tests locally in May and talk one-on-one with a recruiter for the State’s top law enforcement agency.
    Officers Jonathan Tenorio and Elizabeth Whitfield from the Training and Recruiting Bureau will conduct the physical fitness and written testing in Santa Fe on May 9th, 16th and 23rd and in Española on May 19th.
    Applicants should complete the application on the www.nmsp.com  website in advance, and bring with them.  Testing begins at 9 a.m. at the State Police District Office, 4491 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe, and in Española at 1410 North Paseo de Onate.

  • Al-Qaida vows revenge for bin Laden's death 


    CAIRO — Al-Qaida confirmed the killing of Osama bin Laden and vowed revenge, saying Friday that Americans’ “happiness will turn to sadness.” The statement was the first by the terror network since its leader was slain in a U.S. commando raid against his Pakistani hideout.
    The statement, written in typical al-Qaida style and in the name of the organization’s General Command, seemed mostly intended to reassure followers that the terror group remains vigorous and intact.
    The statement was dated Tuesday, the day after bin Laden’s death. Its authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted on militant websites Friday by the al-Fajr Center, al-Qaida’s online media distribution network.

  • Oppenheimer scholarship winners announced

    Eleven college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
     The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley, Capital and Santa Fe high schools.
    The JROMC has awarded 157 scholarships and other awards totaling $319,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization’s scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.