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  • Fashion Maven: Red alert: Violating the school dress code

    You’d think I would know almost everything when it comes to the rules of fashion: what to wear, when to wear it, where to wear it, you name it.
    You’d think I would be able to whip up an outfit every morning that follows all those rules — to include the school dress code. I thought I could too, but this week something went terribly wrong.
    That’s right, the Fashion Maven violated the school dress code.
    You’re probably thinking short shorts and spaghetti straps, aren’t you? No, my skirt was five inches above the knee instead of four, and my tank top straps were an inch wide instead of two.
    Nevertheless, I was called into the office, urged to sign a contract and obligated to change into a new set of clothes — not mine, but the school’s.
    Given that I am a fashionista and that I received the luck of the draw with the clothes provided to me that day,
    I created an outfit that looked at least mildly stylish. Still, the experience will haunt me forever, and it has driven me to tell all my readers about how to dress stylishly within the parameters of the dress code.
    For those of you who are unsure of the school’s rules for clothing, here’s the short list:
    • In general, skirts or shorts can come up to four inches above the knee;

  • Band practice makes a perfect year

    The 2012-2013 school year is going to be a big one for the Los Alamos High School marching band. Starting the first week of August, the band practiced every day for two weeks, before school had even started. Aside from the band class during the school day, the group also practices from 6:30-8:30 p.m. two evenings during the week.
    While a large portion of the band’s responsibility is to perform at football games, all of the practice contributes to its performance at marching band competitions, as well. Various pep bands will play at basketball games, while small jazz ensembles play at events around town.  
    This year, the band will travel to two different competitions in October. The first takes place  Oct.13 in Los Lunas.  
    Another big activity for the band is the spring break trip to Disneyland. Nate Hall, a senior who has played the alto saxophone for eight years and is one of two drum majors said, “We will not only go to Disneyland and the beach and have fun, but the band will record a fake sound track with the Disneyland musicians.”
    The band relies on LAHS Band Booster Club parent volunteers to help with expenses, the performances and competitions and with this year’s trip fundraisers.  

  • LA boys, girls top all comers Friday

    If there were any doubters remaining, and apparently there were, they should be quieted now.

    Before Friday’s University of New Mexico Invitational, Los Alamos runner Orion Staples said there were Albuquerque Academy faithful claiming on the Internet that the Hilltoppers’ decisive victory at the 2011 state tournament was a happy turn of events for Los Alamos and nothing more.

    Well, maybe not.

    The Hilltopper boys, along with the Hilltopper girls, the queens of New Mexico cross country, scored wins at the UNM Invitational meet, their season openers.

    Los Alamos’ boys stole the show in that race, scoring a scant 38 points, less than half the total of Class 5A juggernaut Cleveland. Los Alamos placed four runners in the top 10 in a loaded field of individuals.
    Meanwhile, the Hilltopper girls may not have been the flashiest team running Friday night, but they were far and away the most consistent.

    The Hilltopper girls nipped a top-loaded St. Pius X by four points to claim the title in their first race of the season.

    The UNM Invitational is traditionally the largest single running event in the state. This year, 35 boys teams and 33 girls teams took part, including heavyweights such as Cleveland’s Storm, Rio Rancho, Academy and La Cueva.

  • Elks Stewed By LA

    While the skill position players get the lion’s share of the credit in football, as the old saying goes, “the war is won in the trenches.”

    So score a victory for the Los Alamos Hilltoppers Friday night.

    Los Alamos’ undersized offensive and defensive lines were dominant at Sullivan Field against Pojoaque, which featured some big bodies upfront. But Los Alamos, using its speed advantage to full effect, hit the Elks hard and fast, creating holes on offense and creating havoc on defense.

    The Hilltoppers scored a pair of defensive touchdowns in the first half, one on a strip-and-go by Cory Geyer late in the first quarter and the other on a pick-six by Arnoldo Ortiz after Pojoaque quarterback Ryan Koller was hammered by Chandler Lauritzen coming off the right side.

    The Elks made a valiant attempt to right their ship in the second half, but by that time it was far too late as the Hilltoppers cruised to a 55-14 win at Sullivan Field.

    “Basically, our strategy is not size,” said Los Alamos senior lineman John Gibson. “We never had size. This year, our line focused on agility and speed. What we do isn’t anything fancy....When we work our technique, we’re unstoppable.”

  • New Orleans Needs More Water, Ice
  • Friday's prep football scores from around the state

     

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Artesia 56, Lovington 7

    Belen 14, Deming 7

    Carlsbad 20, Roswell 6

    Carrizozo 20, Menaul 14

    Clayton 54, Dulce 0

    Clovis 55, Capital 0

    EP Bel Air, Texas 20, Onate 14

    Escalante 54, Magdalena 8

    Eunice 42, Jal 0

    Farmington 54, Gallup 0

    Gadsden 34, Hobbs 33

    Gateway Christian 50, Mountainair 8

    Grants 30, Santa Fe 26

  • Today in History for September 1st
  • LA thumps Pojoaque in opener

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team got its season going with a bang Friday.

    The Hilltoppers drove for touchdowns on three of their first four possessions and got big turnover returns from Cory Geyer and Arnoldo Ortiz as they rolled to a 55-14 wn over the Pojoaque Elks.

    Los Alamos rolled up 251 yards of offense in the first half. New quarterback Brice Van Etten threw a touchdown pass to Geyer and ran for two more in the opening half as the Hilltoppers built up a 42-0 lead going into the break.

    Read more about the Hilltoppers' big win in Sunday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Raw Video: Sopping Mess Left Behind by Isaac
  • Briefs 08-31-12

    Fewer weeks of jobless benefits to be offered

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Fewer weeks of unemployment benefits will soon be available to jobless New Mexicans and the Department of Workforce Solutions says it’s because of a change in federal law.
    A maximum of 54 weeks of unemployment compensation will be offered with claims effective Sept. 2. That’s down from 60 weeks currently.
    The department says New Mexicans eligible for 60 weeks of benefits before Sept. 2 can continue to receive payments for up to that amount of time during a phase-out period.
    The state pays for regular unemployment benefits for 26 weeks, and it’s up to the federal government to go beyond that. A federal law enacted earlier this year changed provisions that trigger extended benefits in a state.
    New Mexico’s unemployment payments range from $74 to $397 a week.

    Groups work to sign up new voters

    SANTA FE  (AP) — A coalition of nonprofits are banding together to get more New Mexicans registered to vote.