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Today's News

  • Super Blitz continues

    The Los Alamos Police Department conducted a DWI checkpoint on Canyon Road near the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church Tuesday night. The checkpoint was part of a statewide sweep for DWI as the Labor Day weekend approaches.

  • Shooter in 1967 N.M. courthouse raid dies

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Juan Valdez, a land grant activist who fired the first shot during a 1967 New Mexico courthouse raid that grabbed international attention and helped spark the Chicano Movement, has died. He was 74.

    Valdez died peacefully Saturday at his Canjilon ranch after recently suffering two heart attacks, his daughter Juanita Montoya said.

    Heir to a northern New Mexico land grant, Valdez was 29 years old when he and a group of land grant advocates, led by Reies Lopez Tijerina, raided a Rio Arriba County courthouse in Tierra Amarilla. Their goal was to attempt a citizens’ arrest of then-District Attorney Alfonso Sanchez over Hispanic land rights issues.

    Valdez had gotten involved with Tijerina’s group, known as Alianza Federal de Mercedes — an organization founded to help Mexican-American heirs to old Spanish land grants reclaim land that was illegally taken by white settlers and the U.S. government.

    “Tijerina impressed me when he and most of the people who had walked from Albuquerque set up a camp and refused to leave,” Valdez told retired layer Mike Scarborough in the book “Trespassers On Our Own Land,” an oral history of the Valdez family.

  • Next Flight Out

    A White Rock patient having a “cardiac incident” was flown to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe on a CareFlight helicopter Tuesday, but not without some difficulty.

    His original helicopter for the flight, seen here in a field in White Rock, could not take off from the landing site due to a safety issue.

    Medics then drove the patient to Los Alamos Medical Center where he was able to receive preliminary treatment. However, the second helicopter that came to get the man had to repeatedly circle LAMC to burn off fuel so the helicopter could accommodate the patient.

    It is not known yet how the patient, described as a man in his 40s, is doing.

  • Dems pick Redondo for county council race

    The Los Alamos County Democratic Party Central Committee unanimously elected Michael Redondo to replace Kenneth Johnson on the Democratic ticket for the Los Alamos County Council race.

    Johnson withdrew from the race Aug. 17, saying that family matters would probably require him to move away from the county before the end of the term if he won election.

    Johnson was the second candidate to withdraw from the race. Steve Girrens was chosen to fill out the Republican ticket when Roger Waterman withdrew July 23, citing business and personal reasons.

    Redondo was the lone candidate to put himself forward to fill the vacancy. He contemplated entering the race before the primaries, but chose not to run so he could pursue a job with the county. Redondo is no longer seeking a staff position, so he decided to throw his hat in the race.

    Los Alamos has been Redondo’s home since he was three years old, something that factors strongly into his decision to run.

  • OT goal costs Hilltopper boys in their season opener

    Despite a rough finish to the 2011 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team believes it can get back to championship form in 2012.
    However, there’s still some work to do.
    Los Alamos moved the ball fairly well down the field for most of its season opener Tuesday against Bosque School, but good looks, particularly in the second half, were hard to come by.
    The Hilltoppers fell in their season opener, the second half of a home-opening doubleheader with the Hilltopper girls soccer team. Bosque forward Dylan Chant sprinted down the teeth of Los Alamos’ defense following a turnover in the midfield and roared straight to the goal in overtime to give the Bobcats a 2-1 victory.
    The Bobcats (2-0), who could well be in contention for a small-school title at the end of the season, withstood some deep Hilltopper pushes in the early part of the contest and appeared to start dictating the pace of play in the latter part of the second half.
    While the second half push by Bosque didn’t net it any goals, the momentum seemed to be on the Bobcats’ side heading into the first overtime period.

  • Topper girls score twice in 2nd half to top Bobcats

    Throughout the course of this 2012 season, it’s likely the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team is going to have some issues.
    But so far, it doesn’t appear that the offense is going to be one of them.
    The Hilltoppers pulled away from the Bosque School Bobcats with a pair of goals in the second half to earn a win in their first home game of the season.
    Amy Neal earned a pair of goals, including the second goal of the game in the 65th minute which seemed to sap the life out of the scrappy Bobcats’ squad.
    Chandler Art drove the final nail in the coffin late in the ballgame as the Hilltoppers picked up a 3-0 win at Sullivan Field.
    Just two games into 2012, the Hilltoppers have already scored nine goals, four of them by Neal, the team’s superstar and the reigning Class 4A scoring champ, who has assists on three other goals so far.
    It was a solid win for Los Alamos over a tough Class A-3A ballclub from Albuquerque, although the Hilltoppers’ head coach Jiri Kubicek would’ve liked to see more oomph out of his team early on.

  • Martinez is one in a big field

    SANTA FE — We said two weeks ago that New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s selection as a Republican National Convention speaker was a slam-dunk for the committee.
    Republicans have significant problems with women and minorities so the selection of several minority women with high offices was an easy call.
    And now comes the news that our governor will speak immediately before Paul Ryan’s address.
    That is a real coup. Her slot is being touted as second only to keynoter Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will introduce presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the final night of the convention.
    Every one of the multitude of convention speakers has a special message to deliver.
    Martinez was chosen to tell the inspiring story of her life and to talk about what needs to be done to keep the promise of America for the next generation.
    Other women governors chosen as speakers are South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin. Other women on the convention program are U.S. Rep Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Ann Romney.

  • Pink is not the only color for cancer patients

    Hands up. Who knows which cancer teal represents? No one? Who even knows what color teal is, anyway?
    OK, if you’ve read any of my columns you’ll know the answer is ovarian cancer. I started you on an easy one. Here’s a more difficult one. What are the symptoms? Can you remember from last September’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month?
    “Uh, bloating maybe, pain, some kind of pain.” Well, if you didn’t come up with four out of the following five then my work here isn’t done: bloating, pelvic pain, urinary symptoms, digestive irregularity and fatigue. Didn’t get them all? Then I hope you never do, because 2 out of 3 women diagnosed with ovarian cancer die of their disease.
    Who knew that there were other colors of the cancer rainbow than pink? Who knew that there are other cancers we should all be educated to be aware of?
    This month when I went into my cancer clinic, every staff member was wearing a pink ribbon T-shirt. If I go into the hobby shops, after having searched high and low for teal trinkets, I have to gaze at a check out rack full of pink ribbons, pink pens with ribbons, a pink-ribboned Hello Kitty, a pink ribbon flashlight…. the list goes on.

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