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Today's News

  • Girls track and field: LA picks up big victory Saturday at APS

    If the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls track and field team was hoping to lower expectations on itself this season, it didn’t get that job done Saturday.

    Los Alamos scored a big victory Saturday at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational meet. Los Alamos gathered up 115 team points, more than twice its nearest competitor, St. Pius X. St. Pius finished with 57 points on the day.

    Along the way, the Hilltoppers’ star athlete, Emily Weeks, turned in a couple of big performances.

  • Boys track and field: Hilltoppers take second at Albuquerque

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team picked up a solid second-place at its second meet of the season Saturday.

    The Hilltoppers earned 71 points at Saturday’s Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational, held at Milne Stadium. They finished as the runner-up in team standings behind Class 5A Cibola, which earned an impressive 147 points to grab the team victory.

    Los Alamos easily topped the other two Class AAAA entries at Saturday’s meet, St. Pius X and Bernalillo, which finished fifth and sixth in the final standings.

  • Girls tennis: LA wins 1 of 3 duals in Santa Fe

    This weekend, Santa Fe was a home away from home for the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team.

    Los Alamos held its Melt the Snow Invitational this weekend. The tournament was played at Santa Fe and Capital high schools. Los Alamos played three teams in duals this weekend, going 1-2 in those three duals.

    It has been a slow start to the season for the Hilltoppers, who have barely been able to practice in Los Alamos due to the court conditions — hence the name of the tournament.

  • UPDATE: LA knocks out St. Pius Friday night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team scored the knockout Friday night, dropping the St. Pius X Sartans 63-56 at Griffith Gymnasium.

     

    Los Alamos, the fifth seed in the Class AAAA state playoffs, advances with the win to the tournament quarterfinals, where it will meet its old rival, Espanola Valley, Tuesday afternoon. That game, which will be played in The Pit in Albuquerque, is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

    This afternoon, the Hilltopper boys basketball team will host the Piedra Vista Panthers. That game will start at 2 p.m.

  • In politics, always check your change

    NAPILI BAY, MAUI — Rep. Benjamin Rodefer, D-Albuquerque, wants to see a joint House-Senate caucus called to work out a budget for next year. The freshman representative says current discussions aren’t even close to representing the will or intent of either Democratic caucus.

    He’s right. A similar situation occurred back in the 1970s and 1980s when a liberal Democratic group called the Mama Lucys ran the House. One of its leaders was former Rep. David Salman, D-Mora, who recently passed away.

  • Ethics bills reveal paranoia

    We made progress on ethics reform this year, in a roundabout way.

    An ethics commission is probably the single most important step. After years of weak excuses by legislative leadership of both parties, of ethics bills bottled up in committee, we finally got to the root of their reluctance: They feel a big target painted on their backs and the higher they are in the pecking order, the bigger the target.

  • County sets moving days

    Staff from the Community Development Department will begin moving out of the County Annex beginning March 22. Services will still be available from CDD (second floor of the County Annex) but may be limited as furniture and boxes are moved to their new temporary location at 195 East Road (in the TRK building, next to L.A. Fire Administration). They plan to be back up and operational on March 29.

  • Charter review subcommittee meets

    The Issues Analysis Subcommittee of the Charter Review Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, in Council Chambers to begin work on identifying solutions to their selected issue, “The perceived need for voters to have more control over major county projects.”  The members of this subcommittee are Chris Chandler, Harry Ettinger, Deborah Gill and Morrie Pongratz.

  • Smart grid effort

    POJOAQUE — The Japanese government has launched a four-year, $30-million research program in New Mexico to demonstrate green grid technology. A large share of the work will be done in Los Alamos, involving both county utilities and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Corporation (NEDO) held a signing ceremony Friday with 70 representatives from 31 Japanese companies, along with state and local officials and representatives of LANL and Sandia National Laboratories and private companies in New Mexico.

  • UPDATE: Topper boys basketball wins big over Panthers

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team trounced the Piedra Vista Panthers Saturday afternoon in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs.

    Los Alamos, the sixth seed in the AAAA tournament, led the entire way Saturday, racking up an 89-56 victory over the 11th-seeded Panthers. Los Alamos will now advance to play in the playoff semifinals 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Pit.

    For more information on this week's sports action, read Sunday's Monitor.