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Today's News

  • The budget meets its Waterloo

    SANTA FE — What will come from the special legislative session that started Saturday? It may be the state’s most important special session ever.

    Gov. Bill Richardson and lawmakers will have to plug a budget hole of some $700 million. That’s a $700 million shortfall that has occurred since last March when the 2009 session ended.  By August, it was up to $400 million. In September, it climbed to $550 million. And now it’s October.

  • Cross country: LA boys, girls both finish third at Saturday’s Rio Rancho meet

    With the Los Alamos Hilltopper cross country teams heading into the final stretch of their season, they are starting to put up the numbers they’re looking for to make a postseason push.

    Saturday, Los Alamos traveled to the Rio Rancho Jamboree, one of the largest regular season meets in the state, and grabbed two big finishes in the big school races.

    The Hilltopper boys finished third overall in the team standings, behind only the Albuquerque Academy Chargers and the Sandia Matadors, two very good Albuquerque-area programs.

  • Girls soccer: LA earns 2AAAA title with victory

    There wasn’t a lot of celebration following Saturday afternoon’s girls soccer game, despite the Hilltoppers’ clinching their fourth-straight district championship.

    Los Alamos is well aware that there are bigger fish to fry.

    Saturday at Sullivan Field, Los Alamos scored four goals in the second half to break open the District 2AAAA contest against the visiting Bernalillo Spartans. Shaina Riciputi scored twice in the second half as the Hilltoppers dominated the Spartans, winning 6-0.

  • Volleyball: LA drops Taos in straight games

    Things are going so well for the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team right now, about the only thing it has to fear is a letdown.

    But after getting up on the Taos Tigers early, the Hilltoppers didn’t have to worry about a letdown Saturday afternoon.

    The Hilltoppers continued their remarkable run Saturday, downing the Tigers in straight games at Griffith Gymnasium. The Hilltoppers were simply too much for the overmatched Tigers as they rolled to a 25-9, 25-8, 25-10 victory in District 2AAAA play.

  • Boys soccer: ’Toppers score 7 times in 2nd half

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team kept up its winning ways in District 2AAAA Saturday by blanking the visiting Bernalillo Spartans.

    After an up-and-down first half Saturday, Los Alamos settled into its game, scoring seven times in the second half to rough up Bernalillo 8-0 at Sullivan Field.

    “We got off to a slow start, but then we started passing the way we like to,” Hilltopper head coach Evan Gartz said. “We ripped them apart.”

  • Football: Toppers get blanked by Scorpions Friday, 35-0

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper football team couldn’t keep up with the Farmington Scorpions in a nondistrict game Friday night in the Four Corners area.

    The suddenly-resurgent Scorpions rolled up seven touchdowns in the first half and cruised to a 35-0 victory Friday night over the visiting Hilltoppers.

    Farmington, which has been up and down the dial during the 2009 regular season, is playing as well as just about any team in Class AAAA right now.

  • Governor proposes budget balancing plan

  • Schedule for Oct. 19-24

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  • Capturing life in a sketchbook

    The Artist’s Gallery at the Art Center at Fuller Lodge looks ready to set sail, with large newsprint sheets suspended on weighted lines throughout the space. The current show, “Life Drawing Sketchbook” is unlike any other show ever mounted in Los Alamos, with a multitude of human forms in a variety of shapes, clothed and unclothed and in a variety of formats. An elongated wood sculpture sits surrounded by a flurry of images, framed and unframed: predominantly charcoal sketches with a handful of paintings and even a couple of photographs.

  • Acclaimed author to speak at library

    Mysteries can offer more than just a crime and a fast-talking detective; author Margaret Coel is attracted to the puzzles and the different worlds that this genre offers. She will discuss her attraction to mysteries during the Authors Speak presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday at Mesa Public Library.

    Her love of mysteries was furthered fueled by one of the masters of mystery novels, Tony Hillerman.

    “Tony Hillerman encouraged me,” Coel said. “He was a great influence. He actually gave me a quote – ‘She’s a master.’