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Today's News

  • Playoff brackets will be out today

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls soccer teams will learn their postseason fates today.
    The New Mexico Activities Association will announce the boys and girls soccer brackets today. The NMAA’s seeding and selection committee will post the playoff brackets on the nmact.com website.
    The 2011 playoffs will start will first-round games Friday and Saturday at the homes of the Nos. 5-8 seeds. They will host the 9-12 seeds, while seeds 1-4 get a bye to the state quarterfinals.
    Los Alamos’ girls appear to be in line for a top four seed and may even get a top two seed, although with a loss earlier this month to St. Pius X, a No. 1 seed may not be in the cards.

  • LA Outhustles Academy at Home

    It’s been a long time coming.
    Since the 2000 realignment, the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys cross country team had beaten the Albuquerque Academy Chargers exactly twice.
    Make that three times now.
    Los Alamos, which had been nipping at the heels of its arch-rivals since the start of the 2011 season, finally broke through in a big way Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos Invitational. The Hilltoppers picked up a decisive victory over the Chargers Friday, scoring 40 points to the Chargers’ 66 points.

  • Hilltoppers win big; prep FB scores from around the state

     

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    Los Alamos 58, Espanola Valley 0

    Alamogordo 35, Onate 34

    Animas 54, Reserve 2

    Aztec 49, Farmington 13

    Bernalillo 53, Capital 0

    Capitan 56, Mescalero Apache 6

    Clovis 23, Carlsbad 15

    Clovis Christian 37, Roy 31

    Deming 28, Chaparral 21

    Dulce 42, Newcomb 0

    Durango, Colo. 38, Kirtland Central 12

    Eunice 48, NMMI 8

    Fort Sumner 46, Cloudcroft 18

    Goddard 21, Artesia 14

    Jal 53, Hagerman 0

    Laguna-Acoma 39, Lordsburg 7

    Lake Arthur 72, Hondo 52

  • Young girl hit by vehicle near golf course Friday

    An SUV driven by a 52-year-old Los Alamos woman struck a 12-year-old Santa Fe County girl in a crosswalk on Diamond Drive near the Los Alamos Golf Course Friday afternoon.

    Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Brian Nickerson said the accident occurred about 4:10 p.m.

    Deputy police chief Kevin Purtymun said the girl was taken to Los Alamos Medical Center where she was treated for contusions and lacerations.

    "It was a fairly serious accident," Nickerson said.

    Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy said his officers are investigating the cause of the accident.

  • LA Study Group files second lawsuit

     A nuclear watchdog group on Friday filed a second lawsuit seeking to halt construction of a $5.8 billion plutonium research lab at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The suit filed in U.S. District Court by the Los Alamos Study Group seeks to force Los Alamos to consider cheaper alternatives to the project.

  • Obama announces U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq--video extra

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday declared an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all American troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end.

  • John Pawlak: It's a waste of paint

    Newspapers and TV news shows rain dismal tidings on us every day. Cuts in educational budgets.
    Cuts in civil spending. Cuts in federal aid to community projects.  Cuts in unemployment benefits.
    Cuts in transportation spending. If you discuss anything that has to do with helping people, you’d think you’re on the set of an Ed Wood movie. Cut! Cut! For Pete’s sake, would someone please cut the camera’s power cord?
    Cutting is a national epidemic and it’s unlikely to see a light at the end of this tunnel for some time.
    That’s because they cut the budget for the electric bill and so that light went out a long time ago.
    It behooves us to curb wasteful spending, to look for ways to save a buck or two.

  • Let voters decide county spending

    The time has come to vote on the bond issue for the Leisure Pool at the Aquatic Center.
    I don’t care for the name Aquatic Center so I will use the more familiar nickname, the Blue Whale.   
    Even though it is no longer mostly blue, the name has stuck for years.
    History of the Blue Whale:
    The county received a windfall of several million dollars from gross receipts tax when the service company at Los Alamos National Laboratory was told they had to pay gross receipts tax.   
    At that time, the high school pool was on its last fins and the swim team, the swim club and the lane swimmers were going to be without a facility.   

  • Just A Wag 10-21-11

    Local restaurant takes on partner
    We hear that Los Alamos resident Patrick Mockler has purchased 50 percent ownership in Central Avenue Grill.
    Mockler hopes to expand the restaurant to the rear to include a sports bar.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Church Listings 10-21-11

    Baha’i Faith
    For information, e-mail losalamosla@gmail.com. For general information, call the Baha’i Faith phone at 1-800-228-6483.

    Bethlehem Lutheran
    Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church, a member of the ELCA, 2390 North Road, 662-5151; see a map at www.bethluth.com. Bruce Kuenzel, pastor. Worship services are at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., with coffee and doughnuts served between services during our Education Hour. The preaching is biblical, the music is lively, children are welcome and abundant, and a well-staffed nursery is provided. All are welcome! Come Join the Family!
     
    Bryce Ave. Presbyterian