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  • 'Toppers end home season with big win

    A pair of Los Alamos seniors had big games for Senior Night.
    The Hilltopper boys soccer team hosted their final regular season home game Tuesday, taking on the Bernalillo Spartans, and came away with a big victory.
    Hernan Lebensohn and Austin Rowan, both seniors, both scored twice against the Spartans as Los Alamos rolled to a 9-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    Los Alamos had 5 second half goals Tuesday as it blasted Bernalillo (3-11) for the second time this season. Los Alamos topped Bernalillo 11-1 in the teams’ first meeting earlier this month.
    With its win, Los Alamos improved to 9-8-2 on the season (3-2 in 2-5A play), the first time in 2014 the team has been above the .500 mark. Los Alamos also clinched the runner-up spot in 2-5A — Capital won the title with a victory over Bernalillo last week.
    Los Alamos was scheduled to close out its season today with a road game against Del Norte.
    Along with his two goals, Rowan also finished with a pair of assists, while Lebensohn was credited with an assist.
    In all, seven Hilltoppers scored Tuesday. Also picking up goals were George Steinkamp, Eric Burnside, Tristen Semelsberger, DC Kim and Alex Csanadi.

  • LA blows out Bernalillo on Senior Night

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls soccer team got its busy week started on the right foot Tuesday.
    The Hilltoppers, who have three games in three days, blasted the Bernalillo Spartans at home. The Hilltoppers scored five times in the opening half to cruise to an 8-0 victory at Sullivan Field.
    With its win, Los Alamos has won eight straight contests and improves to 5-0 on the District 2-5A season. However, Los Alamos won’t be able to officially clinch the district title until today at Del Norte — that game was scheduled for 3 p.m.
    That game will probably be no more than a formality in crowning Los Alamos with its eighth consecutive district title, although the Hilltoppers weren’t assuming anything heading into that contest. The Knights (10-7 overall, 4-1 in district) were certainly going to be fired up heading in.
    “Del Norte has some players that can hurt us if we don’t bring our ‘A’ game,” Los Alamos head coach AJ Herrera said following Tuesday’s win.
    It was Senior Night at Sullivan Field Tuesday and, for the next-to-last home appearance of her career, senior Jessica Heironimus had a big showing. Heironimus finished with a goal and an assist in the first half as the Hilltoppers jumped all over the Spartans.

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    Today
    The Los Alamos Photo Club (LAPC) meets from 7-9 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month, upstairs in Fuller Lodge Art Center. The focus of LAPC is photography in general. LAPC normally has one or two field trips per year and occasionally sponsors workshops and classes. All are welcome. For more information email Doug at dfcoombs@comcast.net.

    Public meeting for Hilltop Garden. 6:30 p.m. at the Y-Express. David Clark, the Y employee chosen to head the garden project, is looking for members of the community that can bring skills to the planning process. For more information email dclark@laymca.org, laymca.org/, or visit the Facebook page.

    LAHS Dance program students and Ballroom dance teacher Mrs. Natasha Barkhudarova will be teaching four weeks of Tango lessons. 7-8 p.m. at the LAHS ’Topper Theater, also known as the Black Box. Adults $40; students/teachers, $20 (for four weekly one-hour classes). Drop-in rate for adults $12; students/teachers, $6 (per class). Proceeds go to the dance program.

    Tradition and Change in Córdova, New Mexico: The 1939 Photographs of Berlyn Brixner & The López Family of Wood Carvers. Daily in the changing exhibit space in the Los Alamos History Museum through October.

  • Assets in Action salutes school bus drivers

    If you know me even remotely well, you know I love to celebrate even the smallest of occasions. It might be custodian day, bosses day, boo buddies, it doesn’t matter. There is always a reason to celebrate the good things in life.
    This week we arrive at bus safety week and we tip our hat to bus drivers everywhere.
    I particularly salute the school bus drivers who deserve our thanks, and appreciation more than once a year.
    When I was a schoolgirl, my bus driver gave me my first job. She even made me my first pair of overalls, in the most delightful shade of blueberry. Sandy was her name and she played a major role in my childhood.
    Does anyone ever believe they might have that sort of impact on someone?
    My kids didn’t really ride a bus until middle school, but it was, “bus driver Bill,” who drove the special Chamisa Elementary bus. He allowed my kids to climb aboard so they could see what it was like.
    There was Mr. K, Steve O and now, forgive me for not yet knowing names, but the drivers of 137 in the morning and 117, 138 and 139 in the afternoon. I promise to report those names to you next week.
    Now for another of my favorites, how about the idea that someone drove a bus for 25 years! One of my neighbors, Ollie Bergauer drove a bus for Los Alamos Public Schools for 25 years.

  • Community Winds takes 3rd in national competition

    The Los Alamos Community Winds with Conductor Ted Vives, have achieved third place in the community band division of the national The American Prize competition. The band was selected from applications reviewed during the summer from all across the United States.
    The American Prize is a series of new, nonprofit, competitions unique in scope and structure, designed to recognize and reward the best performing artists, ensembles and composers in the United States based on submitted recordings. The American Prize was founded in 2009 and is awarded annually in many areas of the performing arts.
    The Community Winds offered the following autobiographical sketch:
    “The Los Alamos Community Winds is a wind ensemble made up of members of the Los Alamos community. We comprise both amateur and professional musicians of all ages and backgrounds from middle and high school students to retirees in our area. The first performances of a concert band in Los Alamos were noted in newsletters from 1946. Activities over the years have included many weekly summer concerts as well as performing at various civic functions such as the 4th of July fireworks celebrations.”
    Among the goals are:
    1. To provide the Los Alamos community with a quality performing ensemble specializing in the best literature for the concert band and wind ensemble.

  • Constitutional amendments: Yes on 1, No on others

    Five more amendments to the New Mexico Constitution face voters this fall. Amending the Constitution has been a low-key sideline or, perhaps, a sport of state politics since before statehood.
    Find the text of the amendments and pro and con arguments at websites of the Legislative Council Service (LCS).
    Proposed amendments pass the Legislature as joint resolutions and are submitted to the people in general elections, meaning alternate years. The governor has no authority to comment.
    Sometimes elitists argue that amendments are too complex or boring or whatever for “the people” to consider from the perspective of their averageness. This amounts to the same rationale given by radicals such as Sen. Tom Udall with his First Amendment proposal to regulate political speech. Udall and his far left buddies think that regular folks can’t sort through megabucks spending to make a decision.
    I disagree. Voters really do consider constitutional amendments. If that consideration is for one minute, so what? My evidence is that sometimes proposed amendments lose. Individual amendments always get different vote totals. Clearly voters, some anyway, come to different conclusions about a given proposal.

  • Project Lunchbox

    The Kiwanis Boys & Girls Committee awarded Project Lunchbox with a $500 donation earlier this month to support the middle school lunch program. In the photo, Kiwanis president Stephen Boerigter presents Project Lunchbox volunteer, Erica Sullivan, with the donation check. Project Lunchbox is a program run through the Unitarian Universalist Church of Los Alamos (UULA) to provide the Los Alamos Middle School with free lunches, snacks and breakfast items for students in need. Project Lunchbox is deeply grateful to the Kiwanis organization, which offered this generous donation after hearing about the lunch program through an earlier article in the “Los Alamos Monitor.” With the support of organizations such as the Kiwanis Club and Jemez Mountain Trail Runs (which made a similar donation earlier this year), Project Lunchbox is exploring ways to extend its services to include a backpack program that would send students in need home with food over the weekends.