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  • Saunders wins 2nd straight title

    RIO RANCHO - Los Alamos' Lane Saunders earned his second consecutive title by topping an old foe to take the Class 5A 182-pound bracket.

    In the third overtime period, Saunders slipped between the legs of Andres Villa of Goddard and, after a struggle, eventually freed his right arm, the only thing Villa was able to cling onto, to win the championship bout, 1-0.

    The previous year, Saunders earned a title at 171 pounds. He is the second Hilltopper in as many years to win two consecutive individual titles.

    Also Saturday, heavyweight Jonathan Schueler finished second in the 5A division, falling to Jasper Denetclaw of Miyamura. Denetclaw won with a second period pin.

    Los Alamos came away with one other medal Saturday, with John Dermer placing sixth at 220 pounds.

    More on the Hilltoppers' showing at the state tournament will be in Tuesday's Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Speech and debate teams seeking volunteers for upcoming tournaments

    Los Alamos High School coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht, Los Alamos Middle School coach Sherri Bublitz, Jemez Mountain Home School coach Carolyn Connor are seeking volunteers to judge speech and debate rounds or donate food to feed visiting coaches and volunteer judges. Judges have to be 18 or over, in any profession. Volunteers may or may not be associated with Los Alamos Public Schools. Judges must commit to a minimum of two volunteer hours.

    A variety of snacks, entrées and beverages are needed and 30 coaches who will be volunteering their time at the state tournament. Donations of disposable plates, silverware, and napkins are also welcome and appreciated. Food and drink donations are needed at 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. on each of the three days of the tournament. Register at http://bit.ly/1z4Gpmw to donate food for the state tournament.

     “The Los Alamos Speech and Debate community is thrilled to host the State Speech and Debate Championships. With our outstanding judge pool and supportive community, we know the tournament will be a success,” said Batha, Hilltalkers and president of the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Association.

  • State briefs

    Martinez appoints new director of stream commission


    SANTA FE (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez has tapped an engineer to serve as the next director of the Interstate Stream Commission.

    Deborah Dixon's appointment was announced earlier this week. She'll take over as director March 16.

    She most recently worked as a senior vice president with Bohannan Huston, Inc. in Albuquerque, where she managed operations for a technical water group and served as the principal-in-charge on water-related projects.

    The nine-member Interstate Stream Commission is charged with protecting New Mexico's right to water under several interstate compacts.

    In addition to water planning, the commission also has broad powers to investigate, conserve and protect the state's waters.



    Atari games left in landfill brings $56K to New Mexico city


    ALAMOGORDO (AP) — What some have called the worst video game ever made is still bringing in thousands of dollars for a city in New Mexico.

    KRQE-TV reports that Alamogordo officials say old "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges have brought $56,000 to the city. And officials say they still have around 500 games to sell.

  • Late-term abortion ban clears House committee

    SANTA FE (AP) — A New Mexico panel of legislators voted along party lines Friday to approve two abortion bills, one banning late-term abortions and another requiring minors to notify parents within 48 hours before ending a pregnancy.

    The House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee voted 4-3 — with Republicans in the majority — after a more than five-hour hearing to prohibit abortions after five months' gestation and if the doctor determines the fetus is viable.

    Another two hours later, the committee passed the parental notification bill.

    The bill is designed to bring New Mexico in line with 42 other states, supporters said.

    Earlier in the day, the committee heard from Jesse Clifton, who told them that he and his wife declined the advice to abort their daughter, Twila.

    Holding his 3-year-old daughter as she breathed with the help of an oxygen tube, Clifton said doctors told him and his wife that a genetic condition she would be born with would mean severe physical and mental disabilities.

    After his testimony Friday before the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee considering two abortion-related bills, Clifton said, despite "much trouble and hardship, (Twila) is easily twice the joy."

  • Top U.S., Iranian nuke officials join talks

    GENEVA (AP) — Top nuclear officials of Iran and the United States joined seven-nation talks Saturday in a move that may help resolve technical disputes standing it the way of a deal meant to curb Tehran's atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic.

    Technical experts for Iran and the six nations it is negotiating with have been meeting alongside senior political officials. But Saturday was the first time that Iranian Atomic Energy chief Ali Akbar Salehi and U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz also joined in.

    Western officials say the U.S. decided to send Moniz only after Iran announced that Salehi will be coming. Still, their presence could improve chances of a deal by fast-tracking complex technical details of constraints on Iran's nuclear programs that are acceptable to Tehran.

    They were expected to discuss the number of centrifuges Iran can operate to enrich uranium; how much enriched material it can stockpile; what research and development it may pursue related to enrichment, and the future of a planned heavy water reactor that could produce substantial amounts of plutonium — like enriched uranium, a potential pathway to nuclear arms.

  • Academic seeks death certificate for outlaw Billy the Kid

    SANTA FE (AP) — An academic is asking a New Mexico court to order a death certificate for Billy the Kid to settle questions about whether the infamous outlaw was actually killed in 1881.

    Robert J. Stahl, a professor emeritus at Arizona State University, filed a petition Wednesday in state District Court and says a death certificate would end tales that the Kid wasn't fatally shot by Lincoln County Sheriff Pat Garrett in Fort Sumner, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

    According to the official story, the brother of the outlaw's love interest tipped off Garrett, who eventually gunned down the 21-year-old Kid at the woman's Fort Sumner home.

    "Quien es?" the outlaw asked before he was shot. "Who is it?"

    Garrett later collected a $500 reward, indicating that territorial officials accepted the lawman's account.

    For decades, Billy the Kid has been an important figure in New Mexico's Old West past and any story mentioning him often generates a lot of attention, as well as a lot of disagreements over historic detail

    Some claim Garrett shot someone else, and Billy took up ranching and farming or escaped to Texas, living under an assumed name.

  • Word on the Street 2-22-15

    Teen Pulse Student Editor Tom Hanlon asked students, “What class are you most excited about taking next year?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 2-22-15

    Monday: Ping Pong tournament

    Tuesday: “Name the President” trivia contest

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Knock-Out (weather permitting)

    Friday: Staff’s choice game or activity

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th Street, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 139 Sherwood Blvd., 672-1565.

    Memberships are free and open to all third and eighth graders.