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  • The national media take on Susana

    For the second time, a national magazine has published a tell-all article about Gov. Susana Martinez. Both articles have aimed at getting behind the gauzy image projected by her tightly controlled, nonstop campaign machine to expose the workings of the machine itself.
    The previous article, published last November in National Journal, dealt in depth with the relationship between Martinez and her excessively influential political adviser Jay McCleskey.
    The current article, in the left-of-center magazine Mother Jones, is titled, “Is New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez the Next Sarah Palin?”
    It’s based in large part on unusual source material, which the author describes as “previously unreleased audio recordings, text messages and emails obtained by Mother Jones that “reveal a side of Martinez the public has rarely, if ever, seen. In private, Martinez can be nasty, juvenile and vindictive. She appears ignorant about basic policy issues and has surrounded herself with a clique of advisers who are prone to a foxhole mentality.”

  • McMillian's remarks need clarification

    Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan’s April 9 testimony before the Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee regarding plutonium infrastructure and pit production, summarized by the Los Alamos Monitor on April 18, contained errors, lacked context and should be clarified.
    McMillan’s remarks create the impression that a) it is necessary to build expensive new pit production facilities at LANL sooner rather than later (or never), and b) LANL should create all, not just some, of the analytical chemistry (AC) necessary for large pit production campaigns. In McMillan’s view, NNSA should ignore existing plutonium labs elsewhere in the nuclear weapons complex, which might provide cost-effective expansion space if needed, in favor of building additional new space at LANL.
    McMillan exaggerates the risk of shipping very small analytical chemistry (AC) samples of plutonium to other sites, and assumes shipment would be done through commercial vendors. Such shipments are routine today and believed safe. Risks could be mitigated further if desired, and in any case small shipments need not be done (and have not always been done) commercially.

  • Osden qualifies for state golf tourney

    Los Alamos’ Johnny Osden punched his scorecard into the state Class 4A championship meet with his finish Monday.
    Osden shot an 80 at Monday’s Bernalillo Invitational, which was good enough to earn him his third state qualification leg of his season and put him into next month’s Class 4A tournament.
    The Hilltopper boys and girls competed at Monday’s tournament at the Twin Warriors Golf Course in Bernalillo. Los Alamos’ girls won the tournament and the boys finished in third place in team competition.
    Los Alamos’ girls finished with a team score of 373 to earn their fourth team leg of the year — Los Alamos qualified for the state tournament in late March. The Hilltoppers were paced by Emma Haines’ 87 and Faith Koh’s 91.
    For Osden, this will be his first trip to state competition.
    The Hilltopper boys haven’t qualified for state. They’re still looking for their first leg of the season.
    Monday, the team shot a 349. Hope Christian won the tournament with a red hot team score of 318 and took the top two places on the leaderboard, being paced by Slater Sivage’s 76.
    Also for Los Alamos, Sean Rau finished with an 85 and Matt Frye was one shot back, carding an 86.
    Los Alamos will play again later at a tournament in Belen Thursday morning.

  • LA boys team wins at Santa Fe meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys track and field team picked up its first win of the season, and did so in impressive fashion Saturday.
    Los Alamos took part in the Capital City Invitational, hosted by the Santa Fe Demons. At that meet, Los Alamos picked up 120 team points, easily outdistancing St. Michael’s and the other comers to earn the victory.
    Along the way Saturday, the Hilltopper scored five event wins, including a big victory by Greg Ahlers in the high jump. Ahlers nipped teammate Skyler McCall for the win, with both of them clearing 6 feet, 2 inches.
    Ahlers, McCall and Simon Bailey, who finished third, all also punched their ticket to the state tournament with their performances. Bailey leapt 6 feet to earn his way to the state meet.
    Hilltopper head coach Larry Baca said it may have been the first time in his long career at Los Alamos he had three athletes qualify for state in the same event on the same day.
    With their performances, Ahlers and McCall are among the top seven qualifiers in Class 4A for high jump. Ahlers was also the winner in the 300 meter hurdles, finishing one spot ahead of teammate Tyler Mullen.

  • LA closes out its 2-4A games early

    BERNALILLO — The Los Alamos Hilltopper baseball team had little trouble running its win streak to 10 games Saturday, as well as keeping its grip on the top of the District 2-4A standings.
    The Hilltoppers earned a 10-0 decision in six innings over the Bernalillo Spartans in game of their doubleheader. In game two, the Hilltoppers needed just five innings to win 14-3 at Coach Dave Rostro Field.
    With those wins, Los Alamos completes the season sweep of the Spartans and got the second half of its district season started on the right foot.
    Los Alamos is now 8-0 in 2-4A play with just four games remaining in the regular season. Los Alamos also upped its 2014 record to 16-6, which likely clinches it at least an at-large bid in the upcoming state tournament, regardless of how the rest of the season plays out.
    Despite being atop the district standings, the Hilltoppers still have three tough games in a row. They will face Santa Fe Wednesday, which gave them a run for their money in one of their two meetings this season, then will have to take on Española Valley in a doubleheader Saturday at Bomber Field.

  • 'Toppers get swept in 2-4A twinbill

    BERNALILLO — After falling victim to a sweep Saturday against the Bernalillo Spartans, the Los Alamos Hilltopper softball team is in a bit of precarious spot in District 2-4A.
    Los Alamos took on Bernalillo Saturday with a chance to grab at least a piece of first place in the 2-4A standings, but instead, now must win a big game Wednesday to keep its chances for a runner-up finish alive.
    The Hilltoppers (10-12 overall, 4-4 in 2-4A) were hit hard early in both ends of the doubleheader. Bernalillo scored seven runs in the first two innings of game one, then scored four runs in the bottom of the first of game two to earn the sweep.
    Bernalillo took the first game 8-1, then won the second game 5-2.
    Spartan star pitcher Demi Madalena threw complete games in both ends of the doubleheader. The one run she allowed in the first game came off a rare balk call — the game’s umpires were calling both Madalena and Hilltopper starting pitcher Jordan Hammock ridiculously tight when it came to perceived irregularities in throwing motions, so much so that Los Alamos actually played most of the game under protest.
    Madalena then allowed just one earned run in the second game, solo home run by Kiana Zerr in the third inning.

  • LA girls finish second at 2-4A pre-district meet

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team finished second out of the five competing schools at last weekend’s pre-District 2-4A seeding tournament in Santa Fe.
    Los Alamos’ girls topped Española Valley, Capital and Bernalillo last weekend, but fell in their dual against Santa Fe Friday morning. With that loss, the Hilltoppers will now be the No. 2 seed in the District 2-4A championship tournament, while Santa Fe will be the top seed.
    The Demons are led by eighth grader Brandee Fulgenzi. Fulgenzi played a big role in the 5-4 victory over Los Alamos to earn the top seed, knocking off the Hilltoppers’ Sidra Hsieh-Ratliff at No. 1 singles then helping procure a win at No. 1 doubles.
    Also Monday, the Hilltoppers played a dual against Española Valley, winning that dual 9-0. Among Monday’s winners for the Hilltoppers were
    Laura Whicker, Astrid Hengartner and Katilin Lemke in singles competition.

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