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  • Correction 09-25-14

    In Tuesday’s story, “LA inducts top athletic figures into Hall of Fame,” it was incorrectly stated the Hilltopper football team had won just one state championship in its history. It has actually won two state championships, those coming in 1950 and in 1966. The Los Alamos Monitor regrets the error.

  • LA travels to play 2013 4A champion

    One of the toughest tests of the 2014 season is coming up this weekend for the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team.
    Right on the heels of its unhappy homecoming game, a 24-6 loss to the Kirtland Central Broncos, the Hilltoppers will hit the road to take on a state champion from just a year ago.
    Los Alamos will meet the Farmington Scorpions Friday night at Hutchison Stadium. The Scorpions, despite dropping two straight contests, are still a very tough customer that the Hilltoppers will have to be leery of.
    Los Alamos, of course, is 0-4 on the season following the homecoming loss, one of just two teams in Class 5A that haven’t secured a win in 2014.
    There isn’t an overabundance of positives in Los Alamos’ circumstances right now, but there are a few.
    Except for the St. Pius contest, the Hilltopper defense has played fairly well for most of the year. The defense, which has been affected by injuries but not to the same extent as the offense, has managed to keep Los Alamos within striking distance the past two weeks and was responsible for the only Hilltopper points against Moriarty.
    The defense should be further buoyed by the return of senior middle linebacker Eliott Hersman, who was injured in the preseason but made some important stops Friday against Kirtland Central.

  • 'Toppers head to Academy

    It may be early in the season, but it’s still one of the big showdowns prior to the state meet.
    Los Alamos’ cross country teams will head to Albuquerque Friday to take part in the Academy Invitational. That race, of course, is hosted by the Hilltoppers’ toughest Class 5A foe, the Academy Chargers.
    The Hilltoppers took last week off following their win at the Academy for Technology and the Classics meet victories. The Hilltoppers swept both sides of that event, winning the girls team championship with 23 points and the boys title with 30 points.
    While those were solid wins on both ends for Los Alamos, the competition will be ratcheted up considerably Friday afternoon.
    Along with the Chargers, some formidable Class 6A competition from the Albuquerque area is expected to participate, including teams from Eldorado, Cleveland, Cibola and La Cueva.
    But the highlight will be the Los Alamos-Academy heads-up competition. Those two teams, as usual, are projected to go toe-to-toe for this year’s state title.

  • Several teams passed up on Jeter

    NEW YORK (AP) — The 17-year-old kid from Kalamazoo drew all sorts of raves.
    He was a "young colt" with a "perfect SS body" and was a "top student" who planned to study medicine at the University of Michigan, too.
    "This guy is special," one big league scout even wrote.
    But, could anyone back then have projected that Derek Jeter the high schooler would someday become Derek Jeter the future Hall of Famer?
    Now 40, Jeter is set to retire after this weekend. A five-time World Series champion and sixth on the career hits list, he spent two decades as the shortstop for the New York Yankees.
    Five big league teams bypassed Jeter in baseball's amateur draft in 1992 before New York selected him with the No. 6 pick. A year earlier, Yankees scout Dick Grouch had first spotted Jeter after his junior year.
    "It was one of those serendipitous events," Grouch recalled last week. "I was going to cover a tournament on the other side of the state, and I knew they were having this talent identification camp at Mount Morris High School, so I stopped just to get a glance as to what was transpiring."
    This time, there was indeed something worth seeing.

  • Off The Hill 09-25-14

    Art exhibits
    “Inside Out” art exhibition celebrating artwork by people treated for mental illness. From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 11 at James Kelly Contemporary 1611 Paseo Peralta in the Santa Fe Railyard. All sales of art go to the artists. The exhibit is a collaborative effort to increase awareness and decrease stigma surrounding mental illness.

    Los Alamos artist Nels Krakowski will have an exhibition of artwork on display at the Santa Fe Public Library, 145 Washington Ave. in the Tybie Davis Satin Art Gallery located on the second floor. Artist reception and lunch, 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Burrito Company.

    Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 runs through Oct. 12.

    Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser. Through May 2015 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 708 Camino Lejo in Santa Fe.

    Wind Maps and Mind Shadows: Hand-woven Rugs and Tapestries by Connie Enzmann-Forneris. Oct. 3-29. Opening Reception with the Artist: 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3.

    T Barny. Show runs through Oct. 5 at the Hunter Kirkland Contemporary Art Gallery, 200B Canyon Road in Santa Fe.

  • SFUAD celebrates theater namesake

    Santa Fe University of Art and Design and Pecos National Historical Park will jointly host the Greer Garson 110th Birthday Tribute this weekend. The Academy-Award winning actress’ birthday was Sept. 29.
    The festivities will honor Garson’s local philanthropic contributions, including a free public reception in the lobby of the Greer Garson Theatre, 6 p.m. Friday on the SFUAD campus.
    The reception will feature a display of costumes the actress wore, a dance tribute by SFUAD students, an onstage tour of Greer Garson Theatre, scene rehearsal of the upcoming SFUAD production, “The Cave Dwellers,” and “Remembering Greer” Panel and Q&A with special guests including former SFUAD Performing Arts Chair John Weckesser.
    “Greer Garson was a woman of extraordinary intelligence and talent, a star in the galaxy sense of the word, who genuinely cared about people,” Weckesser said. “She wanted people to succeed in life on any and every level, students foremost. It is the generosity of her spirit which overrides her monetary contributions to the campus that will live with me, our faculty and our students forever.”

  • This Week on PAC 8, Sept. 26-Oct. 2

    ON PAC 8
    Views expressed on programs shown on PAC8 do not necessarily reflect the views of the manager, staff, or board.

    Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
    06:00 AM Democracy Now! – Live
    10:00 AM Democracy Now!
    11:00 PM County Council Meeting Replay 9-09-14
    02:00 PM Senior Olympics
    03:00 PM Link Arms in LA
    04:00 PM Al Jazeera DC Bureau
    05:00 PM Behind the White Coat – Avadh Salje
    05:30 PM Senior Olympics
    06:00 PM Democracy Now!
    07:00 PM Los Alamos Historical Society Chile – New Mexico’s Hottest Harvest”
    08:30 PM The Garage
    09:00 PM Bongo Boy Rock and Roll
    09:30 PM Global 3000
    10:00 PM The New Pearl Harbor
    12:00 AM Free Speech TV

    Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014
    Free Speech TV

    Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
    06:00 AM FSTV
    05:30 PM Key to the Kingdom
    06:00 PM Drawing Men to Christ
    07:00 PM United Church
    08:30 PM Trinity on the Hill
    09:30 PM Generations
    11:00 PM That Which Is
    12:00 PM Free Speech TV

  • Restaurant Inspections 09-25-14

    Los Alamos
    TA-55, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Date inspected: July 28
    Violations: None.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Java City Coffee Booth, TA-55 Building LANL
    Date inspected: July 28
    Violations: One low-risk violation. Dry storage boxes must be six inches off the floor.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Santa Fe
    Whole Foods Market, 1090 St. Francis Dr.
    Date inspected: Aug. 4
    Violations: Hummus container had two labels with different expiration date, which was corrected at time of inspection.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Kikka @WFCER, 753 Cerrillos Road
    Date inspected: July 28
    Violations: One moderate-risk violation. Some of the cutting boards are stained with food debris.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. No follow up required.

    Counter Culture, 603 Baca St.
    Date inspected: Aug. 1
    Violations: All high-risk violations have been corrected.
    Status of Establishment: Approved. Follow up from July 27. No further follow up required.

  • Seven artists honored with Governor's Award for Excellence

    SANTA FE (AP) — Governor Susana Martinez and Department of Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales recently honored seven artists and art supporters as the recipients of the 2014 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts at the St. Francis Auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe.
    “These seven artists and supporters bring acclaim to New Mexico through their creativity and accomplishments,” Governor Martinez said. “These talented artists and dedicated contributors help define who we are as New Mexicans and inspire our children to act on their dreams.”
    The 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards recipients are Robert Mirabal of Taos — artist, music; Jean Anaya Moya of Galisteo — artist, straw applique; Donald Redman of Santa Fe —artist, sculpture; Robert “Shoofly” Shufelt of Hillsboro — artist, graphite/cowboy art; Dr. Kent Jacobs and Sallie Ritter of Las Cruces, major contributors to the arts; George R.R. Martin of Santa Fe, major contributor to the arts; and Dr. Dave Warren of Santa Clara Pueblo, major contributor to the arts.

  • Historical play kicks off Latino Festival

    When the Stars Trembled in Río Puerco, an oral history play, which premiered earlier this year to sold-out audiences in Santa Fe, will kick off the National Hispanic Cultural Center’s first-ever Latino Theatre Festival, Siembra this month.
    From now through May 2015 in partnership with 10 New Mexico theatre companies,The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) will stage a wide variety of works by acclaimed Latino and Latina playwrights.
    Santa Fe-based Teatro Paraguas begins the festival with its presentation of “When the Stars Trembled in Rio Puerco.” Presented in English, this oral history play is based on stories of viejitos of the Río Puerco valley, collected and edited by celebrated New Mexico folk historian, Nasario García, adapted and directed by Santa Fe playwright Shebana Coelho.