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Today's News

  • Do we believe in free and fair elections?

    New Mexico dodged a bullet in the recent election. We elected a Secretary of State who encourages voting instead of a candidate whose publicly stated goal is to suppress it.
    Congratulations to us!
    At a candidate debate in October, Republican nominee Nora Espinoza talked about only one issue: requiring voter ID. Her opponent, Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver, won by almost 100,000 votes.
    Voter ID has been shown to be a code word for voter suppression – purposeful organized techniques to prevent legally qualified Americans from voting.
    Some forms of voter suppression are now legal in America. Both legal and illegal forms of voter suppression were employed this year in several states. Pundits and scholars will argue whether voter suppression caused the election results or merely contributed, but there’s little doubt that many votes were never cast or never counted – as to how many, the pundits will argue about the numbers also.
    The 1965 Voting Rights Act recognized that voting practices in some states actively discriminated against ethnic minorities and other target groups. The law required that voting procedures be conducted so as not to discriminate against those groups. In states with records of discriminatory practices, federal oversight was imposed.

  • LA sports briefs 12-2-12

    The Los Alamos hockey team will travel to Durango, Colorado to face Durango Area Youth Hockey in a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Hilltoppers are coming off a 2-1 victory against rival Taos on Nov. 18. It will be Los Alamos' second and third games of the season.

    Durango has faced Cibola twice and Amarillo twice so far this season.

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    The Los Alamos wrestling team will begin its 2016-17 season at 4 p.m. tonight by hosting Tierra Encantada at the Los Alamos High School Auxiliary Gym.

    Los Alamos will be looking to win its second consecutive season opener against Tierra Encantada.

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    The Los Alamos swimming and diving teams will compete in the APS Invitational on Saturday at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque.

    Both Hilltopper teams (boys, girls) are coming off a second place finish at the Peter B. Barney Memorial Relays, the opening meet of the season.

    Los Alamos is expected to compete against Albuquerque High, Atrisco Heritage, Cibola, Del Norte, Eldorado, Highland, Manzano, Rio Grande, Sandia, Valley, Volcano Vista, West Mesa, Cleveland, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque Academy and Las Cruces High.

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  • Pajarito set for opening day

    After having to delay its opening day, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area is now ready to begin its Winter Season.
    Pajarito kicks off ski season Saturday with top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding on the Aspen Lift with access to Bruce’s Boulevard and Lone Spruce. Additional terrain may be available as conditions permit, including beginner terrain.
    “Pajarito picked up eight inches of fresh snow with this latest storm and our snowmaking team has been very productive with our snowmaking efforts recently so we’ll open with top-to-bottom skiing,” said Tom Long, general manager of Pajarito. “Everyone will be ready to kick off Pajarito’s ski season on Saturday.”  
    Pajarito’s Aspen Lift will be open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Discounted lift tickets are available at Pajarito’s ticket office, lift tickets are $29 for all skiers and snowboarders. Pajarito will temporarily close on Monday to allow its crews to continue making snow with the goal of opening additional terrain. Pajarito will resume mountain operations with lifts turning Dec. 9 through Dec. 11. Pajarito will then be open daily Dec. 16 through Jan. 1 during the holiday season. For additional operating dates beyond Jan. 1, visit skipajarito.com.

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers fall at VV

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team fell to 2-2 on the season by dropping its toughest contest so far this season 45-30 against Volcano Vista on Tuesday in Albuquerque.
    The Hilltoppers began by matching the Hawks intensity and led 6-5 to finish the first quarter. However, Volcano Vista began to pull away in the second quarter, using a 10-1 run midway through the frame. The Hawks eventually led 22-15 at halftime.
    Los Alamos stayed within distance in the quarter and cut the lead to 26-20. But the Hawks answered and finished the quarter with an 11-5 run to lead 35-27 going into the fourth quarter.
    Volcano Vista clamped down on defense in the fourth frame and only allowed five points during the frame.
    The Hawks outscored Los Alamos 8-5 in the final eight minutes.
    The 45 points was the most Los Alamos has allowed this season, while 30 is lowest its scored on offense.
    The Hilltoppers played Belen on Saturday after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline.    

     

  • Prep boys basketball: ‘Toppers run past Pintos

    Finishing strong was something the Los Alamos boys basketball team wanted to do better after its season opener.
    An impressive second-half performance led to the Hilltoppers improving to 2-0 after defeating Moriarty 62-37 on Tuesday at Griffith Gym.
    “We came out moving much better in the second half,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “We were able to stretch a 10-point lead midway through the third quarter up to 16 points by the end of the quarter. With Moriarty now having to spread their defense to try to pressure more, we were able to find openings and extended our lead in the fourth.”
    Los Alamos got off to a 10-7 lead in the first quarter and extened its lead to 16-11 with four minutes left in the first half. Moriarty roared back with a 7-4 run to end the second quarter and cut the Los Alamos lead to 20-18 at halftime.
    The Hilltoppers began to pull away in the third quarter by taking a 34-24 lead midway through the frame. Los Alamos scored 10 more points in the quarter to take a 44-28 lead into the final frame. Michael Naranjo was key in the Hilltoppers third quarter success, as the junior forward scored seven points and went 5-for-5 from the free throw line in the quarter.
    The Hilltoppers doubled up Moriarty 18-9 in the final eight minutes to earn their first 2-0 start since the 2009-10 season.

  • Movie Review: ‘Paper Moon’ to play today at Mesa Public Library

    By Kelly Dolejsi
    Special to the Monitor

    The more depressing something is, the harder we need to laugh, and “Paper Moon” (1973, rated PG) offers just the right combination of anguish and glee. Check it out at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Mesa Public Library’s upstairs meeting-room theater.

    Director Peter Bogdanovich’s Depression-era comedy begins in a Kansas cemetery. Nine-year-old Addie Loggins (Tatum O’Neal) has just lost her mother. When traveling salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O’Neal) arrives to pay his respects, Addie’s neighbors talk him into driving Addie to the home of her only living relative, an aunt in St. Joseph, Missouri.

    Pray has the parenting skills of a popped balloon, but off they go, and he immediately uses her tragic situation to the profitable tune of $200. It’s the start of a propitious partnership for both Addie and “Moze,” as long as you don’t think for a second about Addie’s future. 

  • Today in history Nov. 30
  • New Mexico, Texas activists to hold 100 immigrant forums

    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Advocates in southern New Mexico and West Texas said Wednesday they will hold 100 community forums on immigrant rights from now until the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump amid uncertainty how the incoming president will change the lives of immigrants.

    The Border Network for Human Rights and the Reform Immigration for Texas announced the forums will be aimed at educating immigrants on their Constitutional rights and how to prepare for possible raids by federal immigration agents.

    "People are afraid. They have a lot of anxiety," said Fernando Garcia, executive director for the El Paso, Texas-based Border Network for Human Rights.

    The forums will inform residents how they should respond if federal immigrant agents or local authorities acting as immigration agents visit private homes, Garcia said. He also said advocates have a team of lawyers "on standby" if they are needed to represent people facing detention or deportation.

    During the presidential campaign, Trump promised to end a program that gave immigrant students living in the country illegal temporary status. He also vowed to create a "deportation force" to remove immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally.

  • Rio Arriba County to host gun buyback Dec. 10

    Rio Arriba County will host a gun buyback from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10 at the

    Rio Arriba County Sheriff Office, 1122 Industrial Park Road in Española.

    Following a successful fundraising effort by New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence this summer, Dec. 10 will mark the second statewide gun buyback to safely get unwanted guns out of homes and off the streets.

    Over the coming year, RAWtools, in partnership with Santa Fe Community College welding and sculpture students, will forge unwanted, dismantled guns into garden tools and public art projects and installations.

    According to the New Mexico Department of Health, 405 people were shot and killed in New Mexico in 2015.

    Merchant cards for gas, electronics and food will be distributed in exchange for unloaded, working firearms. All exchanges are anonymous, and SFCC welding instructors will dismantle guns onsite.

  • More opportunities to give

    In addition to the Toys for Tots drive, other local organizations are also hosting opportunities for charitable giving this season. Los Alamos National Bank (LANB) is holding a "Share the Warmth" Coat Drive this holiday season. LANB is accepting winter clothing items for children and adults including coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, mittens and hats through Dec. 12. All donations will benefit the New Mexico Youth & Families Department. Drop off items at any LANB location.

    "I am proud to represent a company that understands the various needs of the communities we serve," states John S. Gulas, chief executive officer at Los Alamos National Bank. "It's important to be mindful of those among us who have hit hard times and perhaps need a helping hand.

    “During this time of year in particular, our employees want to ensure that everyone has a warm jacket, hat and gloves for protection from the elements. We encourage anyone interested in participating in our coat drive to drop off new or used jackets at any of our office locations."