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  • Track teams host LA Quad Friday

    The Hilltopper boys and girls teams will host their regular season track and field finale Friday at Sullivan Field. Teams from Taos, St. Michael’s Santa Fe and Capital are scheduled to attend.
    Field events start at 3 p.m.
    Heading into this final meet before the 2-4A championships next weekend — where the Hilltopper teams have dominated since the creation of the district in 2000 — Los Alamos is still hoping to plug some holes in its state qualification roster.
    Los Alamos’ boys have quite a few more slots to fill, including all the sprint events, both hurdles distances and the 400 meter relay. Los Alamos’ girls are missing just two running events from their repertoire, the 800 and the 1600 relay.
    Friday, Los Alamos will get a first-hand look at Santa Fe, the only team that might give the Hilltoppers some sort of a fight next week on either the boys or the girls side.
    The quad will be Los Alamos’ second home meet of the season. The Hilltopper girls finished second behind Cleveland at the April 10 Los Alamos Invitational, while the Hilltopper boys were third at that meet behind Cleveland and Albuquerque Academy.

  • Baseball, softball pound Capital Wednesday

    all teams picked up runaway victories in their season finales Wednesday.
    Los Alamos’ baseball team crushed the Capital Jaguars 15-2 in five innings, while the Los Alamos softball team won 11-1 Both games were played in Santa Fe and both games ended before the full seven innings.
    In baseball, Los Alamos (17-9, 11-1 in 2-4A) clinched its fifth straight district title Saturday with a road sweep of Española Valley and qualified for the state Class 4A playoffs. It won 15 of its last 16 games to close out the season.
    As it has done in most of its recent wins, the Hilltoppers jumped out to a big early lead and didn’t look back. They pushed four runs across in the top of the first and four more in the top of the third to put the game out of reach early.
    The lowly Jaguar baseball team (0-23 overall, 0-10 in 2-4A), which has a doubleheader against crosstown rival Santa Fe before it can mercifully put its 2013 season to bed, has been outscored 308-45 and has managed just 14 runs in 10 district games.
    Just across the way, the Hilltopper softball team pounded out 10 hits and scored four runs in the top of the fourth to put the Jaguars away.

  • LA girls going for 14 straight in 2-4A

    This weekend, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team will be looking to add to its impressive winning streak at the District 2-4A tournament, while the boys will look to start a new streak.
    Los Alamos will take part in the 2-4A championship, which starts Friday and continues through Saturday in Santa Fe.
    The district tournament is the one and only chance singles, doubles and teams have to advance to the state 4A tournament, which is scheduled to start Wednesday.
    At district, Los Alamos will enter Forrest White, George Margevicius and Chase Rochester in the singles competition and the teams of Nikita Belooussov/Dalton Smith and Steven McCrory/Daniel Dahl in the doubles draw. Belooussov, who finished third at the 2-4A tournament in the singles competition last season, is the only member of either of Los Alamos doubles teams that isn’t a senior.
    The top three individuals and doubles teams from each district will advance to state.
    Los Alamos will be looking to get back to championship form this season. In 2012, Los Alamos had its 12-year 2-4A title streak snapped, falling in the final round to Santa Fe.

  • Food, Skin Allergies Increasing in U.S. Children
  • Pojoaque HS teacher accused of having sex with a student

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say a high school teacher in New Mexico is in custody for allegedly having sex with a student.

    Santa Fe County Sheriff's officials announced Wednesday that 31-year-old Jennifer Vigil is accused of two counts of criminal sexual penetration.

    They say she's being held at the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

    Vigil is a science teacher at Pojoaque Valley High School.

    A probable cause statement released by authorities says she's accused of having sexual contact with a male student several times in her classroom between March 22 and April 12.

    Sheriff's officials say Vigil was interviewed Tuesday and arrested.

    They didn't immediately know Wednesday if Vigil has an attorney yet.

  • Need an Annual Physical? There Are Apps for That

    Find more apps that you can use in the new technology column starting Thursday in the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Today in History, May 2nd
  • Biden invites NM governor to Cinco de Mayo event

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez plans to attend a Cinco de Mayo celebration this week at the vice president's residence in Washington, D.C.

    The governor's office said Wednesday that Vice President Joe Biden had invited Martinez to Friday's event.

    Cinco de Mayo commemorates an 1862 Mexican military victory against invading French forces.

    The Republican governor will leave for the nation's capital late Thursday and return to New Mexico on Saturday.

    Martinez traveled with Biden to Rome in March as part of a presidential delegation attending the installation of Pope Francis.

    The governor traces her family roots to Mexico. Her great-grandfather was a general who fought with revolutionary leader Pancho Villa and others a century ago to topple the dictatorship of a long-time Mexican president.

  • On The Docket: Local Courts 05-01-13

    April 24

    William Vonharders was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of aggravated driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs.
    The defendant was ordered to serve 179 days in jail with 149 days suspended for a total of 30 days in jail.
    He was fined $999 and ordered to pay $231 in court costs. He was also ordered to serve one year supervised probation.

    Wolfgangharald Runde was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Daniel S. McKitrick was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of speeding six to 10 miles an hour over the posted speed limit. He was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    Josephine K. Romero was found guilty in Los Alamos Municipal Court of not using her seatbelts. She was fined $50 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    April 25

    Gary Sandine was found guilty by the Los Alamos Municipal Court of having an expired plate while parked and failing to pay associated court fines and costs. He was fined $75 and ordered to pay $46 in court costs.

    April 26

  • N.M. rejects petition on PTSD

    SANTA FE (AP) — New Mexico Health Secretary Retta Ward says post-traumatic stress disorder will remain as a qualifying condition for the state’s medical marijuana program.
    Ward made the announcement Tuesday. Her decision backed up a recommendation made last year by the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Advisory Board.
    The board had rejected a petition by an Albuquerque psychiatrist who said there was a lack of scientific evidence proving medical marijuana helped those with PTSD.
    State law allows citizens to petition the board to add or delete medical conditions that qualify patients for a medical marijuana license.