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Today's News

  • Lawmakers antsy about open records

    When is a member of the state Legislature not a member of the state Legislature?
    Have we a nonsense question here?
    Perhaps, but it’s a conundrum with which the Legislature grappled late in the recent session, as it crafted a resolution defining which emails dispatched or received by a legislator should be subject to provisions of the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA).
    Enacted in 1994, IPRA is a variation on the federal Freedom of Information Act, one of many such laws throughout the country designed to foster transparency and openness in the conduct of governmental affairs by permitting citizens access to public records.
    Such laws have been pains in the butts for many elected officials who would rather not have their every action subject to public scrutiny.
    Sarah Palin ran afoul of Alaska open records act while governor of that state when she used her private email to conduct “sensitive” public business and got slapped by her state’s Supreme Court for circumventing the law.
    New Mexico’s Gov. Susana Martinez experienced similar grief after it was discovered that her administration was skirting the state’s IPRA by using private emails, whereupon the she announced that henceforth her staffers would conduct the public’s business via government email accounts.

  • LA man faces sex charges

    Police arrested a 29-year-old Los Alamos man for allegedly sexually assaulting another employee while working an overnight shift March 13 at the Chevron gas station on Trinity Drive.

    According to police, the suspect, Carlos Martinez, allegedly trapped the woman in a walk- in freezer and allegedly abused the victim before letting her go.

    Martinez faces three felony sex charges and a kidnapping charge, since he forcefully kept her in the freezer until she complied with his demands.

    He is currently being held in the Los Alamos Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-only bond, according to LAPD Cmdr. Randy Foster.

    Get more on this developing story in Wednesday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.

  • Girls tennis tops NMMI, St. Mike's this weekend

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls tennis team improved its 2013 dual record to 6-2 with a pair of wins this weekend.
    The Hilltoppers competed at the Las Vegas Robertson team tournament Saturday. The tournament was played at the Santa Fe and Capital tennis courts.
    In the tournament semifinals, Los Alamos downed New Mexico Military Institute 7-2. Los Alamos then went on to win the championship match, cruising to an 8-1 victory over St. Michael’s.
    In the semifinal, the Hilltoppers took five of the six singles contests to clinch the victory. Nasim Andrews, playing in the No. 1 slot against NMMI, picked up a straight-set victory, surrendering just three games in the two sets.
    Laura Whicker at No. 2 also picked up a straight-set victory, but had to hold on in a tiebreaker to win the second set. Astrid Hengartner, Danielle Ortiz and Maia Menefee were also singles competition winners for the Hilltoppers, while Hengartner/Whicker and Michelle Alexander/Kristen Funsten won in doubles.
    Against St. Michael’s in the final round, Los Alamos swept the Nos. 2-6 singles and took all three doubles contests. Madeline Margevicius, Susana Lucido, Sidra Hseieh-Ratliff, Andrews and Whicker all won their singles contests in straight sets with Whicker dropping just one game at the No. 6 slot.
     

  • LA girls are 3rd, boys are 5th Saturday

     Both the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys and girls track and field teams finished among the top five in team competition at Saturday’s Cleveland Kickoff Invitational.
    Los Alamos’ girls, paced by a monster day from star Laura Wendelberger, finished with 59.5 points, good enough for third place among the 14 competing teams at Cleveland High School Saturday.
    The Hilltopper boys, meanwhile, finished with 38.5 points, which was good enough for fifth place in team competition. The Hilltoppers’ day got started with a bang when they swept the top three spots in the 3200 meters, led by top finisher Nick Hill, who nipped Zak Kennison at the finish line.
    Cleveland, a Class 5A school, easily won both ends of team competition Saturday. Los Alamos was one of just two Class 4A teams in attendance.
    For the Hilltopper girls, Wendelberger won the long jump, going 16 feet, 2 inches, and was second in the high jump, clearing 5-4. Wendelberger also finished second in both the 100 hurdles (16.15) and 300 hurdles (48.21) with a pair of state qualification marks. She also led off the 400 relay team, which was third.
    Teresa Sandoval won and qualified in the 3200, while Mikayla Pulliam and Amanda Mercer went 1-2 and both punched their tickets to state in the 1600.

  • Logan, Kirk named 1st team All-District

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team picked up a pair of All-District first team seletions.
    The selections were announced Monday.
    Hilltoppers Erin Kirk, a senior, and McKenzie Logan, a junior, both earned All District first team honors this season.
    No Hilltopper boys were named to the first team and only one, Skyler Veenis, made the All-District second team.

    Girls

    First team
    Ashley Sorenson, Capital
    Ashlynn Trujillo, Española Valley
    Erin Kirk, Los Alamos
    McKenzie Logan, Los Alamos
    Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage, Santa Fe
    Kayla Herrera, Santa Fe
    Jackie Martinez, Santa Fe

    Second team
    Rachel Darnell, Bernalillo
    Deanna Lopez, Bernalillo
    Selena Gonzales, Capital
    Alexis Lovato, Española Valley
    Amber Logan, Los Alamos
    Selena Valencia, Santa Fe

    Most Valuable Player
    Lauren Quintana, Española Valley

    Coach of the Year
    Elmer Chavez, Santa Fe

    Boys

    First team

    Tristan Arnett, Bernalillo
    Brandon Saiz, Bernalillo
    Christian Martinez, Capital
    Nathan Cordova, Española Valley
    Kyle Gaines, Española Valley
    Wyatt Honstein, Santa Fe
    Elliott Nicholas, Santa Fe

  • Erin Kirk named to North All-Star team

    Hilltopper Erin Kirk will represent the northern part of the state in this year’s All-Star girls basketball game.
    Kirk, a standout senior for Los Alamos, was selected for the honor by the New Mexico High School Coaches Association. Selections were announced Monday.
    To be considered for the All-Star teams, players must be graduating seniors.
    Kirk helped Los Alamos to a 17-13 record this season and a berth in the Class 4A playoffs.
    Los Alamos defeated Deming in the opening round before losing in the quarterfinal round to eventual champion Los Lunas.
    This year’s North-South 4A/5A game will be played at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho. It’s scheduled for June 7.
    In preparation for the game, Kirk will be working out alongside two longtime District 2-4A rivals. Capital’s Ashley Sorenson and Española Valley’s Lauren Quintana were also picked for the squad.
    In all, five Class 4A players were chosen along with five Class 5A players.
    Along with the three selections for District 2-4A in girls basketball, the 2-4A boys earned two selections. District Player of the Year Mikey Lopez of Capital and last year’s Player of the Year Brandon Saiz of Bernalillo were both honored with selections to the boys All-Star Game.

  • LACDC names Randall as new executive director

    The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corp. board of directors has hired a veteran of municipal government and economic development as its new executive director.

    Board members met in a special session late Thursday afternoon and voted unanimously to bring Scott Randall on board to succeed Kevin Holsapple who has served as the organization’s top executive for the past 15 years.

    Holsapple announced his intention to step down from the post in December.

    Randall formally accepted the position Tuesday morning after working through details related to relocation and other matters.

    Randall, 57, has an extensive resume spanning about 35 years, the bulk of which he spent serving as city manager in locations that range from LaGrange, Ill., to Superior, Colo. Most recently, Randall worked as the general manager for the Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association in Arkansas.

    As he embarked on his career in the late 70s, Randall said that his goal was to become a city manager. Once he grabbed that “brass ring,” Randall told the board that he’s ready to tackle a new challenge.

  • Miami tops Boston for 23rd straight win

    BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James made the go-ahead jumper with 10.5 seconds left to lead the Miami Heat to their 23rd consecutive victory, the second-longest streak in NBA history, with a 105-103 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night.

    The Heat surpassed the 22 straight that Houston won in 2007-08 and trail only the 33 in a row won by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

    James scored 37 with 12 assists as the Heat won in Boston in the regular season for the first time in 11 tries despite a career-high 43 points from Jeff Green. The Celtics were without Kevin Garnett, who has the flu and a left thigh strain.

    Paul Pierce had 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Celtics. But he missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left that could have given Boston the win.

    Mario Chalmers scored 21 points for Miami, which has not lost since Feb. 1. The Heat had not won in Boston since the New Big Three was formed — including the Celtics' double-overtime victory on Jan. 27, when Ray Allen returned with his new team.

    That was the day Rajon Rondo was diagnosed with an ACL tear that ended his season. This time, it was Garnett who sat out, though coach Doc Rivers said he would have played if the thigh injury had not been compounded by the flu.

  • Pope: Protect Environment, Weak and Poor

    Pope Francis urged the massive crowds gathered for his installation Mass to protect the environment, as well as the weakest and poorest people of the earth.

  • Congress works on budget for both 2013 and future

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is finally cleaning up its unfinished budget business for the long-underway 2013 budget year with a bipartisan government-wide funding bill, even as the combatants in the House and Senate gear up for votes this week on largely symbolic measures outlining stark differences between Democrats and Republicans about how to fix the nation's long-term deficit woes.

    The Senate is positioned to approve the catchall spending bill Tuesday after it cleared a procedural hurdle Monday by a strong 63-35 vote. The House, which approved a narrower version two weeks ago, is expected to quickly clear the measure and ship it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    On a separate track, the GOP-controlled House and Democratic Senate are gearing up for votes this week on sharply different budget blueprints for next year and beyond. The dueling, non-binding blueprints veer off in opposite directions at the same time President Barack Obama seeks to nurture a future compromise blending new tax revenues with spending cuts beyond what his Democratic allies are willing to offer now.